The Women of the Year 2011: Maxine (#14)

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.

Show Stealer

As her entrance song goes, “If you want it, come and get it”, and come and get it she did. In 2011, Maxine stole the show away from the Divas of Raw and SmackDown, and was arguably the only Diva in the entire company to be able to fully show the extent of her talent.

Returning to NXT this year after placing fifth on the all-Divas version last year, Maxine quickly found herself in the mix of things, aligning herself with Derrick Bateman as a devilish power couple. It wouldn’t be smooth sailing, however, as soon Johnny Curtis would insert himself between the pair, leading to a complicate love triangle that saw backstage segments, in-ring promos and more in a storyline that has spanned several months. It’s rare to see a Diva so in the forefront as Maxine has been on NXT, but she has certainly made the most of her opportunity.

Maxine has shown a vast improvement in the ring, debuting a devastating new finishing move, and putting on good matches against the likes of AJ, Kaitlyn and Alicia Fox. Meanwhile, proving to be the modern-day triple threat in the Divas division, Maxine’s promos are second to none. So comfortable on the microphone, Maxine is perhaps the WWE’s best kept secret. Then there’s her exotic looks which she shows off in rather risque ring attire.

Perhaps Maxine’s success is due to the fact that there is so little meddling on NXT compared to Raw and SmackDown by WWE higher ups such as Vince, allowing the writers to actually put an emphasis on a female character, and not just book them as an afterthought.

Maxine has been a shining light for the Divas division in 2011 — despite not actually being in it.

Though she didn’t win NXT Season 3, which sought to find the WWE’s “next breakout Diva”, in hindsight, Maxine is perhaps the real winner.

The Women of the Year 2011: Madison Eagles (#15)

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  • G32106

    I just love Maxine! She has had such an awesome year in NXT and has immensely improved in the ring. I hope that 2012 is an even better year for her. I hope she gets to be on Raw and feud with Kelly, and the other face divas. It’s not likely since their both heel, but I would love to see Maxine face Beth for the divas title!

  • KellyEve

    A little bit high but cool to have Maxine in the list

    • bromero329

      Its not too high.its perfect.shes had a great year

      • KellyEve

        I mean she was ranked higher than titles holders and a very strong and ranked pwi 1 in 2011 and won that prestigious championships and Maxina a couple of storylines and no more

  • Ryan

    Man I love Maxine shes so damn fine sexy and hot as hell!!!
    I love how strong a woman she is in the mic how aggressive she is in the ring..Maxine compared to most of the girls they just dont measure up

    She DOES reminds me of Melina but I like Maxine waaaaay better! Maxine is much hotter too!! U call it risque I call it HOT!!
    Isnt it mind-warping? How when WWE doesnt care for a show like NXT3 yet it was pretty successful? Bella Twins LayCool Maxine Naomi AJ Lee Vickie n Kaytlin all shined big time!!??
    Maxine and AJ Lee now shining on NXT-R! So its like saying if the Big ups in wwe didnt interfere on Raw n Smackdown, could wwe be u know, like the divas division be awesome?

    Man Maxine deserves to be in top 5!! =D

    Bateman is a lucky mofo..and their relationship is pretty hillarious specially how he cost her the match lmao

  • art

    i wasnt a fan of her till she came back on nxt & stole the show…cant wait too see what 2012 has for maxine….

  • Future-Knockout/Diva

    Great pick DD, Maxine has had a great year, her storylines on NXT with Derrick & Johnny have been really good, her matches with AJ & Kaitlynn have been great, i can’t wait until this season of NXT is over so that Maxine can showcase her talented skills on SD or Raw

    • G32106

      Totally agree! It really seems like this season of nxt has been going on forever!!

      • art

        but on raw or smackdown she’ll only get 2 minutes &/or might get lost in the shuffle….

        • G32106

          Hopefully in 2012 when the wwe network comes out, the divas will be given more time in the ring… we already are planned to see a divas reality show!

  • Jhonmarco

    Great pick, a little too high imo but she’s easily the best talker in the division. I like that they’ve kept her on NXT, gives ehr a chance to develope a connection with the crowd & not become generic on smackdown or raw.

  • pumped up kicks

    I really like this girl! Hopefully she can make a big splash on smackdown one day.

  • Raekon

    Good Pick! :)
    She is one of the best on the mic and segment work, with a little more work in the ring she might even be the whole package soon! :)

  • Joshi Rules

    So Madison Eagles was Shimmer Champion most of 2011 and was ranked #1 on the PWI list and she is ranked below a NXT wrestler? 14 seems way too high for Maxine.

    • G32106

      I kinda agree that Madison should be in spot 14 with Maxine in 15

  • shameronstar

    I have to admit last year I wasn’t really a fan of Maxine and I didn’t really care much for her, but she actually has impressed me this year with her improvement in ALL the categories it takes to be a successful wwe diva, and I can honestly say she’s a bit higher on my radar now. I just wish her, Aksana, AJ, Kaitlyn, and Naomi would start breaking out because I really am confident they if the future of the divas division is mostly in their hands than I’m not too worried at all.

  • MickieFan226

    I agree with this spot for Maxine!

    She could be a big breakout Diva of 2012. I hope to see her get moved to Raw or SD next year.

  • AdrianRay

    I still…ugh… don’t yet like her. Every one loves her and I’m like ok…. maybe I’m just alone here. She just doesn’t amuse me…yet!

  • G32106

    Maxine vs Layla- Didn’t even think about that, that could be a pretty cool feud.

  • moogle

    fiery Perez girls haha

  • Ryan

    Are maxine n melina really related? her name is Kaylee perez n melina perez..they resemble each other n have that fiery temper

  • art

    @Sophia i think he meant he liked maxine better then maxine not that maxine was a better wrestler…

  • Ryan

    Bingo @Art
    @Sofia I like Maxine way better..I actually genuinely like Maxine!