While the WWE wrestlers have been the prime reason for drawing more and more audiences into the product with their entertaining, hard-hitting wrestling, the rise of the WWE Divas from the Attitude Era also created a position for women in the WWE. The criteria for becoming a successful WWE Diva is simple: you have to have the sexy looks to woo the audience and make them interested in you, considering a woman who doesn't have the necessary figure and features will really struggle to make it big in the company.
Over the years, the WWE has noticed how much popularity their Divas also get because of their stunning figures and abilities, as the boom of the Attitude Era and the rise of the Divas convinced them to keep on hiring the beautiful ladies, scrounging all over the world for sexy ladies as well as making for their own "WWE Diva Search" which stretched over a few years. The Divas bring in a significant portion of the audience because of their sexy looks and have been a vocal point of the sports entertainment product of the company ever since the Attitude Era. Let's have a look at the Hottest WWE Diva For Every Year Since 1996.
21 1996 - Sunny
Many regard Sunny as being the one who ushered in the Attitude Era in the WWE, mostly because of her part in the Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart rivalry which escalated to real life hatred between them. 1996 would be the year where Sunny shined, as she not only started dating Shawn Michaels but also was successful in the WWE, where she managed her teams to success. She won Pro Wrestling Illustrated's "Manager of the Year" award as well as being AOL's most downloaded woman of the year. Sunny posed in some stunning magazine covers which show why she was the hottest thing at the time and why everyone wanted to be with her as well, as the sexy Sunny was at her prime in 1996 and showed off her amazing figure lavishly.
20 1997 - Sable
Sable was probably the reason why women became so popular in the WWE towards the start of the Attitude Era, as her presence and charisma standing ringside along with Marc Mero and her sexy antics helped her get over by herself in a matter of time. While Mero was injured for a part of 1997, Sable continued to shine as she rose in the WWE, not only because of her amazing figure but also because of having some memorable moves in her arsenal. Her "Sable Bomb" was really impressive and her amazing display in 1997 also won her the "Diva of the Year" award and helped her get on the road to success in the WWE. Let's not forget, her stunning figure and erotic mannerisms would help her get on the cover of many magazines as well.
19 1998 - Debra
While Debra might not have been the most prolific of wrestlers in the WWE during her time, she really did shine out as a bombshell in 1998 when she debuted as the manager of Jeff Jarrett. She'd quickly get over with the crowd after she utilized her "assets" and unbuttoned her blouse to show the audience her "puppies" and this made her really popular with the audience as well as helping Jarrett get the wins over the distracted opponents. Her antics continued throughout the year, as her sexy get-ups and amazing assets helped her get in the good books of management as well, who pushed her into a more in-ring role next year and made her one of the stars of the Divas Division, as she continued to use her antics to woo the audience to make up for her poor in-ring talent.
18 1999 - Sable
Sable would have quite the change over the course of the two years, as she was now the queen of the Divas Division in 1999 and had the spotlight on her all the time. While maintaining her erotic behavior and sexy looks, she also had improved on her in-ring performances as she was now the complete package with not only the looks but ability in the ring as well. Sadly, she'd leave the WWE in 1999 and go onto get some main-stream attention, as she made the cover of Playboy in September 1999 and also appeared on the Howard Stern Show and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Regardless of lashing out and leaving the WWE, Sable was still doing pretty good in her life as her stunning looks and mannerisms kept her in the spotlight despite not being in the WWE and had the company wanting her back quickly.
17 2000 - Chyna
Chyna was nicknamed the "Ninth Wonder Of The World" because of her amazing, intimidating looks which made her the enforcer for D-Generation X, but quickly she attained her own popularity because of her charisma, presence and power. She even won the Intercontinental Championship(first and only woman to do so) and towards 2000, she was attaining more and more mainstream attention because of her stunning figure. While aligning with Eddie Guerrero, she continued to dominate in the WWE and also posed nude for Playboy Magazine in November 2000. Chyna's sexy figure got the attention it needed with the turn of the century, as she was not only an intimidating wrestler who could put down many a man as well, but a red hot diva who put many others to shame.
16 2001 - Trish Stratus
Trish Stratus was one of the reasons for the rise of Women's wrestling, but towards the early part of her career she was all about wooing the audience into putting her over. Her early part of 2001 saw her have an on-screen affair with Mr. McMahon who used her and manipulated her for some-time before she turned on him, but the segments during these months showed how hot and erotic Trish can really be. She turned into a full-time wrestler after the face turn, helping to keep away the WCW diva during the Invasion angle and even though she spent the last few months of 2001 in the sidelines, her amazing figure was fully on showcase in that year which established her not only as a prominent wrestler, but an absolute knockout in terms of looks as well.
15 2002 - Stacy Keibler
Stacy Keibler didn't get much attention when she initially moved from WCW to WWE, but after the Invasion story-line blew over, Keibler was rightfully pushed by the company as their hottest star. Keibler had quite the incredible figure which was enough to woo anyone over, as she performed the much remembered "table dance" which blew Mr. McMahon over to give her the job of his personal assistant and Keibler used her erotic techniques to keep him happy after that. Keibler's antics and sexiness was on full display in 2002, which turned out to be a great year for her as her revealing nature had many a fan cheering for her, as the gorgeous diva gave some tough competition to the other divas in the WWE and was definitely the sexiest woman on the roster that year.
14 2003 - Dawn Marie
Dawn Marie was among WWE's exports from ECW, but she really caught the eye of the viewers during her controversial feud with Torrie Wilson in 2003. She developed a relationship with Torrie's real life father in Al Wilson, as she also offered Wilson to come to her hotel for one night and if she arrived, she'd leave her father. Torrie declined, so Marie went onto marry Al on Smackdown in their underwear, as they'd go onto have their "honeymoon" where Al would die (kayfabe) after rigorous amounts of coitus with Marie. This feud would end with Torrie winning it, but Marie was irresistibly sexy in 2003 and was used because of her stunning figure as she was the ideal eye-candy for Smackdown! at the time and was used to woo audiences to like her character's sexy antics and tune into watch Smackdown!
13 2004 - Trish Stratus
Trish Stratus grew as a wrestler over the years in the WWE, but she continued to keep her sexiness intact, as she was on top of the Women's Division in 2004 holding the Women's Championship throughout the year. Trish would be a mean heel at the time, getting help to get dirty wins and lashing out on other Divas, as her top-notch heel work mixed really well with her erotic mannerism as she kept on being sexy as well as pure evil throughout 2004. Trish kept on feuding with her rival Lita in the year as well, as her sexy heel gimmick in the year worked really well for her and established the fact that she was still the sexiest diva in the locker room, despite going onto a more in-ring wrestling role.
12 2005 - Lita
While Lita was always a daredevil, rocker face in the WWE who wasn't afraid of going the extra mile to get the victory, she had an intriguing change in character in 2005 when she turned heel by aligning with Edge after that controversial feud with ex-boyfriend Matt Hardy. Lita would be at the side of Edge as he climbed the ladder towards the main-event scene, as she often helped him get many victories by interfering and also made for some hot segments displaying their love on WWE TV. Lita was absolutely smacking good in terms of looks during that phase, as she looked very hot during her time as a heel and both the elements mixed well to put her over as a top diva in the locker room, whose transition from a geeky daredevil to a red hot heel was completed pretty smoothly.
11 2006 - Torrie Wilson
Torrie Wilson was brought in the WWE to be one of their eye-candies, as she seemed to get hotter with each passing year and her sexiness really took a hike when she turned heel as part of the Pretty Mean Sisters with Candice Michelle. Wilson's heel antics along with her sensational figure at the time managed to woo many, as Wilson was the highlight of many erotic matches like Bra and Panties match and her rising popularity forced the WWE to turn into a face again after a few months. She became the on-screen girlfriend of Carlito towards the end of 2006, as that was the year where Wilson really shone through among her colleagues as her sensational, sexy antics throughout the year established her as the prime sexy goddess in the WWE at the time.
10 2007 - Candice Michelle
After asserting her evil, sexy nature as part of Vince's Devils for a couple of years, Candice Michelle managed to become quite the stunning face in 2007 which turned out to be her year. The hot Candice started to focus on her wrestling, as her impressive performances got her up the ladder in the WWE as she got more prominent victories which helped her get a shot at the WWE Women's Championship against Melina, which she won at Vengeance, becoming the first ever WWE Divas Search contestant to do so. She'd keep the title for some-time as she continued to showcase her sexy nature with some revealing outfits and continuously entertaining audiences and even though she lost the title in a rather unfortunate manner to Beth Phoenix, Michelle was on top of her game in 2007 and was an absolute knockout in those days in the WWE as well.
9 2008 - Maryse
Maryse was an aspiring model before she came to the WWE, as she was also amongst those who rose from the "WWE Divas Search" program but quickly adjusted herself to the environment in the WWE. After a few years of struggling in the WWE, she turned herself into a star towards 2008 where she really shined through as not only a sexy foreign heel, but also an able wrestler. She managed to win the Divas Championship in the year as well, as the stunning model had the best fashion sense amongst the Divas and always came out wearing some absolutely sensational costumes which wooed the viewers. Maryse had managed to bring out the real sexiness in her in the year which went pretty well for her, not only culminating in the Divas Championship but also mainstream status.
8 2009 - Gail Kim
Gail Kim's first stint in the WWE was relatively short but did help to get her name into the wrestling circuit, as she came back in 2008 and even though she couldn't replicate her success from her first stint, she did manage to become a really hot spectacle in the WWE at the time. She was part of some high-profile matches but really shone through as a real knockout with her sexy figure as she wore some really stunning costumes to the ring and managed to woo the audiences with her amazing figure and willingness to give it back to the audience for rooting for her. Kim was definitely at her hottest in 2009 where she had to adjust to entertain the audiences with her hot figure which helped attain more popularity for her after her return and get her paid in the WWE.
7 2010 - Layla
Layla was really struggling to get the attention of the viewers before her alliance with Michelle McCool as they called themselves "Team LayCool" and went onto rule over Smackdown! with their mean, dominating nature. Layla was definitely the hotter of the two, as she'd already impressed with her figure during the "Extreme Exposee" part in ECW and had matured into an even sexier woman in the next few years. She also won the Women's Championship in 2010, becoming the first ever WWE Divas Search winner to do so, as she climbed from the bottom to become one of the top divas on the roster and was definitely the hottest woman in the WWE in 2010 where her mean, heel nature and sexy looks collided for something really great during a rather dim time for Women's Wrestling.
6 2011 - Kelly Kelly
Kelly Kelly was used only as an eye-candy during the early part of her career in the WWE, but she developed herself into a better wrestler as the years passed on and in 2011 really shone through among her peers. Kelly kept being this absolutely beautiful, doll-like diva who found her wrestling nature in 2010 when she managed to go over with the audience and this led to a push which culminated in her winning the Divas Championship. She actually had a decent title reign at 104 days, as she was an absolute fan favorite because of how amazing she looked and also how well she interacted with the fans, as Kelly's smashing looks played a bit part in her becoming one of the top divas in the WWE and her rise in popularity in 2011.
5 2012 - Eve Torres
Eve Torres had quite the memorable run in the WWE, but her last years were probably the best as she managed to portray this really detestable heel as well as keeping an absolutely smacking figure as well. At a time when women's wrestling took a bit of a dip because of the lack of talent, Eve managed to woo audiences with her gorgeous figure as well as making for some intriguing story-lines with her impressive character which was a really good heel at the time. Eve also won her record 3rd Divas Championship in 2012, which turned out to be an amazing year for her as the hot, evil diva would go onto retire the next year and bowed out of the WWE on a high and still looking as the hottest woman on the roster.
4 2013 - AJ Lee
AJ Lee's initial years in the WWE didn't bring out the best in her, as she was forced to be entangled into weird romantic angles and the WWE finally brought out of the best in her in 2013, where she was pushed to the top. Lee would win the Divas Championship at Payback from Kaitlyn and went onto dominate over the Divas Division, often berating her colleagues for being more inclined into the reality series "Total Divas" than wrestling in the WWE. While keeping this impressive nature, AJ looked absolutely amazing all the while as she had quite the cute, sexy figure and wore some nice outfits to show off her amazing assets as well. Even though she was on the shorter side among the Divas, she shone through among everyone in 2013 and was not only the best wrestler, but the sexiest diva in the roster at the time as well.
3 2014 - Paige
Paige had quite the memorable 2014, as she was not only the undisputed NXT Women's Championship but also had one of the most amazing main roster debuts, defeating AJ Lee for her Divas Championship and becoming the youngest ever Divas Champion at 21. Paige also changed up her appearance to "more-WWE like" after reaching the main stage, as she dyed her hair and started to act and dress more sexily as she made some really erotic moves in the WWE and wooed over a lot of fans with that. Paige became more and more hotter as the months passed on, as she not only established herself as one of the best wrestlers among the divas at the time but also the sexiest diva in her debut year in the main roster and ensured that everyone will remember her for a long time.
2 2015 - Nikki Bella
The Bella's entered the WWE as some mischievous sisters who often traded up with each other to get wins for themselves, but they developed really well as the years passed by and also changed up their appearances. Nikki Bella really worked on becoming a "WWE Diva" and slowly became more hotter with each passing year, as 2015 would be the year where she started her domination as she entered the year as Divas Champion. She continued to hold the title almost throughout the year, as she also looked like drop-dead gorgeous, not only with her amazing looks but also with her sexy assets which made her the hottest diva in the locker room by a mile, as 2015 became the year where she attained mainstream attention as well as breaking the record to become the longest reigning Divas Champion and a big fan-favorite for her sexy figure.
1 2016 - Eva Marie
Eva Marie has been facing the wrath of fans for a long time now, as everyone hates her for having no wrestling skills whatsoever and getting pushed nonetheless because of her looks. But you can't really blame WWE for pushing her as their next bombshell, as Marie has over the years worked on her looks more than her wrestling and has become an absolutely stunning Diva who can easily woo anyone. Eva has some of the most amazing assets in the WWE and her new gimmick shown after the WWE Draft was a real hit before she was suspended by the company, as Eva has the ability to be their next ideal eye-candy with a sexy figure which she has right now and should be pushed slowly and be used to "entertain" the fans a bit more right now with her incredible looks.