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Top seven former WWE Women’s Champions who are currently working on the indies

Published at :May 21, 2024 at 9:50 PM
Modified at :May 21, 2024 at 9:50 PM
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Many former superstars continue to work in the independent circuit

WWE has seen some of the most talented and remarkable in-ring competitors in the women’s division over its four-decade-long existence. In each era, wrestling fans have witnessed legendary competitors who have become champions inside and outside the company like Alundra Blayze, Trish Stratus, Fabulous Moolah, and Lita burst onto the scene and become pioneers to pave the way for better opportunities for future generations.

However, there are a few top names from the global juggernaut who continued to follow their passion even after the end of their tenure in WWE. Here is the list of the top seven former WWE Women’s Champions who continued to work on the independent scene:

7. Santana Garrett

Santana Garrett made a name for herself on the independent circuit becoming a champion all over the world before having her first WWE Tryout in 2013. Following a few more tryout sessions, she would sign with NXT as a competitor.

Santana would have a brief tenure before being released from the company in 2021. However, she would return to WWE as a coach in their Performance Center. Despite being still signed to WWE, Garrett has also been wrestling on various independent shows continuing to excel as an in-ring competitor.

6. Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn was one of the top-tier WWE superstars from the women’s division during the post-Ruthless Aggression era. She came to prominence with her stint in the reality TV version of WWE NXT, followed by her tenures in both RAW and SmackDown, emerging as a two-time WWE Divas Champion.

She left WWE in 2014 but made her return to the company in the 2018 Mae Young Classic and continues to make sporadic appearances inside the ring for promotions like Coastal Championship Wrestling.

Also Read:  Top 10 most historic Women’s matches in WWE History

5. Victoria

Victoria was a cornerstone of WWE’s infamous Divas Era, being embroiled in iconic rivalries with legends like Trish Stratus and Lita and adding two WWE Women’s Championships to her name.

Following her departure in 2009, she competed in promotions like TNA under her real name. Despite retiring full-time in 2019, Victoria has continued to make sporadic appearances in the ring including in WWE in 2021.

4. Mickie James

Mickie James is one of the few WWE legends who are still going strong and are wrestling in their prime to this day. She gained prominence after her WWE debut in 2006 with her iconic feud with Trish Stratus and captured multiple titles during her run.

Apart from WWE, she became a prime fixture for TNA Wrestling in her career and continues to wrestle in the indies, recently putting up excellent shows in Australia with her own promotion, OCEAN alongside multiple legends and upcoming stars.

Also Read: List of all WWE Women’s Champions in history

3. Alicia Fox

Alicia Fox was perceived as one of the most talented, yet underrated WWE superstars that came in 2006 and was a part of the roster till the onset of the Women’s Revolution in 2015. Moreover, Fox became the first and only African American woman in WWE to win the Divas Championship, and in 2019, she announced the end of her run as a full-time competitor.

Following that, Alicia Fox recently made her return to wrestling in 2023 and made a handful of appearances for independent promotions including Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling.

2. Melina

One of the most striking, athletically skilled, and remarkable WWE superstars in the mid-2000s was Melina. She was known for her captivating entrance, the famous split before entering the ring, and well-skilled in-ring acumen that claimed her five WWE Women’s titles.

After her departure from WWE in 2011, she has competed all over the world in promotions like NWA and TNA and continues to wrestle in the indies.

1. Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey is credited as one of the greatest combat athletes, in the world of MMA and Wrestling. She has been a multi-time champion in both fields and was last seen competing in WWE in her final match at WWE SummerSlam.

Following her WWE exit, she wrestled a few matches in Ring of Honor alongside her best friend, Marina Shafir, and other indie shows while also pursuing projects outside wrestling.

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