Traditionally employed as eye-candy to prop up the men, decades passed by before grappling audiences realized that women could become serious wrestling superstars in their own right. This change in perceptions and abandonment of gender bias was driven by strong and pioneering ladies that proved themselves as equals. And whilst any woman that ever steps through the ropes needs more than a small measure of toughness, some women have gone above and beyond, setting the bar with their history making strength and skill.

Here, Muscle and Fitness takes a look at 10 female WWE Superstars that have inspired future generations by showing that they busted their ass, so that they could kick yours.

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