about the devilish duo
Height: 5 foot 10
From: Palatka, Fla.
Career Highlights: Women's Champion, first-ever Divas Champion, winner of the 2008 SmackDown Top Diva Competition and the custom Beverly Hills Chopper, finalist in the 2004 WWE Diva Search
WWE Debut: 2004
Our fans first saw Michelle McCool during 2004’s Diva Search. Seeing a mix of beauty and love for WWE, she was brought to SmackDown. But there’s so much more behind the beautiful face; there is strength, determination and inspiration.
Before coming to SmackDown, Michelle was a teacher in Florida — but her love for the business started well before that. Both her pappap (grandfather) and dad loved WWE, and brought Michelle along to a live event when she was 6. A little of the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes later, she was hooked.
With her motto “Faith to fight the good fight, heart to believe and soul to search within,” McCool continued to inspire the WWE Universe night after night. And it was only a matter of time before she utilized her tremendous strength, drive, and ability to make history, becoming the first-ever Divas Champion.
But, from her ultimate moment of glory emerged a vicious dark side. Before long, Michelle started demonstrating a unrelenting mean streak toward her fellow Divas and the WWE Universe alike, one that has added a new-found element of intensity every time she steps into the squared-circle.
From: Miami, Fla.
Career Highlights: Winner of the 2006 $250,000 Diva Search
WWE Debut: 2006
Layla, the winner of the 2006 $250,000 Diva Search, was born in London and lives in Miami. Before becoming a spunky SmackDown Diva, she was a dancer for NBA basketball team Miami Heat, and performed with Kanye West during the MTV Video Music Awards.
During the Diva Search contest, Layla won immunity at Sgt. Slaughter’s Diva Boot Camp obstacle course and she wowed the crowd with her dance moves to clinch the Diva Search Talent Show. SummerSlam 2006 marked her first appearance as a WWE Diva, when she was initiated by the other Divas by a playful, wet spank-fest in the locker room showers.
Layla took her hot dance steps to ECW where she dropped the jaws of our fans in Extreme Exposé, alongside Kelly Kelly. The Diva dance troop, however, disbanded and met frequently as rivals in the Land of the Extreme until Layla's move to Monday Night Raw with the 2008 Supplemental Draft on WWE.com. In 2009, Layla came back to SmackDown during WWE's Supplemental Draft, held exclusively on WWE.com, with her eyes fixed on Women's Championship gold.
Now, Layla is intent on furthering her in-ring career and improving on her overall presence as a WWE Diva.