Certain foods leave us with a really strong opinion, and remarkably, it’s usually the same food that another person will just as strongly disagree with us about. Every now and then, there’s a clear explanation for how the same thing can evoke such different reactions in people. But it usually just comes down to a sensory experience that’s strong enough to either win your heart, or send you running for the hills.
Love them or hate them, there’s just no right or wrong with these foods.
A sacred sauce, or a waste of taste? Even people who sing its praises usually won’t take a spoonful on its own – although those few are out there. You’ve been warned.
2. Pineapples on Pizza
“It’s perfect,” say some. “Just don’t,” say others. Combining sweet with savory isn’t a rare concept. But pizza is sacred, and plenty of people consider it sacrilege to add pineapple. While it can be weird to think about mixing pineapple with cheese, it doesn’t necessarily mean it tastes bad.
Bug food is not just for the brave. If you didn’t already know, insects are quite a popular food. They’re loved in parts of virtually every continent, and their consumption is on the rise due to worldwide resource crises. Rich in essential nutrients, many places are developing new insect-based foods, like flour.
4. Blue Cheese
If you’ve never tasted it, you’ve smelled it. Blue cheese has an aroma considered unfriendly by many, and for good reason: it comes from the copious amounts of ripe mold growing inside of it. However, it’s important to remember that all cheese is mold – just some less stinky than others. You may have noticed that more adults like blue cheese than kids. This may be because taste buds quickly die and are replaced by the body, but with age, we reproduce less – making adults prone to stronger flavors.
There are those who refuse to cook without mushrooms, and those who are terrified of them. No, really – mushrooms have a whole phobia, called mycophobia. Phobias may be irrational, but the fact that fungi are a life form unique from plants and animals can bewilder even rational folks. Nonetheless, to many, they are just delicious.
WWE Divas: Where Are They Now?
It’s time to give some love to the powerful women who have made the WWE an even greater spectacle than it already was. Let’s explore what some your favorite WWE Divas and female wrestlers are doing today.
Lisa Mary Moretti will be best known by her ring name Ivory and was an integral part of the Attitude era, and also went by Tina Ferrari back in the 80s. As the manager of Mark Henry and D-Lo Brown, she won the Women’s Championship twice.
Ivory – Now
After leaving the WWE in 2005, Moretti worked as a landscape designer while also volunteering at an animal shelter. However, that wasn’t the end of her passion for animals. She also opened up an animal care home called Downtown Dog, which acted as a grooming center. This was soon followed by the Bow Wow Bus, which takes dogs on day trips. Ivory was recently recognized for her wrestling days, being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in February 2018.
If there was ever a female wrestler who had the ability to hold her own against even the toughest males, it was Chyna. With one of the most robust physiques in female wrestling, Chyna was an imposing figure and first burst onto the WWE scene as Triple H’s sidekick. She was part of the Degeneration X, which also consisted of wrestlers such as Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, and X-Pac. She was known as “the Ninth Wonder of the World” after Andre the Giant was called the eighth.
Chyna – Now
Chyna’s biggest WWE career highlight was when she became the first woman to compete in the Royal Rumble. She also made history when she won the Intercontinental Championship. Despite leaving the WWE in 2001, Chyna carried on wrestling with other companies such as TNA and NJPW. She also made a couple of appearances on shows such as VH1’s The Surreal Life and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Sadly, at just 46 years of age, Chyna died in her home in California.
It seems like Terri Runnels was at the ringside of virtually every other wrestler during the 90s. Also a talented wrestler in her own right as Marlena, Runnels managed her husband at the time, Dustin Runnels, who is best known for wrestling under the ring name Goldust. However, their marriage didn’t last, and Runnels went on to work with tag teams such as The Hardy Boyz and Edge and Christian. Her biggest triumph in wrestling came when she won the Hardcore Championship.
Terri Runnels – Now
Terri’s career with the WWE came to a sour end, when, after eight years with the company, she was fired. It wasn’t just her though. Runnels was part of a huge firing spree during 2004. However, she didn’t let the setback ruin her life and Runnels ended up traveling the world to do some soul-searching. She has been doing philanthropy work since then. In 2018, Runnels was honored in the RAW 25 Years Special as one of the most influential women in WWE history.
Another WWE Diva who is sadly no longer with us is the iconic Miss Elizabeth. Without a doubt, she was best known for being the manager of the late great “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Between the years of 1985 and 1992, Elizabeth Ann Hulette was a mainstay in the WWE. She had an important role to play in the storyline between WrestleMania IV and V. In the first ever SummerSlam, she helped the Mega Powers defeat Andre the Giant and Ted DiBiase by “distracting” them.
Miss Elizabeth – Now
After her time in the WWE came to an end, Elizabeth made a swift transition to World Championship Wrestling (WCW), which she was a part of until the turn of the Millennium. She ended up in a relationship with wrestler Lex Luger, who she had also worked with in WCW. However, things got pretty sour between the couple, and at what point, very ugly. The drama came to a head on May 1, 2003, the day that Elizabeth died in Luger’s home.
Stacy Carter will probably be best remembered for walking into the Madison Square Garden ring at the 2002 Royal Rumble wearing nothing but clingfilm! However, there was so much more to the career of a lady that fans will know best as The Kat. Just a few months after the infamous event, Carter ended up marrying Jerry “The King” Lawler. Although Lawler left the WWE after The Kat was released by the WWE, he returned when they divorced a few months later.
The Kat – Now
Since her time in the WWE came to such an abrupt end, Stacy Carter has found love with another wrestler – Nick Cvjetkovich. The couple married in July, 2010, and it was Jimmy Hart who gave The Kat away in their ceremony. However, their marriage also didn’t last, with the couple divorcing three years later. Shortly after her divorce with Jerry “The King” Lawler, Carter delved into a brief career in real estate, working in Florida for the company Century 21.
When Vince McMahon decided to make his family actual characters in the WWE, fans were skeptical that it would turn the company into a circus. However, it seemed to be a blessing in disguise and made the WWE more like a soap opera, and people couldn’t keep the eyes off it. Daughter Stephanie burst onto the scene when she betrayed Vince for an in-ring relationship with Triple H. With time, the relationship became a real one, and the couple have been together ever since.
Stephanie McMahon – Now
Stephanie McMahon only started dating Triple H for real two years after the couple got married on screen in 1999. Ever since their real wedding in 2003, Stephanie and Triple H have had three daughters who you would think will also get involved with the WWE at some point in their lives. McMahon currently works as the Chief Brand Officer for the WWE, working tirelessly to enhance the company’s image around the world. She is also writing her memoir, which is slated for a 2020 release date.
Despite starting her career with WCW, Debra Marshall eventually made the transition to the WWE, being a part of the Attitude era. She managed a tag team consisting of Jeff Jarrett and Owen Hart. However, that came to a tragic end when Hart died after an audacious ring entrance went wrong. Debra ended up marrying Stone Cold Steve Austin and also worked with him in the WWE, before both leaving the company in 2002. At one point, Debra managed The Rock while he was feuding with Austin.
Debra – Now
Things between Debra and Stone Cold Steve Austin didn’t go so well, with domestic issues ensuing between the two. Debra ended up putting her wedding ring on eBay for $27,100 and donated part of the sale to Safe Place. It is an organization that seeks to help people who have suffered from domestic issues. Since then, Debra has been extremely ambitious and has actually gone back into education, studying for a master’s degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama.
Although most will remember her for her outrageous wrestling suits in the WWE and her dramatic feud with Sable, Jacqueline Moore was originally part of the WCW, managing Kevin Sullivan in 1997. Just a year later, she jumped ship to Vince McMahon’s ring and was Marc Mero’s in-ring girlfriend. When she defeated Sable in 1998, Jacqueline officially became the first African-American to win the WWE Women’s Championship. After winning the title for the second time, she eventually lost it to Stephanie McMahon of all people.
Jacqueline – Now
In 2002, Jacqueline starred in a WWE episode of Fear Factor and just missed out on first place to Matt Hardy. After the WWE’s mass firing spree in 2004, Jacqueline switched to TNA and was a part of the company for nearly a decade! Jacqueline got as many opportunities as both a wrestler and a manager as she did in the WWE. In 2016, she made history again when she became the first African-American female to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Although Michelle McCool is better known nowadays for being married to The Undertaker, she actually made a name for herself as a respectable wrestler beforehand. McCool’s first WWE appearance came at the Raw Divas Search contest in 2004. Despite losing the contest to Christy Hemme, McCool was eventually hired by the WWE. She played the role of fitness trainer, working with the likes of Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam. She was eventually victorious when she became the WWE Divas Champion in 2008.
Michelle McCool – Now
It might seem like an odd couple, but Michelle McCool has actually been married to Mark Calaway aka The Undertaker of all people since 2010. They even had a daughter together! It’s amazing to see how the Phenom has become such a softie in real life since being romantically involved with Michelle. The couple are always sharing photos online of trips abroad, as well as their most recent events and date nights. McCool was in front row for Taker’s match at WrestleMania 33.
Nora Kristina Benshoof (nee Greenwald) first appeared in WCW as Miss Madness before transitioning to the WWE. It was here where she wrestled under the ring name Molly Holly, and was part of the Holly Cousins, an alliance consisting of fictional family members Crash Holly and Hardcore Holly. Molly Holly managed to be relatively successful during her five years in the WWE, winning both the Women’s Championship (twice) and the Hardcore Championship, which in-ring cousins Crash and Hardcore also won on numerous occasions.
Molly Holly – Now
Despite the fact that her full-time WWE career came to an end in 2005, Molly Holly made a string of sporadic appearances since 2007. In 2018, she returned when she took part in the first-ever Royal Rumble match for all 30 contestants to be women. Although her return was warmly received, Molly Holly was eventually eliminated by The Undertaker’s wife, Michelle McCool. Outside of wrestling Holly is the women’s head coach at The Academy: Professional Wrestling. She is currently married to Geno Benshoof.
Lisa Marie Veron made her first WWE appearance at the turn of the Millennium when she appeared at the ringside of The Godfather at WrestleMania 2000. Two years later, Veron adopted the stage name Victoria and made her wrestling debut in June 2002. It wouldn’t take long before Victoria won the Woman’s Championship, which she ended up winning twice during her WWE career. She was also part of the infamous Vince’s Devils, which also consisted of Candice Michelle, Torrie Wilson, and Chloe.
Victoria – Now
Since her departure from the WWE in 2009, Victoria has added many new strings to her bow, opening her own restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky – Fat Tony’s Pizza. She also opened a custom car shop called Black Widow Customs with her husband. However, the media grew suspicious when the store burned down just a day after a football player complained about the poor job that Victoria had done with his car. She also has a wrestling-themed restaurant in Chicago called The Squared Circle.
When Mickie James first arrived in the WWE, no one predicted that she would be the huge star that she is now. She started off as an obsessed fan of Trish Stratus, but eventually went on to become a star in her own right, winning the Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 22. Then, James made history when she became the second Divas to hold both the Divas Championship and the Women’s Championship at the same time. Despite being released, James returned to the WWE in 2016.
Mickie James – Now
Since her return to the WWE, Mickie James has managed to balance her lives both in and out of the ring. A talented musician, James has released two country albums, the first titled Strangers & Angels came out in 2010, while she released her sophomore album Somebody’s Gonna Pay in 2013. She plans on owning her own farm and to train horses when she decides to finally hang up her wrestling boots. She has been married to British wrestler Nick Aldis, better known as Magnus, since 2015.
Long before her iconic role as Queen Sharmell, the future wife of Booker T performed under a variety of ring names in WCW such as Storm and Paisley. Before that, she won 1991’s Miss Black America and ended up touring with a variety of musicians, as well as spending 3 1/2 years on the road with James Brown. However, she eventually became a part of the WWE and performed alongside King Booker. In 2005, at the height of their powers, the couple got married.
Sharmell – Now
Sharmell was released from the WWE in 2007. However, she moved on swiftly to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) with Booker T, spending two years at the company. Although Queen Sharmell and King Booker were eventually dethroned from their WWE duties, the happily married couple had two twins and built a family for themselves. Sharmell has also been on TV outside of wrestling, making appearances on five episodes of Family Feud. She is also the stepmother of Booker T’s son from another marriage, Brandon.
One of the more recent divas to grace the WWE rings, AJ Lee was not only the most popular female wrestler at one point but also the most talented. For eight years, Lee performed as a wrestler in a variety of companies, but it was her “unhinged” persona in the WWE that made her a fan favorite. Lee won the Divas Championship a staggering three times and ended up holding the title for over 400 days! Then Lee met fellow wrestler CM Punk…
AJ Lee – Now
It literally became a match made in heaven for AJ Lee and CM Punk. These days, Lee and Punk live in Chicago and have both retired from the wrestling industry. In her spare time, Lee does a lot of work in aid of animal rights, as well as mental health awareness. Some of the organizations she has been heavily involved with include the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
Melina Perez is a no-nonsense WWE star and this is evident in the fact that her ring name is also her real name! Coming from Jesse Hernandez’s School of Hard Knocks, Melina started on the reality show Tough Enough before becoming a full-time wrestler. At first, she managed Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury, who became WWE Tag Team Champions on three separate occasions. However, Melina has also won some titles of her own, winning the Women’s Championship three times!
Melina – Now
Bret Hart was so impressed with Melina’s talent that he referred to her as “one of the best wrestlers in the world.” Although she became the Divas champion, Melina ended up losing her final WWE match in 2011 to Beth Phoenix and was released a week later. Since then, Melina has performed on the independent circuit and also appeared in shows such as Cake Boss and Bad Girls Club. She also made it onto the big screen, appearing in the movie Serial Buddies.
Without a shadow of a doubt, Sable is one of the most iconic female characters of WWE’s Attitude era. Starting off as the wife of Marc Mero, both in and out of the ring, Sable’s first WWE appearance came at WrestleMania XII when she walked Triple H to his first appearance in the event. However, she went on to become a talented wrestler, having memorable rivalries with the likes of Jacqueline and Luna Vachon, becoming the second ever Women’s Champion.
Sable – Now
After filing a lawsuit for $110 million against the WWE, Sable retired from the company in 1999 as she was uncomfortable with the way she was treated. It wasn’t long after when Sable met WWE heavyweight Brock Lesnar and the couple ended up tying the knot. She is now known as Rena Lesnar and is deeply in love with Brock, even though he is ten years younger than her. She has also appeared on the cover of Playboy on three separate occasions.
The lady originally known as Amy Dumas has been performing under the ring name Lita ever since her ECW days. She eventually got her big break in the WWE, being part of Team Xtreme, alongside The Hardy Boyz. Lita also won the Women’s Championship four times!
Lita – Now
One of the most intriguing things that Lita has done since retiring from the WWE involves music. In 20o6, she formed the punk band The Luchagors and had the time of her life. Then, in 2014, Lita’s career came full circle when she was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by her original enemy in the WWE – Trish Stratus. Not only has she worked as a trainer for Tough Enough, but Lita has also commentated on events such as WrestleMania 32 and 33!
Sunny – Then
Considered by many to be the first true WWE Diva, Sunny was one of the most memorable female faces of the WWE during the 90s. Not only was she remembered for her reputation as a fitness fanatic, being the manager of The Bodydonnas, Sunny was the trademark manager of numerous Tag Team Champions, such as The Smoking Gunns, The Godwinns, and Legion of Doom, to name a few. She was also a huge hit on the internet, becoming AOL’s most downloaded woman in 1996!
Sunny – Now
After leaving the WWE in 1998, Sunny made some sporadic appearances on the network, in 2007, 2009, and 2011, respectively. She had also been regularly seen on the independent circuit since the turn of the Millenium. Tamara Lynn Sytch, as she is more formally known these days, also had a brief spell competing at WWE’s rival Extreme Championship Wrestling. After a short career as an adult star, and overcoming cervical cancer, Sytch recently released her autobiography A Star Shattered: The Rise & Fall & Rise of Wrestling Diva Tammy “Sunny” Sytch.
Kelly Kelly – Then
Although her time in the WWE was fairly brief, Kelly Kelly made a big impression, especially since she was young during her time on the network. She originally came from Extreme Championship Wrestling but soon established herself as one of the fiercest female wrestlers when she was drafted to RAW in 2008. Not only was she at one point one of the most famous female faces of the WWE, but she also made her mark as popular Diva.
Kelly Kelly – Now
At just 31 years old, Kelly Kelly still has many promising years ahead of her. Although her main spell in the WWE came to an end in 2012, she did make a brief return in 2017, appearing at the RAW 25 Years special. She was hailed on the episode as one of the most influential women in WWE history. It was just a few days later when Kelly competed in the first ever all-women’s Royal Rumble match. Kelly recently cameoed in an episode of Days of Our Lives.
Beth Phoenix – Then
When she made her debut on RAW in 2006, Beth Phoenix finished the match with a broken jaw! It was at this moment that fans knew that the WWE had brought in a huge talent. However, it wouldn’t take long before Phoenix rose from the ashes and beat Mickie James to the Women’s Championship. Phoenix achieved something incredible in 2010, becoming the second woman in the history of the WWE to enter the Royal Rumble. She even threw the Great Khali over the rope!
Beth Phoenix – Now
Since 2016, Beth Phoenix has been married to Adam Copeland, who is better known by the WWE community as the wrestler Edge. The couple have had two daughters together and in 2012, Phoenix retired from her WWE duties to focus on her family life. In 2017, Phoenix received the highest honor in WWE, being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Having been inducted just five years after her retirement, Phoenix became the quickest female to be inducted after hanging up her boots.
Torrie Wilson is one of those divas/wrestlers who has had iconic roles in both the WWE and its fiercest rival WCW. When a group of WCW wrestlers called “The Invasion” literally invaded the WWE, Torrie was a part of it and soon started ruffling feathers with Dawn Marie. Although she was very popular on SmackDown, Wilson eventually moved to the neighbor program Raw, trading with Stacy Keibler and Christy Hemme. Despite retiring from wrestling in 2008, Torrie has kept herself busy…
Torrie Wilson – Now
Soon after her time in the WWE came to an end, Torrie Wilson saw herself join the NBC reality show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here!, which she ended up being runner-up behind Lou Diamond Phillips. Wilson’s personal life has also been interesting, having dated A-Rod himself, New York Yankees man Alex Rodriguez, between 2011 and 2015. She also has a huge presence on the internet, working as an online fitness instructor, with both her own blog and “vlog.”
Although Stacy Keibler has been referred to as “The Legs of WWE,” there is so much more to this fantastic personality. At one point, she was the manager of the Dudley Boyz. You know, the guys who were obsessed with tables, ladders, and chairs. At 5’11”, Keibler was certainly one of the tallest divas in the industry. Amazingly, she was able to step over the middle ropes in the wrestling rings because of her long legs. She retired in 2006.
Stacy Keibler – Now
Since retiring from wrestling, Stacy Keibler has added many new strings to her bow, especially in the love department. She dated George Clooney of all people, before breaking up in 2013. This was followed by Keibler’s marriage to Future Ads CEO Jared Pobre. The couple has since had a child together. Keibler has also had numerous appearances on TV, starring in shows such as How I Met Your Mother and Dancing With The Stars. She finished third place in the dancing show.
The lady born Patricia Stratigeas was originally a fitness model before stepping into the WWE ring. One of the greatest Divas in the company’s history, it would take a while before Trish Stratus would be taken seriously as a wrestler. However, she would go on to lift the Hardcore Championship belt. Other highlights of her WWE career included a crazy on-screen affair with Vince McMahon, of all people, and she has been WWE Babe of the Year three times!
Trish Stratus – Now
Trish Stratus retired from the WWE in 2006, but only after winning her seventh Women’s Championship belt! It wouldn’t be long before she opened up her own yoga studio by the name of Stratusphere, which received rave reviews. In 2011, she became a trainer for WWE Tough Enough and just two years later, became the youngest person ever to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame! However, Stratus will be most proud after having her second child in 2017 – daughter Madison-Patricia.