Torrie, Tammy, and Trish: Oh My! Seven WWE Divas That We Miss on Monday Nights
Never let your non-wrestling friends chastise you for watching a sport where grown men roll around in their underwear for your entertainment. As most true fans can attest, the larger-than-life heroes of World Wrestling Entertainment deliver more passion, drama, intensity, and athleticism than most other forms of entertainment—take that, wrestling haters!
But any discussion detailing why wrestling is so great would be remiss if you didn't mention the Divas of professional wrestling. The WWE has hired a plethora of women over the years who have kicked major league butt while looking fabulous doing it. There's something mesmerizing about watching a beautiful woman destroy a muscle-bound monster with a well-placed kick to a sensitive region. As painful as it would be, you can't help but think to yourself... "Yeah, I could go for that."
Today, the WWE has a ton of Divas on their roster: some, like Natalya for instance, are pretty great workers in their own right. Nonetheless, a lot of today's female roster lacks a bit of the pizazz that it used to have. Maybe it's because the roster is so large today? Perhaps all those names simply blur together over time, making it difficult for anyone to stand out?
Whatever the case, the Internet allows us to return to yesteryear and remember some of our favorite WWE Divas. Here are seven lovely ladies that we sorely miss seeing in Vince McMahon's WWE!
1. Tammy Lynn
There was a time, back when Internet pages took twenty minutes to load up, that the America Online start tabs were as far as many of us got. After our dial-up connection finished completing those screeching noises, we were greeted with the ability to search AOL's picture files, in the days before websites like Google and Yahoo made the practice seem mundane.
Tammy Lynn Sytch, aka Sunny from the mid-1990s, was one of AOL's top search requests!
Sunny got her start in Jim Cornette's Smoky Mountain Wrestling, but quickly moved on to the World Wrestling Federation around 1996. After originally managing the Bodydonnas tag team, Tammy became a kind of "promotional valet", showing up in interview segments, the commentary booth—anywhere that Vince McMahon could find a use for her. And all I can say is, can you blame him?
Sunny left the WWF just before the Attitude Era really got going. She's battled substance abuse problems over the past few years, but has really been looking good in the past few years. We could think of few other Divas who could bring back the sauciness and flair of the old-school Divas more than Sunny!
2. Trish Stratus
Unless you've only begun to watch professional wrestling in the last, oh, year or so, you're probably familiar with a certain blond Canadian who redefined the magical art of "beauticism": beautiful women that have more athleticism than half the male roster.
Trish Stratus, more than any other Diva, exemplified the Women's Division in the WWE as a place where talented women could get by on their athletic prowess, and not just on the size of their bust. Looking like a swimsuit model certainly didn't hurt, of course, but most fans today remember Trish not only for her looks, but for how great she was in the ring.
There was a time, believe it or not, when Trish Stratus's wrestling matches rivaled those of Eddie Guerrero and Edge for match of the night honors at a given time. Considering the general lack of respect that Women's wrestling in North America receives, that's high praise, indeed.
Trish, if we beg really hard, would you consider coming back? Please?
3. Mickie James
Yes, I know that she's competing in TNA. Yes, I know that she's released a country music album. And no, I don't really care one way or another. This article is about the women who we miss in the WWE, and thus we present Case #3: Mickie James.
Mickie (known also by her former ring name Alexis Laree) was one of the staples of the Divas roster during the past decade. After having endeared herself to the fan base with her... interesting rivalry with Trish Stratus, Mickie quickly became one of the top Divas inside the squared circle.
Mixing "girl next door" charm with a lot of goofy charisma, Mickie may be one of the most underrated Divas in the history of World Wrestling Entertainment. We miss her on Monday nights!
4. Torrie Wilson
Ah, Torrie Wilson.
We followed her in the dying days of WCW, when she was tagging around with Billy Kidman. I remember a lot of people who were more excited to see Torrie show up as part of the WCW/ECW InVasion angle than Booker T and Rob Van Dam! Considering the lofty perches those two wrestlers hold, that's nothing short of incredible.
Torrie graced the cover of Playboy Magazine multiple times during her tenure in the WWE, leaving very little to the imagination. She was the personification of hotness: a blond bombshell that actually distracted a bit from the matches going on inside the ring. With Torrie Wilson standing in the corner, who are you more interested in watching?
There are two things we could use in 2011: more cowbell, and more Torrie Wilson.
Stacy Carter, known both as "Miss Kitty" and the Kat, didn't hang around too awful long in the WWE. After appearing as a valet to Debra Williams [a valet with a valet?], she quickly graduated to the Divas roster, where she quickly captured the Women's Championship in, shall we say, an unconventional fashion.
Stacy Carter was definitely at home in the "looks over athleticism" era of Divas in the late-1990s. Nonetheless, Stacy had an undeniable charisma and charm that made her quite fun to watch on television. She was just enough of a ditzy Southern belle who made you believe anything could happen while she was on the screen.
And, if you were watching in December 1999, you know why Stacy Carter deserves a spot on this list. I'll leave it at that.
6. Debra Williams
In 2007, Debra Williams made headlines with her take on the sordid nature of Professional Wrestling in the wake of the Chris Benoit murder-suicide tragedy. Most newer fans may not remember that Debra was at one time one of the most popular Divas in the WWE.
After making a name for herself in WCW, Debra came to the then-WWF as the valet of "Double J" Jeff Jarrett. Ironically, she proved to be so popular that she warranted a valet of her own: the previously mentioned Stacy Carter! If you're popular enough to warrant your own valet, you're doing something right.
Debra left the promotion shortly after the failure of the InVasion angle, but long-time wrestling fans haven't forgotten her in 2011. Nor have we forgotten the always-lovable "Puppies!" yelp that Jerry Lawler would let out whenever she'd make an appearance.One of the truly underrated gems of the WWE's commentary legacy.
7. Stacy Kiebler
She's the Diva that made Z.Z. Top's Legs relevant in the new millennium. Stacy Kiebler has moved on into the world of acting, appearing recently in shows such as NBC's Chuck. Even so, we'll always remember Stacy as one of the most beautiful women to ever grace the squared circle.
Though she definitely fell more into the "valet" category than an active competitor, Stacy just had that certain something that can't be taught. Sure, she was absolutely stunning, but she had a natural likability that endeared her to both male and female fans alike. She wasn't overly gifted on the microphone, and she had very little wrestling talent in terms of technical proficiency.
Still, when you have as much charm as Stacy did, it really overcomes all other shortcomings. All told, if the WWE had more Divas like Stacy around, the world would be a much brighter place.
If we all agree to chip in a few bucks, do you think she would spring for a comeback tour?