For the past five or six years, WWE has become the top place to find great women's wrestling. Sara Amato took over as the head trainer for the ladies at the WWE Performance Center and helped change the culture. Names like Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Bayley, Asuka, Ember Moon, and so many others fill out a loaded roster.
Even looking at the current crop of NXT women, the roster gets deeper. Toni Storm, Rhea Ripley, Dakota Kai, Candice LeRae, Shayna Baszler, and the list goes on and on. However, WWE doesn't have every great female talent out there. Plenty of stellar women wrestlers can be found in other companies and we're here to rank the best ones.
10 Priscilla Kelly
At just 22 years of age, Priscilla Kelly is one of the youngest women on the independent scene. She's already found a ton of success in her short career. Kelly held the Shine Nova Championship, competed in the second WWE Mae Young Classic, and made a surprise appearance at AEW All Out as part of a battle royal.
A lot of fans have compared Priscilla Kelly to Paige. They both showed a lot of potential at a young age and share a lot of physical similarities. Other than her Mae Young Classic appearance, Kelly hasn't done much with WWE. She may be a bigger part of AEW's future, especially with her husband, Darby Allin, a member of the company.
9 Nicole Matthews
There aren't many ladies on the indies who have more experience than Nicole Matthews. She began wrestling back in 2006, becoming a notable star as part of the Canadian Ninjas, alongside Portia Perez. Together, they held the Shimmer Tag Team Titles twice and Matthews was Shimmer Champion for nearly a year.
Nicole Matthews is an interesting entry to the list because she has never worked consistently for a major promotion. Along with never working for Impact or ROH, Matthews' only WWE work was as part of the Mae Young Classic. She won't be joining the company anytime soon either, as visa issues have her banned from entering the United States for five years.
Our first former WWE signee on the list is Ivelisse Vélez. The Puerto Rican firecracker took part in 2011's Tough Enough. Though she didn't win, she earned a developmental contract, which led to her competing in both FCW and NXT. She was one of the first to report against former head trainer Bill DeMott and he was part of why she got released.
Since leaving WWE, Ivelisse has been a star at every stop. She has dominated Shine and was one of the best things about Lucha Underground when that series was running. Ivelisse most recently appeared for AEW. A return to WWE has been long-awaited, though some of her past tweets could prove problematic.
The Rosemary character has been one of the best aspects of Impact Wrestling for the past few years. She was first notable on the indies as Courtney Rush, where she held the Shimmer Tag Team Titles with Sara Del Rey. It was when she moved to Impact in 2016 that things really started clicking.
Taking on the persona of Rosemary, she joined a stable called the Decay. While the group was great, Rosemary shined brightest and branched out on her own. She became Knockouts Champion, engaged in a twisted feud with Allie, and remains one of the most popular stars in the promotion.
Speaking of Allie, she belongs on this list. Formerly known as Cherry Bomb, this veteran was one half of a successful independent tag team known as the Kimber Bombs. Like Rosemary, she found something that truly worked when she joined Impact Wrestling. She took on the name Allie and gained popularity as the subject of Maria Kanellis' bullying.
From that point on, Allie became a staple of the Impact Knockouts division. She became a two-time Knockouts Champion and her Dark Allie storyline was a highlight. Allie has never done more than a tryout match for WWE and that likely won't change since she is currently signed to All Elite Wrestling.
5 Tenille Dashwood
Another former WWE signee, Tenille Dashwood accomplished a fair amount with them. Under the ring name Emma, she made it to the finals of the tournament to crown the first NXT Women's Champion and battled Paige in a great match on the first WWE Network special. Her fun-loving dancing gimmick made her a hit with kids. After turning heel, she remained a key part of the main roster until her release in late 2017.
Since then, she has gone by her real name of Tenille Dashwood. For a while, her focus was Ring of Honor but she most recently signed a deal with Impact Wrestling. Dashwood also made a surprise appearance in AEW. Regardless of where she lands, Tenille will remain one of the most talented female wrestlers in the world.
4 Hana Kimura
When you see a wrestler who is insanely good at a young age, you just know they're something special. Think about Tyler Bate as an example. Hama Kimura is only 22, yet she's already an accomplished wrestler with heaps of talent. If you look at her accomplishments, you'll be blown away.
This past March, Kimura signed with women's wrestling promotion Stardom. She already became the leader of a stable, won the Artist of Stardom Title, captured the Goddess of Stardom Championship, and most recently won their massive 5* Grand Prix Tournament. She's quickly becoming the face of Stardom.
3 Mayu Iwatani
Hama Kimura may be the hot new thing in Stardom, but Mayu Iwatani is basically the promotion's ace. She has been a staple since 2011 and has done it all: World of Stardom Champion, 5 time Artist of Stardom Champion, 5* Grand Prix winner, High Speed Champion, and the list goes on and on.
In ROH, she won the Women of Honor Title. In Lucha Underground, Mayu Iwatani made a special appearance in a trios team with Io Shirai and Kairi Hojo, who have both gone on to star in WWE. Iwatani stayed in Japan and has continued to dominate there. You won't find many wrestlers, male or female, better than her.
2 Mercedes Martinez
Mercedes Martinez has more experience than anyone on this list. The 38-year old had her first match nearly two decades ago in 2000. Her career has spanned Ring of Honor, Shimmer, WSU, and almost every other wrestling promotion you can think of. She finally broke out with WWE in the inaugural Mae Young Classic.
Martinez made it to the semi-finals before losing to Shayna Baszler. She returned to the second Mae Young Classic, losing in a classic to Meiko Satomura. But other than sporadic appearances, she hasn't returned. Martinez showed up at AEW All Out, though there's no word on if she has a contract. Wherever she goes, she's one of the best.
1 Tessa Blanchard
The fact that Tessa Blanchard isn't currently with WWE is astonishing. She's young (24), has a famous last name (Tully Blanchard is her father), is extremely talented, and is on one of the best runs of any woman in the world. Her recent time with Impact Wrestling, which included a Knockouts Title reign, has been stellar.
Tessa Blanchard did get a short stint with WWE. She did some jobs to Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax, and Carmella, before losing in the first Mae Young Classic to eventual winner Kairi Sane. Blanchard is a can't miss prospect. Everywhere she goes, she adds to her skill set and list of reasons for WWE to sign her.