Looking up and down the roster of WWE’s Diva and NXT’s Women’s divisions, there are plenty of great wrestlers, and plenty of bad ones. The one thing you won’t find is an ugly woman in the bunch. While male wrestlers can play off their body flaws, imperfections are simply not allowed among the women.
Through the early 80s, when women’s wrestling wasn’t being ignored, it also wasn’t being practiced by great looking women. No offense to the Fabulous Moolah, but she just wouldn’t have been allowed a chance to wrestle these days because she just wasn’t good looking enough.
The WWE’s insistence on their female employees doubling as eye candy grew out of the Attitude Era, which was mostly just a copy of the old Extreme Championship Wrestling, led by Paul Heyman. He knew it was great if the women could wrestle, but it was the chance to see a little skin that caused tickets to be sold, not their ability to whip out a dropkick. WWE followed suit, dropping the word “woman” and taking on “diva”. WCW attempted a women’s division before folding and TNA has been consistent in their presentation of women who can wrestle and also always being hot.
There’s a big world outside of the WWE for women’s wrestling. TNA, Ring of Honor and Lucha Underground have all incorporated sexy ladies into their programming and the indy circuit has its fair share as well. If you’re looking for hot women and you’re only watching WWE, you’re missing out on a lot of beauties. To bring you up to speed, we present the 11 Hottest Non-WWE Divas.
11 Reby Sky - Indies
10 Rebel - TNA
9 Hania - Indies
8 Velvet Sky - TNA
7 Veda Scott - ROH
6 Candice LeRae - Indies
5 Sexy Star - Lucha Underground
4 Taryn Terrell - TNA
3 Maria Kanellis - ROH
2 Brooke Tessmacher - TNA
1 Ivelisse - Lucha Underground
You’ve got to think WWE sees Ivelisse Velez as the one that got away. This Puerto Rican beauty appeared on the fifth season of Tough Enough under her real name, but was eliminated in the middle part of the competition. WWE saw something in her, so they signed her to their development league, which was Florida Championship Wrestling, at that time. She appeared on FCW television under the name Sofia Cortez. She was there when the rebranding happened and scored big wins on NXT television against the likes of Paige and Natalya. Ivelisse was abruptly cut in 2012, which she later said had to do with her complaining about mistreatment from trainer Bill DeMott. Ivelisse went on to success on the indy circuit before landing her gig as one of the two top women in Lucha Underground. While she’s getting more experience and exposure on LU these days, Bill DeMott sits at home, having resigned from his training position after multiple complaints against him were made. If we were going to bet one of the ladies on this list ends up in WWE, we’d put our money on this bombshell.
Sources: impactwrestling.com, prowrestling.wikia.com
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