WWE Diva Photoshoots have been a large part of the Divas branding for a long time. Originally, these shoots were part of large releases in exclusive magazines or DVDs, though now they’re mostly shot for the WWE website. Although women have been featured more prominently inside of the squared circle nowadays, that wasn't always the case. The best ways for Divas to get their name out there was due to their looks, and these photo shoots helped their cause.
Wrestling has been home to some of the hottest women in the world, thanks to sport entertainment requiring athletes in a supreme physical condition. The WWE quickly recognized this of course, and the photo shoots have become a great way of showing off the sexy side of women’s wrestling. From huge cities to tropical beaches, these Divas have had their pictures taken in all walks of the earth.
Even today, during a huge renaissance in women’s wrestling thanks to the megastars in UFC and the chances given to athletes in NXT, the photo shoots are still a core part of the way WWE presents its women. While detractors may get annoyed at this for taking focus away from their in-ring ability, it’s something that’s going to be around for a long time as it appeals to the company’s biggest demographics.
So we might as well rank the best ones. Here are the 15 Hottest WWE Diva Photo Shoots ever.
15 Endless Summer
A low spot on the list due to it not technically being a photo shoot but a collection, Endless Summer was a 2011 retrospective that was made up of previously unreleased photos of various divas from over the years. Released during the summer in nine parts, this collection shows off women from throughout WWE history, from Alundra Blayze sizzling in a bikini sitting on a motorbike against a sea backdrop, all the way to current WWE superstar Tamina showing a more flirtatious side than we’re used to seeing on TV.
It’s an interesting gallery to go through, as you find yourself remembering previous stars that you’d forgotten. I think we’ve all forgotten Lena Yada’s short run in the company, but it’s hard to forget how lovely she looks in some of the photos presented in Endless Summer.
14 Divas Fight Club
While TNA refer to their women as Knockouts, it’s WWE that provide the real knockout beauties with this boxing inspired photo shoot featuring Becky Lynch, Summer Rae and Sasha Banks. The 2015 shoot was done in tribute to the Rocky film franchise, which had a new film releasing around the same time.
13 Scream Queens 2009
Scream Queens is the name of two shoots, one in 2009 and one in 2012. While the 2012 one is fine, it’s the 2009 one that places on this list. And the reason why can be explained in one word: Bellas.
Rosa Mendes also plays a large part in this placing, dressing as a sexy Spanish dancer that really shows off how beautiful of a body she has, but no-one can deny the sure power of the Bella Twins in their prime dressed as scantily clad belly dancers.
12 Cabin Fever
Oh, Renee. Despite not being one of the gorgeously toned superstars you’re often surrounded by, you still manage to steal my gaze away from them during any interview segment. It’s great seeing her take part in a photo shoot as well, but it’s not just because of her that this shoot makes the list.
11 Thanksgiving Divas
I don’t make a habit of commenting on cultural appropriation or racism, but I can’t help but feel a little bit uncomfortable seeing this photo shoot where Divas “dress-up” as Native Americans. Whether it’s okay on a political standpoint or not isn’t my job, but what is my job is to look at this gallery and go “wow, that deserves to be placed 11th.”
If I had to name an MVP of this shoot, it’d be Beth Phoenix. She’s never looked hotter than she does here, and in my eyes she manages to out-shine even the Bella Twins on pure sexiness in this shoot. Maria shines bright here as well, and I’m pretty sure this gallery is the only time I’ve found Natalya attractive.
10 Divas in Hedonism
Divas in Hedonism is a 2001 photo shoot shot in The Bahamas and stars Terri Runnels, Jacqueline, Tori, Trish Stratus, Debra, Chyna and Lita.
As far as this era of Divas photo shoots go, this is a fairly standard one in terms of locations and compositions. What makes these shoots are the ladies, and Divas in Hedonism is easily pushed up by the extremely sexy shoots by Terri Runnels and Jacqueline. Terri is shot in varying forms of undress, looking extremely comfortable in multiple topless shots that show off her amazing curves. Jacqueline on the other hand is a little bit more candid, but still gives you plenty of glimpses to keep you paying attention.
9 NXT Summer Vacation: Pool Party
It’s weird to think that this photo shoot happened almost two years ago, especially how a lot of these “NXT” divas are now fully-fledged main roster superstars, with two of them even becoming Divas Champion since this shoot.
Featuring Paige, Emma, Bayley, Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Lana, Alexa Bliss, Eden and Veronica, this line-up is sure to entertain even the most casual of watchers as all girls strut their stuff in a large variety of swimsuits.
8 South of the Border
If you don’t fancy traveling south of the border with the likes of Lita, Torrie Wilson, Trish, Stacy Keibler, Sable or any of the other hot women in this collection then you may need to have your head examined. Shot in Mexico, this shoot was for a DVD and magazine collection in 2004, and sees a staggering amount of divas pose seductively in bikinis that shows off their incredible bodies to the best of their abilities.
7 Marine-style Divas
Okay, if the Cabin Fever entry is anything to by, I might have a little thing for Renee Young. But just because I have a crush on her, it doesn’t mean that this shoot doesn’t deserve the number 7 spot on the list. Featuring Summer Rae, Emma and the lovely, gorgeous Renee, it’s supposedly a military themed shoot, but mostly seems to be shorts and crop tops, something I don’t believe the military wears a lot of.
6 Dead Sexy
During the WWE’s “25 Years of The Undertaker” event for Survivor Series 2015, they thought that it would be a great opportunity to have an Undertaker-themed photo shoot featuring some of their hottest divas of the time. I can only hope that I reach that pinnacle in my life where pretty girls dress up in revealing costumes of me.
There’s truly a lot to love in this. Becky Lynch in a short skirt with fishnet tights, Summer Rae giving you the briefest of glimpses at her great butt, Paige in a “shredded” top that lets you see her bra underneath, Alicia looking sexy yet powerful as she towers in heels, and Renee Young wearing a top that can only be described with the word “cleavage”.
5 Divas Undressed
For a photoshoot titled “Divas Undressed” you kinda expect more…well, stages of undress. Molly Holly’s contribution to this collection is her in her pyjamas, which while sort of accurate, isn’t quite the picture the title paints. Though they are sexy pyjamas.
4 Saddle Up
WrestleMania 32 was an interesting event, with the women’s triple threat match being highly praised as one of the best matches on the card. The women’s division made waves before the event itself however with a very nice photo shoot featuring Sasha Banks, Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Lana, Naomi and Paige.
With the theme of the shoot being Farming, each woman brought something different to their photos. Naomi sports long boots and a tan top that allows a small glimpse underneath which proves to be a very attractive look for her, but for me Becky is easily the show-stealer in this shoot, as she shines in every photo.
3 Diva Day Off
For my money, this is the best Divas photo shoot of the modern era. Not only does it feature some of the hottest women the WWE have seen recently in the Bella Twins, Summer Rae, Aksana, Rosa Mendes, Renee Young and more, but each one has a huge amount of photos each, with each one being technically classified as a different photo shoot (but for the sake of convenience, I’m grouping them altogether.)
2 Divas Do New York
This is one of the more famous shoots, and for good reason. Released in 2006 and involving megastars Lita, Torrie Wilson, Stacy Keibler, Trish Stratus and others, this shoot shows off each girl incredibly well, with a variety of New York or City-themed shoots to keep your eyes glued to the galleries as you look through.
1 Tropical Pleasure
In 2002 the WWE took Ivory, Jacqueline, Lita, Sara, Sharmell, Stacy Keibler, Terri Runnels, Torrie Wilson and Trish Stratus to The Bahamas, and every single one of those girls came away with one of their sexiest shoots ever.
Whether it’s a dripping wet and sultry looking Trish, or a naked Torrie Wilson using only her hands to stop you seeing everything, a Stacy Keibler who knows full well what her best ass-et is, or any of the other divas being captured in their absolute finest, this is a collection that truly makes the jaws hit the floor. In some of the photo shoots WWE have done, there is clear distinctions between which particular Diva looks better, but in Tropical Pleasure, everyone looks equally great, everyone looks like they’re having fun, but most of all, everyone looks hot as hell.
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