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YMMV / Trish Stratus

  • Broken Base: Trish's status as "The Diva Of The Decade" rubbed some people the wrong way for being declared prematurely. Her early "WWE Hall Of Fame Induction" is perceived by some to demonstrate the comparative lack of respect her contemporaries tended to get. Chris Jericho was one of the voices who complained about her retiring as champion, citing Shinya Hashimoto's retirement match from NJPW as the way to do things and citing Trish not dropping the belt as a reason breaking Undertaker's streak was a good thing.note  For the most part marks, fellow wrestlers and whatever categories in between tend to be fond or at least tolerant of her but an in depth discussion on Stratus's career can get dicey.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: During the Stalker with a Crush angle with Mickie James, toward its zenith, Mickie had started dressing like Trish. This causes Trish to come out, dressed like Mickie, and does an entire promo with a pretty hilarious Mickie James impersonation.
    • However, it was played as weird and disturbing at the time, in Mickie's apparent Sanity Slippage. Jerry Lawler said, "It's like Bizarro World." Joey Styles said, "It's like Raw has entered The Twilight Zone."
    • Rikishi giving her the Stinkface. He later said on WWE Confidential that he thought it was his best-ever Stinkface because the camera angle behind him made it look like Trish's entire head was up his butt.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Her retirement match, her win at WrestleMania XIX, reuniting with Lita at the Raw 15th Anniversary... too many to count.
    • Her retirement match deserves special mention. Pro wrestling is notorious for leaving behind a lot of wounded egos, hurt feelings, and grudges held in its wake. This is especially true for female wrestlers (Luna Vachon, Molly Holly). Despite this, Trish has said that her entire final match was pretty much her perfect dream match to go out on (In a later interview she said it felt like she wrote out her perfect dream match, which was then rubber-stamped without a single change made.)
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Be honest. You probably think she should have used "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" by CAKE as her theme song, too.
  • Foe Yay: With Stephanie McMahon.
  • Franchise Original Sin: Shares this distinction with Sable. Trish was the first of the eye candy models to become a respectable wrestler and get over big with the fans. The reason behind that was that Trish was willing to take the hard bumps (something which Sable had specified in her contract that she would never do) and put the effort into training to become a proper wrestler, but WWE and other companies attempts to recreate her focused more on the eye candy part and less on finding women who were willing to put the effort into becoming wrestlers or had the talent to even try, leading to a lot of terrible wrestlers being pushed as the next Trish Stratus.
  • Growing the Beard: So to speak; once she stopped being valet arm candy, and dedicated herself solely to her ring work, her popularity grew exponentially.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: She was pretty unpopular when she started, mostly because she somehow had no charisma and was so bad in the ring that she could botch a catfight. Then there was the infamous "table promo", where she dressed up in various lingerie and writhed on some tables. Then she took a table bump from The Dudley Boys, got legitimately injured from it, and instead of quitting went through rehab.
    • While not as unpopular by then, giving a former model who did not work on the independent scene or go through developmental the title after Chyna, who was known for beating up men and having her go over Jacqueline, Lita, Ivory, Molly Holly and Jazz in a six pack, all of whom were notable prior to their WWE careers, was seen by the dirt sheets as a sure sign WWE had picked looks over ability. However, as her title reign chugged along it was noted Trish had seriously stepped her game up, the women's division dodging a bullet because of it.
  • Rooting for the Empire: The thing with the "ruthless aggression era", otherwise seen as something of a golden age for women's wrestling on US television compared to what came after is that besides Trish, only heels won titles (Molly, Victoria, Jazz). Nearly 4 years of heel beats Trish, has free reign of the show until Trish finally beats heel, another heel beats Trish, repeat. WWE's plans to push Lita were stopped by injuries, Jacqueline pinned a few heels but never again for the title and Ivory's push was derailed by Gail Kim, who debuted as a face champion but lost to Molly and turned heel. Its not that Molly, Victoria and Jazz were cheered but they were the focus of a whole lot of Byte This episodes, shoot interviews, fansites, polls and such simply because there were no other prominent baby faces. There was finally a change of pace when Victoria turned face and got to be face of the division but then came the second divasearch. Speaking of the divasearch, Trish herself got some of this against Cristy Hemme, who was basically put against her to pad for time until Lita recovered.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny
    • Big tits....blonde hair.... bitchy attitude...Everything that made Sable great, but with the wrestling prowess that Sable lacked. Trish helped maintain a standard for women wrestlers in WWE. Thing is, there are WWE fans that came to have higher standards, even from developmental programs such as NXT.
    • WWE had spent the Attitude Era putting the title on pretty women with no real wrestling ability, so it came as no surprise when they put it on Trish in late 2001 (after she had concluded her first year in the company). However the surprise was that Trish worked hard to properly improve and produce good matches. The idea of a model-turned-wrestler soon enough became standard, given WWE's hiring practices, but Trish turning from valet to wrestler on screen was a huge idea at the time. Likewise she was also involved in matches and feuds that were actually getting time. The matches she had with Jazz, Molly Holly, Victoria and Lita inspired some of the women who would later work for promotions like SHIMMER and while those matches often pale in comparison to SHIMMER cards, they proved American crowds did want to see women actually wrestle.
  • The Woobie: While she came off as a total bitch during most of her affair angle with Vince McMahon, when he started to really demean her (forcing her to act like a dog and referring to her as his "toy"), it was hard not to feel for her.
    • How about when she found out Chris Jericho made a bet to sleep with her? Good lord she was a convincing crier.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Not entirely unintentional, but despite Mickie James saving an injured Trish and an over matched Ashley from Victoria on her Raw debut, Stratus remained unimpressed with James for quite a bit of time. Even after they started to get along, Trish did not seem particularly grateful for Mickie helping her out against MNM or eliminating herself to ensure Victoria did not win the title in a battle royal. When Mickie earned herself a title shot, Trish was also the less friendly of the two during the defense. The long term plan was to turn one of the women heel and have the feud but "creative" couldn't settle on who it would be, so the idea was to leave hints for both of them (Mickie's fandom being a "Stan"-like obsession vs. Trish being unappreciative and seeing Mickie as beneath her) until they could come to a decision. Thing is, Mickie didn't do anything wrong until she started getting jealous of Ashley, not long before her full on turn, whereas Trish had been dropping hints since day two of the angle. If there had been a more even portrayal throughout the angle, the crowd might not have completely turned on Trish at Wrestlemania. Probably also not helped by it being something of a Recycled Script of a storyline between Sable and Tori - which had the fan as the face and the champ as the heel.