Over the last three decades, women have become a prime asset of wrestling entertainment. Their combination of beauty and athleticism has sparked major attention, making them notable public figures in the industry. With competitive matches, entertaining segments and endless endorsement deals, women in the WWE have broken gender barriers in a male-dominated field.
Their efforts have been praised by fans worldwide through support of their shows, magazines and other promotions. Many of the prominent Divas of the early 2000s have faded away from the limelight. Read below to see what these lovely ladies have been up to since their final days in the ring.
10 Stacy Keibler
This blonde bombshell started out assisting other Superstars. Soon after, she went solo and competed in the women’s division of WWE. With her signature, never-ending long legs, she was an immediate fan favorite and a true crowd pleaser. Participating in various matches, her popularity reached a high peak of her career.
However, Stacy Keibler left the WWE in 2006 and put the entire wrestling industry behind her. Since then, she appeared on the second season of Dancing With the Stars, placing third in the entire competition. Her relationship with George Clooney was also highly publicized in the early 2010s. Keibler is currently the co-founder of skincare product Caldera + Lab.
Her raw and edgy character gained international popularity when she teamed up with Team X-Treme as their manager. During her peak, Lita was known for her long red locks, tattoos, fishnet outfits and backflips off the turnbuckle. Arguably one of the best acts in WWE Diva history, she achieved great success winning the Women’s Champion title four times.
Her tomboy style separated her from the rest of her colleagues, recognizing her great talent even more. Lita left WWE in 2007. Since then, wresting has not shared much focus on her life. However, she was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014. The former Diva is currently the lead singer of a punk rock band called, The Luchagors.
Throughout the 2000s, she was one of the most dominant female figures in WWE history. Her strength alone made her a threat and she accomplished enough to compete in memorable matches of her career. The two-time Women’s Champion was no stranger to the ring and always brought her A-game. Her success continued until 2009 where she parted ways with WWE.
Her wrestling skills continued in TNA wrestling and other wrestling events around the globe. She appears to still be active on the independent scene, however, she recently announced that she would be retiring as an in-ring performer by the end of 2019.
The former two-time WWE Women’s Champion made her debut in 2001. Her start within the company presented consistency and popularity for her career. This continued well into the 2000s and earned her some highly competitive matchups against other female talent.
Her reign slowly winded down and she left WWE in 2007. Following her departure, the star remained active on the independent scene and is still wrestling as of today. Outside of the ring, she is occupied with multiple business ventures. She is the owner of two successful projects, including a fitness gym and a wrestling school called The Dog Pound.
She was an early female act in WWE, rising in the mid-1990s as a relevant figure. Her biggest peak took place later in the decade and again in the early 2000s. Sable's looks alone drove men crazy and her persona was truly entertaining. She landed deals with magazines, gracing the front covers of quite a few. Her success continued until 2004 where she left the WWE for good. Since then, she has kept quite a low profile from the media and shifted her focus towards starting a family. She is married to current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar, and the couple has three kids together.
5 Molly Holly
As one of the more competitive female talents of her time, Molly Holly achieved great success in the WWE. Along with her in-ring ability, she entertained fans with changing gimmicks and electrifying moves. Her skills earned her the title of Women’s Champion twice in her career. At one point she was even the WWE Hardcore Champion.
The former Diva left WWE in 2005 to spend more time with her family and attend personal matters. Before fully retiring from wrestling, she performed occasionally for promotional shows and independent events. Holly is now the lead trainer at The Academy: School of Professional Wrestling. Outside of training, the former superstar also invests in Real Estate.
4 Torrie Wilson
Torrie Wilson debuted in 2001 and quickly rose to fame with her good looks and sweet charm. She participated in numerous matches and events, posed for several magazines and was one of the most popular Divas during her time. As her fan base grew during the mid-2000s, she showcased more of her athleticism in the ring. With increased activity, she developed nagging injuries that eventually led to her departure from WWE in 2008.
Wilson stopped wrestling afterward, only appearing as a guest upon occasion. These days, she is heavily involved in nutrition and works as a fitness instructor. She also owns an online workout program called Fittensity. Wilson was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this year.
3 Dawn Marie
Her time in WWE started as an assistant but later reached superstar status. Dawn Marie competed with other Divas and shared notable feuds, including a memorable friendly rivalry with Torrie Wilson. Fans grew crazy about her bold character and nonchalant attitude. Entertaining and confident, she knew exactly how to put on a good show.
She left WWE in 2005 but continued to wrestle for various promotions and independent shows. Her wrestling days ended for good when she fully retired in 2010, opting to leave the industry behind. She is currently focused on her family and her new career as a nurse, keep a very low profile outside of a Twitter account.
2 Gail Kim
In 2003, Gail Kim made WWE history as the first Diva to win a Women’s Championship in her debut match. Shocking the crowd and viewers worldwide, her talent never went unnoticed. During her peak, she was considered one of the most competitive female acts in the industry and battled against some of the biggest Divas. After an on-again-off-again period with WWE, she finally departed in 2011. Shortly afterward, Kim continued to wrestle for other companies and participated in promotional shows around the world. In 2017, she announced that she would retire from in-ring competition completely. She currently works in a backstage role for Impact Wrestling as a producer.
1 Trish Stratus
Undeniably one of the best WWE Divas of all time, Trish Stratus has marked her territory both in and out of the ring. Debuting in 1999, she immediately sparked attention and proved that women can be athletic and alluring. The seven-time WWE Women’s Champion performed in unforgettable matches and was crowned Diva of the Decade in 2003. Her hard work has left an impactful legacy on today’s current female superstars.
Stratus left WWE in 2006 but continued to make random appearances from time to time. During the early 2010s, Stratus competed briefly in the ring for special events. Since then, she has become a Yoga and fitness instructor with her own yoga studio and site. She has also appeared in several films in recent years.