Leilani Kai's career arguably peaked at the first WrestleMania (just before our sample period), but she remained active after losing the WWF Women's Championship. Kai teamed with Judy Martin as The Glamour Girls and challenged Alundra Blayze for the Women's Championship at WrestleMania X.
While WWE has made huge strides over the last year in making women's wrestling a larger and more prominent part of their programming, it doesn't mean that it didn't exist before now.
To be fair, female wrestlers have been hampered by the fact that they're treated as the red-headed stepchild of professional wrestling - a sideshow that may appeal to some fans, but hardly ever used as a main draw.
Even though there have been stand-alone promotions such as All Japan Women's Pro Wrestling, Ladies Professional Wrestling Association, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling and SHIMMER over the years... none have had the same mainstream appeal. Still, many performers have worked incredibly hard to demonstrate they are not just "T and A" (and not just in TNA!) but a legitimate wrestling division.
In selecting the Top 50 Female Wrestlers of the last 30 years, we looked at the following criteria:
How prominent were they between the years 1986 to 2016 on a main wrestling stage? In other words, we all love Moolah and Mae, but they were clearly past their prime by then.
What impact did they have on their promotion or the industry?
How influential were they on other competitors' styles or mannerisms?
Did they consistently have great, memorable or high profile wrestling matches? This would explain why huge names such as Miss Elizabeth, Sunny, Francine and Kimberly Page are noticably absent.
If you'd like to be a part of this conversation, Tweet us at @canadianbulldog using the hashtag #Top50, or leave a comment below.
A special thanks to female wrestling expert Mike Johns for consulting on this list. Ready? Here we go!
Any picks missing or misplaced? Leave your feedback in the Comments section below...
Debuting in 2002, Becky Lynch competed in Europe, North America and Japan before signing with NXT in 2013. As one of the Four Horsewomen, Lynch debuted on WWE's main roster last year and competed in the WWE Women's Title match at WrestleMania XXXII. She was recently drafted to the SmackDown Live brand.