When you're a young wrestling fan, the wrestling world defines your existence. Your heroes are stars of the squared circle and half of your day consists of giving friends the Stone Cold Stunner or The People's Elbow. Unless you're a computer whiz or have a creepy uncle who flaunts pictures of his "new girlfriend," then wrestling is also where you first see exposed female skin that doesn't give you nightmares (thanks, grandma). This, of course, assumes you missed the Mae Young and Fabulous Moolah revival era.
The WWE has employed a long list of athletic, talented, and downright sexy Divas throughout the years. If you're a 30 year old lifelong wrestling fan chances are you still dream of Trish Stratus and while sitting at your desk you often stare into the distance, remembering the time Torrie Wilson and Dawn Marie locked lips on SmackDown.
The older generation of wrestling fans are most defensive when talking about the Divas of their time and there's good reason. While there's plenty of steamy photos available for the current ladies of the WWE, what follows is a list that hearkens back to the good ol' days.
When Nidia was introduced as Jamie Noble's on-screen girlfriend and manager, it was a bit of a shock to the senses. WWE had a preference for putting polished, make-up covered Divas on screen, but Nidia wasn't that. Embracing the trailer park vibe, Nidia was full of energy and affection. While other Divas seemed a world away, Nidia made it feel like a trip to the local trailer park could be worthwhile. But off screen, she certainly didn't fit the "trailer trash" gimmick that worked so well on screen, as evidenced above. The co-winner of the first season of Tough Enough was released by the WWE in 2004 and is now married with two kids. Presumably, she's out of the trailer park, but she'll forever stay in our hearts.
The "Right to Censor" Diva had no issue stripping down for promotional shoots and we aren't complaining. The two-time WWE Women's Champion was one of the more fit - and strong - Divas during her time and did she ever look good. You would be surprised to learn that today Ivory is 54 years old, and during her heyday, was in her 40s. After honing her craft in the mid-80s in Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW), Ivory found fame in the WWE as a manager and wrestler. We might have wept when she joined Right to Censor and covered up, but the storyline gave us plenty of skin-baring backlash from other Divas. Ivory was a wrestler first and foremost, but a simple web search will display numerous photos of a scantily-clad Ivory and for that we're thankful. Ivory left the WWE in 2005, but continued to wrestle in Women Superstars Uncensored.
Marriage never looked so good. During her career with the WWE, Lita often wore what could best be described as grunge clothing; the flames depicted on her shirts matched up perfectly with her fiery hair and, let's be honest, she might have been the only Diva to get away with wearing the attire she did. But she also made a damn fine bride. After then on-screen boyfriend Matt Hardy lost to Kane in a "Til Death Do Us Part Match," Lita was forced to marry the Big Red Machine. The storyline continued for some time, but ended when Lita turned on Kane and attempted to marry Edge in the ring. The marriage was unsuccessful thanks to an interrupting Kane, but we're thankful for the opportunity to have seen Lita in a wedding dress, as well as the corresponding images produced through photo shoots.
17 Ashley Massaro
Ashley Massaro's on-screen resume includes much more than just her time with the WWE, but we'll always remember her as the cool chick with the backwards hat, long blonde hair, and stunning body. Ashley won more than a few bra and panties matches during her WWE career, but she bared all for Playboy in 2007, which actually led to the creation of a storyline with Melina, who was jealous of the attention Ashley had received because of the cover. She was, in a sense, a blonde Lita, clad with tattoos and the ultra-cool personality; she also had a real-life relationship with Matt Hardy. The 2005 RAW Diva Search winner has since appeared in an episode of Smallville, music videos, and as herself in Survivor: China. She also had a successful modelling career, which we're not surprised by.
16 Candice Michelle
Speaking of Playboy, Candice Michelle, like others on this list, also appeared on the cover of the magazine. Michelle, a former Diva Search contestant and WWE Women's Champion, posed nude for the April 2006 edition of Playboy,and while we can't show those, the bombshell provided plenty of must-see photos over the years. Michelle is incredibly hot to begin with, but the truth is, as evidenced above, the addition of water multiples that. We don't know if she's sweating, had just gotten out of the shower, or been photoshopped, but her glistening body already made us forget why we were asking in the first place. She lost a Playboy Pillow Fight against Torrie Wilson, but won the hearts of millions of teenagers.
15 Christy Hemme
There's something special about a redhead with a fit body, especially one that can give you the feels the way Christy Hemme does with that stare. Looking like a redheaded Harley Quinn, Christy Hemme had a two-year stint in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling after her time in the WWE. Her stay in the WWE was short-lived, but her impact was drastic and widespread, so much so that it had non-TNA fans tuning in simply to see her in the ring. Hemme is another diva on this list to have appeared in an incredibly popular edition of Playboy magazine. During another brief stint, this time in Ohio Valley Wrestling, she used Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me" as her entrance theme. We'd love to.
14 Terri Runnels
Terri Runnels might not have been one of the more talented in-ring acts the WWE ever had, but she was an incredible personality, a great manager, and, in later years, brought the cougar persona front and center. When she wasn't undressing herself, pouring beer over her shirt, or showing off her chest, she was making it seem ridiculously cool - and sexy - to smoke cigars, which might seem impossible, but she managed to pull it off. In the above photo, however, she has taken a different route, making us wonder why we haven't had our daily serving of fruit today. There's no concrete evidence that an apple a day might keep the doctor away, but if said apple was on Terri Runnel's stomach, we'd be willing to try.
13 Dawn Marie
Our biggest question about the above Dawn Marie photo is: Where is the hat? It looks as though she's tipping her hat as if to say, "Thank you for watching, good sir." Regardless, once you get past hatgate, you might notice that Dawn Marie had a body on her. In an era where blonde bombshells dominated the WWE Diva scene - with gorgeous ladies like Trish Stratus, Torrie Wilson, Stacy Keibler - Dawn Marie was a breath of fresh air. She joined the WWE after ECW went out of business and was so anti-blonde that she even married Torrie Wilson's father, Al, in a bizarre storyline. Dawn Marie's contract was terminated in 2005 after she revealed she was pregnant. Soon after she filed a lawsuit against the company.
12 Trish Stratus
We don't need to convince you how hot Trish Stratus was. The Canadian is widely regarded as the best WWE Diva of all time in most applicable categories. She revolutionized the women's division with her great ring work and memorable feuds, but we won't blame you if you only watched for her looks, and um, assets - at least it forced you to watch some of the best women's matches of all-time! And speaking of looks, the one she is giving in the above photo might be the best part of the picture itself, which is saying a lot given what's below. As we mentioned earlier, adding water to any photo shoot is going to increase its wow-factor. The seven-time WWE Women's Champion gave us Stratusfaction every time she was on screen, and continues to do so today.
11 Mickie James
It's one man's biggest downfall, but we truly can't help it: crazy is hot. When she was first introduced in the WWE in 2005, Mickie James was downright psycho through her admiration with Trish Stratus, but not only was it an interesting storyline, it kept us on edge hoping, praying even, for a Dawn Marie and Torrie Wilson-esque makeout scene - we never got it. And while her crazy obsession with Trish Stratus was no more than a well-written storyline, we have some questions about the photo above. Don't get us wrong, it works and it's incredibly sexy, but what is that bear looking at? Is there anyway we can possibly find out? Mickie James eventually won the Women's Championship five times before leaving for TNA in 2010.
A WWE Hall of Famer, Sunny was one of the first true Divas in the business. Not only was she a gorgeous blonde with an incredible body, she liked to show it off, often wearing tied-up shirts showing her stomach and short jean shorts. In the mid-90s, that was a considerable amount of skin in the WWE, so it was no surprise she was also one of the most downloaded women in the world on AOL. A larger-than-life personality, Sunny managed a variety of tag teams, from The Godwinns to Legion of Doom. She was a high-maintenance valet who demanded success. Her theme song began with the words, "I know you want me" and looking at the photo above, she was right. After leaving the WWE, Sunny had stints in the ECW and WCW, before continuing her career on the independent circuit.
A former bodybuilder, Victoria came to the WWE in the early 2000s, debuting as a member of The Godfather's "Ho Train." The eventual two-time Women's Champion had a phenomenally-sculpted body and quickly became a fan favorite through her feud with Molly Holly. She also had memorable feuds with Christy Hemme and Torrie Wilson. She remained active in wrestling after leaving the WWE in 2009 with stints in TNA, the independent circuit, and Ring of Honor. She opened a trio of businesses with her husband - two of which were restaurants - between 2006 and 2013, but in 2015 decided to move back to her home state of California. Perhaps she was able to lose the coat, though if we're honest, it's a damn good look.
8 Christy Hemme
Some Divas just deserve to be on this list twice and Christy Hemme is certainly one of them. The fiery redhead hasn't taken a bad picture in her life, and while some shoots seemed questionable, they somehow work. Electrical tape has never looked so sexy - just try not to get excited about insulating electrical wires now. Hemme's long flowing hair and tight body, we think, could have worked with any type of tape, though we would have preferred scotch. It's slightly concerning that she has the look of someone trying to cry for help, but again, because it's Hemme, it works. Hemme briefly had a music career with her band, creatively-named HEMME. She has also played a zombie in a horror flick and, presumably, was still super hot.
7 Torrie Wilson
Hot blondes in bikinis are one of the reasons we love the United States of America. That's especially true when that blonde is Torrie Wilson, who happens to be wearing a miniature version of the country's flag as a bikini bottom. Prior to her wrestling career, Wilson won a Miss Galaxy competition in 1999 and it's easy to see why. Her abs alone are enough to make a grown man cry, but she's the total package. Wilson joined the WWE from the WCW during The Invasion era and eventually appeared in countless bra and panties matches, to the delight of male fans worldwide. She also appeared on the cover of Playboy, which, in typical WWE fashion, sparked a storyline where another Diva - this time Nidia - was jealous of the attention she received. She was released from the WWE in 2008 and after a divorce from Billy Kidman, dated former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez for a number of years.
6 Stacy Keibler
There's nothing sexier than a woman who knows how hot she is. Stacy Keibler knows and she doesn't mind checking herself out, and who could blame her? We're just happy this photographer was able to get both her front and back side into one picture. Keebler has a lengthy resume of professional accomplishments in wrestling, modeling, acting, and dancing, but is best known for her awe-inspiring legs, which naturally gave way to her using ZZ Top's Legs as her entrance music. In fact, even a two-year relationship with George Clooney hasn't overshadowed the impressiveness of her legs. Never a great in-ring worker, Keibler primarily managed talent in both the WCW and WWE, including David Flair, Tazz, The Dudley Boyz, and Test, with whom she had an on- and off-screen relationship.
5 Terri Runnels
We've said more than a few times already that the simple addition of water can make a woman appear much more attractive and in this case, all it took was water being in the background to contract against Terri's wonderfully tanned skin. And while it's not like Terri Runnels needs any help in that regard, we'll certainly take it. Kneeling on a lovely looking beach, Runnels' face is about as seductive as we could handle. While she never held the WWE Women's Championship, Runnels was a one-time Hardcore Champion, which is ironic because, well, never mind. Now 50, Runnels still has her looks and is a frequent poster on Instagram, where she continues to have a solid legion of WWE fans.
4 Candice Michelle
What really works about this photo is the black and white contrast in Candice Michelle's dress and background, as well as in the trim of the dress itself. The black polka dots on the white just works so well - ah, who are we kidding, it's as simple as Michelle being one of the sexiest Divas the WWE has ever employed. The stats back it up too, as in 2007, she was No. 82 on AskMen.com's "100 Most Desirable Women" and had a four-year run with Go Daddy, as the internet domain provider's female of choice in a string of Super Bowl commercials. In one, she seduced an ABC executive to acquire an advertising slot and shortly after thousands of kids chose advertising as their career dream.
This might not be the sexiest photo of Sable out there, but it's certainly one which kept us staring for an amount of time we're just not comfortable disclosing. The bra is a point of interest and perhaps a byproduct of a potential sexual encounter with Spiderman, though we can't confirm or deny that. Moving past that, it's hard to ignore the look on Sable's face. The former Women's Champion also appeared on the cover of Playboy, and not surprisingly, that edition was one of the highest-selling issues in the magazine's history. While many consider Sunny to be the Original Diva, it was Sable who took that title and made it a huge, huge thing in the WWE. If you want to know why, just take a look at the picture above.
As if you're surprised. The four-time WWE Women's Champion was just beautiful inside and outside the squared circle, and she flaunted it knowingly. Embracing her alternative image developed as a member of Team Xtreme, Lita brought out collars and chains for the photo shoot above, with her stare into the camera making even the most tame man embrace his animalistic desires. Lita left the WWE in 2006. but has since returned for a number of shows, including the 1,000th episode of RAW in July of 2012. She was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014. She has been romantically linked to wrestlers Matt Hardy, Edge, and CM Punk over the years - needless to say, we're extremely jealous of those former WWE stars.
1 Trish Stratus
If you're a mid-20s man who grew up in the Internet explosion era, chances are you know this picture quite well. You might have printed it off and kept copies under your bed or in your locker at school. Sure, there are plenty of pictures of Trish Stratus exposing more of herself, but this was the photo that turned young boys into booty lovers that they are today. Showing a jaw-dropping arch that will make forget McDonald's ever existed, we'd like to say Trish Stratus highlighted her greatest asset in this photo, but everything about her was sexy. Again, the sultry stare is one we won't soon forget. Since leaving the WWE, Stratus has opened a yoga studio in Toronto and has even received an award for best new business in 2009. Completely unrelated fact: the entire male population of Toronto took up yoga in 2009.