Looking up and down the roster of WWE’s Diva and NXT’s Women’s divisions, there are plenty of great wrestlers, and plenty of bad ones. The one thing you won’t find is an ugly woman in the bunch. While male wrestlers can play off their body flaws, imperfections are simply not allowed among the women.
Through the early 80s, when women’s wrestling wasn’t being ignored, it also wasn’t being practiced by great looking women. No offense to the Fabulous Moolah, but she just wouldn’t have been allowed a chance to wrestle these days because she just wasn’t good looking enough.
The WWE’s insistence on their female employees doubling as eye candy grew out of the Attitude Era, which was mostly just a copy of the old Extreme Championship Wrestling, led by Paul Heyman. He knew it was great if the women could wrestle, but it was the chance to see a little skin that caused tickets to be sold, not their ability to whip out a dropkick. WWE followed suit, dropping the word “woman” and taking on “diva”. WCW attempted a women’s division before folding and TNA has been consistent in their presentation of women who can wrestle and also always being hot.
There’s a big world outside of the WWE for women’s wrestling. TNA, Ring of Honor and Lucha Underground have all incorporated sexy ladies into their programming and the indy circuit has its fair share as well. If you’re looking for hot women and you’re only watching WWE, you’re missing out on a lot of beauties. To bring you up to speed, we present the 11 Hottest Non-WWE Divas.
11. Reby Sky – Indies
Yes, she’s Mrs. Matt Hardy, but she’s also a pretty darn good wrestler. It would be easy to point at Reby Sky and label her as the best, and best looking, women’s wrestler who never made it with a national promotion, despite flirting with the big time. Whether her connection to Hardy has helped her career or hurt it could be debated, but the two have been largely inseparable on the indy circuit for about four years now, with Sky only stopping over the last year to give birth to the husband and wife’s first child. She hasn’t made her intentions known on if she’s going to return to the ring or stay at home and call it a career.
10. Rebel – TNA
If we had to put our money on one woman in this list who hasn’t worked for WWE to this point but probably will in the future, we’d drop our cash on Rebel, who has only been wrestling for two years, but has made a name for herself with both the Menagerie and Dollhouse stables in TNA. After becoming one of the youngest Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders at the age of 18, Tanea Brooks packed up and headed west to Los Angeles looking for fame. She landed a gig with the Lingerie Football League and made a few minor appearances in TV shows or music videos as a background hot chick before leaving L.A. for Ohio Valley Wrestling in early 2014. Just months later her friend Christy Hemme put in a good word for her in TNA and the rest is history. If the rumors of TNA’s limited shelf life are true, we hope HHH can see Rebel as NXT material.
9. Hania – Indies
If the rumors of WWE looking for more Latin talent is true, they really should take a look at Hania, a beautiful woman who has been tearing it up on the indies for a few years. When she debuted, the real-life Tamara McNeill was under a mask, using the name Saturyne and the greatest things the wrestling gods did was have promoters take it off to show her beautiful face. Hania, a Brooklyn native, has seen most of her success with all-female promotion Womens Superstars Uncensored. She was trained by none other than Cesaro and has been increasing her schedule as of late, adding Queens of Combat to her list of indy homes.
8. Velvet Sky – TNA
Since returning to the WWE, Bubba Ray Dudley has been vocal on Twitter about wanting this TNA Knockout to get signed by his employer, but it probably has less to do with her wrestling ability and more to do with the fact they are dating. It would be a big move for her since she has been with TNA longer than just about anybody, in-ring or behind the scenes, debuting in 2007 after three years in the New England indy circuit. Sky kept her indy bookings in the beginning years of TNA, having seen some success in Mexico, but has worked exclusively for TNA since 2011. Sky seems to like wrestlers in, and out, of the ring as prior to Bubba Ray Dudley she dated “Hurricane” Shane Helms and former TNA Champion Chris Sabin.
7. Veda Scott – ROH
There’s just something about a sexy girl with glasses. Scott, whose real name is Lindsey Kerecz, seems like the perfect fit for the WWE. She’s a beautiful woman who can talk and knows her way around a wrestling ring. The fact she graduated from Drexel Law School and still has her sights on being a lawyer after wrestling, should just add more to her resume. Oh well, the WWE’s loss is Ring of Honor’s gain as Scott has been one of the most consistent personalities for ROH over the last five years. Most of her time has been spent as an interviewer for the organization, but she has been interjected into storylines and tussled in the ring on occasion. She’s also done work for Shimmer and TNA, but we’re hoping the WWE will see this diamond in the rough and get her into NXT sooner than later.
6. Candice LeRae – Indies
Canada has its fair share of beautiful women’s indy wrestlers and nobody is higher on that list than Candice LeRae, although considering she’s been honing her craft since 2002, the window on her ever getting a chance with a major promotion is closing. She’s mixed it up with men and women alike and if Internet rumors are to be believed, she’s among the most well-liked women on the indy circuit. LeRae’s highest profile work has been with Pro Wrestling Guerilla, where she has a nice run between 2006 and 2011 before taking a couple of years back. She returned as a tag team partner of Joey Ryan and the duo have been a team ever since, even creating a YouTube show. LeRae was signed to Jeff Jarrett’s GFW promotion, but was released a month later. Unfortunately, with the lack of man vs. women matches and preference toward home-grown talent, a run with WWE just doesn’t look like it’s in the cards for LeRae.
5. Sexy Star – Lucha Underground
With her mask on, she’s hot. With her mask off, she’s hot. Known to Mexican wrestling fans for many years, this beauty has been making a name for herself recently in America since being featured with Lucha Underground in one of the main female roles. While WWE has shied away from intergender matches in the last few years, the lucha libre world hasn’t and Star has had some great matches with men. She is also a major player in AAA, Mexico’s biggest wrestling promotion, having held the World Mixed Tag Team Champion and the Reina de Reinas championship, which is their top women’s title. Before adapting the name Sexy Star, the real-life Dulce Maria Garcia Rivas wrestled for Mexico’s FILL, capturing both their women’s title and their mixed-tag championship.
4. Taryn Terrell – TNA
Get ready for a broken record for the rest of the women on this list, as they were victims of WWE’s lack of creative direction. Taryn, who came up through a losing spot in the 2007 version of the Diva Search but was signed anyway spent most of her WWE career as the general manager of the ECW brand, known as Tiffany. When ECW folded, she moved to Smackdown where she never really found her footing. She was suspended and later fired over an incident with her then-husband Drew McIntyre. After a year of bouncing around the indy circuit, she was hired by TNA. Terrell’s biggest storylines were an extended feud with Gail Kim shortly after debuting and her run as Knockouts champ as part of the Dollhouse stable. Terrell has been featured in several Playboy pictorials, all stemming from a shoot she did with them before entering the wrestling world.
3. Maria Kanellis – ROH
Maria is another one of those girls who lost on either Tough Enough or a Divas Search, but was still signed by WWE. Unfortunately, she’s also in the long list of girls who didn’t last. She was a key diva in the waning years of the attitude era, taking part in bra-and-panties matches and was the last diva to appear in a WWE-approved Playboy pictorial. A decent wrestler, Maria stuck around for a few years once her clothes went back on, but after reportedly falling on the bad sign of The Bella Twins, Maria was released from her contract. Shortly thereafter she found her way to Ring of Honor where she met Michael Bennett, to whom she is now married. With Bennett’s ability and Kanellis’ charisma, the duo has been near the top of the card for a couple of years and has a healthy schedule on the independent circuit.
2. Brooke Tessmacher – TNA
Brooke Adams fell victim to WWE’s bloated roster, but may have prolonged her wrestling career because of it. She first came onto the scene in the 2006 version of the Divas Search, getting signed to a developmental contract despite losing. After some training in Deep South Wrestling, Brooke debuted using only her first name as part of “Extreme Expose,” a dance team on the WWE’s version of ECW along with Layla El and Kelly Kelly. Having a dance segment died pretty fast and the three girls in it were left hanging, so WWE tried to work the girls into stories, but Brooke was left behind and released. She joined TNA, first as their hot commissioner character, but quickly moved into major wrestling storylines in the Knockouts division as Brooke Tessmacher. She’s appeared on a season of The Amazing Race on CBS and has been seen in multiple music videos.
1. Ivelisse – Lucha Underground
You’ve got to think WWE sees Ivelisse Velez as the one that got away. This Puerto Rican beauty appeared on the fifth season of Tough Enough under her real name, but was eliminated in the middle part of the competition. WWE saw something in her, so they signed her to their development league, which was Florida Championship Wrestling, at that time. She appeared on FCW television under the name Sofia Cortez. She was there when the rebranding happened and scored big wins on NXT television against the likes of Paige and Natalya. Ivelisse was abruptly cut in 2012, which she later said had to do with her complaining about mistreatment from trainer Bill DeMott. Ivelisse went on to success on the indy circuit before landing her gig as one of the two top women in Lucha Underground. While she’s getting more experience and exposure on LU these days, Bill DeMott sits at home, having resigned from his training position after multiple complaints against him were made. If we were going to bet one of the ladies on this list ends up in WWE, we’d put our money on this bombshell.