Whether it be the WWE Divas or the Nitro Girls or the ladies that graced the stages of ECW and TNA, professional wrestling has always enjoyed the company of some of the greatest female superstars in sports entertainment. While wrestling was once viewed as a male-driven sport, many women have made names for themselves in the ring over the years. Female wrestlers such as Chyna, Molly Holly, Jacqueline Moore, Daffney, and Madusa rank among the most accomplished and legendary performers in the business.
Of course, there comes a point when even they have to say goodbye to the ring. Whether they were known primarily for their looks, their skills in the ring, or both, age catches up with everyone. What these women do after retirement varies, from writing books, to becoming moms, to managing wrestling promotions, to starting careers as fitness gurus, to... becoming adult film stars. Some are unfortunately no longer with us. These ladies have done it all after leaving the ring. TheSportster is catching up with those female wrestlers who have just hit 40 or are well past that age to see how they've fared with the post-wrestling life, and, most importantly, what they look like today.
14 Torrie Wilson
Torrie Wilson had a very fruitful career in the wrestling business. She debuted on WCW in 1999 as a valet for nWO named "Samantha." She eventually became David Flair's manager before betraying him for Billy Kidman and the Filthy Animals. Torrie later married Billy Kidman in real life in 2003. The couple got divorced in 2008.
Torrie's first big storyline at WWE was an affair with McMahon. Her WWE wrestling debut was the infamous bra and panties tag team match in which she teamed up with fellow WCW alum Stacy Keibler against Lita and Trish Stratus. Torrie and Stacy lost that match, but Torrie beat Trish in a "Paddle on a Pole" match the following night. In 2003, Torrie was featured in a pictorial and on the cover of Playboy. Today, she's still in fantastic shape. Torrie is now a fitness guru and runs her own website.
13 Major Gunns
Tylene Buck is best known in the wrestling world as Major Gunns. While she only appeared in WCW for two years and was let go when WWE purchased the promotion, Buck definitely made a name for herself as the naughty valet of the Misfits in Action stable. One of her most famous moments in the ring was mooning WCW president Eric Bischoff in the ring in front of a very large crowd. She also wrestled Stacy Keibler in a mud match.
After Buck was let go from WCW, she spent some time at Xtreme Pro Wrestling. Today, she still wrestles, but not in the way you think. She's part of a website called Double Trouble Wrestling, which features women wrestling naked in custom matches booked by paying customers. In fact, Buck has had a pretty successful adult film career since she left the wrestling business. She's also a cam girl.
Many regard Tammy Lynn Sytch, who appeared in the WWE as "Sunny," as the original Diva. While that is still debated today, it's no secret that Sytch is still one of wrestling's most controversial female performers. And Sytch hasn't only graced the WWE, she also worked for WCW, ECW, and Ring of Honor. She began her career as then-boyfriend Chris Candido's manager in Smoky Mountain Wrestling and followed him around from promotion to promotion until his untimely death in 2005.
Scandal followed Sytch throughout her wrestling career. From rumors of drug abuse to affairs with Shawn Michaels, Sytch has faced a lot of negative publicity. She was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011, and followed that up by being arrested six times between 2012 and 2013. Today, she's an adult film star and recently went through a court-mandated rehab program.
11 Trish Stratus
Perhaps the most famous WWE Diva of all time, Trish Stratus began her career as a fitness model who loved wrestling. Her modeling eventually caught the attention of the WWE, which signed her in 1999. She made her debut in 2000 as the manager of the tag team T&A (Test and Prince Albert) before helping Val Venis become the Intercontinental Champion. One of her big early storylines was an affair with Vince McMahon, which led her to feud with Stephanie.
Trish won a bunch of championships during her time at WWE. She's a six-time Women's Champion, a one-time Hardcore Champion, won Babe of the Year three years in a row, and was even named Diva of the Decade for the 2000s. Trish was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013. Today, she runs a yoga studio in Toronto and has two kids.
Daffney's known as the Scream Queen of wrestling and for good reason. She loves to shriek when approaching the ring. Daffney, whose real name is Shannon Claire Spruill, first appeared as David Flair's unstable girlfriend. She later wrestled for his affections after he left her for Miss Hancock. Daffney defeated Hancock (better known as Stacy Keibler) in a Wedding Gown match to end their feud. She was only at WCW for two years before being let go after the merger with WWE.
Daffney spent the next few years in the indie circuit before landing at TNA. One of her most famous stunts during her time at the promotion was when she played former Alaskan governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin for a storyline. Today, Daffney is the manager of Shine Wrestling and was recently recovering from spine surgery.
Back in the Attitude Era of the WWE, Sable (real name Rena Greek) was one of the biggest names in wrestling. One of the earliest Divas, she was the second competitor to win the Women's Championship when the WWE reinstated the title in 1998. She was married to wrestler Marc Mero from 1994 to 2004. Throughout her career, she appeared on the cover of Playboy several times and became the first woman to be featured in two of the magazine's covers in the same year.
Sable sued the WWE in 1999 for sexual harassment after she refused to go topless. She didn't return to wrestling until 2003, when she began a storyline as Vince McMahon's new mistress (surprise, surprise). She feuded with Stephanie for a while before leaving the WWE in 2004. Today, she's married to Brock Lesnar. They have two sons together and lead a pretty private life up in Saskatchewan, Canada.
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Victoria (real name Lisa Marie Varon) began her career in fitness competitions. She won ESPN2's Fitness America Series in 1997 and later participated in the Miss Galaxy competition. It wasn't until Varon met Chyna at a gym that she was able to get her start in wrestling.
She made her debut as one of the Godfather's "hos," as the "head ho." The Godfather later betrayed her and powerbombed her through a table when he became the Goodfather. Her first major solo storyline was a feud with Trish Stratus, who had "betrayed her during her days as fitness models," as the story goes. (The two did meet in those days, but were friends!) Varon won the Women's Championship twice during her time at WWE and is also a five-time TNA Women's Knockout Champion. Until recently, Varon owned the wrestling-themed bar The Squared Circle, which closed in April.
7 Jacqueline Moore
Jacqueline Moore made her debut in 1988 in the indie circuit and spent a few years in the United States Wrestling Association, where she was known as "Miss Texas," before a one-year stint in WCW. During her time at WCW, she managed Kevin Sullivan, but she wasn't just a pretty face. Jacqueline was known to body slam his opponents in order to get him the win. From the very start, Jacqueline stood out as more than just a diva.
Her first big storyline at WWE was her feud with Sable. The two competed in a bikini contest and later wrestled for the reinstated Women's Championship. Jacqueline won and became the first African-American W0men's Champion. She was also the third woman to win the Cruiserweight Championship. Jacqueline was recently inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2016 and these days she spends her days as an artist.
6 Alundra Blayze
Debrah Anne Miceli was known as Alundra Blayze at WWE and Madusa at WCW. As Alundra Blayze, Miceli revived the women's division at WWE, which reinstated the Women's Championship in 1993 and held a tournament to declare a champion. Miceli won and held the belt two more times before she was let go by the WWE and stripped of her title. In 1995, Miceli returned to WCW, throwing her Women's Championship belt in the trash on live television, which got her blacklisted by the WWE.
At WCW, Miceli became the first woman to win the Cruiserweight Championship. She also trained up and coming female stars, such as Torrie Wilson, Stacy Keibler, and Molly Holly. She was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015. Miceli has also had a very fruitful career as a monster truck driver, winning several races. Today, she hosts the Full Throttle Podcast.
5 Gail Kim
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Gail Kim debuted in 2000, wrestling in the indie circuit, before making her way to the WWE in 2002. Her first match with WWE was a big one: she won the Women's Championship in a seven-woman battle royal. That has to be one of the greatest WWE debuts in wrestling history. She feuded with Trish Stratus for a while before being let go by the WWE and joining TNA.
At TNA, Kim became the first Knockouts Champion. In fact, she won the title six times as well as the Knockouts Tag Team Championship with Madison Rayne. In 2012, Pro Wrestling Illustrated named Kim the number one female wrestler in the world. She was inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame in 2016. Kim's been sidelined from the ring recently due to some injuries but hopes to get back to wrestling soon. As you can see, she's kept in shape.
4 Dawn Marie
Dawn Marie Psaltis worked for a real estate consultancy firm before deciding to pursue a career in modeling and/or acting. Psaltis eventually found her way to wrestling, after she made a joke comment to a promoter about wanting to get into the business. She began managing wrestlers in the indie circuit before getting a contract at ECW, where she managed Lance Storm.
At WWE, she feuded with Trish Stratus over Vince McMahon's affections (seriously, dude, who keeps writing the same storyline over and over?) for a brief time before entering a feud with Torrie Wilson, which was nuts. Psaltis married Wilson's on-screen dad, Al, and caused him to suffer a fatal heart attack during their honeymoon from too much sex. (This was all scripted, of course!) She's since retired and become a nurse. Psaltis has two kids.
3 Layla El
Yup, Layla just turned 40 and thus qualifies for this list. Layla El actually began her career in the Miami Heat's dancing troupe before performing as a backup dancer for John Legend, P. Diddy, and Kanye West. El entered the WWE through the Diva Search competition, which she won in 2006. Her first feud was with The Miz, who she tricked into getting a lapdance from Big Dick Johnson. The Miz proceeded to screw her over on several occasions, including a Diva dance contest that El won before The Miz, who was the emcee, declared another contestant the winner.
She won the Women's Champions once as well as the Divas Championship. In 2012, Pro Wrestling Illustrated named El the fifth best female wrestler in the world. El retired from wrestling in 2015 and married fellow wrestler Richard Young. Not much has been heard from her since, as she's left the public life.
2 Debra McMichael
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Debra McMichael spent most of her time in the business managing wrestlers, such as former real-life husband Steve "Mongo" McMichael, Goldberg, Alex Wright, and Jeff Jarrett. She managed both Jarrett and Owen Hart, who tragically died in 1999's WWE Over the Edge PPV when a harness that was lowering him into the ring malfunctioned. McMichael was later interviewed in character at the event, but was unable to hold back her tears and stay in character.
She won the Women's Championship from Sable in an Evening Gown match in 1999 and married Stone Cold Steve Austin in 2000. They later divorced after Debra filed assault charges against him. Today, she's back at the University of Alabama where she's pursuing a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice. She still looks quite good, too.
1 Terri Runnels
Terri Runnels was actually doing makeup for Larry King by day and makeup for wrestlers by night before she entered the business in earnest. She spent two years at WCW, where she played the character Alexandra York, the leader of a stable of finance-themed wrestlers known as the York Foundation.
Runnels made her debut in the WWE at Royal Rumble 1996 as a character named Marlena. She became the manager of her then real-life husband Dustin Rhodes (better known as Goldust), whom she married in 1996 and divorced six years later. They have a daughter named Dakota together. Runnels won the Hardcore Championship very briefly in 2002, her only title. After she left wrestling in 2004, Runnels became involved with many charities and is known for her philanthropic work.
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