The blond bombshell may now be treated to a luxurious life alongside Alex Rodriguez, but before that she stole the hearts of many young punk rockers when they found out she was the love of Billy Kidman’s life in WCW (and outside the ring, too). When she made her WWE debut, there was no reason as to why she needed to make out with Vince McMahon on live television, which leads us to believe the boss penciled in that decision for sheer pleasure. Wilson was never great in the ring and will not be remembered for the terrible angle where her fictitious father, Al Wilson, fell in love with Dawn Marie and died shortly after.
“The Queen of Extreme” may have been a tag given to Extreme Championship Wrestling’s (ECW) Francine, however WWE’s queen of extreme was definitely Lita. She ironically gained popularity in ECW as Miss Congeniality before being Essa Rios’ manager. She joined The Hardy Boyz shortly after, forming Team Xtreme and went on to win WWE’s Women’s Championship four times in her career. She will be remembered notoriously during the latter part of her career, when she cheated on Matt Hardy with their mutual good friend Edge and caused friction between everyone involved. In the true nature of wrestling, WWE took that real-life scenario and turned it into a storyline. Her wrestling skills (along with her high-flying moves) were not too shabby either.
Chyna was not the typical WWE Diva when she first appeared at In Your House: Final Four (1997), choking out Terri Runnels (known as Marlena) at ringside; she was built like a brick house, even more muscular than a handful of men on the roster. Shortly after, she accomplished milestones such as being the first woman to be entered in the Royal Rumble, as well as winning the Intercontinental Championship. She was also very good in the ring, which is why she had matches against the likes of Jeff Jarrett, Kurt Angle and Eddie Guerrero. Hopefully the Playboy alumni will be remembered for her contributions to wrestling as opposed to those in another business we would rather not mention.
Stacy Kiebler was already well known prior to her WWE debut, as Miss Hancock in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), sporting business attire and thick-framed glasses, dancing before matches when accompanying Lenny Lane and Lodi to the ring. Her relationship with David Flair was also well documented in WCW. Acquired in the time frame of “The Invasion,” Stacy soon became “The Duchess of Dudleyville,” accompanying The Dudley Boyz to the ring. Standing at 5 feet, 11 inches, Stacy was tall enough to enter the ring by the second rope and that became her shtick – bending down with a few seconds to spare for the men in the audience to have a glance. What sets her apart from the other Divas? Her legs…and the fact that she was used as an on-screen sex slave in the Scott Steiner and Test feud. Classy.
Sensational Sherri was the greatest valet to the heels, serving as the better half (or worse, depending on how you look at it) to “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels and Harlem Heat. She was used to generate heat for Michaels in the early days of his solo career and she will forever be known as a pest around ringside, sporting eccentric outfits whilst tormenting the adversaries of her men when the referees were not looking. She was inducted into The Hall of Fame in 2006 – and took part in Kurt Angle’s mockery of Shawn Michaels to hype their match at WrestleMania 21, which was epic.
Is Stephanie McMahon a WWE Diva? Should she even be considered as one? The reason we will never forget Stephanie McMahon is not only because she is Vince’s daughter – she was influential for all women in WWE because of her reign in power with Triple H as a partner in the “McMahon-Helmsley Era.” Used as prey from The Undertaker and The Ministry of Darkness when he was seconds away from crucifying her (these segments were actually allowed back then), Stephanie was also used in a bizarre love triangle with her husband and Kurt Angle, as well as having a feud with Trish Stratus. She has held the Women’s Championship one time, was the general manager of both Raw and SmackDown, managed a dozen wrestlers for short periods of time and her “augmentation” was criticized in depth from the likes of The Rock and Chris Jericho. Still, nobody can deny the impact “The Billionaire Princess” had in the Attitude Era. Not to mention her feud with Eric Bischoff, where she was even forced to kiss the former WCW mogul. Yikes.
The first lady of wrestling, Miss Elizabeth, was the sweetheart involved in a tug of war between The Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage) that could do no wrong. Introduced by “Macho Man” in the mid-eighties, she stole the hearts of every male wrestling fan (tough or not) when she fended off Sensational Sherri from attacking her former love when he lost to The Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania 7 – setting up wrestling’s most popular wedding of all-time. Her tragic death in 2003 affected everyone in the wresting world and she will be remembered forever for being the kindness woman on screen in the early-nineties, without being too timid to stick up for her man.
The first Diva to pose for Playboy and the current wife of Brock Lesnar, Sable emerged onto the scene as one of Hunter Hearst Helmsley’s valet’s; before Marc Mero saved her from blame and ridicule. It was when she turned on Mero that “Sable Bomb” was born; not only by power-bombing her former man, but creating a branding mark for herself as a sex symbol and the premiere Diva of the Attitude Era. Her finest moment may have been when she removed her shirt for the bikini contest she was taking part in – only to have her breasts covered in handprints of paint. She had also appeared in Playboy a second time, alongside Torrie Wilson in 2004, after both women took part in individual spreads and their on-screen kiss at Judgment Day 2003.
The most downloaded woman on the Internet in 1996, Sunny may have been WWE’s first actual Diva. Appearing as one half of The Bodydonnas (with her real life boyfriend Chris Candido), Sunny was used for her looks in numerous ways – being a ring announcer hosted backstage segments and was a manager to multiple tag teams, including The Smoking Gunns and The Legion of Doom. She had stints in both WWE and ECW however none amounted to anything remotely close to what she accomplished with WWE. She had a fling with Shawn Michaels back in the mid-nineties and is described as being a relentless cheater, however there is always two sides to a wrestling story (or maybe three, or four, or five). Recent times have not been so good to Tammy Lynn Sytch, who has been arrested multiple times and has been in and out of rehab.
The Canadian known for dishing out “Stratusfaction” had her own gimmick when she appeared for the first time on Sunday Night Heat in 1999 – her cowboy hat, high-rise boots and an overcoat that tied her short garments together well. The former glamour model and television personality became arguably the best wrestler out of the Divas, as she was known primarily for her looks but was able to transform her abilities into becoming a seven-time Women’s Champion – which is the most times any other woman has held the title. She will be remembered mostly for her time managing Test and Albert (named T&A, because it was fitting with Trish’s inclusion) however her matches with Lita were some of the best in the women’s division to this day – as the two are still the only women to ever have a headlining match on Raw in December 2004.