In an industry that used to subjugate women and reduce them to peripheral roles such as valets and ring announcers, we now see Paige, Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Naomi take the limelight, and it is safe to say that the three-way skirmish for the Divas Championship is more interesting than most other feuds going into WrestleMania 32, especially the Triple H-Roman Reigns feud.
Divas' stocks have gradually been increasing since the turn of the decade, but their shelf-lives have never been as impressive as that of their male counterparts as family duties often force them to retire prematurely. Veterans such as Kane, Big Show, Sting, The Undertaker, Chris Jericho, R-Truth, Goldust and even 70-year-old Vince McMahon could set the squared circle alight, but the World Wrestling Entertainment management has earned a reputation of replacing their women wrestlers even during their peak years.
Lita and Victoria, who are yet to become mothers, still are heavily involved in the industry, with the former operating as a producer and the latter working with independent circuits. However, we have lost a myriad of women wrestlers, who could put the likes of Bella Twins to shame with their in-ring abilities, to parental responsibilities. A good number of retired female performers return to the ring in their wrestling gears after a while, but the possibilities of mothers returning to the action are the same as that of CM Punk holding a WWE microphone in the future or Sting facing the Phenom at WrestleMania.
Almost every WWE Diva, who has called it a day, is now busy changing diapers, helping toddlers with their homework and other such motherly things. In this article, TheSportster lists only the top 15 former WWE Divas, who have become mothers, meaning the writer has omitted the likes of Stephanie McMahon (3 children) and Tamina Snuka (2 children).
12 Eve Torres
Eve Torres is the most recent mother on this list. Torres won the 2007 Divas Search and enjoyed a career of nearly six years in WWE. She won the Divas Championship three times and enjoyed some time as an on-screen authority figure, but retired in 2013 to focus on her role as an instructor at the Gracie Women Empowered Self-defense Program. She would marry Rener Gracie in 2014 and the couple had their first child in September of 2015.
11 Terri Runnels
10 Dawn Marie
Dawn Marie's WWE career was relatively shorter than every other diva listed in this article, but she was as much influential a wrestler as the others during the Attitude Era solely because of her infamous feud with Torrie Wilson. The nine-month feud involved an in-ring marriage between Dawn and Torrie's storyline father Al Wilson (who donned only his undies), death by virtue of violent non-stop sex, blackmail and on-screen lesbian sex. During her three-year WWE career, she failed to accomplish anything noteworthy, apart from being the heel in the cringe-worthy, yet entertaining feud.
9 Candice Michelle
Candice Michelle failed at emulating the laurels of Trish Stratus or Lita thanks to her perennial injury woes, but WWE fame and mesmerizing looks helped her earn the ultimate prize of posing for Playboy - women's equivalent of headlining WrestleMania. Throughout her wrestling career, she won Women's Championship just once, but she found herself embroiled in tasty storylines such as the one that depicted her as Vince McMahon's sex slave.
She and her chiropractor boyfriend Ken Gee Ehrlich tied the knot one year into her WWE career, and the couple resides in Los Angeles with their three children, aged six, four and one.
8 Jillian Hall
WWE has a penchant for selling annoying gimmicks, (perhaps, The Great Khali served his purpose), and at any point in time, WWE would have, at least, one wrestler, whose sole purpose is to be booed. Currently, it has to be Social Outcasts, and Jillian Hall played the very role during her run with the company, taking up the gimmick of a cringeworthy singer.
Whether Jillian has a baby has been discussed more than the involvement of Bret Hart in the Montreal Screwjob (or maybe not). Unlike her fellow WWE alumni, she takes little joy in uploading pictures of her child to her Instagram or Facebook; however, she posted a picture of her 16-year-old daughter with her 'cute' boyfriend 20 weeks ago.
7 Stacy Keibler
Stacy Keibler had limited success as a wrestler, given the fact that she never held gold during her five-year association with the company, but WWE can never sign a more attractive wrestler than her. She competed in the first ever Bra and Panties match, teaming up with Torrie Wilson to face off against Lita and Trish Stratus (damn Daniel!) during the Invasion angle. However, she dared to do what only a few divas would – turn down offers to become a Playboy model twice.
Jazz, real name Carlene Denise Moore-Begnaud, is undeniably one of the most dominant divas WWE has ever had. In the Attitude Era that saw Lita, Victoria and the likes battle for the Women's Championship, she held the title twice, and she's one of the very few divas of her generation to be still active as a wrestler.
Sable had the longest wrestling career of all the female wrestlers listed in this article, with her WWE stint stretching from 1996 to 2004. She and Sunny laid the foundation for what we now call the Divas division though the former also wrestled in addition to managing the likes of Hunter Hearst Helmsley and most notably, Vince McMahon.
4 Mickie James
Brought in as the Trish Stratus's replacement, Mickie James was WWE's main babyface diva until her release in 2010 and enjoyed three successful years at Total Nonstop Action between 2010 and 2013. She has arguably the most embellished resume amongst women wrestlers, having held Women's Championship five times, Divas Championship once and TNA Knockouts Championship thrice.
3 Beth Phoenix
Brought in as Trish Stratus's ally in her famous feud with Mickie James, she achieved great heights during her six-year stint at WWE, winning the Women’s Championship three times and Divas Championship once. She became only the second woman after Chyna to ever enter a Royal Rumble (2010) bout and even went on to eliminate The Great Khali with a raunchy smooch.
2 Michelle McCool
WWE made Michelle McCool the inaugural Divas Champion after handing her two Women's Championship reigns. She also holds the record of being the first and only WWE Unified Divas Champion. She formed one of the most entertaining tag teams with Layla, as LayCool possessed everything that a wrestling fan adores –microphone skills, good story-telling abilities and stunning appearance (those long legs, though).
1 Trish Stratus
Trish Stratus achieved everything during her seven-year wrestling career, winning the Women's Championship seven times and even Hardcore Championship once. Bayley and Sasha Banks might garner huge pops from the WWE Universe, but it is safe to say the Quintessential Diva and Lita have set the bar too high. She appealed to the eyes akin to Brie Bella and impressed with her in-ring details like Sasha Banks, albeit to a whole different level.
She married her long-time boyfriend Ron Fisico soon after her retirement and the couple welcomed baby boy Maximus in 2013, shortly after Stephanie McMahon inducted her into WWE Hall of Fame. She tweets mostly about her son and the little things he does and talks about his penchant for Baby Einstein and toddler tunes during her interviews. How cute!
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