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Mat Matters: Who could be Miss Wrestlemania?
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


Is it going to be a Sunny day at WrestleMania 25? Tammy Sytch could be in the Diva Battle Royal. Photo by Bob Kapur.

Last week, rumours began to surface that that WWE will be holding a 25-woman Battle Royal at WrestleMania 25, and on this past Monday's edition of Raw, WWE confirmed that, indeed, the Battle Royal to name (ugh) Miss WrestleMania will indeed take place on the biggest stage of them all.

Having 25 woman together in one ring is certainly a dream, nay, a fantasy for many wrestling fans (including a few of our staff members), but it could also prove to be a nightmare for WWE bookers and talent relations people. After all, there are only 18 women on the current WWE roster (8 on Raw if you include Rosa Mendes, 8 on Smackdown and 2 on ECW), and with the likelihood of a title match in the mix, that's only 16 participants in this bout.

Excluding Sunny, that's six other women from WWE's past that have to be signed to appear; and as much as wrestling fans joke about the talent levels of the Fed's former femme fatales, the truth is there are a bevy of names that could and rightfully should be invited to participate in a match that commemorates the 25th anniversary of 'Mania.

So in an effort to lend WWE a helping hand, I've gone up and down the list of women that have competed in the Fed, especially at 'Manias, and would now be in the minds of the bookers for who to throw in the mix, and take a look at 16 former female competitors and the likelihood of them agreeing to be part of the Granddaddy (or should that be Grandmommy) of them all.

Trish Stratus
Probability: Lock
Since retiring from active WWE duty, Trish has not been one to shy away from one-off returns in and around the ring, including a tag match alongside John Cena last year against Beth Phoenix and Santino Marella. Stratus is the undeniable queen of the ring and would definitely be welcomed back by fans.

Lita
Probability: Lock
Like Trish, Lita has been a friend to WWE since her retirement and is much adored by the fans. It will definitely be hard to keep her away from the ring and fans would definitely notice her absence. Sunny
Probability: Lock
Sunny, or Tammy Lynn Sytch, is undeniably one of the biggest names in the history of WWE and continues to be one of the most talked about Divas. Leaving aside the rumours of her participation, Sunny has been on good terms with WWE as of late, appearing on the 15th anniversary special for Raw.

Molly Holly
Probability: Lock
Another Diva that fans would scratch their heads over if she wasn't on the list, Holly has been involved in one-off wrestling projects but like Trish and Lita is not bound for a permanent return. A one-time return, preferably as a heel, would be fun.

Mae Young
Probability: Lock (unfortunately)
I'll never understand why Vince keeps bringing Mae Young out for these appearances. As important as she has been in wrestling history, the risk is not worth the reward. if she's in the ring, she's winning, meaning yet another opportunity for a Diva to get a good push is wasted.

Victoria
Probability: Likely
There's no question in my mind that Victoria would come back for 'Mania in a heartbeat, but there is a question as to whether she would be invited back, so soon after retirement. Putting space between the appearances is likely to happen.

Luna Vachon
Probability: Likely
Vachon would be a lock under most circumstances, but there's always the unfortunate possibility that WWE will overlook her, despite her importance during the proverbial "Diva downtime", when she battled Sable. She'd have more of a chance if the show was taking place in Canada; but even in Houston, I suspect WWE will do the right thing.

Gail Kim
Probability: Likely
Because Gail bridges the past generation with the current crop of Divas (due to her return), it would make sense in one way to have Gail be in the match. On another level though, this kills her return, unless she's booked to win.

Torrie Wilson
Probability: Likely
Let's be honest here. While Torrie was never a ring queen, she was a major draw for WWE during her more than half-decade run in the fed. If she's in there for a short amount of time, her injuries would not be a factor.

Wendi Richter
Probability: Likely
Okay this one's out of left field, but the fierce rumour is that Richter, the victim of the original WWE Screwjob (copyright Titan Sports) has been able to make nicey nicey enough with Vince and Co. that she would make this appearance. Still, '80s WWF faithful, don't count your chickens before they hatch.

Jazz
Probability: Marginal
Jazz is pretty much the forgotten Diva these days, but she was as dominant in her era as Beth Phoenix is today. Given that she hasn't been heard from in a while, she'd be a decent addition to the lineup, but the question remains if she would accept.

Ivory
Probability: Marginal
This is another case of a women who'd likely do the match, but she wouldn't get the pop she richly deserves, unfortunately because many of today's wrestling fans don't know her. Most likely, she will not be in the match.

Rockin' Robin
Probability: Marginal
The other '80s queen of the ring certainly would fit in the ring here, but unlike Richter she doesn't have the backstory that would have kept her in the minds of many fans. WWE may look elsewhere, but don't be surprised if she does, in the end, appear at 'Mania.

Sable
Probability: Marginal
If Rena Mero was alone, it's an inevitability that she'd be in there. However, her relationship with Brock Lesnar may block this, since the UFC champ still has hard feelings towards WWE. If Sable does show, don't be surprised if The Next Big Thing makes an appearance as well.

Stacy Keibler
Probability: Not going to happen
As much as WWE fans would love to see the long-legged Diva back in a Federation ring, Stacy has distanced herself from pro wrestling pretty effectively. There would have to be serious money offered here, and with more emphasis than ever on her looks, Keibler's agents would not let her get in a ring.

Chyna
Probability: Not going to happen
Okay hear me out - let's not think of China Doll or Joanie Laurer or whichever persona she adopts this week. Instead, let's look at the most dominant Diva of her era, and think that maybe for one night, all hard feelings could be put aside and we could see Chyna and Beth Phoenix in the ring together for a passing of the torch. Unfortunately, this isn't going to happen, but it would be really cool if it did.


So there you have it boys and girls, 10 women who will likely get some looks as we get closer to 'Mania. Obviously there are plenty of others to choose from (Alundra Blaze, Debra, Dawn Marie, Terri Runnels, Francine, and Jackie Gayda all come to mind fairly quickly), so the WWE crew has their work cut out for them. If, by chance, we do end up seeing (the majority of) these women at WrestleMania XXV, then you know who to thank (or blame).

Jon Waldman, now in his 10th year of working for SLAM! Wrestling, wants to hear your votes for which Diva alumnae should be in the Battle Royal. Email him at jonathanwaldman@hotmail.com.