41-year old Trish Stratus is now a mother of two, a successful entrepreneur, and yoga expert living in her hometown of Toronto, ON Canada. A fitness guru, Trish still looks just as good as ever, and that's saying something.
17 years ago, Trish Stratus first showed up on WWE programming. She wore a pink cowboy hat and appeared on the SmackDown entrance ramp, watching a match between Gangrel and Test. We would later learn that she was scouting Test to be a part of her "T & A" tag team.
While Trish was managing T & A, Lita was managing the Hardy Boyz. As Lita and Trish's teams feuded, so did they. Their careers would be linked from that point in 2001 onwards.Stratus would quickly move into a storyline with Vince McMahon. The angle heavily alluded to the idea that Trish was Vince's mistress. Stratus turned on Vince at WrestleMania X-Seven, however, and entered the women's division shortly after.
Trish retired from WWE in 2006. She was only an active competitor for six years, yet made arguably a larger impact than any other from her era. She would make special appearances from time to time, but for the most part Trish stayed away. She was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014.
Nowadays the WWE women's revolution has put the focus back on actual wrestling in the women's division. While Trish and her contemporaries certainly had their share of Bra and Panties matches, Trish helped show that women wrestling could be popular, at a time when other promotions didn't even have women's divisions.
Here are 15 times Trish Stratus gave us more than we could handle:
16 15. Wavy White Swimsuit
Tyler Breeze and Fandango would have nothing negative to say about what Trish is wearing in this picture. In general, it would be hard for any type of bathing garment to look bad on Trish, and this one is no different.
Before she became a wrestler, Trish was a fitness model. She has appeared on the cover of countless fitness magazines, and still does today. After having two kids and still looking as smokeshow gorgeous as she does, Trish has also now done pregnancy modelling as well.
Trish had been a fan of wrestling growing up, but it was the WWE that sought her out and not the other way around. They found her while looking for fitness models, but then sent her to Sully's Gym in Toronto. This was also where Edge and Christian would get their training as well.
15 14. Trish Forgets Her Yoga Pants
Trish owns a yoga studio in Toronto named "Stratusphere Yoga" which has won local business awards. Evidently, Trish showed up for this yoga session without any yoga pants. She has her singlet, leg warmers, everything else, but just forgot those pants.
Stratusphere Yoga gets local media coverage regularly, and not just on the days Trish forgets her pants. If there is a big charity event, or a local event where the city wants to show off what great celebrities Toronto has, Trish will be there. She's like a less famous but far more attractive version of Drake.
Earlier this year, her home province of Ontario announced that Trish would be going into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.
Trish has always been very loyal to Toronto. She made it a point that her last match before her 2006 retirement was in Toronto, and has made frequent cameo appearances through the years when WWE visits the city.
14 13. Sweaty Trish Stratus
Amazingly, the above photo shoot was not for Pepsi. Can't you imagine someone swooping in and tossing Trish a can, and then her rubbing the cold soda against her hot and perspiring skin? That would have gone over much better than the previous Pepsi commercial did, let me tell you.
Trish is not afraid to get sweaty, as she had some hard matches over the years. While Trish, and others from her period, were perhaps not given the same chances that today's women are, she helped break barriers down to pave the way for today's women. Trish and Lita were once the main event of Raw, and while now women have main evented PPVs, that wouldn't be possible if it hadn't of been for the work of the women from Trish's era.
12 12. Shoes... But No Pants Again
In this photo we see a playful Trish Stratus in undergarments and a set of tennis shoes. There are few scenarios in life where one is required to wear tennis shoes whilst in their underwear, but evidently Trish has found herself in one.
Trish is not afraid of showing her backside area, as few yoga experts are. Yoga is heavily focussed on building and strengthening core muscles, of which the gluteal muscles play an important role. This works out excellently for Trish Stratus fans, as it means she has lots of motivation to show off just how firm her gluteal muscles are.
As can be seen in the photo above, Trish had no problem maintaining firm hindquarters even before she was a yoga studio owner.
11 11. Unlike Cena, We Can See Trish, and It's Great!
Trish has done a lot of modelling in swimsuits and bikinis. It's not hard to understand why! Even now, as Trish enters her 40s, her body is always toned, trim and strong. This is a woman who has not allowed herself to get out of shape one day in her life.
The fitness nut was seeking out a career in kinesiology in the late-'90s, but when the staff at her northern Toronto-based university went on strike, she was left without a place to study. She ended up working at a nearby gym, where she was discovered by people looking for fitness models. Her chance meeting at the gym led to her appearing on her first magazine cover, when she appeared on the front page of MuscleMag's May 1998 issue.
10 10. Hanging With the Gals
Here we have Trish along with some of her gal pals, Lita, Victoria and Stacy Keibler. These four women were heavily involved in the other "women's revolution" which took place in the early-2000s.
What is rarely talked about is how little WWE cared for women's wrestling up until this point. In the 1980s, they tried with Wendi Richter and the Fabulous Moolah, but that was all at the request of MTV icon Cyndi Lauper, who pushed for women to play a bigger role in the company. When the "Rock N' Wrestling" connection ended, women ended up taking a back seat in WWE once again.
WWE tried in the early-mid-'90s to get fans to support Alundra Blayze, but she largely flopped as a draw. It wasn't until Trish, Lita, Victoria, Ivory, and others from their era cracked their roster, that WWE began to show real confidence in their female performers.
9 9. Trish To Play Lingerie Football?
Trish Stratus fans only wish she dawned the above uniform for a few games of lingerie-based gridiron competition. Unlike current WWE superstar, Summer Rae, who played three seasons with the Chicago Bliss, Trish never did play this peculiar type of football.
She was an athlete, though. Trish played on the York University soccer and field hockey teams in the late-'90s. When her university career ended up being short-lived, Trish switched to fitness modelling, which is a sport onto its own somewhat. While there are no games, she was in competition with other models, and she did have to make sure she was in the gym everyday.
Trish has been involved with the Toronto Argonauts in the past as well, teaching yoga to the Canadian Football League team. She didn't wear the above uniform, though.
8 8. "T & A" Trish Stratus
As previously mentioned, Trish began her WWE career as the manager of "T & A", a tag team consisting of Test and Albert. Their main feud during this period was with The Hardy Boyz, who were managed by Lita.
Fans responded more to Lita and Trish then they did to their male tag teams, however, which may have been the catalyst for the company putting increased focus on their female performers not long after.
As Trish gained popularity, Vince decided to put her in a storyline with him. Trish played the role of Vince's assumed mistress during an angle where his wife had been rendered comatose, infamously barking like a dog upon Vince's command in one segment. It would lead to Trish's first, and most notable babyface turn at that year's WrestleMania.
7 7. Yes! Yes, I Do Want To Wrestle!
Despite being a talented wrestler, Trish never strayed away from promoting her sexiness on WWE programming. By the time she arrived in WWE she was used to her physical appearance drawing a reaction, as years of fitness modelling had her well prepared.
There was barely a women's division for her to compete in at the time she arrived in WWE as well. Alundra Blayze had left the company with the title, and WWE didn't bother giving it to anyone else for three years. It was only brought back in 1998, as an excuse to get Sable on television as much as possible. Sable feuded with Jacqueline and Ivory over the belt, until Trish and Lita entered the division and changed everything about women's wrestling.
Sadly, the women's championship that Trish, Lita, Sable and others wrestled for was retired in 2010. The last official champion was LayCool, who jointly held the title somehow.
6 6. Wearing Scott Steiner's Armour Headdress
Seen here wearing Scott Steiner's old chain headdress in lieu of a bikini top is a tanned, and sultry looking Trish Stratus. This was one of the many bikini-clad photo shoots WWE took of Trish during her time with the company.
Speaking of Trish's time with the company, few recognize just how preciously short it was. Trish finished her full-time career with the company when she was only 30 years old.
She made enough money during her time to open her own business in Toronto however, and marry her high school boyfriend. She was married in 2006, the same year she retired.
While she has wrestled occassionally since 2006, her last match as a full-time WWE superstar was the Unforgiven PPV on September 17, 2006. The show was held in her hometown of Toronto, and she used the Sharpshooter to defeat Lita for her record 7th women's championship.
5 5. Modern Day Trish
Trish didn't waste anytime getting on with her with her post-WWE career. She made a clean break by getting rid of her dyed blonde hair, and having her breast implants removed. The all-new all-natural Trish became focussed on her yoga, business, and new marriage.
In true Trish Stratus fashion, she turned her wedding into another magazine cover shoot. Her wedding dress made the cover of "Today's Bride" magazine. She was married less than two weeks after her final match in WWE. Trish didn't go on a honeymoon, however, as she ended up leaving to film the movie Armed & Famous on short notice. In hindsight, she may have wanted to take a honeymoon. The couple had their first child in 2013, a son named Maximus. Their second child was born this January, and is a girl named Madison-Patricia.
4 4. Puffed Out Chest
In the previous section we mentioned that when Trish left the WWE in 2006, she had her breast implants removed. The above picture clearly illustrates what Trish looked like before 2006.
Looking back on her career it seems odd in hindsight that Trish flaunted her sexuality as much as she did. It didn't seem odd at the time, however, as that was how people expected the women on WWE television to act. After all, it was Sunny who first started to get fans to pop loudly for her, followed by Sable not long after that. It would be years before WWE would focus on their female performers mainly as wrestlers.
Nobody is expecting Becky, Sasha, Charlotte or Bayley to do what Trish did, which is a sign of the changing times.
3 3. Tropical Pleasure
Here is Trish in a tropical photo shoot. Trish posed for several WWE DVDs which featured the Divas roster in various skimpy outfits.
Whether it was Desert Heat or Tropical Pleasure, Trish was usually the focal point of such DVDs. There's no doubt that WWE earned a lot of money off the success of their Divas division back in the early 2000s. After all, they were earning enough money that Playboy came calling. The longstanding magazine enticed Sable to pose naked for their publication, and over the years would convince several other Divas as well.
They were never able to entice Trish to pose naked, however, nor were they able to do so for Lita. WWE fans would have to settle for Lita and Trish taking part in risqué DVDs like those mentioned above.
2 2. Trish Returns to WWE
Trish returned to WWE in 2011, and wrestled a match at WrestleMania XXVII. Her blonde hair was gone and she wasn't quite as busty as before, but she looked good. She looked fit, firm and healthy. The match she was involved in left a lot to be desired however.
Somehow Trish got tied into a match which also featured reality TV star Snooki from Jersey Shore. Trish and Snooki teamed up with John Morrison, though he may not have been too happy about it. Regarding her experience at WM27, Trish would later say she felt the cold shoulder coming from Morrison, possibly because he felt his then-girlfriend, Melina, should have been in Trish's place.
That same year, Trish served as one of the trainers on Tough Enough, the revamped reality series that WWE ran for six seasons.
1 1. The Champ Is Here!
When Trish retired from full-time WWE competition, she was a seven-time Women's Champion. Why the amount of times someone wins a title has become the go-to statistic for WWE makes little sense, but it's the one they use. CM Punk's 400-plus day title reign only counts as one time as champion, whereas Charlotte can lose and win back the belt several times a month and in WWE's eyes that makes her a greater champion.
Flawed statistics aside, Trish really is the greatest WWE women's champion of all time. She made wrestling fans care about her matches at a time where WWE audiences shouted for "Puppies!" and had grown accustomed to female performers getting pops by taking off their clothes. While Trish would do a little of that herself (thankfully), fans got into her matches for the athleticism involved. Lita deserves a lot of credit for this as well, but Trish might have been a slight step ahead of her, especially after her neck injury.
Trish retired relatively injury-free. So while she is now in her 40s, don't think she couldn't come back someday.
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