The 7 WWE Best Divas of All Time

Sharon GlencrossContributor IFebruary 9, 2013

The 7 WWE Best Divas of All Time

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    In such a male-oriented product, it's often difficult for female performers in WWE to branch out from being marginalized eye candy and firmly establish a solid role on the show for themselves.

    But with their looks, talent and charisma, the following women managed to do it. Indeed, these girls managed to carve out a legacy for themselves, creating many memorable moments, storylines and matches for themselves in the process. You simply can't imagine wrestling without these women.

    So, looking at factors like in-ring skills, personality and influence, here are the top seven WWE Divas in history...

7. Torrie Wilson

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    With two Playboy covers under her belt, former fitness model Torrie Wilson achieved much more mainstream success than most Divas in WWE ever will.

    Uninhibited by the PG rating that restricts so many current Divas, Wilson established herself as wrestling's biggest sex symbol in the mid-'00s. Bikini contests, pillow fights, lingerie matches...this woman did it all, and the fans loved her for it.

    And who can ever forget her stalker storyline with Sable in 2004, which still remains one of the steamiest angles WWE has ever done.

    Unlike many of the generic Diva Search girls who were hired by the company throughout her tenure, Wilson was also blessed with a charm and appealing charisma that allowed her to be more than just eye candy.

    She was a genuinely sympathetic babyface character. Who didn't want her to rescue her beloved father from wicked stepmother's Dawn Marie's clutches in 2002?

6. Molly Holly

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    Alas, for all of Wilson's talents, she never was much of a wrestler. Something Molly "Nora Greenwald" Holly never had any problems with.

    Holly, a former gymnast, was easily one of the best women's wrestlers the company has ever had.

    Indeed, her great series of matches with Trish Stratus in 2002 helped establish WWE's women's division and allowed Stratus to grow and improve as a wrestler. The Divas division was arguably at its best in 2002 and 2003, and Holly's hard work was a major part of this. No way could women's wrestling in WWE have taken off without her. 

    Her girl-next-door good looks and natural charisma also helped her stand out, and many wrestling fans still remember her fondly—no wonder.

5. Chyna

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    When examining Chyna's legacy in wrestling, it's often difficult for people to look beyond the controversy of her recent years.

    Yes, her well-publicized personal problems are deeply depressing, and it's sad to see the direction her life has taken her in. 

    But this should not be allowed to obscure her worthy contributions to WWE in the late '90s and early '00s. Hey, the muscle-bound Diva was the first (and so far only) woman to ever hold the prestigious Intercontinental Championship, when she won the belt off Jeff Jarrett in 1999. In 2000, she appeared on the cover of Playboy and released her own autobiography If They Only Knew

    Whatever else anyone thinks of Chyna, these are impressive accomplishments. She deserves a place on this list.

4. Lita

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    Due to her unique tomboy gimmick and high-flying in-ring style, Amy "Lita" Dumas was insanely popular with fans in 2000 and 2001. She was so highly thought of, in fact, WWE even released her official autobiography in 2003. She got her own profile DVD too, a rarity for female performers.

    Thanks to an off-screen scandal, Dumas turned heel and aligned with Edge in 2005. Impressively, this was a role she also excelled in, with her and Edge emerging as one of the most memorable wrestling duos ever (the current pairing of Dolph Ziggler and A.J. Lee seems to be an attempt to emulate the success of the "Rated R" couple).

3. Sable

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    For many, Rena "Sable" Lesnar defined the Attitude Era, with her scantily-clad outfits, risque antics and brash, arrogant attitude. The first WWE Diva to ever grace the cover of Playboy, Sable's act helped helped the then-WWF leave the more kid-friendly WCW product in the dust.

    You could even call her wrestling's Pamela Anderson. What male teenage fan didn't have her poster on their wall?

    Oh, Sable was never a great wrestler or talker or anything like that. But in terms of sheer impact and influence, she undoubtedly belongs on this list.

2. Trish Stratus

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    Trish Stratus is going into this year's Hall of Fame—and deservedly so. Thanks to her great promo skills, good looks and solid in-ring skills, the Canadian Diva was easily the best all-round female worker the WWE has ever had under contract. 

    Who could have ever predicted that when Stratus, then an unknown fitness model with no experience in wrestling, first debuted on WWF television in 2000?

    Since Stratus retired in 2006, WWE has tried numerous times to replicate her success, with little luck. Ashley Massaro, anyone? It seems the multi-talented Stratus is just too gifted to truly copy.

1. Sunny

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    Ah, Sunny, the original Diva. She's the woman who set the standard for what WWE, and its fans, expect from female wrestling personalities.

    Sunny's unrivaled beauty and charismatic presence rocketed her to the top of the industry in 1996 and 1997, and she was rightfully the first Diva to ever be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.

    Her influence on the company cannot be underestimated: Without her, it's questionable whether women would have ever been a big part of WWE television in the modern era. 

    Sadly, Tammy Sytch, the woman behind Sunny, hasn't had too easy a time of it as of late, with her myriad of personal and legal problems regularly making TMZ and other gossip sites.

    These issues have probably ruled out any sort of WWE return permanently, which is too bad. But at least fans still have the cherished memories of when Sunny truly was one of the biggest stars in wrestling.