Mon. Sep 26th, 2022
WITH mean moves, scandalous storylines and eye-popping physiques, these no-nonsense women pulled no punches in the wrestling ring.

And away from the cameras, the stars, who were known as the WWE Divas, have led equally surprising and scandalous lives.

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Former WWE Diva champion Kelly Kelly stunned fans with saucy shots[/caption]

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The ex-wrestler described the snaps as part of her ‘bombshell era’[/caption]

Recently, two-time champion Kelly Kelly was branded unrecognisable by fans after sharing sexy bikini shots to her 1.3million Instagram followers.

The wrestling favourite, 35, declared she was in her “bombshell era” in one post while teasing one final fight against Sasha Banks or Charlotte Flair before retiring.

Here, we look back at the biggest Divas of yesteryear to find out what they are doing now

Sex tape shock, addiction & premature death

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Chyna tragically died after an accidental drugs overdose in 2016[/caption]

With bulging biceps, strong thighs and a look reminiscent of Xena: Warrior Princess, Chyna certainly wasn’t a star anyone wanted to mess with. 

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The wrestler, real name Joan Marie Laurer, was branded ‘The Ninth Wonder Of The World’ by the WWE, held multiple belts and beat her male co-stars.

Away from the ring, the star appeared in Playboy magazine twice and the scandalous release of a sex tape called 1 Night In Chyna featuring her and ex-fiance Sean ‘X Pac’ Waltman in 2004.

She released a total of six X-rated videos, two of which earned her Adult Video News (AVN) awards for Best Selling Title Of The Year and Best Celebrity Sex Tape.

Later, Chyna revealed she filmed her first sex tape while battling an addiction to cocaine, alcohol and other drugs – and in 2005 was arrested after allegedly beating up Waltman.


In 2016, the 46-year-old died from an accidental drug overdose and in her honour, was posthumously entered in the WWE Hall Of Fame three years later.

Chyna, who retired from wrestling in 2011 after 16 years, was listed as a member of D-Generation X, making her the first woman to be inducted as part of a group or team.

Husband abuse before flogging ring on eBay

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Debra Marshall was married to fellow wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin[/caption]

During a seven-year career, Debra Gale Marshall – who fought under her first name – won the WWF Women’s Championship

She had two husband co-stars – Steve ‘Ming’ McMichael and Steven Williams, better known as Stone Cold Steve Austin, who she was married to for three years until 2003.

Shortly before Debra filed for her second divorce in 2002, police responded to a disturbance at the couple’s home and she was found with bruises and a bloodied nose.

Williams pleaded no contest to misdemeanour assault. He received a year’s probation and a $1,000 fine, and was ordered to carry out 80 hours of community service.

Later Debra alleged steroids and drug use caused her ex-husband’s attack and sold her wedding ring for $27,100 on eBay – some of the money she donated to a women’s refuge. 

She last appeared on WWE in 2002 and keeps in touch with fans on social media. The 62-year-old has been involved in two films and got a master’s degree in criminal justice.

Dated JLo’s ex & became fitness influencer

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Torrie Wilson dated baseball star Alex Rodriguez, known as A-Rod, before JLo[/caption]

Torrie Wilson had an unlikely entrance into the world of wrestling, coming one year after being crowned Miss Galaxy in 1999.

She was involved in one of SmackDown’s biggest storylines, which featured rival Dawn Marie marrying Torrie’s real-life father Al Wilson and him dying during a sex marathon on their honeymoon.  

Torrie starred in Playboy magazine and was married to the wrestler Billy Kidman for five years. After they split, she later tied the knot with NBC Sports executive Justin Tupper in 2019.

It followed four years of dating New York Yankees baseballer Alex Rodriguez, who was one of the most famous sports stars in the world, and the future ex of Jennifer Lopez

Since retiring from wrestling in 2008, Torrie became a health and fitness influencer and fans regularly comment on the 46-year-old’s stunning physique. 

Britain’s Got Talent spin-off

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Trish Stratus is now a judge on Canada’s Got Talent[/caption]

Trish Stratus was named “Diva of the decade” during her seven years in wrestling, which came to an end in 2006.

She won WWE Women’s Championships seven times, Babe Of The Year three times and Hardcore Champion once. 

Two years after retiring, she opened a yoga studio which was billed as “Canada’s largest eco-friendly” spot and it won several awards.

The mum-of-two, 46, has been married to her school sweetheart for 16 years and dated him for 30 years.

She has hosted several TV gigs including Canada’s Got Talent this year.

Last year, the WWE named Trish as the greatest female superstar of all time. 

Reality star

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Melina Perez entered a number of reality TV shows after wrestling[/caption]

Melina Perez was described as “one of the best wrestlers in the world” by co-star Bret Hart due to her impressive flexibility and maneuvers.

She’s fought in the ring since 2001 for WWE and a number of independent wrestling organisations, including Impact. 

The 43-year-old has also appeared in other reality TV shows including Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp, Cake Boss and Bad Girls Club. 

Cancer struggles

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Michelle McCool became the WWE’s first Divas Champion in 2008[/caption]

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The mum-of-two is married to fellow wrestler The Undertaker[/caption]

Michelle McCool became the first WWE Divas Champion in 2008 and during her seven-year career won a number of championship belts.

Before retiring in 2011, she suffered a spate of injuries including fracturing her nose, being hospitalised twice, breaking her nose, two ribs, sternum and her toes and lasting injuries to her legs. 

The 42-year-old has been married to fellow star Mark Calaway – better known as The Undertaker – since 2010, and they have two children, Kaia and Kolt.

In 2016, Michelle underwent successful treatment for skin cancer and later revealed her struggles with fertility including several miscarriages.

Dated George Clooney

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Stacey Keibler went on to have several TV hits and appeared on Dancing With The Stars[/caption]

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The wrestler was noted for having ‘the best legs’ in professional wrestling[/caption]

Stacey Keibler was known for having “the best legs in professional wrestling” and fought for seven years until 2006.

Her retirement followed an appearance on Dancing With The Stars, where she was branded ‘The Weapon Of Mass Seduction’ by Bruno Tonioli.

The US Strictly spin-off introduced Stacey to a wider audience, which helped her to bag roles in How I Met Your Mother, Chuck, Blue Mountain State and Project Runway. 

Stacie was named in FHMs 100 Sexiest Women list and dated George Clooney for two years until 2013.

The 42-year-old married marketing CEO Jared Pobre and now they have children Ava Grace, Isabella Faith and Bodhi Brooks.

Racism row & injury lawsuit

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Jazz now runs a professional wrestling gym with her husband[/caption]

Charlene Denise Moore, whose ring name was Jazz, was approached to become a professional wrestler after dropping out of university.

Away from the ring, she owns a fitness gym and a wrestling school, called The Dog Pound, in Louisiana, with her co-star husband Rodney Mack.

In 2016, she joined a number of wrestlers who filed a lawsuit against WWE alleging that the company concealed the risks of injury and risked them suffering traumatic brain injuries.

The case was dismissed two years later and Jazz later criticised WWE’s marketing department for not promoting her and other wrestlers of colour as much as their white counterparts.

Now 49, Jazz is a mum to twin daughters and continued to fight in the ring until her retirement last year.

Found religion & counsels drug addicts

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Molly Holly has taken a number of jobs alongside wrestling[/caption]

Molly Holly, 45, real name Nora Benshoof, famously had her head shaved off after losing a fight, which she claimed was her idea to shock fans.

In recent years, the wrestler has made sporadic appearances in the ring but her time is taken up by a number of other jobs since she became a born-again Christian.

She’s a landlady for multiple properties, is involved in real estate, worked as a masseuse and is a counsellor at a drugs and alcohol rehab unit for teenagers.

More recently Molly’s returned to her roots and became the head coach at a professional wrestling school between making WWE appearances.

WAGS reality show

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Fans have been blown away by Kelly Kelly lingerie snaps online[/caption]

Kelly Kelly first joined the WWE as a ring entertainer before bagging a wrestling role.

She retired in 2012 to return to modelling, where she used her real name Barbie Blank, but continues to make infrequent appearances in the ring. 

The 35-year-old, who recently impressed fans with scantily clad shots online, was married to former ice hockey Sheldon Souray who she met at a Maxim party.

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Kelly appeared in a reality TV show called WAGS LA – about the wives and girlfriends of sports stars.

She divorced Souray after one year in 2017 and since then, she’s found love with bodybuilder Joe Coba, who she tied the knot with last year. 

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