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Trish!
Beauty, brains, talent and sense of humour push WWE diva to top

By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun


Trish Stratus is much more than a wrestling diva.

Toronto\'s blond bombshell is intelligent -- before deciding wrestling was her calling, she wanted to become a doctor.

She\'s skilled in the squared circle -- she won the WWE ladies\' title for the second time two weeks ago at Wrestlemania.

And she was born with sharp wit, a sense of humour she rarely gets to display in her ring persona, but one she so wonderfully unleashed on the world in a guest appearance on a recent episode of MAD TV.

\"People that meet me find I\'m a lot different than they thought I\'d be,\" says Trish. \"I\'m quirky and I\'m silly. I\'m a real goofball.

\"I love comedies. I love Jim Carrey. I love all the Austin Powers movies. And I\'ll watch Seinfeld, Friends and Everybody Loves Raymond.

\"My image is that of a blond bombshell. But I think fans want to see the wrestlers\' real personalities. I think my character is really established, so it would be nice to try to (put some humour into her role).\"

Born and raised in Richmond Hill, Trish still manages to spend an average of three days a week in her home town. Her folks, John and Alice, still live in the area. And she also has two sisters, Melissa and Christie.

\"They\'re very supportive of what I do,\" says Trish. \"They\'re really blown away by it all. I was supposed to go to med school. But I became a wrestler instead of a doctor.

\"I\'ve been watching wrestling since I was young. My (younger) sister, me and my two cousins spent our summers wrestling. I was like one of the guys. I guess you could say those were my first tag matches.\"

As one of WWE\'s more popular performers, Trish looks forward to returning to her home country.

\"In America, all the wrestlers have their home town,\" she says. \"For me, and my fellow Canadians, we get that home-town reaction wherever we go in Canada. It\'s a thrill everywhere we go in Canada.\"

Trish made an initial splash on Michael Lansberg\'s Off the Record show on TSN. Then a fitness model, Trish extolled her love for wrestling and the rumours started circulating that she was about to sign with the then-WWF.

\"Imagine my surprise when I started reading about myself on the Internet,\" she says. \"Everything kind of snowballed. Live Audio Wrestling (a Toronto radio show) had me on as a guest and asked me about it. I said, \'God, that would be awesome, but it\'s just a rumour.\'

\"They asked me to be on the show once a week and from there the Internet rumours got crazy. I was backstage at one of the (WWF) shows and one of the agents approached me. I didn\'t hear anything for a while, but six months later, J.R. (Jim Ross) flew me to Stanford and asked me if I was prepared to get physical in the ring.\"

WON\'T POSE NUDE

Trish wasted no time in accepting the offer and embarking on a journey that would bring her the women\'s title ... and a spot in the beating hearts of many men. The diva has no intention, though, of posing nude.

\"I\'ve been lucky enough to be crowned Diva of the Decade and I\'ve been a two-time Babe of the Year on the Internet.

\"But I don\'t think (Playboy\'s) an option for me. I\'ve never really been interested in that. It\'s great for Torrie (Wilson, who bared all for the most recent Playboy). It\'s something she\'s always wanted to do so it\'s a great thing for her. But I want to leave my mark in wrestling.\"

She says her Wrestlemania experience was unforgettable.

\"It was a night of realization, of how big it is,\" she says. \"I went to the press box and watched The Rock vs. Austin and Vince (McMahon) vs. (Hulk) Hogan. Hearing the crowd it really dawned on me that I had just been down there doing the same thing. It\'s a testament to the work women have done (in WWE). The feeling that we\'re equal. It\'s a great feeling.\"

A great feeling for Trish ... and a great feeling for her growing legion of fans.

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