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WWE Divas: Layla, Kelly Kelly and the 25 Hottest Divas of All Time

TC VreelandCorrespondent IIIMay 4, 2011

WWE Divas: Layla, Kelly Kelly and the 25 Hottest Divas of All Time

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    We've all seen these before, but we can't get enough of them.  So I'm here with a list of the 25 Hottest Diva's of all time (well, 27 counting the two in the title).

    What exactly goes into a slideshow like this?  Well, remember that each list is completely subjective, as nobody will have the same thoughts on who is the hottest diva, so these are basically my choices.

    Also, since the title of this article is "the 25 Hottest Divas," I stuck to the women who performed in WWE as a Diva at least for some part of their career.  Trust me, if this included TNA Knockouts and indy wrestlers, the list would be much, much different.

    So sit back and enjoy, and as always, feel free to voice your opinion and let me know what you think.

25. Christy Hemme

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    Christy Hemme was the winner of the first ever Diva Search.  She joined the Raw roster and instantly began a feud with Trish Stratus.  By April 2005, Hemme was chosen to be the WWE’s representative on the cover of Playboy.

    Shortly thereafter, Hemme was released from her WWE contract.  WWE cited budget cuts and having no storyline plans as the reason for her release.

    Hemme has since found a home in TNA where she spent time as an in-ring manager and wrestler.  She is currently the backstage interviewer.

24. Dawn Marie

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    Dawn Marie spent several years in ECW before joining WWE after its bankruptcy.  Her most notable storyline was a feud with Torrie Wilson in which she tried to marry Torrie’s father.  The feud lasted for approximately nine months, culminating in a Stepmother vs. Stepdaughter match.

    She last appeared for WWE during ECW One Night Stand in 2005.  She was released from her contract on maternity leave after becoming pregnant.

23. Jackie Gayda

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    Jackie Gayda was the co-winner of the second season of Tough Enough.  After winning a contract, Gayda immediately appeared on Raw and SmackDown.

    Gayda teamed with Stacy Keibler to face Sable and Torrie Willson at WrestleMania XX in a Playboy evening gown match.  Gayda later feuded with Dawn Marie for several months over Charlie Haas, who is her real-life husband.

    In 2005 Gayda and Haas were released from WWE.  She has since appeared in TNA as well as numerous independent promotions.  Gayda will also be appearing on the VH1 television program “Wrestling Wives.”

22. Michelle McCool

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    Recently retired diva Michelle McCool was a former middle school teacher who broke into WWE after appearing in the 2004 Diva Search.

    After several years of going slightly unnoticed while working as a manager for K.C. James and Idol Stevens as well as time spent recovering from injuries and sickness, McCool finally made it to the top when she won the Women’s Championship and became the first ever Diva’s Champion in 2008.

    McCool is a four-time champion, winning the Women’s and Diva’s Championships twice each.  She was a member of Team LayCool from 2009 through her retirement in 2011.

21. Kristal Marshall

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    Before joining WWE, Kristal Marshall worked as a model for Deal or No Deal and was one of Barker’s Beauties on The Price is Right.

    Marshall was a member of the 2005 Diva Search and was signed to a developmental contract shortly afterward.  Her first feud on television was against Jillian Hall.  She also feuded with Ashley Massaro after Massaro joined the Raw roster.

    After a brief storyline in which she and SmackDown General Manager Teddy Long were going to get married, Marshall was released from her WWE contract.

    Marshall and real-life boyfriend Bobby Lashley spent a few months in TNA, but left so Lashley could pursue his MMA career.

20. Shelly Martinez

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    Vampires can be sexy.

    Shelly Martinez, who performed in WWE as Ariel, spent a brief time on the ECW brand of WWE.  She was the manager for WWE superstar, Kevin Thorne as well as on occasional wrestler.

    After she was released from her WWE contract in 2007, Martinez made her way to TNA where she became the valet for the Latin American Xchange, feuding with Christy Hemme and her team, The Rock ‘n Rave Infection.

    Since leaving professional wrestling,  Martinez has kept up with her acting and modeling career.  She is an activist for animal rights and medicinal marijuana.

19. Gail Kim

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    Gail Kim originally broke into WWE in 2002 where she became the Women’s Champion in her first televised match.  She held the title for four weeks.  She broke her collarbone and was released abruptly after WWE claimed t o be taking the Diva’s Division in a new direction.

    Gail Kim spent several years in TNA where she was a Knockout’s Champion and Knockout of the Year.  She worked as both a manager as well as a singles competitor.

    Gail Kim has since made her way back to WWE where she most recently had an on-screen relationship with Daniel Bryan.

18. Mickie James

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    Mickie James broke into WWE as an fan who was obsessed with Trish Stratus.  Although the storyline was a bit crazy, it helped push Mickie into the mainstream audience.

    After trying to befriend and then eventually feuding with Trish Stratus, Mickie James went on to win the WWE Women’s Championship.  She held the title five times and the WWE Diva’s Championship once.

    Mickie feuded with many Divas throughout her tenure in WWE including Trish Stratus, Lita, Melina, Maryse and Beth Phoenix.  She was released from WWE in 2010, eventually making her way to TNA where she is the current Knockout’s Champion.

17. Sunny

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    Sunny could easily be credited with being the first WWE Diva.

    Sunny’s professional wrestling career began in 1992 and continues today.  She has spent time with Smoky Mountain Wrestling, WWE, ECW, WCW, Ring of Honor and various other independent promotions.

    She was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011.

16. Beth Phoenix

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    Beth Phoenix is the ultimate combination of sexy and powerful.

    The Glamazon spent many years in the independent circuit including various promotions in the northeast as well as Shimmer.  Phoenix was signed to a WWE developmental contract in 2004 and spent several years in OVW.

    Beth Phoenix made her Raw debut on May 8, 2006, coming to the aide of Trish Stratus after an attack by Mickie James.  She started a feud but suffered a broken jaw, sidelining her from the WWE roster for over a year.

    Since then, Beth Phoenix has feuded with many Divas, both as a heel and a face.  She is a three-time WWE Women’s Champion and was recently drafted to Raw where she will likely end up facing newcomer, Kharma.

15. Tiffany

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    Tiffany was a contestant in the 2007 Diva Search.  She placed fifth but was eventually signed to a contract.

    Tiffany spent time as an active wrestler as well as the General Manager of ECW.  However, due to injuries she was never able to secure a safe spot in the diva’s division.  She received one match for the Women’s Championship, which she lost.

    In 2010 it was reported that WWE had suspended Tiffany due to an incident involving her real-life husband, Drew McIntrye.  She was released before she could return to television.  Since leaving WWE Tiffany has been making rounds on the independent circuit.

14. Natalya

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    Daughter of Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, Natalya has the wrestling background as well as the looks.

    She made her WWE debut on SmackDown as a heel who helped Victoria attack Michelle McCool and Cherry.  Natalya was instantly thrust into the main event when she was the first to qualify for the WWE Diva’s Championship match to crown the first ever champion.

    Natalya has also spent time managing Tyson Kidd and DH Smith, collectively known as The Hart Dynasty.  However, Kidd and Smith split leaving Natalya to fend for her own in the Diva’s Division.

    Natalya is a one-time Diva’s Champion, having defeated LayCool for the belt.  She held the title for two months.

13. Candice Michelle

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    Go Daddy girl, Candice Michelle was a member of the 2004 Diva Search and was hired shortly after by WWE.

    During her time with WWE, Candice Michelle won the Women’s Championship on one occasion and was featured as the cover girl for the April 2006 issue of Playboy.

    Since her release from WWE in 2009, Candice Michelle has settled down. She gave birth to a daughter named AkiAnne Rose on May 23, 2010

12. Melina

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    Melina joined WWE in 2004 as the manager for MNM through three WWE Tag Team Championship reigns and managed Johnny Nitro to two Intercontinental Championships.

    Melina is also a three-time Women’s Champion and a two-time Diva’s Champion.  She has feuded with many diva’s including Michelle McCool, Beth Phoenix and Alicia Fox.

    Prior to wrestling, Melina worked as a model.  She won a Miss California beauty contest and also modeled for Nike.

11. Joy Giovanni

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    Joy Giovanni was a member of the SmackDown roster from 2004 to 2005.  She placed third in the 2004 Diva Search and was hired shortly afterward.

    Joy is the only Diva to win the WWE Rookie Diva of the Year award, beating out three others including Michelle McCool.

    After several small feuds, Joy was released from her contract in the summer of 2005.

10. Rosa Mendes

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    Rosa Mendes is a former model who has won some of the biggest Latin American modeling contests in the world.  She came to WWE during the 2006 Diva Search and signed a developmental contract after being eliminated. 

    In late 2008, she began appearing on Raw as a fan who was holding up signs claiming that she was Beth Phoenix’s biggest fan.  She slowly worked her way onto the roster, attacking Melina, who had been feuding with Beth Phoenix, several times.

    She has been used sparingly since joining the main roster and currently resides on SmackDown.

9. Trish Stratus

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    Trish Stratus defined women’s wrestling in the last decade.

    Trish was declared “Diva of the Decade,“ was a seven-time WWE Women’s Championship and even held the WWE Hardcore Title on one occasion.  Her career stretched from the Attitude era, where she managed the team of T&A (Test and Albert), to her last feuds with Mickie James and Lita.

    Trish recently returned to the ring at WrestleMania 27 and is currently a trainer for the WWE reality show, Tough Enough.

8. Torrie Wilson

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    Torrie Wilson worked for both WCW and WWE during a 10 year career.  She came to WWE as part of the invasion storyline.

    Her most high profile storylines were a feud with Dawn Marie and as a member of Vince’s Devils, an all diva stable.  Though she was one of the most popular divas during the mid 2000s, she never won the WWE Women’s Championship.

    Torrie has appeared on the cover of  FHM and Playboy twice.  Since leaving WWE, Torrie has launched her own clothing line with husband and former WWE superstar, Nick Mitchell.

7. Ashley Massaro

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    Ashley broke into WWE after winning the 2005 Diva Search.  In her short career she fought for the WWE Women’s Championship and had two WrestleMania matches.

    Ashley spent her time in WWE feuding with Melina and the team of Candice Michelle, Torrie Wilson and Victoria.  She also managed the team of Brian Kendrick and Paul London.  Ashley was also the Playboy cover girl for the April 2007 issue.

    After leaving WWE, Ashley appeared on Survivor: China.

6. Rebecca DiPietro

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    Rebecca DiPietro was a contestant in the 2006 Diva Search.  The former Playboy model spent a brief time on ECW on SciFi.

    After working as a backstage interviewer for several months, DiPietro requested her release from WWE.  DiPietro has since gone back to modeling.

5. Maria Kanellis

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    Maria broke into WWE during the 2004 Diva Search.  Though she only placed fifth, WWE hired her and she became a regular on Raw and SmackDown for five years.

    Her first match was a lingerie pillow fight against Christy Hemme, and she stood out as a sexy Diva throughout her tenure in WWE.  She was on the cover of the April 2008 Playboy and fought in a Playboy BunnyMania lumberjack match at Wrestlemania.

    Maria was released from her contract in 2010.  She has since appeared on Celebrity Apprentice and has released a CD as well as her own perfume line.

4. Lita

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    Lita proved that you don’t have to look like the stereotypical diva in order to succeed.

    Lita worked in WWE from 1999 to 2006.  She received her biggest push during her time as the manager for the team of Matt and Jeff Hardy.  She had off-screen relationships with both Matt Hardy and Edge, both of which were used as storylines for WWE programs.

    During her singles career Lita won the Women’s Championship four times and became one of the most popular Divas in WWE history.

    Since leaving WWE, Lita has worked as a radio DJ and lead singer for her band The Luchagors.

3. Eve Torres

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    Eve is a former member of the L.A. Clippers Dance Team as well as a former model.

    Eve won the 2007 Diva Search and joined WWE as a backstage interviewer.  She began wrestling in 2009 and won her first title in 2010.

    She has held the Diva’s Championship on two occasions and still continues to be a contender for the title.

2. Maryse

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    Maryse is a former beauty pageant contestant and playboy model.  She broke into WWE in 2006 and has been a force to reckon with ever since.

    Maryse is the first two-time Diva’s Champion and had a seven month title reign.  She has since become the host of WWE NXT. 

    Maryse has portrayed a heel for almost her entire time in WWE.

1. Stacy Keibler

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    Legs!

    Keibler broke into professional wrestling by winning a spot on the Nitro Girls dance group.  After WWE bought WCW, Keibler came over to the WWE roster.

    While a member of WWE, Keibler feuded with other divas including Torrie Wilson, Trish Stratus and Sable.  She also worked as the valet for the Dudley Boyz and Randy Orton.

    Keibler left WWE in 2006.  She has since appeared on Dancing with the Stars and many television sitcoms and movies.

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