CvC 2.0 Play-In: The Best WWE Diva to Never Hold a Title

Mike ShannonFeatured ColumnistJune 24, 2011

Longtime readers of mine will know my feelings on women's wrestling:  Quite frankly, I think it sucks.

Since this isn't Japan (at least last time I checked), women's wrestling will never draw a dime and fans will continue to view them as bikini models that they are forced to watch wrestle badly.

However, that does not mean that I can't appreciate the female workers for what they are.  Lots of women in wrestling's past have had major influence on the business and have inspired other women to follow in their footsteps and, in some cases, rip off their act.

If you look back in the last 30-some years, it becomes very apparent who the best WWE woman to never hold a title has been: Tammy Lynn Sytch a.k.a. Sunny.

Aside from being my second wrestling crush (after Miss Elizabeth, of course), Sunny set the standard for what a women in wrestling should be.

She was mind-numbingly hot, she had more charisma than 80 percent of the roster and, get this, people actually cared what happened to her.  I know...stunning.

Sunny broke into the business in Jim Cornette's Smoky Mountain Wrestling where she debuted as boyfriend Chris Candido's manager.  She was 19 years old and already seemed like she'd been in the business 10 years.  It was only a matter of time before Vince McMahon came calling and he did in 1995.

You have to remember, before Sunny, women were, for the most part, serious wrestlers (Sherri Martel) or women who just served as eye-candy and rarely spoke (Elizabeth).  Sunny broke that mold and totally changed the way women were perceived in wrestling.

As a manger, she captured the imagination of fans with her looks and heel interview skills.  She led teams like the Bodydonnas, the Godwinns and the Smoking Gunns to the tag team titles, sometimes even overshadowing her teams because her presence entertained fans so much.

As the Attitude Era rolled around, Sunny became the quintessential diva.  She was the first woman to pose in swimsuits and lingerie on a consistent basis.  She flaunted her unbelievable hotness on a regular basis and the fan reaction to her was greater than most men on the roster.

Sunny rarely worked matches but she didn't need to and since when is wrestling skill considered when winning a Divas title?  Hell, Debra won the title in a Bra and Panties Match that she lost when commissioner Shawn Michaels simply awarded her the title.  This isn't exactly the 1985 NWA World Title we're talking about here.

Sunny broke the mold of women in wrestling and then fashioned a whole new one for future divas to follow.  Trish Stratus, Lita and Michelle McCool all owe their success to the path that Sunny forged for them.  Without her, you wouldn't have the swimsuit calenders, the interview segments or the focus on women that Vince McMahon loves so much.

Sunny was so over, in fact, that she didn't need the women's title.  Most likely, working for that title would have brought Sunny down the card in the eye's of fans, which is probably why she never won it.

That does not change the fact, though, that she is, without a doubt, the top female to never hold a WWE women's title.  Sunny might be the greatest and most influential diva of her generation and that clearly makes her the winner in this category.