If you are a female performer at WWE, whether a wrestler, a manager, a ring announcer, or a backstage interviewer, then you are a diva. Women have been part of WWE since its inception. In 1990, WWE’s Women's Championship stalled. Three years later, Vince McMahon called in Debra Miceli to breathe life into the division. Her first match was a six-woman tournament. She participated in it to become the new women's champion. As a result, she asked Vince to bring in more women wrestlers to face her.
Women wrestlers started sprouting. These included divas such as Leilani Kai, Alundra Blayze, Bull Nakano, Luna Vachon and Bertha Faye. In August 1995, Miceli lost the Women's Championship to Faye at SummerSlam but won it again two months later. In the midst of all this, a storyline was written so that Miceli could take time off for a nose job and breast augmentation. In the coming years, WWF would see more divas such as Chyna, Debra, Sable and Mae Young come into the limelight.
In 2008, General Manager Vickie Guerrero then announced the creation of the WWE Divas Championship. The title saw champions such as Michelle McCool, Maryse, Mickie James, Jillian Hall, Melina, Eve Torres and Natalya. One thing that pops up about these divas is that most of them are smoking hot. From tall, spectacular legs to deceivingly beautiful eyes to raw, rocking bodies, these divas have it all. They have even appeared on famous publications such as the Playboy magazine.
Examples of divas who’ve appeared in Playboy include Chyna (2000 and 2002 edition), Maria (2008 edition), Sable (1999 edition) and Torrie Wilson (2003 and 2004 edition). Apart from focusing on their sexy bodies, these divas have also been inducted on the WWE Hall of Fame. Notable Hall of Famers include Sunny, Lita, Sable, Trish Stratus and Alundra Blayze.
Here are 20 of the hottest WWE divas ever:
20 Kelly Kelly
Kelly Kelly makes our list because she has some killer eyes and a smoking body on her. Born Barbara Jean Blank in 1987, she holds one WWE Divas Championship. She also holds the 2011 Slammy for Divalicious Moment of the Year. She signed a contract with WWE in 2006. Kelly was ranked 82nd by Maxim in 2011. She credits Trish Stratus as being her muse in the world of wrestling. Kelly is also married to NHL star Sheldon Souray.
19 Maryse Mizanin
Maryse doubles up as a pro wrestler as well as French Canadian glamour model. Her modeling career was a successful one with several awards such as the 2003 Miss Hawaiian Tropic Canada. She is a two-time holder of the WWE Divas Championship. Her nicknames include ‘The French-Canadian Beauty’ and ‘The Sexiest of the Sexy’. Maryse's signature moves include the Spinning Backbreaker and the Single Leg Boston Crab. She married fellow wrestler The Miz in 2014.
Just like Maryse, Melina has had a rewarding career as a beauty contestant, clinching the Miss Hawaiian Tropics Anaheim at one point. She is also a successful professional wrestler, winning the WWE Divas Championship two times and the WWE Women's Championship three times. Her nicknames include ‘The Paparazzi Princess’ and ‘The Lovely Latina’. Melina's signature moves include Snapmare Driver and Double Leg Nelson. She recently announced that her 10-year relationship with John Morrison had ended.
17 Torrie Wilson
The beautiful Torrie Wilson served in both the World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment. She is also a fitness competitor who won the Miss Galaxy competition in 1999. She has previously managed Billy Gunn and Carlito. Wilson's signature moves include the Snap Suplex and Tilt-a-Whirl Headscissors Takedown. She also has her own clothing line known as Officially Jaded.
16 Maria Kanellis
Currently, this hot lady works for Ring of Honor as a valet for her real-life husband and wrestler Mike Bennett. She also participated on one Celebrity Apprentice season where she was fired for bringing up a ‘farting’ incident. Her nicknames include ‘The First Lady of Wrestling’ and ‘First Lady of ROH’. Maria's signature moves include the Thesz Press and the Roundhouse Kick. She has also managed Matt Hardy and Dolph Ziggler in WWE and release her debut album as a singer on iTunes in 2010.
15 Michelle McCool
Michelle is no model, but she has the body of a goddess. She joined WWE in 2004 and has won the WWE Divas Championship and the WWE Women’s Championship twice each as well as a Diva of the Year Slammy Award. Her signature moves include Running Hurricanrana and the European Uppercut. She has also managed Dolph Ziggler and Tommy Dreamer on-screen. On June 26, 2010, she married Mark Calaway, better known as the Undertaker. She was previously engaged to Jeremy Louis Alexander.
Apart from being a WWE pro wrestler, Aksana is also a Lithuanian fitness model and body builder. She is the first wrestler to hold the Queen of FCW and the FCW Divas Championship titles at the same time. Her nicknames include ‘The Billion Dollar Baby’ and ‘The Leather-clad Lithuanian’ and her signature moves include Tilt-a-Whirl Slam and the Single Leg Boston Crab. Aksana has managed wrestlers such as Goldust and Kofi Kingston and was also included as a character on the WWE 2K14 video game.
13 Trish Stratus
A former fitness model and guru has to have a smashing body and that’s the case with Trish Stratus. WWE has dubbed her the greatest women's competitor of all time with seven WWF/E Women's Championships under her belt. Her nicknames include ‘The Queen of Queens’ and ‘The Quintessential WWE Diva’. Her signature moves include the victory roll and the springboard sunset flip. Trish is also a philanthropist, having been involved in many philanthropic activities with Ronald McDonald House and Dreams Take Flight.
Did you know that Naomi is also a singer, a dancer, and a model? Well, she is. Her real name is Trinity Fatu and she is also a one-time holder of the FCW Divas Championship. Her signature moves include wheelbarrow stunner and diving crossbody. She has managed Natalya and The Usos, and she married Jimmy Uso in 2014. She is also a member of the legendary Anoaʻi family which includes iconic wrestlers such as The Rock, Rikishi and Yokozuna.
11 The Bella Twins
Brie and Nikki Bella are twin pro wrestlers that constitute one of the hottest women tag teams in the history of wrestling. They are models and actresses, appearing in the 2003 Meet My Folks television series. Nikki’s signature moves include the thesz press and the Alabama slam. Brie’s signature moves include the suicide dive and the running knee. Nikki Bella, who is also a trained real estate agent, is currently dating John Cena. Brie is married to Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan).
Before beginning her career at WWE, Layla was a dancer. She danced for Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards as well as for Carnival Cruise Lines and has also appeared on season 4 of Project Runway. Her signature moves include the wrenching head scissors and the snapmare. Layla has also managed The Miz and William Regal and she is a one-time WWE Divas Champion.
9 Alicia Fox
Alicia Fox's real name is Victoria Elizabeth Crawford. Apart from professional wrestling, Fox is also a model. She is a one-time holder of the WWE Divas Championship as well as the OVW Women's Championship. She is popularly known as ‘The Foxy Floridian’ and her signature moves include the tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and the big boot. Fox has also managed DJ Gabriel and Michelle McCool and makes regular appearances on WWE's Total Divas program along with several other current divas on this list.
8 Summer Rae
Summer Rae seems to be involved in careers that require a constant workout. In 2008, she played as a cornerback for the Chicago Bliss of the Lingerie Football League. She is also a dancer, a model and an actress. She is popularly known as ‘The First Lady of NXT’. Her signature moves include reverse kneeling facebuster and the Indian deathlock and she has managed Fandango and Zack Ryder in WWE. Born Danielle Moinet, she went to the East Carolina University in North Carolina.
7 Dawn Marie
Dawn Marie was born in 1970, and is still one of the hottest WWE Divas ever. She once made a living in Real Estate but moved on to acting and modeling. This is where she became a wrestling promoter and began managing wrestlers on the independent circuit. Her signature moves include the DDT and the scoop slam. Dawn Marie has managed Johnny Candido, Richie Nightmare and Swinger over her wrestling career but WWE fired her in 2005 after she became pregnant. Marie launched a lawsuit against the company as a result.
6 Mickie James
Apart from having a successful career as a pro wrestler, model and actress, Mickie James is also a country music singer. Her albums include Strangers and Angels and Somebody’s Gonna Pay. Her nicknames include ‘Psycho’ and ‘Hardcore Country’, both fitting for the character she played while with WWE. Her signature moves include the thesz press with punches and the implant DDT. James owns three Morgan horses and plans to be an equestrian when she retires.
5 Rosa Mendes
Rosa Mendes' hot body seems to have earned her the 2010 Slammy Award for Best Use of Exercise Equipment. She is a main cast member of the reality series Total Divas but doesn't see much action inside the WWE ring. She is best known by the nicknames ‘The Femme Fatale’ and ‘The Stunning Latina’ and when she does wrestle, her signature moves include the hair-pull whip and the flying clothesline. She is also trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing. Mendes won the Piel Dorada modeling contest in 2004.
Paige started at her family’s owned World Association of Wrestling before moving on to the independent circuit in 2005. In 2011, she signed a contract and made her debuted on WWE's main roster in April 2014. She is best known as ‘Miss Hell in Boots’, ‘The Diva of Tomorrow’ and ‘The Mysterious Raven-Haired Lady’. Her signature moves include the multiple headbutts and the hair-pull toss. Paige's parents as well as her older siblings are all professional wrestlers. She held the WWE Divas Championship title two times in her first year of competition in the WWE.
3 Eva Marie
Born Natalie Marie Coyle, Eva Marie is well known for professional wrestling. However, she is also a fashion model and actress who won the 2012 Powertech Model & Fitness Competition. She struggled with alcohol abuse at a young age and had complications with her breast implants when one of them ruptured during filming of Total Divas, causing silicone to enter her bloodstream and necessitating surgery. Eva Marie's signature moves include the modified surfboard stretch and the vertical suplex. She is married to Jonathan Coyle.
2 AJ Lee
AJ Lee, as controversial as she is, has a smoking 5 ft 2 in body that is to die for. She is also a beautiful woman of Puerto Rican descent. Her smile is enough to light up the room. AJ has held the WWE Divas Championship title three times, has won three Slammy Awards including the Diva of the Year Slammy twice and has held the FCW Divas Championship one time. Her nicknames include ‘Black Widow’ and ‘Crazy Chick’ and her signature moves include the tornado DDT and the spin kick.
1 Stacy Keibler
Stacy Keibler is downright gorgeous. At 5 ft 11 in, her super tall legs have made her the tallest diva in WWE. In fact, her legs are so aesthetic that she’s been termed as both ‘The Legs of WCW’ and ‘The Legs of WWE’. In 2008, FHM named her the 64th sexiest woman alive on its 100 Sexiest Women list. She is also the 2004 WWE Babe of the Year. She is also known as ‘The Duchess of Dudleyville’ and ‘Super Stacy’. For a time Keibler was also dating Hollywood royalty George Clooney.