The women’s division in World Wrestling Entertainment is made up of so-called “Divas” who are tasked with being much more than just tremendous athletes who can work well inside of a ring. Female performers who are under the WWE umbrella also have to be models and actresses who can cut promos on the microphone at events such as Raw and who can also be on-air talent for other television programs such as WWE Divas. One could argue that it is harder to make it and make it big in the WWE as a female than as a male who has decent size.
There have been times when the WWE pushed those on the women’s roster to the top of the card, so much so that they would register some of the highest television ratings for a show and that two female performers would even feature in a main event slot. Trish Stratus is just one example of a Diva who got herself over with the majority of WWE audiences and not just because of her looks. Stratus was one of the best overall performers during her time with the company, and she has deservedly had her day at the WWE Hall of Fame.
At the other end of the spectrum are the Divas that fans love to hate, the female superstars who attract boos and jeers whenever they emerge from behind the curtain at WWE events. Included in that list is a woman who has evolved into one of the better heels in all of North American professional wrestling and who has done well to follow her father as an on-air act. She also happens to be a successful businesswoman who, despite her famous last name, has paid her dues and earned her spot within the WWE both on television and in the company’s front office.
10. Summer Rae
Some in-ring performers are born to play the heel role, and Summer Rae is one of them. She is drop-dead gorgeous and has been featured in at least one movie role to date, and she has the on-air personality that makes her a great classic wrestling heel. Her best work with WWE was when she was the head of the “Beautiful Fierce Females” faction, but her role as the sidekick to Fandango did not go as well due in part to the company quickly giving up on the male part of that pairing. Summer Rae could be a fantastic manager for an NXT performer who gets called up to the main roster.
Do not goof this one up, WWE, because you should have the next great heel Diva on the roster whenever Charlotte receives her deserved call-up. The real-life daughter of all-time great and living legend of the business “Ric Flair” should get a monster push all the way to the top of the division almost immediately after she makes her main debut, and her days of being a weekly fixture on Raw are quickly approaching. There are some supposed insiders who have claimed that Charlotte could receive a push mimicking what Ronda Rousey has achieved in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Make it so, WWE.
8. A.J. Lee
I miss the old days of the “Crazy A.J.” angle that was probably a lot better than it should have been, and Mrs. CM Punk had been playing a role that had her somewhere between a traditional heel and traditional babyface before she shockingly announced her sudden retirement. With Punk’s well-known feelings about the WWE put out there by the “Straightedge Superstar” before he signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, one would think that the pro wrestling organization could have easily written up a heel role for A.J., although her relationship with Punk would have probably kept her as a babyface among some fans regardless of how she was pushed. Time will tell if we see this firecracker back in a WWE ring.
Every good babyface needs a solid heel to get over, and Lita got to play that role for Trish Stratus years ago. Lita would actually be much higher, perhaps even atop, this list if she was still an active in-ring performer for the WWE, but those who yearn for the days of the “Xtreme” Diva may have hope just yet. It is being rumored that Lita could be eying a return to the WWE if only for one more match before she calls time on her career. Those could, of course, merely be whispers put out there by fans wishing for the news to be true, but we should find out about her situation at some point before WrestleMania 32.
A graduate of the world-famous “Hart Dungeon,” Natalya was floundering while in a singles role, so much so that the company decided to demote her down to NXT largely because the WWE did not know what to do with her. It is there that her and Tyson Kidd found new life and new characters, and the pair along with Cesaro are currently one of the more entertaining trios in all of the WWE. Assuming that the rumors of the WWE choosing to #GiveDivasAChance is actually going to happen down the road, we should expect to see more of Natalya heading into the summer months.
The best days that Layla has enjoyed while with the WWE was when she was one half of “LayCool” alongside Michelle McCool. McCool has since retired from in-ring action, in part so that she could start a family with real-life husband Mark Callaway (Undertaker), and Layla has never again found the form that she had as a heel in LayCool. The WWE tried to spark up a similar program with Layla and Summer Rae, but it was not given enough time to catch fire before that program was given up on. Layla has proven that she has the goods to be a top heel, but whether or not she will get another chance to do so with the WWE is in question.
WWE would do wise to grab even the notion that Lana and Rusev should break apart in storyline and put it into a drawer for another time. The “Ravishing Russian” is maybe the top reason that Rusev is as over with American audiences as he is, and her promos that she cut helped push Rusev into the main-event picture before the company trusted the “Bulgarian Brute” to speak live and on the air. There is one question that has to be asked: What exactly was Lana attempting to accomplish when she threw not one but both shoes inside of the ring during Rusev’s match versus John Cena at WrestleMania 31?
3. The Bella Twins
One is married to superstar babyface Daniel Bryan. The other is dating John Cena, the top star in the WWE and a polarizing figure among many in the so-called WWE Universe. Both Bella twins are perceived to be the co-stars of the WWE Divas program, and both are excellent at playing heels who are more famous, better looking and richer than their peers. Those of you looking for a point of reference could call the Bellas the on-air “Mean Girls” of the women’s division, and it is a role that both were born to play while with the WWE.
WWE has somewhat dropped the ball on Paige since calling her up from NXT. She was booked to be an unbeatable female while with the company’s developmental territory, but she has since become just another Diva who has switched back and forth from heel to babyface and maybe back again; I am honestly not sure what role she is currently supposed to be playing. Paige is better served as a heel at this stage of her WWE career, and it is in that role where she would be the most over if the company would push her as that character.
1. Stephanie McMahon
It does not seem as if it was roughly a decade ago that the daughter of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon had “go-away heat” that had fans literally wanting to change the channel rather than have to endure a segment involving Stephanie McMahon. She has undergone a character transformation while playing the villain as part of “The Authority” alongside real-life husband Triple H, and there is an argument to be made that McMahon is now the best complete heel in all of the WWE. You cannot help but wonder where this version of McMahon was during her time as storyline general manager of SmackDown.
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