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WWE Divas

Where did the term WWE Divas Come from?

The term Diva was coined in the late 1990s. In the height of the WWE transition into the attitude era, 'Diva' referred to women wrestlers, managers, valets or backstage interviewers. While the term is up for the debate, it was what most WWE Women wrestlers were referred to at the time. This carried much into the 21st century as recently as 2016.


  1. List of WWE Divas Champions



WWE Divas



Who was the first WWE Diva?

The first WWE Diva was considered to be Sunny. She debuted in the company in 1995 accompanying her then-husband as Chris Candido in 1995 as part of the Bodydonnas. Sunny would manage other teams in the promotion including Legion of Doom and The Smoking Gunns. It also marked the transition of WWE female talent to be more sexualized as part of the transition to edgier content that WWE was offering at the time. Following the arrival of Sunny, other prominent female 'wrestlers' followed which include Marlene, Sable and Chyna. Of all the WWE Divas that was in the company at the time, Chyna was the most prominent. Thanks to her being a bodybuilder prior to entering the WWE, she could compete in the ring with both women and men.


Evolution of WWE Divas

While WWE Divas was mostly associated with oversexualised female characters, the 2000s brought about a change on how WWE treated their female performers. With the arrival of prominent athletic WWE women wrestlers that included Trish Stratus, Lita, Mickie James. Others followed suit and eventually, the WWE women's championship which was the only one at the time was not enough. This led to the creation of the WWE Divas Championship in 2010. While the championship was retired in 2016, in favor of the WWE Raw Women's Championship and WWE SmackDown Women's championship respectively, none can deny the impact WWE Divas had on the industry and more.


WWE Total Divas

Thanks to the WWE Divas name, a reality show called Total Divas premiered on July 28, 2013. This was a behind-the-scenes look at the personal lives of WWE's female superstars going their daily trials and tribulations. The show continues to this day and has even inspired a spin-off called Total Bellas and Miz & Mrs.


List of WWE Divas Champions


ChampionDateEvent
Michelle McCoolJuly 20, 2008The Great American Bash
MaryseDecember 22, 2008SmackDown
Mickie JamesJuly 26, 2009Night of Champions
Jillian HallOctober 12, 2009Raw
MelinaOctober 12, 2009Raw
VacatedJanuary 4, 2010Raw
MaryseFebruary 22, 2010Raw
Eve TorresApril 12, 2010Raw
Alicia FoxJune 20, 2010Fatal 4-Way
MelinaAugust 15, 2010SummerSlam
Michelle McCoolSeptember 19, 2010Night of Champions
NatalyaNovember 21, 2010Survivor Series
Eve TorresJanuary 30, 2011Royal Rumble
Brie BellaApril 11, 2011Raw
Kelly KellyJune 20, 2011Raw: Power to the People
Beth PhoenixOctober 2, 2011Hell in a Cell
Nikki BellaApril 23, 2012Raw
LaylaApril 29, 2012Extreme Rules
Eve TorresSeptember 16, 2012Night of Champions
KaitlynJanuary 14, 2013Raw 20th Anniversary Special
AJ LeeJune 16, 2013Payback
PaigeApril 7, 2014Raw
AJ LeeJune 30, 2014Raw
PaigeAugust 17, 2014SummerSlam
AJ LeeSeptember 21, 2014Night of Champions
Nikki BellaNovember 23, 2014Survivor Series
CharlotteSeptember 20, 2015Night of Champions
DeactivatedApril 3, 2016WrestleMania 32


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