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Trish full of Stratus-faction
By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun


Despite walking around with broken knuckles, Trish Stratus is laughing it up these days. Coming off an appearance at Montreal's Just For Laughs festival, the beautiful WWE diva will appear in a Second City show in on Aug. 12.

She's already appeared on Mad TV and likes the comedy schtick.

"It's amazing," says Trish, who finds Jim Carrey and Mike Myers funny. "It's a natural part of my personality."

That personality is a bit different from what fans see each Monday night on RAW.

"I'm cocky and arrogant and I've never had so much fun," says Trish of her role in WWE.

"I can completely embellish it. If I did some of these things in real life, I'd be in trouble. My natural character is kind of sarcastic, but not as bitchy."

It'll be interesting to see how Toronto fans react to Trish during her SummerSlam! homecoming on Aug. 15.

"(Storyline love interest) Christian is also from (the Toronto area) so we're really going to have to work to make them hate us," says Trish.

"I might have to go out there and bash my favourite Toronto Maple Leafs to get a reaction."

While her knuckles heal, Trish has continued to appear on RAW, alongside The Problem Solver, Tyson Tomko.

After opting to let the knuckles heal on their own, with no surgery, she can't wait to wrestle again.

"It's frustrating. I'd like to go out there and kick some ass every week," she says. "Thankfully they felt my character was important enough to stay involved each Monday night."

The former fitness model is enjoying her WWE ride and wants to make the most of it.

"Everything you do in life, you hope for the best," she says.

"My motto is preparedness meets opportunity. We get a lot of opportunities in WWE. If you're getting two minutes (of air time), it's got to be your best two minutes. I'm thankful for my success, but I couldn't have done it without the support around me."

  • More on Trish Stratus

    - Randy Orton and Chris Benoit are on a SummerSlam collision course. Orton won a 20-man Battle Royal top contenders' match on RAW, with Chris Jericho the last man eliminated.

    - Triple H lost his 60-minute Ironman match against Benoit, 4-3.

    Look for Triple H to battle Eugene at SummerSlam.

    - A great moment on RAW: The return of Kamala, The Ugandan Giant.

    There was plenty of belly slapping as Kamala was hooked up with the diva search beauties.

    - Booker T is the new U.S. champion after winning an eight-man elimination match on Smackdown!

    Spike Dudley won the cruiserweight title from Rey Mysterio.

    - Ric Flair has more to say about Bret Hart: "I've had more shower time than he has ring time," said Flair in an interview with The Score.

    - Local wrestling fans should mark Aug. 14 on their calendars. CPW International will host Wrestlefest '04. For the first time ever, champions from seven federations are invited to defend their titles against their respective top contender, all on the same event.

    The following federations will get together to thrill the fans with their unique brand of wrestling (in alphabetical order): Canadian Professional Wrestling International (CPW International), Championship Wrestling Association (CWA), Elite Wrestling Revolution (EWR), Federation Lutte Quebecoise (FLQ), Internet Wrestling Syndicate (IWS), Montreal Wrestling Federation (MWF) and Northern Championship Wrestling (NCW).

    The first event will start at 3 p.m. and the second event will start at 8 p.m.

    Check out the official Wrestlefest '04 website at www.cpwinternational.com/wrestlefest.