This popped up in my Twitter feed yesterday.
I didn’t bother tagging anyone with my response, but …
If I’m going to do this, I have to make it so that there’s two lists – one of current grapplers and one of legacy grapplers. So I start here with the legacy list.
First off, no list of great female superstars would be accurate without this woman at the top, the 9th Wonder of the World, Joanie “Chyna” Laurer.
Numbers 2 and 3 have to be these stars. Trish Stratus worked her way from being an eye candy fitness model up to a very talented and gifted athlete, while Amy “Lita” Dumas showed her daredevil skills with her mixture of gymnastics and death-defying leaps off of top turnbuckles. Here’s a classic match between both stars.
Number four on my list is sort of a controversial one. You have to understand that if a woman holds a championship belt for decades, then she is dominant in her sport. And that was the case for Lillian Ellison, also known as “The Fabulous Moolah.”
Number five – has to be a woman who, against all odds, ascended to become one of the first ever to headline a WWE supercard, as Becky Lynch unified two championship belts at Wrestlemania 35.
Now … if you’re talking about the current active roster (because technically Becky is on maternity leave, Trish and Lita are retired, and Chyna and Moolah have passed on), then your Top 5 would be…
1. Charlotte Flair
Numbers 2 and 3 would have to be friends / enemies / currently friends Sasha Banks (I’ll put her at 2) and Bayley.
Number 4 is one of the most successful Japanese wrestlers, male or female, in the sport today, Asuka.
And number 5 – a totally underrated up-and-comer – the super-strong Bianca Belair, with her finishing move of a torture rack into a powerslam that she calls the Kiss of Death.
That’s my list. Arguments may be filed in the submission box over there to your right. 😀