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Team '''Lay Cool''' (also simply called Lay-Cool) were a tag team in ProfessionalWrestling that consisted of WWE Divas Michelle [=McCool=] and Wrestling/{{Layla}}. The two teamed together regularly in standard diva tag matches in 2009 before officially forming an alliance at the end of the year. They were given new characters as exaggerated versions of AlphaBitch and ValleyGirl tropes, feuding with the other divas. As 2010 went on they slowly became more prominent in the WWE, even becoming the first female pros on NXT as well as co-holding the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-wm.html WWE Women's Title]]. The majority of their feuds with the other divas were based around their ValleyGirl gimmicks ie. with Wrestling/MickieJames they made fun of her weight, with Wrestling/BethPhoenix they kept calling her a man etc.

The IWC is pretty divided in their attitude towards the team mainly because Michelle is an easy target for haters due to her marriage with Wrestling/TheUndertaker, VillainSue push, and outspoken attitude towards her critics, but the duo were very important in building the WWE's women's division up in 2010 when injuries and firings nearly buried it completely.
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!!This team provides examples of:
* AlliterativeName: Michelle [=McCool=].
* AlphaBitch: Oh god yes. Michelle was a straight up {{Jerkass}} to everyone, Layla included in the end, and while Layla was fun-loving and goofy enough to eventually become endearing, she was not exactly far behind on the sadism scale most of the way through.
** BetaBitch: Layla initially. But her Women's Championship reign helped her grow out of this and become Michelle's equal.
* ArchEnemy: The entire Divas' division, really.
* AscendedExtra: Layla in two different cases. Before the team formed she was really just another generic heel diva on the roster. Then at the start she was mainly Michelle's sidekick but once she won the Women's title she became as prominent as Michelle and the two are fairly equal now.
* [[AwesomeMcCoolName Awesome [=McCool=] Name]]: JustForPun.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Vickie Guerrero allied herself with them briefly thus giving them the colours.
* BreakupBreakout: After April 2011, Layla stayed with WWE and even becomes [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-diva.html WWE Divas' Champion]]. Michelle got released due to stipulation.
* ButNotTooBlack: Layla is mixed race yet over the years has made herself look more "Anglo" by wearing her hair straight and even lightening it to blonde for a time. Whether this is to distinguish herself from the darker skinned Divas like AliciaFox, Naomi and Cameron, or to fit the ValleyGirl persona we're not quite sure.
* CallingYourAttack: Layla will call out "booty bump!" before she [[AssKicksYou smashes her ass in her opponent's face]]. But not for other moves.
* CatFight: Layla had several memorable ones with Wrestling/SummerRae when they were fighting over Fandango.
* CatchPhrase: "Real Talk". Also "Simply Flawless" as well as "Famous and Flawless" being common captions on their clothes.
* CerebusRetcon: Their feud with Mickie James was basically just them cracking fat jokes at her every week and Matt Striker making fun of the whole thing on commentary. Then came a certain in-ring promo to hype up their match at the Royal Rumble...and the feud became a lot more powerful.
* ClothingDamage: Variation, Michelle and Layla broke into Mickie's locker during her match with Natalya and made her watch them cut holes all the clothes she had kept in there while unable to stop them due to being locked in the sharpshooter. (Natalya none the wiser, due to the nature of the move, thought Mickie was crying because it hurt).
* CombinationAttack: Double big boot.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: [[Wrestling/NatalyaNeidhart Natalya]] told them their combined IQ was lower than their non-existent waist size. They took that as a compliment meaning they were skinny.
* ContinuityNod: Even after their feud with Wrestling/KellyKelly was over, whenever they faced her in matches they would mime that there was a bad smell in the air, referencing what their feud was about.
* CostumePorn: Though some of their outfits earned WWE accusations of being made to mock Wrestling/AJStyles on the interwebz.
* CreepyCoolCrosses: On Michelle [=McCool=]'s ring attire, though she was creepier ''before'' this team's formation she did not display any of the good behavior you would associate with it.
* CryCute: Layla, when it became apparent that Michelle hated her guts towards the end of the groups run.
* DanceBattler: Surprisingly averted by Layla. She is a trained dancer and former member of the Miami Heat dancing team. She was also part of the dance troupe Extreme Expose (with Wrestling/KellyKelly and Brooke Tessmacher) on ECW. Yet in her matches she makes barely any reference to her dancing.
* TheDitz:
** Layla more so than Michelle but both of them fit.
** Became apparent one night while they were doing commentary. After spending months insulting every person in their path, they actually asked, "Why doesn't anyone like us?"
* TheDogBitesBack: Michelle clearly didn't bank on Layla going absolutely ape-shit on her when she sneak-attacked her on Raw.
* DoubleStandard:
** People were outraged at them calling Mickie James fat and immediately started calling Michelle "[[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse Skeletor]]" among other things. Anorexia is just as big a problem as obesity and Michelle has struggled with it in the past.
** Mostly since, if she has suffered anorexia, having Michelle go around and call other healthy, slender gorgeous women fat made her look a little like a hypocrite, since many eating disorders go hand in hand with bullying. It's by no means Michelle's fault (blame can be sent to the WWE Creative team), but it is coming out of her mouth, and WWE fans have never been above [[ShootTheMessenger shooting the messenger.]]
*** Layla's also two inches shorter, and the same weight as Mickie. Whoops.
*** Arguably both ends of this are [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by Michelle being the Divas' top heel at the time. After all, most {{Big Bad}}s in wrestling and other media are intended to be ''hated'', right?
* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped a Bridge on Her]]: Michelle's departure seemed really rushed. They began to show cracks a while ago, but aside from a couple of sneak attacks and a couple of matches, there wasn't much of a payoff for it, especially in comparisons to other current feuds such as Wrestling/MichaelCole vs. Wrestling/JerryLawler. Real Life Writes the Plot below seemed to indicate that there might have been more to it, but it got cut short for one reason or another. It's especially bad since Michelle and Layla are a couple of WWE's better Divas and [=LayCool=] was one of the things that made Women's wrestling a little more enjoyable to watch (since WWE's writers tend to forget storyline most of the time and turn the Divas into a PG-rated JiggleShow.)
* EpicFail: Michelle once appeared on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? She did badly, which is embarassing, considering that she actually used to be a school teacher.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: The two genuinely cared for each other, getting each other matching BFF necklaces and being concerned for the other's well being. Commentators even felt sad when the two split up. They also seemed to care for Kaval as well, being unambiguously happy when he won NXT.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Layla's knee brace had rhinestones on it.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: In LayCool, Layla's hair was shoulder-length with a thick fringe. When she returned from injury as a face, her hair had grown to waist length.
** When LayCool properly became a thing, Layla stopped wearing her hair curly.
* FinishingMove: Michelle's first one was a spinning sidewalk slam. She then moved on to Wings of Love (modified King Kong Buster), then a Brazilian heel hook. She settled on the Faithbreaker (also known as AJ Styles's Styles Clash) in 2009. She would also sometimes win with a big boot or superkick. Layla had a neckbreaker called the Layout. She developed a Diamond Dust like stunner called the Face Lift. After her return, she won matches with a kick called The Bombshell.
* FiveMovesOfDoom: Layla's - flying clothesline, spinning facecrusher, LOL, Bombshell.
* FunWithAcronyms: Michelle's heel hook was named "MAD-T" - Made A Diva Tap.
* HalloweenEpisode: They've actually gone past two Halloween specials on Smackdown now. See the ShoutOut below for this year's example. In 2009 Michelle dressed up as a devil and Layla as Music/MichaelJackson.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Happened when they were mentoring [[Wrestling/LowKi Kaval]] on NXT since he was a face.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: They even got each other necklaces each shaped like half a heart so that when they were put together they spelled "Best Friends"
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Layla eventually developed into one. It's why she became so popular.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Even at their friendliest, Michelle always used Layla to make herself look better, and Layla, [[TheDitz not being particularly bright]], was none the wiser. When Layla said she thought the two of them were equals, [[{{Jerkass}} Michelle decided she had enough and turned against her]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Michelle, who was a major bitch to everyone, and in the final weeks of [=LayCool=] turned against Layla, cementing the latter's HeelFaceTurn.
* JerkassFacade: Layla, who just seems more stupid than actually mean. She eventually got the hint when Michelle made Layla her latest target, and subsequently apologized.
* KickChick: Both of them. Michelle frequently used big boots and superkicks. Layla initially used a spinning martial arts kick. When she returned, she won matches with a kick called The Bombshell. She also developed a signature spot that involved her opponent ducking her first kick but then being hit by a second one.
* [[KickTheSonOfABitch Kick The Bitch:]] Considering that she just lost a Loser Leaves WWE Match, it really wasn't all that necessary or required for [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Kharma]] to pretty much kill Michelle... but '''DAMN''' if it wasn't cathartic.
* LighterAndSofter: Before, Michelle [=McCool=] was out to cause as much damage to the rest of the roster as possible. Compare her prior efforts of breaking jaws by smashing her knee into people's heads against the ringside barricade or leaving opponents unable to walk because she refused to release her heel hook, with her latter dumping punch on Mickie or smearing makeup on Beth. Some of Michelle's old sadism did show through on occasion, such as when she ordered Layla to break Wrestling/{{Melina}}'s back, but overall she was a lot less threatening in Laycool.
* LoserLeavesTown: The group disbanded at Extreme Rules 2011, where Layla defeated Michelle, forcing her to leave WWE. Just to make sure it stuck, Kharma also debuted that night and proceeded to [[KickTheSonOfABitch kill the]] [[MemeticMutation bitch dead]].
* LovableAlphaBitch:
** Layla, to a degree.
** Both of them on the second season of NXT when they were Kaval's pros. They were still bitchy but seemed to genuinely care about Kaval and were unambiguously happy when he won.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain
** After they attacked Alicia Fox, who had just came to their aid. Alicia was Michelle's former heel partner and Laycool's last theoretical ally. From that point on rest of the locker room took an active stance against them.
** Before that, Michelle's rundown of Mickie James got Mickie a temporary ally when it turned out a lot of what she said [[InsultFriendlyFire applied to Beth Phoenix]]. Beth quickly decided she still hated Mickie more but turned on Laycool again when they [[BerserkButton ripped the women's championship]] in half so they could keep playing "Co-champions".
* NickNamingTheEnemy: [[Wrestling/MickieJames Piggy James]], [[Wrestlnig/KellyKelly Smelly Kelly]], Maria the underfed redhead and [[Wrestling/BellaTwins The Belly Twins]]. They also dubbed Melina "Lady Wawa" due to her excessive crying after she won the Divas' title.
* OhCrap: The sheer look of absolute ''terror'' Michelle had on her face before getting crushed by Kharma ''almost'' made you forget she was the biggest heel in the Divas' division. Almost.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Layla most certainly does ''not'' look like a woman in her mid-30s.
* OneHeadTaller: If you buy into the LesYay. Michelle's 5'10". Layla's 5'2".
* PortmanteauCoupleName: Lay-Cool obviously. In a shoot interview, Michelle claims they went through dozens of names like that before finally picking one that worked.
** Years later Layla did it again with Summer Rae. They became the [=SLayers=].
* PrettyInMink: Goes with their gimmicks
* PutOnABus: Michelle first; she retired from in-ring competition after her match with Layla, leaving the latter on her own. The latter's solo run never got out of the blocks because she suffered a knee injury, she tore her acl and mcl, putting her out of action for year.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The stipulation, as of the Smackdown taping before ''Extreme Rules'', was supposed to be that the loser would leave Smackdown (Read: Move to Raw). But with Michelle reportedly leaving the company, it was changed that the loser would leave WWE (You could even tell that it was dubbed in).
* RecycledSoundtrack: This seems to be Layla's thing, though mostly through sheer coincidence. When she hooked up with Michelle, she took on the latter's theme song as her own - and kept it when Michelle retired.
* RefugeInAudacity: Layla's use of the body scissors when the team was still going. She was quite obviously intending to make it look like she was dry humping her opponents, as much as possible.
* TheRival: Layla with {{Wrestling/Aksana}}. In 2012 and 2013 they faced each other in a lot of house show matches, complete with promos on Tout to hype them up. When Aksana was released, Layla tweeted ''[[HeartwarmingMoments "I had some of my fav and best matches with @WWEAksana that never made TV...blessed to have worked with you"]]''
* ShipTease:
** Layla and Kaval. An NXT competition involved seeing which potential superstar was the best kisser but the men who kissed Margarita before Kaval looked to be in physical pain after doing so. Layla kissed Kaval in her steed but Michelle said that did not get him out of the contest.
** Layla and Michelle more like it. During their break-up angle, they even started attending Couple's Counseling.
* ShooOutTheClowns: Michelle became much more serious when it was clear the duo was going to split.
* ShoutOut: For Halloween they dressed up as Music/LadyGaga and Music/{{Beyonce}}.
* SignatureMove: Let's see...
** Michelle - Belly-to-belly Suplex, Big Boot, Russian Leg Sweep.
** Layla - LOL crossbody, Infinity pin combination, Booty Bump.
* SmallNameBigEgo: If their catch phrases were not enough of a hint.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: Michelle was the biggest Heel in the Divas' division before she was forced to leave WWE by Layla. Kharma, who seems to be her replacement in this regard, is more intimidating.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Both of them on Smackdown and eventually the entire diva's division. Between the two of them Layla was the women's champion but Michelle was on the champion's profile picture and defended the belt in Layla's steed during their "co-champions" gimmick.
* {{Squee}}: Their understandable reaction to learning Kaval was the rookie they were paired up with on NXT, [[CutenessProximity though it turned out they weren't happy for the reasons everyone expected them to be.]]
* TearsOfJoy: When Kaval won NXT Season 2 and when Layla won the Divas' Championship after returning from injury in 2012. But subverted hilariously when Layla won the Women's title; she instead kept jumping around screaming with delight.
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two Girls]]: When they weren't the center of the division nor having internal disputes.
* VillainSong: You're not enough for me...
* VillainTeamUp: Besides each other? With Wrestling/BethPhoenix, Wrestling/VickieGuerrero and Wrestling/DolphZiggler. It was doomed to fail with Beth because she would inevitably pursue their championships while Dolph and Vickie blamed them for losing at Wrestlemania.
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Layla donned Union Jack themed ring gear for the week WWE did tapings in the UK.
* WHAMLine: "The Harts don't belong in the Hall of Fame"
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