Now that the month of July is more than half way over we present the top three, prior to number one, in our Top 10 countdown of the best women wrestlers. We have already revealed numbers 10 through five in the first two parts, and you can go back to read part one here, and part two here, in case you missed them.
Number Four: Mickie James
Mickie got her start on the independent circuit for several years before coming to TNA between 2002 and 2003. Eventually she pushed hard enough, by sending tapes and making calls, to be signed by WWE and was thus sent to OVW, there developmental territory. James would work there for a few years perfecting her craft versus the likes of Beth Phoenix and Jillian Hall. In 2005 she was brought up to the main roster and started a year long feud with Trish Stratus as her biggest fan/stalker. She would capture her first of five WWE Women's Championships at 'WrestleMania' 22 as the culmination of the feud with Stratus. After 'WrestleMania' XXV Mickie James would battle Maryse for the Divas Championship and at 'Night of Champions' a few months she would win the butterfly emblazoned title to become only the second woman to hold both belts. She would leave WWE in 2010 when they informed her they wanted to move in a new direction with the women's division. She then returned to TNA since they had established a women's division themselves in 2008. She would feud with Madison Rayne over the TNA Women's Knockout Championship for months before finally capturing the title at 'Lockdown' in 2011. At this point she would be the first, and only, woman to have won the WWE Women's, WWE Divas and TNA Knockouts Championships. She would hold that title on three occasions altogether. In total she holds a record for nine Women's World titles. Since 2010 she also has a burgeoning country music career and in TNA she was also billed as "hardcore country."
Number Three: Trish Stratus
She began her career, after little or no training, as the manager for Test and Albert (known as T & A) in June, 2000 in the WWF. Prior to that she was best known as world renowned fitness model. Despite the rocky start her career is one filled with great feuds and a total of seven WWE Women's Championships. She is also a one time Hardcore Champion. Between 2003 and 2005 Stratus worked her best matches with Lita, starting during there storyline that also involved Chris Jericho and Christian. Trish and Lita brought out the best in each other and gave the fans some of the best matches ever in the history of women's wrestling. On the December 6th edition of Monday Night Raw in 2004 the two women battled over the Women's Championship in the main event of the show which was truly rare before or since for any of the women of WWE. Lita won that night but in the end when Trish Stratus would retire two years later in 2006, she retired as the Women's Champion. Of course as we already noted prior to that retirement she had a notable year long feud with Mickie James that saw Mickie imitate Stratus as she was her biggest "obsessed" fan. Trish Stratus was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the 2013 class.
Number Two: Lita
Amy Dumas broke into the world of pro wrestling in 1999, and after briefly appearing on the independent circuit she joined ECW. She is a graduate of the "Funkin' Convservatory" ran by Dory Funk Jr. Lita would debut in the WWF in 2000 after some time in there developmental system first. She was paired with Essa Rios as he would go on to win the WWF Light-Heavyweight title at the time. They would begin a feud with Eddie Guerrero and Chyna over the European Championship but Rios would lose to Eddie at 'Backlash' in 2000. Eventually the two would be spli up and Lita would join Matt and Jeff Hardy as "Team Xtreme". Now because she had already been performing high flying maneuvers it was a perfect pairing of styles with the Hardy Boyz. Lita would win the WWE Women's Championship on four occasions during her career in the organization including her final time just after the retirement of Trish Stratus in 2006, as she would retire herself the following month. Her biggest storyline during her time in WWE was her real life relationship with Matt Hardy, but when it was later revealed that she had feelings for Edge (Adam Copeland). Despite the personal animosity between the men and Matt Hardy being fired, then re-hired months later, WWE used the relationship on air, which was controversial at the time. Lita was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the 2014 class earlier this year, by her "bestie" Trish Stratus.
Well this almost concludes the Top 10 countdown for the month of July, but with one week left we will reveal the number one woman wrestler of all-time. Until then feel free to comment on the merits of those already chosen and where they landed in the countdown.
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