Time is often a critical factor for some wrestlers. Some stars had numbers so ahead of their time, it’s amazing they ever worked. Others often seem like throwbacks to another era and don’t quite fit modern times. Unfortunately, some wrestlers who should have been stars failed because they were just not in the right era to be used properly. In WWE, that doubles for women, as the company has historically focused on women’s looks rather than in-ring skills.
Some women might be ahead of their time, like AJ Lee who helped spark the women’s revolution. Others were notable as big talents that fit the period from Trish and Lita to Melina to Beth Phoenix. Yet other women who should have been stars were in the wrong time for WWE to properly utilize their talents. These ten women could have shone in another era for WWE but were simply in the wrong era.
Molly Holly’s evolution in WWE was good. She started out as a bright blonde, Spike Dudley’s first girlfriend, then “Mighty Molly”, the Hurricane’s sidekick. She later ditched the act and dyed her hair brown to just be herself and proved to be a great wrestler.
Her thing was being a serious star reciting Diva antics, which earned her two runs as champion. Yet when she left in 2004, Molly complained that WWE was placing less emphasis on women’s wrestling. She could have shown even more in another era as a serious wrestler in a more serious era.
An answer to a big trivial question is “who was the last original WWE Women’s Champion?” It was Rockin’ Robin, who beat Sherri Martel for the belt in late 1988 and held it until it was deactivated in 1990.
A highly skilled wrestler with a fun charisma, Robin was unlucky to come on when WWE was moving away from women’s wrestling, so her title defenses were rare. With more challengers and more TV time, Robin could have been on the rise rather than being among WWE’s “forgotten” champions in a low period for women in the company.
One of the most respected names in Japanese women’s wrestling, Aja Kong’s career spans five decades and counting. With his striking looks and incredible power, Kong won numerous titles in Japan but took a brief hiatus in WWE in 1995.
She got a great showcase at Survivor Series, pinning everyone on the opposing team, including champion Alundra Blayze. This was to set up a feud, but WWE gradually phased out the division. His recent appearances in AEW prove that Kong could have been a dominant force in another era for WWE and showed him his business well.
Jumping Bomb Angels
Long before the Women’s Division was a serious thing, WWE had a Women’s Tag Team Championship. Originally owned by the Glamor Girls, the Jumping Bomb Angels claimed it. Noriyo Tateno and Itsuki Yamazaki were sensational outfielders who were also tougher than they looked to produce good games.
The problem was that WWE didn’t have enough talent to field many women’s teams, and the Angels pretty much only faced The Glamor Girls before returning the titles to them over the summer. Today, the Angels would fly much higher as WWE’s top team.
Among the various ladies of the Ruthless Aggression era, Jazz stood out. She was a muscular woman with incredible strength, who relied more on her ring power than her star looks. This meant two reigns as women’s champion, although she seemed to lack serious competition at the time.
It was just as the Divas were pushed on looks more than in-ring talent and Jazz was often ignored amid the various antics. A decade later, Jazz would be more dominant than ever as a powerhouse star rather than just a bright spot in a tough time for the ladies of WWE.
It wasn’t just WWE that had bad timing for Trinity. Before the Knockouts came along, TNA didn’t have much time for women’s wrestling. Trinity was more of a valet but had her own skills, including the ability to moon jump out of a cage.
She left for ECW, mostly wearing skimpy outfits and participating in the Extreme Expose with Kelly Kelly and Brooke. His race was further derailed by a serious injury. She retired in 2007 before she had even reached her peak. Coming a few years later would have given Trinity more of a chance to show up well for WWE fans.
A major frustration with women in WWE in the mid-2000s was that OVW treated them like serious workers, but then made the main roster an afterthought. Katie Lea showed it, holding the OVW Women’s Title twice and a cool persona to boot.
On the main roster, she was the on-screen sister of Paul Burchill, then in bad shape in ECW. She then went on to TNA to become a multiple champion as Winter, proving that in a time when competition was at a higher level, Katie Lea could have become a major WWE star.
When WWE reactivated the women’s title in 1995, they chose at least one great torchbearer in Alundra Blayze. Former Madusa, Miceli was a stellar athlete with great charisma to keep the fans going. The problem was that it lacked really serious competition.
She could get into a good feud with Bull Nakano, but Bertha Faye’s feud failed because of the wrong character. Then WWE suffered a bad financial crisis, which led to them deactivating the division, prompting Alundra to throw the title in the trash on WCW Monday Nitro. Even a few years later, Blayze could have been great in WWE but just dominated at the wrong time.
Part of the legendary Vachon wrestling clan, Luna stood out with her wild mohawk look, face paint/tattoos and more. She was also skilled in good in-ring work at wild brawling. She was passed over when WWE tried a women’s division in the mid-1990s, then when it was reactivated, they decided to make Sable the champion instead.
Luna really deserved a shot at the belt with her incredible skills and great charisma could have been great. Instead, she was gone just before WWE got more serious about pushing women, so Luna never really had the right time to shine in WWE like she deserved.
WWE actually seemed to know how to use Gail Kim properly, allowing her to win the Women’s Title in her first match. Unfortunately, Kim went down the wrong way in the company with a bad heel turn and got lost in the mix after that. After leaving in 2004, Kim went to TNA, where she became the cornerstone of the Knockouts division.
She made a brief comeback, but nothing of note happened as WWE was still not taking women’s wrestling seriously at the time. Considering all of her successes in Impact Wrestling, Kim could have been sensational in WWE had she been used at some point with high profile competition.
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