The PWI Top Female Wrestlers of 2009
PWI Female 50 for 2009 - The Top Female Wrestlers of 2009
PWI (Pro Wrestling Illustrated) has just released their new PWI Female 50 for 2009.
And since I did the list for 2008 on another Hub, it seemed fitting that I would update it.
So here again are the top 25 off the list, with a bit about each wrestler and how this years ranking stacked up against last years.
1. Mickie James
WWE Diva Mickie James takes the number one spot in female wrestling this year, up from coming in at number four last year.
Mickie is a 5-time champion in the WWE, having held the WWE Women's Championship four times and the WWE Divas Championship once.
Last year, she was number 4.
2. Angelina Love
The number two lady wrestler on the list has had a run of bad luck lately, and her pro wrestling career may be in jeopardy here in the US.
Of course if she does wind up getting deported, she can always wrestle in Canada.
But before all the bad stuff, Angelina was TNA's top heel and maybe their top Knockout.
Last year, number 16.
Female wrestler Melina Perez has held the WWE Women's Championship three times.
Melina won her third WWE Women's Championship at the Royal Rumble on January 25, 2009 by defeating Beth Phoenix, but then she lost the title to Michelle McCool at The Bash on June 28, 2009.
Last year, number 8.
Ahhh yes, one of my favorite Indy female wrestlers of all time.
Among the belts this unusual young lady has held is the Shimmer Women Athletes Championship which she won when she defeated another excellent female wrestler, Sara Del Rey
Last year, number 5.
Tara, Victoria, Lisa Marie Varon, call her what you will, but not only has this lady wrestler held the WWE Women's Championship twice and the TNA Women's Knockout Championship once.
And now she is looking to make her way into female MMA.
Last year, number 12 as Victoria.
6. Awesome Kong
Big drop for Kia Stevens, as last year she held the top spot on the PWI Female 50.
Besides wrestling all over the world and being trained by the legendary Joshi wrestler Aja Kong among others, Kong has held the TNA Women's Knockout Championship twice.
Last year, number 1.
7. Beth Phoenix
I'm a little biased towards WWE Diva Beth Phoenix.
In some of my Hubs and Blogs I have called her "the female Kurt Angle" (without the craziness).
She's big, strong, fast and actually knows how to wrestle.
In 1999 she won both the North-East Wrestling Women's Championship and the New York State Fair Womens Championship in the 72 kg weight class.
And yes that is real wrestling.
In pro wrestling, she has held the WWE Women's Championship twice.
Last year, number 2.
8. Michelle McCool
I have to give props to Michelle.
This young lady that is built like a fitness model (look at those abs for cryin out loud!) has made great progress in the WWE.
A former seventh grade teacher in Palatka, Florida, she has already paid her dues, sustaining several in ring injuries.
Of course some people attribute Michelle's rise to fame to backstage politics, but her in ring skills speak for themselves.
Last year, number 9.
And yet another female wrestler I really didn't hold much hope for.
Yes this beauty pageant contestant and model has a black belt, but that doesn't always translate into wrestling ability.
Maryse has worked hard on her wrestling, and like Michelle McCool, it shows.
Last year, not ranked.
10. Taylor Wilde
Another lady that TNA hired from the Independent wrestling scene (as opposed to just hiring models and dancers like the WWE), Taylor has held the TNA Women's Knockout Championship.
Last year, number 13.
11. Sara Del Rey
Arguably one of the best female wrestlers out there, "The American Angel" has probably wrestled for every major Indy wrestling promotion including Shimmer, IWA Mid-South, Ring of Honor, All Pro Wrestling and Chikara.
And besides that, she tried out for the Japanese wrestling promotion ARSION and wrestled in Mexico for Lucha Libre Femenil.
Last year, number 6.
12. Cheerleader Melissa
Like Sara Del Rey, one of the best there is in female wrestling.
Besides still making appearances for Indy promotions, she pulls double duty at TNA, as the manager of Awesome Kong, Raisha Saeed, and Alissa Flash.
Last year, number 28.
13. Gail Kim
First the WWE, then TNA, then back to the WWE.
Gail has held both the WWE Women's Championship and the TNA Women's World Championship.
Gail gets the "Angel and Devil" award from me, as some people feel she's the greatest thing since sliced bread, and others think she's a sloppy in ring performer.
Last year, number 3.
14. Mercedes Martinez
She's been wrestling for almost nine years now, and Mercedes Martinez ranks right up there with Sara Del Rey and Cheerleader Melissa.
You may not know a lot about her now, but that may change as she is rumored to be on the new Wrestlicious show as "Maria Toro".
That is if Wrestlicious really does get off the ground.
Last year, number 11.
TNA has wasted a lot of time with Jessica Kresa, but they finally got around to giving her the TNA Women's Knockout Championship.
Although it was in a round about weird way, and not the clean pin victory that I like so much.
This former ice hockey player has also done MMA.
Last year, number 14.
16. Daizee Haze
The Hippy stoner chick, Daizee Haze has been wrestling since March 29, 2002.
She's another female wrestler attached to the new Wrestlicious promotion under the name Marley Sebastian.
Last year, number 15.
She's wrestled under many names including Dark Angel, Sarah Stock, Sweet Sarah, Sarah Swayze, Natasha Graves, Sarah Griffin, Canadian Dark Angel and now Sarita as a TNA Knockout.
And she's wrestled in Canada, the US and Mexico for Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) and Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL).
But by any name and anywhere, this young lady is still one of the best inside the squared circle.
Last year, number 24 as Sarah Stock.
Going all the way back to the WCW in 1999, Shannon Spruill has had a long wrestling career.
Now she's tearing up the ring (and the scenery) for TNA.
Last year, number 49.
19. Madison Rayne
One half of the first ever Shimmer Tag Team Champions along with Nevaeh, Ashley Lane (Ashley Simmons) wrestles for TNA as Madison Rayne.
Last year, not ranked.
20. Katie Lea Burchill
Another of the WWE's wasted talents.
Katarina Waters or Nikita had a very well respected career in the UK as a womens wrestler.
Then the WWE got hold of her.
Now she's just a footnote on the WWE's third rate ECW incarnation.
Last year, number 26.
21. Nikki Roxx
Trained by the legendary Killer Kowalski, Nikki has had an on again off again relationship with TNA that may be on again as she recently teamed up with Madison Rayne in the tournament for the Knockout Tag Team Championship.
She and Madison lost to Angelina Love and Velvet Sky, but with Angelina gone, who knows where Nikki's career will head next.
Last year, number 7 as Roxxi Laveaux.
22. Angel Orsini
Also known as Riptide and The Prodigette, Angel made her pro wrestling debut in October 1996.
Like a lot of the other wrestlers here, Angel has a varied background with bodybuilding and strength training, Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido and freefighting and mixed martial arts.
Last year, not ranked.
23. Velvet Sky
The beautiful TNA Knockout Velvet Sky may look like a model, but this young lady has been wrestling since 2003 and she has held six Championship belts during that time.
Last year, number 23, unchanged.
24. Sojo Bolt
Notice how many TNA Knockouts are in the top twenty five?
Josette "Josie" Bynum wrestles for TNA under the ring name Sojournor Bolt or Sojo Bolt for short.
Sojo made her pro wrestling debut on April 3, 2003 and like Velvet Sky has held a lot of titles.
Eight Women's Championships to be exact.
Last year, not ranked.
And the final wrestler in the top 25 is WWE Diva Natalya.
Natalya as you probably already know is a third generation wrestler.
She's the daughter of wrestler Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart and Ellie Hart, who is the daughter of Stu Hart.
That makes Natalya the niece of Bret and the late Owen Hart and the cousin of Harry Smith and Teddy Hart.
To say wrestling is in her genes would be putting it mildly.
Last year, number 19.
So there you have it, the top twenty five of the PWI Female 50 for 2009.