Trivia / Trish Stratus

  • Actor Allusion: In the film Bounty Hunters she does a Stratusphere during a fight scene.
  • Big Name Fan: She and Natalya Neidhart are big fans of each other, Neidhart before wrestling, Stratus in semi retirement. Another ironic case is Madison Rayne, one of TNA's premier Knockouts.
  • Deleted Scene: A deleted one from Tough Enough showed her taking the contestants for a yoga session - where Smug Snake Luke was visibly struggling to keep up. Christina was noted as the standout - and this explains why she and Trish are practicing together privately in a later episode.
  • Dye Hard: Is a natural brunette but spent her entire career as a blonde, which she first did when she became a model. She returned to brown hair in 2009.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: She returned to blonde hair for her role in the film Bounty Hunters.
  • Follow the Leader: Ever since her first title run, fans have claimed WWE is constantly trying to find the next Trish as WWE constantly hires women without wrestling experience and put them in competition. The Diva Search in particular was a magnet for this 2004 onward.
  • Fountain of Expies: On screen, her success was what lead to Victoria's transition to the active roster and what inspired Mickie James to take up professional wrestling. Off screen Alicia Fox, Kelly Kelly and every hired participant of the diva search can thank Trish. Angela Fong was seemingly being groomed to follow in Trish's footsteps on FCW but that ended up going nowhere when it and WWECW were replaced by NXT.
  • Old Shame:
    • "That Jackie Gayda Match" (with Bradshaw as her partner) on an episode of Raw in 2002. Stratus was visibly angry at the end of the match.
    • On her DVD, Trish made fun of her first promo on Raw where she introduced T&A, describing herself as looking "like a deer in headlights."
    • Inverted when it came to the infamous segment where she crawled around and barked like a dog. Trish has said she knew it was necessary for the storyline and that there would be a payoff. WWE however have tried their best to erase this moment from company history since the PG switch.
    • An aversion comes from a match she had with Stephanie in 2001. In her DVD she speaks about how people still compliment her on it - despite it being from when she had hardly any training.
  • One of Us: A huge wrestling fan growing up. She talks about how before she was signed, she was a guest on Off The Record. The producers said they'd prep her on the big wrestling storylines of the moment, only for Trish to inform them that she knew everything that was going on. She also loves action movies and studied to become a doctor. She describes getting to go backstage at a WWE event a while before she got signed - and being star struck when Mick Foley asked for her autograph.
  • Playing Against Type: She said she loved being a heel because she got to say whatever she wanted. Both her heel runs were quite short in comparison to how long she spent as a face. Her Plucky Girl nature and natural likeability meant that she ultimately spent more time as a face - and she's always in that role whenever she makes one-off appearances.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • Lita was meant to retain her Women's Championship at New Year's Revolution 2006 but tore her ACL during the match. So Trish had to win the title back on the fly. Her later injury coincided with Molly Holly asking for her release, effectively leaving Victoria as the only wrestling woman on Raw. The title was inactive until Trish returned from injury.
    • Trish was rumoured to be the original choice to face Asuka at the NXT Takeover event in Toronto. However she was pregnant with her second child, so Mickie James was given the match instead.
  • Self-Deprecation: Trish poked fun at her botch of a Stratusphere at Elimination Chamber 2011, tweeting that she should have remembered to bring her wrestling boots (having attempted the move on Layla while wearing high heels).
  • Throw It In: She was informed that she would be on a tour of New York and debut that weekend, so she and Lilian Garcia had to run to the mall to find an outfit to wear on TV. She saw a cowboy hat in the store and went for that. Wearing cowboy hats became one of her trademarks for the first three years of her career.
  • Trope Codifier: For the ideal WWE Diva - a woman who was stunningly beautiful, had charisma and wanted to kick ass as well.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Torrie Wilson and Trish knew each other from fitness modelling - and Torrie claims that when she heard Trish was going to get into wrestling, she pulled some strings to get WCW to offer Trish a deal. As a longtime WWE fan, Trish chose them pretty easily. Given that she entered WWE around 2000, it's not unreasonable to think she would have come in with the Invasion a year later.
    • Trish said that WWE once wanted her to do a lesbian storyline with Torrie Wilson. She refused, feeling it didn't serve a purpose other than Fanservice.
    • As is widely known, Mickie's feud with Trish was originally written with Lita in mind. But Lita had torn her ACL and turned heel to manage Edge - so the feud was given to Trish instead.
    • She and many other notable Divas were asked to return for the 25-Diva battle royal at WrestleMania 25 but she turned it down.
    • She claims that she pitched loads more ideas for the mixed tag match with Snooki - but she was 'snubbed' by John Morrison. This resulted in the match being shorter and less impactful than it could have been. Rumour has it that Morrison gave Trish the cold shoulder because he felt Melina should have been in the match in her place (though Melina was a heel at the time and Trish was on the face team).
    • She studied to become a doctor and was pre-med in Biology at the University of Toronto. A teacher strike interrupted her studies and she had to work at a gym in the mean time - which is where she was discovered. Someone recommended she become a fitness model and the rest is history.
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