Welcome to week two of Diva of the Week, we aim to recognise and honour the gold standard among the Divas, Knockouts and women of wrestling based on the week’s shows, news and more. This week the award has some nostalgic value as we award the Diva of the Week to the newly retired Torrie Wilson.
This week, Torrie’s decade in the industry and 7 year WWE career came to a close as WWE officially announced that they and Torrie had parted ways. Making her debut in WCW, Torrie has gone onto become one of the biggest names in the world of women’s wrestling; with feuds including Stacy Keibler, Dawn Marie, Sable, Candice Michelle and Victoria, Torrie has been a mainstay on WWE programming for seven years becoming a veteran and legend among the Divas. Torrie’s in-ring highlights include being undefeated at WrestleMania, beating Miss Jackie and Stacy at WrestleMania XX and Candice at WrestleMania 22 and being the first and only Golden Thong Winner. As well as that, Torrie is responsible for providing some of WWE’s steamiest moments: a kiss with Dawn Marie, a show-stopping bikini contest with Sable and a posedown with Stacy Keibler.
Under the moniker of “The Covergirl” Torrie has graced the covers of Playboy (on two occasions), FHM, Divas 2004 and many more magazine covers. In recent years, Torrie has improved vastly in the ring putting on great matches with Victoria, Mickie James, Lita and Trish Stratus to name a few. In 2007, Torrie returned to her first home – SmackDown! – engaging in a feud with Victoria and the world’s shortest feud with Krissy Vaine. Upon returning to SmackDown!, Torrie reclaimed her crown as the brand’s top Diva before bowing out of action in November 2007, due to back injury and relinquishing the top Diva title to real life friend, Michelle McCool.
Torrie may not have won the Women’s Championship, may not be remembered for her wrestling ability, but has had a storied and legendary career in her own right. A future Hall of Famer perhaps, Torrie will be forever remembered as SmackDown!’s first lady, the Covergirl and as one of the crowning jewels of the golden age of the WWE Divas. Torrie is the personification of the phrase “WWE Diva” and as she hangs up her boots, we want to thank you Torrie for all the memories.