WWE has been around for nearly 40 years now as it remains one of the most popular sporting events on TV. Throughout history, both male and females have wrestled for the WWE. There have been many WWE Divas that have come through the ranks over the years, but Stacy Keibler and Trish Stratus have certainly been the cover girls of the term for the last few decades. See who else checks in on the top ten.
1. Stacy Kiebler
Stacy Keibler is the reigning champ of these rankings every time they go out. You can span across the last two decades, and Keibler has not fallen off one bit. She was born in Maryland, where she went to Towson University and was a dancer growing up, focusing on jazz and tap dancing. At the age of 18, Keibler was a cheerleader for the Baltimore Ravens. She began doing modeling and wrote for fitness magazines before getting small roles in TV and movies. Keibler would make her debut in wrestling back in 199, and she retired in 2006. She was, of course, added into the WWE Hall of Fame after numerous appearances and storylines over the last 20 years.
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Catherine Perry goes by the name Lana in the ring, and she has had quite the journey to her WWE career. She was born in Gainesville, Florida, and is mostly Portuguese and Venezuelan. Lana spent most of her childhood in Latvia, where she practiced ballet and went to Riga Choreography school. She eventually moved to the US, where she danced in New York before going to Florida State University. After graduating, she went to Los Angeles, where she began acting and making music. She has appeared in various films and TV roles over the years. Lana would end up signing to WWE, where she developed a character with a Russian accent and debuted with Rusev, who she is now married to.
3. Alexa Bliss
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Alexa Bliss is an incredible athlete as she competed in track, kickboxing, gymnastics, and softball growing up. She was also a cheerleader in college. Bliss has always had a knack for fitness as she was in various competitions growing up. She was signed to the WWE in 2013 in a developmental program and went onto win the Raw Women’s Championship in 2017. She was a three-time champion and also won the Tag Team Championship twice. Outside of wrestling, she enjoys cosplaying and is a fan of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
4. The Bella Twins
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We get a two-for-one special here with the Bella Twins, as they are one of the most popular tag-team duos in WWE. Brie and Nikki Bella were born in California but spent their life in Scottsdale, Arizona. Both would bounce around the southwest and end up in San Diego, where they pursued modeling and acting jobs. They were signed to developmental contracts with WWE before debuting in a few matches. Both would go onto be Diva Champions and have successful careers. They will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020.
Yet another stunning WWE girl from the north of the border is Maryse Ouellet. She was born in Montreal but now resides in California. Maryse began her modeling career early and also won various contestants like Miss Hawaiian Tropic and graced the cover of Playboy’s magazine in 2007. She had tried out for the Diva Search, where she made the final eight but was cut after the final rounds. She eventually worked her way up and would go onto becoming a WWE Divas Champion. In her personal life has a degree in business administration and is also a black belt in martial arts.
6. Torrie Wilson
Torrie Wilson is another WWE icon who was in the prime of the organization. She was born in Boise, Idaho, where she grew up cheerleading and developed an interest in modeling. This turned into a full-on pursuit as she moved to Los Angeles, to begin with, acting classes. Wilson’s career in wrestling had a very odd start as she attended a WCW show in 1999 and walked out to the ring with Scott Steiner. They had heavy interest after that as she continued in various storylines for the sport. Wilson’s career took off as she made multiple appearances and also was on the cover of Playboy magazine. Wilson was inducted to the Hall of Fame class in 2019.
7. Trish Stratus
Trish Stratus is one of the most notable WWE Divas ever and has been credited as an inspiration to the newer generation. She was born in Toronto, Canada, and started her career by playing soccer and field hockey as she studied at York University. Due to a strike, she began shooting for a muscle magazine where she caught the eye of the WWF. Stratus began in 2000 as she was a hit right off the bat as she was alongside some of the bigger names in WWF history. Stratus became a part of the big three with Stacy Keibler and Torrie Wilson, also wrestling at the time. She was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013.
8. Peyton Royce
Cassandra McIntosh goes by Peyton Royce in the ring and is an Australian wrestler and model. She works with Billie Kay as a tag-team duo. Growing up, Royce lived in Melbourne and then Calgary to begin training. She made her rounds on the independent circuit before signing with WWE in 2015. She currently still wrestles and is also a main video game character on WWE 2K19 and 2K20. The highlight of her career is taking down the Women’s Tag Team Championship.
9. AJ Lee
AJ Lee was born in New Jersey, where she escaped a rough childhood and found herself heavily influenced by her brother’s interest in the WWE. She went onto graduate from high school and attended the New York Tisch School of Arts. After dropping out, she began to train full-time as a wrestler. Early in her career, she attended a tryout camp where she ended up moving onto an independent circuit. She began to fill in, worked her way up, and began making appearances on Raw and Smackdown. Lee is married to CM Punk and has worked in writing and film since her retirement.
10. Rosa Mendes
Rosa Mendes debuted in the WWE back in 2006, and she just recently retired this year. Mendes is a mix of Costa Rican and Czech but was born and raised in Vancouver. She studied business at the University of British Columbia before pursuing a career in modeling. She found her way into the WWE through the Diva Search, where she didn’t make it but was signed to an internship deal. Mendes would begin to move her way up through the ranks as a tag team duo with Santino Marella. She would move onto the ECW brand before moving to Raw. Mendes was the main feature in various Main Events and Women’s Championships.
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