WWT Rankings: 1st Half 2021

The first half of 2021 was refreshing for fans of women’s wrestling. Many fans have been able to get out to see an event, whether it’s from a major promotion or a local indy show. There continues to be a whole lot of wrestling to watch on TV and the internet. The midyear mark is a good time to reflect back on the first half of the year and rank the competitors in several promotions. After major events like WrestleMania and Double or Nothing it’s time to see where your favorite women’s wrestlers stack up compared to where they were after the first quarter of the year. Let me know if you agree with these rankings on Twitter @WWTRankingsDude.

WWE Women’s Wrestling Rankings

These rankings are for all WWE promotions combined. Raw, SmackDown, NXT, and NXT UK women have been grouped together. The WWE women’s wrestling rankings include the Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber, Fastlane, WrestleMania, Backlash, Hell in a Cell, NXT Takeovers, and all the weekly television shows leading up to WrestleMania.

#1 Bianca Belair

Bleacher Report

Previous Ranking: #4

WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion

Won the Royal Rumble and defeated Sasha Banks to win the title at WrestleMania

#2 Rhea Ripley

TalkSPORT

Previous Ranking: Unranked

WWE Raw Women’s Champion

Won the title from Asuka at WrestleMania

#3 Alexa Bliss

CBS Sports

Previous Ranking: #6

Should have received a title shot at WrestleMania

Defeated Randy Orton, Asuka, Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax, and Nikki Cross

#4 Charlotte Flair

New York Post

Previous Ranking: #8

Defeated Rhea Ripley by DQ at Hell in a Cell in WWE Raw Women’s Championship match

Wrestled 25+ matches in first half of 2021

#5 Raquel Gonzalez

Media Referee

Previous Ranking: #10

Won the NXT Women’s Championship from Io Shirai at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver

Defended her title against Mercedes Martinez and Ember Moon

#6 Sasha Banks

Wrestling-Edge

Previous Ranking: #1

Lost WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship to Bianca Belair at WrestleMania

Did not wrestle in May or June after losing her title

#7 Natalya

Channel Guide Mag

Previous Ranking: Unranked

One half of WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions with Tamina

Defeated Mandy Rose and Shayna Baszler in singles competition

#8 Meiko Satomura

Sportzwiki

Previous Ranking: #9

NXT UK Women’s Champion

Defeated Kay Lee Ray for title in June

#9 Io Shirai

Daily DDT

Previous Ranking: #3

Lost NXT Women’s Championship to Raquel Gonzalez

Began teaming with Zoey Stark

#10 Xia Li

Twitter

Previous Ranking: #7

Remained undefeated for the first half of 2021

Part of the faction Tian Sha

AEW Women’s Wrestling Rankings

All Elite Wrestling continues to produce tons of content in 2021 with their Revolution and Double or Nothing pay per views, AEW Dynamite, AEW Dark, and AEW Dark: Elevation. With more than 60 women competing and multiple ladies going undefeated, this continues to be the strongest women’s division in wrestling.

#1 Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D.

Wrestling Inc

Previous Ranking: #8

Won the AEW Women’s World Championship from Hikaru Shida at Double or Nothing

Had an epic Lights Out match with Thunder Rosa

#2 Hikaru Shida

Pro Wrestling News Hub

Previous Ranking: #1

Lost AEW Women’s World Championship to Britt Baker at Double or Nothing

Deserves a rematch against Baker

#3 Thunder Rosa

Twitter

Previous Ranking: #2

Went 12-0-1 in singles competition in 2nd quarter of 2021

Defeated Baker in Lights Out match and had time limit draw with Kamille in NWA; deserves a shot at both titles

#4 Big Swole

ringsidenews

Previous Ranking: #9

Undefeated in singles competition in AEW in 2021

Formed a successful partnership with Red Velvet and KiLynn King

#5 Jade Cargill

Wrestling Inc

Previous Ranking: #7

Debuted teaming with Shaq in a win over Red Velvet and Cody

Undefeated with 8 wins in first half of 2021

#6 Kris Statlander

Wrestling Inc

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Joined Best Friends after returning from injury

Undefeated with 9 wins in first half of 2021

#7 Tay Conti

Wrestling News

Previous Ranking: #3

20 wins in first half of 2021

Only loss in 2nd quarter of 2021 was to Shida for title

#8 Nyla Rose

Comic Book

Previous Ranking: #10

Got her career back on track thanks to Vickie Guerrero

Decisive wins over indy standouts Delmi Exo, Holidead, and Megan Bayne

#9 Red Velvet

sportskeeda

Previous Ranking: #4

Lost to Serena Deeb for NWA title and La Rosa Negra for MPW title

Stirring it up successfully with Big Swole and KiLynn King

#10 Abadon

Ringside News

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Undefeated in 2nd quarter of 2021 with 6 wins

Only loss of 2021 was in title match against Shida

Impact Wrestling Women’s Rankings

Impact Wrestling has a competitive women’s division with some mainstays combined with a rotating cast. These rankings include the weekly programming, Impact Plus specials, and the PPVs Hard to Kill, Rebellion, and Against All Odds.

#1 Deonna Purrazzo

Mandatory

Previous Ranking: #1

Impact Wrestling Women’s Champion

16-3 in first half of 2021

#2 Tenille Dashwood

Bell to Belles

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Lost to Purrazzo for title

Beat Ellering, Grace, and Hogan

#3 Rachael Ellering

Impact Wrestling

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Briefly held Impact Women’s Tag Team titles with Jordynne Grace

Lost to Penelope Ford on AEW Dark

#4 Jordynne Grace

Sportskeeda

Previous Ranking: #3

Briefly held Impact Women’s Tag Team titles with Ellering

Won Zelo Pro Women’s title

#5 Rosemary

Previous Ranking: #2

Lost to Purrazzo for title

Defeated Havok and Hogan

Independent Women’s Wrestling Rankings

2021 has been a great year for independent women’s wrestling after many promotions have battled back from COVID-19. There are so many independent women’s wrestlers out there working hard every week that it’s difficult to limit them to just the top 10. The NWA and ROH have been ramping up their women’s divisions and there are promotions in just about every state.

#1 La Rosa Negra

411 Mania

Previous Ranking: #1

Mission Pro Wrestling Champion

Undefeated in 2021 at 6-0, defeated Red Velvet, Masha Slamovich, Skye Blue, Madi Wrenkowski, and others

#2 Kamille

f4wonline

Previous Ranking: #12

NWA Women’s Champion after defeating Serena Deeb

Undefeated in 2021 going 4-0-1 with draw against Thunder Rosa

#3 Ivelisse

Twitter

Previous Ranking: #2

Shine and Ladies Night Out Champions

Lost to Christi Jaynes for SWE Women’s Championship

#4 Christi Jaynes

Pro Sports Extra

Previous Ranking: #5

SWE and RCW Phoenix Women’s Champions

14-2 in 2021, beat Haley J by DQ in OVW title match

#5 Vicious Vicki

Twitter

Previous Ranking: #8

TCW Goddess Champion

Won Invictus title tournament, 10-4 record in 2021

#6 Su Yung

Twitter

Previous Ranking #6

FSPW, ICW, and ARW Champion

Bad win-loss record mostly due to difficulty in Impact Wrestling

#7 Haley J

Twitter

Previous Ranking: #3

OVW Women’s Champion

Over 20 wins, lost IWA Women’s title

#8 Kasey Catal

Flickr

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Empower Women’s Champion and WSU Tag Team Champion

Won Cannabis Cub over Masha Slamovich

#9 Angelina Love

Mandatory

Previous Ranking: Unranked

3-0 in 2021, defeating Mazzerati, Allie Recks, and Quinn McKay

One of the favorites for ROH Women’s Championship tournament

#10 Skye Blue

Pro Wrestling Wiki

Previous Ranking: #13

ZERO1 USA and CSW Women’s Champions

20 wins in 2021, competed in war games match

Women’s Tag Team Rankings

With two women’s tag team championships in the WWE and one in Impact, women’s tag teams are battling it out to reign supreme. Many teams like Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon, Big Swole and KiLynn King, Big Swole and Red Velvet, Diamante and Ivelisse, and Jordynne Grace and Rachael Ellering narrowly missed out on a top five spot.

#1 Natalya & Tamina

Cageside Seats

Previous Ranking: Unranked

WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions

Ended long reign of Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler

#2 Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz

Sportskeeda

Previous Ranking: #2

Impact Women’s Tag Team Champions

Lost titles to Grace & Ellering before regaining them

#3 Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell

Wrestling Inc

Previous Ranking: Unranked

NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions

Won titles from Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart

#4 Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler

DNA India

Previous Ranking: #1

Held WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships for most of the year

Lost titles to Natalya & Tamina

#5 Team Sea Stars Delmi Exo & Ashley Vox

Amino Apps

Previous Ranking: Unranked

SHIMMER & BCP Tag Team Champions

8-2 record in 2021

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