It is a little bit of a debate as to how the term "Diva" came about.
On one end of the spectrum, you have former WWE Diva, Sunny, famous for her stint in the WWE in the mid 90's, claiming to have been the "Original Diva."
However, on the other end of the spectrum, the first time that a female performer referred to herself as a "Diva" on WWE television was Sable in April of 1999.
Whatever the case may be, there's no doubt, that since the mid 90's when Sunny debuted, the WWE has seen an increase in "Divas" compared to previous eras in the past.
After the debut of Sunny, who was used mostly in a managerial/sex icon role, the WWE signed many female talents who proved to be valuable in the ring. Divas such as Ivory, Jacqueline, Luna Vachon and even Sable later on, proved to have what it takes to compete in a squared ring.
This carried on even more so into the new millennium when talents such as Lita, Trish Stratus, Molly Holly, Victoria, Jazz etc. took it to another level. And they even made the women's division and Women's Title into a legit division to the point where some matches were even taken seriously (case in point, Lita/Trish Stratus main event on Raw several years back).
This article will list the top five divas to make an impact in the WWE, whether it was due to their in-ring ability, or whether it was due to their role as "eye candy."
Certainly having both doesn't hurt.