Professional wrestling has been around for over 100 years, and although the men always seem to get more attention, there have always been women getting involved in the action as well. Since WWE has reached a level of near monopoly in North American wrestling, they often get to write the entire history of wrestling by themselves, and when it comes to the history of women in wrestling, they primarily focus on only two things: physical beauty and the "Fabulous Moolah."
Though there have been countless talented female grapplers in WWE, physical appearance, and overall presentation of personal image, became far more important than wrestling chops. Each of the following women were gorgeous, inside of the ring and out. Some simply weren’t memorable beyond their bodies, while others have various personal issues that all but promise they’ll never been seen or heard on television again.
Regardless of their personal lives, when looking at these ignored women, it’s hard to imagine how anyone could forget what they see.
13 Dark Journey
12 Missy Hyatt
10 Kimberly Page
9 Baby Doll
8 Mrs. Yamaguchi-san
7 The Kat
6 Jackie Gayda
5 Major Gunns
4 Mickie James
James started her career in independents and TNA, but reached the peak of her fame when she joined WWE as Mickie James. James isn’t quite as ignored as the rest of the women on this list, as she still wrestles occasionally for TNA and the budding GFW, but the biggest moment of her career has more or less been erased from WWE history books. Starting in late 2005, James began an angle in which she gradually fell in love with Stratus.
3 Stacy Keibler
2 Beulah McGillicutty
Beulah is an ECW Legend, and although she only appeared in one official WWE match, it's safe to say she was the victim of the most sexual pinning situation of all time. She and her team lost at ECW One Night Stand 2006. The missionary style pin which was performed by Edge was dangerously close to sexual assault. It was somehow WWE's fitting end to the only match of the real life Mrs. Tommy Dreamer. Years before, she was the key player in the central storyline of ECW, acting as the ex-girlfriend of both Dreamer and his archrival Raven; her rejection by Tommy years earlier in summer camp being the spark that ignited the entire feud.
1 Woman (Nancy Benoit)
Given the fact “diva” basically means “woman” in WWE, it almost feels like cosmic irony Woman isn’t remembered as a diva. It isn’t just her stage name that causes history to ignore her, however: her real name is far more controversial. Unfortunately, Woman is one of the victims of what is still considered the most heinous real life crime in the history of professional wrestling. Of course, Woman had retired at that point, preferring to go by her married name, Nancy Benoit.
Prior to marrying Chris Benoit, Woman had a widely successful career in ECW, WCW and NWA, managing champions such as The Four Horsemen, The Steiner Brothers and The Sandman. Her association with the Sandman is often considered integral in the early success of the Hardcore Icon, and her sultry and domineering presence gave her power over every man she managed, including Ric Flair. Given the tragic circumstances of her death, however, it's very unlikely she’ll ever be considered for the Hall of Fame, or any other kind of official WWE tribute.
Sources: Wikipedia.org, WWE.com
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