Women Of WWE: Where Were They Before?

The current Women's Division in WWE is arguably the best that it has ever been, with the female talent pool so deep now both on the main roster and down in NXT, it seems that WWE finally has strength in depth when it comes to their women.

The failed Divas Revolution of 2015 may have become a joke amongst many of the WWE Universe, but it seemed to spark a new beginning for many of the women in the company and the likes of Sasha Banks, Charlotte, Bayley, and Becky Lynch have all taken it upon themselves to make history in the biggest wrestling company in the world.

Charlotte is without a doubt one of the best female wrestlers that WWE has had in a very long time and having the likes of Bayley and Sasha tBanks o back her up on Monday Night Raw has definitely given the roster a huge boost.

Over on SmackDown Live, their female roster has flourished since the return of Nikki Bella and has even been given its own Women's Championship. The Blue Brand has made a big deal out of pushing their female division forward and this week on Raw, the Red Brand followed suit by allowing the women to main event the show for the first time in more than a decade.

These women have become some of the biggest stars in the world, but this transition hasn't happened overnight, they have fought hard for the positions that they currently sit in and obviously all hide their own secrets, so where were the women of the WWE before WWE?

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16 Nia Jax

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Nia has well and truly arrived in the WWE over the past few weeks after stepping up and destroying every woman who has dared to step in her path since she was drafted to Monday Night Raw from the NXT roster back in July.

Nia is the cousin of The Rock and is also related to The Usos and Roman Reigns. She spent her early years working as a model in California and even attended University there where she played college basketball. She was inspired to take up wrestling when she watched The Rock perform at WrestleMania XXVIII against John Cena. Merely two years later she was signed by WWE and debuted in NXT at the end of 2015. Nia is sure to find herself in the Raw Women's Championship picture in the near future.

15 Summer Rae

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Summer Rae has to be one of the most underrated females on the current main roster. The former dancer is currently sidelined due to injury and hasn't appeared on WWE TV since before the WWE Draft, but when she is used, it is usually effective.

Summer Rae was the team captain for Lingerie Football League team Chicago Bliss for three seasons from 2008-2011 before she was signed by WWE later that year and headed to their FCW training facility. Summer then spent a few months as a ring announcer for the newly remodeled NXT before WWE finally saw her potential and allowed her to begin wrestling on the NXT show. When Summer returns it is likely that she will find herself on the SmackDown Live roster as part of their Women's Division.

14 Paige

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The story of Paige's career from the streets of Norwich, England all the way to the bright lights of the WWE is the stuff that stories are made of. Paige is the first ever female British wrestler to have been trained in the UK and be signed by WWE. She was always a talented performer and despite her recent personal problems, Paige it still an asset to the company.

Paige made her wrestling debut at the age of 13 and was trained by her mother and the famous Knight family. Since then she has toured all over the world wrestling and trying to provoke the attention of WWE. She failed her first try-outs for the company in 2010 before she was then accepted in 2011 and sent to FCW where she was given her new ring name before she later debuted on NXT. There, she  would go on to become the Inaugural Women's Champion.

13 Emma/Emmalina

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Emma is another female wrestler who has never fully been given the same opportunities as the internet darlings currently on the main roster. Down in NXT Emma and Dana Brooke were a fantastic pairing, but WWE has decided to sacrifice that in order to put Dana together with Charlotte in what is definitely a mismatched group.

Emma was introduced to wrestling when she was just eight years old and began training from the age of 13. She then spent some time on the Australian Independent Circuit before moving to Canada to train at Lance Storm's Wrestling Academy. After a short stint with Shimmer (all female wrestling promotion), Emma announced that she had signed a deal with WWE and made her debut in NXT in 2012.

12 Carmella

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The 'Princess of Staten Island' and the 'Hottest Chick in the Ring' has become one of the stand-out performers on the SmackDown Live roster over the past few weeks following her shocking heel turn and competes in her first one-on-one Pay-Per-View match this weekend against former Divas Champion Nikki Bella.

Carmella is a former cheerleader for the New England Patriots and dancer for The Los Angeles Lakers. She then left these teams in 2011 and announced that she had signed a developmental contract with WWE in 2013. Carmella didn't make her debut on NXT until over a year later in November 2014 but she didn't spend a lot of time in NXT either after she was recently called up to the main roster as part of the WWE Draft back in July.

11 Dana Brooke

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Dana Brooke is currently one of the main women on the Raw roster after aligning herself with Charlotte over the past few weeks. This has seen her manage to play her own part of many high profile matches and segments.

Dana definitely lived before heading to WWE. She was once a diver and spent 18 years working as a gymnast, before giving these up and concentrating on competing as a body builder. She even managed to come 12th in the 2013 European Arnold Classic. WWE signed her to the company later the same year. Dana made her NXT debut in April 2015 and was called up to the main roster earlier this year as she helped Charlotte retain the Women's Championship at the Extreme Rules Pay-Per-View event.

10 Alexa Bliss

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Alexa Bliss has stepped up her game up on the SmackDown Live roster in recent weeks to the point now where it seems she has realized that she could become the Women's Champion this weekend when she faces Becky Lynch at No Mercy.

Alexa is another former bodybuilder who competed at the Arnold Classic, but she has been a sport obsessed person for her entire life and has competed in softball, track, kick-boxing, and even gymnastics over the course of her career. Alexa was signed to WWE in 2013 with no prior wrestling experience and over the past three years has managed to climb up through the ranks of WWE. Alexa was drafted onto the main roster back in July when she was picked by SmackDown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan.

9 Nikki Bella

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The longest reigning Divas Champion in the history of WWE and one of the main stars of Total Bellas and Total Divas, Nikki Bella has become one of the biggest female stars in WWE over the past few years and her in-ring skills have definitely improved over the past few years as well.

Nikki is a former soccer player but was forced to give this up when she suffered a leg injury. The two twin sisters then began modelling, acting, and doing some promotional work until they finally turned the heads of WWE officials. The duo auditioned for the 2006 Raw Diva Search but despite not making the cut, they were signed to the company in 2007 with Brie making her WWE main roster debut a few weeks before Nikki.

8 Natalya

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The only female graduate from the Hart Dungeon and a former Divas Champion in her own right, Natalya is pound for pound one of the best technically gifted Superstars, male or female on SmackDown Live's current roster.

She was trained in both jiu-jitsu and amateur wrestling from a young age and even participated in dance and gymnastics while growing up as a way to aid her wrestling career. After touring the Independent Circuit and working for many promotions, Natalya was signed by WWE in 2007 and sent to their development territory which was called Deep South Wrestling at the time. Natalya didn't stay there long and made her main roster debut the following year as a heel who partnered Victoria. Natalya now serves as a veteran presence in the SmackDown Live locker room.

7 Naomi

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Naomi is the most athletic female wrestlers on the current WWE roster. Although she has been in the company for a number of years now and is still without a championship reign to her name, Naomi is still one of the most talented wrestlers on the roster and has one of the best gimmicks.

Naomi began her career as a cheerleader and dancer for NBA team Orlando Magic before moving on to become a much more mainstream dancer. Naomi was then chosen to be a part of the all-female third season of NXT. Naomi came second to Kaitlyn in the overall competition and went on to make her main roster debut in 2012 when she was teamed with Cameron as part of The Funkadactyls who accompanied Brodus Clay to the ring.

6 Eva Marie

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There isn't a lot about Eva Marie's life that has managed to remain private over the past few years. The former model made her debut on WWE TV in the build-up to the premiere episode of Total Divas in 2013. Since then she has become one of the most hated wrestlers on the current roster.

Eva is a former soccer player and model and her route to WWE was through the 2013 Diva Search which took place online and saw both Eva and JoJo Offerman announced as the winners and given a place on Total Divas. Eva had never had any contact with wrestling before she joined the company and this is one of the main reasons fans turned against her so quickly. She was recently suspended for her first violation of the Wellness Policy and has since landed a role in a new film with Nicholas Cage that will keep her off WWE TV for a while.


4 Becky Lynch

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The Irish Lass Kicker and current WWE SmackDown Live Women's Champion is another female who has stepped up her game on the main roster. Being SmackDown's first female pick was an honor for the former NXT Superstar who has continued to impress ever since.

Becky began her wrestling career as a youngster when she wandered into Fergal Devitt's gym, the Superstar who is now known as Finn Balor. Becky then trained under the former NXT Champion and made her wrestling debut just five months later. Becky then wrestled all over Ireland and the UK before heading over to America and Japan and finally being spotted by WWE.  She signed with WWE in 2013 and made her NXT debut the following year by defeating Summer Rae.

3 Sasha Banks

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The Legit Boss of WWE, the current Raw Women's Champion and former NXT Women's Champion has become a household name in WWE over the past few years. Sasha and Bayley stole the show at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn last year and since her main roster debut last year, she has become one of WWE's most consistent all around performers.

Sasha made her in-ring debut for Chaotic Wrestling back in 2010 and has since worked her way around the Independent Circuit. In June 2012 Sasha attended a WWE try-out and it was announced that the company had decided to sign her. She was then assigned to NXT where she eventually became Women's Champion. Banks made her debut in December of the same year in a losing effort to Paige.

2 Bayley

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One of the happiest WWE Superstars on the current roster. It's hard not to feel sorry for Bayley. She was left behind when all of her friends were called up to the main roster last year. Then she was only called up this year when it was announced that Sasha was injured, and now that Sasha is no longer injured, she isn't needed.

Bayley has been interested in wrestling since she was 11 years-old. She wrote a letter to herself when she was younger talking about the fact that she would one day become a professional wrestler. Bayley made her wrestling debut in 2008 and bounced around the American Independent Circuit until she was signed by WWE in 2012. Bayley made her debut in March 2013 in a losing effort to Paige.

1 Charlotte

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This is the epitome of saving the best until last. As previously stated, Charlotte is now widely considered to be one of the best female wrestlers of an entire generation, if not the best ever. She has spent 12 of her last 15 months on the main roster as a Champion and is currently undefeated when she is defending the title at WWE Pay-Per-Views.

The daughter of Ric Flair was always going to have her head turned by the wrestling business, but Charlotte wanted a different career. She has two state Championships as a volleyball player and is a qualified personal trainer. But in 2012 WWE signed her to a contract and she was sent to NXT where she made her debut the following year with a win over Bayley.

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