If you haven't watched wrestling in a long time, then you've missed out on a lot of stuff. And if you're one of those douchebags who keep saying that "Ew! Wrestling is over! It's not good anymore!" then you're an ignorant piece of cow dung who only watched the WWE version of professional wrestling. If you've been living in the sewers, then you probably don't know about the independent wrestling scene gradually rising to the occasion and, sometimes, proving themselves as a legitimate competition against the global juggernaut that is WWE.
What's more impressive is the fact that women have been given bigger opportunities other than just being eye candy for all the viewers. Bra and panties matches and swimsuit competitions were all they did back then and weren't given the same respect as the men. We thought these women deserved more, even if we get all pervy on them most of the time. The people upstairs have heard us and women's wrestling has been more than phenomenal as of late that even former UFC Bantamweight Champion and UFC Hall of Famer "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey has gotten in on it. The accomplishments of these women are as good as, or maybe even better than, the men's.
If you're still not convinced that wrestling (not just WWE) has become better than ever, here are some women that we know will change your mind.
15. Ronda Rousey
Signature Move/s: Swinging Samoan Drop; Armbar
Ronda Rousey is a newbie to the sports-entertainment industry, but that hasn’t stopped her from dominating anybody that gets in her way. She might be used to actual fighting, but learning the ropes in the WWE sure has served her well and she even performs like she’s been doing it for a long time.
Signature Move/s: Bayley-to-Belly
To be honest, it’s not Bayley’s fault we ranked her this low on the list, but WWE dropped the ball on her and forgot just how good she was, especially in that iconic Iron Woman match she had with former-best friend Sasha Banks. Lack of storyline and character development is what’s hindering Bayley’s capabilities to hit max.
Signature Move/s: B.S.E. (Best Superkick Ever)
Allie may not be in the WWE, but she has certainly made her mark in the independent wrestling scene. She’s one talent that the company wished they had to bolster their women’s division. Guess that’s the BEST SUPERKICK EVER delivered to WWE.
12. Deonna Purrazzo
Signature Move/s: Fujiwara Armbar
This Ferrari chick is not someone you mess with, especially if you value having two arms. The Fujiwara Armbar Specialist Deonna Purrazzo can rip your arm off its sockets as well as she can break your heart.
11. Kairi Sane
Signature Move/s: InSane Elbow
Still a fresh acquisition of WWE from Japan after she won the inaugural Mae Young Classic, The Pirate Princess Kairi Sane has been toned down a little bit. It might be her mic skills since she’s Japanese and she can’t really do English promos. But either way, that doesn’t take away from her obvious talent in the ring.
10. Tessa Blanchard
Signature Move/s: Slingshot Back Suplex
Being a third generation wrestler has a lot of pressure, but also a lot of genetic talent. Tessa Blanchard is no different. Coming from a family of wrestlers, she holds her own in the ring like nobody else does. Out of her 15 championship reigns in various independent wrestling promotions, nine of those are still around her waist. Yeah, and she’s just 22, by the way.
9. Sasha Banks
Signature Move/s: Double Knee Attack; Bank Statement
Sasha Banks modeled his wrestling repertoire to Eddie Guerrero, her wrestling idol. And it’s obvious in
8. Kay Lee Ray
Signature Move/s: Gory Bomb
Kay Lee Ray is one versatile wrestler; she can take you down, put different holds on you, and tap you out. She can fly around and throw herself at you, or she can just flat out overpower you. In short, Kay Lee Ray has it all, and then some.
7. Toni Storm
Signature Move/s: Air Raid Crash Neckbreaker; Strong Zero
Toni is a newly signed WWE UK talent, although she has been wrestling for WWE intermittently when she’s needed. In the indies, Toni is a household name, starting at the very young age of 13, this 22-year-old is a knockout in and out of the wrestling ring.
6. Becky Lynch
Signature Move/s: Bexploder Suplex; Disarm-her
"The Lass-Kicker" Becky Lynch lives up to her moniker every time she’s in the ring. Although WWE has seemingly forgotten about the Irish wrestler, Becky’s following has not faded, and rightfully so. She’s just another case of WWE overlooking the actually talented wrestlers. We’re still rooting for you, Bex.
Signature Move/s: Asuka Kick; Asuka Lock
Her 914-day undefeated streak wasn’t just for show. Asuka can actually knock your lights out in a blink of an eye. Her ultra-precise strikes are too fast for her opponents to block or dodge. She’s one of the most beloved superstars in the wrestling industry even when she just sadistically smiles at everyone.
4. Tegan Nox
Signature Move/s: Welsh Destroyer; The Shiniest Wizard
Tegan Nox is one tough lady. She was set to enter the inaugural Mae Young Classic but ended up tearing her ACL before the tournament even began. But as soon as her injury healed, she got back in the ring and is doing live shows for NXT. We’ll eventually see her on NXT TV sooner than we think.
3. Charlotte Flair
Signature Move/s: Figure Eight
You know you’ve heard the Flair name before, and yes, Charlotte is the daughter of 16-time World Champion "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair. And just like her dad, Charlotte oozes charisma and confidence effortlessly. She even has the same signature move, but a little bit better because of her perfect bridge.
2. Alexa Bliss
Signature Move/s: Twisted Bliss
Alexa Bliss may very well be the best female wrestler in the WWE. For a woman who calls herself "the Goddess," she lives up to her moniker by staying at the top all this time with no signs of letting down. For a short woman, she’s stood taller than every other wrestler in the WWE because of her fierce attitude and style of wrestling, which is why she earned the nickname “Five Feet of Fury."
1. Io Shirai
SIgnature Move/s: Suplex de Io
When Io Shirai delivers moves, you can see how it can really hurt. The force she puts in every kick, punch, suplex, and