Perhaps the best thing about WWE in the past year has been the added importance that the company has placed on its Women's Division. Since the "Women's Revolution" of 2015, the WWE Divas have begun to garner a lot more respect, which is appropriate for women who spend 4/5 of the year traveling the country and honing their craft. With so much attention suddenly being paid to the women inside the ring, I think people have begun to forget that these divas are their own persons away from the squared circle. All of these women have dreams and interests totally different from what gets shown by their in-ring characters.
As such, I thought it would be interesting to compile some photos of these women outside the ring, but with a little twist. This list will present 15 Must-See Party Pics of WWE Divas.
While some of these photos are interesting or even compelling, others are just inherently hilarious. My hope is that this list will provide an insight into the lives of these divas, and show them as they are apart from the personas created for them by WWE.
15 Eva Marie
I'm surprised that during the course of compiling this list I didn't find more awkward fan photos. Of those I did find, the #15 entry is my favorite. This random fan who spotted Eva Marie at this party was obviously pretty stoked to get a picture with her, but Eva Marie herself, not so much. Eva looks like she'd like nothing better than to avoid this awkward photo shoot but just can't bring herself to upset this fan's feelings. After going through his pictures though, I can't imagine that he was very excited about the less than stellar expression on the diva's face. This picture is also great for the noticeable Nikki (or maybe Brie) photo bomb in the back, who in hindsight, the fan probably wishes he had approached.
Though I am not a fan of her wrestling persona, from what I have seen of Naomi (actual name Trinity) from interviews and Total Divas, she seems like a very likeable person in real life. Of all the divas she seems like the most down to earth, and this has earned her a litany of friends inside the locker. All of this, of course, does not exclude her from needing to let off some steam every now and then. From such occasions, I give you two pieces of photographic evidence of Naomi partying it up. The picture on the right is of Naomi living it up at a bar, riding a mechanical bull. She must have had some fun that night because the picture on the left was a photo Naomi took of herself the morning after the bull incident and she definitely looks like she may be battling quite the hangover.
13 Nattie's Birthday Party
Like I said to begin this list, WWE Divas put in a lot of work with their wrestling schedules, so it's nice for them to be able to blow off a little bit of steam with things like this. Such could be said about this group picture of the divas partying from 2014. I would guess from the sash around her waist that this particular celebration was for Natalya's birthday (it couldn't have been for her bachelorette party because that was covered by an episode of Total Divas). Though this picture is certainly not the most risqué on this list, I think it portrays well the communal nature that develops between these women. Aside from the friction caused by competing for storylines and TV exposure, countless divas have stated that the bond formed between women wrestlers while on the road is truly inspiring.
12 Emma's Mugshot
I think that pictures of WWE mugshots could be its own list, but for now, let's stick to the one from Emma's arrest in 2014. Apparently a big misunderstanding, Emma was arrested and booked for a simple shoplifting charge in July of 2014. Emma rebuked the charges and was eventually cleared by both police and the WWE (following an awkward stage where WWE fired her, then hired her back when they were made aware of the full story). Whatever the case, we now have this glorious mugshot of Emma following her arrest. Though I personally liked her better as a face, Emma's sarcastic grin here certainly shows the more nefarious heel side of her personality. Reports have claimed that some hardcore partying led to the unfortunate circumstances ending with this photo, so this awesome mugshot is more than appropriate for the purposes of our list.
11 Lana And Naomi Odd Couple
We talked earlier in this list about the strong friendships which can emerge among the women of WWE. While many of these friendships undoubtedly occur because of similar interests, there are some rare occasions where divas who you would never expect have become lifelong friends. Such is the case with the #11 entry on our list, as WWE Divas Lana and Naomi have developed quite a friendship during their time with WWE. This is kind of shocking considering the stark differences between the two. While Naomi is more straight-laced, Lana has been known to have a little more of a wild side. While Naomi has immersed herself into the technical aspects of professional wrestling, Lana seems more concerned with the celebrity-oriented side of the business.
10 Paige's Antics
Since she was brought into NXT, it has been apparent to pretty much everyone in WWE that Paige is a little wild. While her actions have been mostly harmless, recent issues have put her wrestling career in serious jeopardy. To compound her string of recent injuries, in 2016 Paige was suspended 60 days for a failed drug test. Paige claims that some mistake was made, but from her partying profile, it's easy to assume that she probably had some recreational drugs in her system. While looking for some picks to reflect Paige's partying ways, I came across this gem. Perhaps the best thing about this picture (aside from Paige's party hat ears) is the fact that it appears to have been snapped in the WWE locker room. Shake my head.
Perhaps not shockingly, this is not the last time you'll see Paige on this list.
This entry is special because it actually gave me the inspiration to compile this list. Obviously, the diva featured here is none other than WWE's top dog, Charlotte Flair. As one might expect from his party boy persona (and his close friendship with New England Patriot's star, Rob Gronkowski), WWE Superstar Mojo Rawley is also featured in this picture. I think the most shocking (and best) aspect of this picture, however, is the third man featured. The behemoth behind Charlotte is none other than Raw's resident monster, Braun Strowman. Due to the personas of some of these "scary" superstars, I think people forget that they're actually real people with outside lives. I hope this entry will help expel some of these misgivings.
8 Stacy Keibler Sighting
I decided early on this list that it would be cool to provide some pictures of throwback divas partying it up. As such, I decided to include this picture checking up on former WWE phenomenon Stacy Keibler. Rocking a little black dress, Keibler gives the photographer a shot of the legs which made her so popular during her time in WWE. While many fans were shocked by her sudden departure,
I'm not so sure Keibler would fit in with the modern version of WWE's Women's Division. Another important note related to this picture is the red head to the far right leaving the stage. This would be none other than "all red everything" herself, Eva Marie. Due to Marie's own popularity (at least with WWE executives), this picture provides a good example of the past and future of WWE colliding.
7 Mardi Gras
I'm not 100% sure what the purpose of this photo was, but I am totally for it. Both Lana and Renee Young are known for having a bit of a wild side, but I'm surprised to see Naomi in such a blatantly saucy photograph. My school schedule prevents me from going to Mardi Gras (it takes place around the beginning of February which is a major bummer), but I can tell you from being in New Orleans on a regular Friday night that outfits like this aren't totally out of place there. Some people may have a problem with their outfits, but let's remember that this is similar to the amount of clothing that divas wear as their ring gear night in and night out.
6 2 Of The 4 Horsewomen
I think an interesting aspect of WWE is the fact that many of these women are friends behind the scenes, but are then asked to portray mortal enemies for the show's programming. Perhaps the best example of this are the two ladies featured in the picture above, Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks. Despite being perhaps the top female rivalry (or maybe at all) in WWE today, the two are actually very close friends. Stemming from their time together in NXT, this half of the legendary 4 Horsewomen spend quite a bit of time together away from WWE. This includes, of course, a decent amount of time partying together. This particular picture is cool, as both of them seem to be donning a rocker persona which is totally different from their in-ring personas.
5 Throwback Photoshoot
If you have a sharp eye you may notice that the #5 entry on our list is a little different from the others. Straying from my own guidelines, this picture is admittedly taken from a photoshoot WWE did a few years ago for its "Women of NXT". I decided to include it, however, because it provides a great insight into what some of these women looked like just a few years ago. If you noticed the brunette at the forefront of the picture, you probably recognized her as "the Boss" Sasha Banks. This photoshoot was obviously done before they started dying her hair to set her apart during her initial push. You may also have noticed Alexa Bliss in the background, years before she would warm up to the heel attitude that has made her a star. Overall this is just a really cool picture, and the fact that it's party themed makes it appropriate for the purposes of this list.
4 Interview Gone Wrong
We all know that any time adults party, alcohol almost always becomes inherently involved. Despite this, however, none of the entries so far have exhibited this particular aspect of the WWE Divas partying scene. The best example of this which I could find was this photo of an interview which occurred in 2013 with former WWE Divas Layla and Kelly Kelly. This interview occurred early in an event, however, it is evident from the course of the interview that Kelly had already had quite a bit to drink by this time. I think this picture does a good job of portraying the pure glibness on the part of Kelly, as well as the obvious consternation taking place within Layla. Kelly would, of course, leave WWE shortly after this to become the wife of NHL star Sheldon Souray.
3 Maryse's Cop Outfit
Honestly, I'm kind of surprised that I didn't find more scandalous photographs during the course of my search for this list. Out of the ones I did find, however, this one certainly takes the cake. Ignoring the scanty police costume for a second (I'm going to guess/hope that this was around the time of Halloween), let's talk about the fact that Maryse appears to be giving a lap dance to former WWE Superstar Jack Swagger. I'm guessing this occurred prior to Maryse's marriage to the Miz, but even so, if you're going to be giving out lap dances to members of the WWE locker room, you could do a lot better than the "Real American" Jack Swagger. Bad judgment earns Maryse a spot high on our list here at #3.
2 Partying With President Trump
When I began composing this list, I had no idea that I would stumble upon a picture of such pure gold as this one. In this picture, you see several (former) WWE Divas at a party flanking one Donald J. Trump. This picture was taken right around WrestleMania 23, where Trump was involved in a feud with Mr. McMahon called the "Battle of the Billionaires". Since then, however, Trump has seized the most powerful office in the world, the Presidency of the United States. Politics aside, it must be pretty cool for these Divas to be able to say that they once partied with the President of the United States. This wasn't a mere photoshoot either, as multiple reports have stated that Trump actually spent a decent amount of time hanging out with the WWE superstars leading up to WrestleMania.
1 Paige's Antics II
Our next picture bounces back to Paige's partying ways, with a group photo of her with some friends and some fans at a bar. Since we already talked about Paige's antics this entry may seem like overkill, but I'm more concerned about what's going on around her than with Paige herself. First of all, as I discussed in the opener, I am fascinated with the ability of wrestlers to go to random bars (in the city where they just performed no less) and hope that they do not get recognized.
Especially if you're going to go and get drunk enough that you think it's an attractive look to stick your tongue out before slamming some (probably completely unnecessary) more booze. We suppose these wrestlers need to find some way to relieve the pain from a night at work!