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WrestlingDesk Awards: Top 50 Female Wrestlers of 2017



In what was a banner year for women’s wrestling worldwide, we’ve decided to pay tribute by ending the 2017 WrestlingDesk Awards with the ‘Best Female Wrestler of the Year’ award. Here’s our list of the ‘Top 50 Female Wrestlers of the Year’ as voted on by our deep 17 person panel. Stick around for a more detailed look after the list.

1. Asuka
2. Charlotte Flair
3. Alexa Bliss
4. Toni Storm
5. Ember Moon
6. Sasha Banks
7. Kairi Sane
8. Rosemary
9. Bayley
10. Carmella
11. Piper Niven/Viper
12. Becky Lynch
13. Tessa Blanchard
14. Naomi
15. Nikki Cross
16. Io Shirai
17. Candice LeRae
18. Sienna
19. Peyton Royce
20. Shayna Baszler
21. Natalya
22. Nia Jax
23. Mayu Iwatani
24. LuFisto
25. Ruby Riott
26. Laurel Van Ness/Chelsea Green
27. Kris Wolf
28. Delilah Doom
29. Deonna Purrazzo
30. Mercedes Martinez
31. Mia Yim
32. Billie Kay
33. Kay Lee Ray
34. Jinny
35. Su Yung
36. Allie
37. Jazzy Gabert
38. Star Fire
39. Meikio Satomura
40. Bianca Belair
41. Britt Baker
42. Jordynne Grace
43. Mickie James
44. Kelly Klein
45. Nicole Savoy
46. Gail Kim
47. Rachael Ellering
48. Shazza McKenzie
49. Sonya Strong
50. Sammii Jayne

Last year’s 3rd ranked female wrestler, Asuka, received the majority of first place votes in this category en route to becoming the WrestlingDesk 2017 Female Wrestler of the year by edging out Charlotte Flair. Here’s a look at the point totals for the top ten with the points accumulated by each wrestler followed by first place votes in parentheses.

1. Asuka – 236 (8)
2. Charlotte Flair – 223 (2)
3. Alexa Bliss – 202 (1)
4. Toni Storm – 159
5. Ember Moon – 155 (1)
6. Sasha Banks – 146
7. Kairi Sane – 136
8. Rosemary – 112
9. Bayley – 92
10. Carmella – 90

Asuka broke Goldberg’s record for the longest undefeated streak in WWE history before relinquishing her NXT championship to move up to the main roster where she continues to remain perfect. When it comes to Asuka, she just has that believability factor that shines through during her bigger matches; it’s was quite a treat to watch her during her run as champion on NXT’s TakeOver events. Whether or not that will shine through as much as she did in Orlando during her eventual and inevitable title run on the main roster remains to be seen.

Charlotte Flair was the runner-up for this award for the second year in a row. With the current brand split there is no reason Flair should spend an extended period of time outside of the title picture for the foreseeable future. She’s already a 6-time champion after just two and a half years on the main roster and “The Queen” is showing no signs of slowing down. Flair could’ve easily won this award in 2016 and 2017 and most certainly will win it multiple times in the coming years.

Speaking of multi-time female world champions in WWE, no performer won more of them in 2017 than the promotion’s resident “Wicked Witch”—Alexa Bliss. Bliss became a 4-time champ in 2017, not so much due to her in-ring ability (which has improved drastically over the past two years) but more so because of her electric mic skills and addictive heel persona. It’ll be interesting to see if Bliss can stay at or near the top as the women’s division continues to expand in 2018.

Where do you even begin when talking about Toni Storm in 2017. Her run in the Mae Young Classic earned her a slew of new fans who got to see her make it all the way to the semi-finals where she’d come up short to the eventual tournament winner, Kairi Sane. Storm would capture one of the highest honors in all of professional wrestling by becoming the World of Stardom Champion after winning two separate Stardom tournaments earlier on in the year. Oh ya, she also made history by becoming the inaugural Progress Women’s Champion.

When it came to the NXT Women’s Championship in 2017, 5th ranked Ember Moon would not be denied. If anyone came out stronger on the other side of defeat it would end up being the “War Goddess” of NXT. Moon looked incredible in both of her TakeOver matches with Asuka before moving on to defeat Peyton Royce, Kairi Sane and Nikki Cross in Houston to close out the year as NXT Women’s Champion. The beautiful Double Eclipse she hit on Cross and Royce to win the match encapsulated her picture perfect year.

Rounding this year’s top ten are: 2015 and 2016 back-to-back WrestlingDesk Women’s Wrestler of the year Sasha Banks, Mae Young Classic victor and former Stardom standout Kairi Sane, everyone’s favorite Demon, Rosemary, former RAW Women’s Champion, Bayley, and the first-ever Miss Money in the Bank—Carmella.

That’s a wrap for this year’s edition of the WrestlingDesk year-end awards. You can see all of the winners from this year’s 19 categories right here. If you’re interested in voting on next year’s awards, drop us a line on social media @WrestlingDesk.

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