A la TIME’s Person of the Year list, Diva Dirt has compiled a countdown of the women we feel have best embodied the zeitgeist of the year in women’s wrestling. To compile this list, the Diva Dirt team have tracked the headlines here at Diva Dirt over the past 12 months, followed the lively fan debate on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, considered the impact that the women have made within the industry, and taken into account personal achievements as well. More information on the Women of the Year list here.

The Evil Queen

Like the Evil Queen in Snow White, Karen Jarrett made us love to hate her (or just love to love her here at Diva Dirt) as she ruled the Knockouts division with her iron fist, making for one of the most exciting periods the division has seen in quite some time.

What she lacks in the ring compared to the other Knockouts, Karen Jarrett more than makes up for on the microphone. Karen’s promos in the ring (including that infamous one with Jeff Hardy), as well as her backstage segments, showed a natural charisma that can’t be taught. For a woman with no prior acting experience, Karen transformed in front of the camera and for a time, was Impact Wrestling’s most reviled heel. Arguably, her time as the Knockouts VP produced some of the best segments we’ve seen involving the Knockouts in 2011, and like any good heel, you just couldn’t wait to see her get her comeuppance.

While it feels as though Karen’s story arc ended too soon, she left an indelible mark in Impact Wrestling, particularly the Knockouts division.

Simply put: Karen Jarrett was one of 2011’s most entertaining characters on TV.

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