TNA has had a tumultuous time with women’s wrestling and the female performers getting an opportunity on the show. There have been ups and downs in terms of the women getting relevant television time and the ability to grow as characters. The company decided to finally launch a division in 2007 with Gail Kim becoming the first ever Knockouts Champion. The term “Knockout” was TNA’s buzz word and rival to WWE’s “Diva” branding. TNA hired quite a few women of different styles and backgrounds to give various personalities in a deep division. The concept of everyone having their own identity is always a good idea.
The unfortunate thing about this is the women haven’t always been given a fair shake. Some have developed legacies in the company such as Gail Kim, Angelina Love and Madison Rayne but most of the others would see a more difficult time. Part of the reason TNA has gone downhill for years now is the inability to commit to performers and giving them the time to shine. Many stars like Tara, Taylor Wilde and Awesome Kong left the company feeling they were disrespected without getting the chances they deserved. The only certain thing is most of the female performers have been talented and beautiful.
Many would argue the women’s division in TNA was the best thing they ever did. The matches between the Knockouts would gain the best quarter by quarter segment ratings for a few years. Fans clearly supported and showed an interest in seeing the women spotlighted on television but they would frequently attempt to copy the WWE’s style at a time where it wasn’t wise to do so. Through the various ups and downs, TNA has employed a lot of knockouts with amazing looks and outstanding talent. Everyone has their favourite but here is the definitive list of the top twenty hottest TNA female wrestlers of all time.
20. TAYLOR WILDE
Taylor Wilde showed great potential in TNA as she was quite talented and seemed to get better with every match. Wilde had a stunning look and was clearly positioned as one of the brighter female stars in the company but other factors would make her time in TNA, and wrestling in general, come to an end. Despite being a champion with a big push, Wilde wasn’t getting paid well by TNA and it was revealed that she was working at a sunglasses kiosk at a mall while performing on a national television that was watched by over one million people. Wilde has since retired to work in another field but still looks wonderful.
19. LACEY VON ERICH
Lacey Von Erich was given opportunity in the wrestling business due to being a third generation member of the legendary Von Erich family and having great looks. Unfortunately for Lacey, the Von Erich wrestling gene didn’t carry over to her and her lack of in-ring skills prevented her from ever becoming a bigger star in the industry. Lacey was still one of the better looking people in the entire wrestling business and utilized it to her advantage until she left the industry to become a full-time parent. The looks of Von Erich could have translated over into the modelling world if she wanted to go that route.
Did you know Jade, aka Mia Yim, is the current TNA Knockouts Champion? You get a pass if you didn’t, since it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the correct timeline in TNA. As one of the newest faces to make it in TNA, Jade has instantly become a valuable member of the Knockouts division and is one of the better looking performers in the company. Jade has worked for years in various independent promotions such as ROH and CZW before getting a pivotal spot on TNA and she’s at her peak right now, as both a performer and a beauty.
17. ALISSA FLASH
Alissa Flash, aka Raisha Saeed, aka Cheerleader Melissa, didn’t stay with TNA for very long with various character changes. For some reason, TNA decided to cover her face by having her play Saeed as Kong’s manager. Her talent, beauty and identity were all hidden until the Alissa Flash character debuted. Flash looked like a star in the making with a couple of impressive matches and segments before being moved into the background once again. Currently working in Lucha Underground once again hiding her identity, the gorgeous wrestler is one of the most skilled and physically attractive women in the wrestling business.
TNA hired Florida model Alison Skipper to play the role of Chelsea, a valet for Desmond Wolfe. The pairing worked well together despite poor booking and Wolfe’s untimely ending with TNA caused the pair to end. Chelsea was one of the more beautiful women in TNA and brought a different aspect that other performers in the company didn’t have. She looked the part of her role and knew how to play it to perfection without any experience in the wrestling bubble. Her acting skills were efficient and her obvious unparalleled beauty made Chelsea one of the hottest women in TNA history.
15. TRACI BROOKS
Traci Brooks was the original TNA Knockout and the first female talent to frequently appear in an on-air role during the early years of the company. Brooks primarily worked as a manager for the likes of Michael Shane, real life husband Frankie Kazarian, Bobby Roode and the Main Event Mafia. Playboy actually called TNA to have Brooks pose nude for the magazine but later moved it to the website subscription of their brand. Despite the bump from the hopeful magazine spot, it was a huge accomplishment as the only person in TNA to do so and was one of the more attractive people in the company until her eventual release.
14. ANGELINA LOVE
Considering the success of Gail Kim, Awesome Kong, Madison Rayne and others, not many fans would guess Angelina Love has the most TNA Knockouts Championship reigns with six. Love was one of the first bombshells in the promotion when they started to sign more female talent to strengthen the hopes of a women’s division. The introduction of The Beautiful People delivered huge ratings with Love and Velvet Sky playing the evil duo tormenting the other women in the division. Fans were interested in their segments and Love obviously looked stunning to be a part of a faction like “The Beautiful People.”
13. JENNA MORASCA
The very short wrestling career of Jenna Morasca is infamous for all the wrong reasons. Many would argue her sole match against Sharmell was the worst wrestling match in the history of the business. While she didn’t have the knack for the wrestling ring, Morasca was still one of the most attractive women to enter TNA. Morasca won the Survivor reality show contest and posed for Playboy before getting signed with TNA after Kurt Angle worked with her on a movie and suggested she get a role. TNA placing her in an actual wrestling match sabotaged her chances at success but couldn’t diminish her good looks.
12. MICKIE JAMES
The legendary Mickie James spent a few years in TNA after her release from WWE and had a great deal of success. James was definitely a veteran at that stage of her career but didn’t lose her skills or beauty. The hardcore country star is treated like wrestling royalty to diehard wrestling fans and she didn’t disappoint in any way in TNA. TNA last saw her get thrown onto traintracks by James Storm in one of the silliest angles on televised wrestling. Mickie may have been killed in storyline, but her hotness lives on forever as she is still frequently seen at various independent shows looking as great as ever.
11. MADISON RAYNE
TNA’s signing of Madison Rayne was one of the better additions to the Knockouts division. Rayne aligned with The Beautiful People and developed her character to become one of the better female stars on the roster. The obvious physical beauty of Rayne was likely the first thing to catch the eyes of TNA management and she would improve in every facet in the game. Rayne showed the perfect trait of using her beauty to add to a heel character but didn’t throw it in your face when she was a face. Her character work and looks have helped her become a fixture in the division for years.
Lisa Varon will go down as one of the most underrated female wrestling performers in the history of the industry. She was a tremendous worker and a stunning woman during her peak in the WWE. TNA signed her as Tara to make her one of the standard bearers of the Knockouts division and she was once again on point. WWE positioned her in the background for years and actually getting to see her showcase “the goods” again reminded us all how attractive she truly was. Tara ended up leaving TNA out of hatred for Dixie Carter, but is still stunning today at the age of 45.
9. VELVET SKY
The success of The Beautiful People has been documented a few times in this article and Velvet Sky was the most valuable performer of the faction. Sky played the role to perfection in terms of her character and the way she presented her looks. Despite a couple of breaks and rough patches, Sky has been with TNA for the majority of the past ten years. Velvet’s looks have yet to diminish and she has consistently been one of the more popular women in the company. Sky’s entrance of “letting the pigeons loose” made her a star and it’s something the fans want at every show she appears on.
8. GAIL KIM
Gail Kim is hands down the greatest female wrestler in TNA history but she’s also one of the most beautiful women in the wrestling business. Kim could be a model if she wanted to but her true passion revolves around having superb matches and showing her athleticism. Jim Ross has admitted that WWE never pushed Gail as much as she deserved because Vince McMahon didn’t think she was physically attractive enough to fit the bill. Before even realizing how silly that mindset is, McMahon must have lost his mind to find Kim unattractive. The body of work (no pun intended) by Gail is a very special one for TNA and wrestling.
The lovely Winter was one of the more beautiful women to ever step foot in TNA. Perhaps most known for her time in WWE as Katie Lea Burchill, TNA introduced Winter as a weird mysterious character with very little logic but her beauty and talent somehow made it work. Winter possessed a natural beauty with a quiet confidence that managed to jump off the screen but TNA did very little to capitalize or showcase it. It’s very rare to see Katie/Winter in the wrestling world these days and we can blame TNA (and WWE) for that. Her beauty is still near perfect as she tries to make her mark in the wrestling world.
6. SOCAL VAL
Sometimes you don’t know what you have until it’s gone and that’s the story of SoCal Val’s time in TNA. The company rarely showcased her on camera, as her beauty and skills were used in interviewing and backstage roles. Val was always positioned as one of the top women in photo-shoots and calendars due to her great looks but we never got to see it on television. Following her departure from TNA, Val has reminded us all how stunning she is with her wonderful managing work in EVOLVE and the must-see photos she shares on social media on a daily basis these days.
5. BROOKE ADAMS
Brooke Adams signed with TNA as a character that wasn’t wrestling right away but she ended up becoming one of the more successful in ring performers in the Knockouts division. Adams would win the title multiple times and she’s an overall gorgeous woman but her legacy is her amazing butt. If you spent more than a minute following Adams on any form of social media, you know she’s quite proud of her backside and loves the attention it gets. Adams has every reason to be proud of everything she has from her looks to her wrestling accomplishments as she has left the ring to have a child and is currently pregnant.
One of the newest TNA Knockout signings is also one of the best looking women wrestling has ever seen. Rebel is still new to the wrestling world but shows improvement as she trains to become a better in-ring performer. The extremely impressive good looks of Rebel have made her arguably the sexiest woman in the business right now. Rebel has everything a human being can ask for, but her amazing backside is at the top of the list when it comes to her physical assets. The former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader knows how to use her beauty in her wrestling character and is doing much better as a heel with The Doll House.
3. MARIA KANELLIS
No one on this list has spent as little time in TNA as Maria Kanellis, but it’s impossible to say she doesn’t deserve to be in the top three. Maria debuted in January of 2016 but has already become one of the most must-see performers on the show and for good reason. Following her WWE release, Maria has shined in ROH and NJPW with both her talent and beauty getting showcased in a way WWE never allowed. We are lucky to see Maria in multiple Impact segments per week playing a role in the Knockouts division and working as a manager for her husband Mike Bennett.
2. TARYN TERRELL
The signing of Taryn Terrell for TNA after her failed WWE run seemed like a desperate acquisition at the beginning, but ended up being one of their better decisions. Terrell became a very good in-ring talent with standout matches against Gail Kim and developed her character work as a heel in The Doll House. Terrell’s beauty is damn near perfect with the traditional blonde bombshell look but more relevant to today’s style. Unfortunately for TNA and us, she decided to retire at her peak after finding God. Taryn leaving the wrestling business for religious reasons is enough to make us all become atheists.
1. CHRISTY HEMME
The hottest woman in TNA history has to be Christy Hemme. Following a quick release by WWE, no one expected Hemme to last too long in TNA but she has been employed for almost a decade now with various roles and has been a consistent beauty. Hemme manages to get even better looking with each year despite the aging process usually dictating otherwise. The ring announcing by Hemme has been a treat during even the worst days of TNA television. Hemme gave birth to her first child in early 2015 and returned to work just a few weeks later in tip top shape. Between her consistency and just being a badass, Hemme deserves the top spot for hotness in TNA history.