Special Report

40 Most Popular Female Wrestlers

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10. Lita
> WWE debut: 1999
> WWE appearances: 277
> Daily avg. Wikipedia page views: 2,188
> Pro Wrestling Illustrated “Woman of the Year” awards: 4

Lita, born Amy Dumas, was a WWE wrestler from 2000 to 2006 and won the WWE Women’s Championship four times. She participated in the first two Raw main events featuring women and defeated the No. 1 and No. 2 most popular wrestlers on our list — Stephanie McMahon and Trish Stratus. Lita was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014. After retiring from wrestling she formed the punk band The Luchagors.

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9. Sasha Banks
> WWE debut: 2012
> WWE appearances: 209
> Daily avg. Wikipedia page views: 4,231
> Pro Wrestling Illustrated “Woman of the Year” awards: 2

Sasha Banks, the ring name of Mercedes Ton, currently performs on the Raw brand. She has held a number of championships, including the NXT Women’s Championship and the WWE Raw Women’s Championship — which she has held a record-tying four times. In 2016, Banks and Charlotte Flair became the first women to headline a WWE pay-per-view event. She is of German and African-American descent and is a cousin of rapper Snoop Dogg.

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8. Paige
> WWE debut: 2012
> WWE appearances: 180
> Daily avg. Wikipedia page views: 6,052
> Pro Wrestling Illustrated “Woman of the Year” awards: 2

Paige, the ring name of Saraya-Jade Bevis, is an English wrestler who signed with the WWE in 2011. As the daughter of professional wrestlers, Paige has been wrestling since childhood. She was the first NXT Women’s Champion and the youngest WWE Divas Champion — winning the title at the age of 21.

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7. Ronda Rousey
> WWE debut: 2017
> WWE appearances: 17
> Daily avg. Wikipedia page views: 9,639
> Pro Wrestling Illustrated “Woman of the Year” awards: 0

“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey achieved international fame as a martial artist before becoming a professional wrestler. She won a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and then began a career in mixed martial arts. She was an Ultimate Fighting Championship Women’s Bantamweight Champion and a Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion. In 2015, she was named Best Female Athlete Ever in an ESPN poll. Rousey signed a contract with WWE in 2018 and made her in-ring debut at at WrestleMania 34.

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6. AJ Lee
> WWE debut: 2011
> WWE appearances: 237
> Daily avg. Wikipedia page views: 2,642
> Pro Wrestling Illustrated “Woman of the Year” awards: 3

AJ Lee is the ring name of April Jeanette Mendez. Of Puerto Rican descent, she grew up in New Jersey and wrestled on the independent circuit there before signing with the WWE. She won the Divas Championship three times and was voted Woman of the Year by readers of Pro Wrestling Illustrated each year from 2012 to 2014. Lee was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and is an advocate for mental health awareness. Her 2017 autobiography, “Crazy Is My Superpower,” was a bestseller.

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