5. Beth Phoenix Defeats Santino Marella
On an episode of RAW on the 14th July 2008, Santino Marella issued an open challenge to anyone backstage, who had the “cannoli’s” to accept his challenge, Santino’s words not mine. “The Glamazon” Beth Phoenix answered the challenge, leaving everyone perplexed including Marella himself. Despite this, Marella was quick to underestimate the strength of Phoenix by taunting at her but she responded back with a taunt of her own. Throughout the match, Marella could be heard shouting, “I am the power of a man” and “I’m a man”, however, that did not faze The Glamazon, who put up quite the battle and actually ended up winning the match after catching Marella off-guard with a roll-up pin. Marella was left stunned and completely humiliated for not taking his opponent seriously enough. This proved that women have what it takes to compete against men.
4. Jacqueline Defeats Chavo Guerrero For Cruiserweight Championship
On an episode of SmackDown! on the 4th May 2004, Chavo Guerrero issued an open challenge for his WWE Cruiserweight Championship. And who accepted the challenge? Jacqueline Moore. After initial shock, Chavo Guerrero and his father erupted in laughter, quickly underestimating the challenger and announcer Tony Chimel was just confused. Jacqueline proved that she wasn’t to be taken lightly and hit Chavo with a timely low blow before rolling him up in a small package pin to win the Cruiserweight Championship. Chavo was left humiliated and his father was stopped in his tracks in utter disbelief. Although Jacqueline’s title reign was short-lived, it was monumental as it proved that women wrestlers could hang with male wrestlers in the ring.
3. Maria Kanellis Defeats Santino Marella
Santino Marella loves to entertain and has said and done a lot of silly things throughout his wrestling career. But, one thing he must have regretted was essentially calling the WWE women’s division a joke, adding that they should be at home “making pasta and babies”. As you can imagine, the women of the WWE were not too pleased about Marella’s comments and stormed to the ring during his “Anything Goes” intergender match against Maria Kanellis. The women immediately attacked Marella and pinned him to the mat, allowing Kanellis to literally dive head-first into his cobra and it’s not his finishing move I’m talking about. Kannelis then pinned Marella to win the match, leaving him completely humiliated, clutching at his nether regions.
2. Beth Phoenix Eliminates The Great Khali
Beth Phoenix became the second woman in WWE history to participate in the Royal Rumble, appearing at entry number 6 in the 2010 Royal Rumble, much to the surprise of many. Phoenix immediately confronted the over 7-foot tall Great Khali, who scooped her up in his arms and attempted to throw her out the ring, however, she wasn’t going to go out this easily. So, she pulled The Great Khali towards her and kissed him, which also allowed her to pull him over the top rope and subsequently eliminate him. After all, he was known as “The Punjabi Playboy”, the ladies can’t resist him. But in all seriousness, Phoenix totally out-smarted The Great Khali but at least he got a cheeky kiss out of it. Although Khali was made a fool out of, it surely can’t have been as bad as the time when he eliminated himself in an over-the-top battle royal.
1. James Ellsworth Gets Humiliated
Any man with two hands has a fighting chance, right? This may have been true for James Ellsworth at the start as he did manage to defeat AJ Styles not once, not twice but three times *cough* with the help of Dean Ambrose *cough*, however, the same cannot be said with his match against The Irish Lass Kicker, Becky Lynch. In fact, Ellsworth was left tapping to Lynch’s finishing move, the dis-arm-her him and to put the icing on the cake, he was super-kicked in the face by Carmella, thus ending their relationship. But, the worst was yet to come for poor Ellsworth. During the WWE’s European tour, Ellsworth was rendered Ells-worthless after being on the receiving end of several beatdowns by the SmackDown Live women’s division. Each of the women took turns to deliver many iconic finishing moves from Austin’s Stone Cold Stunner to The Rock’s People’s Elbow. With the amount of superkicks he has received especially from Carmella alone, it’s no wonder Ellsworth is chinless. After getting destroyed by the SmackDown Live women, Ellsworth was released from the company as a broken man, or should I say broken dog.