Looks aren’t everything. That’s what our parents told us anyway. Of course, if all you needed to get by in this world was a positive attitude and a “can do” spirit than there would be a lot more potbellies in the WWE locker room.
So allow us to be shallow for a second. It’s hard to deny that the Superstars and Divas of sports-entertainment are some of the most perfect specimens on the planet. But who were the best looking of the bunch? WWE Classics separates the good from the bad and the ugly in this list of the 50 most beautiful people in wrestling history.
#25 Chris Jericho
When he debuted in WWE in 1999, Chris Jericho was a long-haired, pompous trashtalker with a tiny ponytail sticking out of his scalp like a cornstalk. Almost 15 years later, Jericho evolved into a multi-time World Champion, game show host, genuine rock star and a bona fide celebrity.
Good looking enough to succeed beyond the ring, Jericho has rocked hundreds of thousands of fans as the frontman of his rock band, Fozzy. In 2010, he hosted the ABC game show “Downfall” and the next year he was a hit on that network’s “Dancing with the Stars.” But don’t let the multi-talented Jericho fool you. His most significant talent is still winning wrestling matches. — Z.L.
#24 Kofi Kingston
Sometimes women aren’t looking for a bad boy, and Kofi Kingston fits that bill. For almost five years, The Dreadlocked Dynamo has soared through WWE with a sparkling smile and a just as spectacular arsenal of impressive maneuvers. Members of the WWE Universe can’t help but grin ear to ear when they see Kingston flash his pearly whites.
Unapologetic about his love for comic books and video games, “The Wildcat” is living proof that nerds can also be good looking athletes. And while the Intercontinental Champion’s opponents might always be in trouble, his fans are always in paradise. — Z.L.
#23 Paul Roma
Most wrestlers who sold themselves as good-looking were anything but — that is unless you consider “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton to be a dreamboat. For Paul Roma, “Pretty” wasn’t just an ironic nickname.
A serious bodybuilder in his youth, Roma first drove female fans wild when he teamed up with fellow stud Jim Powers in a duo dubbed The Young Stallions. More talented teams like Strike Force and The Rockers edged the pair out as WWE’s resident heartthrobs, but Roma continued to experience tag success through his career. He even briefly joined The Four Horsemen, which would put him in the running for the best looking member of that legendary stable. Sorry, Ole. — R.M.
#22 Candice Michelle
Candice Michelle had it all. A beauty from head to toe, the brunette stunned the WWE Universe from her first appearance in the 2004 WWE Diva Search. She certainly knew how to use her looks to her advantage, quickly forming an alliance with Torrie Wilson and Victoria, known as “Vince’s Devils” for the charm they held over Mr. McMahon.
While extremely beautiful, Candice was no slouch in the ring, either. An extremely quick learner, the Diva rapidly improved as a wrestler, becoming a threat in the Divas division. With her trademark magic wand in hand, the lovely Candice put a spell on the WWE Universe and her opponents, capturing the Women’s Championship in 2007. — B.M.
#21 The Miz
Forget, if you can, the pinstripe fedora, the unfortunate faux hawk and the fingerless gloves, because The Miz has. Leaving behind the overgrown frat boy trappings of his earliest days in WWE, The Awesome One underwent the type of reinvention usually reserved for montage scenes in clichéd romantic comedies. Now well coiffed with an intentional five o’clock shadow and Italian shoes that cost more than most family vacations, The Miz is proving the dorm room is far behind him and a mansion in the Hollywood hills lies ahead. Be jealous. — R.M.
In 2006, a former Miami Heat dancer named Layla entered the 2006 WWE Diva Search with aspirations to compete inside the squared circle. After winning the competition, the London-born beauty made her first appearance at that year’s SummerSlam. A short time later, she moved to ECW and used the skills honed with the NBA dance troupe to wow the WWE Universe as part of the Extreme Exposé.
Her eventual alliance with another gorgeous Diva — blonde bombshell Michelle McCool — aided Layla in her quest to become a champion. Although a knee injury kept her sidelined for nearly a year, the flirty and energetic Diva returned in 2012 to win the Divas Title. — K.P.
#19 Rick Rude
Sure, Rick Rude’s lush mustache and curly chestnut-colored mullet may not be the type of thing that girls dedicate Tumblr accounts to today, but in The Ravishing One’s prime, he was every bit as desirable as he claimed.
Peaking at a time when a mustache wasn’t just an ironic affectation, Rude cultivated his cookie duster and his eye-popping physique with equal intensity. The perfection of his appearance led The Ravishing One to dub himself “The Sexiest Man Alive” in all earnestness. The men in the WWE Universe may have booed, but their girlfriends didn’t seem to mind the self-absorbed Superstar’s boasts. — R.M.
#18 Alberto Del Rio
It’s not enough that Alberto Del Rio happens to be a filthy rich former WWE Champion with the ability to beat up 99 percent of the population — the guy also has to look like the devilishly handsome villain in a Mexican telenovela.
The son of lucha libre great Dos Caras, Del Rio was brought up in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, with every advantage, but his privilege didn’t deter him from becoming a world-class amateur wrestler and, eventually, a WWE Superstar. The Mexican Aristocrat’s arrogance and attitude rub many in the WWE Universe the wrong way, but Del Rio’s swarthy good looks and oozing charisma are harder to deny. — R.M.
#17 Shawn Michaels
You don’t get christened The Heartbreak Kid by looking like Jonah Hill. Luckily for Shawn Michaels, by the time he shed his Midnight Rockers baby fat and embraced his signature leather chaps and dangling earrings, he looked like the front man of some dynamo hair metal band.
Emanating enough attitude and excess to put Motley Crue to shame, Michaels was well on his way to the top of sports-entertainment by the time Mr. Perfect nicknamed him HBK. Decades later, when he retired from the ring in 2010, the iconic Superstar was clearly no longer a kid. But his knack for breaking hearts never went away. — R.M.
Maryse may have been arrogant and egotistical, but that didn’t stop every man in the WWE Universe from falling in love with her. Before becoming the longest reigning Divas Champion, the French-Canadian beauty was crowned Miss Hawaiian Tropic in 2003. She may have lost to Layla in the 2006 Diva Search, but Maryse did not stay away from WWE for very long as she introduced the season premiere of SmackDown in December 2006. She later appeared in a Timbaland music video before entering active competition. Although she retired in 2011, Maryse dropped jaws whenever she set foot in an arena and also proved her abilities inside the squared circle with two Divas Championships. — K.P.
#15 John Morrison
John Morrison’s brash attitude was unmatched. He was the only Superstar confident enough to dub himself “The Shaman of Sexy.” The former Intercontinental Champion certainly had the credentials to back that nickname up. With a body that looked like it might have belonged to a Greek god, JoMo flaunted an eight-pack of abs that were, perhaps, the best in sports-entertainment history.
To add to that, Morrison had a thick head of brown hair that rivaled Fabio’s. His perfect tresses flowed in the gust of wind that magically blew through arenas upon Morrison’s slow-motion entrance. The Shaman of Sexy’s impeccable mane and ridiculously toned abs made him one of the dreamiest Superstars ever to step inside the squared circle. — B.M.
During WWE’s Attitude Era, the one WWE Diva synonymous with controversy and, of course, beauty was the seductive Sable. A ground-breaking figure, the shapely Diva’s daring demeanor and “sexy and I know it” splendor set the standard that Trish Stratus, Lita and many of the WWE Divas competing today followed.
The blonde bombshell appeared on the cover of numerous magazines, including TV Guide, and each one broke records and sold out immediately. Sable even mixed it up in the squared circle as she cemented her place in history by capturing the WWE Women’s Championship at 1998’s Survivor Series. — K.P.
#13 Rick Martel
Rick Martel never actually modeled — as far as we know anyway — but the handsome Superstar had little trouble convincing WWE fans he was really strutting down catwalks when he started calling himself “The Model” in 1989. Of course, the 6-foot, 225-pound former AWA Champion from Cocoa Beach, Fla., was much more technically devastating than any of the walking mannequins hanging out in Milan. But Martel’s flawless bone structure and Crest White smile made you wonder how a ring veteran could look so unscathed. No wonder hits to the face were off limits in The Model’s SummerSlam 1992 bout against the equally self-obsessed Shawn Michaels. — R.M.
Edge has ruined lives, sent men packing and caused grown adults to cry in pain. No, it’s not by use of the Spear — it’s all because of Adam Copeland’s ability to break hearts.
Matt Hardy scratched and clawed his way back to the WWE just to gain a measure of retribution against The Rated-R Superstar for stealing his girlfriend, Lita. The extreme Diva wasn’t the only woman in WWE to be won over by Edge’s charms. The Ultimate Opportunist used the power of a wink and a smile to woo Vickie Guerrero who helped her beau rise to the top of SmackDown. The former WWE Champion was never shy about flaunting his exploits with women, which only brought him further success. — Z.L.
You’d think a dude who stood 6-foot-6 and weighed 300 pounds would have a way of intimidating women. But the muscle-bound kid from the wrong side of the tracks known as Batista had a harder time keeping the ladies off him.
A notorious playboy, The Animal publically boasted about his conquests both in the ring and out while unabashedly making and breaking relationships. Now that the former WWE Champion has a burgeoning career in both movies and mixed martial arts, you should just be grateful he hasn’t targeted your girlfriend. Yet. — R.M.
#10 Torrie Wilson
This blonde bombshell stopped everyone dead in their tracks wherever she went in sports-entertainment. Plucked from the world of fitness modeling by WCW in 1999, Torrie Wilson had a rather unique introduction to WWE, seducing Mr. McMahon as part of the ongoing war between the WCW/ECW Alliance and WWE. The stunning blonde was recognized for her beauty, gracing the covers of numerous magazines during her in-ring career.
After her departure from WWE in 2008, the stunner has been a tabloid mainstay since she began dating New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez in 2011. The lovebirds were seen in the front row at WrestleMania XXVIII in A-Rod’s hometown of Miami. — B.M.
#9 Cody Rhodes
This grandson of a plumber is a far cry from his American Dream forerunner. While Dusty Rhodes jiggled his way through rings in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Cody appeared in WWE with a lean, athletic frame and striking blue eyes, immediately catching the attention of female fans and Divas alike.
Cody was handsome and he knew it. In 2010, he gave himself a “Dashing” moniker and began wearing a protective mask to shield himself from further injury after being harmed at the hands of Rey Mysterio. Cody’s beautiful face was his meal ticket for success, and a masked Superstar just wouldn’t understand what exfoliating creams and whitening strips can do for a man. — Z.L.
WWE Hall of Famer Sunny is considered to be the first modern-day WWE Diva. The gorgeous blond bombshell turned the heads of every red-blooded male in the WWE Universe and Superstar in the WWE locker room throughout the 1990s and remains one of the most memorable Divas ever to set foot inside the squared circle.
The most downloaded woman on AOL in 1996, Sunny also won Slammy Awards for her girl-next-door good looks. The cunning manager wasn’t just another pretty face, however, as she led tag teams like The Bodydonnas and The Smoking Gunns to the World Tag Team Titles. — K.P.
#7 Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
Entering the ring at a time when most Asian-Americans in sports-entertainment were positioned as deceitful foreigners, Ricky Steamboat emerged as one of wrestling’s most admirable good guys. The Dragon’s flawless technique and undeniable passion played their part in this distinction, but his perfect visage didn’t hurt.
To put it quite literally, Steamboat was a babyface. And the sight of this handsome, well-built kid from Honolulu getting stomped by nasty villains like Jake “The Snake” Roberts naturally played on the audience’s emotions. Sports-entertainment fans will never forget The Dragon fighting uphill battles against Ric Flair and Randy Savage, thanks in no small part to how good he looked doing it. — R.M.
#6 Stacy Keibler
Who knew that a blonde and leggy Nitro Girl named Sky would one day become a gossip mag mainstay, attached to perhaps the biggest movie star on the planet?
More than a few WWE fans did. Although Stacy Keibler debuted in WWE with the villainous WCW/ECW Alliance, crowds couldn’t help but cheer the wholesome beauty. A third place finish on “Dancing with the Stars” helped land her roles in shows like “How I Met Your Mother” and on the covers of Maxim, Stuff and Men’s Fitness. And in 2011, she began dating George Clooney, one of the world’s preeminent show business personalities and philanthropists.
“Dancing with the Stars” judge Bruno Tonioli once nicknamed Stacy “The Weapon of Mass Seduction.” Who are we to disagree? — Z.L.
#5 Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Yes, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson mixed magnetic charisma with superhuman size in a way no other WWE Superstar had ever done. But believe this — Hollywood would never have come knocking if The Great One had a face like Gene Snitsky’s. Luckily, The Rock inherited camera-ready good looks and a smile that could power a small community, which made his transition from WWE icon to international movie star seem all the more obvious. Now viewed as a sex symbol around the globe, The People’s Champion has gone from being one of the best looking men in sports-entertainment, to one of the best looking men in all of entertainment. Smell what The Rock is cooking? — R.M.
The striking Eve certainly adds credence to the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Sure, the 2007 Diva Search winner is a bombshell, but she is also one of the most accomplished Divas in WWE history. Eve is a three-time WWE Divas Champion, a student of the legendary Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy, a former member of the Los Angeles Clippers’ dance team and a graduate of USC with a degree in industrial and systems engineering. Make no mistake about it, Eve has the athleticism, killer body and serious smarts to put her in the running for the title of the most perfect WWE Diva. Just don’t turn your back on her. — K.P.
#3 Trish Stratus
Arguably the greatest WWE Diva to step inside the squared circle, former fitness model Trish Stratus was certainly one of the most gorgeous individuals in WWE history. With a smile that could melt hearts, Trish was named WWE Babe of the Year three consecutive times before being declared Diva of the Decade.
Although her good looks often hid her competitive nature and resiliency, the tenacious competitor was a seven-time WWE Women’s Champion and even held the Hardcore Title. Trish retired from active competition in 2006, but she keeps herself in fighting shape through her Stratusphere yoga program. Since then, men everywhere have been practicing their downward dog pose. — K.P.
#2 Randy Orton
As a third-generation competitor, Randy Orton was granted every advantage a Superstar could desire, but don’t think WWE’s Apex Predator couldn’t have done it on his own. Perhaps the most perfect specimen sports-entertainment has ever seen, Orton looked as though he was constructed in a laboratory by a team of scientists tasked with creating the perfect professional wrestler. Little surprise then that The Viper was winning World Heavyweight Championships before he was old enough to rent a car. The young Superstar’s brash confidence and unapologetic attitude did little to endear him to his peers in the locker room or the folks who signed his paychecks, but who could blame a guy that looked like this for being arrogant? — R.M.
#1 Miss Elizabeth
In the 1980s, the standard of beauty in sports-entertainment was set by “The First Lady of Wrestling” herself: Miss Elizabeth.
It can be argued that every valet, manager and WWE Diva since the ’80s has looked to the soft-spoken beauty as the inspiration for their career paths. For the majority of her career, she stood by “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and she represented grace, class and dignity in the squared circle. Though she was no stranger to controversy herself — particularly when Savage suspected Hulk Hogan of courting her — she always remained loyal to “Macho Man,” even returning to his side when he was attacked by Sensational Sherri after his loss to Ultimate Warrior in a Retirement Match.Decades since she last appeared in WWE, Miss Elizabeth remains the definition of sports-entertainment elegance. — K.P.