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 getnote  and also her retiring as Women's Champion. While a discussion on Trish's career can provoke an internet backdraft, she's still beloved by numerous fans for her time in wrestling.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming:
    • 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.)
    • At Wrestlemania XIX after months of being tormented by Victoria and Jazz, she defeats both of them in an awesome triple threat match to win her fourth Women's Championship. In effect, this tied her with the Fabulous Moolah for the most amount of times the title had been held.
    • She and Lita were bitter rivals throughout their WWE careers but they finally put their differences aside on the 15th anniversary of Raw and reunited in the ring. During the beer bash at the end, the two could be seen walking down the ramp together chatting just like old friends. Of course they are best friends in real life and have worked on many projects together since.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Lil' Kim's "Time to Rock and Roll" is an iconic theme tune and fits Trish's career so well.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Lita fans understandably, given that they were both the top female stars of the Ruthless Aggression Era. The debate is of course over which one was better in the ringnote  Not to mention both retired within months of each other and got the polar opposite of send-offs; Trish a beautiful one and Lita a disrespectful one, greatly annoying her fans. This rivalry ignores that the two are best friends in real life, and many fans love them both for what they did for women's wrestling.
  • Foe Yay: With Stephanie McMahon. Given that the feud was based around Stephanie disliking Trish having an affair with her father, one sometimes got the impression that Stephanie wanted Trish for herself instead.
  • 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.
  • Hype Backlash: With seven Women's Championship reigns, numerous pushes and nearly everyone in the North American wrestling scene calling her "the greatest female wrestler of all time", many a Smart Mark has derided Trish as overrated and average in the ring.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The little laugh that plays at the start of her "Time to Rock and Roll" theme. Even years after her retirement, the laugh is still recognisable and can generate massive pops.
  • 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, and told Bubba Ray not to protect her in any way. He also remarked that she earned his respect in the moments before that, when she kissed him passionately in spite of the blood all over his face.
    • 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: 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. Cewsh Reviews even noted this when they watched Wrestle Mania XIX back:
    "I still think that people may not remember clearly just how great Trish was in her role as the figurehead of this division. The fans are way into everything she does, she never misses a beat on anything, and she is giving 100% effort on everything she does. You can tell that she’s not as natural as the other two in the ring, but that just further serves to sell her as the underdog babyface that you can’t help but root for."
  • Testosterone Brigade: In contrast to Lita, who had the One of Us and Lad Ette image to help win them over, Trish has always had a crop of male fans who both love her as a Ms. Fanservice and respect her for her in-ring achievements.
  • 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.
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