While women are becoming more and more dominant in the wrestling entertainment industry, we can’t help but look back at the many former Divas who were the originals, and paved the road for the current Superstars. While most of them have since retired and see their wrestling career as a thing of the past, many of them are still remembered and honored as WWE legends.
From the stunning Trish Stratus’ new yoga studio to the muscular Alundra Blayze’s career as a monster truck driver, you will not believe what some of the most groundbreaking women in WWE history are doing today. Continue reading to stroll through WWE memory lane of all your favorite former female wrestlers and performers, you might be shocked to see how some of them look today!
Kaitlyn was most known for her incredible confidence on the ring. She won the third season of WWE NXT and teamed up on SmackDown with her best friend AJ Lee as “The Chickbusters.”
After winning the belt, she eventually was forgotten in the WWE universe and left the company. Since leaving WWE, Kaitlyn went on to create her own clothing line called Celestial Bodiez. She also owns a smoothie shop in the Busy Body Fitness Center in Boca Raton, Florida.
Lita joined WWE in 2000 and was known for her bright red hair and tomboy style. She was one third of the wresting alliance Team Xtreme with her ex boyfriend Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy. She was a tough cookie and won the Women’s Championship a total of four times during her WWE career.
After retiring, Lita released an album with her band called The Lunchagors. Though they once were rivals, Lita formed a friendship with Trish Stratus and the two recently went on tour meeting fans at expos.
Victoria was a body builder before she first appeared on WWE in 2000. It wasn’t until 2002 that she became a full-time wrestler. She often feuded with Trish Stratus. Victoria held the women’s title two times.
Since her 2009 retirement, Victoria now owns two restaurants and even started a car shop in Kentucky. Unfortunately, the car shop caught on fire in 2010.
A former NFL cheerleader, Keibler became one of the most popular WWE female wrestlers of all time. She was known especially for her suggestive entrances to the ring. Keibler went on to appear on the second season of Dancing with the Stars and acted in various sitcoms.
She even dated George Clooney for two years. Keibler is now married to businessman Jared Pobre and in 2015 the couple welcomed their first daughter Ava. She is now promoting healthy living on social media.
Chyna’s muscular build and great athleticism made her one of the first female wrestlers to ever compete against male wrestlers.
She became the only woman to ever win the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Chyna left WWE in 2001 after some relationship problems with her partner on the ring and in real life Triple H. Chyna took some roles in reality shows until she passed away in 2016.
Wilson’s career with WWE started in 2001 after wrestling with rival promotion WCW for two years. Wilson was a symbol of WWE’s regressive attitudes toward the women wrestlers, and competed mostly in matches that resulted in the loser having to remove their clothing.
Wilson left WWE in 2008 and went to appear on the NBC reality show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! From 2011 to 2015 Wilson dated Yankees player Alex Rodriguez. She is now promoting a fitness lifestyle brand on social media.
McMahon, the daughter of WWE CEO Vince McMahon, was often involved in violent storylines in the ring. For example, in one story she had to defend her mother from her cheating father which resulted in her getting choked with a lead pipe by her father.
She is now married to her on-screen partner Triple H. The couple has three children and she is currently serving as the Chief Brand Officer of WWE.
Holly played the role of on-screen cousin of Hardcore and Crash Holly before becoming the sidekick Mighty Molly to wrestler The Hurricane.
She stayed in WWE for five years and won the Women’s Championship twice and the Hardcore Championship, which is usually won by a man, once. Since her 2005 retirement, Holly made a few WWE appearances until 2009. She now works with a variety of charities and rehab programs in Minnesota.
Jazz was one of the first women to wrestle a man on a mainstream wrestling program. Jazz won the Women’s Championship twice but was released from WWE in 2004.
Jazz, or Carlene Moore, is still wrestling in independent circuits. She is now married to former WWE wrestler, Rodney Begnaud. The couple live in Louisiana and have twin daughters. They own a wrestling school called Dogg Pound Wrestling.
Perhaps better known as Shelly Martinez, Ariel was a part of the New Breed segment of the ECW WWE brand. She joined the WWE in 2006, and while the brand may have failed, Ariel certainly did not.
Ariel was a part of the WWE for a year before she went off to TNA Wrestling and then into acting. She has acted in mainly smaller budget films.
The blonde beauty joined WWE in 1996 and was known for her courtship on and off the ring with Marc Mero. In 1999 Sable left WWE and sued them for harassment and poor working conditions.
The case was eventually settled. In 2000 the WWE star returned to the ring but left again in 2004. Sable divorced Mero and married wrestler Brock Lesnar in 2006. The couple now have two children together.
Before joining WWE, Weber acted in a variety of television shows such as CSI: Las Vegas and Andy Richter Controls the Universe. In 2004 Weber joined WWE Diva Search and had a feud with fellow contestant Joy Giovanni.
She said she was unhappy with WWE and retired the following year. Since leaving WWE, Weber has returned to her acting and modeling career. In 2012 she even debuted her dance album. She last appeared in the film Steps of Faith in 2014.
Giovanni was another contestant of the 2004 WWE Diva Search and rival of Amy Weber. She didn’t win but was signed a contract with WWE shortly after her elimination. Giovanni’s career with WWE was not so successful and didn’t last long. By 2006 she quit.
After leaving WWE she decided to take an internship for a California chiropractor. She now has a certificate in massage therapy and is focusing on her new career away from professional wrestling.
This Lithuanian beauty was a fitness model before becoming a professional wrestler for WWE. However, just because she was in good shape didn’t necessarily make her a good wrestler.
Even with help from WWE she was unable to win any championships. She was released by the company in 2014 after five years. She is now focusing on her career as a personal trainer and resides in Tampa, Florida.
Rochelle Loewen was a model before she joined WWE. She is most famous for what happened outside of the ring with wrestler Randy Orton. He apparently was offended because she admitted to not knowing who he was.
She was harshly bullied by Orton’s fans. In 2005 her WWE career came to an end after she got a groin injury. Since her life with WWE, she played four seasons with the LA Lingerie Football League until 2008. Since then she has stayed away from the limelight and is keeping quiet.
Cherry was known best in the WWE world as the valet for the 50s style tag team Deuce and Domino. She was part of the team that beat Brian Kendrick and Paul London in the WWE Tag Team Championship, one of the longest running ever in WWE history.
In 2008, WWE made her leave the team in order to try a solo career. It didn’t work out for Cherry and she was released later that year. Cherry, or Kara Drew, is working for Sea World in Orlando, Florida.
Brie Bella was a really big name in WWE when she left, leaving her other Bella twin Nicole behind. The twins were instrumental in building a female fan base for WWE, especially a younger female fan base.
Brie decided to leave so that she could start a family, and she had her first child with her husband Daniel Bryan. She planned on returning to the ring once she had her child, but she retired in 2019.
Terri Runnels did more than just wrestle on WWE, she was also a manager and backstage interviewer. In 2004, her time with WWE came to an end and she worked in the independent circuit.
Runnels is now a philanthropist and is involved in multiple charitable organizations such as the Children’s Miracle Network. She also created a writing competition called Make the World Write which asks contestants to write about how they want to improve the world.
Although Michelle was not one of the greatest wrestlers, she was definitely known as being a talented sports entertainer in WWE from 2004-2009.
For someone who was never trained before her WWE debut, she did pretty good for herself and was a WWE Women’s Champion and was named Woman of the Year in 2007 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Michelle now focuses more on her family with husband Ken Gee Ehrilch and their three daughters.
Ivory joined WWE during the Attitude Era alongside talented and popular female wrestlers Trish Stratus and Lita. While Ivory was not nearly as successful as the two female stars, she did create some respect when she won the WWE Women’s Championship during her first year in the company.
She won two more championships during her six years with WWE. Ivory now focuses on animal care and even opened her own animal daycare center in Friday Harbor, Washington.
Alundra Blayze is probably known best for being the one who threw her WWE Women’s title in the trash can on live television. After leaving her wrestling career behind, she got a call asking if she was interested in being a monster truck driver.
After some training, Blayze became a full-time driver and won the World Finals in 2004 and 2005. Blayze is now the owner of a grooming and spa center for pets in Florida, where she lives. She has also recently opened a doggy bakery.
A college graduate and former beauty queen, Maria Kanellis made her debut in WWE when she almost won the Diva Search in 2004.
She started as a backstage interviewer and eventually was trained to be in the ring for SmackDown Live. In 2011 she retired from WWE and got married to wrestler Mike Bennett. The pair came back to WWE Money in the Bank in 2017, and shortly after, they announced that they were expecting a baby.
Debra McMichael was the wrestling manager of Jeff Jarrett and Stone Cole Steve Austin until she decided to leave WWE in order to pursue an acting career.
She recently played a role in Legacy of the Tengu and the Sci-Fi film Gathering of Heroes: Legend of the Seven Swords. McMichael also graduated from University of Alabama and is planning on returning to finish a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice.
Sunny was one of the original divas of WWE in the 90s. She left the company in 1998 after having an off the ring feud with Sable. After the altercation, Sunny was let go.
Since leaving the company she worked in sales at a gym and tanning salon. She later went to school and became a certified medical assistant. In 2009, she made a surprise appearance at Wrestlemania, which led to several other appearances in the independent circuit.
Anastacia Rose worked in WWE as a backstage interviewer for SmackDown who made her debut interviewing Rey Mysterio.
Unfortunately she was released from the company in January 2008, less than a year after she debuted. Since her departure from WWE, she was a cast member on the reality show Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll, and released four songs on her Myspace Music page.
Beth Phoenix was known for her combination of natural beauty and incredible talent. Phoenix is a three-time WWE Women’s Champion, and was the youngest person to every be inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame, at the age of 36.
Phoenix now left wrestling behind her for a more calm life, married to former wrestler Edge, and is focusing on being a mom to their daughter Lyric.
Alicia Fox signed a contract with WWE in 2006 and performed under the Raw brand. She made her debut on SmackDown and played the role of a wedding planner in the ring.
Fox won the WWE Divas Championship in 2010 and became the first African American to ever win the title. She was a cast member of the E! reality show called Total Divas. She is still wrestling with WWE and is the longest tenured female wrestler in the history of the company.
AJ Lee was a wrestler for WWE from 2007 until 2015. Lee surprised everyone when she announced her retirement at the young age of 28. When she left, she made a statement about women’s rights and said it wasn’t fair that she was making only a fraction of what the men wrestlers were making.
After she left, Lee started working on writing a memoir called Crazy Is My Superpower, which was released in 2017 and became a New York Times Best Seller. She is also an advocate for various animal welfare organizations such as the ASPCA.
Before going into the WWE as a manager, Melina Perez was actually a beauty pageant contestant. While she was a part of the WWE, she managed to win two Divas Championships as well as three Women’s Championships.
Bret Hart was so impressed with her that he even called her one of the best wrestlers in the world. After she left wrestling, Perez had a blog where she posted pictures of her modeling shoots, and she broke up with her boyfriend former wrestler John Morrison.
Eve Torres was a member of the Los Angeles Clippers dance team when she won a competition called Diva Search in 2007. She went into the WWE and won three Divas Championships.
Her retirement in 2013 was sudden and was a shock to the entire corporation. She now focuses on teaching self defense classes as well as doing some acting, having appeared in the film Matador, amongst others. She is also a mother-of-two!
Before going into professional wrestling, Maryse Ouellet was a model back home in Canada. She then decided to try out to be a WWE Diva in the 2006 Diva Search. She stayed in wrestling for five years, leaving in 2011.
Ouellet has since become a realtor as well as a clothing designer, launching a line called House of Maryse which sells both jewlery as well as clothes. She is currently married to WWE wrestler Mike “The Miz” Mizanin.
During the Ruthless Agression era of the WWE, Cruiserweight Jamie Noble was constantly accompanied by his girlfriend Nidia. Nidia eventually won the first ever season of Tough Enough back in 2001.
However, she decided to leave the WWE three years later in 2004. She has since gotten married and has two kids. She also began learning how to be a chef, having studied at the Culinary Institute Lenotre, in Houston, Texas.
Jackie Gayda was not really considered a top while she was wrestling in the WWE, but she did make her mark by becoming one of the most famous managers in the organization.
In fact, she managed more than her fair share of superstars. Once Gayda left the WWE in 2005, she began wrestling in the independent circuit. She now runs a nutrition store as well as a smoothie store in Frisco, Texas, where she is raising her four children.
Known as the sister of Ken Shamrock, Ryan Shamrock – whose real name is Alicia Webb – wrestled as a diva for a year between 1998 and 1999.
She wrestled for 10 more years down in Mexico, but has since retired from the Mexican ring. She now works as a fitness model, and is a spokesperson for the One Step Closer Foundation, a foundation for people who suffer from cerebral palsy.
Sarah Lee is another winner of the Tough Enough competition, having beaten the rest of the contenders back in 2015. She spent the majority of her time in the performance center training and only barely making it out to be filmed, but she was then cut from the organization in October of 2016.
Because Lee was not progressing as much as the WWE would have hoped, and then because of her pregnancy, the organization just decided to pull the plug on her.
Lilian Garcia is known to most of us as the ring announcer for WWE. However, in 2016, she left the organization because she had some personal issues.
She revealed her father was suffering from two different kinds of cancers, and she therefore decided to quit work in order to be with him during his final days. If anything, that sounds like a perfectly legitimate reason to leave such a lucrative job.
Devin Taylor is pretty well known as a backstage interviewer for NXT. One of the things that was perhaps most beloved by fans was when Dana Brook would pat Taylor’s head at the end of every interview.
Taylor eventually began training at the Performance Center in order to try and become a wrestler, but she was not making enough progress. So, she was dropped. Since then, she has appeared in The Bachelor.
Cameron was a Diva who did in fact make it out of the Performance Center, however, fans were not very pleased with her. In fact, she was ranked as one of the least favorite wrestlers by WWE fans.
Cameron has since been fired from the WWE due to supporting another former wrestler who has been speaking out against the wrestling organization. She is now trying to get into professional acting.
While Layla El’s looks and personality are what made her stand out to WWE recruiters, she was not very well known within the WWE itself. She would wrestle in the women’s division, but typically only as a background performer.
She did manage to stay with the organization for a long time however, being employed by the WWE for a decade. She left the organization in 2015, married wrestler Ricky Ortiz, and seems to enjoy living life. We can’t really tell though since she deleted her social media.
Gabi was on Tough Enough, but she was not the center of attention while she was on the show. According to some critics, Gabi’s issue was that she was not a beautiful pin up girl nor was she an alternative, goth like wrestle girl.
She left the show and realized that she needed to change, so she began posting more revealing pictures of herself on social media.
The stunning blond from Canada started wrestling with WWE in 2000. She was a fierce competitor in the ring, and won the Women’s Championship seven times during her career.
Sratus retired from wrestling in 2006 and in 2013 she was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. The 43-year-old is now a wife and mother. She has made several television appearances since her retirement and was seen most recently in the film Gridlocked. She also has her own yoga studio called Stratusphere in Canada.
Zahra Schreiber was never really a big name in professional wrestling, having only been signed to be at the Performance Center. However, she was involved in a cheating scandal, being the third woman in a love triangle between Seth Rollins and his then fiance.
Schreiber has also courted scandal on her social media, and was even fired over her inappropriate and offensive remarks, but she is still trying to make it in wrestling.
Christy Hemme made her debut on WWE after winning the second season of Diva Search.
Hemme eventually requested to be released from the company shortly after her training and went to TNA wrestling promotion to work as a manager and announcer. She also tried to enter the music industry and recorded a couple of songs entitled Society Box and Where Are You.
Kelly Kelly also decided to leave the wrestling business when she was only 25 years old. During her time at WWE she worked as a ring announcer, referee, and then a wrestler.
She announced that she left the company in order to become a model. For a short time, Kelly was on the reality show WAGS, which follows the lives of wives and girlfriends of famous athletes. The former wrestler was married to former NHL football star Sheldon Souray.