Stratus Gets a Video Game?
Frima Studios has announced that they are working
to bring Stratusphere Yoga featuring former WWE
Diva of the Decade Trish Stratus to the Wii
Stratus returns to WWE
Anne Stratigias (born December 18, 1975 in Richmond
Hill, Ontario), better known by her stage and
ring name, Trish Stratus, is a Canadian professional
wrestler, fitness model and comedian, currently
working for World Wrestling Entertainment's RAW
is marketed as the first woman in WWE history
to have held the WWE Women's Championship six
times, two more than the four title reigns of
The Fabulous Moolah recognized by WWE.
a fitness model, Stratus has been featured on
the cover of many major health and fitness magazines
such as Musclemag, Flare and Total Women's Fitness.
She also released a calendar series called "Dream
Team" with fellow model, Stacey Lynn. As
a sports entertainer, she was proclaimed the WWE
Diva of the Decade on RAW's 10th Anniversary show.
She was voted "WWE Babe of the Year"
three times between 2001 and 2003, but was defeated
in the 2004 competition by Stacy Keibler. She
originally set out to become a doctor.
1997, Patricia Anne Stratigias was a student at
York University in Toronto, working towards a
B.Sc. in Biology and Kinesiology with the intention
of applying to medical school. During the winter
of 1997, the faculty labour union engaged in strike
action that lasted for over two months. This forced
Stratigias to wait out the labour dispute by finding
work. After accepting a job at a local gym, she
found herself responding to the urging of her
peers there to become a fitness model for Muscle
Magazine. It happened that, around this time,
she co-hosted a Canadian pro wrestling talk show
called Live Audio Wrestling. This caught the attention
of the WWF, whose agents told Stratigias that
if she felt she had more to offer than her looks
alone, she should start training for a wrestling
career. Soon afterward, Stratigias began training
at the gym of Ron Hutchinson, the same facility
where Superstars like Edge and Christian had also
trained for the ring. The WWF again had contacted
her in late-1999, and this time, Stratigias was
ready to start her career as a pro wrestler under
the stage name, Trish Stratus, having been a fan
since her childhood. Growing up, Stratigias idolized
Hulk Hogan, and has siblings and relatives who
helped increase her interest in sports entertainment.
first WWF appearance took place on the March 19
edition of Sunday Night Heat. Stratus appeared
on the runway, scouting certain WWF Superstars,
in particular Test and Prince Albert. Not long
after, Stratus began her first role in the company,
managing Test and Albert in the tag team T and
A. It was during her stint managing T and A when
Stratus had her first taste of punishment in the
ring, being driven through a table by The Dudley
Boyz. She had been taunting The Dudley Boyz for
weeks, in particular Bubba Ray Dudley who was
notorious for his fondness for putting females
through tables such as Mae Young, and The Kat.
Unlike many Divas before her, it only served to
whet Stratus's appetite for in-ring action.
and more, Stratus found herself getting physically
involved in the action, taking her bumps from
Superstars like The Big Show and Chyna, and even
suffering a stinkface from Rikishi. It was not
long before Stratus began competing in actual
matches, one of the earliest examples being a
six-person tag team match at Fully Loaded on July
23, as Stratus teamed with T & A to face The
Hardy Boyz and Lita. Although Stratus and her
team lost the bout, she was not about to leave
that night without making her mark, and proceeded
to whip Lita with a leather strap before exiting
the ring. Stratus later managed Val Venis to win
the Intercontinental Championship, but seemed
to be outgrowing managing, as she had bigger aspirations
on her mind. These aspirations included challenging
for the WWF Women's Championship on a number of
occasions against Lita and Ivory, although none
of these attempts proved successful.
early 2001, Stratus became involved in a storyline
with WWF Chairman Vince McMahon, during a time
when Vince's wife Linda was "institutionalized"
following a demand Vince had made for a divorce
during a live show in Madison Square Garden in
December 2000. Vince and Stratus's relationship
increasingly angered the boss's daughter, Stephanie
McMahon-Helmsley and at No Way Out on February
25, Stratus and Stephanie squared off, with "The
Billion-Dollar Princess" scoring a tainted
win via the interference of William Regal. In
the midst of a tag team match that pitted Vince
and Stratus against Regal and Stephanie, Stratus
found herself the victim of a grand set-up by
Vince, Stephanie and Regal. Regal executed the
Regal Cutter on Stratus, and Stephanie then dumped
mud over Stratus's body. Vince stood over Stratus,
and he told her she was a toy that he had grown
tired of playing with.
following week on RAW, Stratus actually gave Vince
an apology for the disruption she felt she had
caused in his life. Vince then said that the apology
would only be accepted if she stripped down to
her undergarments, got on all fours, and barked
like a dog. Shockingly, she did. Few knew however
that this was all part of a master plan Stratus
had set into motion to embarrass her antagonist,
and at WrestleMania X-Seven a month later, it
all became clear. During a Street Fight between
Vince and his son, then-World Championship Wrestling
(WCW) "owner" Shane McMahon, Stratus
rolled out a seemingly catatonic Linda McMahon
in a wheelchair to the ring. When the action was
taken to the floor, Stratus walked up to Vince
and slapped the taste out of his mouth before
chasing Stephanie from ringside. Shortly thereafter,
Linda stood up out of her wheelchair and kicked
Vince in the groin, enabling Shane to gain control
of the match and eventually pin his father.
her situation with the McMahon family ended, Stratus
began focusing on wrestling full-time. On the
April 23 edition of "Raw," Stratus was
backstage promoting the "Divas in Hedonism"
video when she ran into Mr.McMahon. McMahon then
placed her in a match against Ivory in which if
she lost, she would be forced to join the Right
to Censor. However, Stratus displayed some improved
in-ring ability, managing to pin Ivory following
a modified bulldog.
the WCW/ECW Invasion storyline, Stratus and Lita
attempted to put their past behind them and began
focusing on taking out alliance girls, Stacy Keibler
and Torrie Wilson. At the Invasion Pay Per View,
the two WWF divas took down Wilson and Keibler
in the first ever tag team Bra and Panties Match
with Mick Foley as the guest referee. The following
night on Raw, however, Stratus suffered an injury
in her "Paddle on a Pole" match against
Wilson. She underwent ankle surgery later in the
summer. It would be at least four months before
Stratus would fully heal and be able to continue
her pursuit of wrestling glory. As she rehabilitated,
Stratus kept herself visible by co-hosting Excess
on TNN. When she was not doing the show, Stratus
continued training and rehabilitation, preparing
herself for her comeback in the ring. She received
extensive ring training from Dave Finlay, a former
WCW Television Champion. Finlay's schoolings served
Stratus well; by the time she returned to the
ring, she was better prepared for combat than
return came at the Survivor Series on November
18 in a six-pack challenge for the vacant WWE
Women's Championship. At this event, Stratus faced
off with Lita, Mighty Molly, Jacqueline, Ivory,
and former Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW)
mainstay, Jazz. Stratus pinned Ivory after unveiling
her new Stratusfaction finisher, a modified bulldog
headlock which saw Stratus apply the headlock,
climb the ropes, and in mid-air, catapult herself
backwards to the canvas with her opponent's head
still gripped in her arms. Stratus had won her
first WWE Women's Championship.
eventually lost the Women's Championship to Jazz
on a February 2002 edition of RAW.
three months later, Stratus won the title back
in a unique tag team match where both the Women's
and the Hardcore title was on the line. It was
Stratus and Bubba Ray Dudley vs. Jazz and Steven
Richards, where Stratus pinned Jazz to capture
her second Women's title.
then started her fued with Molly Holly, where
Molly beat Stratus for the title at the 2002 King
of the Ring event. However, just like with Jazz,
three months later, Stratus won the title back
at the 2002 Unforgiven pay per view.
Victoria debuted in the WWE, Stratus was first
on her mind to try to defeat. After successfully
defending her title against Victoria at No Mercy
2002, Victoria gained revenge when defeating Stratus
at Survivor Series 2002 in a hardcore match.
won the Hardcore Championship from Crash Holly,
on May 6, before losing it the same night to Stevie
Richards. Stratus also became WWE's most popular
Diva, gracing the cover of WWE Divas 2002 swimsuit
magazine (in which Lita graced the cover the year
before), and also winning the Woman of the Year
achievement award as voted by the readers of Pro
Wrestling Illustrated magazine. In the brand extension
between RAW and SmackDown!, Stratus was drafted
2003 progressed in the WWE, so did the skills
the divas possessed in the ring. The term diva
lent more on aggressiveness and assertiveness
rather than beauty and looks. This was all too
apparent as Stratus went up against matches more
based on ring skill than beauty alone. After a
bitter rivalry with Victoria, which pitted Stratus
in several hardcore matches, Stratus was met with
a bitter nemesis from the past, Jazz. Now Stratus
was up against two women who had a bitter hate
for the Toronto beauty that would culminate at
Wrestlemania XIX in a triple threat match for
the WWE Women's Championship.
WrestleMania XIX on March 30, Stratus won her
fourth WWE Women's Championship in a triple threat
match against Victoria and Jazz. Despite losing
her title back to Jazz the following month, Stratus
stayed in the hunt for another championship. Stratus
was engaged in a heated feud with newcomer Gail
Kim, who gained the Women's Championship on her
first televised WWE match, by winning a battle
royal. A miscommunication between Stratus and
Kim during a tag team match on RAW (in which Stratus
misfired a Chick kick and accidentally nailed
her partner) left Kim embittered.
weeks later, the now former Champion Kim, who
lost the title to Molly Holly the previous week,
appeared to be saving Stratus from a two-on-one
assault by Molly and Victoria. Kim helped Stratus
to her feet before viciously clotheslining her
to the mat. Soon, Molly approached Kim with the
idea of forever ending Stratus's wrestling career,
and for a time, it seemed as though it would happen.
Thanks to an assist from the returning Lita, however,
it would be Stratus who gained the last laugh.
2003 would mark the beginning of what would be
Stratus's most emotional WWE saga; the triangle
between Stratus, Chris Jericho, and Christian.
One night on RAW, as Stratus was being attacked
by Victoria and Steven Richards, Jericho inexplicably
rushed the ring and warded off the attackers.
Even Stratus seemed dumbfounded initially. Soon,
however, Stratus started to slowly warm up to
Jericho, seeing a side of him that many fans and
fellow competitors did not see very often. One
which apparently showed warmth, caring, and compassion.
Stratus and Jericho appeared smitten with each
other. At the same time, Jericho's friend and
tag team partner Christian was courting Stratus's
close friend Lita. To many fans, neither courtship
looked to be on the up and up. As it turned out,
they were anything but. On the December 1 RAW,
Jericho and Christian were overheard in the locker
room mocking Stratus' and Lita's affections, and
revealed a bet the two of them had with one another
(for one Canadian dollar) to see which man could
sleep with their chosen Diva first. Stratus, who
was to present Jericho with a handmade Canadian
hockey jersey as a gift, heard every word and
every laugh from outside the dressing room, and
it brought her to tears.
following week, Stratus and Lita confronted and
assaulted Jericho and Christian in front of a
nationwide viewing audience on RAW, leading to
a "battle of the sexes" tag team match
held at Armageddon on December 14. While Christian
seemed to take pride in beating down his female
opponents, Jericho seemed to want no part of it.
Apparently, Jericho was starting to develop true
feelings for Stratus, and was having a difficult
time going through with the match before him.
Stratus seemed to take a lot more pleasure in
beating down Jericho than Jericho had in facing
her in a match. Soon, it became obvious that Jericho
was feeling an enormous amount of guilt for initiating
the Canadian dollar bet.
first, Stratus was unwilling to show Jericho any
forgiveness, but appeared to accept his apologies
enough to at least accept him as a friend. Meanwhile,
Christian appeared to be harboring jealousy, accusing
Stratus of driving a wedge into his partnership
with Jericho and labeling her "Yoko Ono."
But soon, Christian also appeared to have something
of a change of heart, albeit a very condescending
one. To the face of Jericho, he was very accepting
of his feelings for Stratus...but to Stratus's
face, Christian seemed to be courting her affections
looked like everything became crystal clear on
the February 23 RAW, when Christian was booked
to face Stratus in a one-on-one match. In the
dressing room prior to the contest, Christian
(feigning friendship with Stratus) promised her
he would allow her to pin him. In the ring, however,
Christian instead plowed Stratus down with a clothesline,
and locked her in Jericho's submission hold, the
Walls of Jericho. Stratus was taken out of action
for several weeks with injuries, and Christian
gloated over his actions. A match was soon signed
for WrestleMania XX on March 14, in Madison Square
Garden, pitting Chris Jericho against his former
best friend, Christian.
appeared this long and intense storyline would
reach its conclusion at WrestleMania. Unbeknown
to the fans in attendance, it was only just getting
warmed up. Stratus surged toward the ring late
in the match, appearing to be firmly in Jericho's
corner. Christian, apparently disgusted by Stratus'
presence, pulled her violently into the ring and
attempted to attack her. Jericho made the save,
but when he leaned down to assist his fallen friend,
Stratus thrust forth an elbow, apparently believing
that it was Christian. Her elbow jabbed Jericho's
temple, and Christian scored a roll up pin for
the three count. After the match, Stratus appeared
to be all apologies, but as she and Jericho argued
in the ring, Christian came running back down
the aisle, to seemingly get his hands on Stratus
in a violent and hateful manner once again. As
Jericho tried to hold her back, the fans witnessed
the turn of Stratus.
suddenly reared back and throttled Jericho with
two vicious slaps to the face, which Christian
followed with the Un-Prettier. Christian and Stratus
walked away holding hands, mocking their former
friend who sat in the ring looking on with an
expression of disbelief. Before they departed,
Christian grabbed Stratus's hair, pulled her to
his lips, and passionately kissed his new girlfriend.
following night on RAW, after the two squashed
Spike Dudley in an unprovoked attack, Stratus
revealed on how she had never forgiven Jericho
for the Canadian dollar bet, how her feelings
of sadness and hurt ate away at her for months
as she plotted her ultimate revenge. She also
revealed to the fans how much she "likes
it rough." She ended the promo by proclaiming
to Jericho and to the world, "You can't get
Stratus/Christian union continued for several
more months, and even saw the addition of a "problem
solver" to their mix, the hulking Tyson Tomko.
As the Jericho/Christian feud reached its conclusion,
Stratus refocused herself on the Women's Championship.
At Bad Blood on June 13, Stratus won the Women's
Championship in a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match.
Lita appeared to have victory at hand following
a DDT to Gail Kim, but Stratus moved in for the
kill, rolling up Lita from behind for the win
and the title. This win was historic for Stratus,
as she became the first-ever five time WWE Women's
Champion. Stratus held the title for the next
six months, fending off all challenges and even
tying the record for the fastest match in wrestling
history, pinning Nidia in just three seconds on
the July 5 edition of RAW. One notable feud in
her 2004 title run was with Christy Hemme when
Jonathan Coachman was about to announce the winner
of the first Diva Search Contest, and Stratus's
music hit and she came out wearing a short blue
dress. She warned the eventual Diva Search winner
that she would be hazing them as part of an "initiation
party" next week on RAW.
after taunting Lita for months over her marriage
to Kane and the loss of her baby, Stratus defended
her title against Lita at Survivor Series on November
14. Lita viciously attacked her opponent, smashing
Stratus with a steel chair and driving her into
the ring steps, breaking her nose. Stratus did
win the match by disqualification, but several
weeks later, Chris Jericho, in his capacity as
General Manager for the evening, booked Stratus
for another title defence against Lita on the
December 6 edition of RAW. Lita kept her composure
and hit Stratus with a Twist of Fate and a moonsault
to win the championship.
defeated Lita to win her sixth Women's Championship
on January 9 at New Year's Revolution 2005 with
Lita tearing her anterior cruciate ligament in
the course of the match. Stratus went on to feud
with 2004 RAW Diva Search winner Christy Hemme,
retaining her title in a bout with Hemme at WrestleMania
21. Stratus and the injured Lita feuded throughout
April 2005, with Viscera wrestling Lita's husband
Kane on behalf of Stratus. In May 2005, Stratus
was sidelined with a herniated disc; the storyline
explanation for her shelving was that Viscera
had injured her with a big splash after she berated
him for losing to Kane.
returned to WWE television in September, turning
face once again by siding with Ashley Massaro
against Vince's Devils. In the course of the feud,
Stratus was saved from a beating at the hands
of Victoria by the debuting Mickie James, who
was quick to introduce herself as Stratus's "biggest
fan". All six women took part in a "Fulfill
Your Fantasy" Diva battle royal for the Women's
Championship at Taboo Tuesday 2005, with Stratus
retaining her title for a second consecutive year.
The match ended when Mickie James sacrificed herself
in order to eliminate Victoria, leaving Stratus
the only woman standing.
the November 14 Eddie Guerrero tribute show, Stratus
took part in an interpromotional Diva battle royal
that was won by SmackDown! Diva Melina. Following
her victory, Melina challenged Stratus to a match
for the Women's Championship. The two fought one
another at the 2005 Survivor Series, with Stratus
narrowly defeating Melina, once again with the
assistance of Mickie James.
and James teamed together throughout late 2005,
with James becoming increasingly obsessive. On
the December 26 episode of RAW, James initiated
an "intimate" kiss with Stratus under
a sprig of mistletoe, causing a surprised Stratus
to flee the locker room.
unusual partnership between James and Stratus
continued into 2006, with Stratus defeating James
in a Women's Championship bout at New Year's Revolution
2006. Despite the defeat, James continued to be
enamoured of Stratus. Her fixation with Stratus
led to a rivalry between James and Ashley Massaro,
who dubbed the lovelorn James a "psycho".
At the same time, James continued to pursue Stratus,
on one occasion having her "date", Jack,
arrested on false grounds. In early March, Stratus
confronted James, telling her that she needed
space. The duo briefly reconciled on the March
18 episode of Saturday Night's Main Event, teaming
together to defeat Candice Michelle and Victoria.
However, James turned on Stratus after the match,
attacking her with a Mick Kick and the Stratusfaction.
James went on to defeat Stratus for the Women's
Championship at WrestleMania 22, where despite
the fact that she was the face, was booed with
every offensive move she made, whereas James was
cheered for every move against Stratus.
and James engaged in mind games throughout April,
with James dressing like Stratus (complete with
dyed blonde hair) and vice-versa. On the April
17 episode of RAW, Stratus (dressed as James)
brought a tied-up Jack to the ring, telling James
that "the real Trish Stratus" would
attempt to save him. A confused James chased Stratus
from the ring, then attacked Jack for "betraying"
her. The rivals fought one another for the Women's
Championsip at Backlash 2006, with Stratus winning
by disqualification after James refused to relinquish
a chokehold. In the course of the match, Stratus
dislocated her right shoulder, necessitating six
weeks of rehabilitation. She continued to feud
with James by proxy throughout May, managing the
newly debuted Beth Phoenix until Phoenix suffered
a broken jaw.
returned to the ring in late June, joining forces
with Carlito against Melina and Johnny Nitro.
Stratus and Carlito went on to Saturday Night's
Main Event to score a win over them in a Mixed
Team Tag Match.
and Trish have entered a (kayfabe) relationship
and shared their first kiss on the August 7 edition
of RAW, which caught Carlito by surprise. On that
very night, Stratus teamed up with Carlito to
team up against Edge and long time enemy Lita,
who earlier in the show insulted her. The match
ended after Edge speared Stratus accidentally
when he was going after Carlito, allowing Lita
to pin her for the win.
Outside Of Wrestling
has twice appeared on Mad TV and has performed
in various comedy shows in Canada, including Royal
Canadian Air Farce. She has performed on stage
at Second City and hosted the 2006 Canada's Walk
of Fame gala, where alongside her hosting duties,
she performed a singing and dancing act in tributes
to the new inductees. She also has endorsement
deals with Tag Bodyspray and Stacker 2.
recorded a song called "I Just Want You,"
as part of the WWE-produced compilation album
WWE Originals. She is a fan of Lil' Kim, who performed
her current theme song.
has repeatedly declined to pose nude for Playboy.
In a March 15, 2005 interview with Byte This!
(an online talk show), she was quoted as saying,
"I just feel that I want to leave my mark
in the ring. And I want to walk away, [unlike
how] people will say about Torrie Wilson, 'Oh
yeah, she's the one that did Playboy.' And I don't
want that to be overshadowed by anything I do
in the ring. I want people to go 'Oh right, Trish
Stratus. She was the greatest Women's Champion
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