Diva Power Ranking: The Top Women in Wrestling

Women’s professional wrestling has been around for much less time than you may think. The sport’s main contemporary professional organization in America, called Women of Wrestling, was only founded in 2000, with several other spinoffs that soon followed. Of all the countries that are known for women’s wrestling, Japan has been the furthest ahead of the curve.

That’s because Japanese pro women’s wrestling has been around since the 1960s, and they were the first to inspire the trend that would sweep the globe. Professional female wrestlers have proven that they’re just as hardcore as the men, and sometimes they bring even more advanced storylines and theatrical antics in the ring


Beth Phoenix

Country of Origin: USA
Years Active: 2001-Present
Net Worth: $2.5 million*

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Beth Phoenix, whose real name is Elizabeth Kocianski, began her amateur wrestling career while she was still in high school. She had her professional debut in May of 2001, where she wrestled for a variety of indie organizations. She worked for Ohio Valley Wrestling before suffering a broken jaw that took her out of commission.

However, she wasn’t down for long. Her condition required several surgeries, but she was back in action and signing a new contract shortly thereafter. Phoenix (who has also gone by the names “Fabulous Firebird” and “Firebird”) has developed a Glamazon personality that lets her dominate other wrestlers.

 

Dark Angel/Sarita

Country of Origin: Canada
Years Active: 2002-Present
Net Worth: $5 million*

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Sarita is the ring name of professional wrestler “Dark Angel,” AKA Sarah Stock. Sarita was born in Canada, and she started her career there, working in various indie promotional organizations and facing both male and female wrestlers. When she moved to Mexico, she fought in la lucha libre, taking on the name Dark Angel.

She took on the name Sarita when she started wrestling in America with TNA. She was a two-time Knockout Tag Team champ, holding that particular title with Rosita and Taylor Wilde. Sarita now is signed to the WWE, and she works primarily as a women’s trainer.

 

Mickie James

Country of Origin: USA
Years Active: 1999-Present
Net Worth: $5 million*

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Wrestler Mickie James was born in Virginia in 1979, and she had her debut in wrestling when she was twenty. James worked as a valet on the indie circuit, working under the name Alexis Lee. While there, she found her skills weren’t quite where she wanted them to be, so she trained in camp after camp until she was unstoppable.

After training, she joined the TNA in 2002, and she gained national fame for her skills. She joined the stable known as The Gathering, and she has won title after title with TNA. She left TNA in 2010 and signed with WWE SmackDown.

Leilani Kai

Country of Origin: USA
Years Active: 1975-1994
Net Worth: $150,000*

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Leilani Kai went right into wrestling after she graduated high school, and she was trained by the notorious Fabulous Moolah before making her 1975 debut. Born Patty Seymour, Kai joined the WWF (now the WWE) and was part of its Rock ‘N Wrestling Connection, which is a fan-favorite storyline combining music and wrestling.

It was there that she defeated Wendi Richter in 2000. She took the Women’s Champion Title, and she held onto it until WrestleMania. She formed the tag team called The Glamour Girls with Judy Martin to retake her title. She has always wrestled for WCW briefly under the name “Stonegrinder.”

 

Sara Del Rey

Country of Origin: USA
Years Active: 2001-2012
Net Worth: $300,000*

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Sara del Rey is a retired professional wrestler who now works as a producer and trainer for the WWE. Del Rey has appeared for various indie promotions as a mainstay for Shimmer and Chikara, but she is best-known for her work with the WWE. She also had a brief cameo appearing in la lucha libre circuit in Mexico.

Del Rey was the first double champion of the Shimmer promotion, and she was the fourth woman to ever make it onto the Pro Wrestling Illustrated list of the world’s top 500 wrestlers. She produces NXT now in her retirement, a new direction for the WWE.