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  • Badass Decay: She was eventually built up as the woman who retired Michelle McCool, was able to beat Beth Phoenix clean twice in a row and only lost to Eve Torres because of the latter's manipulations (and one match where the referee counted to three not seeing Layla's foot on the bottom rope). Her kicks were also sold as powerful enough to knock out the likes of Kaitlyn and Natalya. Then all of a sudden she becomes a Jobber or valet to Fandago who gets the occasional win and is reduced to a Cat Fight with Summer Rae. By 2014 they'd pretty much forgotten she was a former Women's and Divas Champion.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: During her match against Beth Phoenix at No Way Out 2012, Beth mocked Layla. So Layla randomly stole Beth's headband and ran around the ring with it. She then busted out the Single Ladies dance. It was a truly random moment.
  • Broken Base: Her face run divides a lot of fans. A lot of Diva fans preferred her hammy mean girl antics while it seems more casual fans found them corny and thus felt Layla suited face better. People seem to agree that she's at least a better wrestler as a face.
  • Creator's Pet: Was attached to such an act in the Extreme Expose. Layla was voted into WWE by the fans and they never turned on her in the way they had with Christy Hemme, Ashley Massaro or even Eve Torres up until Layla joined this alleged dancing group, which was a failed attempt to get fans behind Kelly Kelly and the struggling WWE's ECW brand. After the trio were broken up, Layla had little trouble drawing intended audience reactions and did help make fans feel some sympathy for Kelly, which pretty much the entire roster at that point had failed to do, as Layla and Brooke tormented her week after week (the "ECW" brand still died, though).
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  • Dork Age: Layla's brief alliance with AJ Lee is something her fans would rather forget, for the laughable way the heel turn happened (see below) and the fact that the story went nowhere. She managed to redeem herself somewhat in her partnership with Fandango.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: As a heel with LayCool, she was still as spiteful and sadistic as Michelle, though she often brought more comedy to the proceedings, which caused the fans to love her. Fans automatically began anticipating a face turn for Layla rather than the other way around.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Layla was a big favourite among Diva fans long before she got her push in LayCool. She was particularly loved for her mean girl persona on ECW.
    • Surprisingly enough when Layla appeared at the new NXT a couple of times in 2012, she got very good reactions. In fact she actually got cheered over Paige, the golden girl on NXT.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • The year 2010 saw Layla really come into her own as a character and a wrestler. She began it as a Beta Bitch to Michelle McCool, and by the end of it crowds were chanting for her and people were anticipating a Heel–Face Turn. In the ring she stopped getting squashed and was able to control matches against Tiffany, Natalya and Melina.
    • To say nothing of her 2012 return. Her wrestling was viewed as miles ahead of what she had done before. While she had some heat to shake off for returning instead of Kharma, fan theories that she would feud with Kharma (until she left the company that is) persisted - viewing Layla as now worthy to play the underdog against her.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • It was fairly sweet of Layla to apologize for acting like such a bitch to the other Divas at Extreme Rules, where she could have possibly have been forced to leave WWE. (And it was sweet of the others to forgive her, all things considered.) It also helped Layla's Heel–Face Turn, since she received uber-Face Kelly Kelly's approval.
    • Having turned on the man they'd been fighting over, Summer and Layla measure each other up for a long time before they seem to have a mini-dance off. Summer smiles and offers her hand to Layla in an offer for them to dance together, which Layla eventually takes her up on, beginning their friendship. See it here.
    • After losing the Divas' Championship to AJ, Kaitlyn is unable to make it back to the backstage area and collapses crying in the entrance way. Layla comes out and comforts her, helping her to the back. Harsher in Hindsight with her eventual heel turn, but a sweet Friendship Moment nonetheless.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Taryn Terrell (Tiffany) was suspended shortly after a Superstars match with Layla. She was later released, making that her last WWE match. So Layla technically retired two Divas. But the hilarious part is that she would use both Tiffany and Michelle's entrance themes after this. So she retired two Divas and also used their entrance themes. note 
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Claims that by the time she turned 37 she had gained a little bit more weight and got people asking if she was suffering from health problems, when she had just been a little inactive while recovering from a torn ACL. Needless to say most fans barely noticed.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Towards the end of LayCool. Sure, she's still a massive bitch, but with the way Michelle's been putting her through the wringer by then, she's been wearing this beaten-puppy expression that could made one want to give her a hug.
  • Les Yay:
    • With Michelle McCool. Layla was unfailingly loyal and affectionate to Michelle, and they were compared to a couple breaking up, even attending couple's counciling together. They even have a Portmanteau Couple Name of sorts — LayCool.
    • With Summer Rae in the same vein as the above example with Michelle, starting after they both dumped Fandango and danced with each other instead of their ex-boyfriend. They, too, have a Portmanteau Couple Name, SLayers.
    • While she was in LayCool, she would sometimes apply a body scissors from the front. The way she applied the submission made it look like she was dry-humping her opponents.
  • Memetic Molester: Many a gif has been made about Layla apparently groping or cupping her opponents in the ring. When she was a in LayCool she also would sometimes slap the bodyscissors on an opponent, and make it look like she was dry humping them. She also caused a Wardrobe Malfunction to Rosa Mendes, exposing her ass on TV.
  • Narm:
    • Pretty much anything Layla did since turning heel in 2013. She tries to do what she did in LayCool - except it worked back in 2010 when Divas didn't have characters so fans were willing to accept anything from a Diva. Plus she had Michelle to offset her wackiness. But in 2013 it's just embarrassing to see a woman in her mid-30s behaving like a 12-year-old girl. It's especially glaring because she's always paired with AJ who is much better at playing an OTT character.
    • The heel turn itself was also laughable. Layla prevents Kaitlyn from attacking AJ by getting between them and throwing her hands up in a ridiculously OTT manner. Diva Dirt writers mocked it by comparing it to a traffic warden stopping children from crossing the road. Capping off the corniness was AJ and Layla leaving the ring by skipping together, holding hands.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Watch Layla's match with Beth Phoenix at Over the Limit 2012. The part where Beth has Layla in the Boston Crab and Layla is screaming "please stop!" is quite disturbing to see, especially considering Beth is actually working Layla's surgically repaired leg (it's the right leg and in wrestling they normally work the left limbs) and that Layla is selling it more realistically than the theatrical way it's typically done.note 
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: While not exactly a Scrappy to Diva fans (see above) Layla won over a good number of casual fans during her time in LayCool. When she returned from her ACL injury, she won over even more with how she had improved in the ring.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • She returned from injury in 2012 vastly improved in the ring and could potentially have gotten over. WWE were in need of a new top babyface since Kelly Kelly was on her way out. Yet Layla sits on the sidelines doing absolutely nothing, while occasionally having good matches on Superstars. Unsurprisingly she didn't get over (or rather didn't get the chance too) and her first actual storyline involving the title had her dropping it.
    • When she teamed with Summer Rae to form the Slayers, people took note of their rather good chemistry as a team in the ring. After only a few matches Layla was Put on a Bus and the team was dropped with no fanfare.
    • A few fans wish that Layla had been the third member of Team BAD, given that she was a little more capable in the ring than Tamina Snuka - who was visibly out of her depth against everyone else.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: A rumoured return storyline for her was to team with Zack Ryder in order to face the newly heel Eve Torres and a male Superstar in a mixed tag match at WrestleMania 28. With Ryder being at the height of his popularity, and Eve betraying him got her insane heel heat, Layla being the one to help him out could have set her up nicely as a Face with the fans. It also would have given Ryder some form of payback over Eve, who became a Karma Houdini for her actions against him.

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