In a couple weeks time, Charlotte, Sasha Banks, and Becky Lynch, three of the most gifted athletes on the WWE roster (male or female), are set to battle it out for the Divas Championship at WrestleMania 32 in a triple threat match. Seeing as these three helped jump start the Divas Revolution, it's only fitting they will be doing the honors by representing the division at the grandest stage of them all. If you ask me, and a lot of other fans, it's about time that the Divas are being given a real Championship match at the biggest event of the year.
But why are the Divas being given real chances now?
Well we all know about #GiveDivasaChance, a hashtag that trended worldwide early last year. When fans were tired of seeing the talented roster of Divas being featured in one or two minute matches, fans rallied together so that WWE had no other choice but to listen; ever since then, we really have been seeing change. But what if the hashtag trended five years prior? Would things have changed earlier? Would Divas like Melina, Jillian Hall, and Gail Kim been given more of a chance to prove that they can perform just as well as the Divas of today? Seeing as Kim is delivering her best matches currently in TNA, the answer is yes, or at least probably. The Divas of yesteryear may have not been given as many chances as the Divas of today, but when given the opportunity, they delivered. Most of them anyway.
We can't forget what is now referred to by fans as the "Golden Era" of the division, which saw the likes of Trish Stratus, Lita, Jazz, Victoria, Ivory, Jacqueline, and Molly Holly putting on fantastic matches week after week. The Divas of today have them to thank as they helped bring the division to whole new heights. Unfortunately after they left, even though the division never died, it sort of dwindled and fell - until the "Revolution" that is. This is why I'm here to bring you the Top 20 Diva Matches to come before the "Revolution", to remind you that when given the opportunity, these girls had no problem busting their butts for a good match. This list will only include matches that occured before #GiveDivasAChance trended can be on the list.
20 Eve Torres vs. Kaitlyn - Monday Night Raw, 2013
19 Sable vs. Stephanie McMahon - Vengeance 2003
18 Divas Tag-Team Table Match - TLC 2010
Lay-Cool has to be remembered for being being the Mean Girls of the Divas Division, and when forced to face Beth Phoenix and Natalya in a Tag Team Table Match at the annual TLC PPV, we wanted nothing more than to see Michelle McCool and Layla crash and burn through a table. And yes, Natalya crashed them through it with a top-rope splash. Add in the first ever double sharpshooter applied to McCool and Layla, and you know why this match is must-see.
17 Lita vs. Ivory vs. Jacqueline vs. Trish Stratus vs. Mighty Molly vs. Jazz - Survivor Series 2001
The vacated Women's Championship was resurrected at the 2001 Survivor Series and the Divas division was given new life. The women chosen to be in this Six-Pack-Challenge match were some of the most respected women in the industry, three of which have already been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. This match would spark a quality of women's wrestling, that fans weren't expecting from such beautiful women, and not only would it mark Jazz's WWE in-ring debut, but it also marks Trish Stratus's first of seven title wins.
16 16. Lita vs. Victoria - Cage Match - Monday Night Raw, 2003
The first and only women's Steel Cage match to happen in the WWE, the Raw Roulette chose their fate as these two Divas made history. Though the match was just over four minutes, Lita and Victoria used the cage to their advantage and put on a physical showing. Ex boyfriend Matt Hardy (only in kayfabe at this point) would cost Lita the match and Victoria would pick up the win. You wonder if the Divas will ever get a legitimate shot at a cage match.
15 Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix vs. Gail Kim vs. Alicia Fox - Monday Night Raw, 2009
14 Trish Stratus vs. Stephanie McMahon - No Way Out 2001
A match that nobody thought would actually be good, Trish Stratus and Stephanie McMahon (in her first high-profile PPV match) tore it up on the Road to WrestleMania X-Seven. The two battled to see who could call themselves the most dominant female in the WWE.
13 Michelle McCool vs. Mickie James - TLC 2009
12 Melina vs. Mickie James - Falls Count Anywhere Match - Monday Night Raw, 2007
11 Michelle McCool vs. Beth Phoenix - Extreme Makeover Match - Extreme Rules 2010
The Divas were given an extreme match stipulation at the 2010 edition of Extreme Rules, something that wasn't common five years ago (and still isn't). It was pretty much a Hardcore Match, but it was instead labeled as an Extreme Makeover Match. Such examples of weapons the Divas could use was an ironing board, makeup, and a broom... because you know, this is stuff women normally use, right?
10 AJ Lee vs. Kaitlyn - Payback 2013
It's a shame these two aren't around anymore, as they could have easily been the next Trish and Lita of the division if handled correctly. They both started their careers at the same time in NXT Season 3, starting off as besties before becoming bitter enemies. What resulted was an amazing match, if not the best match Kaitlyn had during her run with the company. This night would also mark the begining of AJ Lee's 295 day reign as champion. We all know what happened with AJ, but not quite sure why WWE dropped the ball on Kaitlyn.
9 Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie Bella - SummerSlam 2014
Almost a year before the "revolution" would be in full force, Stephanie and Brie had fans on the edge of their seats with their feud. Brie may have Daniel Bryan to thank, because "yes, yes yes!" we all wanted to see Brie get her revenge on Stephanie for everything she did to her and her husband, Daniel.
8 Beth Phoenix vs. Natalya - SmackDown, 2012
It is no shock that Beth Phoenix and Natalya could have an incredible match together if given the opportunity. What is shocking, is that it took Beth Phoenix to retire before WWE would give these women the chance to actually show people what they can do together. In what was pretty much a forgettable episode of Smackdown, these two ended up stealing the show. The only downfall of this match is what could've been if WWE actually had these two wrestle together more.
7 Trish Stratus vs. Victoria - Hardcore Match - Survivor Series 2002
6 AJ Lee vs. Natalya - Main Event, 2014
5 Victoria (c) vs. Trish Stratus vs. Jazz - Triple Threat Match - WrestleMania XIX
Only one of two WrestleMania matches to make this list, this Triple Threat Match saw Trish Stratus as the underdog going into battle with the likes of the crazy Victoria and the uber tough Jazz. This also has to be one of the best moments in Trish Stratus's career, as she got to be the one to hold the title high above her head at the grandest stage of them all -- it is truly what WrestleMania moments are made of.
4 Trish Stratus vs. Lita - Unforgiven 2006
In Trish's swan song to the WWE before she would retire from professional wrestling, she would win the Women's Championship one final time by locking in the sharpshooter in her hometown of Toronto, Canada. Can you name another wrestler with as amazing of a storybook ending as Trish's? Probably not. Lita acted as the perfect final opponent, as it was only fitting she wrestle Trish in her last match; these two were pretty much the Stone Cold and The Rock of the Divas division at the time. This match would be the end of an era for women's wrestling, a division that wouldn't pick up steam until recently.
3 Michelle McCool vs. Melina - Night of Champions 2009
2 Mickie James vs. Trish Stratus (c) - WrestleMania 22
In what has been the best women's match to happen at WrestleMania (so far?), never had a Mania crowd been so hot for a Divas match than at WrestleMania 22. Trish Stratus put her title on the line against challenger Mickie James, the culmination to their amazing six-month long feud, that saw the Chicago crowd turn on Stratus, hungry for a new champion and they got it.
1 Trish Status (c) vs. Lita - Monday Night Raw, December 2004
If WWE were going to select two women to do the honors of main eventing Monday Night Raw, there would be no better selection than Lita and Trish Stratus. Their second encounter for the Women's Championship to make the list, this historic match was phenomenal from start to finish.
From the suicide dive (literally, Lita almost committed suicide the poor girl) to each and every false finish, Lita finally gained her revenge by defeating Stratus in this show-stopping match to win her second Women's Championship.
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