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10 Unsung Heroines Of The Women's Evolution

It has become a sort of trend within the women's locker room in WWE to take credit for the Women's Evolution. Whether it was Paige's 2015 outburst or Stephanie McMahon's prideful boasting, the pioneers of such an incredible movement demand recognition for their hard work - and rightfully so.

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However, there are countless stars responsible for the Women's Evolution who have yet to receive the credit they deserve. From risky promos to making the best out of what screen time they were given, these women gave everything they had to the wrestling industry - and certainly won't be forgotten any time soon by fans.

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10 Gail Kim

Gail Kim never stood out during her two tenures with WWE due to poor booking, despite capturing the Women's Championship during her debut match. Her reign lasted four weeks before she dropped the belt to Molly Holly and subsequently turned heel by attacking Trish Stratus.

Kim has found immeasurable success in the TNA Knockouts Division, where she is a 7-time champion and Hall of Famer. She hasn't shied away from criticizing WWE and remains one of the most vocal and passionate female wrestlers in the industry, despite having now retired from in-ring competition.

9 Jazz

Jazz was a dominant powerhouse during her time in WWE, clashing with fellow Attitude Era stars Trish Stratus and Victoria. She held the Women's Championship twice, both times defeating Stratus to win gold.

Jazz wasn't afraid to take bumps or get dirty. During an episode of Monday Night Raw, it took the combined efforts of Trish Stratus and Bubba Ray Dudley to powerbomb the decorated star through a table. She has also been a prominent figure on the independent circuit, as well as a featured stand-out of ECW.

8 Emma

Emma is given little credit for her contribution to the Women's Evolution, despite being one of the women to initially trigger it. Her match against Paige at NXT: Arrival for the NXT Women's Championship kickstarted developmental's thriving women's division.

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The first female Australian wrestler to sign with WWE fared poorly on the main roster, paired with Santino Marella during her debut before disappearing into the mid-card. Despite returning to NXT, Emma was released by the company in 2017.

7 Molly Holly

Molly Holly was one of the core female wrestlers during WWE's Attitude Era. She captured the Women's Championship twice and the Hardcore Championship once, making her the fourth woman to do so.

A brilliant in-ring worker, Holly wasn't afraid to pursue high-flying maneuvers in the ring; her finisher the 'Molly-Go-Round' proved this. She was easily one of the most talented workers in the women's division during her tenure and also notably lost a Hair Vs. Championship to Victoria at WrestleMania XX, subsequently having her hair shaved on television.

6 AJ Lee

AJ Lee is, arguably, the wrestler most responsible for the Revolution, as she was once the only stand-out competitor in an overlooked division. A long-time dedicated wrestling fan, the Black Widow held the Divas Championship three times and didn't shy away from criticizing the company she worked for, calling out Stephanie McMahon on Twitter in regards to equal pay and screen time.

Lee's accomplishments have been cast aside by WWE, who made the controversial choice to allow Nikki Bella to surpass her run as the longest-reigning Divas Champion in 2015.

5 Ivory

Ivory began her wrestling career with acclaimed all-female company GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling) during the 1980s, before debuting in WWE in 1999. She captured the Women's Championship three times, twice on her own and once as part of conservative heel faction Right To Censor.

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Like Jazz and Molly Holly, Ivory's contributions to the women's division tend to be overlooked in favor of Trish Stratus and Lita. She was, however, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.

4 Kharma/Awesome Kong

Kharma - or Awesome Kong, as she was known in WWE - had a short and forgettable tenure with Vince McMahon's company. Despite being a brilliant in-ring worker and the type of monster heel the women's division sorely needed, there simply wasn't enough talent to challenge her, considering the specifications for a WWE Diva in 2011.

Kharma is perhaps best known for her work in TNA, where she has had multiple acclaimed matches against Gail Kim for the Knockouts Championship. She won the Knockouts Title twice, as well as capturing the Knockouts Tag Team Championships alongside Hamada.

3 Natalya

With the exception of AJ Lee, there was a time when Natalya was the only truly talented in-ring competitor in the WWE women's locker room. The third-generation wrestler has had an impressive tenure with the company, winning the Divas Championship in 2010 and the SmackDown Women's Championship in 2017.

The Queen of Harts has an impressive resume as the only female wrestler to graduate from the Hart Dungeon. Hopefully, she'll take her rightful place in WWE's Hall of Fame one day.

2 Eve Torres

Eve Torres is another example of a dedicated worker who did the best with what she was given during a very challenging time. The three-time Divas Champion constantly tried to expand her move set, implementing her knowledge of Gracie jiu-jitsu into her wrestling repertoire.

Torres now runs a self-defense program called Gracie Women Empowered at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in California. She is the first woman to capture the Divas Championship three times, winning her first title in 2010.

1 Michelle McCool

Michelle McCool joined WWE in 2004 after taking part in the annual Diva Search. She became the inaugural Divas Champion at The Great American Bash in 2008, after defeating Natalya. She won the Women's Championship one year later, making her the first wrestler to capture both titles.

McCool proved she was capable in the ring and on the mic, delivering some excellent promos during her tenure as a heel. She formed villainous duo LayCool with fellow former champion Layla, proving that, as a villainous character, she could dominate the women's division.

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