The 50 most beautiful people in sports-entertainment history re-ranked
Looks aren’t everything. That’s what our parents told us anyway. Of course, if all you needed to get by in this world was a positive attitude and a “can do” spirit then there would be a lot more potbellies in the WWE locker room.
So allow us to be shallow for a second. It’s hard to deny that the Superstars and Divas of sports-entertainment are some of the most perfect specimens on the planet. But who were the best looking of the bunch? WWE Classics separates the good from the bad and the ugly in this list of the 50 most beautiful people in wrestling history.
If The Anti-Diva’s goal is to sidestep all the trappings of being a WWE Diva, she's failed at a major one — being unbelievably unattractive.
Watch Paige size up Big E's chest muscles
Paige's unconventional appeal — part Silver Lake hipster, part 1987 Robert Smith disciple — has earned the former Divas Champion a fiercely loyal following, which, thanks to her breakout turn on “Total Divas,” has shifted from the fringe to the mainstream. Don’t worry. You’ll always be able to say you liked her before it was cool.
The son of a millionaire, Ted DiBiase isn’t on this list for his money. In fact, this third-generation Superstar didn't embrace the wealth that came with being The Million Dollar Man’s spawn. DiBiase, instead, enjoyed simpler things, like barbecuing with his biggest fans before WWE Live Events.
Watch the beginning of Ted DiBiase's partnership with Cody Rhodes
Standing at 6-foot-2, DiBiase’s absolutely ripped physique certainly helped his ranking. Athletic ability is engrained in his genes, embodied in his picture perfect dropkick. Combine that with an everyman personality and a smile that could charm anyone, Ted DiBiase definitely made the grade as one of the most beautiful people in wrestling.
You’ve heard the term “push the envelope,” right? Well, The Kat was the kind of Diva who picked up the envelope, tore it in half and threw it back in your face. A wild, unapologetic force of nature, the former Women’s Champion may have been the most outrageous female of WWE’s controversial Attitude Era — and that’s saying something.
What made The Kat so shocking? Well her scandalous antics and barely there outfits were one thing, but it was also the fact that she looked so darn wholesome. As pretty as a postcard with an adorable southern accent, the Memphis, Tenn., native appeared to be the unassuming girl next door. It’s just too bad you never had a neighbor like this.
He’s The Showoff you hate to love. Dolph Ziggler knows he has what it takes to be successful, and that includes slick blonde hair, a devilish grin and one of the best physiques in WWE.
Watch Dolph Ziggler battling Seth Rollins
Dolph’s sense of humor — a trait commonly referred to as the most desired by the opposite sex — is one of the sharpest in the locker room, as demonstrated regularly on Twitter. Some time ago, it was revealed that the former World Heavyweight Champion had a relationship with Amy Schumer, one of standup comedy’s hottest females. What else would you expect from one of WWE’s fastest rising, and best looking stars?
Would you believe that this beauty comes from the same family tree as Hardcore Holly?
Joining her cousin in the rough and tumble ranks of WWE during the fall of 2000, Molly Holly’s girl-next-door good looks and radiant smile endeared her to plenty of guys in the WWE Universe, who might have thought she was a little more attainable than the supermodel types that populated the Divas division.
Watch Molly Holly vs. Stacy Keibler in a Dance-Off
After a turn as The Hurricane’s sidekick, Holly unveiled a new, prudish side. Dyeing her hair dark brown and wearing modest ring gear, Molly went on a crusade against immorality in WWE. She eventually had her brunette tresses shaved off at WrestleMania XX. Prude or not, Molly Holly’s good looks definitely earn her a spot on our list.
Melina certainly knew how to make an entrance. The fiery Diva strutted down a red carpet to the ring with extreme confidence as a gaggle of paparazzi jockeyed for the right position to get a snapshot of the beauty. The Diva, brimming with poise, approached the squared circle, lifted one leg up and suggestively put it down on the ring apron. The WWE Universe watched in amazement as Melina pushed off the other leg, landing on the apron in a full split.
Watch Melina & John Morrison vs. Maria & Jeff Hardy
Melina’s beauty, flexibility and confidence made for a lethal combination as she picked up two reigns as Divas Champion and three as Women’s Champion.
Alberto Del Rio
It’s not enough that Alberto Del Rio happens to be a filthy rich former WWE Champion with the ability to beat up 99 percent of the population — the guy also has to look like the devilishly handsome villain in a Mexican telenovela.
See Alberto Del Rio in action against Dean Ambrose
The son of lucha libre great Dos Caras, Del Rio was brought up in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, with every advantage, but his privilege didn’t deter him from becoming a world-class amateur wrestler and, eventually, a WWE Superstar. The Mexican Aristocrat’s arrogance and attitude rubbed many in the WWE Universe the wrong way, but Del Rio’s swarthy good looks and oozing charisma were harder to deny.
Candice Michelle had it all. A beauty from head to toe, the brunette stunned the WWE Universe from her first appearance in the 2004 WWE Diva Search. She certainly knew how to use her looks to her advantage, quickly forming an alliance with Torrie Wilson and Victoria, known as “Vince’s Devils” for the charm they held over Mr. McMahon.
Watch Candice Michelle in action on Raw
While extremely beautiful, Candice was no slouch in the ring, either. An extremely quick learner, the Diva rapidly improved as a wrestler, becoming a threat in the Divas division. With her trademark magic wand in hand, the lovely Candice put a spell on the WWE Universe and her opponents, capturing the Women’s Championship in 2007.
Okay, so Dean Ambrose is probably the last guy you’d want to see pulling up in front of your house to take your sister out for the night (considering the car would most likely be stolen and your sister wouldn’t make it back for a day or two). Still, it’s hard to deny the bad boy allure of WWE’s most unpolished Superstar. With his unkempt hair and shredded jeans, Ambrose constantly looks like he overslept and had to rush to get wherever he's going, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t look good doing it.
See Dean Ambrose's stiff brawl with Bad News Barrett
Harvard-educated with a face like a soap opera star and the body of a background actor in “300,” David Otunga is the type of dude other men can’t help but envy — which is a good thing for a guy who gets booed for a living. Coupling his natural gifts with a tireless work ethic, the Chicago native has established himself as a gifted lawyer, a World Tag Team Champion and, with his role in the hit film “The Call,” a budding movie star. And he even makes a bow tie and a sweater vest look good. Well, almost.
Go behind the Scenes at David Otunga's Muscle & Fitness cover shoot
When Mickie James debuted in 2005, the lovely Diva quickly caught the attention of the WWE Universe with her unpredictable behavior and southern beauty. She was an excellent in-ring competitor, too, as evidenced by her victory against Trish Stratus at WrestleMania 22. Rarely seen without a smile on her face, the gorgeous Diva was always cheered whenever her music hit and she made a spirited entrance to the ring.
Watch Mickie James in action against Lita
Before leaving WWE in 2010, Mickie bore the brunt of cruel jokes from Lay-Cool. The confident Diva remained strong in the face of ridicule, however, suggesting anyone who made fun of her was simply jealous of her undeniable good looks.
You probably wouldn’t find any hair gel in Jack Brisco’s travel bag. No self tanner or exfoliating creams either. The former NWA Champion was far from a pretty boy, but the man fans dubbed “Handsome Jack” had the sharp, proud features of his Native American forbearers that made him the perfect face for the National Wrestling Alliance. Those good looks put Brisco in the same category as movie stars like Clint Eastwood and Paul Newman — rugged, hardy guys who were more interested in racing motorcycles and riding horses than going to the tanning salon. It's too bad they don’t make ’em like that anymore.
Watch Jack Brisco's WWE Hall of Fame video package
Forget, if you can, the pinstripe fedora, the unfortunate faux hawk and the fingerless gloves, because The Miz has. Leaving behind the overgrown frat boy aesthetics of his earliest days in WWE, The Awesome One underwent the type of reinvention usually reserved for montage scenes in clichéd romantic comedies. Now well coiffed with an intentional five o’clock shadow and Italian shoes that cost more than most family vacations, The Miz is proving the dorm room is far behind him and a mansion in the Hollywood hills is where it's at. Be jealous.
Enter The Miz's School of Performance
Originally one of the beauties selected to participate in the 2005 WWE Diva Search, Maria first entered the consciousness of the WWE Universe as a slightly ditzy backstage reporter on Monday Night Raw. Although WWE fans were often baffled by her choice in boyfriends, such as Santino Marella and Dolph Ziggler, Maria’s stunning body and charming personality kept us waiting for her to hit the ring each week, whether she was interviewing Superstars backstage or getting involved in the action herself. Though she never held the Divas Championship, Maria was recognized for her beauty and in-ring prowess, receiving the 2009 Diva of the Year Slammy Award.
Check out photos from Maria's recent wedding
Bad News Barrett
Most bare-knuckle fighters are uglier than an old pair of sneakers. Repeated blows to the face will do that to a man. But Bad News Barrett was one of the lucky few whose facial features were mashed and crunched into the type of rugged, bad boy visage women go mad over.
See Bad News Barrett beat Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Title
Stomping out of Preston, England, with more attitude than Oasis, Barrett first came off like a hoity British snob before revealing himself to be the type of bloke who would throw fists in a pub brawl. The females in the WWE Universe couldn’t help but fall for Barrett’s imperfect features and thuggish demeanor. And the accent didn’t hurt either.
It’s easy to see why John Cena became the face of WWE. The cleanest of the clean cut, the former bodybuilder came running into WWE with his high and tight military haircut, cast-iron jaw and sudden smile and emerged as a sex symbol, a public relations juggernaut and an all-American icon. Love him or hate him, it’s hard to ignore the piercing female shriek that tears through arenas whenever the Cenation leader pulls his shirt off. Come to think of it, maybe that’s why all those 20-something males in the WWE Universe can’t stop booing the guy.
See John Cena's backstage altercation with Rusev
One of the most beloved Divas of this generation, Kelly Kelly was a former bikini model who proved a bright smile and a positive attitude can take you far in life. The blonde’s stunning good looks could be deceiving as her athletic ability was clearly on display when she won the Divas Title in 2011.
Watch Kelly Kelly's entrance video
The gorgeous Diva wasn’t just active inside the squared circle, though. Beginning her career as a dancer with Extreme Expose in ECW, the lovely Diva was featured on Maxim’s Hot 100 and joined the likes of Mila Kunis and Megan Fox when she appeared on the cover of the pop culture publication.
You’d think a dude who stood 6-foot-6 and weighed 300 pounds would have a way of intimidating women. But the muscle-bound kid from the wrong side of the tracks known as Batista had a harder time keeping the ladies off him.
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A notorious playboy, The Animal publically boasted about his conquests both in the ring and out while unabashedly making and breaking relationships. Now that the former WWE Champion has a burgeoning career in blockbuster movies, you should just be grateful he hasn’t targeted your girlfriend. Yet.
When he debuted in WWE in 1999, Chris Jericho was a long-haired, pompous trashtalker with a tiny ponytail sticking out of his scalp like a cornstalk. Almost 15 years later, Jericho evolved into a multi-time World Champion, game show host, genuine rock star and a bona fide celebrity.
Watch Chris Jericho's thrilling steel cage dive
Good looking enough to succeed beyond the ring, Jericho has rocked hundreds of thousands of fans as the frontman of his rock band, Fozzy. He's also helmed the ABC game show “Downfall," was a hit on that network’s “Dancing with the Stars” and most recently hosted Syfy's "Robot Combat League." But don’t let the multi-talented Jericho fool you. His most significant talent has always been stealing the spotlight in the ring.
Everything Fandango does makes you want to punch him in the face, but who would want to destroy such a flawless visage? The flamenco dancer’s theatrics too often overshadow the fact that the guy is a 6-foot-4, 244 pound stud, but look beyond the awkward two-step and you’ll see a star just waiting to break out.
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Throughout the course of her WWE career, Lita was as thrilling as she was sinister. This high-flying seductress wasn’t like other Divas. With her long red hair and ability to hang with the boys, the wild Diva broke the mold. Needless to say, Lita knew how to get what she wanted.
Watch Lita's coolest moonsaults
Lita’s rivalry with Trish Stratus forced the WWE Universe to choose sides between two beauties, and the scintillating redhead had plenty of fans. She knew how to flaunt her physical gifts, and when her relationship with Matt Hardy was ruined by Edge’s devious affair, Lita became equally as despised as The Rated-R Superstar. And it wasn’t unjustified. It was because WWE fans couldn’t have Lita all to themselves.
Rick Martel never actually modeled — as far as we know anyway — but the handsome Superstar had little trouble convincing WWE fans he was really strutting down catwalks when he started calling himself “The Model” in 1989. Of course, the 6-foot, 225-pound former AWA Champion from Cocoa Beach, Fla., was much more technically devastating than any of the walking mannequins hanging out in Milan. But Martel’s flawless bone structure and Crest White smile made you wonder how a ring veteran could look so unscathed. No wonder hits to the face were off limits in The Model’s SummerSlam 1992 bout against the equally self-obsessed Shawn Michaels.
Watch Martel's good looks get rearranged by Stan Hansen
It boggles the mind why the Superstars of WWE aren’t lining up to do interviews, just for a chance that they might get to stand next to Renee Young for a couple of minutes. Not only does WWE’s ascendant backstage reporter boast truly impressive journalistic credentials, she’s easily the most beautiful talking head WWE has ever employed (sorry, Coach). A truly affable personality with a look that lands somewhere between Taylor Swift and Kate Hudson, Renee does her job great and looks great doing it. Eat your heart out, Walter Kronkite.
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Kaitlyn first charmed the WWE Universe on WWE NXT as Vickie Guerrero’s Rookie Diva. The blonde bombshell quickly became a fan favorite with her good looks, quirky personality and love of the “running man” dance. She also became a favorite of Dolph Ziggler, as the two were caught making out like a couple of teenagers backstage, much to the chagrin of Guerrero.
Kaitlyn says goodbye to the WWE Universe
But behind the pearly white smile and infectious giggle was an unbelievably strong Diva. A fitness model and bodybuilder, Kaitlyn’s strength was matched by few Divas. The perfect combination of beauty and power, this “Hybrid Diva” proved to be a smashing success in her short time in WWE.
Sometimes women aren’t looking for a bad boy, and Kofi Kingston fits that bill. The Dreadlocked Dynamo has soared through WWE with a sparkling smile and a just as spectacular arsenal of impressive maneuvers. Members of the WWE Universe can’t help but grin ear to ear when they see Kingston flash his pearly whites.
Kofi Kingston rocks classic WWE tees
Unapologetic about his love for comic books and video games, The New Day sparkplug is living proof that nerds can also be good looking athletes. And while the former Intercontinental Champion’s opponents might always be in trouble, his fans are always in paradise.
At the risk of incurring the wrath of Rusev — and, hell, maybe even Russian President Vladimir Putin — let’s take a moment to appreciate the beauty of a woman who would rather we not look at her at all.
Watch Lana give America the business
Lana's demeanor may be colder than a Siberian snow cone, but everything else about her is burning hot. Those business suits, the red lipstick, that top knot! Not down with that? She’s got two words for ya. Shut up!
Most wrestlers who sold themselves as good-looking were anything but — that is unless you consider “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton to be a dreamboat. For Paul Roma, “Pretty” wasn’t just an ironic nickname.
See Paul Roma challenge for the WCW Tag Team Titles
A serious bodybuilder in his youth, Roma first drove female fans wild when he teamed up with fellow stud Jim Powers in a duo dubbed The Young Stallions. More talented teams like Strike Force and The Rockers edged the pair out as WWE’s resident heartthrobs, but Roma continued to experience tag success through his career. He even briefly joined The Four Horsemen, which would put him in the running for the best looking member of that legendary stable. Sorry, Ole.
Where did Eva Marie come from? The “Total Divas” star appeared out of nowhere in 2012 with hair the color of molten lava and a personality that was just as fiery. Taking the WWE Universe by storm, she was fast-tracked to the main roster, where she eventually scored an upset victory over Divas Champion AJ Lee.
Watch Eva Marie's surprise victory over AJ Lee
Outside of the ring, Eva has cemented herself as a modern-day pinup, showing off her peerless physique in Maxim and Muscle & Fitness Hers, all while maintaining a steady presence on “Total Divas” with a perfect mix of girl-next-door and classic femme fatale. Where did she come from? The answer is simple. She came from our dreams. Here’s hoping she stays.
Sure, Rick Rude’s lush mustache and curly chestnut-colored mullet may not be the type of thing that girls dedicate Tumblr accounts to today, but in The Ravishing One’s prime, he was every bit as desirable as he claimed.
Watch Rick Rude work his charms on another man's wife
Peaking at a time when a mustache wasn’t just an ironic affectation, Rude cultivated his cookie duster and his eye-popping physique with equal intensity. The perfection of his appearance led The Ravishing One to dub himself “The Sexiest Man Alive” in all earnestness. The men in the WWE Universe may have booed, but their girlfriends didn’t seem to mind the self-absorbed Superstar’s boasts.
During WWE’s Attitude Era, the one WWE Diva synonymous with controversy and, of course, beauty was the seductive Sable. A ground-breaking figure, the shapely Diva’s daring demeanor and “sexy and I know it” splendor set the standard that Trish Stratus, Lita and many of the WWE Divas competing today followed.
The blonde bombshell appeared on the cover of numerous magazines, including TV Guide, and each one broke records and sold out immediately. Sable even mixed it up in the squared circle as she cemented her place in history by capturing the WWE Women’s Championship at 1998’s Survivor Series.
John Morrison’s brash attitude was unmatched. He was the only Superstar confident enough to dub himself “The Shaman of Sexy.” The former Intercontinental Champion certainly had the credentials to back that nickname up. With a body that looked like it might have belonged to a Greek god, JoMo flaunted an eight-pack of abs that were, perhaps, the best in sports-entertainment history.
Watch John Morrison's awesome slo-mo entrance
To add to that, Morrison had a thick head of brown hair that rivaled Fabio’s. His perfect tresses flowed in the gust of wind that magically blew through arenas upon Morrison’s slow-motion entrance. The Shaman of Sexy’s impeccable mane and ridiculously toned abs made him one of the dreamiest Superstars ever to step inside the squared circle.
This blonde bombshell stopped everyone dead in their tracks wherever she went in sports-entertainment. Plucked from the world of fitness modeling by WCW in 1999, Torrie Wilson had a rather unique introduction to WWE, seducing Mr. McMahon as part of the ongoing war between the WCW/ECW Alliance and WWE. The stunning blonde was recognized for her beauty, gracing the covers of numerous magazines during her in-ring career.
Watch a backstage brawl between Torrie Wilson and Trish Stratus
After her departure from WWE in 2008, the stunner has been a tabloid mainstay since she began dating controversial baseball star Alex Rodriguez in 2011. The lovebirds were seen in the front row at WrestleMania XXVIII in A-Rod’s hometown of Miami.
This grandson of a plumber is a far cry from his American Dream forerunner. While Dusty Rhodes jiggled his way through rings in the '80s and '90s, Cody appeared in WWE with a lean, athletic frame and striking blue eyes, immediately catching the attention of female fans and Divas alike.
Watch 'Dashing' Cody Rhode's unique entrance
Cody was handsome and he knew it. In 2010, he gave himself a “Dashing” moniker and began wearing a protective mask to shield himself from further injury after being harmed at the hands of Rey Mysterio. For a time, Cody went the mustachioed route, but shifted the focus of his personal grooming toward ring greatness. It's been a while since we've seen the former Intercontinental Champion, but, wherever he is, we image he's still dashing.
In 2006, a former Miami Heat dancer named Layla entered the 2006 WWE Diva Search with aspirations to compete inside the squared circle. After winning the competition, the London-born beauty made her first appearance at that year’s SummerSlam. A short time later, she moved to ECW and used the skills honed with the NBA dance troupe to wow the WWE Universe as part of the Extreme Exposé.
Check out Layla's most bizarre photo shoot
Her eventual alliance with another gorgeous Diva — blonde bombshell Michelle McCool — aided Layla in her quest to become a champion. Although a knee injury kept her sidelined for nearly a year, the flirty and energetic Diva returned in 2012 to win the Divas Title.
It’s hard to deny Jeff Hardy’s appeal. Whenever The Charismatic Engima’s thumping entrance music hit, shrill screams would reverberate throughout arenas. Perhaps WWE’s biggest heartthrob this side of Shawn Michaels, Hardy was a man of few words, giving him a mysterious vibe that was irresistible to many.
Watch Jeff Hardy vs. Rob Van Dam in a Hardcore Title Match
On top of that, Jeff’s daring offense and unique style made sure all eyes were on him. From the carefully-cut up armbands to the inimitable body paint he covered himself in, Hardy’s distinct fashion was striking in a way only he could make work.
Generations of WWE fans grew up with emcees like Tony Chimel and Howard Finkel who were undeniably talented, but looked kind of like your high school science teacher. So it’s hard not to envy the kids today who think of the megawatt smile and girl-next-door loveliness of someone like Eden when they think of ring announcers. If some of you are still pining for the powdered blue tuxedos and male pattern baldness of yesteryear, this talented Diva should make it easy to accept change.
WWE Hall of Famer Sunny is considered to be the first modern-day WWE Diva. The gorgeous blond bombshell turned the heads of every red-blooded male in the WWE Universe and Superstar in the WWE locker room throughout the 1990s and remains one of the most memorable Divas ever to set foot inside the squared circle.
Check out classic photos of Sunny
The most downloaded woman on AOL in 1996, Sunny also won Slammy Awards for her girl-next-door good looks. The cunning manager wasn’t just another pretty face, however, as she led tag teams like The Bodydonnas and The Smoking Gunns to the World Tag Team Titles.
Edge has ruined lives, sent men packing and caused grown adults to cry in pain. No, it’s not by use of the Spear — it’s all because of Adam Copeland’s ability to break hearts.
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Matt Hardy scratched and clawed his way back to the WWE just to gain a measure of retribution against The Rated-R Superstar for stealing his girlfriend, Lita. The extreme Diva wasn’t the only woman in WWE to be won over by Edge’s charms. The Ultimate Opportunist used the power of a wink and a smile to woo Vickie Guerrero who helped her beau rise to the top of SmackDown. The WWE Hall of Famer was never shy about flaunting his exploits with women, which only brought him further success.
Maryse may have been arrogant and egotistical, but that didn’t stop every man in the WWE Universe from falling in love with her. Before becoming the longest reigning Divas Champion, the French-Canadian beauty was crowned Miss Hawaiian Tropic in 2003. She may have lost to Layla in the 2006 Diva Search, but Maryse did not stay away from WWE for very long as she introduced the season premiere of SmackDown in December 2006. She later appeared in a Timbaland music video before entering active competition. Although she retired in 2011, Maryse dropped jaws whenever she set foot in an arena and also proved her abilities inside the squared circle with two Divas Championships.
Check out photos from The Miz and Maryse's wedding
First time we put this list together, we had The Bella Twins together as one entry. Fast-forward two years and it’s impossible to consider the sisters a single entity (any referee falling for Twin Magic at this point in the game should have his license revoked immediately).
Play two hand touch with the Bella Bowl
What’s more difficult than telling them apart, though, is picking a favorite. Do you prefer a crunchy, Earth goddess beauty like Brie? Or a commanding alpha female like Nikki? Whichever way you choose, you win.
You don’t get christened The Heartbreak Kid by looking like Jonah Hill. Luckily for Shawn Michaels, by the time he shed his Midnight Rockers baby fat and embraced his signature leather chaps and dangling earrings, he looked like the front man of some dynamo hair metal band.
Watch the video for Shawn Michaels' 'Tell Me a Lie'
Emanating enough attitude and excess to put Motley Crue to shame, Michaels was well on his way to the top of sports-entertainment by the time Mr. Perfect nicknamed him HBK. Decades later, when he retired from the ring in 2010, the iconic Superstar was clearly no longer a kid. But his knack for breaking hearts never went away.
What gave Nikki the slight edge over her sister in this countdown? If anything it's been her recent run as Divas Champion, which has announced the buffer Bella as the alpha female of the Divas division. There’s just something about a powerful woman…
Watch Nikki Bella dominate Emma on SmackDown
Remember that early episode of "Total Divas" where Eva Marie and JoJo had a minor freak-out when they ran into Roman Reigns in the gym? Right then you could’ve tagged the 2015 Royal Rumble Match winner as WWE’s next big thing, because what other guy could intimidate a roomful of dudes while making Maxim models go weak in the knees just by showing up? Reigns is a rare breed, the kind of performer who can have a faceoff with Brock Lesnar or a walk-on as a reality show heartthrob and appear just as convincing in each. Believe that.
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
Entering the ring at a time when most Asian-Americans in sports-entertainment were positioned as deceitful foreigners, Ricky Steamboat emerged as one of wrestling’s most admirable good guys. The Dragon’s flawless technique and undeniable passion played their part in this distinction, but his perfect visage didn’t hurt.
Read the story of Steamboat's trilogy of matches with Ric Flair
To put it quite literally, Steamboat was a babyface. And the sight of this handsome, well-built kid from Honolulu getting stomped by nasty villains like Jake “The Snake” Roberts naturally played on the audience’s emotions. Sports-entertainment fans will never forget The Dragon fighting uphill battles against Ric Flair and Randy Savage, thanks in no small part to how good he looked doing it.
The striking Eve certainly added credence to the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Sure, the 2007 Diva Search winner was a bombshell, but she was also one of the most accomplished Divas in WWE history. Eve was a three-time WWE Divas Champion, a student of the legendary Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy, a former member of the Los Angeles Clippers’ dance team and a graduate of USC with a degree in industrial and systems engineering. Make no mistake about it, Eve had the athleticism, killer body and serious smarts to put her in the running for the title of the most perfect WWE Diva. You just didn't turn your back on her.
Yes, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson mixed magnetic charisma with superhuman size in a way no other WWE Superstar had ever done. But believe this — Hollywood would never have come knocking if The Great One had a face like Gene Snitsky’s. Luckily, The Rock inherited camera-ready good looks and a smile that could power a small community, which made his transition from WWE icon to international movie star seem all the more obvious. Now viewed as a sex symbol around the globe, The People’s Champion has gone from being one of the best looking men in sports-entertainment, to one of the best looking men in all of entertainment. Smell what The Rock is cooking?
The Rock returns to Raw to diss Rusev
Arguably the greatest WWE Diva to step inside the squared circle, former fitness model Trish Stratus was certainly one of the most gorgeous individuals in WWE history. With a smile that could melt hearts, Trish was named WWE Babe of the Year three consecutive times before being declared Diva of the Decade and a WWE Hall of Famer.
See Trish in a wild brawl against Stephanie McMahon
Although her good looks often hid her competitive nature and resiliency, the tenacious competitor was a seven-time WWE Women’s Champion and even held the Hardcore Title. Trish retired from active competition in 2006, but she keeps herself in fighting shape through her Stratusphere yoga program. Since then, men everywhere have been practicing their downward dog pose.
Who knew that a blonde and leggy Nitro Girl named Sky would one day become a gossip mag mainstay, attached to perhaps the biggest movie star on the planet?
More than a few WWE fans did. Although Stacy Keibler debuted in WWE with the villainous WCW/ECW Alliance, crowds couldn’t help but cheer the wholesome beauty. A third place finish on “Dancing with the Stars” helped land her roles in shows like “How I Met Your Mother” and on the covers of Maxim, Stuff and Men’s Fitness. And in 2011, she began dating George Clooney, one of the world’s preeminent show business personalities and philanthropists.
Stacy Keibler makes her presence felt on SmackDown
“Dancing with the Stars” judge Bruno Tonioli once nicknamed Stacy “The Weapon of Mass Seduction.” Who are we to disagree?
As a third-generation competitor, Randy Orton was granted every advantage a Superstar could desire, but don’t think WWE’s Apex Predator couldn’t have done it on his own. Perhaps the most perfect specimen sports-entertainment has ever seen, Orton looked as though he was constructed in a laboratory by a team of scientists tasked with creating the perfect professional wrestler. Little surprise then that The Viper was winning World Heavyweight Championships before he was old enough to rent a car. The young Superstar’s brash confidence and unapologetic attitude did little to endear him to his peers in the locker room or the folks who signed his paychecks, but who could blame a guy that looked like this for being arrogant?
Watch Randy Orton in action at WrestleMania
In the 1980s, the standard of beauty in sports-entertainment was set by “The First Lady of Wrestling” herself: Miss Elizabeth.
It can be argued that every valet, manager and WWE Diva since the ’80s has looked to the soft-spoken beauty as the inspiration for their career paths. For the majority of her career, she stood by “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and she represented grace, class and dignity in the squared circle. Though she was no stranger to controversy herself — particularly when Savage suspected Hulk Hogan of courting her — she always remained loyal to “Macho Man,” even returning to his side when he was attacked by Sensational Sherri after his loss to Ultimate Warrior in a Retirement Match.
Watch the emotional reunion of Miss Elizabeth and Randy Savage
Decades since she last appeared in WWE, Miss Elizabeth remains the definition of sports-entertainment elegance.
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