Since 1952, the wrestling promotion now known as World Wrestling Entertainment, has entertained millions of fans around the world, as well as becoming the world’s biggest and most profitable promoter. Those who actually ran the promotion, both past and present, may have been the ones to successfully find, develop, and market the wrestlers, but it is the wrestlers themselves, with their work ethic and charisma, who truly made the WWE the billion dollar company that it is today. Most of the company building credit, goes to the iconic male wrestlers, but there were several female wrestlers who deserve credit as well, be they Mae Young or The Fabulous Moolah from the Golden Age or Sable, Chyna, Lita, and Trish Stratus of the Attitude era.
Trish Stratus happens to be one of the most recognizable and popular superstars of the WWE’s pivotal Attitude era, and even though her career did not last as long as the company and the fans would have hoped, it was still a very good career. The original “Diva” may have not started out as a wrestler, but she learned quickly, and became a good in-ring performer who was a part of some of the more memorable storylines and women’s matches of her era. It is true that Trish was, and still is, a very attractive woman, who is one of the most decorated female wrestlers of all time, and a deserving member of the Hall of Fame, but there are still some instances that involved her, that the now PG friendly WWE would like people to forget. Here is a list of 10 things WWE wants you to forget about Trish Stratus.
10 WrestleMania 22 Crotch Grab And Botched Finish
9 Absent Four Months Of Women’s Championship Reign
8 Dissed By John Morrison
7 Dropped Through A Table By The Dudley Boyz
6 Removed Breast Implants After Retiring
5 She Was A Great Heel
4 Turned Down Battle Royal At WrestleMania XXV
3 The Jackie Gayda Match
2 Vince Made Her Bark Like A Dog
1 Responsible For Models Taking Over
For quite a while, the WWE made terrible decisions regarding its once great Women’s division, by renaming it the Diva’s division, removing the Women’s Championship for the Diva’s Championship, and filling the division with mostly talentless models instead of actual wrestlers; and Trish Stratus is partly to blame for all of it. Trish was hired because she was an experienced fitness model and wrestling fan; but unlike all the other women wrestlers previously hired by the WWE, she had absolutely no wrestling experience whatsoever. After hiring Trish, and seeing the impact she made, the company tried hard to find more women with similar backgrounds, with the horrid Diva’s search of the mid 2000s being a result of that search. Sometimes, a model would get picked up, but most of the women aiming for a job never panned out; unfortunately, the low success rates did not stop the influx of models with little to no wrestling experience (who also likely did not even have any interest in the wrestling industry) from being hired and placed onto the main roster. Granted this influx was ultimately the fault of management trying to find the next Trish Stratus, but with Trish herself owning the moniker of the first real WWE “Diva”, she is inadvertently at least partially responsible for everything that happened to the division.
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