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Posted by ViRTUE on 06/05/2016 at 02:58 PM
June 5, 2016
One thing that I am really, really happy about in WWE is that the Divas’ Division (Revolution) is no longer. It is now time to make way for the Women’s Era. I have decided that the best way to show my gratitude for the “Divas” finally becoming “Wrestlers” again is by listing my current TOP TEN WWE/NXT women wrestlers. You will not be finding the likes of Lana, Summer Rae, Eva Marie, or Nikki Bella on this list. Hell freakin’ no! All ten females on this list are going to be female “wrasslers”. It is interesting that WWE will soon be having separate rosters for Raw and SmackDown, as well as probably keeping NXT as its developmental “territory”. This will literally create three sub-rosters of female wrestlers. Going forward, there should be plenty of opportunities and probably titles for all the talented female wrestlers employed by WWE. Could you imagine if one day WWE decided to do a female Shield angle? Who do you think would be the best fit to form such a group? I would love to hear your feedback, which you can give by Tweeting or Emailing me (@EGW_FOW_Virtue or FOWVirtue@Gmail.com).
Regarding this list that I am about to make, I was going to just list my top five (with a few honorable mentions), but it was so difficult to narrow down that I decided to just do a top ten list. I will leave it up to your imagination for which female wrestlers will end up on Raw, SmackDown, or NXT. A few of my Honorable Mentions are Nia Jax, Alicia Fox, Naomi, and Dana Brooke. Okay, here we go…
10) Alexa Bliss (NXT): Who says you can’t go into WWE untrained? Bliss went to the WWE Performance Center in 2013 and was trained by Sara Del Rey. Bliss began in Columbus, Ohio as a female bodybuilder and a Division I college cheerleader . It definitely helped her cause to get signed by WWE by being part of the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic. Like Enzo Amore, Bliss went to WWE on raw talent. She has since made her way to the top of the NXT Women’s Division by competing in several matches revolving around the NXT Women’s Championship. It is apparent to me that she has picked up how to be a sports entertainer/wrestler rather quickly. In addition to having big matches against Bayley, Carmella, and Nia Jax, Bliss also served as Blake and Murphy’s ring valet. I believe she would not only serve as a quality ring valet/manager on the main roster, but she could also become one of the WWE’s top female wrestlers.
9) Emma (WWE): Emma was trained by Lance Storm. It sucks that she recently got injured and is out indefinitely after back surgery. It seems as if she had just started to hit her stride as a heel. I remember when she first debuted on the main roster as a goofy, uncoordinated dancing fool, often times paired with Santino Marella. Dear God that was awful! However, when Emma was sent back down to NXT to work on her character, she found something intriguing to the audience when she started to play a cocky heel. She formed an alliance with Dana Brooke and even had some solid matches against Bayley, Paige, and Asuka. Just recently, Emma made her way back to the main roster and was eventually followed by Brooke, where the two continued their NXT alliance. Unfortunately, Emma is out of action indefinitely after back surgery, and Brooke has since moved on to align herself with Charlotte. Emma’s character development over the past year, paired with her solid in-ring work, definitely puts her in my top ten.
8) Carmella (NXT): Like Alexa Bliss, Carmella is another home-grown talent who was trained at the WWE Performance Center by Sara Del Rey. Prior to that, she was initially trained by her father, Paul Van Dale, a former WWE enhancement talent from the 1990s. She was inserted into the Enzo Amore and Big Cass group as a hairdresser and soon became their ring valet. She fits the role of a New York/New Jersey girl to a tee and nails it every time. However, unlike your traditional ring valets, Carmella started to wrestle and moved her way up the NXT ranks. She eventually won a Battle Royal to get a shot at Bayley and the NXT Women’s Championship. She most recently competed in a Triple Threat Match against Nia Jax and Alexa Bliss to determine the new #1 Contender for the title, a match in which Nia Jax won. I would imagine before too long, WWE will bump Carmella up to the main roster and fit her back in with Enzo & Cass as their ring valet. With a little bit of time, Carmella should end up wrestling on the main roster.
7) Natalya (WWE): Well, Nattie’s WWE career pretty much speaks for itself. She is the daughter of Jim “the Anvil” Neidhart and Ellie Hart. Her Grandfather is Stu Hart, and she was trained in the Hart Family Dungeon by Bruce and Ross Hart as well as her now real-life husband Tyson Kidd. Nattie is the first woman to be trained in the Dungeon and the first ever third generation female wrestler. She is a former WWE Divas Champion and is even a trainer in her own right (Brie and Nikki Bella, Eva Marie, JoJo). Nattie has also served as a manager and ring valet in WWE. I will probably get a lot of criticism for not having her higher on my list, but I ranked these female wrestlers based on the now and the potential going forward. Without question, Nattie is one of the rare, old school talents remaining in the WWE today. In my opinion, just making this top ten list is truly remarkable. Kudos to all of these female athletes, and I hope many of you give them some well-deserved attention going forward. Nattie definitely has a lot of gas left in her tank, I just hope WWE does not do any more idiotic “farting” angles with her. That is not sports’ entertainment. Let her wrestle!
6) Paige (WWE): Paige is a former two-time WWE Divas Champion and a former NXT Women’s Champion (first one ever). With that said, why is she not at #1? Well, this is about where the list got so difficult to rank for me, I almost considered shutting this column down. Paige being at #6 does not mean I look at her as just another female wrestler, but she is simply up against some top tier talent that I believe have bright WWE futures. In actuality, the female wrestlers in this portion of my list are so damn close, they could all be considered #1. However, this is how I ranked these female wrestlers based on my opinion, and I feel confident where I placed them. Okay, back to Paige. She was trained in England by several people: Ricky Knight, Sweet Saraya, Roy Bevis, Zak Zodiac, and Jason Cross. I think one thing that has hurt Paige recently is that so many new talents have emerged in the Women’s Division all at once. She had her success so early into her WWE career, it is obvious that fans expect her to always be in the title picture. Nonetheless, the brand split is coming soon and I believe it will help Paige tremendously.
5) Bayley (NXT): Bayley is a former NXT Women’s Champion and currently has a very colorful John Cena-like baby face gimmick going for her. However, unlike Cena, Bayley has received a unanimous positive reaction, albeit primarily from the NXT fan base. She was trained by Jason Styles and has already wrestled several big matches for WWE. This is astounding since she has not yet even made the main roster. I could list off all her big matches, but the two that stick out the most were against Sasha Banks at the NXT TakeOver specials Brooklyn and Respect. One of those matches was a 30-Minute Iron Man Match that main evented Respect. On April 1st during WrestleMania 32 weekend, Bayley lost the NXT Women’s Championship to Asuka at TakeOver Dallas. It now appears to me that Bayley is getting close to a main roster call up thanks to the brand split.
4) Becky Lynch (WWE): Becky was trained by a few people, most notably Prince Devitt (Finn Balor). Um, could she be a future member of the Balor Club? Definitely! She carries a thick Irish accent and is known for her bright and fiery colored hair. She often goes by the nickname the Irish Lass Kicker. Yes, many of these female wrestlers have all the tools to be a WWE Superstar. For Becky, obviously her underdog baby face persona is what seems most marketable for WWE. Could she be the next Daniel Bryan (female verison)? I definitely think so. Her feud with Charlotte in both NXT and WWE has been the culprit of some pretty damn good matches. She was also in matches that included the likes of Bayley and Sasha Banks. I believe she should be the next WWE Women’s Champion.
3) Charlotte (WWE): Charlotte is the daughter of quite possibly the greatest wrestling legend of all-time, Ric Flair. Okay, on to #2 now (just kidding)! She was trained by her father and Lodi, former WCW wrestler. She is a former NXT Women’s Champion and is the reigning WWE Women’s Champion, dating back to when it was still called the Divas Championship. One of the greatest days in recent pro wrestling history was when Charlotte defeated Nikki Bella to become CHAMP. Not too long after that, the Divas branded belt turned back into the Women’s title. Thank you Charlotte! Now where was I? She initially came to the main roster as a baby face, but when she turned heel, well, the Superstar in her came out. Like her father, I believe Charlotte was born to be a top villain. Some of her greatest opponents have been Nattie, Becky Lynch, Bayley, Paige, and Sasha Banks. There is no coincidence that all of these female wrestlers cover my #2 through #7. Are you getting my point yet?
2) Sasha Banks (WWE): If there was a term meaning to be greater than a Superstar, then Sasha would be characterized by that term. Wait! Let’s just call her a Legit Boss. She was trained by Todd Smith, Sara Del Rey, Brian Fury, and Brian Milonas. Banks is a former NXT Women’s Champion and competed in the two greatest female wrestling matches in WWE/NXT history against Bayley. Banks has the look, the appeal, the charisma, the style, and the in-ring ability. I believe that makes her a five-tool player and quite marketable for WWE. Hell, I will even mention that she is a first cousin to Snoop Dogg, which I believe definitely helps her star power. The main reason I have her at #2 is because of her obvious versatility. She can play both the roles of a top baby face or a top villain, and she can do it at the flick of a switch. That is rare in wrestling these days, especially with all of the hostile live crowds. Banks has been out for a bit with an injury, but just recently returned. I believe she is being saved for something huge, as she should be!
1) Asuka (NXT): Late in 2015, the WWE Network launched in Japan. It is no coincidence that Asuka and Shinsuke Nakamura are now signed with WWE and are currently in NXT. This is called REACH people, aka Global Marketing 101. Asuka is the reigning NXT Women’s Champion. She won the title by defeating Bayley of all people, and she beat her clean via submission. Before WWE/NXT, Asuka wrestled all over the World going by her original ring name, Kana. Folks, WWE stands for WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT, and Asuka perfectly exemplifies all three of those words. She was trained by Yuki Ishikawa and carries a very stiff and strong style of in-ring work. Asuka comes across as believable, which honestly does not pertain to most of pro wrestling these days. She understands the business to such an exact science, and the reason why I can say this with such confidence is because she is creative with her look and knows what ring psychology is. Just watch her in NXT because that is my proof! Maybe one day WWE will get Ronda Rousey to work some matches for them. There would be nothing more globally anticipated than a Rousey Vs Asuka match at WrestleMania! The WWE main roster better be prepared because Asuka’s gonna kill it!
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