Wrestling / Trish Stratus

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A former fitness model, Trish Stratus (real name: Patricia Anne Strategias; born on December 18, 1975 in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada) wrestled for WWE in the early 2000s. Much like the Fabulous Moolah in eras past, Stratus was a prominent woman in Professional Wrestling. She was a seven-time WWE Women's Champion and a one-time WWE Hardcore Champion. She was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013.

Her article on That Other Wiki has a full run-down of her career.


"Stratusfying Tropes":

  • Action Girl: She even did the occasional hardcore match, and took some sick bumps.
  • Alpha Bitch: Around 2004 she steadily started to really control the division, and rallied other heel Divas around her. This time did not last too long, as she was sidelined with an injury and was a face again when she returned.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Starting out as a fitness model is very obvious. This was downplayed after her 2005 injury - as she noted years later - that taking up yoga caused her to lose a lot of bulk. Towards the end of her run she was more slender and toned.
  • Arch-Enemy: Lita, most notably but Victoria most frequently. The two actually only ever teamed together once in 2004 when Victoria had just turned face and Trish would turn heel a few weeks later.
  • Badass Longcoat: She wore one when managing Test and Albert and then later during when wrestling as part of her entrance attire around 2002-2003.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfits from 2005-2006.
  • Battle Couple: With Jeff Hardy against Victoria and Stevie Richards. With Christian against Spike Dudley and Christ Jericho. With Carlito Colón against Melina Perez and Johnny Nitro. Then with Carlito against Edge and Lita.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: She managed to avert this trope occasionally, particularly in her feuds with Jazz and Victoria who each made her bleed from the mouth on occasion. Lita used a chair to give her a broken bloody nose, which lead to Trish continuing to compete with a protective face mask.
  • Bound and Gagged: Was tied to a chair with rope and gagged with black tape while kidnapped by MNM.
  • Broken Aesop: Her lecture to Christina Crawford and Ivelisse Vélez on being in a man's world where arguing over the former injuring the latter hurt their chances to win Tough Enough 5 ended up as one when Vélez was eliminated for the injury and only the injury.
  • But Not Too Black: When she became a model, she gave herself bleached-blonde hair and a bronze suntan. For her WWE career this downplayed her Greek roots and made her look more Anglo. Additionally her Greek surname Stratagias was changed to Stratus.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Canadian of Greco-Polish descent. WWE just said that she was Canadian, although some fans have referred to her as a "Greek goddess."
  • Canada, Eh?: She's from Toronto; listen to how she pronounces words like 'about'.
  • Celebrity Resemblance:
    • Pamela Anderson. They even kissed at a Canada Walk of Fame event in 2006.
    • In WWE's Are We There Yet? book, she told a story about some young female fans approaching her at an airport and calling her "Ms. Spears."
  • D-Cup Distress: Due to back problems and health concerns, she had her breast implants removed in 2008.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: She started as an untrained valet and ended as a much respected champion with several title reigns.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Mickie James, in Kayfabe.
  • Evil Feels Good: In her 2004-2005 heel run, Trish was positively gleeful whenever she did something nasty.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Trish and Stephanie McMahon were both heels who worked together against Lita but fought against each other on the subject of Vince McMahon because Vince wanted to have an affair with Trish while his wife was not up to the task and Stephanie disapproved. Afterwards, Vince decided Trish was not as satisfying as thought she would be and took Stephanie's side.
  • Expy: She and Spike Dudley served as mutual expies of each other, ever so briefly, while she was on Raw and he was on Smackdown. Comparatively diminutive blonde heel champions with elevated bulldog finishers and backup from two larger guys (Christian and Tomko for Trish, Bubba Ray and Devon for Spike)
  • Eye Take: Did a good one after the Chicago Street Fight with Victoria on the January 27, 2003 Raw, which can be found on the 2003 WWE Divas: Desert Heat DVD. Victoria had won and she and Steven Richards were laughing about it on the top of the entrance way when Jazz returned, shoved Victoria aside, and power walked down to the ring. When Trish got up and saw who was in the ring, her eyes got wide and she started backing away, in a kind of Oh Crap!/Anything but That! way, leading to Jazz giving her a DDT, a Fisherman's Buster and locking her in the STF.
  • Finishing Move
    • Initially a bulldog. Later and most commonly the Stratusfaction (bulldog kicked off the top rope). Sometimes substituted for a top turnbuckle or sling shot bulldog. She also used the Chick Kick, which began as a signature but was eventually hyped as a finisher.
    • She also once added a heavily hyped leglock called the Stratusphere to her arsenal - and after a couple cards never used it again, and even its name was eventually recycled and given to a different move.
  • Five Moves of Doom: Air Canada (Lou Thesz Press), spinebuster, Stratusphere (handstand headscissors takedown), another headscissor variation and a Chick Kick were her preferred ones.
  • Fleeting Demographic Rule:
    • Is one of the famous instances of the "Beast vs. Beauty" feud. It had previously been done with Bull Nakano (beast) vs. Alundra Blayze (beauty) - but Jazz vs. Trish was the most famous modern example. Trish did it again with Victoria later that year. WWE have repeated it several times over the years.
    • How about a Diva star feuding with a Loony Fan? Sable and Tori had done it back in 1999 and Beth Phoenix and Rosa Mendes would touch on it in 2009. Trish's one with Mickie James was the most famous example. Ironically this case was the one where the star was the face and the fan was the heel (though Mickie was never booed).
  • Foe Romance Subtext: Her later feuds with Lita.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Her first valet job was with Test and Albert which she called T&A. Then some other promotion later picked up the acronym.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Well, she tried. WWE once introduced a Trish T-shirt that on the front said "BLOW ME..." and on the back read "...INTO THE STRATUSPHERE." It was recalled almost immediately after.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot
    • The segment where Mickie James kissed her under the mistletoe gained an earth-shattering pop from the live crowd.
    • When Trish was feuding with Lita, she mentioned some moments in Lita's career. She mentioned her Breakup Breakout with Essa Rios, and Lita's appearance on Dark Angel before it was canceled. When Trish tried to put the blame on Lita for both the end of Rios' career and the show's demise, she called Lita "the walking kiss of death," and only the completely Genre Blind didn't realize the two were eventually going to actually kiss.
    • On Canada Walk Of Fame she kissed Pamela Anderson in a parody of Madonna doing so to Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears earlier.
  • Groin Attack: On the December 12, 2001 Raw, during the Rock/Trish-The Dudley Boys match, Trish hit the Whazzup headbutt on Stacy Keibler. Oddly, no one commented on it at the time. She also gave it to Vince himself once or twice.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Before she settled on Face around the mid 2000s.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Not surprising, given that she's a feminine wrestler who was a model. Likewise at her Hall of Fame induction, the fans booed when she mentioned her husband (at the idea that she was no longer available).
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Lita in Real Life. On-screen the two had most notable rivalry between divas this century (a match of theirs even main-evented RAW at one point) — off-screen the two are the best of friends and Lita was even named the godmother of Trish's son. The WWE finally showed their real life friendship during the fifteenth anniversary episode of RAW. Lita is also Godmother to Trish's son Max.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She accompanied The Big Show to the ring on a few occasions. She's five-foot-four, and he's seven feet tall. Also when she was blackmailed into dating the five hundred pound Viscera, Trish was billed at 125(only a fourth of his weight).
  • Humiliation Conga: First William Regal ran into to ensure she lost a match to Stephanie McMahon. Then he turned on her during a tag team match, laying her out with a Regal cutter so Stephanie could pour sewage over Trish while Vince said she was a toy that was no fun to play with. Then Vince made her crawl around and bark like a dog in the middle of the ring.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Discussed: In an effort to save herself from Viscera Trish offered to beat Lita's protege and Playboy Playmate Christy Hemme unconscious, then leave her for Viscera to do what he wanted with. But big Vis only had eyes for Trish at the time and convinced her Lita's husband Kane would do far worse to Trish without Viscera's protection.
  • Idiot Ball: After kissing Bubba Ray Dudley at Backlash, it probably wasn't very wise of her to flip her hair and smirk, making it obvious she had been trying to manipulate him...
  • Important Haircut: Dyed her normally blonde hair brown after leaving WWE. Actually a subversion as it was unintentional. Her hairstylist made her brunette without her asking and she just went with it.
  • Irony: One in-ring promo against Lita where she was the heel and Lita the face. This was after the Matt Hardy-Edge business had become public knowledge - so the fans were chanting "slut" at Lita. Trish said to the crowd "don't call her a slut" but phrased it in a way that suggested they were really chanting it at Trish and she was just being oblivious. Of course they actually were chanting at Lita and that was Trish's attempt to get the heat back on her.
  • Kick Chick: Her finishing move was delivering a kick to the temple, known as the "Chick Kick." It usually only got a pin if she was a heel however.
  • Kiss of Distraction: Used it a few times in April 2000 to prevent Bubba Ray Dudley from powerbombing her through a table. It stopped working at Backlash.
  • Made of Iron
    • Every time she got her ass kicked in Kayfabe or she was legitimately injured, she always came back for more. In fact, getting her ass kicked and getting put through tables before she ever had any ability only whetted her hunger to learn and get in the ring.
    • She's even shrugged off getting shot with a taser in real life. During the reality show Armed and Famous, celebrities were trained to become police officers. The local law stated that you cannot legally carry a taser unless you've been tased yourself. The other celebs chose the easier option of merely having an alligator clip attached to their skin before being shocked. Trish was the only one who chose the more painful option of having the actual barbs shot into her skin.
  • Meaningless Meaningful Words: As Chris Jericho (see Really Gets Around below) said on the March 29, 2004 Raw,
    "Three time 'Babe of the Year?' Wasn't Babe a talking pig?"
  • The Mentor: For Diva Search winner Ashley Massaro and the Tough Enough season five prospects.
  • Modesty Towel
  • Ms. Fanservice: Even later in her career, when she wore more clothing and focused mostly on wrestling Trish was still a constant source of fan service, only stopping short of posing for play boy. She believed that if the fans wanted a sexual image of her she could give it to them while keeping her clothes on.
  • Mud Wrestling: Changing mud to gravy really doesn't change anything. Status did the best she could with it though, Stacy knocking her off the top of the stage before it started.
  • Nice Hat: During her managerial days and briefly brought back during her wrestling days till Victoria stole it. Lilian Garcia describes them shopping for outfits for Trish to wear for her TV debut - and Trish went for the cowboy hats instantly. She swapped it out for a cabbie's hat in 2003 and dropped them when she turned heel a year later.
  • Not in the Face!: Trish insisted on it after Lita broke her nose and wrestled in an acrylic face mask just in case her opponents decided not to comply. Trish actually kept it on after she was healed until she finally removed it when in need of a hard object to hit Lita with.
  • Pet the Dog: Her return after the second diva search to protect its winner Ashley from Vince's Devils was enough to turn her face again after her betrayal of Chris Jericho at WrestleMania XX.
  • Popularity Power: While not to the level of an Invincible Hero in that she dropped the belt to Molly, Victoria, Jazz and Mickie James in clean finishes, Trish never spent much time out of the spotlight or title hunt once she first entered it, winning more championships than any of her contemporaries. It was also suggested once on WWE Confidential that the fan voted babe of the year award be renamed the Trish Stratus award based on how often she won it - although she did fail to win it at least once.
  • Pretty in Mink: Sometimes liked to wear fur jackets, and fur hats when she walks to the ring.
  • Pun: From the Blooper Reel Easter Egg on the WWE Divas South of the Border DVD: There's a scene of Trish in a bikini shown from the back and she says to the cameraman, "Are you trying to get a behind-the-scenes shot?"
  • Purple Is Powerful: Wore plenty of purple ring gear when she was starting to be taken seriously as a wrestler. She won her fourth Women's Championship while wearing a purple singlet.
  • Put on a Bus: Most notable when Viscera literally squashed her. Trish was champion at the time and Lita was also injured, Molly Holly had asked for her release, Jazz, Nidia and Gail Kim had all been let go and this left Victoria as the only actual wrestler on the roster. This meant that the title was inactive for about five months.
  • Really Gets Around
    • Victoria implied that Trish slept her way to the top of the fitness modelling world and left her behind. Before the Trish/Linda Miles-Molly Holly/Jackie Gayda match on the June 24, 2002, Raw, Molly talked about bringing "dignity back to the WWE Women's title by earning it. And not by being a sleazy tramp who sleeps her way to the top like *some* people."note  And, of course, on the Raw two weeks after she turned heel on Jericho, on "The Highlight Reel", he called her a "filthy, dirty, disgusting, brutal bottom-feeding trashbag ho." Given Trish's previous affair angle with Vince McMahon, there really was not much she could say to Molly, nor to Jericho given she was using sex with Christian to taunt him, but Victoria had gotten onto Raw as a Godfather Ho.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: As one of the trainers on the revival of WWE Tough Enough. She was notably the nicest and
  • Retcon: Her initial heel run was abandoned and forgotten as part of the build toward the InVasion/Alliance feud.
  • Retired Badass: She retired several years ago, and seemed to have become content running a yoga studio in Canada. However, come 2011, she jumped back into the fray. On top of that, she's teaching the next generation on Tough Enough, and was even able to train Snooki from Jersey Shore well enough to put on a passable match at Wrestlemania.
  • The Rival
    • Besides Lita. Ivory and Jacqueline, whom she got friendlier with as time went on and ended up frequently tagging with. As her "biggest fan", Mickie's rivalry at first was built around getting rid of Trish's protege Ashley, then getting rid of Trish's boyfriend Chad.
    • Rival Turned Evil: Mickie James for a stretch. As her biggest fan, Mickie's rivalry was first built around getting rid of Trish's protege Ashley, then getting rid of Trish's boyfriend Chad. Then focusing on destroying and replacing her former idol when Trish said they need time apart. They made up eventually when Lita became (even more of) their mutual enemy. Trish herself was an evil turned rival to Lita beforehand when she was seduced by and sided with Christian at Wrestlemania XX.
  • She's Back: Wrestlemania 27.
  • Sexy Soaked Shirt:
    • Via spraying herself with a hose during her segment on the 2000 WWF Divas: Postcard from the Carribean VHS release.
    • She got her clothes soaking wet during her pre-WWF days as a fitness model.
  • Signature Move: She keeps adding them. The Ma-Trish back-bend dodge, Ma-Trish Reloaded (dodge to head scissors), Whirlybird head scissors, Ma-Trish Revolutions (dodge to whirlybirds), Air Canada (Lou Thesz press with punches), Stratusphere (top rope counter headscissors)...
  • Slut-Shaming: Received it from her rivals for her past relationship with Vince McMahon, even then current member of Vince's Devil's Candice Michelle, who was having flings with Vince. Received it from Christ Jericho and the fans for dumping him for Christian. Trish also wrote 'Slut' on Christy Hemme's back during their feud because Hemme had posed in Playboy. One of Hemme's counter arguments was to call Trish out on her Hypocrisy, given her past flings.
  • Stalker with a Crush: The "Trish's Biggest Fan" angle.
  • Stripperiffic: Her outfits in the ring when she first showed up were very skimpy, due to being an eye candy valet. Around 2002 she was wearing less revealing ring gear in an effort to be taken more seriously. She turned heel at Wrestlemania XX and showed up on the following Raw in a two piece, but still wrestled in her less revealing gear. She outright said that she kept her ring gear more modest to avoid being Best Known for the Fanservice.
  • Tagline: "100% Stratusfaction guaranteed." She lives up to it, too.
  • Three Month Rule: Turned heel on Jericho at WrestleMania XX, March 14, 2004. Lita's "pregnancy"note  was announced exactly three months later, on the June 14, 2004 Raw. While not acknowledging how much time had passed between her turn and this announcementnote , Trish pretty much captured the irony of the situation.
    "Imagine, and they call ME a slut."
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Her dynamic with Lita, and Molly Holly too. At first, anyway.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Describes herself as growing up a tomboy who played a lot of sports - and was working as a receptionist in a gym when she was discovered. This didn't stop her from playing the Girly Girl to many other Divas' tomboys - Lita, Jazz, Victoria etc.
  • Token Good Teammate: Of the Tough Enough trainers she was by far the nicest and most affable. In contrast to Bill De Mott and Booker T's yelling, Trish would more often calmly motivate the contestants. That being said, she still was the one who got Matt Cross eliminated.
  • Too Dumb to Live: She came across as this during her earliest WWE appearances. Filming table-related promos filled with sexual innuendo is one thing, but using them to tease Buh Buh Ray Dudley, a man known for smashing people through tables? Needless to say, Jim Ross Lampshaded the fact that she was just begging for trouble.
  • Took a Level in Badass: From eye candy only to talented wrestler.
  • True Blue Femininity: When she was a face she wore a lot of blue outfits. She had several variations of a top and tights in different shades of blue.
  • The Vamp: Subverted, Trish tried sometimes but was really bad at it, ultimately failing at her goals with every man she set out to seduce, actually she was seduced by Christian.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: Trish's husband was once her best friend in high school and was also friends with her cousins.
  • We Used to Be Friends: After Trish had turned heel, the relationship between her and Lita was portrayed this way. They made up onscreen when both returned for the 15th Anniversary of Raw.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Or Wearing a Flag on Your Butt. Trish has fought at least one match while wearing a pair of tight Canadian flag-patterned shorts.

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