Throughout the history of wrestling, the landscape has been dominated by male wrestlers, with today’s stars and most of the WWE Hall of Fame being occupied predominately by males. During Raw or Smackdown, the Divas involvement is usually quite limited in comparison to the men, as the women are lucky to get 20 minutes per show. The Divas don’t get much love in the wrestling business, and this article will shine a light on their division.
The Divas division is certainly on the upswing today, and seems to no longer be focused on selling sex. It instead relies on wrestling ability and an overall draw factor that intrigues wrestling fans. Look at Sasha Banks for example, she is a tremendous young wrestler that has draw value written all over her. The Divas of today are not only visually appealing but can also deliver a serious 5 star match up in the ring.
With all this being said, the Divas division of the past was based on sex appeal (during the 90's). This produced some of our favorite Divas of all time. The following list will enable you to go down memory lane and take a look at some of our favorite Divas of all time. Here are 15 women all wrestling fans fantasized about.
14 Summer Rae
11 Stacy Keibler
10 Tori Wilson
Torrie Wilson was another WCW alumni saved by the WWE. Like Stacy, her good looks kept her relevant despite a lack of in-ring experience. Ultimately, her charm and good looks made her one of the most popular and searched Divas in the company. Like Sable, Wilson followed suit and posed for Playboy for the May 2003 issue. She would also pose again for Playboy alongside Sable for the March 2004 issue. These issues of Playboy drew record numbers for the company. This also got Torrie some big time exposure outside of the WWE.
9 Eva Marie
For wrestling fans it’s a love/hate relationship when it comes to Eva Marie. Fans love her look, but hate her passion and in-ring skills. Despite this, what Eva lacks in the ring she makes up for in publicity for the company outside of the ring. The red headed bombshell is one of the top spokespeople for WWE, and she is also one of the most popular cast members on the show Total Divas. In addition, Eva has a strong backing in the world of fitness. The WWE Diva recently inked a deal with the popular fitness brand Shredz.
7 Brie Bella
The Bella twins rose to fame rather quickly after debuting on the main roster. Like past Divas, their looks put them over the top with the WWE universe. Though, unlike past Divas, the twins would later begin to excel in the ring. Not very hard to understand why with Brie married to Daniel Bryan and Nikki started dating John Cena.
6 Nikki Bella
Just another reason to hate John Cena; he has money, a great look, and he’s dating arguably the most desired Diva in all of the WWE today, Nikki Bella. Over the years, Nikki's stock with the company had gradually improved, she went from no wrestling abilities at all to becoming the face of the Divas division.
Even before the Divas revolution was beginning, Paige was the first wave of a new breed of highly skilled wrestlers entering the company. Even though Paige is still very young (23 years old), she has a tremendous amount of experience already under her belt. Paige made her wrestling debut at the tender age of 13, as her family ran wrestling promotion World Association of Wrestling. After toning her skills and winning several championships on the independent circuits in Europe, she signed with the WWE. Paige was always a step above the rest of the female wrestlers in the WWE developmental system, and the company knew they had something special with her. That’s why WWE officials made the decision to make Paige the youngest ever Divas champion, winning the title in her debut match.
4 AJ Lee
2 Stephanie McMahon
1 Trish Stratus
Trish started off as a manger and transitioned into a 7 time Divas champion (not to mention a Hall of Famer as well). Trish had it all; the beauty, the skill and the sex appeal. She was the total package and is a blueprint of what the WWE searches for when they look for a potential future Divas star. Trish arguably will go down as one of the greatest female wrestlers of all time and in the hearts and minds of fans she is the sexiest Diva of all time. Despite retiring in September of 2006 (almost a decade ago), Trish is still considered the most desirable Diva in WWE history. Will this title ever be taken away from her?
Sources: muscleandfitness.com, forbes.com, thesportster.com
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