The one thing that WWE really started pushing this decade was the Women's Evolution. They even ended up promoting a PPV event in 2018 using that name and only using the women on the roster. When the decade started, it was all about the Divas Championship, but when stars from NXT began to arrive, it changed to legitimate female professional wrestlers.
The Four Horsewomen of NXT were the most prominent names when people talk about the women of WWE over the last decade, but they were not alone. There were a lot of talented women lacing up their boots over the last 10 years in WWE. Here is a look at the 10 best WWE female wrestlers of the decade. This is a list that's ranked in no particular order, we're just looking at the best 10 overall!
10 CHARLOTTE FLAIR
If you only look at title reigns, there wasn't a better WWE female wrestler over the last decade than Charlotte Flair. However, look a little deeper, and there is a troubling fact surrounding her title reigns. Of her 10 main roster title reigns, five of them lasted for less than a month before she lost the title.
Even more disturbing is that her last three SmackDown title reigns lasted 12 days, less than one day, and four days. Despite her inability to remain a champion, Charlotte is still one of the best in-ring wrestlers in the female division and always puts on an amazing show.
9 BECKY LYNCH
While some fans dislike her, the truth is that the majority of the WWE Universe forced the company to push Becky Lynch to the top. However, she deserves all the credit in the world for staying there. While she needed Ronda Rousey to work the main event at WrestleMania, she still did it and won the match.
Nicknamed The Man, thanks to her beating Charlotte Flair regularly ("to be the man..."), Lynch has the longest single title reign in the history of the Raw Women's Championship. She also won three SmackDown Women's Championships through the decade, and while she got a late start, she is the second most successful wrestler from the Four Horsewomen of NXT on the main roster.
8 SASHA BANKS
It wasn't supposed to be Becky Lynch. It was supposed to be Sasha Banks, who was involved in one of the best feuds of the decade in the WWE women's division with Charlotte Flair. Sasha and Charlotte had a ton of first-time matches. The two were the first women to fight in a Hell in a Cell. They were the first in a Fall's Count Anywhere match.
Sasha Banks won the Raw women's title from Charlotte three times, although she never held it for more than 27 days. She won it a fourth time from Alexa Bliss, but only held it for eight days. Despite that, Sasha Banks is highly respected and is one of the top female stars in WWE for the last decade.
Bayley had to fight to make it to the main roster. While the other three members of the Four Horsewomen of NXT were called up together, WWE made Bayley stay behind. However, there was a reason for that. They needed someone they trusted to carry the NXT women's division until the next generation was ready to take over.
Bayley is considered the greatest NXT champion of all-time. However, when she came to the main roster, she became an afterthought — a plucky babyface that rarely won. However, she fought on and was one-half of the first WWE women's tag champs and then turned heel and became a dominant SmackDown women's champion.
It wasn't the Four Horsewomen of NXT that started the WWE Women's Evolution. It was Paige. She was the NXT women's champion, and then WWE called her up to the main roster. On her first night on Monday Night Raw, Paige came out and beat AJ Lee for the Divas Championship and then surrendered her NXT title.
Sadly, not only did the Four Horsewomen overshadow Paige, but injuries derailed her career. Paige has since had to retire from active competition, but she was once the youngest women's champion in WWE history on the main roster and was a two-time Divas Champion.
5 BETH PHOENIX
Beth Phoenix was one of the best WWE female wrestlers last decade, and she was still around long enough to be one of the best of this decade as well. She had it all, the great look that WWE fans love in their female superstars and the strength and talent to look like a legit monster.
Phoenix held the WWE Women's Championship three times and the WWE Divas Championship once in her career. Two of those title reigns came last decade, but she won her third women's title in 2010 and then won her sole Divas title in 2011. That last title reign lasted for 204 days. Phoenix entered the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017.
4 AJ LEE
AJ Lee had a short career that burned brightly, and then she left young. Lee made her debut on the main roster in 2011 as a female tag team wrestler. However, she started to gain popularity later in 2011 when she paired up with Daniel Bryan as his girlfriend. This led to a love triangle with Bryan and CM Punk (and even involved Kane).
AJ Lee then started working as Dolph Ziggler's valet for a time, including when he won his first world title. However, she proved herself to be more than a sidekick in 2013 when she became a scrappy female wrestler and started winning. By the time she retired, she was a three-time WWE Divas Champion.
3 NIKKI BELLA
A lot of WWE fans would never put one of the Bella Twins within 100 miles of a best-of list concerning female WWE wrestlers. While it is true that Brie Bella was never very good at all inside the ring, Nikki Bella proved to be a good professional wrestler, but only when she played the role of a heel.
Nikki Bella was a perfect heel in WWE and only faltered when the company pushed her as a babyface due to her relationship for several years with John Cena. She won the Divas Championship twice, and her second reign lasted 301 days before she lost the title to Charlotte at the start of the Women's Evolution.
2 ALEXA BLISS
During the later portion of the decade, Alexa Bliss became the best WWE female heel in the company, and no one else came close. At only 5-1 and 102 pounds, Bliss didn't look like she could beat anyone, but she not only won but put on great matches and looked great doing so.
Believe it or not, Alexa Bliss is a five-time women's champion in WWE between Raw and SmackDown and even held the WWE women's tag team titles once. Her 396 combined days as Raw women's champion is more than any other female superstar on the roster.
Natalya is nowhere near as successful as the women mentioned before her on this list. However, Natalya is one of the most respected female WWE wrestlers in the locker room today and is a leader for the wrestlers that followed her. Neidhart started her WWE career in 2008 and has never looked back.
What is shocking is, despite her standing in the locker room and the respect she has from WWE, she has only won two titles over the last decade. In 2010, she beat Michelle McCool for the title and held it for nine days. In 2017, she won the SmackDown women's title and held it for 86 days.