Happy Birthday, Butterfly Belt! The Diva Dirt Team Picks Their Favorite Divas Champions

As you may know, today marks the fifth “birthday” of the Divas Championship.

The title we affectionately call the “butterly belt” crowned its first champion on July 20th, 2008. Over the years it’s has had its fair share of detractors, who malign it for looking like a Barbie accessory or for replacing the Women’s Title in 2010. However, like it or not, it’s here to stay.

In its first five years, the title has developed its own storied history, with a wide variety of Divas laying claim to it over 20 reigns. To celebrate this anniversary, the Diva Dirt team has each picked their favorite Diva to hold the title, explaining why their chosen Diva reigns supreme.

Click the arrow below to see the team’s first pick.

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  • http://worldelitewrestle.proboards.com FOXY & FLAWLESS!

    Cryssi, I’m not gone let you finish, cause Candice Michelle had the best character evolution of all time. She actually could hold her own in a match with Beth Phoenix by the time she was women’s champion…Kelly? Lol.

    • divaindemise

      Kelly had character?

  • redsandman99

    Eve’s last reign was definitely her best. I wasn’t a Kelly fan but she did have the crowd behind her and there could have been more done with her reign (her feud with the Bellas tended to just tread water and the bad booking Beth and Natalya got hurt how interesting that feud was). Natalya’s title win is one of my favorite diva moments of all time because I was prepared for her to not get it and was genuinely surprised when she did.

    • Jcott3

      Kelly’s reign was done to capitalize on her pictorial in Maxim and she was popular (for the same reason Stacy and Torrie were popular), but when WWE had her going over on Beth and Nattie, that’s when the IWC started calling for her head. I don’t remember seeing that much Kelly-hate before she won the title.

      • redsandman99

        I remember a lot of nasty comments on my twitter timeline when she won the title so it was there before she started going over Beth and Nattie.

  • http://worldelitewrestle.proboards.com FOXY & FLAWLESS!

    To me Mickie should have been in instead of Kelly. Most of the things the writer was talking about that Kelly did wasn’t even during her reign? I get she had a big character evolution but that wasn’t the question — the question was which reign was the best. Mickie was apart of, arguably, the biggest divas storyline of her time against LayCool and she went on to win the belt again. She should have been included, not Kelly

    • redsandman99

      Mickie’s feud with LayCool was over the women’s title, not the diva’s

      • http://worldelitewrestle.proboards.com FOXY & FLAWLESS!

        @redsandman99 dear god I got caught slippin lmao. Can I delete this comment?! Mayday!! But no seriously that’s my bad…I can’t believe I got those mixed up!

    • Johnyfaction3

      The question was who was their favorite champion not who they thought was the best one.

  • RyRy21

    Where Is Maryse??? her first run in my opinion still is the best title run for the butterfly belt

  • BorisG

    Jillian had a 5 minute reign, but for me, still more impactful than Nikki’s or Kaitlyn’s reign. The reaction she got, her reaction and when she lost it. Imagine Jillian coming every week as champion singing. Crowd would hate her even more.
    And what about Maryse? She is the longest reigning Divas Champion.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/JillianHallTNA TNAknockoutJillianHall

      hell yeah! Those damn Bella Twins aren’t as near as fabulous as Jillian was as Divas champ!

  • Johnyfaction3

    My Favorite is Queen Eve during her 3rd reign. Her heel turn was the freshest thing going on for the Divas last year (other than AJ). She did whatever she had to win the title and she also did whatever she could to hold on to it until she left. That’s something every heel champion should strive to do. She helped Kaitlyn breakout and she also help put Naomi once a again in the radar. And lets be honest she was a total bitch and I loved it. No women since Lita has come into their last match as a Champions. (That I can remember)

    I would like to see Diva Dirt do a 50 cents on this.

  • bjorn448

    It’s Mickie James for me

  • bjorn448

    It’s Mickie James for me

  • Divafan0118

    Kelly Kelly will always be my favorite. When I think of how hard she worked and how far she’s come, she finally got it and deserved it.

  • kingbooman

    I want diva dirt to do a poll now with all the divas champions and we all Vote and next week the woman with the Most votes win.

  • kingbooman

    AJ will always be my favorite it took her 14 years, and She met her favorite diva Lita and 10 years later she was down in Nxt and Then 4 years later she’s the divas champion and I bet you she will be a 5x Divas Champion First Ever 4x Divas Champ.

  • xXL3Xx

    AJ would have to be my pick. Girls making that title matter for the first time in a while.
    Just the fact that the Bellas and Kelly are on the list, leads me to believe that NO ONE should take this list seriously. *shudders* Such terrible wrestlers.

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      Terrible wrestlers doesn’t mean terrible reign! Nikki’s reign was one of the worst ever but Brie’s reign was decent. Not good but decent.

      As for Kelly’s reign, it was ONE OF THE BEST DIVAS CHAMPIONSHIP REIGN EVER! What makes a good divas champ is having decent feuds, ALWAYS be on Tv, look STRONG, winning MANY matches, having GOOD matches and receiving REACTIONS from the crowd!

      Kelly had TWO feud, with bellas and Beth(and
      Nattie). Her feud against the bellas wasn’t AMAZING, but it wasn’t bad either. Yes they had AWFUL PPV matches but they also had decent match, i can remember they had submission match and it was decent If I remember.

      Her feud with Beth was pretty good, she had the best matches of her career against her and even if you said that beth carried her in all the matches, Kelly was good two especially at SummerSlam where she shocked Every one by defeating Beth in such an AMAZING performance by both of them and not only Beth! Yes, Beth loosing at NOC 2011 was bit erh.. for most of us diva fans and wrestling fans but Kelly HAD to win to look strong and a credible champion. She was OVER with the crowd and had Amazing reactions and she was on EVERY WEEK unlike Layla, Kaitlyn, Beth…. Not matter what anybody says, SHE WAS A GREAT DIVAS CHAMP AND ONE OF THE BEST DIVAS CHAMP EVER!

  • http://amlexwrestlingwommen.tumblr.com/ DIVASKO

    Really?no Beth and Maryse?

  • Matty “EVA MARIE’S #1 FAN!” Ryan

    I don’t have a favorite Divas champion, but I do have champions I prefer over others.

    Maryse- Looked the part of DIVAS champion, and had arguably the most charisma a champion has ever had.

    Eve, Michelle, & Kaitlyn- To me these Divas…made the butterfly part of the belt. All three had a career metamorphosis. Michelle making her change from Diva Search reject to personal trainer to wrestler. Eve going from Diva Search winner to wrestler. And Kaitlyn making her career out of a rumored ‘botch’.

    Natalya, AJ, & Jillian- Girls who dreamed of holding the belt! Girls who busted their a*ses to even make it to the WWE. These girls gave the title a sense of importance, cause if you noticed when these girls won the title, they ALL broke down.

    Kelly & Alicia- The belt was made for girls like this. Barbies. They (along with Maryse) looked the part of a DIVAS champion.

    • http://worldelitewrestle.proboards.com FOXY & FLAWLESS!

      I was almost surprised someone called alicia a Barbie until I saw who was commenting.

    • http://worldelitewrestle.proboards.com FOXY & FLAWLESS!

      I was nearly surprised that someone was ignorant enough to refer to Alicia Fox as a barbie, but then I saw who was commenting. Hey Matty! :D

      • Matty “EVA MARIE’S #1 FAN!” Ryan

        To be fair Alicia is a barbie. What do you want me to call her a Bratz doll since she is heel, no. Just because she is black doesn’t mean she isn’t a barbie.

        • http://worldelitewrestle.proboards.com FOXY & FLAWLESS!

          How is she a Barbie? Because she came from a modeling background? Really? She’s never been portrayed as a cover girl in the WWE like Kelly Kelly or Torrie Wilson so categorizing her as that because of her past occupation is just stupid. Victoria was a fitness model, albeit a model, is she a Barbie? Kaitlyn was a model, is she a Barbie? Your fav eva Marie is nothing but a model, is she a Barbie?

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    My favorite divas champion is Alicia Fox (but Aj is a close second). I know she wasn’t the best one but she had a GREAT reign. Her first reign (and hopefully not the last) made me a HUGE fan of her. She showed so much personality in her reign, she was charismatic, vicious, fierce, had mic time, backstage segments, she looked REALLY strong and a credible divas champion. She improved so much during her reign and 2010 was really good year for her. She botch less in her matches she had good matches like with Eve at MITB 2010 but unfortunately it was cut by Melina’s return. As much as I love Melina, I WAS MAAAAD, ANGRY, EVERYTHING when I see her winning the title in the first title defence because Alicia’s reign was getting better every week but Melina kind of kill it. Alicia worked so hard to have this so she SHOULD have had a longer reign, her and Melina could have had such an AMAZING and REALLY ENTERTAINING
    feud so… And the fact that she lost it like a months after made me even more angry because after all, why was Melina even divas champ if it was for a month? Erh…
    + What makes it special and my fav for me is that she was the FIRST EVER BLACK WOMAN/AFRO-AMERICAN DIVAS CHAMP! When you are black the life is always a bit harder because there is always some racists in the world and I was SOO PROUD to have her as our first EVER BLACK WOMAN/AFRO AMERICAN to hold the title. It was an HISTORIC reign for us and WWE.
    I really hope she will be champion again because she is an amazing talented woman and that not because she did wrong that you have to punish for ever Wwe, please PUSH HER!

  • K2Evefan

    Foxy and flawless actually the question was “who is their favorite divas champion?” Not who had their favorite reign. Pay attention before you comment. Also its called an opinion, you think candice michelle had the best character develpment but chryssi thinks it was kelly. The world is allowed to have different opinions. Candice’s character never really evolved she was always a sex symbol from her time with vinces devils to the time she left the company. Kelly went from a sex symbol into the golden all american girl next door.

  • http://unicornduchess07.tumblr.com hellaciousheart

    personally my favorite divas champions are Maryse, Kelly Kelly (yes hate me if you want to but she had a decent reign), Michelle ofcourse I love that woman, Melina and yes AJ Lee.

  • http://myworld.ebay.com/ferociouscougar 09DHK

    Uh, no Mickie James?!?! Mickie’s title reign was by far the ONLY title reign in which the Divas Championship had any form of credibility. Beth would’ve been a definitive second choice had she not been jobbed out to the likes of Kelly Kelly BEFORE actually winning the title; then jobbed out at Wrestlemania to a woman who’s not even a fucking wrestler AND Nikki Bella, TWICE. Seriously, on what planet can Nikki Bella beat Beth Phoenix (or any WWE diva for that matter with the exception of Rosa Mendes)? Sure, Michelle was the first champion, but compared to the WOMEN’S Championship, no one really treated it like a legitimate title. Anyways, with the birth of this championship came the cancer diagnosis of the Women’s Championship. It’s rather sad that the NXT Women’s Title looks more like a title than the main roster title.

  • Lily

    It’s sad how I don’t remember half of the reigns.

    Only Diva reigns I remember are LayCool, Maryse’s 1st, and Eve’s 3rd reign.

    AJ Lee’s reign as champion is so far doing really good, if WWE keeps it up for the rest of the year ..she’ll probably end up the best Divas champion yet.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/JillianHallTNA TNAknockoutJillianHall

      How can’t you remember Jillian’s 4 minute reign? Lol :P

  • http://www.twitter.com/Diva_Fan_4_Life DivaFan4Life

    To me i loved Marye’s title reigns because of her character. Melina and Mickie’s were really good and they had a lot of good matches with there contenders. Michelle Mccool was also a great champion and a hard worker improving her craft in the ring.

    All the divas had good reigns but not memorable. I still wish Jillian would’ve gotten a good title reign though.

    • http://www.twitter.com/Diva_Fan_4_Life DivaFan4Life

      *Maryse’s

  • aldo

    Natalya is my favorite divas champion. Then Melina obviously (I agree with everything Erin said). Then Beth Phoenix (because of her ppv matches, except WM) and Mickie James.

    But I will never forget JILLIAN. Her 4 minute reign was probably the best reign ever xD I enjoyed every single second of it. The way she celebrate (the sreams and her singing) was priceless!

  • Gail-Trish-Brooke

    Ugh…this list really makes me miss Melanie, cause some of these choices are :X

    • kio3j2

      Ain’t that the truth

  • divaindemise

    Maryse’s first reign was the most consistent. She wasn’t the greatest wrestler during that period, but she had an over abundance of charisma and presence, and it was blatantly evident that backstage were enjoying her act. Shame she got injured and lost her spark, because Maryse could have been so much bigger.

    • Danny

      I agree,I thought they would put her in there,But hopefully maryse comes back even better then before.

    • Tomee

      And during that long period she defended the title like four times, out of which she lost 2 via disqualification. I have no idea what WWE was thinking. Long reigns are okay, but make it worth…

  • Sarah Connor

    Gotta agree with Melanie and Jack’s choices.

    Michelle gave that title some prestige by attaching her name to it and having some great laycool feuds and being one of the best womens wrestlers the wwe can call its own since trish.

    Natalya as we all know is one of the best and always dreamt of winning the womens title which unfortunately she wasn’t given the chance to do. However when winning the divas title you knew it meant so much to her when she became emotional and cried – it felt like she wanted to win also as a tribute thankyou to owen and luna who were big influences in her career.

    plus nattie’s feud with laycool served some pretty neat flowing matches and a nice return for beth phoenix to lift natalya up on her proud win was icing.

    these two were the standout wrestlers that won the divas title and made it feel important. beth, mickie and melina won and had better title reigns with the womens title more than once so their divas title runs didn’t really give me much to be happy or excited about.

  • http://fr0stb1te.tumblr.com Roxxxy Andrews

    Michelle McCool, hands down.