The WWE has employed its fair share of gorgeous divas over the years. There are divas such as Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and Trish Stratus who have proven to be more than just a pretty face, as they’ve captivated viewers with not just their looks but their in-ring ability, as well. On the other hand, there are divas such as Eva Marie, Kelly Kelly and Sunny who have only been employed based on their alluring looks. These divas have had the privilege of having their in-ring ability overlooked.
However, what all of these divas have in common is that WWE hasn’t gone out of their way to pretend they don’t exist (well, they probably wish they could pretend Sunny didn’t exist, as she consistently finds herself in the tabloids for all the wrong reasons). Only the most forgettable and irrelevant divas have been written out of the history books of the company.
Here, we take a look at 20 gorgeous former divas the WWE pretends don’t exist.
20. AJ Lee
CM Punk is persona non grata and AJ Lee is guilty by association as she is the spouse of the former Nexus leader. Lee holds the WWE record (along with Eve Torres) with the most title reigns as WWE Divas Champion with three and holds the record for the longest tenure with the belt at 406 days. However, despite Lee’s dominance at the top of the Divas division, her accolades are scarcely brought up by the WWE. She’s also a former Raw GM that WWE would like to wipe from its history. Lee’s only twenty-nine years old and fans would welcome her back with open arms. However, with her husband CM Punk emrboiled in a long standing feud with WWE, don’t expect Lee to be back anytime soon.
19. Amy Weber
Amy Weber was first introduced to WWE as a part of its Diva Search in 2004. Weber was amongst the finalists, however, she didn’t end up winning the competition as she placed forth overall behind the winner Christy Hemme, Carmella DeCesare and Joy Giovanni. Weber by way of Mapleton, Illinois still found herself with a WWE contract and was placed in JBL’s Cabinet stable. Weber portrayed the gimmick of JBL’s image consultant for less than a year. Weber only had one televised matchup against fellow Diva Search competitor, Giovanni. In February 2005 Weber resigned from the WWE as she was dissatisfied with the pay and alleged that she had been harassed by a number of the wrestlers. It’s not a surprise for the WWE to not mention Weber based on her sexual harassment claims.
18. Jamie Keyes
Jamie Keyes appeared in NXT’s Season 3 competition. Prior to participating, Keyes had an appearance in TNA as Kevin Nash’s valet during the 2009 Final Resolution PPV. The following year Keyes had an opportunity to work for NXT as she debuted in the role of ring announcer in June of 2010. In the NXT Season 3 competition, Keyes faced off against the likes of AJ Lee, Aksana, Kaitlyn and Naomi. Keyes, like the rest of the participants, took part in some terrible competitions which included a bull riding contest and a wheelbarrow challenge. Keyes was eliminated from the competition on October 5th, 2010, just short of a month after the competition began. Eight days later, Keyes was released from her WWE contract. Keyes had one of the shortest careers in WWE history, and as a result, it isn’t hard to forget who she was.
When wrestling fans hear the name Tori the majority of them are prone to think of Alex Rodriguez’s former flame, Torrie Wilson. However, Tori was a part of WWE before Wilson was. Tori first appeared in WWE in 1998 in a gimmick that resembled that of Mickie James’ debut years down the road. Tori, like James was a crazed obsessed fan, albeit with Sable and not Trish Stratus. Tori also appeared in a storyline as the onscreen girlfriend of Kane. Tori is likely best remembered by most as being X-Pac’s girlfriend and being a part of the D-Generation X stable. She also took part in WWE’s first ever women’s hardcore match against Ivory. In 2001, Tori was released from her WWE contract. She currently works as a yogini in her birthplace of Portland, Oregon where she runs her own studio.
16. Carmella DeCesare
Before the WWE was introduced to the “Princes of Staten Island”, Carmella, there was another Carmella within the WWE ranks. This Carmella came in second place in the 2004 Diva Search competition as she fell short to the fiery redhead, Christy Hemme. Carmella still ended up signing with WWE despite not winning the competition and she participated in an unmemorable feud with the competition’s winner, Hemme. Carmella was released shortly after her feud with Hemme. She has had success in modeling as she was named Playboy’s Miss April in 2003, appeared in Playboy’s Playmates at Play swimsuit calendar in March of 2005 and appeared in the 2008 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She is a mother of four and married to former NFL Quarterback, Jeff Garcia.
15. Jackie Gayda
When your career highlight is being renown for being involved in a match in which you botched over and over again, you probably shouldn’t expect to be bought up all too often. Gayda notoriously failed at selling a bulldog by Trish Stratus in a mixed tag team match in 2002 amongst other things. Due to this, Gayda propelled herself and her partner Christopher Nowinski and adversaries Trish Stratus to receive the Wrestling Observer’s Worst Worked Match of 2002 award. If you want to call it an award, that is. Gayda had a stint in TNA from 2005-2006 until she left the company due to being pregnant. Gayda married fellow wrestler Charlie Haas in 2005. Gayda is the mother of four children and along with husband Haas have a nutrition and supplement shop in Frisco, Texas.
14. Krissy Vaine
The real life wife of The Ascension’s Konnor, Krissy Vaine had a short and unmemorable stint with the WWE. Vaine had been with the company since 2006 as she worked in developmental at both Deep South Wrestling and Florida Championship Wrestling. Vaine made her main roster debut on Smackdown in 2007 when she attacked Torrie Wilson after the conclusion of a match between Wilson and Victoria. On the episode the week after, Vaine appeared for her second and what would inevitably be her final appearance for WWE in a backstage segment with then Smackdown GM, Vickie Guerrero. On October 10th, Vaine departed from the WWE along with Konnor as both were experiencing health issues pertaining to their respective families. Konnor has since reappeared within the WWE ranks, but Vaine has not.
13. Lauren Jones
The Jackson, Mississippi born Lauren Jones’ decision to ask for her release from WWE may have been the smartest thing she ever did. Jones partook in Smackdown’s Rookie Diva of the Year contest at No Way Out in 2004 and WWE had plans to keep Jones on programming from there on after. The plan was for Jones to be involved in a feud with Dawn Marie, with Jones playing the face. However, Jones balked at the idea as she decided that she’d rather focus on outside endeavors. Jones’ decision paid dividends, as she has experienced success in many different avenues such as being the former spokesperson for MET-Rx Nutrition from 2005-2008, being named first runner up for Miss Mississippi 2009 and appearing in the films Spiderman 3 and The Expendables. Jones’ biggest success comes by way of her footwear line, Lauren Lorraine Shoes. The company was founded in 2013 and Jones currently serves as CCO of her company.
12. Lena Yada
Lena Yada first attempted to attain a WWE contract by entering its 2005 Diva Search competition. The Hawaiian surfer made it to the top thirty in the competition prior to being cut. Yada gave the competition a go once again in 2007 and faired better this time around. However, she still ended up being eliminated as she placed third. Nonetheless, Yada was signed less than three weeks later by the WWE. Yada wore numerous hats in WWE, but none of her roles seemed to stick. She first began as a backstage interviewer. Next she became a valet for Victoria and Layla. Finally, she wrestled in her first match almost a year to the date of her signing. One week later Yada was let go. Since being released from WWE, Yada has gone on to marry the lead singer of Disturbed, David Draiman. She is also a mother of one.
11. Brooke Adams
Brooke Adams appeared on the ECW brand from January of 2007 to November of 2007. In today’s WWE PG era the likelihood of Adams name being brought up is highly unlikely as she was a part of the Extreme Expose stable along with Kelly Kelly and Layla. Unlike Kelly Kelly and Layla, Adams didn’t go on to have success within WWE. However, Adams did quite well within the TNA ranks as she became a three-time TNA Knockouts Champion and a one-time TNA Knockouts tag-team champion. To further credit her wrestling ability, PWI named Adams their seventh best women’s wrestler of 2012. Adams left TNA in November of 2015 because she was pregnant. On September 3rd, 2016 Adams welcomed her little blessing, a boy named Jace into the world.
B.B. a.k.a. Barbara Bush had a forgettable run in the then WWF from 1999-2000. B.B. was best known for her “puppies” as Jerry “the King” Lawler would say as opposed to anything she did in the ring. It seemed like the only time B.B. did anything notable in the ring it was due to her top being stripped so her puppies were better displayed to the audience. In 2000, she was written off television once and for all when Bubba Ray Dudley put her through a table. This served as B.B.’s send off. B.B. would go on to have short stints with WCW and TNA after as Papaya and Taylor Vaughn respectively. Before getting involved with the wrestling world, B.B. worked as a Hooters girl.
Tiffany served as ECW’s Assistant GM and eventually became ECW’s GM from 2008-2010. After the final episode of ECW in February of 2010, Tiffany was moved over to the Smackdown brand. Tiffany’s GM role didn’t carry over to Smackdown as she became a wrestler and formed an alliance with Kelly Kelly dubbed the Blondetourage. In August of 2010 Tiffany was arrested as she was involved in a real life altercation with her then husband Drew McIntyre. The incident was deemed a domestic disturbance and Tiffany was taken into custody and then later released on 20,000 bond. WWE had suspended Tiffany as a result of the incident and she never returned to WWE programming; Tiffany was released from her WWE contract in November of 2010. She resurfaced in TNA years later where she held the TNA Knockouts Championship.
8. Joy Giovanni
Joy Giovanni first became known to WWE audiences by way of the 2004 Diva Search Competition. Giovanni placed third but was still issued a WWE contract. Giovanni, like the other runner-ups of the 2004 Diva Search competition had a rather uneventful run with the WWE. The mother of one had the gimmick of a massage therapist and was aligned with the Big Show for the majority of her run. She also had the unenviable pleasure of having Carlito sit an apple at her face because well, Carlito “spits in the face of people who don’t want to be cool”. Giovanni was released in 2005 and made a one-off appearance for the company when she participated in the WrestleMania XXV Divas Battle Royal which crowned the first and only Miss WrestleMania. Congratulations to
7. Lauren Mayhew
Lauren Mayhew had one of the shortest stretches of anyone whose worked for WWE. Mayhew debuted on the ECW brand in October of 2009 as a ring announcer. Mayhew had not yet been given a long term contract which would keep her locked in with the promotion. At the end of November of 2009, Mayhew’s short term contract had concluded. Mayhew and the WWE were unable to reach an agreement on a long term contract and Mayhew was let go. Since her departure Mayhew has appeared in a number of films and tv shows such as HBO’s hit show Dexter, Diva Diaries, Ashley and Escort. Mayhew has also dabbled in music as she has had songs on shows such as MTV’s The Hills and NBC’s The Voice.
6. Courtney Taylor
For those that didn’t watch ECW, the name Courtney Taylor is one that is likely unrecognizable. For those that did watch ECW, the name Courtney Taylor still may be unrecognizable. Taylor debuted on ECW in August of 2009 as a backstage interviewer for the brand. After two weeks on ECW she was removed from her post as she was replaced by Savannah. Taylor would reemerge four months later on Raw in a bizarre segment where she’d portray Tiger Woods ex-wife Elin Nordegren. In the segment she would chase an individual dressed as a tiger with a golf club. This was the last time Taylor would appear on any WWE programming. In April of 2010, Taylor was released. Taylor is married and has a daughter whom was born in 2011.
5. Rochelle Loewen
Rochelle Loewen may not have had a memorable WWE career but at least she can lay acclaim to having been involved in a segment with John Cena. Loewn, the Edmonton, Alberta resident debuted on the Smackdown brand in 2004 when Cena invited Loewen amongst others to come to ringside for his rap battle against Kenzo Suzuki. Along with this event, Loewen’s other most memorable WWE moment would have to be when she along with an array of divas that included Dawn Marie and Michelle McCool distracted Amy Weber so Joy Giovanni could sneak up behind Weber to pour a milkshake over her. Loewen was let go in the first quarter of 2005. After Loewen was future endeavored she participated in the Lingerie Football League up until 2007.
Anastacia was a backstage interviewer that appeared on Smackdown for the first time in October of 2007. She was let go by the WWE in July of 2008 as higher ups believed she was too green for the role. Anastacia doesn’t have any WWE contribution that stands out. Outside of WWE, Anastacia appeared on the reality show “Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll”, where she fell short. Then again, where are the Pussycat Dolls, today? Anastacia had also released a number of songs via Myspace (back when Myspace was the king of all social media). She has also had her fair share of roles in a number of shows such as Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse, House of Lies, Prime Suspect and Saints Row: The Third.
Aksana placed forth in NXT’s third season as she finished behind Kaitlyn, Naomi and AJ Lee. However, like the three forenamed women, Aksana would also eventually make her debut on the main roster in August of 2011. She initially began as an assistant to then Smackdown GM, Teddy “Tag Team” Long. Aksana would remain with Long until he had lost his position as Smackdown GM. Aksana would then transition into a managerial role as she would manage the Swiss Superman, who still had a first name at the time, Antonio Cesaro. Aksana would also compete as a wrestler during this time but she was a manager more so then she was a wrestler. Aksana would last with the WWE just under three years as she was released in June of 2014 along with a number of other talents.
2. Rebecca DiPietro
Rebecca first appeared in the 2006 Diva Search, but she didn’t last all too long as she was the third competitor eliminated from the competition. Despite this, WWE saw something in Rebecca and they hired her four days after she had been eliminated. Rebecca debuted on the ECW brand in October of 2006 as a backstage interviewer. Despite being an interviewer, Rebecca had in ring training at Deep South Wrestling. She also appeared as a lumberjill at the Cyber Sunday PPV in November of 2006 for the WWE Women’s Championship. In March of 2007 Rebecca requested her release from WWE and WWE obliged. Rebecca won the 2005 Miss Hawaiian and has been in Playboy in two occasions. The Rehoboth, Massachusetts born Rebecca currently resides in East Providence, Rhode Island.
1. Maria Kanellis
Kanellis had relative success in WWE, but she is bad news in the eyes of the Bella Twins, particularly Nikki Bella. Nikki currently dates the company’s face, John Cena, so to say Nikki has her fair share of pull is an understatement. In an interview with WrestlingInc, Maria points at an incident when she was dancing with Dolph Ziggler, who she says was a close friend. Maria says, “I was dancing with Dolph at a party we were at, at a Green Iguana place or something. So we were all hanging out, having fun and dancing. I was dancing with him. I was dancing with the girls. I was dancing with the other people that were there. So all of a sudden when I’m dancing with Dolph I get a tap on the shoulder and it’s Nikki Bella going, ‘what are you doing?’ And I said, ‘uh, dancing with my friend?’ And she’s like, ‘oh, he’s with me.’ I said ‘okaaaay, sure.'” Maria won’t likely be mentioned unless and until her and Nikki patch things up, which is unlikely to happen anytime soon.
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