There have been many WWE divas who have graced the ring with their skills and beauty, providing a sometimes welcome distraction from seeing the big hulking beasts of WWE – testosterone-fueled men full of machismo – strutting their stuff.
The role of women in the male-dominated world of WWE has always been somewhat of a contentious issue. Initially the Women’s Championship was a bit of a joke, a gimmick in itself. The belt looked like it was purchased from a toy store, and the fact that it was so big, pink, fancy, frilly and had a butterfly design didn’t help those competing in the Divas Championship to be taken seriously. Many people had no interest in the divas in WWE and only watched them for the obvious reasons.
But despite what you may think about the women’s division, you can’t deny that there have been some stunning divas, divas who could certainly wrestle and who were hot – had the beauty and grace to attract a huge fan following to WWE. These women deserve props, whether it was because of their looks or for other reasons, just for getting on the WWE roster, and for embarking on successful careers when the curtain closed on their time in the ring.
15 15. Ashley Massaro
14 14. Stacy Keibler
The tall beauty – Stacy Keibler is known for possessing the "legs of WWE" and being the tallest diva to have fought in WWE – is and has been a model and actress inside and outside the ring. The nickname "the weapon of mass seduction" tells you all you need to know about Keibler’s flawless looks, and the fact that she was also voted Babe of the Year in 2005 just goes to show how much of a fan favorite she was, despite never winning a title. Keibler would use her endlessly long legs inside the ring to inflict damage through her finishing move, the Roundhouse Kick, but has also used them when strutting her stuff on the big screen.
13 13. Michelle McCool
12 12. AJ Lee
11 11. Eve Torres
Like many of her fellow WWE divas, Eve started out as a model, a career she balanced with dancing, and appeared in numerous TV commercials and music videos before embarking on a career in wrestling. Also, like many of her female counterparts, Eve entered the WWE’s Diva Search and emerged victorious in 2007, earning herself a professional contract. She began as a backstage interviewer but quickly rose through the ranks to win the Divas Championship – a title she won an impressive three times. This woman is hot stuff, and she’s never shied away from showing off her shapely figure, whether it be modelling and dancing for the Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dance Team or taking part in bikini contests – unsurprisingly, she’s won a lot.
10 10. Candice Michelle
9 9. Torrie Wilson
It doesn’t take a genius to realize that Torrie Wilson is no stranger to the gym. Her smoking hot bod has won her numerous titles in the world of fitness, including the Miss Galaxy competition in 1998 and the Women's Tri-Fitness Championships. Wilson started off in wrestling by chance. After attending a show, she caught the eye of Scott Steiner and then Kevin Nash, and ergo one of Vince’s Devils was born. She might not have won a title during her nine-year stint with the company, but endeared herself to many adoring fans. Wilson was painfully shy as a girl before embarking on her wrestling career, but she’s certainly blossomed since then.
8 8. Kelly Kelly
Barbara Jean Blank entered the wrestling world as Kelly Kelly, after being scouted by WWE during a modelling show. Her background in gymnastics certainly came in handy whilst executing her finishing moves in the ring, such as the Molly-Go-Round – moves that certainly contributed to her winning the WWE Diva's Championship for the first time in 2011. Despite having no wrestling experience, Kelly made it work and used the flexibility and agility she’d honed from years of gymnastics and cheerleading to become a success. When she was released from WWE in 2012, Kelly fought on the independent circuit for a while, but this blonde bombshell had no trouble finding work elsewhere.
7 7. Lita
6 6. Sunny
Sunny was the original diva of WWE. She wowed crowds with her great looks and she was AOL's most downloaded woman back in 1996. She helped pave the way for many others after her and were it not for her, there probably never would have been the eventual surge of women in wrestling. Sunny was released by WWE in 1998, missing out on a lot of the Attitude Era.
5 5. Brooke Tessmacher
The stunning Brooke Tessmacher has worked with all of the major wrestling promotions, including the WWE between 2006 and 2007. Although she didn’t win any titles with the company, she’s been very successful elsewhere and has won numerous titles during her time with TNA. Brooke undoubtedly has the looks and has had a very successful career as a model. She’s competed in bikini pageants such as Miss Hawaiian Tropic, Miss Swimsuit USA and Miss Hooters, but was told by her modelling agent that she was too ripped to be a model – perhaps that’s why she went on to have a relatively successful career as a wrestler.
4 4. Mickie James
This is a stunning diva with a devious, some may say devilish, side to her personality. She won the WWE Women's Championship five times. But forget the titles' it’s the crazy story lines Mickie was involved in that got her noticed as well as her "psycho personality." Her relationship with Trish Stratus is one that’ll live long in the memory for a number of reasons. She played the gimmick of Stratus' biggest fan turned obsessed stalker, a gimmick that eventually developed a lesbian angle when James kissed Stratus under a sprig of mistletoe. During this time, Mickie taunted Stratus by unveiling a trussed up and gagged Ashley Massaro in the middle of the ring, an event which culminated in Mickie confessing her love for Stratus – one of the best women’s feuds in WWE history. Since then, she has had stints in TNA, and is currently with Global Force Wrestling.
3 3. Sable
Rena Marlette Lesnar, aka Sable, came to the WWE in 1996. She was one of the first WWE divas and gained a huge fan-following, one that grew considerably during her eight-year career with the company. Her most notable achievement was winning the WWE Women’s Championship, and some may say she gained even more popularity when she married wrestling and now MMA superstar, Brock Lesnar. But Sable’s always been very successful in her own right. She won her first beauty pageant at the age of twelve – she’s always had the looks – and then began modelling with some major companies such as Pepsi and L'Oréal before her wrestling career took off.
2 2. Terri Runnels
Terri was one of the first divas in the WWE and she was certainly an instant hit. When she was first introduced, she was involved in some steamy, scandalous storylines (as per the times when women were first brought in to WWE), but she managed to leave with her head held high after eight years after a massive firing spree from the company in 2004. Upon leaving the world of wrestling, Terri took some time in which she spent travelling the globe -- a well-deserved break -- before settling down and starting her philanthropic endeavors. She is now heavily active in the world of philanthropy and works with numerous different charities, including the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Children's Miracle Network, the Hermie & Elliott Sadler Foundation and Fit Kids Marathon. She’s also set up a contest, entitled "Make the World Write." Giving is just as important as receiving for Terri.
1 1. Trish Stratus
Arguably the hottest diva to have graced the WWE and one of the most decorated wrestlers of all time, Stratus was fit, curvy, firm and amazingly beautiful – an awesome combination to have when embarking on a career in front of the camera. When she began her career with the company, Stratus was mainly involved in sexual themed storylines, having come from a modelling background, but seven WWE Women’s Championships later and an inductee into the Hall of Fame, Stratus is certainly a deserved winner of "Diva of the Decade." When she stepped out of the ring following her last contest in 2006, Stratus left as a legend, having ruled supreme in the sport for the best part of six years.
But what’s keeping her busy nowadays? Her passion lies in yoga. Stratus owns and operates a yoga studio in Toronto for which she’s won many awards: Top Choice Awards' Best New Business award, Business Woman of the Year and Top Choice Awards' Best Yoga Studio award in 2013. Stratus has certainly developed her passion into a flourishing business with the opening of the Stratusphere yoga studio, and this drop dead gorgeous diva has her sights set on making her business take off even further into the stratosphere of success!
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