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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Stratusfaction Guaranteed

After mentioning a bit of Rule 5 in my News entries over on my Rant Blog, I have decided to go headlong into my first Rule 5 post. After thinking about all of the lovely ladies to put fingers to keyboard about, I decided to put out a little Stratusfaction for my first foray.

As many of you know, I am a wrestling fan, and last night on WWE Monday night RAW they had announced a third inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame. Who better to be inducted than Trish Stratus, real name Patricia Anne Stratigias, seven time WWE Women’s Champion? Trish joins other lovely WWE Divas (“The Fabulous Moolah” Lillian Ellison, Mae Young, “Sensational” Sherri Martel, Sunny, and Wendi Richter) as the only ones enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Her wrestling career started March 19, 2000 and she retired from regular in-ring competition September 17, 2006.

She had initially wanted to be a doctor but a 1997 professor’s strike at York University in Canada had put those dreams on hold. However, when one door closed another one opens, and she turned to modeling after being approached by the publisher of MuscleMag while she was a receptionist at a gym. She later appeared on the cover of the May 1998 issue and was signed to a two year contract. For the next six months, she worked on her body and appeared on numerous magazine covers. She had been a wrestling fan since childhood and her modeling work was noticed by the WWE (when it was known as the World Wrestling Federation, or WWF). In November 1999 she was signed to a multi-year contract and was sent to Sully’s Gym where she was trained by Ron Hutchinson.

In March 2000 she began her first role in the WWE using the name Trish Stratus as the valet of Test and Prince Albert (who were known as T&A) after appearing on the stage during Sunday Night Heat the day before when she was assessing WWE Superstars. It was during her time as manager of T&A that she received her first major ring bump from The Dudley Boyz when they drove her through the table. She first saw in-ring action in a 6-person tag team match on the June 22 taping of Smackdown when she joined T&A against the Hardy Boyz and Lita. That match led to a feud between Trish and Lita which lasted throughout the year.

She began wrestling part-time in 2001 after WrestleMania X-Seven and joined Lita against Stacy Keibler and Torrie Wilson in a tag team match at InVasion. She first tasted WWE Women’s gold at Survivor Series on November 18, 2001 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. She would go on to win the WWE Women’s title 6 more times as well as the WWE Hardcore Championship once.

After her retirement from full time competition, she would return to the ring now and then to wrestle and also in a few backstage skits. One of her memorable post-retirement appearances happened at WrestleMania XXVII, where she and her team of Snooki and Morrison beat the team of Dolph Ziggler and LayCool, which is made up of Layla El and Michelle McCool. Her most recent appearance on WWE TV was July 23, 2012, when she appeared on Raw's 1000 episode in a backstage segment with D-Generation X. She was teaching Triple H a few yoga moves and Shawn Michaels, Road Dogg Jesse James, and the other members of DX came in and created a rather embarrassing moment.

Outside of the squared circle, Stratus is involved in Yoga and in fact owns a studio in Toronto, Canada, called “Stratusphere” and billed as "Canada's largest eco-friendly yoga studio".




Congratulations to Trish Stratus, 2013 inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame!