The state of professional wrestling in North America changed forever in the middle of the 1990s. It was during those years when the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling were engaged in the “Monday Night Wars,” and the WWF, in an attempt to spark the “Attitude Era” and drive up the company's ratings for programs such as Monday Night Raw, turned female performers into “Divas.” The impacts from that decision can be seen in World Wrestling Entertainment programming to this day, as Divas are required to be talented inside of the ring along with being models and actresses.
Some of the original WWF Divas became the more-popular performers in all of the company, due in part to the growth of the technological marvel known as the Internet. Sunny, seen by some as the original WWF Diva, became an international superstar during her first brief stint in the company. Sable, on the other hand, had a successful and tumultuous run with the WWF that ended with her suing the company, but those harsh feelings did not prevent her from making a return to the WWE. It was during that second run when she linked up with and eventually married Brock Lesnar.
Not all WWE Divas who have worked underneath the company's umbrella made lasting impressions that have kept them fresh in the memories of wrestling fans. Some were seemingly gone from the WWE almost as quickly as they ascended from the main roster. Others did so little during their runs that one would have to look up their names to remember what it was that they did while with the WWE. The woman who sits atop this list originally obtained her gig because of her stunning good looks, but she also did well to earn her keep in the WWE by improving as an in-ring worker who was rather underrated during her time with the company.
7 Rochelle Loewen
Loewen was one of several women performers who were given a shot by the WWE during a time when scouts for the company were more so looking for models than the organization was searching for females who had athletic backgrounds. She would go on to be just one of several such women who would fail to find success with the WWE, and Loewen made sporadic and forgettable appearances during televised broadcasts. Outside of the world of pro wrestling, Loewen spent time as a player in the Lingerie Football League and also as a radio and television broadcaster up north in Canada.
6 Ryan Shamrock
5 Joy Giovanni
4 Amy Weber
1 Candice Michelle
There was a time when Candice Michelle was, no disrespect meant to the former actress, a lackluster in-ring performer at best and an awful wrestler at absolute worst. She kept at it during practice sessions and matches on the road, and Michelle eventually evolved into one of the better Divas on the roster when she was with the company in 2007. Injuries slowed her run in WWE down, however, and she was dealt from the Raw to SmackDown rosters while not being on camera during television broadcasts. Michelle, said by some to be potentially the next Trish Stratus, moved on from the company in 2009, and the former Women's Champion next reached such heights with the WWE.
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