Trish Stratus did not win her last match ever at SummerSlam. However, Stratus reminded us all why she is a seven-time Women's Champion.
After both Women's Championship matches had been set in stone for this year's SummerSlam, Charlotte Flair questioned where she fit in on the card. A week later, that question was answered. Trish Stratus returned for an episode of SmackDown Live, and The Queen saw her opportunity.
Flair interrupted the segment and challenged the Hall Of Famer to a match at SummerSlam. Stratus graciously accepted, and why wouldn't she? WWE's biggest event of the summer was going to take place in her hometown of Toronto. What better stage for the seven-time Women's Champion's first singles match in eight years? Plus, what will ultimately be her last match ever?
During the announcement and the match, Stratus has demonstrated that she isn't the best on the mic. However, she never was. The veteran does her best work between the ropes, which she demonstrated at SummerSlam. This was no squash match. Neither was it hard to watch due to Stratus being away for so long. Both women worked together to put on a terrific match.
We went into this match thinking Flair stood no chance of losing, but our minds were quickly changed as the action unfolded. There were moments when we genuinely believed Stratus had The Queen beat, especially when she connected with the Stratusfaction. Alas, it was not to be, and eventually, Flair found a way to beat the woman who blazed a trail for her. By making her tap out to the Figure 8.
Now Flair not only has (at least) two more title reigns more than Stratus will ever have, but she can also lord a victory over her head forevermore. On the bright side, at least Stratus got to go out on her own terms, and also before she lost her ability in the ring. She might have had to practice to shake off the ring rust before her SummerSlam match, but it was a bout she can be proud of, and a worthy retirement match.