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Top 10 Female Wrestlers

VO: Rebecca Brayton
It ain’t only a man’s world: the WWE and other wrestling federations are full of women who fight dirty, know how to land a hit and work a crowd like no one else. Though they’re often fighting in their underwear, that shouldn't distract from their skills – yeah okay, it’s pretty distracting. In this video, WatchMojo.com counts down our picks for the top 10 female wrestlers of all time. For this list, we’ve focused only on women who’ve made their mark fighting inside the ring – sorry Miss Elizabeth. Special thanks to our users Francis Adam Carreon and Mattyhull1 for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Female Wrestlers


It ain’t only a man’s world. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 female wrestlers.

For this list, we’ve focused only on women who’ve made their mark fighting inside the ring – sorry Miss Elizabeth.

#10 – Stacy Keibler

She’s “The Legs of the WWE.” Famously sporting 42”-long stems, Keibler started her wrestling days as a WCW Nitro Girl. With natural style and easy charm, this good girl was soon managing and eventually fighting herself, sparking feuds with the biggest Divas going. Known more for her looks than her in-ring skills, she retired with no titles. But her post-WWE career already beats what any other Diva has accomplished.

#9 – “Sensational” Sherri Martel

Her voice intro’d Shawn Michaels, she was an accomplished manager; but “Sensational” Sherri was also a force in the ring, whether in the AWA or the WWE. While it can be said that her biggest impact was made while supervising men like “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Ted DiBiase, the Heartbreak Kid and Ric Flair, her intensity and win-at-all costs attitude became an inspiration to all Divas who followed her.

#8 – Torrie Wilson

“Bra and Panties” matches wouldn’t be the same without her all-American looks. This blonde-bombshell debuted with the WCW, and like her friend Stacy Keibler she eventually moved to the WWE, where she made the boys fight over her. That, of course, incited jealousy from the other ladies, so she had her share of in-ring rivalries with Sable, Melina, Keibler and, most notably, Dawn Marie after she married Wilson’s father.

#7 – Mickie James

This Diva brought amateur experience and craziness to the WWE when she joined. Her Trish Stratus-stalker gimmick won over fans, and earned James the first of her five championship titles. And the rivalries continued: James faced almost every woman in the company, including Beth Phoenix, Lita and Gail Kim. Today, she is the only person to hold the WWE Women’s, WWE Divas and TNA Knockout Championships. Crazy pays off.

#6 – Mae Young

This pioneer parlayed her experience on the boys’ high-school wrestling team to become a forerunner for all women’s wrestlers. While the men were fighting WWII, Young trained ladies as her competition and raised their profile in the sport. However, The Queen didn’t see the inside of a WWE ring until her late-70s; but once she did she became a source of history and comedy for the organization.

#5 – The Fabulous Moolah

She’s been called the greatest female wrestler ever, and why not? Since the 1950s, no one could hold a candle to her – in fact, she was billed as having the longest title reign of any professional athlete. She also trained other well-known women, and fought at WrestleMania I at over-60-years-old. Originally a beloved villain, her WWE role eventually became a comedic one – but the respect she garnered never faltered.

#4 – Chyna

Her body-builder physique helped land her the role as an enforcer for Triple H and later Degeneration-X, and soon she broke barriers for women as one of the first ladies to subdue the dudes. Tough, fiery and ready to hit below the belt, Chyna’s looks changed dramatically over her wrestling career – but her in-ring skills overshadowed that and earned her the nickname “The Ninth Wonder of the World.”

#3 – Sable

As one of the first WWE Divas, this seductress paved the way for women in the squared circle. She started as a valet for fighters like her real-life husband Marc Mero, but her popularity soon soared. The perfect mix of talent and beauty, Sable engaged in the obligatory Diva conflicts, and eventually turned heel. While her final WWE days were scandalous, Sable’s contributions can’t be denied.

#2 – Lita

She looked different than her competitors – but fans ate it up. Lita fought with The Hardy Boyz and Team Extreme, and became reviled thanks to her tryst with Edge; but it was her conflict with Trish Stratus that produced her most compelling battles. Proving her skills, her gravity-defying stunts nabbed her four Women’s Championships. And, by coming back from a terrible neck injury, she proved she also had heart.

#1 – Trish Stratus

With seven Women’s Championships and three Babe-of-the-Year titles, Stratus is one of the WWE’s most decorated ladies. However, she was almost tossed aside as another pretty face – but then she stepped into the ring, launching the trend of models-turned-fighters. Stratus also helped kick off many other Divas’ careers – in between mud-wrestling matches, that is. With her looks, talent and genuine personality, Stratus is the most impactful Diva ever.

Do you agree with our list? Who do you think are the top female wrestlers? For more top 10s about your favorite athletes, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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