WWE: The top ten toughest wome

WWE: The top ten toughest women in wrestling history

These fierce ladies are some of the mightiest fighters in wrestling, period.

WWE: The top ten toughest wome

Gender roles in the world of sports have been taking an egalitarian turn for the better in the 21st century. But, I’m not talking about a sport that’s traditionally elegant such as figure skating, the high dive, or even tennis.

I’m talking hard-hitting, trash-talking, body-slamming women’s wrestling. I’m talking the kind of competition we’re going to see between Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey in a few weeks.

The wrestling business is a harsh world and it took some strong ladies to endure for the women’s wrestling environment we have today. Let’s take a look at the powerful goddesses that are the most feared of them all.

10. Molly Holly

Molly Holly is one of the most overlooked superstars of the early 2000s and undeservingly so. She has been no joke since she was 14 years old, when she broke the Minnesota state teen powerlifting record by lifting 45kg.

10 years later, she would become WWE Hardcore Champion. Yes, that Hardcore Championship that is contested anytime, anywhere, anything goes.

9. Becky Lynch

Classic underdogs like Ricky Steamboat and Rey Mysterio have two main attributes; the durability to take a serious beating and using cunning agility to their advantage.

Becky Lynch is much more than that, utilising multiple suplexes in her technical repertoire. Her vicious armbar finisher, the Dis-arm-her is a pun intended (or should I say “pain intended”?)

8. Lita

If you want to see Punk Rock personified, watch a Lita match. She has performed a whole slew of death-defying offence, improving from her stints in CMLL in Mexico, Extreme Championship Wrestling, and Team Xtreme with the Hardy Boyz. Lita even got involved in one of the Hardy Boyz’ Tables, Ladders, and Chairs matches to dish out a few hurricanranas and chair shots.

7. Bull Nakano

Decades before WWE started endlessly plugging the hashtag #Women’sRevolution, Bull Nakano was tearing down gender expectations in the ring and with her loud appearance. She used her size as a weapon and an obstacle to defy, paving the way for female powerhouses of the future like Nia Jax and Piper “Viper” Niven.

6. Sasha Banks

They don’t call her “The Boss” for nothing. Banks had one of the most dominant NXT Women’s Championship reigns. At the end of her NXT run, she went all out in a gruelling 30-minute Iron Man match.

Sasha continues a fighting spirit on WWE Raw with her visceral, high-risk style inspired by 90s Japanese wrestlers such as Akira Hokuto and Manami Toyota.

5. Chyna

Greek mythology describes the Amazons as a tribe of warrior women whose lives were nothing but battle. You could tell anyone that Chyna was one of them and it would be believable.

While in WWE, she was known for her intergender matches, eventually beating Chris Jericho for the Intercontinental Championship. Triple H even brought her into the company as his bodyguard, as much of a beast he is on his own.

4. Nia Jax

The gender and appearance expectations that Bull Nakano challenged have made a warrior like Nia Jax possible. In wrestling, Samoans are forces to be reckoned with.

The Irresistible Force is all power when it comes to her move-set. For example, there are few instances where Nia speared people through the audience barricades!

3. Asuka

You ought to be tough when you’ve never lost in the WWE for 914 days. That’s exactly what Asuka did with her legitimate martial arts techniques, annihilating opponents with submissions, strikes, and a smiling face throughout it all!

The Empress Of Tomorrow also won the first Women’s Royal Rumble by eliminating Ember Moon, Nia Jax, and Nikki Bella from the match.

2. Ronda Rousey

“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey is best known for being a pioneer in women’s mixed martial arts. With a 12-2 record in the octagon, besting virtually every major competitor, she put the sport on the map as the ace up UFC’s sleeve.

Post-retirement from MMA, Ronda Rousey’s WWE run has been nothing short of explosive. Chyna may have protected Triple H in the past, but Ronda dominated him at Wrestlemania.

1. Mildred Burke

In 1934, office stenographer Mildred Burke felt a powerful desire to wrestle that brought her to the school of NWA’s Billy Wolfe. Upon their first meeting, a trainee was ordered to body slam her so that maybe she would change her mind. To Wolfe and his school’s surprise, she body slammed him instead, earning her a place in the training camp.

Burke then went on to wrestle more than 200 men for the remainder of the decade, losing only once. Becoming a trailblazer for Japanese women’s wrestling and a five-time champion earned her a posthumous induction into the WWE Hall Of Fame.


Watch WWE Money In The Bank on June 18. “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey will take on WWE Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax in what will be an intensely physical bout.