WWE Diva Search

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WWE Diva Search
A picture of the 2013 diva search winner Eva Marie.
Also known asWWE Raw Diva Search
Diva Search
Raw Divas Search
Created byVince McMahon
Opening theme
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes7
Camera setupMulticamera setup
Original release
ReleaseJuly 1, 2003 (2003-07-01)

WWE Diva Search (formerly WWE Raw Diva Search) is an American talent competition that was produced and held by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). The first winner was Jaime Koeppe, but she did not receive a contract like subsequent winners of the contest. Other winners included Christy Hemme, Ashley Massaro, Layla El, Eve Torres and Eva Marie. In addition to the winners of the yearly contest, WWE has hired several contestants as Divas, the name that WWE gave at the time to the female performers. As of 2021, Maryse Ouellet is the sole remaining female talents signed with WWE to come from the contest. There were many failed attempts at bringing back the competition over the years following the cancellation of the 2008 season, and was at one point going to return in 2019 under the new name Superstar Search, but those plans were scrapped.[1][2][3][4]


WWE Diva Search
WinnerJaime Koeppe
Runner-upTerri Mitchell

On June 18, 2003, WWE made a public declaration about their intention to embark on a countrywide quest for a fresh addition to their roster of WWE Divas. The organization emphasized that the final decision regarding the selection of the new diva would rest solely in the hands of the fans.

The 2003 WWE Diva Search invited women aged 18 or above who believed they possessed the beauty, strength, and intelligence required to be the next WWE Diva. As part of the application process, participants were required to submit a photograph of themselves along with a brief written explanation of their aspirations to become a WWE Diva.

On July 1, 2003, fans were given the opportunity to cast their votes for their preferred contestants in the Diva competition. Through fan voting, the contestants were narrowed down to a group of 16 by July 20, and then further reduced to 8 finalists by July 29. The final four Diva hopefuls were determined through fan voting, which concluded on August 6. These remaining four contestants were then awarded a trip to WWE's SummerSlam pay-per-view event in Phoenix, Arizona, where they would compete in a final event that would be broadcast live on a special program called Byte This! The winner of the 2003 WWE Diva Search was ultimately Jamie Koeppe, who was also photographed and prominently featured in WWE RAW Magazine.[5]


WWE Diva Search
Christy Hemme, the 2004 Diva Search winner
Christy Hemme, the 2004 Diva Search winner
WinnerChristy Hemme
Runner-upCarmella DeCesare
Original networkSpike TV
Original releaseJuly 15 (2004-07-15) –
September 20, 2004 (2004-09-20)

Official themes[edit]

The 2004 WWE Raw $250,000 Diva Search featured four official theme songs.

  1. ^ "Real Good Girl" by Jim Johnston was written exclusively for the 2004 WWE Raw $250,000 Diva Search competition. The song was later featured in WWE ThemeAddict: The Music, Vol. 6.
  2. ^ "Walk Idiot Walk" was also used as the official entrance theme for Christy Hemme after winning the competition.

Top 28[edit]

Open casting calls were held in Los Angeles, NYC, and Chicago in June and July to narrow the field down from thousands to 28 women. The following 28 finalists were chosen from each of the locations:


Name Age[a] Hometown Eliminated
Christy Hemme 23 Poway, California Winner[6][7][8][9]
Carmella DeCesare 22 Avon Lake, Ohio Runner-Up[8][10]
Joy Giovanni 26 Boston, Massachusetts 3rd Place[10]
Amy Weber 34 Mapleton, Illinois 4th Place[10]
Maria Kanellis 22 Ottawa, Illinois 5th Place[11]
Tracie Wright 24 Atlanta, Georgia 6th Place
Michelle McCool 24 Palatka, Florida 7th Place[11]
Chandra Costello 28 Liberty, Kentucky 8th Place
Camille Anderson 26 Dallas, Texas 9th Place
Julia Costello 28 Liberty, Kentucky 10th Place
  1. ^ Ages were at time of filming.


Former Diva Search contestant Candice Michelle as the WWE Women's Champion.
Michelle McCool was the first Diva Search contestant to become the inaugural WWE Divas Champion this picture showing her become the inaugural WWE Divas Champion.

In 2004, WWE decided to make an extension of the Diva Search, which included a one-year contract worth $250,000 and was held on Raw.[9][12] Over 7,000 females applied to be a part of the contest.[6] The final ten contestants were chosen on a casting special aired on Spike TV on July 15, with guest judges Triple H, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho and Edge.[12]

They began airing the weekly Raw Diva Search segments on July 19.[9][12] Despite reported claims by the company that the contest would be handled in a classy manner, the contest involved prospective divas performing suggestive acts on live television, such as "seducing" a male wrestler. Fans were allowed to vote for the winners,[9] but the outcome of the voting process was questioned by media outlets. The eventual winner of the competition was Christy Hemme, who went on to pose in Playboy and competed at WrestleMania 21 for the WWE Women's Championship where she was accompanied to the ring by Lita, but ended up with Trish Stratus retaining the title.[7]

Finalists (winner Hemme, runner-up Carmella DeCesare, Amy Weber, and Joy Giovanni)[10] took part in a segment titled "Diss the Diva" on August 30, 2004,[13] which was censored at several points due to foul language and obscenities from the contestants when they were asked to taunt one another verbally. Backstage, the four contestants bickered with and disliked each other, as well.[10] Also, during an earlier segment in the competition, Maria Kanellis gave DeCesare the middle finger.[11]

Despite only one winner being crowned in the competition each year, WWE hired a large number of the contestants from past contests and immediately placed them in on-camera in non-wrestling roles. From the 2004 Diva Search, Michelle McCool, Amy Weber,[10] Candice Michelle,[12] Maria Kanellis,[11] and Joy Giovanni all received contracts after losing the contest. Several of the girls were sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling to train.

Candice Michelle would become the first Diva Search contestant to win a championship on the main roster, defeating Melina for the WWE Women's Championship at Vengeance: Night of Champions.

Gia Allemand was a contestant for the Diva Search.[14] It is unknown what season she was in. Allemand died on August 14, 2013, at 29.


WWE Diva Search
Ashley Massaro, the 2005 Diva Search winner
Ashley Massaro, the 2005 Raw Diva Search winner
WinnerAshley Massaro
Runner-upLeyla Milani
Original networkSpike TV
Original releaseJune 27 (2005-06-27) –
August 15, 2005 (2005-08-15)

Official theme[edit]

The 2005 WWE Raw Diva Search featured one official theme song.

  1. ^ "Be Yourself" was also used as the official entrance theme for Ashley Massaro after winning the competition.


Name Age[a] Hometown Eliminated
Ashley Massaro 26 Babylon, New York Winner[10][15]
Leyla Milani 23 Toronto, Ontario Runner-Up
Elisabeth Rouffaer 22 Santa Cruz, California 3rd Place
Kristal Marshall 21 Los Angeles, California 4th Place
Summer DeLin 24 Shreveport, Louisiana 5th Place
Cameron Haven 24 Lake Worth Beach, Florida 6th Place
Simona Fusco 25 Milan, Italy 7th Place
Alexis Ondrade 23 Costa Mesa, California 8th Place
  1. ^ Ages were at time of filming.


Rob Schneider and Diva search contestants August 1, 2005
Ashley Massaro pictured here as she was announced as the 2005 winner

For the 2005 WWE Raw Diva Search, the eight finalists began appearing on Raw on June 27. One contestant was eliminated each week until there were a final three.[15] Contestant Leyla Milani accidentally exposed herself by falling out of her top while attempting to navigate an obstacle course on the July 4 edition of Raw, leading to a "disqualification" in the contest.[16]

Ashley Massaro was declared the winner on August 15 and received $250,000.[15] As in 2004, other contestants were hired by WWE, including Kristal Marshall,[17] Trenesha Biggers (eliminated in the Top 25) and Elisabeth Rouffaer.[18]

Leyla Milani would later appear on Deal or No Deal as a briefcase model. Alexis Ondrade would later appear on Flavor of Love (season 1) under the nickname "Smiley". She would later appear in other "Of Love" spinoff shows under the same nickname or her real name "Leilene Ondrade".

Massaro died on May 16, 2019, at the age of 39.


WWE Diva Search
A dark-haired, tanned Caucasian female straddles the top rope of a wrestling ring with blue ropes. She is wearing a red patterned crop top, and matching shorts and kneepads. She is holding a wrestling championship above her head with both hands.
Layla El, the 2006 WWE Diva Search winner and only winner to become WWE Women's Champion and WWE Divas Champion
WinnerLayla El
Runner-upJen England
Original networkUSA Network
Original releaseJuly 10 (2006-07-10) –
August 16, 2006 (2006-08-16)

Official themes[edit]

The 2006 WWE Raw Diva Search featured three official theme songs.

  1. ^ "Move Along" was briefly used as the official entrance theme for Layla El after winning the competition.


Name Age[a] Hometown Eliminated
Layla El 29 London, England Winner[19]
Jennifer England 27 Lansing, Michigan Runner-Up[19]
J.T. Tinney 25 Phoenix, Arizona 3rd Place[19]
Milena Roucka 26 Vancouver, British Columbia 4th Place[19]
Erica Chevillar 23 Boca Raton, Florida 5th Place[19]
Rebecca DiPietro 26 Rehoboth, Massachusetts 6th Place[19]
Maryse Ouellet 23 Montreal, Quebec 7th Place[19]
Amy Zidian 20 Orlando, Florida 8th Place[19]
  1. ^ Ages were at time of filming.


Maryse and the Bella twins were 2006 contestants who went on to have long-term WWE careers

The eight finalists made their first appearance on WWE programming on Raw on July 10.[20] The Diva Search had an awkward beginning on July 10 with an introductory segment on Raw featuring new host Mike Mizanin. During the segment, Mizanin appeared to have forgotten his lines and stammered on for several minutes when trying to explain the voting procedures for the contest.[21] When introducing the contestants, Mizanin mispronounced names and looked uncomfortable in his new role as Diva Search emcee.[21] Each week, the contestants appeared on both Raw and SmackDown!.[20] The final three appeared on a special that aired on August 16, 2006, on the USA Network, where the winner was announced.

Layla El won the 3rd annual Raw Diva Search[19] and was placed on SmackDown! in late 2006. WWE also hired several of the eliminated Diva contestants including Maryse Ouellet, The Bella Twins, Rebecca DiPietro, Brooke Adams, Amy Zidian, and Milena Roucka. The Bella Twins would become the first Diva Search contestants to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2020

Also former 2006 Diva Search contestant Maryse became the first ever two time WWE Divas Champion and first ever longest reigning WWE Divas Champion at 216 days & a combined reign at 265 days and noticed by WWE at 212 days & 261 combined days during years 2008 & 2010[22][23] and former 2006 Diva Search participants Brie Bella & Nikki Bella won the WWE Divas Championship on separate occasions as well years after the 2006 diva search.[24][25][26]


WWE Diva Search
Eve Torres, the 2007 Diva Search winner
Eve Torres, the 2007 Diva Search winner and first-ever three-time WWE Divas Champion
WinnerEve Torres
Runner-upBrooke Gilbertsen
Original networkWWE.com
Original releaseSeptember 10 (2007-09-10) –
October 29, 2007 (2007-10-29)

Official theme song[edit]

The official theme song for the 2007 WWE Diva Search was "Let it Roll" by Velvet Revolver from the band's second studio album, Libertad, which was released on July 3, 2007. At the time of release, Velvet Revolver was an American hard rock supergroup that featured vocalist Scott Weiland, guitarists Slash and Dave Kushner, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum. "Let it Roll" was only used as the official theme song for the competition and was not used as the official entrance theme song for the winner of the competition. Special thanks to Velvet Revolver


Name Age[a] Hometown Eliminated
Eve Torres 22 Denver, Colorado Winner[27]
Brooke Gilbertsen 22 Chicago, Illinois Runner-Up
Lena Yada 27 Los Angeles, California 3rd Place
Taryn Terrell 21 New Orleans, Louisiana 4th Place[28]
Jessica Hatch 26 Montreal, Quebec 5th Place[29]
J. Kim 24 Catawba, North Carolina 6th Place[30]
Lyndy Frieson 22 Vancouver, British Columbia 7th Place[31]
Naomi Kirk 24 West Yorkshire, England 8th Place[32]
  1. ^ Ages were at time of filming.


A picture of the 2007 Diva Search winner Eve Torres with former 2006 diva search contestant's Brie Bella & Nikki Bella, The Bella Twins.
A picture of former 2007 Diva Search contestant Lena Yada.
A picture of another 2007 diva search contestant Taryn Terrell as Tiffany in the WWE.

The first competition was on WWE.com on September 10, which was also when the voting started. The winner was announced on the October 29 edition of Raw. Unlike past Diva Searches, this Search was the first to take place exclusively on WWE.com with most of the pre-taped segments TV. Taryn Terrell, Angela Fong and Lena Yada were called up to the roster despite being eliminated.

Taryn Terrell and Angela Fong would find more success in other promotions. Taryn Terrell competed for Total Nonstop Action, where she held the TNA Knockouts Championship for a record-setting 279 days, which would be later broken by Taya Valkyrie. Terrell most recently had did commentary and went on to wrestle for National Wrestling Alliance, until her retirement in 2022. Angela Fong wrestled for Lucha Underground under the ring name "Black Lotus". She had a singles match against El Dragon Azteca Jr. at Ultima Lucha Dos.


WWE Diva Search
Eva Marie, the 2013 WWE Diva Search winner and Total Divas reality star.
WinnerEva Marie
Runner-upJoJo Offerman
Original networkWWE.com / E! (TV Show Total Divas) (2013)
Original releaseJuly 28 (2013-07-28) –
December 15, 2013 (2013-12-15)

Official theme song[edit]

The 2013 WWE Diva Search featured one official theme song.

  1. ^ The song was also used for WWE's reality TV Show by the name of Total Divas.


The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported in February 2013 that WWE held an un-aired diva search in the Los Angeles area.[33] Among the prospects that participated were future WWE performers Eva Marie, Alexa Bliss, Lana, JoJo, Devin Taylor, and Veronica Lane, with the former winning the contest. Other participants were Maysa Quy, Olivia Karpinski and Sarah Backman who were all models.[34][35]


A picture of former contestant Lana beside her husband Rusev.
A picture of another former contestant Alexa Bliss at a NXT house show.

Former contestant Lana competed against Naomi for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship at WWE Money in the Bank of 2017 but was not successful.[36]

Also another former contestant by the name of Alexa Bliss became a very successful female wrestling star in the WWE after working for and wrestling in WWE's NXT and attempting to go for the WWE NXT Women's Championship by entering the NXT Women's Championship tournament where Paige was successful at winning the Inaugural version of the NXT Women's title tournament but later on was forced to vacate the NXT Women's title due to being on the main roster and also due to having the WWE Divas Championship after that Alexa entered the second NXT Women's title tournament but afterwards lost to Charlotte after being successful at beating Alicia Fox in the tournament.

Afterwards Alexa went on to face Sasha Banks and Bayley in NXT for the NXT Women's Championship individually in separate matches and on separate occasions but was not successful.[37][38] Later on in Alexa Bliss career Alexa was called up to the main roster and became a multi-time WWE Women's Champion winning all the WWE SmackDown Women's Championships, WWE Raw Women's Championships, and WWE Women's Tag Team Championships multiple times.[39][40][41]


During WrestleMania 31, WWE announced that new shows will air on the WWE Network, including a returning WWE Diva Search, which was expected to premiere in the fall of 2015.[42] There was no additional information given until July 2016, when WWE surveyed fans about potential new WWE Network shows, including a new season of Diva Search under a new name (WWE Superstar Search) due to the fact that the term "Diva" was ultimately phased out that year. In addition, the show would've been hosted by Lita and Trish Stratus.[43]

WWE originally announced on January 25, 2019, that the competition would return as a competition show, similar to NXT Seasons 1-5 re-entitled, WWE Stars in association with Bunim-Murray Productions including casting.[2][3] But on September 29 that year, Squared Circle Sirens reporter Casey Michael confirmed it was canceled.[4] At that time, the focus of the WWE Women's Division has shifted from sex appeal to true athleticism not to mention the fact that indie wrestlers, mixed martial artists and other athletes have pretty much replaced the models when it came to hiring women.


Year Won Winners
2003 Jaime Koeppe
2004 Christy Hemme
2005 Ashley Massaro
2006 Layla El
2007 Eve Torres
2013 Eva Marie

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