As one of the top women wrestlers ever, Trish Stratus managed to break through the glass ceiling and became one of the most decorated champions the WWE has ever seen. Originally a fitness model, Trish’s work caught WWE’s attention who then promptly signed her to a multi-year deal. Even though she was a fan of wrestling, she had zero wrestling experience and went from being fairly pedestrian in the ring to a consistently hard worker who could put on great matches with competent opponents, while also carrying those who were green to the business.
In a short six years, Trish managed to put together a Hall of Fame career, which she was inducted to in 2013. Aside from her many awards, Trish also had eye-popping assets which made her a huge fan favorite, as she was incredibly photogenic and could rock a bikini like none other. Before she joined the WWE, she did plenty of fitness photo shoots that had her in basically nothing, when you see them, you’ll understand how she caught WWE’s eye.
That’s enough with history though, let’s check out Trish in an array of must see pictures including bikinis, lingerie, yoga tights, and even a Wonder Woman costume!
16 Beautiful In Bikinis
Before the WWE, Trish worked at a receptionist for a gym, catching the eye of the publisher for MuscleMag International who asked her to do a test shoot for the magazine. She ended up doing well enough that they signed her to a two-year deal.
15 Lingerie Model
Okay, maybe Trish wasn’t an actual lingerie model, but in many of her fitness photo shoots she would rock outfits like these. This was a great picture because she’s not looking directly at the camera like most pictures, makes it stand out from the bunch.
14 WWE Career Begins
In 1999, the WWE signed Trish and begin training her immediately, as she had no prior wrestling experience. After about five months of practice in the ring, Trish eventually debuted as the new manager for T & A (Test & Albert).
13 Hitting The Beach
Even though Trish just missed the Attitude Era, many of her early photo shoots leaned more towards the adult side. WWE just loved to use water back then, and put their women in outfits that probably wouldn’t fly in today’s “PG” environment.
12 Diva Doll
Not kidding around with how popular Trish was in these spreads, it seemed like she was included in one every week on WWE’s website and in their magazine each month. In this one Trish wore a black lacy ensemble with her hair in pigtails.
11 Feuding With Stephanie
Stephanie eventually got involved as she didn’t approve of how Vince was treating her mother, so she went after Trish. The two eventually had a match in 2001 to settle their differences, and needless to say it was pretty rough.
10 Posin’ Till Closin’
Back to Trish’s pre-WWE days, it would be almost criminal to leave this picture out of her must-see collection. This is typically one of her more widely distributed photos, for pretty obvious reasons. Not only is it a crazy sexy pose, but shows off how well Trish can pull off the sultry vibe.
9 Cherry On Top?
Around 2002, WWE start began putting Trish in matches more regularly giving her some time against other wrestles like Stacy Keibler, Torrie Wilson, Jazz, and most notably, Lita. Trish ended up winning the WWE Women’s title for the first time at the 2001 Survivor Series, where she defeated five other women for the honor.
8 Wonder Trish
After her initial year or so in the company, Trish wasn’t known for dressing up too often, nor was she in very many gimmick matches. The women’s division was taking a turn for the better as matches were becoming more legitimate contest thanks to a new roster that included: Lita, Molly Holly Ivory, Victoria, Jazz, and Trish.
7 She’s Hardcore?
After feuding at the top of the women’s division for the title, Trish took a slight detour by going off and winning the WWE Hardcore championship by pinning Crash Holly. Her reign lasted not even a single show though as the title had a 24/7 rule, which meant a match could be started at anytime with a referee involved.
6 One Of The Best
When it was all said and done, Trish captured the Women’s title an amazing seven times in a six year career. Becoming easily WWE’s top woman, she worked nearly her entire singles’ career as a face, which changed at WrestleMania XX when she turned heel by siding with Christian over fan favorite, Chris Jericho.
5 Friends Make The Best Foes
It can’t go without saying that Trish’s career would not have been as prosperous had it not been for her most formidable advisory, Lita. The same can be said for Lita, as both fought multiple times and had one of the best long-running feuds of anyone in wrestling.
4 The Hall of Famer
In 2006, Trish wrestled her last full-time match at Unforgiven, in her hometown of Toronto against Lita for the Women’s title. In somewhat surprising fashion, she won the match, closing out a fantastic career with the WWE.
3 The Yoga Years
Once out of the wrestling business, Trish went into the TV business, appearing in numerous shows including a reality show called Armed & Famous and a travel show called Stratusphere. While TV, didn’t seem to be her true calling, another venture seemed to work out just nicely.
2 The Bendy Brunette
Now that’s some flexibility! At forty (yes, forty) Trish has kept herself in great condition, but you’ll probably also notice her hair is brown. Yes, it’s true she dyed her hair for all of those years in the WWE and prior, that may be obvious to some, but to most guys they probably didn’t know (or care) either way.
1 WWE’s Mount Rushmore
If there ever was such a monument for the women that have passed through the WWE, it’s very clear that she would be one of the faces up there. She reached popularity that few others have seen, and currently has the best women’s match at WrestleMania ever when she took on Mickie James for the title.
Aside from Lita, her feud against Mickie (who played an obsessed fan) was easily the most entertaining story in her career. If you didn’t get a chance to witness it, look for it, it’s well worth your time. Trish Stratus was a decorated champion, a hard worker, she had unbelievably good looks, made her way to the top, and left the wrestling business with her health; a career every wrestler hopes for.
Sources: WWE.com, Wikipedia.org
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