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Trish Stratus

Trish Stratus

REAL NAME: Patricia Stratagias
5' 4", 125 pounds
BORN: December 18, 1975 in Toronto, Ontario

She's one of the most recognizable WWE superstars. Her face and body have adorned countless magazine covers. She's become a six-time WWE Women's Champion. She was even named RAW's Diva of the Decade. Can you believe that instead of watching her wrestle on TV and pay-per-view, Toronto and area wrestling fans almost stood a better chance of seeing her making rounds in their local hospital?

A long-time wrestling fan who played soccer and field hockey, Patricia Stratagias grew up in Richmond Hill and was enrolled at York University (studying biology and kinesiology and contemplating going to medical school) when a teachers' strike changed her plans. Through her work with MuscleMag in 1998, Trish's life took a turn and took her into the world of fitness/bodybuilding as well as a modelling career. Although she intended to eventually go back to school, her career began taking off.

Her appearances on countless magazine covers attracted the attention of the WWE, who signed her to a contract in 1999. Having already received fitness and gymnastic training from Scott Able, Trish was sent to Toronto's Ron Hutchison to be trained for the ring. On March 19, 2000, Trish, at the age of 24, made an appearance on Sunday Night Heat, turning her attention towards fellow Canadian Test. Twenty-four hours later, Trish teamed Test with Albert to form T&A. At Backlash, T&A won their first major victory over the Dudleys.

In June, 2000, Trish added another fellow Canadian, Val Venis, to her stable. Later that same month, Trish made her in-ring debut on Smackdown, as she teamed with T&A to defeat Lita and the Hardys.

A month later, after leading Val Venis to the Intercontinental Championship, Trish continued her feud with Lita and got some help from Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. Unfortunately, she would also earn the ire of Stephanie after she asked her husband, Triple H, for some wrestling lessons, only to be caught in a compromising position by Stephanie.

Meanwhile, things weren't going so well between Stratus and Val Venis. At SummerSlam 2000, Val and Trish dropped a mixed tag match to Chyna and Eddie Guerrero with Chyna pinning Stratus to cost Val the Intercontinental Championship. Val dumped Stratus immediately afterwards.

Not content with being alone in the WWE, Trish linked herself to another high profile male WWE superstar: Vince McMahon. The storyline had Vince cheating on his comatose wife, Linda, with Trish. However, Vince wasn't always kind to Trish, making her strip down to her lingerie and bark like a dog in the ring. He also turned on her during a tag match against daughter Stephanie. Trish soon grew tired of Vince's treatment and at Wrestlemania X-7, Trish slapped Vince and broke away from him.

Trish briefly took over managerial duties for The Big Show before turning her attention to her own in-ring career. After an injury sidelined her during the late summer of 2001, Trish returned and, at the Survivor Series, won a six-person bout featuring Jazz, Jacqueline, Ivory, Molly Holly and Lita to become the WWE Women's Champion.

Jazz would defeat Trish to win the Championship in February 2002, but in May, Trish managed to defeat Crash Holly to win the WWE Hardcore Championship, only to lose it just moments later to Steven Richards after being put through a table by Bubba Dudley. A week later, during an episode of Raw, Trish returned to Toronto and defeated Jazz and regained the Women's title.

Molly Holly was Trish's main competitor during her second title reign, and it was Molly who ended Trish's reign on June 23rd. Soon afterwards, Trish became hounded by newcomer Victoria who claimed that Trish had betrayed her when both were up-and-coming fitness models. After Trish defeated Holly to regain the WWE Women's title on September 22nd, it was Victoria that Trish made the bulk of her title defences against, until Victoria finally won the title at the 2002 Survivor Series.

After a short-lived alliance with Jeff Hardy (a story line cancelled when Hardy departed WWE), Trish headed to Wrestlemania XIX and defeated Victoria and Jazz to being another reign as WWE Women's champion. Jazz would end that reign at Backlash but, as always, Trish continued to be at the heart of the Women's Division. She teamed with newcomer Gail Kim, but that alliance was short-lived with Kim turned on Trish. Kim then teamed with Molly Holly, taking on Trish and a returning Lita in several women's tag matches.

It was shortly after that, when Chris Jericho entered Trish's life. At first, Jericho feigned interest in Trish as part of a juvenile bet with Christian over which of the two friends could bed a WWE Diva first. Trish was understandably upset and teamed with Lita, the other target of the bet, but lost a "Battle of the Sexes" match against Jericho and Christian at Armageddon.

Jericho would later confess to having true romantic feelings for Trish, which did not set well with Christian. However, in the end, it was Trish who double-crossed Jericho at Wrestlemania XX and left with Christian. Jericho vowed revenge but was overwhelmed at the hands of Trish, Christian and their new "problem solver" Tyson Tomko.

With Christian out of action, Trish continued to employ the services of Tomko as she won a four-corner match (involving Victoria, Lita and Gail Kim) at Badd Blood to win the WWE Women's title for a fifth time. Even a broken hand could not stop Trish from hanging on to the title until December 6th, when Lita defeated her.

Trish and Lita had continued to feud for most of the fall of 2004, a feud which escalated when Trish rubbed it in about Lita's marriage to Kane. Trish wasn't beltless for long, regaining the Women's Championship for a sixth title reign at New Year's Revolution.

With Lita and Kane warming up to each other, the Big Red Machine began targeting Trish, chokeslamming her during a January 2005 Raw in Toronto, an attack that left Trish in a neckbrace. Meanwhile, Lita began to help train Christy Hemme, who would challenge (unsuccessfully) Trish for the WWE Women's title at Wrestlemania XXI.

Having turned back the challenge from Hemme, Trish still had to deal with Kane and Lita. She enlisted the help of Viscera, but that partnership turned sour after Kane defeated Viscera at Backlash, spoiling Viscera's romantic intentions with Trish.

The attack put Trish on the shelf until September, when she returned to help 2005 Diva Search winner, Ashley, in her battles against Victoria, Torrie Wilson and Candace Michelle.

However, it was shortly after her return that Trish found herself the object of an unwanted fan's affection. Mickey James introduced herself to Trish as the newest WWE diva and Trish's biggest fan. It soon became obvious that James took her admiration of Trish to uncomfortable levels.

Putting James aside for the moment, Trish had other problems. Smackdown Diva Melina challenged Trish to a match at the Survivor Series, even going so far as to have her charges, MNM, abduct Trish. But the mind games did not deter Trish, who defeated Melina to retain the Women's title.

As 2005 became 2006, Trish was beginning to realize that James' affections for her were a little too much to handle. James won a #1 contenders match over Victoria and battled Stratus in a losing effort at New Year's Revolution.

Ashley warned Trish about Mickey James and her mental instability, which earned her the wrath of James, who also scared aware a potential boyfriend for Stratus with a phony sexual assault charge. Finally, Trish had had enough of James' obsession with her and told her to stay away from her after a victory over Victoria & Candice Michelle on the March 18, 2006 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event.

Instead James attacked Trish and challenged her for the Women's title. After weeks of mind games, James defeated Trish at Wrestlemania XXII. Now it was time for Trish to play mind games, dressing up and acting like James had, before challenging the new champion for a title match at Backlash. Trish won the match by disqualification when James refused to relinquish a chokehold. During the course of the match Trish dislocated her shoulder and required six weeks of rehabilitation.

After seconding Beth Phoenix against James, Trish returned to the ring on June 26th, 2006 and lost a title match to James. After the match she got into a fight with Melina. Trish and Carlito teamed up in a brief feud with Melina and Johnny Nitro.

Carlito and Trish portrayed a couple onscreen, but off Trish was making the decision to wrap up her wrestling career and get married. Her long-standing feud with Lita was renewed after Lita won the woman’s title. On August 21st, Trish won a #1 contenders match against Victoria, and a week later the story was broken that Trish would be retiring after Unforgiven. in her hometown of Toronto. On September 4th Lita, Edge and Randy Orton defeated John Cena, Carlito and Trish. The road to Unforgiven continued on September 11, 2006 at Madison Square Garden where Trish defeated Mickie James in her final RAW match.

On September 17th, Trish returned home to say goodbye. The Air Canada Centre was packed with cheering fans as Trish and Lita locked up one final time. Paying tribute to Bret Hart, Trish locked the sharpshooter on Lita for a submission victory and a record seventh WWE Woman’s championship. An emotional Stratus said farewell to the standing ovation from her hometown crowd.

Since retiring Stratus has gotten married and bought a house. She recently participated in the CBS series Armed and Famous, taking training to be a police officer in Muncie, Indiana. As a reserve police officers she had actual police powers and was involved in doing routine traffic stops and responding to emergency calls. On December 15th, 2006 she made an appearance at ringside for 1PW’s Trish showed up at the IPW indy event in Muncie. Stratus was originally scheduled to be a guest referee in the Mr. Smiley vs. Doctor Love main event, but was unable to because she was on duty and could not remove her gun holster. However, she did enforce from ringside, as well as punching Doctor Love's manager Justin Tyme in the face, where he landed in the casket that was ringside. The show was cancelled due to poor ratings.



--- compiled by John M. Milner & Jason Clevett with files from SLAM Wrestling

RELATED LINKS:

  • Trish Stratus Photo Gallery
  • Trish Stratus story archive