The women of WWE have had a certain kind of reputation for a number of years when they were known as Divas. Tthere was an image that the WWE Universe had already cast over the Women's Division and they were never able to get away from this.
The annual Diva Search that ran from 2003 up until 2007 gave the wrong impression as well with WWE signing women based on their looks alone rather than their wrestling ability.
This has changed over the past few years, with the Performance Center opening WWE have been able to create their own stars and integrate female wrestlers who have been able to change a lot of opinions and create history in their own right.
Over the past few years, the Women's Revolution has been at the forefront of WWE with women main eventing NXT TakeOver, episodes of Raw, and even being given the chance to compete inside Hell in a Cell, and Ironman and Tables match.
Things are finally looking up for the women of WWE but for every woman who has made history, there is another the WWE would like to forget. The stark contrast between them can be seen below.
17 History Maker: Trish Stratus
Trish Stratus came to WWE when the opinion about the women within the company was still the same. She fought through the odds and alongside Lita became part of the Women's Championship match that saw the women main event Money Night Raw for the very first time in what had become a personal feud between the two real life best friends.
Trish decided to retire from the company back in 2006 at Unforgiven at her hometown of Toronto, Canada. Trish retired following her match with Lita where she won the WWE Women's Championship for a record seventh time. A record that still stands more than a decade after Trish originally walked away. Despite her short career with WWE, Trish was still inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame back in 2013.
16 Needs To Be Forgotten: Rosa Mendes
Rosa Mendes retired from WWE back in 2016 following the birth of her daughter Jordan. She made the decision after becoming a veteran in WWE from being with the company for more than a decade. Rosa was another throwback to the time when WWE signed women based on their looks since her route into WWE was through the Diva Search as well.
Rosa not only failed to lift a WWE Championship in her entire career, but she also failed to win a single match on WWE TV. Rosa was hardly used at all in the Women's Division and was never part of a meaningful rivalry. WWE decided to add her to Total Divas a few years ago, but it wasn't enough for her to want to remain with the company any longer.
15 History Maker: Beth Phoenix
The Glamazon was always going to leave her mark in WWE. She was one of the most dominant female wrestlers in WWE history and managed to walk away in 2012 knowing that she had achieved enough in the company to always be remembered.
Not only was Beth just the second woman to be entered into the annual Royal Rumble match, but she was also the first woman who competed in an "I Quit" match along with Melina at One Night Stand back in 2008. Beth wasn't a woman who was scared to unveil her extreme side and was the victor on that night. Beth's contributions to the current Women's Division were noted when she was given her rightful place amongst the elite in the wrestling business in the WWE Hall of Fame in April 2017.
14 Needs To Be Forgotten: Cameron
The Funkadactlys made their WWE debut back in 2012 and were added to the first season of Total Divas the following year. Cameron rose to fame over the next year and was pushed into many matches that were above her ability and made a lot of mistakes in the ring because of this.
Her partner Naomi had been training for much longer than Cameron and the former Funkadactyl was only put on the main roster because of her dance ability. The fans turned against Cameron and when she split with Cameron and the duo finished their feud that followed, it was made obvious that WWE no longer needed Cameron. She was quietly released from the company and many of the WWE Universe are still yet to even notice that she isn't there anymore.
13 History Maker: Natalya
Natalya Neidhart is a veteran in WWE after being part of the company now for more than a decade. Nattie is part of one of the most famous families in the history of wrestling but has made some history of her own over her storied career.
Not only is Nattie a former Divas Champion, but she is was also part of the first female Submission Match against Charlotte back in 2016 as well as the first ever women's Tables match that happened back at TLC in 2010 and pitted Nattie and Beth Phoenix up against Lay-Cool, a match that The Divas of Doom obviously ended up winning. Nattie is still an ever-present fixture on Total Divas and has been since the very beginning in 2013 and on SmackDown Live where she makes history this weekend in the first ever Women's Money in the Bank match.
12 Needs To Be Forgotten: Eva Marie
Reports suggest that Eva Marie may have decided to step away from WWE after a short career that began when she won the Diva Search back in 2013 and was awarded a place on Total Divas.
Since then Eva Marie was thrust into the spotlight on WWE TV and put into matches when she didn't have any in-ring experience. Eva opted to drop out of Total Divas and head to the Performance Center and train with Brian Kendrick ahead of what was supposed to be a huge re-debut. Eva made her return but the WWE Universe had already decided that they hated the former model and this ruined any chances she thought she had in WWE. Eva hasn't been seen on WWE TV since August 2016 when she was suspended for violating the WWE Wellness Policy.
11 History Maker: Chyna
Chyna was a trailblazer, she was a record maker and a record breaker in WWE and she deserves to be remembered as such. Chyna may not have been given her rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame just yet, but based on her accomplishments in the ring throughout her career, it is hard to see her not being given the nod at some point in the future.
Chyna was the ninth wonder of the world, she brought something completely different to the table, she was the first woman to compete in a Royal Rumble match and the first women to do it consecutively when she entered again the following year. She was also the first female to be given the chance to win a male Championship when she lifted the Intercontinental Championship in 1999. Chyna paved the way in WWE for many of the current female talents and someday her accomplishments will be recognised.
10 Needs To Be Forgotten: Torrie Wilson
Torrie Wilson is remembered for very little in WWE and the things that are remembered about the Playboy Cover Girl should probably be forgotten. Torrie was brought over to WWE from WCW when the company took over and was never properly given a chance in WWE because she was already labelled as that kind of character.
Torrie's most memorable match in WWE was when she competed alongside fellow Playboy Cover Girl Candice Michelle at WrestleMania 22 in a Playboy Pillow Fight. Torrie left the company when she sustained an injury and refused to return when she was cleared. She quietly left and hasn't had a lot of contact with the company since as she has begun her own Fitness company and started looking forward to a future that doesn't include WWE.
9 History Maker: Bayley
Bayley may be seen as the huggable child-like star by many of the WWE Universe but during her short time in WWE, Bayley has already been abel to make history on more than one occasion.
Bayley is a former NXT Women's Champion and a former Raw Women's Champion in her own right. But she was also part of the first ever Ironman match between two females in WWE history. Bayley and Sasha Banks collided for the NXT Women's Championship at NXT TakeOver: Respect back in 2015 with Bayley coming out on top and retaining the Championship she won in Brooklyn months before. Bayley was also part of the first ever Kendo Stick on a Pole match between two female stars at Extreme Rules in 2017 when she was defeated by Alexa Bliss.
8 Needs To Be Forgotten: AJ Lee
AJ Lee stated in her autobiography that she feels as though she changed WWE while she was there because it was a different company when she left. AJ was the Diva of the Year in 2014 and was once the longest reigning Divas Champion. But the company would rather the fans forget everything AJ has contributed to the history of WWE.
AJ married CM Punk in 2014 and it seems that this is where many of the problems with AJ and WWE stems from. Nikki Bella was able to break AJ's record and erase her from the record merely months after she left the company and this was seemingly WWE's way of showing that they had all the power over her career and the memory of her time in the company.
7 History Maker: Alexa Bliss
Alexa Bliss may only be five feet tall and one of the most beautiful female wrestlers on the current roster, but over the past few years, she has proved that she is as fierce as she is beautiful. Alexa was promoted to the main roster last summer and realized that she had to prove to a lot of people that she deserved to be there.
Since then Alexa has made history by becoming the first ever two-time SmackDown Women's Champion, the first woman to compete in a singles Tables match alongside Becky Lynch, the first woman to compete in a Kendo Stick on a Pole, match and the only female wrestler to have held the Raw and SmackDown Women's Championships. As well as competing against Becky Lynch inside a steel cage. It seems Alexa has definitely proven her doubters wrong.
5 Needs To Be Forgotten: Ashley Massaro
The 2005 Raw Diva Search winner wasn't with WWE for very long after she asked for her release from the company in 2008 when she revealed that she wanted to leave to look after her sick daughter. Ashley was the image of female wrestling that WWE wants to forget, and the personal stories about the former star are definitely something the company wouldn't want to remember.
As another Playboy Cover Girl, Ashley gave off the wrong impression when it came to the women of WWE and even though she was given the opportunity to wrestle Melina at WrestleMania 23 back in 2007. Their match was said to have been one of the worst female matches in the history of WrestleMania. Ashley's career was seemingly forgettable other than those two accomplishments.
3 History Maker: Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks has had quite an eventful first few years in WWE. As a former NXT Women's Champion and already a three-time Raw Women's Champion, Sasha has been afforded many opportunities in WWE that many women could only dream of.
The woman who is known as The Legit Boss was part of the first-ever women's Ironman match at NXT TakeOver: Respect in 2015. She was then part of the first women's' Raw main event in more than a decade with Charlotte. As well as being part of the first ever Women's Ironman match on the main roster and the first ever Hell in a Cell match to be contested between two women. Sasha is back in the Women's Championship picture now on Raw as well, since Charlotte has been moved over to SmackDown Live.
2 Needs To Be Forgotten: Sunny
Sunny is widely considered to have been one of the first ever WWE Divas and it seems that the WWE Universe can thank her for setting the bar when it came to the Women's Division in WWE for the decade that followed. Luckily WWE has managed to pick the division up out of the gutter and create something so much better in recent years.
Somehow WWE thought it was a good idea to put Sunny in the Hall of Fame, despite the fact that the former Diva has already sold her Hall of Fame ring and has been part of many jobs that she can't be proud of. WWE's argument for not inducting Chyna in the WWE Hall of Fame could be equalled with the fact that Sunny is in there and she has done much worse. Sunny is a person who is better forgotten than remembered.
1 History Maker: Charlotte
In WWE right now there is no female wrestler who is better than Charlotte Flair. The four-time Women's Champion has been making history ever since she came to WWE and it seems that the WWE Universe are finally seeing the potential she has to be one of the greatest female wrestlers in history.
Charlotte is already a former Women's Champion in NXT and on Raw and has main evented Raw and SmackDown, the only woman to ever accomplish this feat. She has also competed inside Hell in a Cell and as part of an IronWoman Match. Charlotte has a number of years ahead of her and it will be interesting to see if she is able to come out on top.
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