The women of WWE have been making headlines and history over the past few years thanks to the ongoing Women’s Revolution, but the careers of the women who used to be referred to as Divas hasn’t always been this way.
There was once a time when the women were used as eye candy for the male demographic of the WWE Universe and often dressed in the least amount of clothing as possible. This continued until women began watching wrestling in great numbers and WWE realized it was time for the women to have some credibility.
During a time of Diva Search contests, bra and panties matches, pudding matches, and matches being decided through evening gown competitions and even dance offs, there were many women who became part of the company that were never given the chance to hold a Championship because they were never seen as genuine contenders.
The following list looks at 15 of the women who came into the company when the reputation of the Women’s Division was at an all time low. These women were unable to put their names in the record books when it comes to title reigns, but are still fondly remembered by the WWE Universe.
15. Luna Vachon
Luna Vachon was a member of the famous Vachon wrestling family. Even though she had two stints with the company and fought for the Women’s Championship a number of times, she was never able to hold it in her grasp despite competing with Alundra Blayze for it and almost winning on a number of occasions.
Luna is considered to be one of the best female wrestlers to never win a title, because unlike many other women on this list, Luna wasn’t there as eye candy or for bra and panties matches. Luna was there to fight and she was there to make a statement but she was never given the chances that she arguably deserved. The late great star deserves to be remembered for her ability in the ring and it’s sad that she was never given the chance to be a champion.
14. Stacy Keibler
Stacy Keibler was with WWE for more than five years but she was only ever used as a valet or as part of pillow fights or catfights. Stacy was never seen as a female wrestler, which may explain why WWE never decided to give her a chance to train and then step in the ring in a proper wrestling match.
Stacy did a good job of managing a lot of different teams. She was once aligned with The Dudley Boys and was even seen as Super Stacy for a while when she was paired with Hurricane Helms. Despite this, she never stepped out of the shadow of being a valet and tried to fight for the right to be a part of the Women’s Division, so WWE never thought that they had to take her and her incredible legs seriously.
Maria was introduced to WWE through the 2004 Diva Search and despite not being part of the finalists of the competition, WWE still gave Maria a contract and a role as a backstage interviewer. Maria portrayed a ditzy airhead and was dragged into a number of storylines because of this, she was once even involved in the WWE Championship picture with John Cena, Edge, and Lita.
Maria was even forced into a one-on-one match with Umaga while she was part of WWE, but she was never given a fair shot at the Women’s Championship. Maria left and went on to make a name for herself in both Ring of Honor and Impact Wrestling, but now she has made her return to WWE. It will be interesting to see if she’s given more opportunities this time around.
12. Dawn Marie
Dawn Marie is fondly remembered by the WWE Universe for being part of one of the strangest storylines in the history of the company when she decided to marry Torrie Wilson‘s father while seducing Torrie the entire time. The storyline was written as a way to get Torrie and Dawn in various suggestive positions, but it wasn’t a storyline that did either woman any favours.
When Dawn Marie was brought to WWE she was never taken seriously. The likes of Molly Holly and Trish Stratus dominated the title picture and she was too busy competing in school girl “fulfil your fantasy” matches to be able to actually compete for the Women’s Championship. Dawn never actually proved that she had actual wrestling ability either, so it makes sense that WWE never pushed her towards the gold.
Cherry was introduced to the WWE Universe as the valet for Deuce and Domino who were billed from “The other side of the tracks.” Cherry was helped to the ring on Rollerskates and really played the part quite well. Cherry was hardly used as a wrestler, but she did have a number of matches. One memorable one was against current WWE star Natalya.
That being said, at the time, Cherry, along with her Tag Team, were on the SmackDown brand and the women of SmackDown weren’t given a Championship until the Divas title came into circulation in 2008. Cherry did help her boys to the Tag Team Championship though, so at least she will always be remembered for that.
10. Kristal Marshall
Kristal Marshall was stuck in the same position as Cherry for a long time, as she was on the SmackDown brand and was often used as a valet but she did occasionally have matches against Jillian Hall. Kristal and Jillian were the only two women on the SmackDown roster at that point and were later joined by Katie Lea, but there wasn’t a title on the brand the entire time the women were there, so they were never able to reach very high.
Kristal later left WWE and joined up with her boyfriend Bobby Lashley in Impact Wrestling for a while before the duo broke up and Kristal then left the wrestling business to begin looking after the couple’s son. If she was given a chance, Kristal could have been much better than WWE allowed her to be.
9. Brooke Adams
One-third of Extreme Expose alongside Kelly Kelly and Layla El was actually the only member of the group to never lift the Divas Championship. Brooke was only used on the ECW brand and when it was deemed a failure, it seemed as though Brooke was surplus to requirements when other stars were moved over to the main roster, so she decided to head over the Impact Wrestling.
Brooke was quite successful in TNA and is a former Knockout’s Champion, which shows that if WWE had given her a chance in the first place then their Women’s Division could have been much different. Instead, there are many years over the past decade where the WWE Universe would rather forget about the Women’s Division.
Aksana was WWE’s first ever Lithuanian female wrestler and before she made her debut in WWE she was an accomplished bodybuilder. Aksana was signed to a developmental contract in 2009 and used as part of the all-female season of NXT.
Aksana remained in WWE until 2014, but this was a time when the company was being dominated by Total Divas and the Women’s Division moved on without her. Aksana wasn’t very good on the mic and after she injured Naomi with a knee to the face, the writing was pretty much on the wall. Aksana was never even close to the Women’s Championship during her five years in the company.
7. Katie Lea Burchill
Katie Lea Burchill was an accomplished female wrestler on the Independent Circuit before she was signed to WWE in 2007. Despite her experience, she was still signed to a developmental contract and the company waited a year before calling her up to the main roster.
Katie was part of a division on SmackDown Live that consisted of the likes of Jillian Hall and Kristal Marshall. There was once the rumour that WWE was planning an incest storyline between Katie and her on-screen brother Paul Birchill, but it seems that idea was eventually scrapped when the company entered the PG era and Katie was released. She went on to win titles in TNA as “Winter” but it is unknown why she wasn’t given the same kind of chances in WWE.
Cameron is probably the least surprising woman on this list. She was promoted to the main roster way too soon to partner Naomi as part of the Funkadactyls and it seems that WWE only cared about her dance ability and not her wrestling ability.
Cameron went on to be one of the women cast on the first season of Total Divas but she became overly annoying. It was made obvious that WWE had no plans for her after she split with Naomi so she was then released from WWE. Cameron wasn’t very good on the mic and the one match she had at The Royal Rumble against AJ Lee for the Divas Championship was embarrassing to watch, so it makes sense that WWE never pushed her.
Sunny didn’t need a reign as Women’s Champion to be remembered in WWE, she was one of the most successful managers of all time when it came to the Tag Teams she managed. Sunny rarely ever competed in the ring, she was mostly there was eye candy and is the first woman to ever be seen as a Diva, something that Sunny basically began in WWE, or is at least partially responsible for.
WWE abandoned the Women’s Championship in 1995 and didn’t decide to bring it back until 1998, two months after Sunny had left WWE, which means that even if Sunny had wanted too, there was no title for her to win during her career in WWE. It’s sad since the likes of Sable and even The Kat were given the chance to hold gold but Sunny wasn’t.
Kharma was better known in Impact Wrestling as Awesome Kong, and many of the WWE Universe thought that Kharma was brought to WWE and she was going to prove that there could be a change in the Women’s Division. Instead, Kharma was a joke, she was put in The Royal Rumble match, she was used to destroy Michelle McCool after she retired from the company, then she announced that she was pregnant and left the company.
Kharma was never really given a chance. She could have been the Nia Jax before Nia came into WWE but it seems her pregnancy got in the way and if the timing was different then she could have been holding that Women’s Championship. But sadly it wasn’t meant to be.
3. Christy Hemme
Christy Hemme was the first ever Diva Search winner to be given a WWE contract and she was quickly integrated into the WWE Women’s Division. Christy posed for Playboy Magazine in April 2005 and this then led to a match at WrestleMania 21 between Christy and Trish Stratus for the Women’s Championship.
This is the closest that the redheaded Diva would ever come to the Championship since she was fired from the company not long after amidst rumours that Christy was having an affair with Vince McMahon. She has since become a household name in Impact Wrestling and has won the Knockout’s Championship a number of times as well as being a well-known ring announcer for the company.
2. Ashley Massaro
The 2005 Raw Diva Search winner came into WWE and was integrated into the storyline between Mickie James and Trish Stratus. This was a huge storyline that led to their final blow off at WrestleMania 22. Ashley lacked the in-ring skill for the majority of her time in WWE but was still given the chance to fight in the only women’s match at WrestleMania 23 when she took on Melina for the Women’s Championship.
This was the closest Ashley ever came to the Championship. She posed for Playboy in 2007 and it seemed that was why WWE gave her the push that she received that year, but Ashley made the decision to leave the company in 2008 after taking part in another WrestleMania match, so that she could look after her sick daughter.
1. Torrie Wilson
Torrie Wilson is one of the most memorable female wrestlers in WWE history. She came over from WCW at the same time as Stacy Keibler and managed to last longer in WWE than Keibler, but was still unable to capture gold.
Much like Stacy, Torrie was brought to WWE to look beautiful and to compete in bra and panties matches, dress up like a school girl, and be involved in romantic storylines with different members of the locker room. Torrie filled this role very well for a number of years and during the latter part of her career she did begin actually wrestling, but sadly she retired merely months before the Divas Champion was debuted on the SmackDown roster. If Torrie had stayed then she may have been able to lift the Divas Championship at some point.
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