When Holly Holm shocked the world and defeated Ronda Rousey last month, my immediate thought concerned how long it'd take Ronda to make good on her plans to return to the WWE. She has to bring more of that WrestleMania magic she made earlier this year, right? Not that the WWE necessarily needs Ronda right now, no matter what you think of their #DivasRevolution. Even if gems like Sasha Banks aren't getting the shine they deserve on the main roster (yet), it's been a long, hard road for the "Divas" of the WWE.
While Hulk Hogan gets the praise for helping usher the world of professional wrestling into pop culture with The Brawl to End It All (which took place in July of 1984 at Madison Square Garden), many often forget that it featured a match between Wendi Richter and the Fabulous Moolah for the WWE Women's Championship as the focus of the card. AND it was the only match to air on MTV.
Women have been putting in work in the world of professional wrestling, but on the main stage post-"Brawl," you can only name a handful of women to come out of that era on top (Miss Elizabeth, who was never known as a wrestler, and Sensational Sherri, who was a great wrestler but was more memorable as a heel manager). It wasn't until the mid-1990s that women started to shine on WWE programming, and even longer before they were allowed to have matches where they could run-and-gun just as hard as their male counterparts in the ring.
In the spirit of learning from the past so the WWE doesn't repeat it, let's revisit some of the most memorable women—sorry, Divas—to grace the squared circle for the WWE. Classic WWE Divas: Where Are They Now?