These ladies had the potential, but never got a chance to show. Their time in WWE would be short-lived, and they’d leave less than a year after their debut. With their careers being cut short, many fans forgot about these Divas. Without further ado, let’s look at some of WWE’s forgotten Divas and their lives following their WWE departure.
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In 1999, WWE fans were introduced to paramedic turned wrestler BB when she was attacked by Ivory while administering help to Miss Kitty. Kathy Dingman portrayed BB and her time in WWE would only last about three months. In 2002, she would then join TNA under the ring name Taylor Vaughn. However, her time in TNA would also be brief. These days Dingman is retired from the business, but she still attends wrestling conventions and connects with fans. When she’s not on the road, Dingman loves chilling with her dogs at her home in Florida.
Despite losing the 2004 Diva Search contest, Joy Giovanni still received a WWE contract. Her biggest storyline during her brief time with the company is her friendship with Big Show, and their feud with JBL and Amy Weber. Since being released in 2005, she’s moved to Los Angeles where she lives with her son. Giovanni became certified as a massage therapist and worked at a spa in San Diego. These days, Giovanni has switched to another line of work. The former wrestler is now a certified psychic medium and Reiki master, offering readings on her website.
In August 2015, Sara Lee was crowned the female winner of the sixth season of Tough Enough. She would then go on to train at the performance center and before long was wrestling at NXT live events. However, a year after winning Tough Enough, she was released by WWE. In December 2017, she married her boyfriend and fellow WWE star Wesley Blake. The couple is parents to two children, a daughter named Piper and a son named Brady. These days Sara has her hands full raising two kids, and hitting the gym for powerlifting.
7Linda Miles (Also Known As Shaniqua)
In 2002, Linda Miles made history alongside Jackie Gayda when both women were crowned the winners of season two of Tough Enough. Her name would eventually be changed to Shaniqua when she became the manager for The Basham Brothers. After two years with WWE, she departed in 2004.
Since then, she’s returned to her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, where she worked as a substitute teacher for a while. These days Miles is working as college basketball referee. One fact fans may not know is prior to becoming a wrestler, Miles played on the women’s basketball team at Rutgers University.
6Katie Lea Burchill
From 2008 to 2010, Katie Lea Burchill served as the manager for her kayfabe brother Paul Burchill, before breaking out on her own. Following her WWE departure, she wrestled for TNA under the name Winter. During her two-year run in TNA, she’d become a two-time Knockouts Champion and a Knockouts Tag Team Champion. After leaving TNA in 2012, she’s continued to wrestle on the indie circuit and appears at wrestling conventions. However, she’s now moved on to becoming an actress. The star has appeared in a few low-budget action movies and has even written and produced a couple of short films.
Model and actress Amy Weber is one of the many Diva Search contestants who received a contract following the 2004 competition. During her run in WWE, she was known as JBL’s assistant and for her feud with Joy Giovanni.
Since being released in 2005, Amy’s become a wife and mother to twins. She continued acting with roles in indie films and, in 2012, she tried her hand at music with the release of her album Let It Rain. Currently, she and her family live in Los Angeles, where Amy works as a real estate agent.
Aksana seemed primed to be the next face of WWE’s women’s division. The bodybuilder was talented in the ring and impressed officials. However, just as she was getting over with the crowd, she was released in 2014. Fans of Aksana occasionally still get to see the star because she appears at fitness competitions and comic book conventions. Aside from that, the former Diva currently works as a fitness trainer in Florida. Since her departure from WWE, the star had ditched her dark hair and returned to her blonde roots.
In 2001, Nidia Guenard was crowned co-winner of season one of Tough Enough alongside Maven Huffman. Nidia had the athleticism and personality to make it in the business. Her most memorable storyline was her onscreen romance with Jamie Noble. In 2004, Nidia was released from the company. She briefly wrestled on the independent circuit before deciding to settle down. Nidia and her husband David are the proud parents of two children, a son and a daughter. Aside from being a mom, Nidia also attended culinary school in Houston and now works as a chef.
As the daughter of Vickie and the late Eddie Guerrero, Shaul appeared ready to follow in her family’s footsteps. From 2010 to 2014, she wrestled under the ring name Raquel Diaz for WWE. She spent a majority of her time in FCW and NXT, and she held the FCW Divas Championship at one point. These days she works as a ring announcer for the Women of Wrestling promotion, and she’s also a burlesque dancer in a group known as The Vaudette. When she’s not busy with work, Shaul spends her downtime with her husband and former WWE star Aiden English.
Tori is considered one of the underrated female wrestlers of the Attitude Era. During her time in WWE, she had feuds with Sable and Ivory. Then she was featured in romance angles with Kane and X-Pac. In the summer of 2000, she underwent surgery for a torn labrum. Shortly after returning to the ring, Tori left WWE in 2001. She’s now retired from the wrestling industry and lives a quiet life out of the spotlight. She works as a yoga instructor and opened her own studio in her hometown of Portland, Oregon.
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