Throughout the history of wrestling, the landscape has been dominated by male wrestlers, with today’s stars and most of the WWE Hall of Fame being occupied predominately by males. During Raw or Smackdown, the Divas involvement is usually quite limited in comparison to the men, as the women are lucky to get 20 minutes per show. The Divas don’t get much love in the wrestling business, and this article will shine a light on their division.
The Divas division is certainly on the upswing today, and seems to no longer be focused on selling sex. It instead relies on wrestling ability and an overall draw factor that intrigues wrestling fans. Look at Sasha Banks for example, she is a tremendous young wrestler that has draw value written all over her. The Divas of today are not only visually appealing but can also deliver a serious 5 star match up in the ring.
With all this being said, the Divas division of the past was based on sex appeal (during the 90’s). This produced some of our favorite Divas of all time. The following list will enable you to go down memory lane and take a look at some of our favorite Divas of all time. Here are 15 women all wrestling fans fantasized about.
Fans of NXT are already crazy about her. The word backstage is that Carmella will explode to superstardom once she debuts on the main roster in front of a global audience. Carmella has the look of a superstar; she’s been compared to a young Sunny that can actually wrestle. Carmella is also one of the stars of the WWE Network show Breaking Ground. On the show she revealed Mrs. Elizabeth was her idol growing up, and this ultimately was a major factor in getting Carmella into the wrestling industry. Whether as a manager or performer, the future’s bright for this heavily desired WWE Diva.
14. Summer Rae
Summer’s in-ring skills are still quite limited, however she makes an impact in other ways, like as a manger. Summer was one of the stars for seasons two and three of Total Divas. With this considerable amount of popularity, the WWE decided to use her for one of their WWE studio films, The Marine 4: Moving Target. Summer is also an avid sports fan, rooting for her favorite Chicago Bears. Prior to wrestling, Summer played in the Lingerie Football League for three years. Her beauty alone has made her a fan favorite with the WWE universe.
Sable was the hottest WWE Diva in the midst of WWE’s Attitude Era. She also became one of the most desirable women in pro wrestling history along the way. Despite limited wrestling skills, Sable’s persona and look put her over the top with wrestling fans. When Playboy took notice of her work, Sable’s stock grew even higher. She was the cover girl for the April 1999 issue. The issue was a huge success, and one of the highest selling issues of Playboy in history of the magazine. She went on to grace the cover of the magazine two more times. There weren’t many wrestling fans that didn’t fantasize about Sable during the mid-90s. Shocking that she still has not received a Hall of Fame induction.
Lana just has that “it” factor, which drew in a lot of wrestling fans. Despite still not wrestling an actual match, the ravishing Russian continues to enjoy high levels of popularity with the WWE universe. Many believe that if not for her success and connection with the fans, Lana would have been out of the WWE a very long time ago. It remains to be seen if the WWE can finally find a permanent role for this beautiful WWE Diva. If they can, you have to believe that her desirability will skyrocket to newer heights.
11. Stacy Keibler
Like Lana, Stacy became a popular pro wrestling figure despite never really participating in an actual match. After the purchase of WCW, the WWE decided to keep Keibler with the company. This was very rare, as only Stacy and Torrie Wilson were chosen to stay after the purchase of the WWE’s rival company. Stacy just had that striking beauty and the innocent girl next door look which fans adored. Keibler’s best feature were her long seductive legs which drove fans crazy. Her beauty and charisma put her extremely over with wrestling fans, and for this reason, she goes down as one of the most desirable Divas of all time.
10. Tori Wilson
Torrie Wilson was another WCW alumni saved by the WWE. Like Stacy, her good looks kept her relevant despite a lack of in-ring experience. Ultimately, her charm and good looks made her one of the most popular and searched Divas in the company. Like Sable, Wilson followed suit and posed for Playboy for the May 2003 issue. She would also pose again for Playboy alongside Sable for the March 2004 issue. These issues of Playboy drew record numbers for the company. This also got Torrie some big time exposure outside of the WWE.
If you’re wondering where Torrie is today, you can find her in the gym maintaining a spectacular physique at the age of 40. Yes, 40.
9. Eva Marie
For wrestling fans it’s a love/hate relationship when it comes to Eva Marie. Fans love her look, but hate her passion and in-ring skills. Despite this, what Eva lacks in the ring she makes up for in publicity for the company outside of the ring. The red headed bombshell is one of the top spokespeople for WWE, and she is also one of the most popular cast members on the show Total Divas. In addition, Eva has a strong backing in the world of fitness. The WWE Diva recently inked a deal with the popular fitness brand Shredz.
Her motives and skills are still not very clear, but despite all of this Eva remains one of the most desirable women in the wrestling business today.
Considered the first ever “Diva”, Sunny was at one point the most popular female wrestler in the industry. She was also at one point the most searched female in the world. Despite all her beauty and fame, things went sour for Sunny following her release with the WWE. She turned to alcohol and a career in the adult entertainment industry, and according to reports, Sunny recently signed a six figure deal with Vivid Entertainment. Despite some poor choices, Sunny may go down as one of the most desirable Divas in WWE history.
7. Brie Bella
The Bella twins rose to fame rather quickly after debuting on the main roster. Like past Divas, their looks put them over the top with the WWE universe. Though, unlike past Divas, the twins would later begin to excel in the ring. Not very hard to understand why with Brie married to Daniel Bryan and Nikki started dating John Cena.
Her natural beauty has made her a fan favorite, although it should be noted that she also has a feisty wild side. On the hit show Total Divas, you can see Brie get into “Brie Mode” when she slaps down a couple of drinks. Her party days have calmed down however, since she met WWE star Daniel Bryan.
6. Nikki Bella
Just another reason to hate John Cena; he has money, a great look, and he’s dating arguably the most desired Diva in all of the WWE today, Nikki Bella. Over the years, Nikki’s stock with the company had gradually improved, she went from no wrestling abilities at all to becoming the face of the Divas division.
Nikki is also beautiful to look at. Her looks also helped to propel her at the top of the division. Nikki held the Divas title for a record 301 days. Her in-ring work impressed the WWE so much that they invested that much time into her. To go along with her in-ring work, Nikki remains one of the most (if not the most) desired WWE Divas in the company right now.
Even before the Divas revolution was beginning, Paige was the first wave of a new breed of highly skilled wrestlers entering the company. Even though Paige is still very young (23 years old), she has a tremendous amount of experience already under her belt. Paige made her wrestling debut at the tender age of 13, as her family ran wrestling promotion World Association of Wrestling. After toning her skills and winning several championships on the independent circuits in Europe, she signed with the WWE. Paige was always a step above the rest of the female wrestlers in the WWE developmental system, and the company knew they had something special with her. That’s why WWE officials made the decision to make Paige the youngest ever Divas champion, winning the title in her debut match.
To go along with her skills, Paige is visually pleasing offering a different look in comparison to the other Divas. This factor sets her apart as one of the most desired females in all of pro wrestling.
4. AJ Lee
AJ didn’t have the overbearing sex appeal like other former Divas showing cleavage or wearing tight outfits. Instead, AJ had a real factor to her that fans loved. AJ was adored by fans because she was talented in the ring and a geek outside of it, as she was into comics and video games. Fans loved how real this former Divas champion really was. It’s a shame the former Divas Champion retired so young at the age of 28.
Lita had an edgy wild side, unlike the rest of the Divas at that time. Lita didn’t only have an insane amount of sex appeal but she was also dominant in the ring. Lita would perform high risk maneuvers that some of the male wrestlers couldn’t even execute. Her extreme style paired with her feisty look made fans glue themselves to their television screens every time she was on. Lita is arguably one of the best female wrestlers to ever step into the ring. She was a once in a generation wrestler that inspired so many of the new wave of female wrestlers that are headed our way today.
2. Stephanie McMahon
It’s a love/hate relationship when it comes to Stephanie. From when she made her debut as Vince’s innocent little princess to now being a strong corporate woman, this transition has kept fans both loving and hating Stephanie. The future of the WWE lies in the hands of Stephanie, as once Vince has his curtain call, Steph will be in charge of the company. The future looks bright for the WWE, with her husband Triple H developing new talent in NXT, the product will no doubt get better in time. Stephanie is also responsible for the new Divas revolution. Women’s wrestling has been on the downfall for many years now, but Stephanie has personally taken it upon herself to repair the Divas division and make women’s wrestling enjoyable again. Much like her father, Stephanie’s in-ring persona is the same outside of it, which is why she is one of the best promo givers in the company. Fans are torn on whether they like Stephanie because of her desirable looks, or hate her because of her heel status with the company. Despite this dilemma though, Stephanie remains one of the most desirable and fantasized woman in WWE history.
1. Trish Stratus
Trish started off as a manger and transitioned into a 7 time Divas champion (not to mention a Hall of Famer as well). Trish had it all; the beauty, the skill and the sex appeal. She was the total package and is a blueprint of what the WWE searches for when they look for a potential future Divas star. Trish arguably will go down as one of the greatest female wrestlers of all time and in the hearts and minds of fans she is the sexiest Diva of all time. Despite retiring in September of 2006 (almost a decade ago), Trish is still considered the most desirable Diva in WWE history. Will this title ever be taken away from her?