Just three weeks ago we were given the prospect of one of the greatest divas matches in years when all roads pointed to AJ Lee v Paige at Extreme Rules.
AJ had asked for time off before she lost her title to Paige so instead second generation diva Tamina Snuka will step up in her place and hopefully deliver.
With the divas division looking to be in the best shape it ever has been, it seems now is the best time to look back at some of the greatest divas matches ever to grace our tv screens.
10 – Trish v Victoria – Hardcore match – Raw 2003
I know what you’re thinking, a female Hardcore match? Yes, and not only that but this was just days before a fatal four way divas title match at Judgement day 2003.
This match was met by mostly negative press by people who saw it live but looking back on it now it seems it didn’t gain the plaudits it truly deserves.
Trish and Victoria were always amongst the strongest female competitors in WWE at the time and even though this match didn’t truly showcase their talents, the fact that two women were allowed to compete in this sort of sanctioned match just eleven years ago, shows how much WWE has changed.
9- Lita v Victoria – Steel Cage match – Raw 2003
Eric Bishoff made this match when he decided whatever the wheel landed on the wrestlers would compete in. This meant that Lita and Victoria were able to compete in the first ever female steel cage match in WWE history.
Who better to beat each other in a cage than two of the most extreme divas of all time? The match was brilliantly played and was a great advert for the women’s division of that generation.
8 - Beth Phoenix v Melina – I Quit match – One Night Stand 2008
An I Quit Divas match in the PG era and the first ever divas I quit match. Beth was the best powerhouse diva since Chyna and Melina was one of the greatest divas of her time so this was always going to be a fantastic match.
The divas of the time consisted of Eve Torres, The Bellas and Alicia Fox so a lot of people had lost interest, but Melina and Beth stood out and proved there was more to the women’s division and they battle for more than nine minutes before Beth put Melina in a contorted submission manoeuvre and she finally uttered “I quit.”
7 – Lita v Trish – Raw 2004
This was a rivalry to end all rivalries, it was a feud that eclipsed the entire women’s division for years and this match is most of the reason why. The two women left everything in the ring and put on a show that is still looked back on today as one of the greatest matches ever.
Lita dived out of the ring part way through the match and looked to have seriously injured herself but luckily didn’t this itself shows how much of a show these women wanted wanted to put on.
6 – AJ Lee v Kaitlyn – Payback 2013
This was the best divas match of 2013 without a doubt. Much like Trish and Lita, AJ and Kaitlyn were the best of friends in and out of the ring and they had fought each other on and off their entire career. Kaitlyn even wanted her last match in WWE to be against her best friend AJ and this match showed why.
Both women complimented each other in the ring and made the other look better than they had been before, this was also the moment when fans finally saw AJ’s true potential and she went on to win the divas title and hold it for a record 295 days.
5- Melina v Mickie James – Falls count anywhere – Raw 2007
The first ever divas falls count anywhere match and what a match it was, with the Women’s title on the line both women fought hard and it felt like this would have been a great ending to the feud between them.
It looked like Mickie suffered and injury at the end of the match when she went for a hurracanrana and Melina took it wrong and she fell onto her neck and didn’t get back up. Whilst the ending wasn’t what everyone expected the match itself was spectacular.
4 – Jazz v Victoria v Trish – Wrestlemania 19
This was the first time Trish really turned heads when she defeated two women and Steven Richards at ringside to walk out of Wrestlemania with the Women’s Championship.
It was a turning point in Trish’s career and was a great match on the grandest stage of them all between the three highly competitive women.
3- Lita v Mickie – Survivor Series 2006
Merely months after her best friend Trish had exited WWE with the women’s title, it was Lita’s time to take her final bow. Lita fought hard for the Women’s title that night and sadly didn’t have the ending Trish had as Mickie retained the women’s title and Lita walked out of WWE with Cryme Time still making fun of her.
This year the former four time womens champion finally joined the WWE Hall of Fame and it seems that was the ending to her career she really deserved.
2- Trish v Lita - Unforgiven 2006
For nostalgic reasons this match makes the list this high because one of the greatest if not the greatest divas in wrestling history had her final bow against her long-time adversary and walked out with the women’s title.
This was a great match and Lita eventually tapped to the sharpshooter, of all finishers, Trish got to walk out of her home town victorious and as a record breaking seven time women’s champion.
1 – Trish v Mickie – Wrestlemania 22
My favourite women’s match of all time, arguably not the best ever but I feel for crowd reaction and technical ability this match has all the others flawed. Mickie wrestled out of her skin that night in Chicago and it felt like Trish was passing the torch to her when she won the Women’s title and the crowd even cheered for her as well.
It was a great match and hopefully this Sunday we can add another one to the list as arguably one of the best British divas defends her Divas title for the first time on pay-per-view.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU