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. Here we go, its time for Greatest Female Wrestlers.
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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
One of the most popular and successful female wrestlers of her time, Trish Stratus helped to establish the sexy, powerful and smart diva angle WWE now uses. She started out as a manager but, once put in the ring, she quickly found her footing and proved to be a compelling worker. Stratus quickly became the best Diva, winning the Women’s Championship a record seven times.
Supremely agile, a groundbreaker and a risk-taker, Lita was incredibly talented. She helped prove that the pretty ones can be toughest ones too. She was a trend-setter both inside and outside the ring. Seeing her in action, it’s no surprise how popular she became and still is. Her matches with Trish Stratus are amongst the best women’s matches WWE has ever produced. She is a four-time Women’s Champion and has many other accomplishments to her name.
If one Diva defines WWE’s “Attitude Era”, it is Sable. Starting out as a valet, her popularity quickly outshined the men she managed and sent her to the top of WWE. She was amongst the women responsible for turning female wrestlers into sex symbols. She could mix it up in the ring as well and has won the Women’s Championship on one occasion.
In her short career, Chyna has crossed more boundaries than any wrestler can lay claim to. She was the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble, to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship and to wrestle in the King of Ring tournament. She has also held the WWE Women’s Championship for a while too and left a lasting legacy as the most dominant female wrestler.
The Fabulous Moolah
The Fabulous Moolah set the standard for women wrestling. She was undoubtedly the best female wrestler for several decades and is also the longest reigning champion for any sport, holding the Women’s Championship for nearly 30 years. She was also the first woman to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Mae Young began professional wrestling in 1939 and seventy years later, she was still bumping around with the best of wrestlers. The Hall of Famer’s unbelievable durability can be attributed to her rough upbringing during the Great Depression. With her appearance on RAW in 2010, she achieved another milestone of becoming the first grappler to attend events in nine different decades.
With an impressive combination of athleticism and power, Mickie James has been one of the best women wrestlers wherever she has gone. She has won titles in almost every promotion, from the WWE to the TNA. Fans who remember her from her WWE days will most remember her for her feud with Trish Stratus, who she eventually defeated. She ended up winning the Women’s Championship five times.
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.
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.
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.
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