Back in a time long before the so-called “Attitude Era” forever changed the North American professional wrestling business, female in-ring performers who worked in the WWE were not referred to as “Divas” on television and in advertisements. Those ladies were, in their days, called “wrestlers,” and the female wrestlers who were at the top of their games were often just as respected as were their male counterparts. There were numerous instances, over time, of women wrestlers main-eventing significant WWE cards, a notion that now seems unthinkable considering the current state of the WWE's women's division.
The birth of the Attitude Era brought several legendary Divas to WWE television. Sunny and Sable became international stars for more than just what they achieved while under the WWE umbrella. Trish Stratus and Lita changed the way that some viewed Divas wrestling, so much so that they are seen, by many, to be the greatest female wrestlers to have performed for the company during their careers. Whether you have Trish or Lita at the top spot, any list of the best Divas over the past couple of decades would be empty and close to worthless if it did not have those women in the top-two.
Then, there are the Divas at the other end of the spectrum. In some cases, women who were gifted in the ring and also on the microphone just, for whatever reasons, did not become prime-time talent while with the WWE. In other circumstances, however, the company unrealistically asked for far too much from women who, no disrespect intended, simply did not possess the abilities to meet the high expectations that the company had for them. Those individuals have since moved on from the WWE and, in some instances, the pro wrestling business in general, and hopefully they have found happiness and much success in their other endeavors.
9 Shelly Martinez
8 Rosa Mendes
7 Christy Hemme
5 Kelly Kelly
4 Jackie Gayda
1 Ashley Massaro
The WWE tried...and tried...and tried to push the company's own version of pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne to the moon during her run in the company. Massaro was named the winner of the 2005 Divas Search, and she also appeared on several television programs during her run with the WWE. There was just one problem: she was not all that good inside of the ring or on the microphone. Maybe, in an earlier era, Massaro could have been a valet who, in time, quietly learned the business from behind the scenes. WWE wanted more from their female performers in the 2000s though, and Massaro and the promotion parted ways in the summer of 2008.
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