WWE adding new talent to the Women’s Divisions on both Raw and SmackDown certainly added excitement to the shows. Raw featured Paige returning with NXT talents Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose at her side. The NXT trio of Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan and Ruby Riot made their presence known on SmackDown. It shows that WWE wants to add more ladies to the roster than ever before. We also see the returns of former stars to the company in the Hall of Fame and other various productions. Madusa, Jacqueline and a few other ladies have been celebrated in recent years after long absences.
We'll take a look at some of the most memorable former female stars in WWE. Some of these ladies will have a chance to return to the company in some form whether it is wrestling, making a cameo on television, speaking in WWE documentaries or being celebrated in the Hall of Fame. Their relationships allow them to have a shot at doing business with their former employer. However, there are other former stars that will be blacklisted for various reasons. Both sides will be examined with a list of eight former WWE ladies that can possibly return and seven that are blacklisted.
15 Return: Stacy Keibler
Stacy Keibler has kept a distance from the wrestling world but that doesn’t mean there isn’t interest on WWE’s side. The popularity of Keibler during the early to mid 2000s saw her become one of the top women in the company for quite some time. Stacy made the decision to leave WWE when hoping to branch out into Hollywood after her star power grew from appearing on Dancing with the Stars.
14 Blacklisted: Sunny
There is no chance you will ever see Tammy “Sunny” Sytch back in WWE after they made the mistake of welcoming her back in the past. Sunny joined the WWE Hall of Fame as one of the few managers to make it in due to her popularity and impact in the 90s. However, Sytch had her personal demons bring her down and she now is considered one of the most abhorrent people in the industry.
13 Return: Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn was the winner of the all women NXT competition and achieved quite a bit of success on the main roster. The former Divas Champion had a memorable feud with her real life best friend AJ Lee. Despite the fact that the women received less time and fewer opportunities, Kaitlyn and Lee were able to tell a story with a couple of really good matches.
12 Blacklisted: Dawn Marie
The chances of Dawn Marie being celebrated by WWE for her prior accomplishments are slim to none. Dawn Marie is remembered for both her run in ECW as one of the top ladies there and a long stint with WWE on the SmackDown brand. Most of her work was character based as she was not viewed as a great in-ring performer. Things ended horribly when WWE controversially released her from her contract when she was pregnant.
11 Return: Torrie Wilson
There will always be someone more beautiful, successful, popular, talented, fun blah blah than us...but it’s when we stay true to our unique lil self that our light shines the brightest. YOU, my dear, cannot be replaced by ANYONE..and that is your biggest superpower. Noone does YOU better than YOU! - 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼Pic: @harrylhgfx - #ShineBright #BeYourselfAlways #Irreplaceable #BelieveInYourGreatness #WeAllShineDifferently
Similar to Stacy Keibler, Torrie Wilson became a huge star due to the old ways of the women having matches about wearing little clothing rather than displaying athleticism. Wilson chose to leave the business due to the wear and tear of the few matches she wrestled in hurting her body. Torrie is trying to become a fitness personality on social media, but she still keeps in touch with her wrestling friends.
10 Blacklisted: Christy Hemme
The firing of Christy Hemme back in 2006 remains one of the bigger mysteries in wrestling that has never been answered. Fan speculation and urban legends have created multiple stories as to why WWE would have fired the first ever Diva Search winner and someone with potential to become a star so early into her run with the company.
9 Return: Michelle McCool
The WWE career of Michelle McCool ended when she stepped away from the ring to become a homemaker for The Undertaker. McCool was one of the top female stars at the time with many questioning how much Undertaker played a role in that. Regardless of why she was pushed, McCool clearly was one of the most successful women’s wrestlers in WWE history.
8 Blacklisted: Taryn Terrell
Impact Wrestling found a surprising gem when they hired Taryn Terrell after her run with WWE as Tiffany. WWE used her as an authority figure rather than a wrestler for the majority of her run. No one could have predicted she would become a highly success in-ring performer for Impact. Terrell had a classic feud with Gail Kim to put her on the map.
7 Return: Victoria
Former WWE star Victoria did a great job putting on impressive matches at a time when the ladies were limited in how much time they were given and what moves they were allowed to do. The talent and hard work of Victoria made her stand out with incredible matches against Trish Stratus adding some credibility to the Women’s Division.
6 Blacklisted: Melina
Melina was one of the most talented women to wrestle in WWE, but her backstage attitude hurt her in a major. Numerous women on the roster had issues with Melina during her WWE tenure. The success of Melina got to her head and caused her to get the reputation of being an egotistical Diva to the other wrestlers. Mickie James and Candice Michelle each had a public war of words with Melina via blogs.
5 Return: Gail Kim
The recent news of Gail Kim retiring saw her close the final chapter of her Impact Wrestling career. Kim has avoided discussing a return to WWE due to the fact that she was used poorly on two occasions there. Vince McMahon didn’t believe in Gail being a star and had a very sexist attitude that rubbed her the wrong way.
4 Blacklisted: Ashley Massaro
Ashley Massaro was the second ever Diva Search winner and had a pretty big following. Fans gravitated towards Massaro and she received the biggest pop on SmackDown quite often. Ashley was the face of the Women’s Division on that show as her popularity made her a valuable commodity. Massaro actually challenged Melina for the Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 23 in a rare women’s singles match on the big event.
3 Return: Sable
Someone that has been rumored for the Hall of Fame a couple of times in recent years is Sable. The success of Sable made her for the first female to become a massive draw for WWE. Fans showed up to cheer Sable almost as much as they did come to Steve Austin and the other top stars in 1998. Sable had a rocky relationship as she left at her peak and sued them for sexual harassment.
2 Blacklisted: Debra
The stint of Debra in the late 90s saw her become one of the most popular women during the Attitude Era. Debra made a genius move jumping ship from WCW to WWE. She upgraded from being a forgettable manager to someone banking on her sex appeal in WWE’s Women’s Division. Steve Austin and Debra started dating in WWE leading to them getting married.
1 Return: AJ Lee
AJ Lee is one of the female wrestlers that fans badly want to return to the company. The popularity of AJ made her the most popular woman in the division at a time when performers like her were hard to find. Lee had great matches and connected with the audience due to her character work. Unfortunately, she grew frustrated with WWE and the hostility they showed towards her husband CM Punk enough to walk away.
At just 30 years old, Lee still has a lot to offer and has gone on the record that she misses the ring. AJ’s autobiography being a huge hit showed just how many fans she still has. WWE’s war with CM Punk is going to end sooner than later and they always want to bring in the money. Lee facing the stars on the main roster today could bring in attention and excitement.
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