During this lockdown, we have all had time for some reflection, be it with ourselves or with topics such as systematic racism and sexism.
In this moment, where in the UK we are reflecting on how to make our amazing females feel safe to walk alone on our streets, it seems quite fitting that WWE have named and ranked their 50 greatest female Superstars of all time.
In a five-part series on the WWE network, Sarah Schreiber took us down memory lane, with some big names.
Here is the list from 50 to six, before we look deeper into the top five.
50. Toni Storm
48. Kay Lee Ray (current NXT UK Women’s Champion)
47. Sonya Deville
46. Shotzi Blackheart (current NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion)
45. Kelly Kelly
44. Candice LeRae
43. Nikki Cross
41. Ember Moon (current NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion)
40. Eve Torres
39. Lacey Evans
36. Nia Jax (current WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion)
35. Bianca Belair
33. Gail Kim
31. Kairi Sane
29. Bull Nakano
26. The Bella Twins
25. Io Shirai (current NXT Women’s Champion)
24. Luna Vachon
23. Stephanie McMahon
22. Michelle McCool
21. Rhea Ripley
19. AJ Lee
18. Shayna Baszler (current WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion)
15. Molly Holly
13. Alexa Bliss
12. Mickie James
11. Beth Phoenix
9. Ronda Rousey
7. Alundra Blayze
6. Sasha Banks (current SmackDown Women’s Champion)
Some big names within the top 20, but none as big as the following five, according to WWE themselves!
5. Asuka (Current RAW Women’s Champion)
The first Japanese fighter to join WWE since 1994, in 2016 Asuka had previous wrestling successes in Japan before getting the recognition she deserves. Since joining WWE, she has won titles such as the NXT Women’s Championship, the RAW Women’s Championship twice and, of course, the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
A wrestler gone too soon; Chyna was the first big women Superstar in WWE. After joining the then named World Wrestling Federation, she won the WWF Intercontinental Championship twice and the WWF Women’s Championship. She was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2019 as a member of D-Generation X.
3. Becky Lynch
Ireland’s wrestling sweetheart. Becky Lynch exploded onto the wrestling stage making her WWE debut in 2015. She has since gone on to win the Women’s SmackDown Championship three times, along with a RAW Women’s Championship as well as many accolades, which includes Sports Illustrated Women’s Wrestler of the Year in 2018 and 2019.
2. Charlotte Flair
One of the most decorated women wrestlers, Charlotte Flair has an incredible four RAW Women’s Championship titles as well as being a five-time SmackDown Women’s Champion. Flair has been part of many a feud, one being with Sasha Banks in 2016, which won her the accolade of Feud of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
The best thing to come out of Canada since Maple Syrup (to wrestling fans), Trish Stratus is not as successful as Charlotte Flair, but perhaps she sits in number one because she was the Queen of the Ring in the mid-naughties. Her influence paved the way for a stronger women representation in the WWE. She also happens to have won the Women’s Championship an incredible seven times!
So there you go, your top 50 women Superstars in WWE!
Let us keep on celebrating women Superstars and support them as much as their male counterparts.