Kelly Kelly was the pin-up girl for most WWE fans during the late 2000s, and was known by most for her looks rather than her questionable in-ring skills despite once winning the Divas Championship
Former WWE star Kelly Kelly has been turned heads while lapsed fans noticing a vast difference between her current look and that of the one which made her famous in the late 2000s.
Kelly, whose real name is Barbara Blank Cobra, was most known for coming to the ring in the skimpiest of outfits and being decent, but not really that good, at wrestling. She won the very-much-hated now-defunct Divas Championship once, and left WWE in 2012, having debuted in 2006. During her wrestling career, the 35-year-old had blonde hair and…ᴀssets, but now has brown hair and an altogether different tan.
Kelly’s last appearance for WWE came in the Royal Rumble match earlier this year. She entered the 30-woman match fourth, and was eliminated after just one minute and five seconds, however she was given a decent reaction from the crowd…which was nice. Strangely, for anyone who watched wrestling during that period which featured legends such as Mickie James, Melina and Beth Phoenix, Kelly was ranked number 15 in the Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s top 50 females in 2011.
Moving on, her army of fans — of which she has 1.3 million on Instagram — are loving her new look.
On her latest post, which is a video of her on a treadmill wearing bright pink workout gear, one fan wrote: “That’s looks awesome and you continue to look incredible” While many called her “beautiful”, “perfect”, and “stunning”.
In 2008, she was named by WWE as the most improved diva of the year. She said, at the time: “I always dreamed they would let me wrestle, but honestly, I didn’t think it was in the cards for me. “My mom would always ask, ‘Are you ever going to wrestle?’ And finally, I got the opportunity and wanted to show everyone that I’m not just a pretty face.
“I watched tapes of Stacy Keibler and Trish Stratus. “I would love to follow Trish Stratus career. “I didn’t get the chance to work with her, but watching all her old matches I’ve picked up on some of her in-ring mannerisms.
“I really look up to her and how well she connected with the fans – I’ve worked hard to create that same relationship with my fans.” In 2019, she made a one-off WWE appearance, winning the 24/7 championship from Gerald Brisco in a backstage segment on the Raw Reunion special of Monday Night Raw. However, she lost it almost instantly to fellow former Divas Champion Candice Michelle – who would then lose it to icon Alundra Blayze.
Since leaving WWE, Florida-born Kelly has launched her own wine label called B Tasteful, and is now officially a fashion influencer as she is a brand ambᴀssador for Fashion Nova and Pretty Little Thing. She has also become an advocate for cancer-fighting charity Cure Glioblastoma, which she founded in 2019 a year after her father Ron died from the disease. She got engaged to bodybuilder Joe Coba in 2020, and married him in April, 2021.