The world of wrestling has been full of women over the years, good and bad in terms of their characters. It seems like in the WWE the bad (heel) ladies are the ones that seem to get remembered more than the good (face) ones. The heel ladies are the ones that can stretch their characters more, show off their evil traits, and even get into fights with the other superstars on the roster.
While there have been ladies since day one that have played the ‘bad’ girls of the WWE roster, the Divas became a lot more exposed when the company went to its ‘Attitude Era’ during the 1990s. It was then that an explosion of ladies hit the roster, showing a lot of skin, but at the same time showing off a ton of personality based on how they were booked. Bad ladies in wrestling always add spice to the shows, making the shows a heck of a lot more fun to watch.
From gouging eyes at ringside to getting in the ring and being physical, heel ladies have been a staple in the WWE for a long time. Today we will take a look at the ladies that fans over the years have come to not like. The heel ladies of the WWE that have driven fans up the walls.
It’s the “Top 15 WWE Divas That We Love to Hate.” Sit back and see if you agree with the ladies that are on our list, and if you remember your blood pressure going up when you think of the antics of the women on our list today.
This French Canadian model jumped into the WWE scene in 2006, and for five years she always seemed to know exactly what to do to get under the skin of fans, both male and female. She captured the WWE Divas Title after joining the main SmackDown roster, making her the second ever Divas Champion, and held the belt for seven months. She was known for her beauty along with her ego, which she used as a tool to gain victories over the popular ladies in the company.
Lisa Moretti wasn’t exactly like a lot of the other model Divas, as she was a former wrestler in GLOW in the 1980s, and by the time she got to WWE, she was a solid ring vet. She was with the company for six years from 1999 to 2005, and beat Debra for the Women’s Title in 1999, a belt she would hold three times. Known for her aggressive ways and not wanting to be known simply as another ‘pretty face,’ she was a Diva fans loved to dislike.
This former two-time WWE Women’s Champion spent nine years with the company, most of which as a heel. Her character feuded with most of the big name face Ddvas in the company like Trish Stratus and Lita. She was known for her dark, sadistic ways and fans loved to hate her during her time in the company. Despite being disliked for almost all of her WWE run, she did have a run as a baby face, where she feuded with Molly Holly and had a memorable hair vs title match at WrestleMania XX.
This eight-year vet of the WWE is better known as Terri Runnels, the former wife of current WWE superstar Goldust. She managed Goldust (Dustin Runnels) when he first appeared on the scene and wasn’t afraid to get involved, using her cigar-smoking, seductive ways to get inside the mind of Goldust’s opponents. Fans disliked Goldust, so not liking Marlena came with the territory. She went back and forth in her WWE tenure as a manager, wrestler and even backstage interviewer, but was best served as a heel.
Jazz was with the company for three years, but was a destructive force throughout. She immediately went after the female faces of the company, which made her a woman that fans always seemed to dislike. She is a two-time WWE Women’s Champion and had a reign that included a win at WrestleMania X8 over two Hall of Fame Divas in Lita and Trish Stratus. Never one for a strong promo, Jazz was all about her power in the ring and her disdain for other female wrestlers.
This is a tough one as Sunny, to this day, is a beloved sex symbol for many fans in the WWE Universe. The ‘original’ WWE Diva wasn’t always loved, as she started out as a disliked manager for the ‘fitness’ gimmick tag team, The Bodydonnas. Fans couldn’t stand the way she would interject herself in her team's matches, and she used her body and beauty as a way to gain heat from WWE fans. She played many more gimmicks in the WWE and is loved now, but it didn’t start out that way.
9 Dawn Marie
Dawn Marie is probably best remembered for the outrageous feud she had with Torrie Wilson. The feud included making Wilson go to a hotel with her, since she had ‘feelings’ for her, and if she obliged she would stop her ‘relationship’ with Wilson’s father – Al Wilson. Eventually the program concluded with Marie ‘marrying’ Al Wilson, and then him ‘dying’ in a hotel room. It was a wild program that got fans attention and drew Dawn Marie plenty of attention as a hated Diva in WWE.
8 Michelle McCool
McCool today is known for her real life marriage to The Undertaker, but in her five years in WWE, she was at her best as a heel. Her best run came when she was the first WWE Divas Champion, and then eventually she joined forces with Layla, becoming the successful heel team known as ‘LayCool.’ The two were the hottest heel tag team for a memorable run in a sport dominated by men. She even was able to score a six-person tag match at WrestleMania XXVII featuring ‘Jersey Shore’ star Snooki.
You know you’re not going to be well liked when you declare yourself "the most-dominant Diva in WWE,” but Melina was just that during her tenure in WWE. The three-time WWE Women’s title holder and two-time Divas title holder was at first a manager for MNM, but eventually made her way to the ring and had a quick transition to becoming a hated diva. She was a great heel with her athletic ability and her cat-like scream, and fans brought in 100 percent to her character.
6 Beth Phoenix
Known as “The Glamazon” for her on-screen strength and power in the WWE Women’s Division, Phoenix was a three-time WWE Women’s Champion and one-time Divas Champion. She had feuds with just about every babyface lady in the company during her span in WWE from 2006 to 2012. Phoenix had amazing power for a woman and was able to draw heat with the way she dominated opponents in the ring. She was one of the better heel Divas in the WWE for the better part of a decade.
5 Trish Stratus
There wasn’t much that this Canadian born beauty didn’t do during her time in the WWE. From good to bad to good again, Stratus always had the attention of fans for her beauty and excellent in-ring ability. She was a seven-time WWE Women’s Champion and even was voted as “Diva of the Decade.” She played a heel as well as anyone, and her sudden turn during a love angle with Chris Jericho to join forces with Christian at WrestleMania XX showed a great twist to her character. Stratus delivered as a heel as well as face, but it was her heel character that showed her great range as a dominant WWE Diva.
4 Fabulous Moolah
Despite never being considered a Diva, no list of Divas we love to hate would be complete without the late and great Fabulous Moolah. The WWE credits her with a close to 28-year title reign, a mark that will never be broken again in sports entertainment. She was beloved by all the wrestlers backstage, but to fans she was downright evil, as she did whatever dirty tactics it took to keep her championship. She doesn’t get enough credit for being the standard bearer in women’s wrestling.
3 Stephanie McMahon
Forget for a moment the last name and just remember the topic of the list – “Divas We Love to Hate.” With that, there’s no question that Steph belongs on this list. Off the heels of WrestleMania 31 and her back and forth with UFC star Ronda Rousey, Stephanie may be the best heel character, male or female, in the WWE. From the moment she turned on her dad, Vince McMahon, and joined forces with the evil Triple H in 2000, Steph has always been a great heel, one that fans can’t wait to boo on a weekly basis. All grown up and now part of “The Authority,” there’s no doubt she belongs near the top of this list.
Much like her best friend Trish Stratus, many will remember Lita for her memorable run with The Hardy Boyz and her time as a face. However, her best role came when she turned heel, joining forces with the ‘Rated-R’ superstar Edge for the final two years of her WWE run in 2005 and 2006. Part of why this role was so effective was due to the fact that she actually cheated on her long term boyfriend, Matt Hardy, to have an affair with Edge. On WWE television, it played out perfectly. The end result was one of the most hated Divas in WWE, a role that she relished and played about as well as any woman ever has in the WWE.
1 Sherri Martel
The greatest wrestling Diva villain of all-time has to be ‘Sensational’ Sherri Martel, a lady who loved the spotlight and was able to rile up the fans better than any female in the history of the business. Her WWE run included a Women’s Title win over the Fabulous Moolah, before she stopped wrestling and became the ultimate weapon at ringside for a number of WWE male stars. She was instrumental in the Randy Savage-Hulk Hogan 1989 feud and then became ‘Queen’ Sherri in the corner of the 'Macho King' Savage. Martel also helped out Shawn Michaels in his development as a heel. Martel earned her stripes as the best lady villain of all-time, and her spot in the WWE Hall of Fame is well deserved.