Since becoming WWE Divas Champion in June, Kelly Kelly has wasted little time in cementing herself as the top Diva in the company. While her in-ring work still has yet to reach the level of more respected performers like Natalya and Beth Phoenix, Kelly's undeniable sex appeal has allowed her to become the most popular woman in the industry and one of the business' most marketable and advertised.
But odds are, you did not click the link to this article because you wanted to read about how Kelly has improved, or how she has the potential to become the modern-day equivalent to Trish Stratus if she continues to work hard and learn from the aforementioned Beth or Natalya.
No. You clicked on the link to see Kelly Kelly's steamiest WWE moments. So join me as we take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of the hottest moments from the first five years of her stint with the company.
When viewers turned into the first edition of the relaunched ECW brand, most expected hardcore battles between the likes of Tommy Dreamer, Balls Mahoney, Sabu and Rob Van Dam.
While those matches would come in the weeks that followed, what fans were greeted with on the fateful June 13 in 2006 was the debut of model-turned-wrestler, Barbie Blank. Under the new name Kelly Kelly, she introduced herself to both the live and viewing audiences as an exhibitionist and promised to perform for the world. She did, in one of the more infamous segments in the short-lived history of the new ECW.
I am not Jim Ross and I do not provide play-by-play calls. Besides, the video more than speaks for itself.
If there is anything a real, true-blooded American man can appreciate, it is a beautiful blonde. On July 4, 2006, Kelly Kelly gave the as-of-yet unnamed WWE Universe even more of a reason to appreciate her with a very special Fourth of July edition of Kelly's Expose. Of course, her on-screen boyfriend at the time, Mike Knox, interrupted the performance and brought it to a premature conclusion.
And Mike Knox no longer works for WWE. Karma people, karma.
By this point, Kelly had quickly become a popular fixture on ECW television. The only problem was, she had proven an inability to, well, dance.
To make up for her shortcomings, WWE paired her with Candice Michelle for a special edition of Kelly's Expose. Candice clearly covered up the fact that Kelly had, for lack of a better phrase, zero rhythm. Unfortunately, Mike Knox once again made an unwelcome appearance and ruined everything.
In the original, Paul Heyman-owned ECW, it was customary for the women involved—be it Francine, Beulah, Tammy Sytch or Dawn Marie—to eventually get their comeuppance from the ECW wrestlers after interfering in their matches. On the August 1 edition of ECW on SyFy, Kelly learned the hard way what happens when you try to interfere in, and cost, Tommy Dreamer a match.
Kelly entered the ring, hoping to prevent Dreamer and The Sandman from picking up a victory over Test and Mike Knox. While she succeeded, she also paid for it in the form of a hard spanking over the knee of the Innovator of Violence. Somewhere, Jerry Lawler's heart was racing at an unhealthy rate.
Never one to shy away from controversy, Vince McMahon realized the ECW brand had not proven to be the ratings gold everyone assumed it would be. On one October night, in an attempt to boost ratings for a week, he devised an episode that would feature "live" cut-ins to the WWE production studio in Connecticut, where several WWE Divas would engage in a game of strip poker.
The episode was one of the strangest in the brand's history. The women were featured heavily, almost at the expense of the ECW stars. Not that this writer is complaining because, at that point, the in-ring product on ECW was far from its strong point. The night's events went on as many expected until Kelly just could not help herself and sooner rather than later, was stripping herself down.
It was a failure of an experiment but it provided enough entertainment—and skin—for any fan to consider it memorable.
If it is Halloween, and the Divas are not paraded around in some sort of costume contest, then it must not be WWE television.
The Halloween episode of ECW on SyFy saw a three-way costume competition featuring Kelly, vampiress Ariel and Trinity. In the midst of a storyline that saw her infatuated with Straight Edge Superstar CM Punk, Kelly dressed as her crush. It was clearly the best CM Punk, or anyone resembling CM Punk, had ever looked but it was not enough for the young Jacksonville native to win the competition.
The end of 2006 was not kind to Kelly Kelly. She broke up with her on-screen boyfriend, the previously mentioned (and established "Captain Buzzkill") Mike Knox, and was left lying by the large Arizona native.
On the January 16 edition of ECW on SyFy, Kelly made her return to television and was immediately confronted by Matt Striker. Striker, as it turned out, was facing Kelly's established crush, CM Punk, in the night's first match.
Kelly would help Punk to victory, flashing her breasts at Striker and distracting him long enough for Punk to backslide him for three. While nothing explicit was actually seen, it was an unexpected moment and an "I'm back" moment few expected.
On the January 23, Kelly Kelly debuted Extreme Expose, a three-woman dance group with the sole purpose of entertaining ECW fans. Seeing as how the Candice Michelle experiment succeeded in hiding Kelly's lack of dance ability, Layla El and Brooke Adams were added to serve as added entertainment.
The group would exist for the better part of ten months before Brooke was fired and Layla and Kelly became enemies.
When WWE Magazine relaunched in August of 2006, it included a new article for which fans could write in and ask the WWE Divas relationship advice. Accompanying each article was a hot new photoshoot featuring three of the lovely young women.
The second set of photos, after the initial run of Ashley Massaro, Maria Kanellis and Melina finished up, featured Kelly Kelly, Michelle McCool and Candice Michelle. It was the first real exposure Kelly received in the publication, one in which she would become somewhat a regular in during the years that followed.
The initial shoot, however, was incredibly hot. As one would expect from a shoot involving three of the most beautiful WWE Divas of the time.
Kelly's first appearance in an annual Divas photo shoot came in 2007, which also happened to be the last year the company published a special edition magazine featuring their employed beauties clad in bikinis. The shoot, which featured Extreme Expose in group and solo shots, was a highlight of the magazine.
WWE Divas? Check. Bikinis? Check. WWE Divas in Wet Bikinis? Check.
Awesome? You know it.
There is something about two beautiful women—such as the feuding Kelly Kelly and Layla—engaging in a food fight at Thanksgiving that screams "hot." I have absolutely no idea what that thing is but it is still hot, nonetheless.
Now I am hungry.
The 2008 Summer Skin Divas photoshoot proved to be the last annual shoot WWE held. With the change of direction towards a more family-friendly, PG-rated product, producing a yearly magazine or special website featuring the WWE Divas wearing as little as possible no longer fit the image the company was attempting to project (BOOOOOOO!).
Kelly's participation in the shoot remains one of its highlights.
Ah yes, the moment Kelly Kelly evolved from "a Diva" on the ECW roster to "THE Diva" on the ECW roster.
In the weeks leading to this Best Body competition, Layla El and Lena Yada had expressed their dismay and jealousy of Kelly, going as far as to attack her. In the end, however, Kelly would have the last laugh as she soundly defeated her smoking hot competition and, in the process, solidified herself as the fans' choice in the Divas division.
I know, I know. Boooo, hisssss! This is not one of Kelly's steamiest moments. And you, the reader, are correct. What this is, however, is the culmination of Kelly's steamiest moments. It is the crowning achievement of Kelly's career.
She worked hard and became champion because the fans cheered for her and the creative team recognized it. There have been bottle blondes that have entered the company before and were never trusted to carry the Divas Championship. Those in power trust Kelly enough in the ring, in media relations, and to be marketed enough to be thrust in that role.
And if that is not justification for the inclusion of the title change on this list, then the super-short gold outfit she is wearing should be. I mean, seriously—any shorter and those tights are a belt.