Ranking every WWE Women’s Champion from worst to best
It’s safe to say no one on this list wrestled like Lita. She was a true trailblazer.
Sporting baggy pants like the rest of Team Xtreme, Lita captured the imagination of young women all of the world who had never seen a woman wrestle such a high-risk style.
To add to that, Lita was so relatable. She stood out because she was more of a representation of teenagers in the late 90s than any other woman on the roster. If you didn’t see yourself in her, chances are you knew someone she closely resembled.
In 2000, Lita won the WWE Women’s Championship when she beat Stephanie McMahon in the main event of the Aug. 21 episode of Raw. It was a big win, but her time as champion didn’t live up to expectations.
Although she held the title for 71 days, WWE never gave her a story of her own outside of the Hardys. In fact, she lost it when Edge and Christian interfered in her match with Ivory to further their feud with Team Xtreme.
Unfortunately, this became a trend for Lita. She never had a truly great reign. However, she did enjoy memorable moments like her win in the historic main event match against Trish Stratus from the Dec. 6, 2004 episode of Raw.
Her second tenure as WWE Women’s Champion was sadly cut short a month later when she tore her ACL. Lita won the title a third time in August of 2006 and drop it to Trish Stratus after 34 days in her retirement match at Unforgiven.
After Stratus vacated it, Lita won the title a few months later at Cyber Sunday to become a four-time champion. It’s a shame that her final reign didn’t grant her the send off she deserved.
2. Mickie James
Mickie James burst onto the scene in October of 2005 as an obsessive Trish Stratus superfan. Her transition from Status’ friend into her new nemesis was possibly the most well-executed storyline featuring female superstars heading into WrestleMania season.
At the “Showcase of the Immortals,” James won over the smarky Chicago crowd as she ended Trish’s 448-day reign to become the new WWE Women’s Champion. After WrestleMania 22, Mickie and Stratus continued their feud into the summer.
In 2006, she started a new rivalry with Lita, who defeated her for the title on the Aug. 14 episode of Raw. After Stratus retired, James and Lita faced each other again in a lumberjill match at Cyber Sunday.
Lita won the vacant title but she lost it to Mickie three weeks later in her retirement match at Survivor Series.
In 2007, she was embroiled in a heated feud with Melina for most of the year. The two traded the title back and forth and became the first women to compete in a Falls Count Anywhere match.
James became a four-time WWE Women’s Champion, defeating Beth Pheonix in London in April of 2008. Mickie held the title for 125 days before she dropped it back to Phoenix at SummerSlam.
In the following year, Mickie James was named the second woman to hold both the WWE Women’s and Divas Championship. She won the women’s title for a fifth and final time at Royal Rumble 2010, giving her the second most reigns behind our next entry.