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The WWE Divas - Part 1

Updated on January 11, 2017
Maryse and Eve Torres
Maryse and Eve Torres

The Women of the WWE - The WWE Divas

Women's wrestling goes all the way back to the late nineteenth century "women's wrestling championships" and Josie Wahlford.

It progressed up and went through women like Laura Bennet, Mary Harris, Cora Livingstone, Mae Weston, Lillian Bitters, Mars Bennett and Ada Ash.

Female wrestling moved out of the sideshows and into legitimate venues with women like Clara Marie Mortensen, Mildred Burke and June Byers.

Then later we had the Fabulous Moolah and wrestling began to become popular on TV.

The WWF (now WWE) had ladies wrestling (as did most wrestling promotions) and up until 1996, they were actually considered wrestlers.

Then came Sunny (Tammy Lynn Sytch) and everything changed.

Now the woman's skill didn't matter as much as how good she looked in the ring and they were called "Divas".

We had women like Marlena, Sable and Chyna (though to be fair, Chyna was sort of an exception).

The now WWE Divas continued on and though at times they did manage to get their hands on some good female wrestlers (Jacqueline, Ivory, Lita and Luna) and actually made at least one (Trish Stratus) generally the skill level kept dropping with more and more models (as opposed to wrestlers) being added to the roster.

Now the WWE has a kind of weird balance with some real wrestlers, some models that have actually worked to become wrestlers, and some that are still pretty much there just for the looks.

Update:

Oddly enough, of the nine women I included on this Lens when I created it, only two still work for the WWE.....

Another Update:

Make that one.....

Eve (Eve Torres)
Eve (Eve Torres)

Eve (Eve Torres)

Eve Torres was born on August 24th, 1984 in Denver Colorado.

Before winning the 2007 WWE Diva Search, she was a model and dancer.
Eve has held the WWE Divas Championship twice.
Recently Eve has become a "heel" (bad guy) and I find her to be much more interesting.
In January of 2013, Eve left the WWE.

Eve vs. Alicia Fox

Tiffany-Taryn Terrell
Tiffany-Taryn Terrell

Tiffany (Taryn Terrell)

Tiffany was born on December 20th,1984 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

She competed in the 2007 WWE Diva Search also, but was eliminated.

If she's not careful, she may wind up being an ex-Diva soon.

Sure enough, Tiffany was released from her WWE contract on November 19th, 2010.

On August 16, 2012, Taryn debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) as the official referee for the TNA Women's Knockout's matches.

Jillian (Jillian Fletcher)
Jillian (Jillian Fletcher)

Jillian (Jillian Fletcher)

Jillian was born on September 6th, 1980 in Ashland, Kentucky.

Now we finally have a Diva with some wrestling cred.

Before she was in the WWE, she was known as Macaela Mercedes on the Indy wrestling circuit and held over ten championships.

On the WWE, they use her as comic relief.

Makes sense right?

Jillian was released from her WWE contract at the same time Tiffany was.

Since then WWE Jillian has worked for wrestling promotions like Xtreme Pro Wrestling, Women Superstars Uncensored and World Wrestling Fan Xperience (WWFX).

Layla El
Layla El

Layla (Layla El)

Layla was born on June 25th, 1978 in London, England.

Though she started out in the WWE as a model, she has worked on her in-ring skills.

She was the first Diva Search winner and the British woman to hold the WWE Women's Championship.

Layla came in at #95 on the 2012 Maxim magazine Hot 100 list of the 100 hottest women in the world.

On July 29th, 2015, Layla left the WWE and retired from wrestling.

Melina (Melina Perez)
Melina (Melina Perez)

Melina (Melina Perez)

Melina was born on March 9th, 1979 in Los Angeles, California.

Again we have a female wrestler that got to the WWE knowing how to wrestle.

She trained at Empire Wrestling Federation, and many there said she had the most natural ability of any woman who ever came through their school.

So when she got to the WWE naturally they made her a Valet for M&M.

But, she did manage to break out of that mold and win the WWE Divas Championship (2 times) and the WWE Women's Championship (3 times).

On August 5th, 2011, Melina was released by the WWE.

Kelly Kelly (Barbara Blank)
Kelly Kelly (Barbara Blank)

Kelly Kelly (Barbara Blank)

Kelly was born on January 15th, 1987 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Another woman that came to the WWE as a model, Kelly has really worked to improve her wrestling skills.

You have to admit, she has come a long way.

Kelly has held the WWE Divas Championship once.

Kelly came in at #38 on the 2012 Maxim magazine Hot 100 list of the 100 hottest women in the world.

She and Layla were the only two WWE Divas on the list.

On September 28th, 2012, Kelly Kelly was released by WWE.

Maryse (Maryse Ouellet)
Maryse (Maryse Ouellet)

Maryse (Maryse Ouellet)

Maryse was born on January 21st, 1983, Montreal, Quebec.

She was another model that came to the WWE and worked on her ring skills, eventually winning the WWE Divas Championship 2 times.

Of course now she has been pretty much downgraded to valet again.

Maryse was released from her WWE contract on October 28th, 2011.

Michelle McCool
Michelle McCool

Michelle McCool

Michelle was born on January 25th, 1980 in Palatka, Florida.

Originally a school teacher, she came to the WWE via the 2004 WWE Diva Search.

I think she has come a long way, but a lot of fans say that she would still be a valet if she wasn't "Mrs. Undertaker".

On May 1st, 2011, Michelle McCool had her last match in the WWE and "retired".

We'll see for how long.

Awesome Kong (Kia Stevens)-female wrestling
Awesome Kong (Kia Stevens)-female wrestling

Kharma - Awesome Kong (Kia Stevens)

Now the WWE has signed a woman that could be considered the "Anti Diva".

Five foot nine, 272 pound Kia Stevens was born on September 4th,1977 in Carson, California.

Billed as Amazing Kong or Awesome Kong, she was trained at the School of Hard Knocks in San Bernardino, California, All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling's Dojo and the Inoki Dojo.

She has held the All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling WWWA World Heavyweight Championship, the AWA Superstars World Women's Championship, the NWA World Women's Championship and the TNA Women's Knockout Championship (twice), plus a lot more.

Kia (now known as Kharma) made her debut on May 1st at the Extreme Rules PPV, attacking the departing Michelle McCool.

As happy as I was with the appearance of Kharma, now word comes down that she is pregnant and will be out for at least nine months.

So I'm sad for the storyline, but happy for Kia.

Rumor has it that as of July 2012, Kia has been released by the WWE.

This could be a "swerve" or she may really be gone.

Nope...she was really gone

WWE Diva Comments - Thanks for stopping by!

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    • IncarnateBeast profile image

      IncarnateBeast 3 years ago

      Great article

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      Sabre1000 4 years ago

      @one FatJesus1: Yeah with the turnover rate in the WWE it don't take long!

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      one FatJesus1 4 years ago

      This is a bit outdated now. >.< But those Melina/Jillian and Beth/Melina matches are pretty good by today's WWE Diva standards.

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      troybreimon lm 5 years ago

      very good lens Sabre

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      Hubba Hubba very nice ;)

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      top-notch-shop 5 years ago

      Great lens

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for a nice lens covering the WWE Divas, I do follow wrestling as my husband is a great fan, in New Zealand we have it two night's a week with three hours of viewing on Sunday night. Thanks for sharing the Divas with us, beautiful bodies.

      Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      SquidooColouringPages 5 years ago

      Tiffany looks really hot!

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      SquidooColouringPages 5 years ago

      Tiffany looks really hot!

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      Stunning divas in the ring!

      Anti Diva Kia Stevens at 272 pounds is a trip!

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      gamecheathub 6 years ago

      When Kharma comes back she is going to destroy the barbies!

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      Morticella LM 6 years ago

      wow I really Liked this lens Brava

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Wow... the Anti Diva. Deadly! Pretty amazing and fun learning the history of all these wrestling divas. Quite a switch to go from modeling to thrashing about in a ring with someone who weighs 272 pounds! Kharma Kong... creates some real images in the brain. :-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      wow....

      nice, great and so beautiful

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      This is a side to wrestling I never knew existed, I bet it is great fun. Nice lens!!

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      These ladies are so cool!

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      Ronald Tucker 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Sabreblade, thanks for the videos...I never knew how athletic these gorgeous Divas were until I saw Eve do a back flip from the top ring rope and pinned Alicia Fox. Also, Kelly Kelly and Maryse bout was very exciting and showed just how hard these former models work to perfect those skillful moves.

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      Ronald Tucker 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Several of these wrestlers are too "pretty" to be taken seriously, however, they do bring a lot of "eye candy" to the ring that fans (including myself) enjoy watching.