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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 McCool7/20/2008The Great American Bash
Maryse12/22/2008SmackDown
Mickie James7/26/2009Night of Champions
Jillian Hall10/12/2009Raw
Melina10/12/2009Raw
Vacated1/4/2010Raw
Maryse2/22/2010Raw
Eve Torres4/12/2010Raw
Alicia Fox6/20/2010Fatal 4-Way
Melina8/15/2010SummerSlam
Michelle McCool9/19/2010Night of Champions
Natalya11/21/2010Survivor Series
Eve Torres1/30/2011Royal Rumble
Brie Bella4/11/2011Raw
Kelly Kelly6/20/2011Raw: Power to the People
Beth Phoenix10/2/2011Hell in a Cell
Nikki Bella4/23/2012Raw
Layla4/29/2012Extreme Rules
Eve Torres9/16/2012Night of Champions
Kaitlyn1/14/2013Raw 20th Anniversary Special
AJ Lee6/16/2013Payback
Paige4/7/2014Raw
AJ Lee6/30/2014Raw
Paige8/17/2014SummerSlam
AJ Lee9/21/2014Night of Champions
Nikki Bella11/23/2014Survivor Series
Charlotte9/20/2015Night of Champions


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