Who is Raw’s New Diva of the Decade? Round 1: Candice Michelle vs. Maria

It’s been 10 years since Trish Stratus was named Diva of the Decade as part of Raw’s 10th Anniversary celebration. With Raw’s 20th Anniversary just behind us, we think it’s time to look back at the last decade and crown a Diva of the Decade for the 2003-2013 period. Will Trish hang on to the crown, or will another Diva emerge? It’s all up to you!

Based on your nominations, we picked the 16 most popular Raw Divas to advance to our knock-out bracket tournament. Keep your eyes peeled over the next several weeks as you will be asked to choose between the greatest Raw Divas of this past decade and help us narrow it down from just 16 to one! (View the brackets below.)

Round 1: For round one’s fourth match-up, the first Diva Search contestant to win the Women’s Title, Candice Michelle, faces the 2009 Diva of the Year Maria.

Watch both Divas in action:

Candice wins the Women’s Title from Melina at Vengeance 2007:

Maria wins the 2009 “Diva of the Year” Slammy:

Vote below:

Tournament brackets (drawn at random)

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  • notorious

    Candice accomplished more but maria lasted longer and actually still loves the business. I love you candice but I go with maria.

    • CandiceMichelle&TorrieWilson

      Candice Still Loves It Too, She Has A Family… Watch The Video Of Her If You Don’t Think She Cares.

      • notorious

        I know candice loves and cares for it but i meant that like maria is still with the business and wants to be involved. Yeah she isnt the best but the fans loved her and she loves going out there and trying.

        • CandiceMichelle&TorrieWilson

          I’m not shitting on Maria, I’m Just Pointing Out That Candice Loves It As Much As Maria Does

        • https://www.facebook.com/matt.medina.75 Matt

          Didn’t you read she has a family, it kinda hard to go places when you have 2 small children, also maybe she doesn’t want her kids to know.

        • Raekon

          Even I understand the kids part, I have to say that other female wrestlers had children too and they still kept wrestling so not wrestling because one has kids is a excuse since you don’t have to be on the road the whole time but rather do a few gigs here and there.

          If she doesn’t want her children to know that she jumped around half or almost totally naked the whole time then I understand that.

          However, she was a wrestler so it shouldn’t be anything to be ashamed off.

  • http://cmpunkscrazychick.tumblr.com xoxoRKOxoxo

    Candice, one of the few “model” divas that actually improved, she busted her ass for the Women;s Championship! Maria, oh, did nothing really, nothing memorable!!!!

  • Kaitlyn_LitaFan321

    Candice Michelle was better she learned her craft and became a great wrestler until Beth Injured her.

    Maria had no wrestling ability she falls under the same Category as Kelly Kelly Ashley Massaro and Rosa Mendes. Horrible wrestler.

  • JD Sensations

    It’s a no contest here for me – Candice! Went from the slutty Vinces Devils heel, who could barely wrestle, to a Women’s Champion who impressed all. I only wished she hadnt gotten injured again back in 2008 and was in the Bunnymania tag!

  • xLitaFan4Everx

    I’m going to vote for Candice here because even though Maria’s accomplished stuff outside of WWE, I feel Candice accomplished a lot more in WWE than Maria and made a bigger impact and was better in the ring. Just my opinion. My vote goes to Candice Michelle. :)

  • redsandman99

    Candice. She went from eye candy to wrestler and a pretty good one until she got injured. Maria lasted longer maybe but the only real program she had with her as the star was the Bunny Mania thing and then she went back to the background like she had been before. Candice had the Vince’s Devils thing and her feuds with Melina and Beth Phoenix.

  • Slapavel

    candice, did maria every win a singles match in wwe?

    • moonpiggy

      even Jillian slaughtered her ass!

      • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

        she beat victoria on smackdown once LMAO..

    • redsandman99

      She also defeated Beth once though that was due to Candice causing a distraction.

      • Crazy_J

        Out of all the diva’s she’s beat, they are Victoria and Beth? lmao.. I like Maria, but seriously.

  • Slapavel

    melinas butt want as plump as it was in 2010, oh yeah she got it done

  • Gailkimlover3

    it actually no contest here.. Candice hands down.. she proved more than another eye candy she improved a lot and won the women title in the process and even though she got injured i think when she return she was better than ever.. she was the best.. one of my favorite diva ever

  • CandiceMichelle&TorrieWilson

    Candice Michelle

    She Busted Her Ass, Because She Was Passionate For The Business. She Loved It, She Paved The Way For The Diva Search Girls Like McCool, Layla & Eve…

    1st To Win A Female Championship In WWE. She Had The Sex Appeal & The Crowd Behind Her When Her Music Slowly Hit. I Loved Her Sooooooooo Much, I’ll Always Wonder What If About Her Injury But Everything Happens For A Reason And She’ll Be Remeberd For Her Hardwork, Passion & Being A Good Person.

    • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

      candice never paved the way LMAO..michelle,layla & eve are better wrestlers…

      • https://www.facebook.com/matt.medina.75 Matt

        Michelle. yes. Eve, a lil bit. Layla, on the same level.

        • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

          layla is way better then candice LOL..

      • BorisG

        Eve isn’t better wrestler than Candice. Candice had more maneuvers in her craft, while Eve had only Bootysault, Moonsault and few kicks she learned in Jiujitsu.

      • CandiceMichelle&TorrieWilson

        @art yes she did! she was the 1st DIVA SEARCH winner/Contestant to win a wwe title. You can’t ignore facts

    • Valese

      Rofl! Candice> Layla, anyday. What’s so memorable about Layla… Aside from Lay-cool? Her action-packed diva’s championship reign, haha so funny.

      • Lita-Sault-666

        Just because Layla hasn’t had any memorable reigns as champion doesn’t mean she wasn’t better in the ring than Candice was. You don’t have to be an in-ring veteran to succeed in the WWE, there are roles for everyone to play.
        I personally think Layla is the better of the two inside the ring, and although I really could never get behind Candice as I always felt she looked awkward, I do respect her efforts in bettering herself to earn that Women’s Championship.

        • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

          candice got no reactions either & she only got a good title run because wwe still cared about the division at least layla could run circles around candice & her plastic face..
          the only thing people remember about candice is her falling on her face,playboy & godaddy wow what accomplishments…

        • CandiceMichelle&TorrieWilson

          @art whatever, you believe what you want majority of us know better & that pisses you off cause you don’t like her

        • Valese

          Still more memorable than Layla and her non-existent title reigns which were soo forgettable haha only you’ll remember cause you’re an angry mark. Candice didn’t even win the diva search and she won a title before Layla did LOL

  • DjayDay

    I honestly really got a lot of love for both girls. I started watching wrestling again when it was Candice and Victoria vs the world. And I saw both grow. They may not be the best technical wrestlers, but every Diva fan has a soft spot for Maria and Candice. I’ll give it to Maria for the fact that she never gets as much love for her amount of dedication to the buisness. Either could easily go to the semi’s though.

  • MAXILLIAN

    Candice did more, but I prefer Maria without a doubt.

  • Deezo88

    Candice, hands down.

  • http://twitter.com/RyanRoman0 Ryan

    So not fair!!! Both were beautiful and awesome!!!
    Candice was pure sex and actually a wrestler! She was like a Trish Stratus Candice Michelle style!! And a hell of a champion!! Haven’t seen heart like that since Gail Kim or Trish!!

    On the other hand u have Maria who maybe wasn’t as skilled, but was equally tough and ready and willing to get her butt kicked for the moment!!
    Back then in 2009,WWE Diva = Maria!!
    Fan favorite and just pleasant to look at and to get connected with! Much like Candice

    So I’m not voting :(
    Not fair

  • EVEROCKS

    This one is hard D: but i choose Maria.

  • k2evecrew

    Candice , loved her during Vince’s devils & her feud with Beth . Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t she the first diva search girl to win the women’s belt?

    • CandiceMichelle&TorrieWilson

      Yes, and the (Little Known Fact) First Diva Ever To Defeat Beth Pheonix.

      • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

        diva search reject to win the title…

        • redsandman99

          Could she really be a reject given that WWE signed her anyway?

        • CandiceMichelle&TorrieWilson

          @art so was Michelle McCool, so be quiet

        • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

          michelle made wwe tv thou so she made it further….candice only got signed once wwe heard she was the godaddy girl….

        • CandiceMichelle&TorrieWilson

          @art yes because you know exactly why every single diva was signed, it wouldn’t even matter if that was true because fact was she that she was signed.

  • MRvinaro

    even though Candice Michelle was sooo fkn fantastic and one of the most improved Divas ever I still like Maria and the reason I like Maria more is her Ditzy gimmick.

  • sugarrush28

    I was in love with Candice Michelle. I loved her growth and I loved her reign as Women’s Champ. I always wondered how far she would’ve went if that injury didn’t happen to her. She was one of the women that proved you didn’t have to come out of the womb wanting to wrestle or start in the indies. Anyway I enjoyed Candice Michelle a lot and wish she were still around.

  • MickieJamesluvslave

    Candace. Just feel her impact in the E was better

  • VelvetLoveFan

    Candice because she had a womans title push and improved a lot

  • CandiceMichelle&TorrieWilson

    Little Known Fact: Candice Michelle Was The 1st Diva Ever To Defeat Beth Pheonix @Unforgiven 2007 To Retain Her WWE Women’s Championship

  • VarsityBaseDude

    Sorry Maria, but this one easily goes to Candice.

  • E-Man

    well, I honestly don’t care who wins. Don’t get me wrong, I like them both, but I don’t think either accomplished MUCH in their WWE careers (except Candice’s reign as champion). I think the winner of the Molly vs Mickie round will beat the winner of this one…….

  • Brandon

    Candice’s feud with beth and melina got me into the divas. Love her and she improved so much. It seemed as if wwe wanted her to be the next trish. If it hadn’t been for that clavicle injury, I think she would’ve had way more success. Over Maria, I go with candice definitely :D

  • Johnyfaction3

    Candice was actually THE top diva in WWE at one point during her run, so I am gonna have to go with her. Maria was pretty popular, but Candice was better. She won the Women’s title, Diva of the Year (WWE Magazine), first woman to win Most Improved (WWE Mag and PWI), and woman of the year for PWI too. She was on a roll.