Beauty, as they say, rests in the eye of the beholder. While it is true that physical attractiveness is subjective depending on who is judging the beauty, it is also true that great success can come to someone when a bunch of beholders find them beautiful. Not just any beholders, but the right beholders who hold open the right doors of opportunity. This has been no more true than it has been in the wrestling industry. Especially back in the day.
Back in the day, wrestling talent came second to beauty for everyone in the Women's Division. It's always nice to see a female wrestler who could actually do her job (aka wrestle), but if the crop of backstage figureheads didn't find her attractive, that female wrestler could say "sayonara" to any possible significant push. Those were reserved for the models who came in with no experience, but were super hot.
My, times have changed, haven't they? And for the better no less. While WWE still has its fair share of beautiful women among their roster, every woman who steps through those ropes is a highly skilled competitor. The same could not be said of WWE's women's roster five to ten years ago. That is just one reason why we won't be seeing many hot faces of old in the future. There are other reasons afoot, and so we are going to name off a few beautiful wrestling faces of yesteryear and explain why we shouldn't hold our breath about a possible return to the ring for any of them.
15 Christy Hemme
Christy Hemme made audiences jaws drop during the 2004 WWE Diva Search, which included a segment where Hemme sat butt-first into a pie. Strange methods aside, she won fans over enough to win the whole shebang, and a WWE contract to boot. Despite the fact she only spent a year and some change in the company, she accomplished quite a lot.
14 Rosa Mendes
Many WWE fans liken Rosa Mendes to the female version of JTG in that both had lackluster singles careers, contributed nothing to the product, and many wondered why WWE kept them around on the roster for as long as they did. Despite losing the 2006 Diva Search while in the final eight, Mendes received a developmental contract.
Despite her lackluster wrestling ability, Aksana built a decent reputation for herself in developmental after becoming the first woman in FCW to simultaneously become the Queen of FCW and the FCW Divas Champion. When she was called up to the main roster in 2011, Aksana was expected to have a bright future. It was clear from the get-go that Vince McMahon was quite keen on pushing Aksana as a major player in the Divas Division, perhaps as the next big thing.
12 Shelly Martinez
Though she's remembered more for her, ahem, "assets" than anything regarding her wrestling ability, Shelly "Ariel" Martinez did have a few tussles of her own while taking up the managerial services of Kevin Thorn while working under the ECW brand. In the middle of 2007, she was released from her WWE contract.
11 Gail Kim
If there is any woman who WWE fans would like to see return to the company, it's Gail Kim. She stood out in the early 2000s as one of the few women who had exquisite wrestling ability that matched her beauty. Even when she was released by WWE in 2004, she went on to become the face of TNA's Knockouts Division. She would return again to WWE in 2008, but she was so unhappy with her run once her contract expired in 2011 that she vowed never to return to WWE.
Say what you will about her general knowledge of the wrestling business--Alicia Fox against Melina is right up there with Austin versus Rock if we're being honest--and criticize her wrestling ability all you want because she really was the drizzling sh*ts in the ring.
9 AJ Lee
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There is a reason why AJ Lee spent so many years as the face of the Divas Division. In a time when WWE was still bombarded by women who were pretty but couldn't wrestle worth a damn, AJ Lee stood tall in all departments. She was the best female promo worker, in-ring wrestler, and it helped that she still happened to have a pretty face. All of this attributed to her three reigns as Divas Champion. She reigned supreme among the Divas Division until she left WWE in 2015.
8 Ashley Massaro
After winning the WWE Diva Search in 2005, Ashley started slowly being pushed as the company's top female babyface. First she was paired in 2006 with Trish Stratus, who was at the time the top female babyface on Raw. Then, she was moved to SmackDown to manage Paul London and Brian Kendrick. Upon getting over, she became a Playboy centerfold and wrestled for the Women's Championship at WrestleMania. From there, she continued to be pushed, but she was never as over as she used to be and in 2008, she was released from her contract.
7 Torrie Wilson
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Torrie Wilson had quite the lengthy run in WWE from 2001 until her release in 2008. Considering the fact that her career included titillating feuds with Dawn Marie and Sable, being a two-time Playboy covergirl, and a receiver of WWE's one and only "Golden Thong Award", Wilson had quite the accomplished WWE career without ever even earning a Women's Championship run. Considering all of the success and popularity that she had back in the day, one would think that she'd be a shoe-in to make a WWE return.
6 Candice Michelle
A former Women's Champion, a GoDaddy sponsor lady, Vince's Devil, a Playboy cover girl, etc. These are just a few of the accolades that Candice Michelle accomplished in her five year run in WWE. She also was the very first Diva Search competitor to ever win the Women's Championship before being released in 2009. What she lacked in actual wrestling ability, she made up for by having an energetic attitude that hyped up the crowd whenever she stepped in a WWE ring. Oh, and everyone thought she was hot. Being hot helps in this industry.
5 Stacy Keibler
Best remembered as a manager to The Dudley Boyz, an on-screen assistant to Vince McMahon, and, well, her legs, Stacy Keibler has been a busy bee since leaving WWE in 2006. She has worked vigorously in the fitness industry, modelling, a Dancing with the Stars contestant, an actress, and briefly a co-owner to the now defunct Hollywood Fame, a 2006 expansion franchise of the new American Basketball Association. All over the course of the last decade.
4 Eva Marie
WWE tried really hard to get Eva Marie over, didn't they? At first glance, it made sense. Marie did have a unique look that provided potential to make her the face of the Women's Division and the general public did find her insanely hot. Too bad that every time WWE tried to push Eva Marie, the only thing that ever stood in their way of getting her over was Eva Marie herself. She was just downright terrible. From the moment she stepped foot in a WWE ring, her promo skills were horrendous and her in-ring ability (even in a time where WWE were still surrounded by sub-par models posing as wrestlers) looked even worse.
3 The Kat
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The Kat is one of the many examples where WWE pushed a pretty faced woman merely because she was a pretty face. It also helped that she was married to Jerry Lawler at the time of her WWE run. In just two years of working under the WWE banner, she became a Women's Champion and worked major angles with the likes of Chyna and Right to Censor. However, she didn't have nearly the in-ring ability that matched the credentials of the face of the Women's Division. WWE only pushed her because the backstage hive mind considered her attractive and she added a ratings boost whenever she flashed her breasts on television.
Whenever wrestling fans hear the phrase "sex sells," the first example that normally springs to our minds is that of Sable. As a staple of the Attitude Era, Sable's presence as a sex symbol made her into one of the most popular stars in WWE at the time. WWE often used her as a secret weapon to gain substantial ratings during the Monday Night Wars and more often than not, it worked whenever WWE promised Sable's body in a WWE ring.
Sunny is the original embodiment and definition of the WWE "Diva". Shortly after being asked to join the company in 1995, her image was all over the product in no time. Within a year's time, Sunny would be globally recognized as the most downloaded woman on the internet, which considering how few people in the world had access to the internet in the mid-90s, that is no small feat.
Despite the controversy which Sunny produced behind the scenes, she made a big enough lasting impression on fans that she earned a WWE Hall of Fame induction in 2011. However, thanks to some recent controversy regarding Sunny's foray into the adult entertainment business, the adult-oriented Skype sessions she has with fans, and a handful of legal issues, WWE is actively steering clear of anything Sunny related on their programming.
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