Sexy. Smart. Powerful. But above all else? SEXY.
The three words above were the words used by the commentators to describe the WWE Divas of the PG Era. Once they would make their way inside the squared circle, "sexy, smart, and powerful" is what Michael Cole would be sure to tell us; and with reason. With the likes of Kelly Kelly, Maryse, Eve Torres, Layla, and the Bella Twins ruling the division during the era, it's kind of hard to disagree.
Yes, the Divas of today are still sexy as hell (Lana anybody?), but we the fans already know that. With the quality of wrestling these women churn out week after week, it's nice to see the commentators, you know, actually call the match instead of pointing out their... assets. But we can't blame the WWE, as the division has given us some of the most beautiful women for us to feast our eyes upon over the past couple decades. And when you consider the outfits these girls would wear in the past, we're all guilty of commenting on how "sexy" they are.
When Alundra Blayze was defending her Women's Championship in the mid 90s, it wasn't about sex appeal, it was about women's wrestling. But when the championship was reinstated in 1998, the focus changed. WWE now had Sable, Debra, and The Kat representing the division as Champions, three Divas who were obviously not accomplished wrestlers. At the time fans were paying much more attention to what Divas were wearing (or not wearing), than the quality of the matches.
Although things would change a bit once Lita and Trish Stratus would join the division, the level of sex appeal never diminished. Even today, though not as over the top as some outfits have been in the past, the WWE Divas still look as fine as ever. From Sable to the Bella Twins, we will be looking at 15 women who sported some of the sexiest ring gear ever worn by our beloved lady wrestlers during their matches. And we start with...
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I guess Sable was right - all the women did want to be her. Starting off as an obsessed fan of Sable's, Tori (not to be confused with Torrie Wilson) would join the roster and challenge her idol to a match at WrestleMania XV after being humiliated by the blonde bombshell for weeks.
At the grandest stage of them all, Tori may have even upstaged Sable with the outfit she had on. Even though she was fully covered, her body suit was so tight it didn't leave much to the imagination. Tori didn't win the match, but she sure as hell won the attention of every person watching.
14 The Kat
Although not technically "ring" gear, seeing as the match didn't take place inside a ring, we're still going to count this outfit, as it was worn while the Women's Championship was on the line.
A Snowbunny Lumberjill Match (yes, this was a thing) saw The Kat's reign as Champion come to a bitter end, when Harvey Wippleman (disguised in drag as Hervina) defeated her with a three count in a pool filled with ice cold snow.
Sure it was a dumb moment in the history of the Women's Championship but what mattered most during this era was what the Divas did or didn't have on. And with those pointed bunny ears, don't you think The Kat would have made the perfect Miss December? Come on, Hugh Hefner!
Compared to most of the other Divas, Lita stayed covered in the ring, but never failed to bring the sex appeal. With her punk style, she was the cool chick every man wanted, and every woman wanted to be. Once she joined up with Team Extreme, after her departure from Essa Rios, her signature look would require her pants be low enough, that we'd see that thong of hers sticking out at the waistline. It was in 1999 when Sisqo's Thong Song came out and Lita was putting her's on full display.
12 Trish Stratus
When Trish Stratus arrived on the scene, it only took her less than two years to win her first Women's Championship. Although, she would become a legitimate competitor in the ring, this is the WWE we are talking about, and Trish would defend her Title in many different matches, including Bra and Panties matches and even Mud wrestling.
During her second reign as Champion, she defended the title in a Lingerie Match against Terri Runnels, and in this red little number, Trish successfully won the match and looked drop dead gorgeous doing it.
11 Stacy Keibler
What was supposed to be an Evening Gown match at Wrestlemania XX turned into... well, a regular match I guess - but the Divas decided to strip down and wrestle in their skivvies instead. Why? Because why not?
What resulted is one of the hottest matches to take place in the WWE. Stacy Keibler's pink fluffy bra and panties stood out among all four Divas in the ring. The amount of pin reversals Keibler was pulling off, had every single male fan's attention that night. Sure, the forty-one and a half inch legs of Stacy's didn't help pick up the win for her team, but the loss didn't harm her career either.
10 Dawn Marie
Remember the ECW Queen, Dawn Marie? In one of her many matches with rival Torrie Wilson in WWE, Dawn wore a skin-toned-leopard-print concoction, that would have been hot any night she wore it. But at the 2004 Judgement Day PPV, the outfit became even hotter when Torrie managed to untie the string to Dawn Marie's pants. Let's just say the entire WWE Universe got to see Dawn Marie's "full moon" for the rest of the match.
9 Mickie James
Anything Mickie James wore from late 2005 into 2006 makes this list. The five-time Women's Champion debuted as the spunky super fan of Trish Stratus and as we know, the two of them had some of the best matches of their career together.
During this period in Mickie's career, she always seemed to wrestle in skirts and with the right camera angle, we pretty much saw her full assets on more than one occasion.
8 Torrie Wilson
This two-time Playboy Cover girl looked great anytime she stepped in the ring, and to be honest, many of Torrie Wilson's outfits could easily make this list. However if we had to pick just one, we're going with that time in the summer of 2006, when Torrie took on Candice Michelle in the first ever "Wet N Wild" match. Yes, a "Wet N Wild match".
You guessed it, Torrie Wilson was soaked and wet a few seconds into this match, and the skin-tight white shorts and tank top she wore only made Torrie hotter!
7 Candice Michelle
Like many of the Divas before her, Candice Michelle was a model turned wrestler. Although her wrestling knowledge would grow week after week, it didn't stop her outfits from becoming smaller and smaller.
I've seen Divas compete in Bra and Panties matches and still be more covered up than Candice was here in this little red number she's wrestled in. And no, she didn't wear this outfit in a Lingerie match; it was a regular match.
God bless you, Candice Michelle. God bless you.
The third longest reigning Divas Champion in WWE history, Maryse was the face of the division, before she decided to hang up the boots and retire from wrestling. The French Canadian was absolutely beautiful, and even though she easily could have shown it all during the PG Era, Maryse was forced to cover up the goods; but damn... anything she wore looked sexy. When you match her gear up with her pin style, you have one of the greatest combos in Diva's history.
5 Kelly Kelly
As Jerry the King Lawler would say, "she was so nice, you had to say her name twice".
Debuting in ECW as a glorified stripper, Kelly Kelly eventually tamed it up once the WWE went full-on PG. Like Maryse, it didn't stop the blonde beauty from oozing sex appeal.
Kelly and Maryse would square off on more than one occasion, and although not the most technically sound of matches, we were paying attention more to how hot these Divas looked anyway.
4 AJ Lee
Surprisingly not too long ago in 2012, the WWE had the Divas competing in a Summertime Beach Battle Royal, and you guessed it, the Divas had to wear their hot new bikinis! The swimwear was pretty PG for the most part, but hey, a woman wrestling in a swimsuit is still a woman wrestling in a swimsuit, am I right?
AJ won the battle royal, raising the temperature of everybody watching that night. AJ is sort of known for her booty, and sadly this was the only time we'd see AJ in that little of clothes.
Speaking of booties, Naomi herself should be on the box of Booty-O's, am I right? New Day, spread the love will ya! Although Naomi likes to play "Bad", she's pretty damn GOOD to her male fan base, opting to wear booty shorts instead of pants more often than not. Her signature move is called the "Rear View" after all, so it only makes sense. It's almost as if she knows that we are looking!
2 Eva Marie
Yes. The fans boo the hell out of this poor girl but the fans can't deny how beyond gorgeous Eva Marie is. Is it her looks that has given her a match at Wrestlemania XXXII, or is her ring work? Well, I guess we will have to wait and find out come Sunday, but for better or worse the girl has improved by leaps and bounds; and look at her! Look at what she wrestles in! Tight red leather to match her crimson red lips and her flowing ruby hair. A real life version of Jessica Rabbit at its finest! Eva Marie is red hot!
1 The Bella Twins
You can't do a list about sexy ring gear and not include these Total Divas stars. Over the years, Nikki's body has gone from simply sexy to super sexy, and who doesn't like that little spin she does as she makes her way to the ring. Unfortunately for us, we can look but we definitely can't touch as her theme song suggests.
Her sister Brie leaves a bit more to the imagination, but still looks sexy no matter what she wrestles in. No, this isn't the Attitude Era anymore, but the Bella Twins certainly didn't ever have to bare it all to be considered some of the sexiest Divas in the history of the company. Kudos to them.
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