What These WWE Divas Moved On To After They Left Wrestling

By | January 15, 2020


What becomes of a woman in WWE, once known
as a “diva,” after she’s done with the company and has moved on to other, less powerbomb-heavy
things? Pretty much anything, it turns out. The new, regular lives of former divas have
plenty of plot twists worthy of their former profession. Here’s what these WWE divas are up to today. The athletic Amy “Lita” Dumas was one of the
most visible WWE divas of the 2000s. As Lad Bible explains, her partnership with
the popular Hardy Boyz and her relationship with WWE Champion Edge made her a constant
presence in the squared circle. However, she eventually turned her attention
to other things. According to Examiner Live, she used to sing
in a punk band called The Luchagors. The group was very decidedly not an arena-level
band, but they did at least release one album and play a tour in the United Kingdom. Around 2013, she also had her own streaming
radio show called Amy’s Discordia. Unfortunately for Lita, both ventures eventually
fell flat. The radio show failed to take off and the
band’s UK tour was a disappointment, which reportedly may have led to the scrapping of
their second album. After the band broke up in 2014, Lita returned
to the WWE, but in a very different role. She acted as a producer and appeared as one
of the trainers on the talent-search show Tough Enough, after which she joined the company’s
creative team as a writer. In 2019, she once again parted ways with the
WWE, but luckily, she still has ways to keep busy: Lita has operated an animal charity
called Amy Dumas Operation Rescue and Education, or “ADORE,” since 2003. Even after she left wrestling, Stacy Keibler
has remained one of the more familiar diva faces, at least if you’ve kept up with celebrity
gossip. Sportskeeda reports the long-legged diva left
the WWE in 2006, but just because she stopped dropping her opponents with her famed spinning
heel kicks doesn’t mean that she left the limelight for long. Keibler is well known as a contestant on the
second season of Dancing With The Stars, where she placed third. She’s also a surprisingly prolific actress,
with over 30 TV, movie, and video game credits to her name. Oh, and in 2013, she also gained notoriety
for dating a guy you may have heard of: George Clooney. More recently, Keibler has maintained more
of a background presence. In 2014, she got married and had a child,
and the same year she also started a now defunct lifestyle brand website. Apart from that, she hasn’t been making too
many waves, until 2019, when she returned to the WWE to induct Torrie Wilson into the
company’s Hall of Fame, and announced on Facebook that she has co-founded a men’s skincare brand
called Caldera + Lab. AJ Lee shattered records with the length of
her WWE Divas Title reign, and her “unstable” character caused controversy wherever she
went. However, the woman behind the role, AJ Mendez,
really came into her own after wrapping up her sports entertainment career. As Sportskeeda reports, Lee left the wrestling
scene in 2015. She turned her focus to writing, and in 2017,
her website was happy to report that her memoir, Crazy Is My Superpower, became a New York
Times Bestseller. The good news continued later that year when
she announced that the team behind National Geographic’s Genius was developing the book
into a TV show. Hollywood Reporter notes Lee is also expanding
to comic books. In 2019, she was announced as the writer of
a comic based on GLOW, the Netflix show about female wrestlers, a challenge she’s uniquely
equipped to tackle. As if all that writing talent wasn’t enough,
Lee also finds time for a number of charitable causes. She is a noted animal lover who has teamed
with American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or ASPCA, to campaign
against dog fighting. Sports Illustrated reports that Lee, who has
bipolar disorder, is also an active learning disability and mental health advocate, to
the point that she once landed in serious hot water with the WWE for outright refusing
to take part in a segment that she felt made fun of mental illness. “We had an opportunity to either make that
a joke or make it dark and serious. And I really, really wanted to push to make
it dark and serious.” USA Today reported that Kelly Kelly had to
quit her thriving WWE career in 2012 due to a neck injury. However, while the injury may have derailed
her career, E! Online reports that Kelly, whose real name is even more WWE-appropriate
Barbie Blank, started dating former NHL star Sheldon Souray and the couple eventually married
in 2016. Kelly handily turned both her romantic life
and sports-entertainment-oriented past into a career in reality TV. In 2015, she has starred on WAGS, a reality
show about the wives and girlfriends of famous athletes. She has also starred as one of the trainers
on the VH1 show Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp. Kelly has also dabbled in more serious acting,
as Soaps reports she appeared in Days of our Lives. And while her active pro wrestling career
seems to be a thing of the past, she still makes the occasional appearance in the squared
circle. For example, she became the first-ever female
WWE 24/7 Champion in July 2019. Bleacher Report calls Joanie “Chyna” Laurer
nothing less than the WWE’s greatest female wrestler, and her dominant presence was certainly
enough to earn the nickname “The Ninth Wonder of the World.” Unfortunately, her personal life was wrought
with tragedy. Chyna’s WWE debut came in 1997, and Sportskeeda
tells us she left the company in 2001. Chyna herself has given two different reasons
for her departure, which may have been caused by either a contract dispute or a breakdown
of her relationship with wrestler Triple H. After she left the WWE, the formerly totally
sober Chyna struggled with substance abuse. Her acting and modeling gigs faded away as
she started no-showing to auditions, and with autograph signings as her main source of income,
she eventually got into a number of dodgy endeavors. These included a celebrity boxing match against
Joey Buttafuoco and an adult video with wrestler Sean “X-Pac” Waltman, who notes that on top
of all her issues with drugs and alcohol, she also struggled with childhood trauma and
mental illness. As the Los Angeles Times reports, Chyna’s
tragic life ultimately ended in 2016, when the 46-year-old died of an overdose of alcohol,
painkillers, and muscle relaxants. When the company itself argues that Trish
Stratus may be “the greatest diva to ever set foot inside a WWE ring,” it’s hard to
disagree. But the former diva has been significantly
less visible in her life outside the company. Stratus retired from wrestling in 2006, and
aside from a few acting gigs, she has been mostly doing her own thing. In an interview with WWE, she revealed that
between her 2011 movie Bounty Hunters and 2015 film Gridlocked, she kept herself busy
operating a yoga studio business in Canada and becoming a mother. Of course, in keeping up with her reputation
as one of the best in the sports entertainment business, she has also indulged in irregularly
regular WWE guest appearances. One of the more recent was her allegedly final
match with Charlotte Flair at SummerSlam 2019, which was a big enough deal that even outlets
like Newsweek covered it. “It’s just generation versus generation, era
versus era, and to find out who’s the greatest female superstar of all time.” From 2001 to 2008, Torrie Wilson was among
the most notorious women in WWE, taking part in some wild storylines. Her time with the industry was cut short because
of injuries, but her natural athleticism soon took her in a new, yet familiar direction. Torrie Wilson Fit is an online personal training
program that puts together her extensive fitness experience along with a decidedly personal
touch. On the website’s front page, Wilson openly
discusses issues such as hypothyroidism and past struggles with an eating disorder. She also reveals that she used to study pre-dietetics,
a subset of nutrition that aims to prevent and treat ailments, at Boise State University. Wilson has also stayed in the public eye a
bit. She used to date baseball player Alex Rodriguez,
though A-Rod and Wilson eventually split up in 2015. In 2009, she also competed on I’m a Celebrity
… Get Me Out of Here. And just because no ex-wrestler ever stops
getting asked wrestling questions, in 2019 the fresh WWE Hall of Famer told Ring the
Belle that she wouldn’t necessarily rule out a comeback match. However, she’d only do it if she could train
“for six months,” and only to prove her athleticism to herself. Lisa Marie Varon, who WWE fans may know better
as the powerful Victoria, terrorized the ring from 2002 to 2009. After calling it quits on WWE, she moved on
to being a full-time entrepreneur. According to WWE.com, Victoria has owned a
custom car shop and a number of restaurants, including The Squared Circle, a wrestling-themed
gourmet pizza and burger joint in Chicago. The Squared Circle endured a strange controversy
in 2015, when, according to DNA Info, its co-owner — Victoria’s ex-husband — body-slammed
an intruding gunman within the premises. TMZ got hold of a video of the event, and
when Victoria saw it, she was less than pleased, not because of the actual incident, but rather
because she noticed that her husband was still employing a waitress she had wanted fired. One thing led to another, and eventually,
Victoria announced she wanted to sell the business. According to Eater, the restaurant eventually
closed in 2017. However, The Squared Circle’s Facebook page
is still operational and its posts are mostly about Victoria hanging with cool people such
as Jason Momoa, so maybe the place will eventually make its return. As Wrestling Inc. notes, Devin Taylor didn’t
spend all that long with WWE. She was mostly affiliated with the NXT developmental
property as a backstage interviewer, but that didn’t stop her from crafting a legacy as
a WWE superstar on the grandest stage of them all: The Bachelor. According to Bustle, Taylor appeared in the
popular matchmaking show under her real name, Brittany Fetkin, and happily listed “WWE Diva-in-training”
as her profession. Unfortunately, her in-ring aspirations failed
to entice farmer Chris Soules, the titular Bachelor; Brittany/Devin was promptly eliminated
from the show in the very first episode on January 4, 2015. WWE released her in October 2015. According to her Twitter, she has moved on
to academia. In 2018, she got her MBA from the University
of Miami, and it looks like her next stop is a doctorate. According to Hollywood Life, longtime WWE
ring announcer Lilian Garcia, who gained fame for her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner”
to the point that she has reportedly sang it before “hundreds of major sporting events,”
unexpectedly left the company in 2016. As Pro Wrestling Sheet notes, this was decidedly
not because she was released. She asked for and received leave from her
position to take care of her father, who had cancer. The WWE even made a point of checking in to
see how things were going. Unfortunately, things were going rather badly,
and Garcia’s father died on Christmas Day that same year. The devastated Garcia announced her plans
to work with a “charity that assists veterans,” and has only made sporadic “guest announcer”
appearances with the WWE since then. Don’t worry, though — this doesn’t mean
she plans to stay away from the announcing game forever. As of the making of this video, she has taken
over as the in-cage announcer for the Professional Fighters League. Layla El emerged on the sports entertainment
scene as the winner of the 2006 WWE Diva Search. However, the business eventually wore her
down, and The Houston Chronicle reports that the performer left WWE in 2015. According to Layla, the reason behind her
exit after nine years of wrestling was partly motivated by the feeling that she’d, quote,
“proven herself as a wrestler,” but mostly by the fact that the extremely hectic travel
schedule simply wore her down. When Layla said that she was ready to move
on to the “next chapter,” she wasn’t kidding. Though the former Miami Heat dancer suggested
in her retirement interview for WWE.com that she might look into choreographing and maybe
even returning to Heat organization in that capacity, her professional life ultimately
took her in a very different direction: According to Sportskeeda, Layla has gone on to carve
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27 thoughts on “What These WWE Divas Moved On To After They Left Wrestling

  1. joshisahab the great Post author

    Have I really been able to be the first commentor, finally? OMG!! Grunge, love you from Nepal

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  2. Texas TLO Post author

    I used to be in love with Stacy Kiebler, she had the best legs EVER.

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  3. deltavagen Post author

    stacy gave me some hard times back then… if you know what i mean

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  4. Sassy Karen Post author

    You didn’t mention that Stacy Keibler also used to be a Baltimore Ravens cheerleader! Otherwise I enjoyed catching up on what these ladies are doing now!!

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  5. Tee-Jay Stokes Post author

    I miss Sable so much…She was the real reason i started watching WWE in 1998. Hope to see her along with Jazz, Luna, Owen Hart and Maven Huffman in the WWE Hall Of Fame someday.

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  6. Zachariah Laryea Post author

    Man, I saw Torrie Wilson in her prime when it came to her rivalry with Dawn Marie. I was so fixated and fascinated by her. Trish is also great along with Stacy. #The Beauty of WWE

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  7. Kat Hall Post author

    The bad thing about AJ Lee, if ya woulda looked it up, she had a thriving career at the time she quit WWE, the reason, her husband wasn't seeing eye to eye with Vince McMahon. I understand "stand by your man" and all but what about CM Punk, letting her give up a career that she loved so much, all because he couldn't keep his big fat mouth shut. I wonder how she feels now that she did it all for him only for him to soon make a ginormous, muchly fan wanted comeback. SOME, IM ONLY SAYING "SOME" MEN, WHO HAVE HONEY ON THEIR SILVER SPOONS, ARE FKEN IDIOTS. Peace and much love sent from Ontario, Canada.

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  8. Denellyon McClure Post author

    Smart beautiful and talented. Good shit ladies!

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  9. collin featherston Post author

    I was saddened to hear about the death of the first Diva winner, Ashley!!!! Great video, though!!!

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  10. SAM l Post author

    Torrie Wilson – fitness guru? Fitness move shown here suggests NO technique! NO idea! And Layla L? God! Her plastic surgeon shoulda got her onboard as the face of his advertising campaign cos damn dude! You deserve a standing ovation.

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  11. Tamu Malone Post author

    Chyna would've been perfect for Wonder Woman🌹🌷🌹🌷

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  12. Matthias Moneke Post author

    Cool Video! Will there be a part two? I've missed Paige… 8)

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  13. Kobra Kid Post author

    Lita’s pretty notorious for having really cool and unique projects outside of wrestling, all of which she did with a DIY attitude. I loved her radio show and her band wasn’t half bad either. Most recently she’s done a show about UFOs and aliens. You gotta admire her willingness to try all sorts of different avenues and not just rely on her WWE reputation.

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  14. David Parkes Post author

    Chants Please don't be mostly dead, please don't be mostly dead.

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  15. micheal clarke Post author

    Victoria is beautiful sexy thick and a former professional wrestler wwe wasted her a caterer and tna wrestling blow her career way up she was a mega star in tna

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