The years of 2002-2008 have taken on the nickname of “The Ruthless Aggression Era” by fans. It was a term used by Vince McMahon in 2002 to try and fire up the younger workers and John Cena used it as he made his debut against Kurt Angle. While it was home to some bad stuff, it also showcased great work like SmackDown rising high, Brock Lesnar, cruiserweights and more. That’s not to mention the rise of stars like Cena, Randy Orton, Batista and others. It’s also seen as the high mark era of the Divas in WWE, a time when they were actually given a lot of time and attention. True, much of it was the classic bikini contests and gimmick bouts but you also had really top workers given training and the opportunity to show it.
Today, WWE has pushed a focus on real wrestling but the ladies of this era were able to combine beauty with some real skill and win folks over. Some were more pretty faces, others amazingly skilled but all combined to push this division nicely. WWE capitalized on their looks with annual photo shoots and DVDs to show their amazing beauty and sex appeal that made their appearances ratings gold. So many amazing ladies, many of them legends in their own way, some moving onto other companies but all combining to make this period in the company’s history top notch. It’s hard to narrow it down but here are the 15 hottest Divas of this era and how they helped push WWE to must-see entertainment in both looks and talent.
15 Molly Holly
14 Lillian Garcia
After helping reinvent the image of women in WWE, Rena Mero had a well-publicized falling out with the company, leaving and filing a sexual harassment suit. In 2003, she made a surprise return, talking in WWE Magazine on how she’d let her ego get the better of her before and having another shot. She still had one of the best bodies around which she showed in a Playboy spread with Torrie Wilson, rocking her evening gowns, leather and a variety of skimpy outfits.
12 Dawn Marie
10 Gail Kim
Pushed hard from the start, the Toronto native won a battle royal in her debut for the Women’s title and did a good job defending it, showing her great ring skill. She also showed her looks with her Asian features, dark hair and lithe body showed off in various tight outfits. Shifting between face and heel, Gail relied on her ring work to get ahead which did lead her lost a bit among the other workers and was cut in 2004.
9 Christy Hemme
8 Mickie James
6 Torrie Wilson
A survivor of WCW, Wilson was easily pushed in WWE thanks to her lush blond hair and killer body, which she showed off in a memorable Playboy spread. True, her feud with Dawn Marie over her “father” Al was a nutty thing but it did lead to them going at it well and you could always count on Torrie to show off in costumes and bikini shoots better than most Divas around.
At first just the hot manager for MNM, Melina got attention for her variety of outfits and hot Latina looks with dark hair. Of course, what’s best remembered is her ring entrance, that great hop and leg split before sliding into the ring that never failed to win attention. She moved to actual wrestling to look even better, great in the ring with her long legs and good build used well, getting into various feuds and top notch in sex appeal.
4 Candice Michelle
3 Stacy Kiebler
1 Trish Stratus
Who else could top the list? At first just eye candy, Trish underwent training to unlock a stunning physical ability that made her one of the best workers in the company, pulling off fantastic moves and great matches. Even better, of course, was her amazing beauty with blonde hair and that rocking body on full display in tight outfits. Whether showing off in a bikini or putting on a top notch fight, Trish was always great, even hotter when she was a heel and taking some hard hits. Still regarded as one of the best female wrestlers ever, Trish has to top any list of the Divas of this era and a damn good one in the ring and out to watch.
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