Melina def. Beth Phoenix (New Women's Champion)

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January 25, 2009

DETROIT - Facing the power of Beth Phoenix in the ring must feel akin to going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Both tasks are daunting, perilous and often end with bone-crushing drops.

At the Royal Rumble, however, Melina not only survived the drop, she emerged victorious over The Glamazon to recapture her third Women's Championship. (PHOTOS) (WATCH MELINA DISCUSS HER WIN)

Capitalizing on her first opportunity at gold since suffering a broken ankle last summer, the resilient Diva countered Phoenix's significant size and strength advantage with speed, agility and determination to put an end to the five-month reign of The Glamazon, as her boyfriend, Santino Marella, looked on in disbelief. After facing injury, adversity and underhanded attacks at the hands of Rosa Mendes, an intern-hopeful of Phoenix, Melina was able to overcome long odds to once again reign supreme.

While Melina went for nearly two years without holding the Women's Title, judging by the resolve she displayed during her Rumble match, the Latina bombshell isn't prepared to relinquish the gold anytime soon.

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