2016 has seen the wrestling business improve for female performers looking to make an impact in the ring. WWE has a new movement with the women getting the opportunity to shine for their talent and wrestling skills. The women’s revolution has delivered loaded rosters of talent for Raw, SmackDown and NXT. WWE is hiring more women than ever before and putting them in a position to be equals to the men. TNA also has a noteworthy female roster with their Knockouts division always being an important part of their show. ROH has tried to get a women’s division going as well with the Women of Honor.
Basically, women’s wrestling has hit a new boom period with many different places to work and be taken seriously. Most of the performers are quite talented in the ring but they’re also quite stunning visually. There’s an incorrect assumption that the female performers being legitimate workers in the ring means they can’t be good looking too. That’s just not true with the women all over the wrestling industry killing it in the ring and on social media with their photos. We’ll look at the most noteworthy names in the industry this year with the fifteen hottest female wrestlers of 2016.
15. Charlotte Flair
If we were going by just wrestling accomplishments, Charlotte Flair may be the top name on the list, though she still happens to be one of the most attractive women in the industry today. WWE has built the women’s revolution around the success of Charlotte ever since she came up from NXT. Sasha Banks, Bayley and Becky Lynch all have pivotal roles but Charlotte is the true face of the division.
WWE views her as the complete package with her look, in-ring skills and character work all progressing to new highs. Forbes’ website actually made the argument she’s already the greatest female wrestler of all-time. Her photo shoot in Hawaii earlier this year also proved she has the beauty to back up the brawn. Charlotte achieved success like no other in 2016.
14 Summer Rae
WWE does not utilize the talent of Summer Rae very well, but she is definitely one of the hottest women in the industry. Summer rarely gets television time and when she does, it's usually as an enhancement talent. Upon realizing her standing in the company is not very strong, Rae has upped her social media game to remind the rest of the world how stunning she is as a model.
The photo shoots and random pictures posted by Summer makes you wonder why the WWE doesn’t view her as a valuable commodity. Every facet of physical beauty is a strong suit for Rae and her modeling career will thrive if she doesn’t start to get more opportunities in the big company. Rae finds a way to improve upon her amazing looks and it has made her social media pages among the best to follow.
13 Candice LeRae
One of the top female wrestlers in the world yet to get signed by the WWE has to be Candice LeRae. Her body of work sets her apart from her peers on the independent circuit due to her matches against male wrestlers in PWG. Despite being able to hang in there with the best of them, Candice is one of the most beautiful people in the wrestling industry.
WWE NXT star Johnny Gargano married LeRae to officially make them one of the most beloved wrestling couples in the world. Many fans are hoping she joins him in NXT soon. Candice has everything one would want from a performer, as she's an amazing wrestler, has an outstanding look and is one of the most likable women in the business. 2016 was another successful year making a living in the wrestling business for the beautiful indie sensation.
Carmella's main roster call-up from NXT to SmackDown Live for the brand split saw struggles in the early stages. A much needed heel turn completely changed her fortunes and she's become one of the biggest stars on the women’s side of the roster. Carmella has always been among the best looking and most athletic performers in the company and she's now in the midst of showing it off to the national audience.
Carmella’s feud with Nikki Bella has established her newfound attitude to help everyone realize how amazing she can be. Her background in dancing has always put her in a field where her looks have benefited her career. Carmella needs to continue on this path and she’ll find her way at the top of the division with both her athleticism and beauty.
11 Alexa Bliss
Another young star to get a chance from NXT on the main roster due to the brand split is Alexa Bliss. The 25 year old is wise beyond her years in picking up the tools needed to succeed in the wrestling business. Bliss has developed an incredible heel persona that has made her the top female heel on the SmackDown Live brand.
Her background in gymnastics and fitness competitions landed her a fast-track path to the WWE world. After signing at a young age to learn at the Performance Center, Bliss is already a top star among the women’s wrestlers. Bliss dazzles fans with both her wrestling ability and gorgeous looks. Her Harley Quinn inspired gear caused quite the stir on the internet with everyone taking note of her beauty.
10 Becky Lynch
2016 is still going on, but it's beem by far the best year of Becky Lynch’s career. The long road to the WWE finally saw the champion make her main roster debut last year and she immediately became a top star this year. Lynch had a memorable match against Charlotte and Sasha Banks at WrestleMania 32 helping to set the tone for the women’s division becoming among the most entertaining things about WWE’s product.
The brand split saw Becky get drafted to SmackDown Live as the top name on that show with Banks and Charlotte heading to Raw. Lynch has made the most of the opportunity becoming the first ever SmackDown Women’s Champion to lead the brand. Her inherent beauty shines from all levels. Not only is she absolutely stunning, but her adorable charm adds to it all.
9 Veda Scott
Ring of Honor is trying their best to get a relevant women’s division going. The standout star of the Women of Honor project is independent wrestling star Veda Scott. Known for her trademark look with red hair and glasses, Scott stands out for her look and personality. No woman cuts a better heel promo on the independent circuit than Veda at the moment.
Her overall work ethic has made her the face of the ROH woman's division. All of them have talent but Scott’s personality and beauty makes her one of a kind. The likelihood of the WWE signing her at some point in the near future is very likely if they're planning to go after the best wrestlers in the world. Scott wrestles all over the world raising her name value and she has delivered a great year of work along with beauty.
Naomi's character change from a generic heel at the beginning of the year to a face on SmackDown Live has saved her career. Naomi’s glow entrance has everyone watching in awe, causing fans to take note of her skills in the ring as well. Fans have started to get behind Naomi for good reason with her popularity growing in 2016.
The brand split has improved her stock more than most with even more room to grow. Naomi has always looked great and is among the most athletic people in the industry. Her background in dancing and captaining cheerleading teams led to her coming to the WWE. Naomi is bound for big success in 2017 with SmackDown Live giving her the chance to move up the rankings. Male fans will remain envious of her husband Jimmy Uso due to her overwhelming beauty.
7 Taeler Hendrix
Taeler Hendrix has seen her career rise more than anyone else in ROH’s Women of Honor. Her matches are always entertaining but her managing work in 2016 helped her cause in getting notoriety. Hendrix wore revealing outfits to show off her very impressive assets and made every heterosexual male develop a new favorite ROH wrestler.
Jay Lethal’s face turn has ended Hendrix’s time as a manager and she is now focused on the wrestling side of things in ROH. Despite that, her career is on the rise. Taeler does wonderful things in her free time working with various unique charities to help children and examples of her contributions can be found on her social media pages. Good things are happening for Hendrix and 2017 will likely be even brighter for her.
6 Nikki Bella
"You don’t know what you have until it’s gone." That’s the story of Nikki Bella’s return to WWE in 2016 following a severe neck injury. Fans never appreciated Nikki and viewed her as one of the problems in the women’s division. The huge pop her return received in Brooklyn at SummerSlam showed how much things had changed with the fans excited to see Bella get back in the ring.
Nikki looks better than ever both in the literal sense and in the wrestling ring. SmackDown Live has benefited from her presence. The fact that she fits in with the new era of great talents proves how good Nikki has become. She’s always been regarded as one of the hottest women in the world with her twin sister Brie, but fans have now started to respect Nikki for her athletic talent as well.
5 Brandi Rhodes
The departure of Brandi Rhodes from the WWE has already seen her career change in many ways. Brandi decided to leave the WWE around the same time her husband Cody Rhodes hit the free agent market and she appears far happier. One thing Brandi claims she strongly disliked about her time in the WWE was the company preventing her from tweeting half-naked pictures showing off her physical features.
That has changed with Brandi’s social media pages becoming a must follow. Brandi is partaking in more wrestling training with the hopes of becoming a full-time wrestler, as TNA has hired her to be an official member of the Knockouts division. Brandi flew under the radar during her time in the WWE as a ring announcer but we’ve all been put on notice to realize she’s one of the best looking women alive.
4 Eva Marie
Diehard wrestling fans have a disdain for Eva Marie due to the fact that she can’t perform competently in the squared circle. The reason WWE continues to employ and market her as a top star is because she happens to be one of the most physically attractive people in the world. Eva’s looks have afforded her a spot in the WWE for over three years now.
Her lack of improvement as an in-ring performer would have led to anyone else getting released but her physical gifts makes her more valuable to the world of sports and entertainment. Eva gets notoriety in media platforms with various photo shoots and opportunities offered to her. She was even casted for an upcoming movie project starring Nicolas Cage. Even if she doesn’t improve as a wrestler, Eva will continue to remain in the WWE with a starring role on Total Divas.
3 3. Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks is the fan’s choice for the top women’s division star in the WWE this year. The in-ring work and passion exhibited by Banks is second to none in the industry today. That sometimes makes it difficult to take note of how gorgeous she truly is. Banks has posted numerous stunning pictures over the course of 2016 and she is definitely among the best looking wrestlers in the world.
The history made by Banks this year saw her have a tremendous match at WrestleMania, win the Raw Women’s Championship twice, and wrestle in the first ever women’s wrestling main event in the WWE in the first women’s Hell in a Cell Match ever against Charlotte. Banks is a Superstar in every aspect of the word with her talent and beauty making her the perfect combination of greatness.
The term wrestler would not typically be used to describe Lana, but she did make her in-ring debut. Lana trained for her first ever match at WrestleMania 32 in a ten-woman tag match as one of the leaders on the heel side. Her wrestling skills left a lot to be desired, but she still has high hopes of returning to the ring.
Until then, she just has to settle for being the best manager in the business and one of the best looking women alive. Lana has the looks of a blockbuster Hollywood actress, famous supermodel and athletic star all in one. Her presence makes Rusev more entertaining as the real-life couple works perfectly together on television. You can’t have a list about the hottest women in wrestling without including Lana near the top.
1 Maria Kanellis
Following a disappointing ending in the WWE many years ago and a long stint in Ring of Honor, Maria Kanellis entered TNA in 2016 and has completely dominated. Kanellis made her debut at the beginning of the year with her husband Mike Bennett as the big free agent signings by TNA. Her stunning beauty makes her stand out in a room full of thousands and she's been one of the top performers in the struggling company.
Maria’s heel promos have been outstanding with her reputation growing as one of the best characters in wrestling today. TNA actually made her the Knockouts Champion winning in an underhanded way to set up a big match, where she lost to Gail Kim. Her work has been great and she's looked even better doing it. There was not a single episode of Impact this year that did not feature Maria looking like a million bucks.