Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) Female Top 50 - 2012
The PWI Top Fifty Female Wrestlers of 2012
For the past couple of years I have done a write about Pro Wrestling Illustrated's top 50 womens wrestlers list.
This year is a whole new list with...well not really...
It's pretty much the same ladies, but the list has changed over the years and is no longer dominated by WWE Divas and TNA Knockouts.
So here is the PWI Top 50 Women Wrestlers 2012...
1. Gail Kim
The Number One lady on this list is kind of a shock to me because I really haven't seen her doing a whole lot in the ring recently.
Former WWE Diva and current TNA Knockout Gail Kim comes in at number one supposedly because she held the TNA Women's Knockout Championship for a record setting 210 days.
Awesome Kong and Madison Rayne both have held it longer, but not consecutively.
In Total Nonstop Action Wrestling "Mrs. Robert Irvine" has held the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship (with Madison Rayne) and the TNA Women's Knockout Championship (twice)
In World Wrestling Entertainment, Gail held the WWE Women's Championship once (But I could have sworn it was more than once)
2. Beth Phoenix
One of the best wrestlers the WWE has ever had, Beth Phoenix came in at number two.
"Had" because on October 29th, 2012, Beth parted ways with the WWE.
In Pro Wrestling she held the Far North Wrestling (FNW) Cruiserweight Championship, the GLORY Wrestling Championship, the Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) Women's Championship and in World Wrestling Entertainment she held the WWE Women's Championship (three times) and the WWE Divas Championship once.
3. Cheerleader Melissa
One of the best Indy wrestlers and TNA Knockouts ever, Cheerleader Melissa comes in at number three.
Melissa pulled double duty in not only TNA but it's Indian promotion Ring Ka King as Alissa Flash and Raisha Saeed.
Melissa has held titles in more wrestling promotions than you can shake a stick at, but notably in All Pro Wrestling (APW), ChickFight and Shimmer Women Athletes.
4. Sara Del Rey
Another Indy wrestler that is one of the best in the world, Sara Del Rey has signed a deal with the WWE to be a trainer.
The WWE is missing a great opportunity here as Sara is amazing in the ring.
Not "Diva" material huh?
Like Melissa, Sara has held titles all over including Chikara, Ring of Honor and Shimmer Women Athletes.
5. Jessicka Havok
The number of Indy wrestlers (and my respect for PWI) grows as the phenomenal Jessicka Havok comes in at number five.
Jessicka has worked for Absolute Intense Wrestling, Main Event World League, Women Superstars Uncensored and Ring Divas wrestling promotions and she has held the championship in each.
Female Pro Wrestling at Amazon
Back to the WWE Divas now with Layla El.
Layla has come a long way from being a dancer and winning the 2008 Diva Search to holding the WWE Divas Championship and theWWE Women's Championship.
7. Miss Tessmacher
Another lady that has come a long way is TNA Knockout Miss Tessmacher.
Brooke Adams started out as a model and a dancer and went through Deep South Wrestling, the WWE and ECW before winding up on TNA and holding the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship (with Tara) and the TNA Women's Knockout Championship twice.
8. Saraya Knight
After putting in over 20 years in the business, UK grappler Sweet Saraya is finally getting her due.
The mother of NXT Diva Paige, she and her husband Ricky Knight almost have their own "Hart Dynasty" in the UK.
Like the other ladies here, Saraya has held a ton of titles, mainly in the UK, including the Herts & Essex Wrestling Women's Championship (twice), the Queens of Chaos World Queens of Chaos Championship, the Premier Wrestling Federation PWF Ladies Tag Team Championship (with her daughter Britani Knight) and here in the States, the Shimmer Women Athletes Shimmer Championship.
9. Mercedes Martinez
Staying with the Indys we have Mercedes Martinez at number nine.
She has held a whole slew of championships (Women Superstars Uncensored, World Xtreme Wrestling etc), but you may have seen her on Wrestlicious as "Bandita".
And rounding out the top ten, we one of my have my favorite female wrestlers of all time, Lisa Marie Varon aka the WWE's Victoria aka TNA Knockout Tara.
Lisa has been wrestling since 2000 and has held the
TNA Women's Knockout Championship five times, the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship ( with Ms.Tessmacher) and the WWE Women's Championship twice.
She is also a former bodybuilder and fitness competitor and even flirted with a MMA career there for a bit.
The Best Of The Rest
Here are the other female wrestlers that didn't make the top ten, but made the list nonetheless.
11. Hailey Hatred
14. Velvet Sky
15. Madison Rayne
16. Mickie James
19. Tamina Snuka
22. Eve Torres
23. Kelly Kelly
24. Brittney Savage
25. Melanie Cruise
26. Kellie Skater
29. Nicole Matthews
31. Angelina Love
32. Portia Perez
34. Jessie McKay
36. Alicia Fox
37. Tasha Simone
38. Taeler Hendrix
39. Rachel Summerlyn
40. Kacee Carlisle
41. Sassy Stephie
42. Cherry Bomb
43. Allysin Kay
45. Brittany Force
47. Marti Belle
48. Amber O’Neal
49. Leva Bates
50. Veda Scott