September 29, 2006
SLAM! Speaks: Thanks for the memories, Trish
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff
It's rare that a wrestler truly gets a chance to go out on top and say farewell to their fans in the manner that Trish Stratus was able to earlier this month.
In that same regard, it is hard for us as fans to say farewell to those who we are accustomed to watching week in and week out, especially when a retirement is about as permanant as a Dusty Finish.
However, this time, Stratus retired for good. She's made it clear that her bow at Unforgiven was, indeed, her final one.
So now, it is time for us to reciprocate. In honour of Trish's retirement from the world of professional wrestling (and her marriage to Ron on Saturday in Toronto), SLAM! Wrestling's staff have taken time to gather their thoughts on their favourite Trish Stratus moments. Here's what we had to say about the one and only, Trish Stratus.
I was in attendance at Wrestlemania in Seattle. On a show that was filled with great matches, she won the Women's Championship in a bout that was just as good as any of the men's and had the crowd on its feet. The next day I ended up near the hotel where the wrestlers were staying and watched as they came out to head to the Key Arena for RAW. Many of the wrestlers just went to their cars and left, while others stopped to take pictures and sign autographs. Trish was one of the performers who stopped. This, of course, was before I started working for SLAM! and I would still get star struck easily. I stumbled out something about being from Canada for the show, and her face lit up and she took a picture with me. It was obvious the pride she took in being from this country as well as the knowledge that Canadian fans travelled to see her and support the company. I look like a goof in the picture, but it's Trish Stratus -- you would too. I'd heard she was a class act through and through, and that day she proved it.
Trish Stratus initially caught the attention of World Wrestling Entertainment because of her stunning good looks. But her dedication to learning the art of professional wrestling will be what true fans remember her for.
In 2002, in an interview with Tim Baines, Trish noted that "I want to leave my mark in wrestling." Not only has she done that, but she's also set the standard for the WWE's other female competitors.
By the time I became a wrestling fan, Trish was already at the top of her game. But from a woman's perspective -- she's something to be proud of. As one of the handful of female "wrestlers" that actually wrestle, she'll definitely be missed. Though I've never met her or spoken with her, it's obvious that she's classy and put together. While I don't have a favorite memory of her, I'm content to watch her beat just about any wrestler out there. She's definitely one of a kind.
Stratus took the time not only to to chat with me about life in and out of the ring, but was completely honest and open about her work in the biz. To put it one way, I've interviewed hockey players who kayfabe more than Trish did. Trish was also more than happy to pose for a couple shots with a life-sized WWE cell phone (yes, it was as cheesy as it sounds) and had a smile on her face the whole time.
While my time with that particular publication is long gone, I still look back at that story as one of the best I have ever written and I owe its success to Trish, who was one of the more sincere athletes I have ever interviewed (Editor's note: if Trish is reading this, please feel free to e-mail me and I'll send you a copy of the story).
Oh yeah...and I guess being on her bio DVD would be a highlight as well :)
Now it's your turn. Share your Trish Stratus memories with SLAM! Wrestling
by e-mailing Jon with your thoughts. Reader responses will be posted next week.