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Divas (with Santino Marella disguised as a Diva "Santina") fighting in a battle royal at WrestleMania 25

Diva is a term used by WWE, an American professional wrestling promotion, to refer to its female performers.[1] The term is applied to women who appear as wrestlers, managers or valets, backstage interviewers, or ring announcers. The slogan of the divas division is Sexy, Smart and Powerful.


Beginnings: The Moolah Days[edit]

The Fabulous Moolah (above) wrestling Wendi Richter during the height of her involvement in the "Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection".

After winning the NWA World Women's Championship in 1956 from Judy Grable, the Fabulous Moolah defected to the WWF in 1983. Moolah, who was the NWA World Women's Champion and legal owner of the title, joined the WWF including selling them the rights to the title after they would disaffiliate from the NWA and recognized her as the first WWF Women's Champion.[2] Additionally, the WWF also recognized Moolah's reign at the time as a continuation of her first NWA World Women's Championship reign, which occurred in 1956, resulting in the promotion not recognizing other reigns or title losses that occurred during the title's existence in the NWA. Thus, The Fabulous Moolah's reign was considered to have lasted 27 years by the promotion.[3] This time period during the early 1980s saw the introduction of many female wrestlers who competed with the promotion. WWF also introduced the WWF Women's Tag Team Championship with Velvet McIntyre and Princess Victoria recognized as the first champions after also defecting from the NWA. The following year, music artist Cyndi Lauper began a verbal feud with manager "Captain" Lou Albano, who long had a reputation of being a villain; this brought professional wrestling into mainstream culture in a storyline that became known as the "Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection". When it was finally time for Lauper and Albano to settle their differences in the ring, a match-up was scheduled with Albano representing Moolah against the challenge of Lauper's protégé, Wendi Richter. This led to Moolah losing the title at The Brawl to End It All, broadcast live on MTV. Richter would then lose the title to Leilani Kai the following year but would win it back at Wrestlemania 1 (March 31, 1985).

Miss Elizabeth played a central role in the storyline between WrestleMania IV and WrestleMania V.

In the summer of 1985, the WWF did an angle (a fictional storyline) in which all the managers in the promotion competed to offer their services to Randy Savage. During a match on July 30, 1985, several managers were at ringside in hopes that he would name one of them as his new manager. After the match, Savage thanked the managers for their consideration and then asked that his new manager come to ringside. An attractive, unnamed woman then came down to the ring, and announcer Bruno Sammartino remarked, "She must be some sort of movie star". It was later revealed that her name was Miss Elizabeth. Elizabeth's WWF debut aired on the August 24, 1985, edition of WWF Prime Time Wrestling. From that point on, she managed Randy Savage.[4] (In real life, Savage and Miss Elizabeth were married, but this was not mentioned on television.) Miss Elizabeth's first major angle was during Savage's feud with George "The Animal" Steele in 1986. In the angle, Steele fell in love with Elizabeth, angering Savage and leading to a series of grudge matches between him and Steele. Their feud was one of the WWF's most popular of the 1980s; it carried on for more than a year, thanks to the feral Steele's continued innocent crush on Elizabeth. She also figured prominently in Savage's 1986 heel feuds with Hulk Hogan and Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat, and his 1987–1989 face feuds with wrestlers such as The Honky Tonk Man, Andre the Giant, Bad News Brown, Big Boss Man and Akeem. When Savage—who had formed an alliance with Hogan—turned on Hogan in early 1989 and became a heel, Elizabeth was a major factor, and she eventually would side with Hogan, the WWF's top face wrestler. Meanwhile, Savage became allied with "Sensational" Sherri, a heel who had success as a wrestler from 1987–1989 and was phased into a role as an ill-tempered, venomous valet.

Sherri Martel debuted on July 24, 1987, defeating The Fabulous Moolah for the WWF Women's Championship.[5] Renaming herself 'Sensational' Sherri, she reigned as WWF Women's Champion for fifteen months before losing it to Rockin' Robin;[6][7] after losing several rematches, Martel took a short leave of absence in early 1989 before being repackaged as Savage's valet. Also in 1987 saw the introduction of Mike McGuirk as the first female ring announcer of the promotion, arriving after former AWA wrestler Jesse Ventura referred her to the WWF.[8] In the fall of 1987, McGuirk provided color commentary for several arena show tapings in the Houston, Texas area, which aired on WWF Prime Time Wrestling.

The first Survivor Series PPV saw the first female elimination match. On February 1989 the WWF Women's Tag Team Championship was deactivated and The Glamour Girls (Leilani Kai and Judy Martin) would be the final title holders. Sapphire would debut in November 1989 on WWF Saturday Night's Main Event as a fan cheering on Dusty Rhodes at ringside in his match against Big Boss Man.[9] Sapphire began to manage Rhodes, who adapted Rhodes' gimmick as she adorned black outfits with yellow polka dots. Sapphire along with Rhodes later on entered into a feud with Randy Savage and Sensational Sherri as Sapphire teamed with Rhodes to take on Savage and Sherri in a tag team match at Wrestlemania VI. Sapphire pinned Sherri, with some help from Miss Elizabeth, who had allied herself with Sapphire and Rhodes after a previous incident that precipitated the match.[10][11] Sapphire and Sherri would continue their feud competing against each other in singles and tag team matches up until August 25, where she and Rhodes emerged victorious as a tandem.[11] Rockin' Robin would then be the last WWF Women's Champion in the late 80's.

When the WWF phased out its female-talent roster in 1990, Sensational Sherri would remain with the company, joining Sapphire (who would then depart from the company in mid 1990) and Miss Elizabeth focusing on managing male wrestlers. Miss Elizabeth took a leave of absence in 1990, but returned in 1991, and was a key player in Randy Savage's retirement match with The Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VII; Elizabeth was involved in two more feuds with Savage—those with Jake "the Snake" Roberts and Ric Flair—before leaving the company for good in 1992; shortly after her departure, Savage and Elizabeth divorced in real life. At Wrestlemania 9, Luna Vachon would debut and initially aligned herself with Shawn Michaels then later on with Bam Bam Bigelow feuded with Sherri and Tatanka; Martel would leave the company in 1993. Although the term 'Diva' did not exist until 1999, WWE acknowledges this time period as the beginning of their women's division.

The 90's (1993–1997)[edit]

In 1993, the WWF reinstated its Women's Championship, a title that had been vacant since 1990,[12] and Debrah Miceli was brought in by the company to revive the women's division.[13] She debuted under the ring name Alundra Blayze,[14] because WWF owner Vince McMahon did not want to pay Miceli to use the name Madusa, which she had trademarked.[15] She wrestled in a six-woman tournament to crown a new Women's Champion, and in the finals, she pinned Heidi Lee Morgan on the December 13, 1993 episode of All American Wrestling to win the title.[12]

After the tournament, Miceli asked WWF management to bring in new women for her to wrestle.[13] Former champion Leilani Kai briefly returned to the company at Wrestlemania X facing Blayze for the Women's title.[16] In mid-1994, Bull Nakano joined the WWF roster and began feuding with Miceli, who was also feuding with Luna Vachon. Blayze defeated Nakano at SummerSlam, but lost the belt to her on November 20, 1994 in Japan at the Big Egg Wrestling Universe event.[17] Five months later on April 3, 1995, Blayze regained the title from Nakano on an edition of Monday Night Raw.[18] As part of the storyline, immediately following the win, she was attacked by Bertha Faye, who broke her nose.[19] In reality, the storyline was written so Miceli could take time off to get breast implants and a nose job.[19] She returned to the ring in August 1995, losing the Women's Championship to Faye at SummerSlam on August 27.[18] Two months later, she won the title a third time, defeating Faye on October 23.[20] Later on as part of a short talent exchange with All Japan Women's Pro Wrestling, various Japanese female wrestlers including Aja Kong debuted leading to the second elimination match at the Survivor Series 1995 event.[21] In December, due to financial troubles the WWF was having at the time,[22] Blayze was released from her contract and was stripped of the title following her jump to rival company World Championship Wrestling, and the WWF Women's Championship remained vacant until 1998.[20]

Sunny (Tammy Sytch) debuted in 1995 as the manager of The Bodydonnas. Sunny's character was at first a continuation of the female manager that had been popular throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. Over time, the character was significantly sexualized, whereas prior female managers, such as Miss Elizabeth, were depicted as being involved in either platonic or romantic storylines.

Between 1996 and 1997, Marlena, Sable, and Chyna joined Sunny as prominent female on-air talent in the promotion. Marlena and Sable were just as sexualized as Sunny, with Marlena suggestively smoking cigars at ringside during matches and Sable coming to the ring in form-fitting leather catsuits. Marlena was the manager of Goldust, her then real-life husband,[23] and Sable was manager for her then real-life husband, Marc Mero. Sable, however, quickly eclipsed her husband in popularity[24] Chyna was offered as an antithesis to the rest of the Divas, a masculine bodybuilder whose sexual identity was the subject of early storylines. Sunny, Sable, and Marlena were further marketed as sex symbols through WWF's Raw Magazine, which featured monthly spreads of the women in suggestive poses either semi-nude or wearing provocative clothing. Luna Vachon would return towards the end of 1997 as the manager of Goldust.

Attitude Era (1998–2001)[edit]

Debra as the WWF Women's Champion in May 1999.

In 1998, Debra debuted and shortly thereafter was featured in a Raw Magazine spread. At the beginning of her WWF career, she played the part of a shrewd businesswoman, wearing business suits.[25] and Jeff Jarrett's girlfriend.[26] Debra, however, began utilizing a new strategy during Jarrett's matches, distracting his opponents by unbuttoning her blouse.[25][26] She would willingly take off her blouse to show the crowd her "puppies", a nickname originally bestowed upon her chest by wrestler Road Dogg and later utilized by commentator Jerry Lawler.[27]

Sable's eclipsed popularity and her feud with Marc Mero and his new manager, Jacqueline[24] lead to the reinstatement of the WWF Women's Championship as well as the promotion's hiring of more female wrestlers. Sable's popularity led to a shift in the role of women in the WWF, as the promotion began to rely less on its female performers as simply eye candy and placed a greater emphasis on female athletes who actually competed in matches including re-establishing a women's division. She was one of the first females to compete in such specialty matches as evening gown matches, inter-gender tag team matches, and strap matches, competed in the first-ever WWF bikini contest against Jacqueline, and was also the first female talent to be a Playboy cover girl. Unlike Jacqueline, Ivory, Tori, and Luna Vachon, the more physical and experienced wrestlers at the time, Sable later admitted that it was written in her contract that she was not allowed to take bumps.[28]

Chyna debuted at WWF as a masculine-woman version wrestling male competitors.

Sable became the first WWF female talent to refer to herself as a "Diva" during the April 19 edition of Raw in 1999; the term shortly thereafter became the official title for WWF's female performers. In February 1999, the WWF also debuted another veteran female wrestler, Ivory. In August 1999, Lilian Garcia joined the promotion as the 2nd official female ring announcer. The September 6 edition of Raw saw the first Hardcore match contested for the Women's Championship. The match was between Ivory and Tori. The Fabulous Moolah returned to the WWF along with Mae Young the following week on the September 9, 1999 episode of SmackDown!, Jeff Jarrett invited Moolah, into the ring and smashed a guitar over her head.[29] Moolah and Young then started taking part in various storylines and angles including comedic roles. Moolah returned to the ring teaming with Mae Young on the September 27, 1999 edition of Monday Night Raw, defeating Ivory who was the Women's Champion in a Handicapped Evening Gown match, which led to a title match at No Mercy on October 17, 1999. The match saw 76-year-old Moolah defeat Ivory to win the WWF Women's Championship, thus becoming the oldest WWF Women's Champion ever, though she lost the title to Ivory eight days later.[30][31]

In February 2000, Lita debuted; she performed higher-risk moves than the Divas before her, such as moonsaults and diving hurricanranas.[32] Shortly thereafter, Trish Stratus made her debut. Stratus started off as a valet who brought pure sexuality to the ring. Also, later that year, Molly Holly was added to the roster. She was a contrast to most of the other Divas because she was given a more wholesome gimmick and more modest ring attire.[33]

During 2000, the Women's Championship was defended in the main event on two occasions. On the March 30 edition of SmackDown defending champion Jacqueline wrestled Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. The August 21 edition of Raw defending champion Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley wrestled Lita.

In early 2001, Stratus became involved in a storyline with WWF Chairman Vince McMahon, the premise of the storyline would be when McMahon's wife Linda was kayfabe institutionalized following a demand Vince had made for a divorce during an episode of SmackDown! on December 7, 2000.[34] Vince and Stratus' relationship increasingly angered the boss' daughter, then-heel, Stephanie McMahon.[35][36] At No Way Out on February 25, Stratus and Stephanie squared off, with Stephanie scoring the victory after interference by William Regal.[37] The Kat departed from the company two days later after being in a storyline with the Right to Censor group.[38][39] As part of the continuation of Trish Stratus and the McMahons' storyline, it was revealed that Stratus was the victim of a set-up by Vince, Stephanie and Regal.[40] The angle continued the next week on Raw with Vince forcing Stratus to strip down to her black underwear in the ring and bark like a dog.[41] The storyline came to an end at WrestleMania X-Seven when Stratus slapped Vince during his match against his son Shane McMahon,[35] becoming a fan favorite in the process.[42][43]

Finally in the summer of 2001 saw the WWF's purchase of its chief competitors, World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), and the consequent entry of former WCW and ECW female talent, such as Stacy Keibler, Torrie Wilson, and Jazz, into the WWF. Also later in the year, Tori was released from the WWF while Chyna left the WWF due to real-life issues between herself, Triple H, and Stephanie McMahon.[44] In the autumn of 2001, Stratus was trained by Fit Finlay, who was the road agent responsible for the women's matches, and drastically improved her in-ring ability. She worked her way up to the top of the division and eventually won the Women's Championship at Survivor Series. Stratus would then enter in a prominent feud with Jazz who debuted at Survivor Series[35][45][46][47]

Golden Era (2002–2008)[edit]

Much of entering the year of 2002 saw Trish Stratus continuing her feud with Jazz over the Women's Championship, where she was retained the championship at the Royal Rumble but lost the championship to her two weeks later on the February 4, 2002 episode of Raw.[48][49][50] In April 2002, Lita suffered a neck injury and was the first Diva to have neck fusion surgery.[32] She was out of action for almost a year and a half.[32] As she rehabilitated, she kept herself visible by co-hosting Sunday Night Heat on MTV.[36]

On May 5, 2002, the WWF officially changed its name to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Over the next few years, WWE hired more Divas than ever before, including female winners of the reality television show WWE Tough Enough (Nidia in 2001, Linda Miles and Jackie Gayda in 2002), which featured contestants aspiring to be professional wrestlers. Debra would depart the company in the month of June along with Stone Cold who departed from the company in a controversial manner.[51]

Sable in 2003.

Sable returned to World Wrestling Entertainment on the April 3, 2003 episode of SmackDown! for the first time since controversially departing from the company in late 1999. Sable continued to be a heel (villain) and spent several months in a storyline with new Playboy covergirl Torrie Wilson. Numerous Divas competed in contests ranging from "Pillow Fights" and "Bra and Panties" match-ups to "Bikini Contests", which were based more on the sexual appeal of the women involved. Meanwhile, Trish Stratus, Lita, Jazz, Gail Kim, Molly Holly, Jacqueline, Ivory and Victoria competed for the WWE Women's Title in match-ups previously contested only by men, such as; street fights, hardcore matches, and the first Women's steel cage match.[52] Molly Holly (competing as Mighty Molly), Trish Stratus, and Terri also held the Hardcore Championship briefly.

Christy Hemme inaugural Diva Search winner in 2002.

Beginning in 2002, WWE began hiring new Divas and assigned them to their development territories to train and wait to be called up to the main roster. These new Divas were recruited from the independent circuit and modeling agencies including previously the Diva Search. In 2003, Gail Kim became the first woman with a Korean background to win the Women's Championship. Also, Jacqueline held the WWE Cruiserweight Championship briefly in 2004. WWE then introduced the Diva Search, in which Christy Hemme became the inaugural winner. Within mid-to-late 2004, Terri Runnels, Jacqueline, Sable, Gail Kim, Nidia, Jazz, and Linda Miles all departed from the company mutually or due to budget cuts.[53][54][55][56] leading to Trish Stratus, Lita, Molly Holly, Victoria, Ivory, Dawn Marie, Torrie Wilson, Stacy Keibler, Jackie Gayda, and Lilian Garcia remaining from the original female roster and continuing on with the company. In December 2004, Lita and Trish Stratus main evented Raw for the Women's Championship, making it the 3rd time in history for Divas to main event one of WWE's main shows.

Lita and Trish Stratus would carry on and continue their feud entering the year of 2005 in which both faced each other again at the New Years Revolution 2005 pay-per-view event, that lead to Lita suffering another injury by tearing her ACL, however shortly kept herself visible in Christy Hemme's feud with Trish Stratus before transitioning into Edge's valet. Sensational Sherri made a cameo appearance on the March 25, 2005 episode of SmackDown! in Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle's feud, where Sherri and Angle sang a parody of Michaels' entrance theme.[7] Molly Holly departed mutually from the company in April 2005,[57] and Jackie Gayda and Dawn Marie departed from the company entering July 2005 as part of talent releases.[58] Later on, Ivory also departed mutually from the company towards the end of July.[59] The departures of the four original female talents from the company yet again lead to Trish Stratus, Lita, Victoria, Torrie Wilson, Stacy Keibler, and Lilian Garcia remaining from the original female roster and continuing on with the company also WWE would introduce a new host female talents in what would be a new generation of Divas with the company.

Melina as MNM manager in 2006.

Melina made her debut part of the tag team trio as MNM in WWE on the April 14, 2005, episode of SmackDown!.[60] While managing the Tag Team Champions, Melina's character was developed to be more egotistical as she declared herself "the most-dominant Diva in WWE".[36] She made her official WWE in-ring debut on June 30 against Michelle McCool and had her first pay-per-view match against Torrie Wilson at The Great American Bash, winning both matches.[61][62] Trish Stratus returned from a legitimate injury to help Ashley Massaro against Candice Michelle, Torrie Wilson, and Victoria who Massaro was feuding at that time.[63]

Mickie James debuted in WWE on the October 10, 2005 episode of Raw, under her real name, as an obsessed fan of Trish Stratus.[64][65][66] The storyline had James and Stratus competing together in tag team matches, with James' character becoming increasingly infatuated with Stratus.[67][68][69] This would lead to various angles including a Halloween Costume Contest in which James was dressed like Stratus and helped Stratus retain the Women's Championship in a Fulfill Your Fantasy Battle Royal at Taboo Tuesday by eliminating herself and Victoria at the same time to even utilizing Stratus' signature finishing moves as her own during matches.[64][70][71][72][73] Subsequently, the storyline between Mickie and Trish also developed into a lesbian angle after Mickie had a kiss with Trish under a sprig of mistletoe. In the championship match at the pay-per-view, James lost to Stratus but continued to be enamored of her the next night on Raw, and she confessed her love for Stratus at the Royal Rumble.[72][74] On March 6, 2006, the storyline had Stratus confronting James, telling her that they needed time apart from each other.[64][72][75]

The climax of the storyline lead to James and Stratus wrestling each other at WrestleMania 22 for the Women's Championship, where James won the match, and became the new champion.[76] Her angle with Stratus continued into Backlash during a rematch after Stratus legitimately dislocated her shoulder when James threw her out of the ring.[77][78] Beth Phoenix then debuted on the May 8, 2006 episode of Raw as a fan favorite by attacking Mickie James while James was assaulting Trish Stratus. After this incident, James berated Phoenix for "ruining everything" and questioned why she even showed up in the first place.[79][80] A week later, Phoenix was formally introduced by Stratus and then attacked a distracted James on Stratus's behalf. When James finally escaped, Phoenix claimed that James had ruined her life and would not let her get away with it, before calling her a "psycho".[81]

Stratus celebrating after wrestling her final match

Layla made her first "official" WWE appearance at the 2006 SummerSlam pay-per-view in a backstage segment with several other divas as a form of initiation.[82][83] The week after SummerSlam, she made her debut as a member of the SmackDown! brand in a in-ring segment with Mike "The Miz" Mizanin although he did not allow her the chance to say much, spending most of the time talking about himself.[84] Subsequently, she did not appear on WWE television for almost a month, reappearing on the September 22 episode of SmackDown! and getting into a confrontation with both Kristal and Jillian Hall.[85]

In mid-2006, Stacy Keibler left WWE to pursue an acting career, Trish Stratus retired at Unforgiven, and Lita retired at Survivor Series. Jazz returned to WWE due to the relaunch of the ECW brand, though her second run was short lived as she departed from the company again the following year in mid-January as part of talent releases.[86] Torrie Wilson retired in mid-2008 due to back problems and Victoria left in January 2009 after a nine-year career with WWE; she subsequently signed a contract with rival Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) in April 2009 as a Knockout under the ring name Tara. In November 2008, however, Gail Kim returned to WWE after working for TNA as a Knockout.[87] Lilian Garcia, the promotion's long-time ring announcer, retired in September 2009 when she made her final WWE appearance on the September 21 edition of WWE Raw.

On the March 5, 2007 edition of Raw, Mickie James and Melina competed in the first falls count anywhere match to be contested between Divas. It was also the first time that the Women's Championship was contested in this type of match. At Vengeance: Night of Champions in 2007, Candice Michelle became the first woman from the WWE Diva Search contest to become the WWE Women's Champion.[88] In December 2007, Trish Stratus, Lita, Molly Holly, and Sunny returned to WWE for a one night special appearance on an episode of Raw due to the show's 15-year anniversary.[89] At One Night Stand 2008, Beth Phoenix and Melina competed in the first "I Quit" Match to be contested between Divas.

Divas Championship; unification (2008–2012)[edit]

Michelle McCool became the inaugural Divas Champion at The Great American Bash

The WWE Divas Championship was introduced in middle-2008 on the June 6, 2008 edition of SmackDown, when then SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero announced the creation of the championship, a SmackDown Diva exclusive title. Natalya and Michelle McCool became the first two contenders for the new championship, and, at The Great American Bash, McCool defeated Natalya to become the inaugural champion. At Wrestlemania 25, former WWE Divas Sunny, Victoria, Molly Holly, Torrie Wilson, Miss Jackie, and Joy Giovanni returned to WWE for a one night special appearance in the 25 Divas Battle Royal match to crown Miss Wrestlemania.[90] During the 2009 WWE Draft, then Women's Champion Melina was drafted to the SmackDown brand, making the Women's title exclusive to SmackDown. Later that same night, then Divas Champion Maryse was drafted to the Raw brand, making the championship exclusive to Raw, effectively switching both female champions and championships between brands for the first time in history. At The Bash in 2009, Michelle McCool defeated Melina to capture the Women's Championship and became the first Diva to have ever held both the Women's Championship and the Divas Championship. Mickie James defeated Maryse on July 26, 2009 at Night Of Champions, ending Maryse's reign at 216 days (also longest reign of the title at time) and becoming the second Diva to hold the WWE Divas Championship and WWE Women's Championship.[91] James lost the title 78 days later to Jillian Hall on Raw,[92] where Hall lost the title four minutes later to Melina who became the third woman to hold both titles.[93][94]

Maryse, second champion and first two times Divas Champion.

At the 2010 Royal Rumble event, Mickie James became five-time champion by defeating McCool and Beth Phoenix competed in the Royal Rumble match, making her the second of only three women to have competed in that particular match, the others being Chyna and Kharma. On February 22, 2010 episode of Raw, Maryse won again the Divas Championship after defeated Gail Kim in a tournament, becoming the first Diva to hold the title twice.[95] Michelle McCool regained the title on February 23, 2010 on SmackDown defeating James in a match with Vickie Guerrero as special guest referee (aired on February 26, 2010). On the April 12, episode of Raw, Eve Torres won the WWE Divas Championship by defeating Maryse thus becoming the first WWE Diva Search winner to win the Divas Championship. Mickie James was released from WWE on April 22, causing a lot of controversy. Beth Phoenix became the new WWE Women's Champion for the third time on 25 April 2010 in an Extreme Makeover at Extreme Rules pay-per-view.[96] On the May 14, episode of SmackDown, Layla won the WWE Women's Championship for the first time by defeating Beth Phoenix in a two on one Tornado Handicap match with Michelle McCool thus become the only British Women's Champion (Michelle McCool was unofficially the co-champion During this reign, she defended the championship in Layla's place on some occasions, but was not officially recognized as the title holder). At WWE Fatal 4 Way, Alicia Fox became the first African-American and the youngest Divas Champion.

At Night of Champions 2010, the WWE Divas Championship was unified with the WWE Women's Championship as then-WWE Divas Champion Melina faced then-self professed co-WWE Women's Champion Michelle McCool in a Lumberjill Match. McCool won the match to unify the two titles due to interference from Layla, then McCool locked in her finisher The Faithbreaker, thus creating the WWE Unified Divas Championship following the lineage and history of the Divas Championship. This also made the WWE Women's Championship defunct after 54 years, which made Layla the final title holder. McCool lost the title to Natalya on 21 November 2010 at Survivor Series in a handicap match involving Layla,[97] and then they competed against Natalya and Beth Phoenix in the first tables match of the Divas Division at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs. Trish Stratus returned to WWE as one of the trainers for the newly relaunched Tough Enough season.

Despite not being what WWE typically viewed as a WWE Diva; on August 31, WWE signed 6'9" female wrestler Isis the Amazon who was set to compete under the ring name Aloisia. She appeared on the show vignette for the third season of NXT but was released two weeks later, due to the company allegedly finding adult photos, and was replaced by Kaitlyn on the show. On the November 30 season finale of NXT, Kaitlyn was announced as the winner of season three, defeating Naomi in the final to become WWE's first "breakout Diva".[98]

In late December 2010, WWE signed world-renowned wrestler, Kharma, formerly known as Amazing/Awesome Kong. The company proceeded to air disturbing video packages of her flicking off heads of female dolls and laughing maniacally building towards her tentative arrival. Kharma made her debut at Extreme Rules attacking Michelle McCool and making a huge impact through the course of a couple weeks on Raw and SmackDown. She was later granted a maternity leave due to her real life pregnancy.[99] Michelle McCool retired from WWE on May 1, after losing to Layla in a Loser Leaves WWE match. Melina was also released in early August. Gail Kim resigned from WWE on August 5, 2011, due to frustration with WWE's lack of focus on the women's division. She was officially released, for the second time, on September 30, 2011.

In late Summer 2011, the controversial issue of what makes a "true" WWE Diva was largely disputed, stemming from an article posted on WWE.com and the high-profile feud between Kelly Kelly and Eve against The Divas of Doom; Beth Phoenix and Natalya.[100][101][102] Beth Phoenix defeated Kelly Kelly for the title on 2 October 2011 at Hell in a Cell, becoming the fourth woman to hold the Divas and Women's title. Maryse was released from her WWE contract on October 28. After retiring in September 2009, Lilian Garcia returned to WWE on December 5, making her the last remnant of the previous generation of Divas, alongside the new generation,[103] Lita made a cameo appearance for a second time at the 2011 Slammy Awards show as an award presenter; the first occurred a year earlier in a backstage segment involving Pee Wee Herman.

At the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, Kharma competed in the Royal Rumble match making her the third woman to compete in a royal rumble match. In February, Eve Torres became involved in a storyline with John Cena and Zack Ryder, and turned heel after admitting in a backstage segment to The Bella Twins that she had used Ryder and had planned to use Cena also.[104]

Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres posing before their match against Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos at WrestleMania XXVIII.

On April 1, 2012 at WrestleMania XXVIII Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos defeated WWE Divas Champion Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres in a tag team match. On the April 23 episode of Raw, Nikki Bella defeated Beth Phoenix in a lumberjill match for the WWE Divas Championship, ending Phoenix's reign as champion at 204 days.[105][106] Layla returned from her injury on April 29, 2012 at Extreme Rules and defeated Nikki Bella to become the fifth woman to hold the titles.[107] The Bella Twins' contracts expired the following night, where they were fired by Eve Torres in the storyline.[108][109]

Wendi Richter made a cameo appearance on the June 18, 2012 episode of Raw in a in-ring segment along with Cyndi Lauper, Layla, Roddy Piper, and Heath Slater due to continuation of Slater's storyline of displeasure towards former talent.[110] In July, Kharma was moved to the alumni section on WWE.com, and she later confirmed her release from the company. On July 9, 2012, Eve Torres and AJ Lee became the first Divas to main event Raw since Trish Stratus and Lita in 2004, in a tag team match alongside CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. Two weeks later, on the 1000th episode of Raw, Trish Stratus and Lita made cameo appearances on the show as Stratus appeared in a backstage segment with Triple H while Lita faced Heath Slater in a no-disqualification, no countout match. Lita won the match with help from the APA and a large number of WWE legends. During mid-2012, AJ became involved in various relationship storylines with several male wrestlers such as CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Kane, John Cena and Dolph Ziggler, including a stint as the General Manager of Raw.

On September 16, 2012, at the Night of Champions pay-per-view, Eve Torres defeated Layla to win the Divas Championship, becoming the first Diva in history to hold the title on three occasions.[111] On September 28, Kelly Kelly was released from her WWE contract due to her absence from the company.[112]

On October 29, 2012, Beth Phoenix left WWE after her contract expired. Her final match was on Raw defeating AJ Lee after Vickie Guerrero restarted the match. A month after Phoenix's departure, WWE published an article on their website claiming that there was a new era for the Divas division.[113] At TLC, AJ turned heel by interfering in John Cena's ladder match against Dolph Ziggler, pushing Cena off the ladder.[114]

Total Divas (2013–2015)[edit]

On the 20th anniversary episode of Raw on January 14, 2013, Kaitlyn defeated Eve and thus became the first NXT wrestler to win the WWE Divas Championship. Eve departed the company later that night after her contract expired.[115] The Bella Twins returned to WWE on the March 11, 2013 episode of Raw.[116] Kaitlyn lost her WWE Divas Championship to her former tag team partner AJ Lee on Payback, ending her reign at 153 days. The first in-ring Divas contract signing took place on the July 12, 2013 episode of SmackDown between AJ Lee and Kaitlyn, as part of buildup for a rematch of the Divas Championship at Money In the Bank. AJ defeated Kaitlyn to retain the title at the event.

Record tying three-time Divas Champion AJ Lee — who was also the longest reigning champion in the title's history in her first reign.

In July 2013, the first season of the Total Divas reality television show starring WWE Divas premiered.[117] On August 21, episode of NXT, Bayley challenged AJ Lee for the WWE Divas Championship, where AJ won, making Bayley the first NXT Diva to wrestle for the Divas Championship.[118] On the August 26 episode of Raw, AJ Lee cut a worked shoot promo on the cast of Total Divas, stemming again but partially from the controversial issue of what makes a "true" WWE Diva and the theme of the show leading towards a feud between AJ and the cast. At the 2013 Slammy Awards show, the Diva of the Year award was won by Brie and Nikki Bella. On January 8, 2014, Kaitlyn decided to depart from WWE to pursue other endeavors, losing her last match against her former friend and rival Divas Champion AJ Lee.[119] Later on towards the end of the month, AJ Lee became the longest reigning Divas Champion in history, surpassing Maryse's reign of 216 days.[120] On the March 12 episode of Main Event, AJ Lee successfully defended the Divas Championship against Natalya, in a match that lasted fourteen minutes—the longest women's championship match since 1987.[121] On the March 24 episode of Raw, it was announced by Vickie Guerrero that AJ Lee would defend her Divas Championship against the entire Divas roster at Wrestlemania XXX, making it the first time the title would be defended at WrestleMania.[122] At the event, AJ Lee retained her championship by forcing Naomi to submit.[122]

Paige after winning the WWE Divas Championship on her main roster debut in April 2014.

On the post-WrestleMania episode of Raw on April 7, 2014, Paige made her debut on the main roster and would defeat AJ Lee for the Divas Championship, becoming the first NXT Diva to hold both the NXT Women's and Divas Championships simultaneously as well as becoming the youngest Divas Champion in WWE history at the age of 21.[123]

Stephanie McMahon arrested on the July 21 episode of Raw.

Brie Bella would enter a storyline with Stephanie McMahon after at Payback — as part of her husband Daniel Bryan's storyline with Stephanie McMahon — McMahon threatened to fire Bella if, an injured, Bryan did not relinquish the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, which forced Brie to "quit" before slapping McMahon in the face.[124] In mid-June, Vickie Guerrero would depart mutually from WWE, after losing to Stephanie McMahon in a pudding match.[125] AJ Lee returned after a two-month hiatus, defeating Paige in an impromptu match to regain the Divas Championship as both then traded the championship until at SummerSlam then Night of Champions.[126] At SummerSlam, Stephanie McMahon defeated Brie Bella in her first match from ten years, after Nikki Bella turned heel and attacked her sister, officially dissolving The Bella Twins.[127] This led to a match between the twins at Hell in a Cell, where the loser was forced to become the winner's personal assistant for 30 days, where Nikki defeated Brie.[128] AJ Lee won the Divas Championship for a record-tying third time at Night of Champions against Paige and Nikki Bella.[129]

It was later revealed that Vince McMahon had implemented a rule that prevented any member of the cast of Total Divas to become Divas champion.[130][131] This was the reason why the only two divas to hold the championship since the inception of Total Divas, up until this point, were AJ Lee and Paige. However, Paige and Alicia Fox would soon join the cast of Total Divas while AJ Lee had asked for time off.[132][133] This forced Vince McMahon to nix the rule. Nikki Bella received her title match against AJ Lee on November 23 at Survivor Series, which she won, with Brie's help, to become a two–time WWE Divas Champion.[134] The duo had reconciled at this point, with Brie also turning heel in the process.[135][136][137] Nikki Bella would become the first Total Diva to hold the Divas championship while on the cast.

Divas Revolution (2015–present)[edit]

Longest-Reigning WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella

On the February 23, 2015 episode of Raw, The Bella Twins faced Paige and Emma in a widely criticized match that lasted around 30 seconds. After the match, a hashtag on Twitter trended worldwide for around 1.5 days, called #GiveDivasAChance. This hashtag would bring attention to various multi-media outlets over the long-tenured controversy over the company's treatment of their women's division, including AJ Lee who publicly criticized Stephanie McMahon over the issue.[138][139][140] On April 3, 2015, five days after AJ Lee and Paige defeated the Bella Twins at WrestleMania 31,[141] WWE announced that AJ decided to retire from in-ring competition.[142] In June, Paige started serving as a judge on the sixth season of WWE Tough Enough, while Renee Young appeared as co-host of the show and Lita served as a coach.[143][144]

On the July 13, 2015 episode of Raw, Nikki Bella would claim that there was no challengers for her championship as this would lead to Stephanie McMahon proclaiming that there would be a revolution in the women's division and would then introduce three NXT developmental female prospects; they were Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and then-NXT Women's Champion Sasha Banks. The three talents emerged dominant from the subsequent nine-person brawl.[145][146] In the following weeks, a three-way feud began between the heels of Team B.A.D.(Sasha Banks, Naomi and Tamina), Team Bella (Alicia Fox, Brie Bella and Nikki Bella) - who alternated between babyface and heel weekly, and the babyfaces of Team PCB (Paige, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch), with the latter team being renamed from Submission Sorority due to links to adult content.[147][148] The three teams would ultimately face off at SummerSlam in a three team elimination match. Team Bella would first eliminate Team B.A.D., before Becky Lynch pinned Brie Bella to win the match for PCB.[149]

On July 29, WWE announced that Layla would depart from the company and retire.[150] On the August 31 episode of Raw, Nikki Bella introduced the 'Bellatron' timer which counted down the remaining time until she surpassed the record for the longest–reigning Divas champion of all time. Charlotte won the first Beat the Clock challenge for a title shot.[151][152] Her title match with Nikki Bella was initially advertised for Night of Champions,[153] but instead took place the Monday preceding the pay-per-view on Raw, after Charlotte issued a petition, granted later by The Authority, to face Nikki before she surpassed the record to become the longest–reigning Divas Champion.[154] Charlotte won the match by disqualification when Brie and Nikki switched places and Charlotte pinned Brie. However, since the title could not change hands by disqualification, Nikki retained the championship, and in the process, became the longest reigning Divas Champion in history, surpassing AJ Lee's previous record of 295 days.[155] Several days later, on September 20 at Night of Champions, Nikki lost the championship to Charlotte, ending her reign at 301 days.[156]


(2010 - 2011)[edit]

Main article: WWE NXT (TV series)

WWE NXT was a professional wrestling television program that was produced by WWE and is broadcast on the WWE Network. Since June 2012, it has served as the flagship television show of WWE's developmental system. Prior to this, NXT existed as a seasonal show which was presented as a hybrid between reality television and WWE's scripted live event shows, in which they acquired any select talent contracted from WWE's then-developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) as the Developmental subsidiary of NXT to participated in a competition to become WWE's next "breakout star" with the help of select main roster talents. Five seasons of this version of NXT were broadcast from February 23, 2010[157] to June 13, 2012,[157][158][159]

Winner of NXT Season 3 Kaitlyn

The second season of NXT started on June 8, 2010 and ended on August 31, 2010.[160][161] The season 2 cast was revealed on the first season finale on June 1, 2010.[162] The season was originally planned to last twelve weeks. However, it was later extended to thirteen weeks.[160][161] LayCool (Michelle McCool and Layla) were the first female talents featured on the show as 'mentors' and their male talent was Kaval who won the second season on August 31.[98][163][164] The third season of NXT was exclusive for Divas. The majority of the season three cast was revealed on the second season finale on August 31, 2010. The first four episodes of season three were aired on Syfy. Due to the debut of SmackDown on Syfy in October 2010, NXT left the channel and became a webcast at WWE.com for visitors from the United States from the fifth episode onwards. AJ Lee, Naomi, Aloisia, Maxine, Aksana, and Jamie Keyes were initially announced as part of the show with Primo, Kelly Kelly, Vickie Guerrero, Alicia Fox, Goldust, and The Bella Twins as the select main roster featured on the show as 'mentors'. However, before the season's premiere aired, Aloisia was dropped from the show. On screen, Aloisia's exit stemmed from an argument between Aloisia and her pro, Vickie Guerrero, forcing Guerrero to fire her.[165] In real life, she was released two weeks later, due to the company allegedly finding adult photos, and was replaced by Kaitlyn on the show. The reward to the victor was changed in contrast to the previous seasons. Unlike the first two male victors, the female victor of season 3 would not get a shot at a championship of her choice (the only title being the Divas Championship) but rather, a main roster spot.

The fourth season of NXT started on December 7, 2010 and ended on March 1, 2011. Maryse with Ted Dibiase Jr. and Vickie Guerrero with Dolph Ziggler returned to the show as featured 'mentors'. In the fifth edition of the program on March 8, 2011,[166] Maryse became co-host of the show up until August 24 when taking time off due to personal injury however she would depart from the company on October 28.[167] She would also be involved in storylines and angles with Yoshi Tatsu, Lucky Cannon, and Hornswoggle.[168][169]

(2012 - Present)[edit]

Main article: WWE NXT

In August 2012, WWE ceased operating Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), its developmental promotion in Tampa, Florida, deactivating FCW titles, and began running all of its developmental events and operations at Full Sail University under the "WWE NXT" banner. WWE had been using the NXT name for a television program featuring rookies from FCW competing to become WWE main roster members, though the "reality television" aspects of the show had been dropped earlier in 2012; WWE NXT now serves as the primary television program for the promotion. NXT has received praise for the opportunities they afford female wrestlers as opposed to on the main roster, which has led to a change on how women's wrestling is portrayed on WWE's main roster. On July 9, 2012, it was reported that world-renowned wrestler, Sara Del Rey had signed a contract with WWE who became the first female trainer in WWE's developmental territory NXT, based at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.[170][171]

Paige, the first, longest-reigning and youngest NXT Women's Champion.

The following year in 2013, the NXT Women's Championship was first introduced on April 5, 2013 at WrestleMania Axxess. It was announced at the May 30, 2013 tapings (broadcast in the June 5 episode) of WWE NXT, by Stephanie McMahon that there would be a tournament, featuring four developmental divas and four divas from the main roster competing to be crowned as the inaugural NXT Women's Champion in a knockout system format. Tamina Snuka, Alicia Fox, Aksana, and Summer Rae represented the main roster in the tournament.[172][173][174] The first champion was crowned on June 20, 2013, with Paige defeating Emma in the tournament finals. On August 21, Bayley challenged WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee to a title match and lost, making Bayley the first NXT Diva to wrestle for the Divas title.[118]

Throughout the three years of the developmental territory, Paige, Emma, Summer Rae, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, and Dana Brooke all established themselves in main and supporting prominent roles through their time (including in current) with the developmental territory. Paige made her last defense at NXT Arrival against Emma. Alexa Bliss, Charlotte and Sasha Banks their first televised appearance on the main roster at WrestleMania XXX on April 6, when they played a part in Triple H's entrance. John Layfield stripped Paige of the title on the April 24 edition of NXT in order to give the divas on NXT a chance, as Paige had been brought up to the main roster on April 7, 2014 on Raw upon defeating AJ Lee for WWE's Divas Championship. The following week, a new tournament was started for the NXT Women's Championship. Natalya, Layla, Alicia Fox, and Emma represented the main roster in the second tournament. At NXT TakeOver in the finals, Charlotte defeated Natalya to win the vacant NXT Women's Championship and become the oldest champion in history at age 28. Charlotte made a special appearance on the main roster on the Slammy Awards special episode of Raw on December 8, where she lost to Natalya.

Bayley, the current NXT Women's Champion.

On the 28 January 2015 episode of NXT, Emma announced that she would be returning to NXT, stating that her tenure on the main roster had not worked out "as she planned".,[175] returning as a villainous character when she started a feud with Bayley then later on forming an alliance with Dana Brooke during the feud. On May 19, 2015, Sara Del Rey was promoted to NXT assistant head coach by WWE, following the resignation of Bill DeMott.[176] Eva Marie made an appearance on the June 3, stating that she was looking forward to competing in the NXT women's division. On July 13, Charlotte, Lynch and Banks made their official debut on the main roster. Eva defeated Cassie in a singles match on July 22, proving to William Regal that she was ready to compete in the women's division. On August 22, 2015, Eva Marie defeated Carmella in a singles match at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn as part of her first special event with developmental brand.[177] This match was aired on the August 26th episode of NXT. On August 27, it was revealed that world-renowned wrestler Kana had signed with WWE a few weeks earlier.[178] Four days before at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, Kana made a cameo appearance in which she was shown in the audience and identified as "Kanna".[179] Kana and WWE held a press conference on September 8 in Tokyo, confirming her signing.[180][181] She appeared at the September 10th tapings of NXT, where her new ring name was announced as "Asuka".[182] Her debut appearance, which aired on September 23, ended with her entering a feud with Dana Brooke and Emma,[183] which led to her debut match on October 7 at NXT TakeOver: Respect, where she defeated Brooke.[184]

On the September 16th episode of NXT, William Regal announced that Bayley would defend the NXT Women's Championship against Sasha Banks in the main event of NXT TakeOver: Respect on October 7, in the first 30-minute Iron Woman match in WWE history. Bayley would defeat Banks to retain the title.

Diva Search (2003–2007, 2015)[edit]

Main article: WWE Diva Search

The Diva Search was an annual competition that occurred every summer. The purpose of the Diva Search was to find new women to be wrestlers, interviewers, and/or valets for WWE. The winner of the competition received a one-year contract worth $100,000. Previously the contract was worth $250,000. On March 29, 2015 it was announced by the company that the contest would return in fall of 2015 and would be exclusive on the WWE Network.[185]


The popularity of women in WWE has resulted in various cross-promotions with other brands featuring WWE Divas. Various Divas have posed in Playboy, and others have appeared in commercials for WWE and non-WWE products as well as men's interest magazines.

The WWE Divas normally went on an annual photoshoot every year, usually to a different location each time. The photoshoot was followed by a magazine featuring photos from the shoot as well as a television special or video release of highlights from the shoot.


Chyna autographing her issue of Playboy, on October 8, 2007

Since 1999, seven WWE Divas have appeared on the cover of Playboy:

Actual Playboy playmates, such as Carmella DeCesare and Karen McDougal have also appeared in the 2004 Diva Search. Past female talents such as Trish Stratus, Lita, Debra, Sharmell, Stacy Keibler, Michelle McCool, and Melina had said that posing for Playboy magazine is out of the question for them. Trish Stratus appeared on Canadian sports talk show Off The Record and said that she didn't pose because she wanted to be known as "multiple time Women's Champion Trish Stratus" rather than "the girl who posed in Playboy." Stratus also claims that she refused the shoot because she says she can still be sexy without taking her clothes off.[186] Lita has said that she didn't pose because she felt it was wrong for her (who was known as a role model for young girls at the time) to pose for the magazine.[187] Stacy Keibler refused to pose as she believes it would be better if she "left something for the imagination."

Other media[edit]

In the mid 1980s, an animated version of the Fabulous Moolah and Wendi Richter was included on a CBS Saturday morning cartoon during this lucrative time, titled Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling.[188] In addition, both appeared in two of Cyndi Lauper's music videos, "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" and "She Bop".[189]

From 1999 to 2000, Sable would appear as a guest star on an episode of Pacific Blue in 1999[190] and the following year, Chyna would appear as a guest star on Mad Tv and 3rd Rock from the Sun as Janice, a police officer, as well as several Stacker 2 commercials and was a presenter at the MTV Video Music Awards.[191] In November 2001, Trish Stratus, Lita, and Stephanie McMahon appeared as contestants on The Weakest Link's "WWF Superstars Edition".[192] Lita, Molly Holly, and Jacqueline appeared as contestants on Fear Factor in February 2002.[193] In April 6, 2002 Lita appeared in a small role on Dark Angel.,[194] In March 2004, she appeared on an episode of Headbangers Ball.[195]

In 2007, Ashley, Torrie Wilson, Maryse, Brooke, Layla, and Kelly Kelly shot a video for music producer and rapper Timbaland.[196] In the same year, Torrie Wilson, Candice Michelle, Michelle McCool, Maria, Layla, and Kristal appeared in an episode of the U.S. reality show Project Runway (season 4), in which designers were asked to design in-ring attire for their designated Diva. In 2008, Layla, Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, and Melina appeared in the U.S. reality show Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp to get the celebrities in shape.

Main article: Total Divas

On April 22, 2013, it was announced that the Divas would be getting a show on E! network titled Total Divas. It would follow the lives behind the scenes of select Divas. Natalya, Naomi, Cameron, The Bella Twins, also Eva Marie and JoJo Offerman from developmental territory, WWE NXT were announced as the inaugural cast for the show. The show premiered on July 28. The show was an instant hit, and was renewed for a second season.[197]

On January 27, 2014, it was announced that Summer Rae would join the cast of the show in season two, while JoJo left the cast after the first season.[198] Rosa Mendes was later announced to join the show for season three while Alicia Fox and Paige would go on to join in the second part of the third season. Since season three, JoJo, Summer Rae, Rosa Mendes all made appearances on the show as under guest roles and Cameron would appear under the recurring role. On September 15, 2015 Naomi announced on her twitter social account that she would depart from the show.[199] Season 5 was officially announced on October 6, 2015 by the E! network, which will start airing in early 2016 with majority of last season's cast returning. Naomi was officially removed from the main cast with the runner-up of WWE Tough Enough 2015, Mandy taking her place and Rosa Mendes returning as a series regular.[200][201]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


Championship Current champion Date won Location Previous champion First champion
Divas Championship Charlotte September 20, 2015 Houston, Texas Nikki Bella Michelle McCool
NXT Women's Championship Bayley August 22, 2015 Brooklyn, New York Sasha Banks Paige

Former championships[edit]

Championship Last champion(s) Date won Date retired Location Previous champion(s) First champion(s)
Women's Championship Layla El May 11, 2010 September 19, 2010 Rosemont, Illinois Beth Phoenix The Fabulous Moolah
Women's Tag Team Championship Leilani Kai and Judy Martin June 8, 1988 February 4, 1989 Omiya, Japan Noriyo Tateno and Itsuki Yamazaki Velvet McIntyre and Princess Victoria

Hall of Famers[edit]

Legend Year inducted
The Fabulous Moolah 1995
Sensational Sherri 2006
Mae Young 2008
Sunny 2011
Trish Stratus 2013
Lita 2014
Alundra Blayze 2015

WWE NXT[edit]

Kaitlyn, winner of the third season of NXT
Rookie Season Winner Date won
Kaitlyn Third season November 30, 2010

WWE Tough Enough[edit]

Season Winner Date won
Nidia Guenard September 27, 2001
Linda Miles and Jackie Gayda May 30, 2002
Sara Lee August 25, 2015

Slammy Awards[edit]

Diva of the Year Date won
Miss Elizabeth[a] December 17, 1987
Sable[b] March 21, 1997
Beth Phoenix December 8, 2008
Maria December 14, 2009
Michelle McCool December 13, 2010
Kelly Kelly[c] December 12, 2011
AJ Lee[d] December 17, 2012
The Bella Twins December 9, 2013
AJ Lee December 8, 2014
Other awards Winner Date won
Best Buns Sunny March 30, 1996
Manager of the Year Sunny March 30, 1996
Best Dressed Sable March 21, 1997
Couple of the Year Vickie Guerrero (with Edge) December 8, 2008
Best Use of Exercise Equipment[d] Rosa Mendes December 13, 2010
Knucklehead Moment of the Year LayCool (Layla and Michelle McCool) December 13, 2010
Divalicious Moment of the Year Kelly Kelly December 12, 2011
Kiss of the Year AJ Lee (with John Cena) December 18, 2012
Couple of the Year[d] Brie Bella (with Daniel Bryan) December 9, 2013
Best Dance Moves of the Year[d] The Funkadactyls (Naomi and Cameron) December 9, 2013
Insult of the Year Stephanie McMahon December 9, 2013
Couple of the Year[d] Brie Bella (with Daniel Bryan) December 8, 2014
  • A – Award was then known as "Woman of the Year"
  • B – Award was then known as "Miss Slammy"
  • C - Award was then known as "Divalicious Moment of the Year"
  • D – Awarded through WWE.com

Babe of the Year (2001–2004)[edit]

Babe of the Year contest was a contest where fans voted on who was their favorite Diva for that year. Trish Stratus won the inaugural competition in 2001. Stratus had her own mini-site on WWE.com and her photoshoot of choice was a space-type theme. The corresponding mini-site was fittingly named "The Stratusphere." Stratus retained her title in 2002 and received another mini-site on WWE.com. The 2003 edition was again won by Stratus. Stacy Keibler ended Stratus' reign in 2004 and won the honor, receiving her own mini-site and a photoshoot for every month in the year, sometimes two.

Rookie Diva of the Year (2005)[edit]

The only Rookie Diva Of The Year contest was held at No Way Out in 2005, where Joy Giovanni defeated Michelle McCool, Lauren Jones, and Rochelle Loewen. Giovanni received more than half of the vote, followed by McCool who got just under 20%, Loewen got just over 10% and Jones received just 6%. The competition was hosted by Torrie Wilson and Dawn Marie.

Diva of the Decade[edit]

On January 14, 2003, Trish Stratus was named "Diva of the Decade" on a special 10th anniversary episode of Raw. The other nominees were Sable, Sunny, Lita, and Chyna.[202]

Championships reigns[edit]

This chart lists every Diva who hold more than one title in the company.

The list is in order of who won the record, the first is Leilani Kai who won the WWF Women's Tag Team Championship and the WWF Women's Championship in 1985, the latter is Charlotte, who won the NXT Women's Championship in 2014 and the WWE Divas Championship in 2015.

Diva WWF/WWE Women's Championship WWE Divas Championship WWF Women's Tag Team Championship NXT Women's Championship WWF/WWE Hardcore Championship WWF Intercontinental Championship WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Leilani Kai NoN NoN
Velvet McIntyre NoN NoN
Chyna NoN NoN
Trish Stratus NoN NoN
Molly Holly NoN NoN
Jacqueline NoN NoN
Mickie James NoN NoN
Melina NoN NoN
Michelle McCool NoN NoN
Beth Phoenix NoN NoN
Layla NoN NoN
Paige NoN NoN
Charlotte NoN NoN

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