With an ongoing shift in philosophy when it comes to the role of the female performer, the WWE currently showcases more capable in-ring performers than ever before. The state of the Divas division has reached unprecedented heights, with matches as thrilling as ever. WWE developmental territory went as far as headlining a pay-per-view event, NXT Takeover: London back in November with an ironman match between Bayley and Sasha Banks, with the two stars delivering a performance for the ages. Gone are the days where Divas served merely as sex symbols cast in bra and panties matches. The women have taken on, and rightfully so, a broader, more prominent role.
Despite all their success, one constant has remained for the most part: sex appeal, and a lot of it. While no longer the sole pre-requisite for new talent, it can only help the product when the athletes are equally as beautiful in their craft. Vince McMahon has recruited some of sports entertainment’s most desired women throughout the years. Many have used their fame in the ring to spark side ventures, including baring all in exclusive photoshoots. Others have gone on into film and television. Others have disappeared. In the late 90s Sable broke ground when she posed nude for Playboy Magazine, paving the way for others, while most sought alternate routes. The object of this narrative is to discuss the Divas, past and present, we absolutely wish would have also posed nude, for no other reason than gluttonously satisfying our fantasies.
The dazzling beauty from down under proves to be another budding star currently featured in NXT. However, the WWE universe is already familiar with the Diva, as she spent significant time on the main roster over the last couple of years. Injuries, amongst other things, have forced Emma back to NXT, along with a character rebuild. Fierce and feisty with a tantalizing accent, the Aussie, similar to her counterparts found on this list, is hard to ignore when wrestling other women in revealing skin-tight shorts contorted in so many different ways. I could listen to her and Paige argue all day, and be completely OK with it. Now, if only they would form their own League of Nations.
12. Dana Brooke
The former bodybuilder and gymnast has been gaining momentum within the ranks of WWE’s developmental territory in NXT. Her athletic background in various disciplines has enabled her to excel in the ring. However, her progress has been slow due to numerous injuries. Nonetheless, she now figures in contention for the women’s championship in NXT, as one of their leading female performers. Another blonde bombshell who boasts a well rounded personality, amongst other assets similarly shaped (double pun unintended). It is only a matter of time before Dana pierces the main roster, as she holds all the qualities necessary to be a star granted the proper seasoning. In the meantime, we might have a few other suggestions that could help rise her stock even further.
11. Alexa Bliss
With a name like that, easy to assume that the Diva could be a star in another industry. While merely in her career’s infancy, the blonde bombshell boasts enormous upside. Athletically gifted with a background in bodybuilding, the best years are still ahead for the dazzling young starlet. With successful runs as both a heel and a face, this testifies to Alexa’s versatility as a performer. Almost purposely molded in the prototypical Diva with her blonde hair and robust yet slender physique, Bliss’ momentum gains daily. Her work in NXT has cast her in important storylines pairing her with top level talent in the ring as well as accompanying upper echelon superstars as a valet. Clearly, the WWE is grooming her for any role they deem suitable when her number is called up to the main roster, as she is only gaining in experience. In the meantime, we wouldn’t mind seeing a little more of her, if you know what I mean.
The Queen of Staten Island promises to be a huge star in the near future. Making her name alongside Collin Cassidy and Enzo Amore, her stock has been on the rise following a series of riveting matchups against Bayley, showcasing her immense potential. Carmella dazzles crowds with upbeat energy, a charming and surprisingly un-annoying New York accent, and can cut quite the promo for someone so fresh into their career. Couple those intangibles with a molten hot physique, and you have the makings of a true superstar. The importance that her upbringing in New York plays in to her character, as she is very in touch with her roots, making her more appealing as she has allowed the big lights and cameras to boast her ego, making her that much more desirable.
9. AJ Lee
While short-lived, AJ Lee’s WWE career proved to be quite impressive. As smooth on the mic as she was in the ring, the petite Dive thrived in various roles granted by her versatility and natural ability as a performer. She is tied for the record of most Divas Championships with 3, and also enjoyed a 3-month stint as the general manager of Raw. AJ seemingly altered between her innocent girl next door persona to a neurotic, obsessive lover, as evidenced in her multiple romantic storylines with various superstars, creating gripping television. AJ has been outspoken in regards to her opinions on the role of the female performer within the WWE and the disparity with wages and air time amongst the men and women. Just prior to her retirement, a well documented exchange with Stephanie McMahon made airwaves regarding these issues. Now that she is retired, we have an idea on how she can earn a significant payday. What do you think?
8. Alicia Fox
Not to be confused with Jacqueline who was the first ever African American Women’s Champion, Fox served as the first ever African American Divas champion. While she has been around for the better part of the last decade or so, Fox has regrettably been miscast on several occasions, underutilizing her talents. In fact, the highlight of her WWE career, outside of her championship reign, could be her casting on Total Divas, where she is largely more popular than she is in the ring. Recently, she formed a unison with the Bella Twins, sparking what has been dubbed the Divas revolution, gaining momentum and re-igniting her career. In light of all this, Fox is arguably one of the most enchanting beauties the WWE has to offer. Her exotic flare and sublime features render her an amazon of epic proportions. If the WWE is underutilizing, I can think of another aging billionaire owner who can showcase her talents adequately.
7. Summer Rae
Outside of Trish Stratus and Eva Marie, Summer Rae boasts one of the most well accomplished backgrounds in the fitness industry. She has figured in some very racy spreads for popular fitness publications, as well as a tenure in the infamous Lingerie Football League. She has often found herself miscast and lost in the shuffle when it comes to her WWE career, with a bunch of middling stints as valets for various non-impact superstars such as Rusev and Tyler Breeze. She has recently dropped the manager angle and entered the ring in hopes that her performing potential can match her resume prior to arriving in the WWE. We have one suggestion that might help catapult her career to the next level…
6. Sasha Banks
She is the “Legit Boss”, and everything about her in-ring performances lend truth to that claim. At the ripe young age of 24, Sasha already figures in debates as one of the most gifted athletes (either gender) to ever enter the squared circle. Her beaming confidence borders on arrogance, though she has the moves to back up her bravado. Banks is set to make her WrestleMania debut on April 3rd in Dallas, and she promises to steal the show. Her cousin, Snoop Dogg, helped create her in-ring persona which is unique in both its look and delivery. You can feel the urban influence in her gimmick, and sense the little bit of “hood” in both her speech and aggressiveness in the ring. Here’s to hoping her rapper cousin can include her in a promiscuous music video, and then maybe on to other things. Just kidding. Ish. Jokes aside, Sasha has future Hall of Famer written all over her.
Paige is unique in many ways, from her signature gothic look, to her family’s rich wrestling background. She is the youngest WWE Divas Champion in history and the only wrestler to hold both the WWE and NXT women’s championship at the same time. She also holds another distinct honor in winning the title in her first match on the main roster. With such an accomplished resume so early into her career, the sky is the limit for this young woman. In addition to all her accolades, Paige sports a unique, edgy and rambunctious look that is every man’s guilty pleasure, based largely on her anti-conformity. She is the complete opposite of the traditionally leggy, tanned prototypical Diva we have grown accustomed to, and that is totally fine by us.
The Ravishing Russian has captivated audiences with her dazzling, sophisticated yet sexy allure since her beginnings as Rusev’s valet. Never has the WWE universe seen a pair of legs like this since Stacy Keibler. Only recently has she been getting a push on her own, away from Rusev, with an imminent feud with Brie Bella, and we could not be happier. She possesses all the physical attributes that could make her a prominent player in the women’s division for years to come. She also has the unique ability of being cheered by the fans, even if her character is supposed to be villainous. “We want Lana” can be heard across arenas wherever the WWE travels to, and she is slowly starting to brand her own name. With backgrounds in singing and modelling, Lana is finally ready for her role in the spotlight. We can only hope the Ravishing Russian finally drops the accent, and her clothes in front of a camera sometime soon while she is still relevant.
3. Bella Twins
Two is always better than one! Perhaps the quintessential Divas of their generation, the Bella Twins’ rise to prominence has undeniably helped shape the landscape of the women’s division today. With backgrounds in modelling and acting, Nikki and Brie used that experience to mystify audiences since their debut in 2007, and have done nothing but progress in their decade long reign. Nikki holds the record for the longest running reign as champion, at 301 days. The twins also star in the hit reality series Total Divas, which has helped augment WWE’s status even more in the pop-culture world. Seemingly, the sisters have accomplished all that there is to accomplish within the company, turning the division into a brand on its own outside of the ring. An exclamation mark on a future Hall of Fame career, and a thoughtful gift to their millions of adoring (men) fans across the world would be the bare-all spread we have been dreaming of since their start with the company.
The revolutionary Diva marked the attitude era with her dizzying acrobatics and her ability to compete with the men. She was rugged, edgy and racy. She was ruthless in the ring, and brought the sex appeal to match, though differently than her counterparts of the same era. She was not your typical swimsuit model, or air head bimbo. She was a brash, in your face chick you would find at a rock concert, and that made up all of her mystique. Lita was provocative, and left much to the imagination. Other Divas of her generation such as Sable and Torrie Wilson decided to grant Playboy exclusive access to the goods, and we only wished Lita would have followed that trend and done the same.
1. Trish Stratus
Arguably one of the most influential and iconic Divas of all time. Trish Stratus was amongst the first to perfectly mesh sex appeal and athleticism. With an accomplished background as a fitness model, gracing the covers of several of the most reputable print publications in the industry the Canadian arrived to the WWE with an already recognizable name. She helped carry the women through the attitude era, and expand fan bases with her unrivaled starlet power. She was the embodiment of aesthetic perfection, though she cemented her legacy in the WWE as much in the ring as she did in string bikinis for photoshoots. While we have seen her in see through mesh, wet t-shirts, and sporting dental floss as underwear, Stratus has never fully disrobed for the camera.