This week, we’re asking this: On Sunday, Brooke Tessmacher won the Knockouts Title for the first time, so we want to know: which former model do you think has best overcome the stereotypes? We’ve read your responses on our social media pages and picked some of the best submissions to highlight here on the website. As always, you can join the debate by leaving your comments!
Batting for Team DD this week, it’s Katelyn giving us her personal opinion on this week’s topic:
Katelyn: Trish Stratus will probably be a common answer (and rightfully so), but I am going to say Michelle McCool. She honestly progressed so much as a wrestler/character that I often forget she was ever a part of the Diva Search all those years ago. Honorable mentions to Candice Michelle and Christy Hemme, whom were making obvious strides in the ring when they were wrestling.
|Albert Albie Aldahawi | Candice Michelle, she started out as eye candy and became a top contender in the Divas division. You can only imagine how good she would of been now if it wasn’t for all the injuries. But she wasn’t scared to perform difficult moves and always brought something new to each match.|
|Josue Guzman | The Diva Search was where we really began to see many models be picked up by the WWE. While there are some that consider this competition to be the “fall down” of the women’s division, I’ve viewed it as a way for these women to prove they are more than just pretty faces. Take Brooke Tessmacher‘s time with TNA and victory on Sunday. Her improvements per the years almost make you forget that she started out in ECW’s Extreme Exposé!
Christy Hemme went from having pillow fights to stepping into the ring with Awesome Kong, nearly pinning her! Candice Michelle, who didn’t even win the Diva Search, was able to become Women’s Champion because she trained hard and pushed herself. Winners Eve Torres and Layla are not only former Diva champions but also have proven to have the mic skills to play either faces or heels. All these models have given us memories that we’ve grown to appreciate.
|Meagan Gearity | I am going to say Trish Stratus here. She was the first one that started the whole model turned into wrestlers thing. At first, I wasn’t very keen on Trish Stratus back in 2000, but as she got in the ring and started to improve, I didn’t label her as a model anymore as she worked to eventually becoming the Diva of the Decade, a 3x Babe of the Year and a Seven Time Women’s Champion. If I am looking at today’s girls then I am going to have to say Brooke Tessmacher. Even though she just won the Knockouts Championship recently, I think she proved a lot of people wrong. I mean look what happened in the past five year with her. She started out as a dancer for Extreme Expose, she got fired, she was Bischoff’s assistant, got fired and was told to become a wrestler to stay in the division, trained her ass off, got hurt and now is your knockouts champion.|
|Mickey Micklon | How about Eve Torres? I noticed a nice improvement over time in the ring.|
|Mondarious Brantley | Trish Stratus tops the list for breaking those stereotypes, but other models like Kelly Kelly, Alicia Fox, and Layla have proven that you don’t have start out as a wrestler to become great and prove yourself.|
|Ozzy Valentine | The obvious answer is Trish Stratus – but in the more recent years, I would have to go with Candice Michelle. She was very sloppy, but like a true champion; she kept improving and coming back after getting her butt handed to her many times. I was the Diva Search Reject hater, Candice changed my mind. You know she worked hard to be taken seriously and even though her run as an active competitor was brief, I’ll never forget her effort and determination that helped her rise above the others as a true Women’s Champion.|
|@Royal_TRP | I’d have to say Candice Michelle. During her first few years in the WWE she was just seen as a pretty face/model. Then she started training/improving in the ring and became more serious about wrestling, and earned a shot at the Women’s Championship, and won it. She also had good feuds with Melina and Beth Phonenix.|
And now we turn it over to you…
What are your two cents on the debate? Which former model do you think has best overcome the stereotypes? Tell us in the comments…