Team Lay Cool (also simply called Lay-Cool) were a tag team in Professional Wrestling that consisted of WWE Divas Michelle McCool and 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 Alpha Bitch and Valley Girl 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 WWE Women's Title. The majority of their feuds with the other divas were based around their Valley Girl gimmicks ie. with Mickie James they made fun of her weight, with Beth Phoenix 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 The Undertaker, Villain Sue 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.
Alpha Bitch: 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 wasn't exactly very far behind on the sadism scale most of the way through.
Ascended Extra: 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.
But Not Too Black: 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 Alicia Fox, Naomi and Cameron, or to fit the Valley Girl persona we're not quite sure.
Catch Phrase: "Real Talk". Also "Simply Flawless" as well as "Famous and Flawless" being common captions on their clothes.
Cerebus Retcon: 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.
Clothing Damage: 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 their while locked in the sharpshooter. (Natalya none the wiser, due to the nature of the move).
People were outraged at them calling Mickie James fat and immediately started calling Michelle "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 shooting the messenger.
Layla's also two inches shorter, and the same weight as Mickie. Whoops.
Arguably both ends of this are justified by Michelle being the Divas' top heel at the time. After all, most Big Bads in wrestling and other media are intended to be hated, right?
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 Michael Cole vs. Jerry Lawler. 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 Jiggle Show.)
Fan Nickname: Diva Dirt dubbed them "Lay-Kav-Ool" when they were mentoring Kaval. Also for their Halloween costumes they were dubbed "Lady Gagool" and "Layonce" (see Shout-Out below).
Finishing Move: Michelle's first one was a spinning sidewalk slam. She then moved on to Wings of Love (modified King Kong Buster). She then 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.
Jerkass: Michelle, who was a major bitch to everyone, and in the final weeks of LayCool turned against Layla, cementing the latter's Heel-Face Turn.
Jerkass Façade: Layla, who just seems more stupid than actually mean. She eventually got the hint when Michelle made Layla her latest target, and subsequently apologized.
Kick Chick: 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.
Kick The Bitch: Considering that she just lost a Loser Leaves WWE Match, it really wasn't all that necessary or required for Kharma to pretty much kill Michelle... but DAMN if it wasn't cathartic.
Lighter and Softer: Before, Michelle McCool was out to cause as much damage to the rest of the roster as possible. Compare her efforts, breaking jaws by smashing her knee into someone's head against the ringside barricade, leaving the opponent unable to walk because she refused to release her heel hook to dumping punch on Mickie or smearing makeup on Beth. Some of that old sadism did show through on occasion, such as when she ordered Layla to break Melina's back, but overall she was a lot less threatening.
Loser Leaves Town: 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 kill thebitch dead.
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.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: 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 applied to Beth Phoenix. Beth quickly decided she still hated Mickie more but turned on Laycool again when they ripped the women's championship in half so they could keep playing "Co-champions".
Oh Crap: 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.
Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Weird case with Layla. She is in fact British, but usually seems to be trying to sound American, with varying levels of success. It seems like she's either deliberately sounding American to avoid the Foreign Wrestling Heel trope, or she has simply lived in America so long, her accent has simply faded.
Put on a Bus: 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.
Reality Subtext: 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).
Sorting Algorithm of Evil: 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.
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: 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 got was on the champion's profile picture and defended the belt in Layla's steed during their "co-champions" gimmick.
Take That: They dubbed Melina "Lady Wawa" due to her excessive crying after she won the Divas' title.