to Lethalwow.com's WWE Divas section.
This section is separated into two categories:
of the WWE and Past
Women of the WWE. In each category
you will find profiles with pictures and biographical
The History of Women in the WWE...
Women have played a huge role in the World Wrestling
Entertainment since its existence. The company started
as Capitol Wrestling Corporation in 1952, and was
part of the National Wrestling Alliance. By 1963,
the company was known as the World Wide Wrestling
Federation (WWWF). In February of 1980, Vincent K.
McMahon purchased Capitol Wrestling Corporation Ltd.,
and the promotion was then known as World Wrestling
Federation (WWF). Before 1980, The Fabulous Moolah
dominated women's wrestling in the United States of
America. In 1955 she began working at the Capitol
Wrestling Corporation under Vince McMahon, Sr. There
she would defeat Judy Grable in a 13-women battle
royal to win the NWA World Women's Championship. In
the years that followed, The Fabulous Moolah battled
the likes of Bette Boucher, Yukiko Tomoe, Sue Green
and more. In 1983, Vince McMahon bought the rights
to the NWA World Women's Championship and NWA Women's
World Tag Team Championship. The Fabulous Moolah was
then acknowledged as the first WWF Women's Champion,
and Velvet McIntyre and Princess Victoria as the first
WWF Women's Tag-Team Champions, with most of the prior
history not acknowledged.
the 1980's during the Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection,
Wendi Richter, who was managed by Cyndi Lauper was at
the forefront of the promotion, where Wendi Richter
would defeat The Fabulous Moolah for the WWF Women's
WWF Women's Matches
). Other women that would have
big roles in the 80's included Sherri Martel, Jumping
Bomb Angels, The Glamour Girls (Judy Martin and Leilani
Kai), Miss Elizabeth, and more. Despite the Women's
title being vacated in 1989, women still continued to
play vital roles in the Word Wrestling Federation, and
we saw a feud with Sherri Martel and Luna Vachon in
). This led into 1994, where Alundra
Blayze became WWF Women's Champion, who was the face
of the Division in the years that followed. Other wrestlers
that held the Championship in this era were Bertha Faye
and Bull Nakano. After Alundra Blayze's departure from
the company, we saw women who were managers surge in
popularity... the likes of Sunny and Sable.
and Sable would be featured heavily for their provocative
outfits during live events and photo shoots. Sable's
move to in-ring action set the standard for the modern
day female wrestler in the WWE, where being marketed
as eye candy moved to the forefront (1998
WWF Women's Matches
). In April of 1999, Sable was
the first woman in WWE history to refer to herself as
a "Diva," and graced the cover of Playboy magazine that
same year. Chyna later became the second female wrestler
to grace the cover of Playboy magazine. In the years
that followed, the ladies would be marketed as "WWF
Divas," and pose in swimwear for yearly DVDs and swimsuit
editions of magazines. In 2002, the WWF was now know
as the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment).
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In the years that followed, Lita and Trish Stratus became two
of the most popular WWE Divas in history. Who also shared
the spotlight with the likes of Torrie Wilson, Stacy
Keibler, and Stephanie McMahon. And while there were
still seasoned female wrestlers around, the likes of
Molly Holly, Jackie Moore, and Jazz, more and more women
without wrestling backgrounds were hired by the WWE.
The model look was the new standard for female wrestlers
in the WWE, and in 2003 the "WWE Diva Search" contest
was launched. The contest saw countless models become
the women we would see in the ring in the years to come.
Wrestlers who came from the WWE Diva search contests
included Christy Hemme, Candice Michelle, Michelle McCool,
Layla El, Ashley Massaro, and many more. Still, ladies
that established themselves as wrestlers before working
for the World Wrestling Entertainment were in the mix.
The likes of Mickie James, Beth Phoenix, Melina Perez
and Nattie Neidhart.
In 2008, a second championship was brought into the
mix for the women of the WWE to compete for. This was
the "WWE Divas Championship" (Title
), where on July 20, 2008 at the The Great
American Bash Pay-Per-View, Michelle McCool defeated
Nattie Neidhart to become the first WWE Divas Champion.
Years later, both the Women's Title and Divas Title
were united, when Michelle McCool defeated Melina Perez
on September 19, 2010 at the Night of Champions Pay-Per-View.