There have been hundreds of women who have starred on WWE programming over the past 30 years. We've seen evil managers, sexy valets, brave backstage interviewers and amazing wrestlers. In the late '90s, they were no longer known simply as women, they became "divas. Every fan seemed to have their favorite. Even though the term "diva" is fairly new for WWE, the contribution of women to the company goes back much further. This list takes a look at the greatest women wrestlers and personalities in WWE since the beginning of the WrestleMania era. So keep in mind, some women featured here may not be ranked as high as they would be on an all-time greatest list.
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The WWE Divas are some of the most beautiful women on television. They are athletic, talented, beautiful and marketable. They are also underused by the creative team and overshadowed by other events on Raw and Smackdown. This is a look at the 17 Divas currently under contract and where they rank amongst each other. Some of the Divas' placements in these rankings may surprise.
Throughout its history, women have served in various onscreen roles in the American professional wrestling promotion WWE. The term was discontinued at WrestleMania 32 on April 3, when the new Women's Championship was introduced. Thus, The Fabulous Moolah's reign was considered to have lasted 27 years by the promotion. The following year, music artist Cyndi Lauper began a verbal feud with her manager "Captain" Lou Albano ; this brought professional wrestling into mainstream culture in a storyline that became known as the " Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection ". In the summer of , the WWF did a storyline where all established managers in the promotion competed to offer their services to Randy Savage. In real life, Savage and Miss Elizabeth were married, but this was not mentioned on television. In the angle, Steele fell in love with Miss Elizabeth , angering Savage and leading to a series of grudge matches between him and Steele. When Savage—who had formed an alliance with Hogan—turned on Hogan in early , Miss Elizabeth was a major factor, and she eventually sided with Hogan. Meanwhile, Savage became allied with "Sensational" Sherri , who had success as a wrestler from — and was phased into a role as an ill-tempered, venomous manager. The first Survivor Series pay-per-view saw the first female elimination match.