14. Molly Holly
Molly Holly was one of the most underrated members of the women’s division in the early 2000s. Her in-ring ability made her a huge asset. She was also one of a handful of antagonists who helped Trish Stratus gain credibility as a top babyface.
Holly won the WWE Women’s Championship for the first time at King of the Ring 2002. She held the title for 91 days before she dropped it back to Stratus at Unforgiven.
In 2003, she enjoyed a more eventful run with the title after she ousted Gail Kim on the July 28 episode of Raw. During this 210-day reign, she successfully defended the title against Lita at Survivor Series and Ivory at Armageddon.
Holly lost the title to Victoria, which led to their famous Hair vs. Title match at WrestleMania XX. During an interview with DS Shin of Ring the Belle, Molly revealed that she pushed hard for that match. She even agreed to have her head shaved so that the women’s title could make it onto the card.
Speaking of Victoria, she was a two-time WWE Women’s Champion in her own right. In 2002, her demented heel character was new and refreshing.
At Survivor Series, she defeated Trish Stratus in a hardcore match to win the women’s title. These stipulation matches set Victoria’s first tenure as champion apart from many others on this list.
Stratus regained the title at WrestleMania XIX but Victoria eventually won the championship again as a popular face. As noted earlier, she beat Molly Holly for the title on an episode of Raw. Then, she defended it at WrestleMania XX and shaved the challengers head afterward.
Victoria and Stratus switched roles later that year with Trish portraying the antagonist in their feud throughout the summer.
WWE Hall of Famer, Ivory, played an integral part in the development of the women’s division from 1999 to 2005. In August, she easily defeated Debra to become the new WWE Women’s Champion.
Unfortunately, her first two reigns ended poorly. First, she lost the belt to The Fabulous Moolah, who was 76 years old at the time, after a cringeworthy feud that included a Handicap Evening Gown match.
Ivory regained the title a week later. Then she lost the title to The Kat in the aforementioned Four Corners Evening Gown pool match in December.
Her third and final reign started after she beat Lita, Jacqueline, and Trish Stratus in a Fatal Four-Way match on the Nov. 2, 2000 episode of SmackDown. As a member of Right to Center, she enjoyed her best tenure, leading to a noteworthy feud at WrestleMania X-Seven.
Ivory was a strong champion, who routinely got overshadowed by bigger stars or some of the ridiculous aspects of the Attitude Era. Regardless, she’s still a three-time WWE Women’s Champion with a cumulative reign of 331 days.