Greatest Female Wrestlers
As with most sports, the world of pro wrestling is mostly dominated by men. However, once in a while, a woman comes along and takes the wrestling world by a storm. I’m talking about women so captivating that they dominate not only other women in the ring, but can also often hold their own against men. It takes a really special kind of woman to make an impact in the wrestling world. Hundreds of female wrestlers, backstage interviewers and valets have tried to make their mark, but only a few have ever succeeded. This list pays tribute to 10 such female wrestlers who have played a crucial role in defining female wrestling, from the lady wrestlers of the past who paved the way to the divas of today who are reshaping the road.
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These 10 women defy all feminine stereotypes that women have to be frail and need to rely on their sex appeal and looks to get by. These are supremely talented, strong and tough female wrestlers. Although we as a society have progressed so far, women of the world still have to fight hard to prove that they belong in the professional wrestling world.
Even after witnessing the greatness of the Fabulous Moolah and June Byers, after seeing Lita and Trish Stratus’s achievements, after women from Mexico and Japan have wowed their fans again and again, women’s wrestling is not celebrated or respected enough.
Taking into consideration their impact on the sport, their success and their in-ring ability, this list looks for the best female wrestlers going as far back as the 30s. This list does not include looks as a factor, even though some are not too bad to look at.
Now, step aside, men. It’s ladies first!
Top 10 Greatest Female Wrestlers of All Time
10. Stacy Keibler
With the most famous legs in wrestling history, Stacy Keibler managed to stand out even amongst extremely beautiful women. She started her wrestling career at the age of 19 as a WCW’s Nitro Girl whilst attending school full-time. She was also a cheerleader for Baltimore Ravens as she continued to be a successful valet in WCW under the name of Miss Hancock. When WCW was sold to WWE, she jumped ship and continued her success as a valet while fighting in the occasional match.
Keibler quickly became one of the top Divas. Both a manager and an in-ring competitor, she wrestled Divas like Jillian Hill and Gail Kim, while she guided the careers of The Hurricane and Scott Steiner amongst others. She eventually left WWE in 2006 to participate in TV’s Dancing with the Stars.
9. Sensational Sherri Martel
Sherri Martel could do it all. She spend most her early career in the AWA, kicking the head and pulling the hair of Candi Devine, Madusa Miceili and whoever else got in her way. She made her WWE debut by defeating her mentor, the Fabulous Moolah, for the Women’s Title in 1987. She was a force in the Women’s Championship regardless of the promotion she was with. Sensational Sherri is a one-time WWE Women’s Champion and a three-time AWA Women’s Champion. She was also inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2006.
8. Torrie Wilson
The classic, all-American blonde bombshell was one of the most desired Divas of her time. A gorgeous female wrestler who has even graced the covers of top selling men’s magazines like Playboy and FHM. When she is not competing, Torrie Wilson can be found in the corners of superstars like Tajiri and Carlito.