10. Stephanie McMahon
Considering the work that Charlotte did during his time in NXT, most readers are going to think she’s ranked very low here. Honestly, if I was making this list a year ago, Charlotte would rank in the top five easily. She was coming off of a great 2014 and had taken part in a fantastic fatal four way match between the “Four Horsewomen”. Charlotte would spend the rest of 2015 in NXT having good matches. Once she got called up to the main roster with Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks, something changed. She was still able to have pretty solid matches with Nikki Bella, but something was missing. She was not the performer she was in NXT. Granted, Becky and Sasha haven’t reached those heights either, but Charlotte seems the furthest off. Then, she inexplicably turned heel and went on to have a series of poor matches with Paige. The WWE stuck Ric by Charlotte’s side every single night and it’s not helping. Charlotte has gone from “genetically superior” NXT Women’s Champion to “Ric Flair’s daughter and nothing more” on the main roster. She also is the only woman with a worse promo voice than Brie Bella. There’s literally nothing else to her character and she is completely defined and overshadowed by her dad at ringside.
8. Renee Young
I really, really want to put Paige higher on this list. After watching her as the “Anti-Diva” in NXT, putting on some really good matches with Emma, I was a huge fan. She debuted on the main roster and won the Divas Title on her first night, causing me to mark out. I was really looking forward to her feud with AJ Lee. Unfortunately, they feud was incredibly disappointing and it began a trend of Paige putting on mediocre performances. She was, outside of some work with Sasha Banks, not very good in 2015 when it came to in-ring performances. I don’t know what it was exactly, but she came off as rather lazy. That might be unfair, because I’m sure she works hard, but it wasn’t reflecting when she wrestled on television. Still, a Paige that is only performing at 50-75% of her abilities is still better than most of the main roster Divas. Also, Paige is one of the most marketable women on the entire roster. Her merchandise moves very well, she’s a focal point of Total Divas, she’s been in a WWE film and, according to reports, she is a heavy favorite at Comic-Con appearances (she was a blast when I met her at one). Due to her age, there is still a ton of time for her to make a ton of money.
Had I made this list a year or so ago, Paige would undoubtedly rank higher than Emma. They came up in similar ways through NXT and honestly don’t get enough credit for kick starting the women’s wrestling craze in NXT. If Emma and Paige didn’t deliver in their Women’s Title Tournament Finals and NXT ArRival matches, we may never have seen Sasha Banks, Bayley and others get the opportunities that they did. Emma hit tons of rough spots on the main roster though. Her dancing gimmick failed to get over and pairing her with Santino prevented her from being taken seriously. Being sent back down to NXT in 2015 proved to be the best possible thing for the Aussie. She developed into a heel character because being the dancing babyface failed for her. It wasn’t just a random turn for the sake of it, they let it fester and develop. Emma got paired up with Dana Brooke and, while she unfortunately comes off as a sidekick at times, it worked better than ever expected. She is helping Dana with in-ring work, while Dana is helping her be a better heel. Emma has played the aggressive role so well and her match against Asuka at TakeOver: London was damn good. She is quietly one of the best things going in NXT.
5. Nikki Bella
3. Becky Lynch
1. Sasha Banks