The 2000s were a very puzzling era for the Divas Division. When names like Trish Stratus and Lita left the division, the WWE’s women went through several different makeovers. This caused the WWE to undergo a major revolution with this division, as fans were no longer interested in beautiful women that could not wrestle. Triple H began the revolution in NXT, and it is now slowly starting to take shape with the WWE’s main roster. It’s safe to say that the division is better than it’s been in a really long time.
Despite the heat of the division today, the division went through some dark times rotating new faces every week. Some, in fact, you may have forgotten about. Let’s now take a look back at some Divas you might have forgotten about along the way to this Divas revolution we are seeing today. Here are 15 pictures of smoking hot former WWE Divas you probably forgot about. Enjoy!
Who can forget this former WWE bombshell from Montreal, Quebec? Maryse had quite the career with the WWE becoming the first ever women to capture the Divas Championship on two different occasions. On October 28th, 2011, Ouellet was released by the WWE due to inactivity with the company. Maryse was out after undergoing surgery for an abdominal hernia. Similar to Torrie Wilson’s release, the WWE hadn’t heard from her and decided to release the former Divas Champion. After leaving the wrestling business Maryse went through a couple of career changes, which included her own clothing and jewelry line and later becoming a realtor.
13 Joy Giovanni
12 Maria Kanellis
11 Kelly Kelly
Kelly had all the right things going for her that could have made her a top line Diva with the company; she broke into the business at an extremely young age of 19, she was beautiful and came from a gymnastics background. Unfortunately, her in-ring work never really caught on with the WWE personnel or the fans. She did however manage to capture the Divas Championship. On September 28th, 2012 it was revealed that Kelly was released by the WWE. In an interview, Kelly discussed that her release was because she needed some time off nursing a neck injury.
Melina Perez was released by the WWE in August of 2011. Her career was absolutely brilliant capturing the Women’s championship three times and the Divas Championship two times. Bret Hart called her “one of the best female wrestlers in the world”. Hart claimed Melina was an innovator in the ring.
8 Rochelle Loewen
7 Amy Weber
6 Jackie Gayda
Jackie Gayda rose to fame after winning the WWE’s reality television show Tough Enough. After Gayda finally started working on solo vignettes for the company, Jackie and her husband Charlie Haas, were released from the company on July 5th, 2005, due to budget cuts. Many other wrestlers were also released.
5 Dawn Marie
4 Eve Torres
In January of 2013, Eve Torres wrestled her final match for the WWE. Despite speculation that she was released, it was later determined that Eve asked for a release the previous month. Her reason for leaving the company was so she could focus full time on her new venture, the “Gracie Women Empowered Self-Defense Program”. This program was inspired by her husband Rener Gracie, a 4th degree Jiu-Jitsu black belt. The program is doing extremely well, though, as Torres is set to take some time off after it was announced the couple were expecting their first child on September 28th, 2015.
3 Candice Michelle
2 Christy Hemme
1 AJ Lee
AJ Lee broke the hearts of millions of wrestling fans after she announced her retirement at the age of 28. Lee was Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s “Woman of the Year” for three consecutive years, her dominance of the Divas division was blatantly obvious. She captured the Divas Championship on three occasions, she also set a record for the longest reign under one of her runs with the championship (this record was later broken by Nikki Bella).
Today, AJ is working on a new book entitled Crazy is my Superpower, the book discusses her life as a pro wrestler. The autobiography is scheduled to release in early 2017.
Sources: inquisitr.com, wwe.com, bleacherreport.com, cosmopolitan.com, instagram.com
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