What makes a diva? If you were to ask a musician this, he or she would name off great classical singers like Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle, or Leontyne Price. However, the wrestler diva is a woman who can suplex you while looking sexy in a two piece bikini wrestling suit.
The word diva, in wrestling, was not used til the turn of the century. However, the WWE was home to a few divas before then. Kicking it old school, you cannot mention divas and ignore personalities like The Fabulous Moolah and Mae Young. These two women withstood the hands of time and managed to remain relevant right on into the new millennium.
Mae Young is still active in the WWE. Most recently appearing as a present to The Rock on his birthday. She’s been in numerous story lines over the past 15 years. From giving birth to a hand, to being in an affair with The World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry, and being put through a table by the Dudley Boyz ; Mae Young embodies all the characteristics of a true diva.
You cannot talk about Mae Young without mentioning her partner in crime, The Fabulous Moolah. Billed as holding the Women’s Championship for 28 years, she, unlike Mae, was actually hired by the WWF, now WWE. She wrestled in the 1980s and was quite successful. She died in 2007 and has been since inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, alongside Young.
When you think of current day divas, names like Trish Stratus, Lita, Terri Runnels, and Chyna come to mind. At this point in time, we have more divas on the roster than any other era in professional wrestling history. With all of these divas comes a lot of attitude and "showwomanship".
Making a resounding comeback at the Elimination Chamber pay per view, Trish Stratus has been billed as perhaps the greatest Diva to ever set foot inside a WWE ring. Tough, beautiful and talented, the gorgeous competitor is stunning in front of the camera and dominates in the ring, winning a record seven Women's Championships. This rare mix of good looks and skill is summed up perfectly by one description: Sexy, smart and powerful. Indeed, Trish Stratus is the wrestling diva that sets the standards for all.
With the likes of Beth Phoenix, the Glamazon, and the dynamic duo of the Bella Twins, the wrestler divas division is only going up from this point forward.