The WWE Women's Division is as deep and talented as ever. From NXT to Raw to SmackDown, each show at least two talented females. It's amazing how much the WWE's Women roster has evolved since 2000. Women went from showing their bodies and having little to no wrestling ability to what we see today. During the PG Era, they began to show off less-and-less and wrestle more. The issue with their wrestling is that it was atrocious and WWE didn't give them much time to put on a decent match. NXT helped revolutionized good Women's Wrestling under the WWE banner. After that, they tried to accomplish the same thing but the issue is that some of the wrestler's were still left over from the era of bad women's wrestling. WWE began to bring up some of NXT's better workers. Although the booking was atrocious, the matches got better. At WrestleMania 32, WWE got rid of the "Diva" term and began to refer to the women as Superstars. Although WWE has done away with the term "Diva," there are certainly still some divas on the roster.
Here are 8 female wrestlers who are Superstars and 7 who are still Divas.
15 Superstar: Nikki Cross
Nikki Cross is a Scottish professional wrestler. Prior to joining the WWE, Cross wrestled in many non-American promotions including ICW. In WWE, she joined the group known as SAnitY. The group features members like Eric Young, Killian Dain, and Alexander Wolfe. Cross is the only female member in the group and other then Killian Dain, sticks out the most. She is easily the most demented and vicious member of the group and looks and plays the part to well. Her style inside the ring fits her gimmick to a tee. She has done things in the wrestling ring that many female wrestlers aren't willing to do and for that reason alone, Nikki Cross is a female superstar.
14 Divas: Billy Kay and Peyton Royce
Billy Kay and Peyton Royce are an NXT tandem known as the Iconic Duo. Both women are from the same part of Australia and WWE just made it easy on themselves by putting them together. They have competed against Asuka as well as Nikki Cross in a Fatal Four-Way match for the NXT Women's Championship. In an era where Women's Wrestling is attempting to become a serious part of WWE programming, these two set WWE back a few years. tHEY are nowhere near as good as the women performers on the main roster as well as in NXT. They set WWE's Women's Wrestling back a couple years to the pre-women's revolution era. Unfortunately, it will be a short period of time until they are on the main roster.
13 Superstar: Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch has had a tough go at things as of late. She was brought up to the main roster along with Sasha Banks and Charlotte. She was often an afterthought when it came it to the other two and was lost in the shuffle prior to the brand split. After the Brand Split, she really began to come into her own. She became SmackDown's first Women's Champion at the Backlash pay-per-view in September. She lost her title to Alexa Bliss that same year. She was then in a hurried match at WrestleMania 33 and her career is at an impasse. Although her career has no clear direction, she is a great hand for the WWE to have. She developed and honed her skill under current WWE superstar Finn Balor and that clearly shows in her ability in the ring.
12 Diva: Dana Brooke
Dana Brooke, to put it as simplistic as possible, is not good at anything involving wrestling. She was called up from NXT way too quickly. It was shocking to see her when she made her debut in early 2016. She was paired with the talented Charlotte Flair and the two took off as a mentor and protege tandem. Dana Brooke's weaknesses clearly became transparent and fans of the WWE product saw it each week on Raw. What wrestling fans saw from Dana Brooke was a lack of skill for any aspect of wrestling. She can't talk, she can't act, and most importantly, she can't wrestle. Brooke is incapable of bringing anything valuable to a wrestling ring yet she is still being used over more talented performers.
11 Superstar: Ember Moon
Ember Moon was one of WWE's many independent wrestling steals. On the indies she wrestled under the name Athena. She would be a member of the women's exclusive wrestling show Shimmer. WWE signed her in 2015 and was given the name Ember Moon. Moon has the gimmick of being a goddess although her mannerisms, entrance, and look wouldn't let fans know. The only thing really unique about her was her eyes. Despite not having the look of a goddess, Moon represented the concept of being a goddess well inside the squared-circle. Her ability and skill is top-notch and is right up there with some of the former talent to step foot in NXT. Both her matches with Asuka are two of the best women's wrestling matches in NXT's history.
10 Diva: Carmella
WWE's first and second ever Women's Money in the Bank winner Carmella is inevitably going to become the SmackDown Women's Champion. Carmella was the valet for popular NXT tag team Enzo and Cass. When they were brought up to the main roster, Carmella didn't follow suit until the draft split. She became a SmackDown wrestler and after the crowd didn't get behind her, they turned her heel. She feuded with Nikki Bella and was paired with James Ellsworth. As I previously mentioned, she is the current holder of the Money in the Bank briefcase. He ability inside of the ring sub-par compared to the others on the roster. Something she has in her favor however is a great character and she plays it well.
9 Superstar: Natalya
Natalya is daughter of former Tag Team Champion Jim Neidhart. Despite this, the WWE continues to promote her more as the daughter of Bret Hart. Anytime she goes against Charlotte, Bret's in her corner instead of her actual father. Anyways, Natalya is one of the longest tenured women on the WWE roster. She made her debut in 2008 on the SmackDown roster. Since then, she's only won Diva's Title once and at SummerSlam 2017, she would win the SmackDown Women's Championship from Naomi. Natalya has proved to be one of the better workers on the women's roster. Despite this, WWE has disrespected her tremendously. They gave her a gimmick where she has a farting problem and it doesn't get more embarrassing then that.
8 Diva: Alicia Fox
Alicia Fox has been on the WWE roster since 2008. She made her debut as the wedding planner for Edge and Vickie Guerrero. She was seen to be kissing Edge despite being the wedding planner. Before becoming a wrestler on the main roster, Fox would manage DJ Gabriel. Gabriel's time in ECW was short-lived and Fox began to wrestle on her own. She held the Diva's Title one time in 2010 at the Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view and would drop the title to Melina. After this, Fox began to get lost in the shuffle. After multiple heel and face turns, as well as alignments with other women, Fox is still lost in the shuffle. WWE used her in the Cruiserweight Division and still couldn't manage to get her or the Cruiserweights over.
7 Superstar: Naomi
Naomi was a member of the third season of the NXT game show. She placed in second and is the only contestant from the show still a member of the Women's roster. She was brought up to the main roster as a dancer for Brodus Clay. After the Funkadactyls fizzled out, she became a solo star. She turned heel in early 2015 and was slated to win the Diva's Championship. That didn't happen because of Nikki Bella dating John Cena. During the Women's Revolution in 2015, Naomi would be an afterthought. She would take some time to heal some injuries in 2016 and reappeared after the Brand Split. This year Naomi won the Smackdown Women's Title twice. As far as athleticism goes, Naomi is the best in the Women's Divison. Her skills and character have come a long way as well.
6 Diva: Lana
Lana is the worst wrestler on the WWE roster. She is Eva Marie levels of bad, but it fits the gimmick. All of her movements inside of the ring are awkward and she's so slow. One of her redeeming qualities was her ability to talk but the WWE has taken that away from her for the most part. She was great in the role of Rusev's manager and controller in 2014. Unfortunately, the amount of heat she developed backstage hurt her career. It began with her and Rusev's engagement going viral despite feuding against one another. WWE halted all progress with the feud between the two and they were buried. Rusev managed to dig out of his grave and Lana is working her way through it.
5 Superstar: Charlotte
Charlotte is the daughter of Ric Flair but if you don't know that where have you been as they mention it almost every second. She has been the best utilized and most successful member of the Four Horsewomen and it's hard to figure out who's second. She was the first to win a title both in NXT and the main roster. She ended the title reign of Nikki Bella who was having a reign of terror over the Women's roster. She feuded with Sasha Banks and traded title reigns throughout much of 2016. WWE has done a great job at presenting Charlotte. Whenever she had the title she felt and was treated like a champion. After losing the title to Bayley for whatever reason Charlotte has struggled. She was moved to SmackDown and hasn't been treated the same.
4 Diva: Nikki Bella
Nikki Bella has improved her ability in the ring from what it use to be, but it's nowhere near the top of the Women's Division. Not only that, she's screwed her so-called friends out of championships. When she ruled over the Women's Division in 2015, she only cared about herself and hated losing. She only held the title to break the record of AJ Lee. She garnered her power from dating John Cena and her mother marrying John Laurenaitis. Now she's become a part-time wrestler and her and John Cena defeated The Miz and Nikki Bella at WrestleMania 33 when everyone knew it wasn't right. Her promos are bad and have always been bad. Her brother-in-law being Daniel Bryan has helped her in-ring skill a great deal.
3 Superstar: Sasha Banks
Every fan of NXT had high hopes for Sasha Banks when she got called-up to the main roster. Her talent inside and outside of the ring was top notch. Her character as " The Boss" was executed terrifically by Sasha. She brought prestige to the NXT Women's Championship and was one-half of some of the best matches in NXT history. In 2015, she was brought up with Becky Lynch and Charlotte and was placed into a group with Naomi and Tamina. She had no direction and was often not utilized on Raw or SmackDown. After the team split she feuded with Charlotte over the Women's Title and won the championship multiple times. She is currently involved in a feud with Alexa Bliss and won back the Women's Title.
2 Diva: Alexa Bliss
Alexa Bliss has become one of WWE's most beloved Superstars despite being a heel. A lot of it has to do with WWE fans being creepy about her. But there are some fans who are fond of her performance inside and outside of the ring. Her character is literally being a Diva. She admits that she isn't the best worker but she attempts to outsmart her opponent to win. Everything other than her ring work is top notch. She can talk, she can act, she has great mannerisms, and most importantly she has a character. She plays her character perfectly. Alexa Bliss is the one exception in today's WWE where being a Diva is positive. Bliss has already had many reigns with the Women's Title on both brands.
1 Superstar: Asuka
Asuka might be the best Superstar on the entire WWE roster. Not just man and woman and not just NXT. She may be head and shoulders better than everyone else. Only two wrestlers come to being as close as her. Those two are AJ Styles and Neville. Other than those two, no one comes close. Her dominance in NXT began in 2015. She was given the belt immediately after she defeated Bayley. The people she has beaten that stood in her path of dominance include Nia Jax, Nikki Cross, and Ember Moon. Sadly, Asuka was injured at the latest Takeover event and when she returns it will be on the main roster. Us wrestling fans pray that the creative team on the main roster do not ruin the Asuka character. She's turning 36 in September so her main roster run may not be that long.
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