Stratus in 2014
|Birth name||Patricia Anne Stratigeas|
|Born||(1975-12-18) December 18, 1975
Flemingdon Park, Ontario, Canada
|Residence||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Spouse(s)||Ron Fisico (m. 2006)|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Trish Stratus|
|Billed height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|Billed weight||125 lb (57 kg)|
|Billed from||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Trained by||Ron Hutchison
|Debut||March 19, 2000|
|Retired||September 17, 2006|
Patricia Anne Stratigeas (/ˈstrætɪdʒiːəs/; born December 18, 1975) is a Canadian retired professional wrestler, former fitness model, fitness master, actress, television personality, and best known for her time in WWE under ring name Trish Stratus.
After beginning her career as a fitness model, Stratus began working for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), which was later renamed World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Early in her career, she was mostly involved in sexually themed storylines, such as managing the team T & A and an affair with Vince McMahon‘s Mr. McMahon character. As Stratus spent more time in the ring, her perceived wrestling skills strengthened and her popularity increased. Because of this, she was made a one-time WWE Hardcore Champion, three-time “WWE Babe of the Year” and was proclaimed “Diva of the Decade”. After nearly seven years in the business, Stratus retired from professional wrestling at WWE Unforgiven on September 17, 2006 after winning her record-setting seventh WWE Women’s Championship. In 2011, Stratus was a trainer for WWE Tough Enough. She was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013 at age 37, which made her at the time the youngest person to ever be inducted.
Aside from professional wrestling, Stratus is considered to be a sex symbol, appearing on a number of magazine covers and has been involved in charity work. She has also hosted several award and television shows, and owns a yoga studio.
- 1 Early life and fitness modelling
- 2 Professional wrestling career
- 2.1 World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment/WWE
- 2.1.1 Managing and T & A (2000–2001)
- 2.1.2 Women’s Champion (2001–2003)
- 2.1.3 Teaming and feuding with Lita; Heel Turn (2003–2005)
- 2.1.4 Storyline with Mickie James and retirement (2005–2006)
- 2.1.5 Part time appearances and second retirement (2007–2011)
- 2.1.6 WWE Hall of Famer and Sporadic appearances (2012–present)
- 2.1 World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment/WWE
- 3 Legacy
- 4 Other media
- 5 Yoga studio
- 6 Personal life
- 7 Filmography
- 8 In wrestling
- 9 Championships and accomplishments
- 10 References
- 11 Footnotes
- 12 External links
Early life and fitness modelling
Stratigeas grew up in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada where she attended Bayview Secondary School. She enrolled at York University, where she studied biology and kinesiology and played soccer and field hockey. Due to a faculty strike in 1997, she was forced to change her plans. She was working as a receptionist at a local gym when she was approached by the publisher of MuscleMag International to do a test shoot for the magazine. She later appeared on the cover of the May 1998 issue and was signed to a two-year contract. For the next six months, she worked on her body and appeared on numerous magazine covers. During this time, she joined Big Daddy Donnie & Jeff Marek as the third host of Live Audio Wrestling on Toronto Sports Radio, The FAN 590.
Stratigeas had been a fan of wrestling since childhood and was especially fond of wrestlers Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage, among others. Her modelling work caught the attention of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). In November 1999, she was signed to a multi-year contract with the company, who sent her to Sully’s Gym where she was trained by Ron Hutchison.
Professional wrestling career
World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment/WWE
Managing and T & A (2000–2001)
Stratigeas made her debut as a villainous character on the March 19, 2000 episode of Sunday Night Heat, under the ring name Trish Stratus. She appeared on stage to scout Test and Prince Albert. The next night on Raw, Stratus began her first role in the company, managing Test and Albert in the tag team T & A. It was during her stint managing T & A that Stratus took her first major bump in the ring, by being driven through a table by the Dudley Boyz at Backlash, after she had been taunting Bubba Ray Dudley for several weeks. In June, she was on the receiving end of a stink face from Rikishi on Raw.
She also began managing then-heel, Val Venis to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship, but their partnership ended at SummerSlam after Venis lost the title. Stratus made her in-ring debut at the June 22 taping of SmackDown!, winning a tag team match with T & A against the Hardy Boyz and Lita. A storyline feud between Stratus and Lita developed after the match with Stratus attacking Lita on episodes of Raw and SmackDown!. This led to an Indian Strap match between the two women on the July 24 episode of Raw, which Stratus won with help from Stephanie McMahon. She finished the year competing unsuccessfully for the WWF Women’s Championship numerous times, and separating from Test and Albert when the team disbanded.
In early 2001, Stratus became involved in an angle with WWF Chairman Vince McMahon, during a time when Vince’s wife Linda was kayfabe institutionalized following a demand Vince had made for a divorce during an episode of SmackDown! on December 7, 2000. Vince and Stratus’ relationship increasingly angered the boss’ daughter, then-heel, Stephanie McMahon. On the February 19 episode of Raw, Stephanie and Trish were scheduled for a match, but it quickly got cancelled due to Stephanie getting stunned by Steve Austin. At No Way Out on February 25, Stratus and Stephanie squared off, with Stephanie scoring the victory after a run-in by William Regal. In the midst of a tag team match that pitted Vince and Stratus against Regal and Stephanie the next night on Raw, Stratus was the victim of a set-up by Vince, Stephanie and Regal. Regal executed his finisher, the Regal Cutter, on Stratus and Stephanie then dumped sewage over Stratus’ body. Vince stood over Stratus, and he told her she was a “toy” with which he had “grown tired of playing with”. The angle continued the next week on Raw, with Vince forcing Stratus to strip down to her black bra and panties in the ring and bark like a dog. The storyline came to an end at WrestleMania X-Seven, when Stratus slapped Vince during his match against his son Shane, becoming a fan favorite in the process.
Women’s Champion (2001–2003)
Following her first face turn, Stratus began wrestling part-time. She teamed up with Lita against then-heels, Stacy Keibler and Torrie Wilson at InVasion. After suffering an ankle injury in the summer, however, she was sidelined for the following three months. This interrupted not only her recent venture into wrestling, but also an on-screen romance with Jeff Hardy and budding storyline with Team Xtreme. As she rehabilitated, she kept herself visible by co-hosting Excess on TNN. After returning in autumn, Stratus appeared at Survivor Series where she won the WWF Women’s Championship for the first time in a six-pack challenge. Stratus was next involved in a feud with Jazz over the Women’s Championship, where she retained the championship at the Royal Rumble, but dropped the championship to Jazz two weeks later on the February 4, 2002 episode of Raw. Stratus then attempted to regain the title for several months, including competing in a triple threat match at WrestleMania X8 against Lita and Jazz in her hometown of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, but failed to win the match. While chasing after the Women’s Championship, Stratus won the WWE Hardcore Championship on May 6, pinning Crash Holly after Bubba Ray Dudley hit him over the head with a trash can. She lost the title to Steven Richards soon afterward however, due to the stipulation that the belt was to be defended 24/7 as long as there was a referee present. One week later, she regained the Women’s Championship in a tag team match with Bubba Ray Dudley. During this time, Stratus began wrestling solely on the Raw brand after being drafted in the WWF Brand Extension.
Stratus’ second reign as champion came to an end on June 23, when she was defeated at King of the Ring by Molly Holly. The two Divas continued their storyline feud for the next three months. After a failed attempt to win the title in July, Stratus won the championship back at Unforgiven. While feuding with Holly, Stratus was also involved in an angle with new Diva Victoria, who held a storyline grudge against Stratus, claiming she was betrayed by Stratus when they both worked as fitness models. The two competed in several title matches, with Stratus retaining until Survivor Series, where Victoria won the title in a Hardcore match. On March 17, 2003, Victoria and Steven Richards defeated Jazz and Stratus in a tag team match when Jazz walked out on Stratus. After the match, Jeff Hardy saved Stratus from an attack by Victoria and Richards and then kissed her, resulting in Stratus becoming Hardy’s on-screen girlfriend once more. The two would talk and kiss backstage, compete as an intergender tag team, and come to each other’s aid when in danger during singles competition. At no point was their previous relationship acknowledged. The storyline was suddenly dropped when WWE released Hardy in April. This marked the second time in two years that a romance between Stratus and Hardy was abruptly scrapped due to a setback in one of their personal lives. In neither instance did the angle fully play out or reach a conclusion.
At WrestleMania XIX, Stratus ended her feud with Victoria by defeating her and Jazz to capture her fourth Women’s Championship, only to lose the title to Jazz at the following pay-per-view, Backlash. The Raw after Backlash, Eric Bischoff ordered a No Disqualification match between him and Stratus. If Stratus won, she would get a championship rematch the next week; if Bischoff won, he would get to spend a night with her. Bischoff would go on to win the match, though the stipulation was nulified when Linda McMahon confronted him after the match.
Teaming and feuding with Lita; Heel Turn (2003–2005)
In the following months, Stratus was placed into an alliance with Gail Kim. It was short-lived, however, as Kim turned on Stratus and teamed with Molly Holly, putting the women in a storyline feud. The duo defeated Stratus and several tag team partners until Stratus allied herself with a returning Lita. The team defeated Kim and Holly in several matches, including a match at Unforgiven. Stratus began an on-screen romance with Chris Jericho during the November 10 episode of Raw when she agreed to go on a date with him. Subsequently, they participated in an intergender tag team match as partners on December 1. After the match, Stratus overheard Jericho talking to then-heel, Christian, who was involved in an on-screen romance with Lita at the time, about who could sleep with their respective woman first. One week later, Stratus and Lita confronted the men about their actions, leading to a feud between the two men and women which resulted in a “Battle of the Sexes” tag team match at Armageddon, which the women lost. A rematch the next night ended in a no contest. Her relationship with Jericho continued into the next year with a new angle of Stratus developing feelings for Jericho. Christian would also briefly turn face once again, but only revealed to be a hoax as he would attack and defeat her in a match ordered by Eric Bischoff. This would start a feud between Christian and Jericho, who was defending Stratus. During their match at WrestleMania XX, however, Stratus became a villainess for the first time since her debut by betraying Jericho and siding with Christian. Stratus claimed her reasons for siding with Christian were that he was a “real man”, and Jericho was a “love sick puppy”. The duo feuded with Jericho for several months and competed in a 2-on-1 Handicap match at Backlash. The team of Stratus and Christian were joined by “problem solver” Tyson Tomko the next night on Raw.
Stratus won the WWE Women’s Championship for a fifth time at Bad Blood on June 13. She defended the title until she suffered a legitimate broken hand in July that caused her to be out of action for approximately a month. Upon her return, she continued to defend the title against numerous challengers before losing the championship to Lita on December 6, when both women wrestled in the main event of Raw for the championship. Stratus recaptured the title a month later at New Year’s Revolution, after Lita suffered a legitimate knee injury during the match. Stratus was originally booked to lose the championship back to Lita at WrestleMania 21, but due to Lita’s injury, she wasn’t cleared to wrestle. A new angle was then developed between Stratus and 2004 Raw Diva Search winner Christy Hemme over jealousy of Hemme’s Playboy magazine exposure, with Stratus attacking Hemme and spray painting the word “slut” across her back. Stratus was challenged by Hemme, who later revealed she was being trained by Lita, for a championship match at WrestleMania 21, where Stratus successfully retained her championship. Stratus would then demand a rematch against Hemme the next night on Raw; before the match started, Stratus hit Hemme with the Chick Kick, and re-injured Lita’s knee. The next week, after losing a tag team match, Stratus was chased around the arena by Lita’s storyline husband, Kane, narrowly escaping. The week after, Stratus almost got chokeslammed onto the stage, but Viscera saved her. Stratus would then form a short-lived alliance with Viscera, who was ordered to protect her.
Storyline with Mickie James and retirement (2005–2006)
In May 2005, Stratus was sidelined with the Women’s Championship after suffering a herniated disc, with the storyline explanation that Viscera had injured her at Backlash after she insulted him for losing to Kane. This left the company without a Women’s Champion for four months, as Stratus remained the champion during the time of her injury, thus ignoring the 30 day clause stating that a champion must defend their respective title at least once every 30 days. She returned to Raw on September 12, 2005 as a face by siding with Ashley Massaro against Vince’s Devils (Candice Michelle, Victoria and Torrie Wilson). The feud also involved the debuting Mickie James, who introduced herself as Stratus’ biggest fan. In November, during the Eddie Guerrero Tribute Show, Stratus took part in an inter-promotional Divas battle royal that was won by SmackDown! Diva Melina. The next week, MNM (Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro) kidnapped Stratus for Melina, who challenged a tied up and gagged Stratus to a match for the Women’s Championship. The two fought at Survivor Series, with Stratus defeating Melina. Stratus and Mickie James continued teaming together in late 2005, while James became increasingly obsessed with Stratus. On the December 26 episode of Raw, the storyline between Stratus and James developed into a lesbian one, when James initiated an intimate kiss with Stratus under a sprig of mistletoe, causing a surprised Stratus to flee the locker room.
The odd relationship between Stratus and James continued into 2006, with the two Divas competing against each other in a title match at New Year’s Revolution, where Stratus emerged victorious. Despite the defeat, James continued to be enamored of Stratus which made her feel uncomfortable, and on March 6, Stratus confronted James, telling her that she needed space. The duo briefly reconciled on the March 18 episode of Saturday Night’s Main Event, teaming together to defeat Candice Michelle and Victoria; however, after the match, James turned on Stratus and attacked her. A match at WrestleMania 22 saw Stratus lose the Women’s Championship to James, ending her 448-day reign. The match, at the time, was widely recognized as one of the best women’s matches in the company. During a rematch at Backlash, Stratus suffered a legitimate dislocated shoulder after taking a bump to the outside of the ring. While she was rehabilitating for six weeks, she continued to appear on-screen.
Stratus returned to the ring on June 26, where she had a Women’s Championship match with Mickie James. Stratus would go on to lose the match, thus finally ending their nine-month long storyline. On the same night, she started a romantic angle with Carlito after he saved her from a double team attack by Melina and Johnny Nitro. They competed as a team, and won a mixed tag team match against Melina and Nitro at Saturday Night’s Main Event on July 15. As a couple, Stratus and Carlito briefly feuded with WWE Champion Edge and Lita (who turned heel) after the pair interrupted Stratus’ title match with Mickie James. The two couples competed in several tag team matches, including a six-person tag team match where Edge, Lita and Randy Orton defeated Stratus, Carlito and John Cena after Orton RKO‘d Stratus and Lita followed up with the pin. Stratus’ last match on Raw occurred on September 11, 2006 where she defeated former rival Mickie James. In late August, Lita stated that Stratus would retire following the Unforgiven pay-per-view, which was later confirmed by Stratus. At Unforgiven on September 17, in her hometown of Toronto, Stratus won against Lita with fellow Canadian Bret Hart‘s signature submission maneuver, the Sharpshooter. Her victory earned her a seventh Women’s Championship, the most in WWE history, and she retired as the champion.
Part time appearances and second retirement (2007–2011)
Stratus and Lita made a special appearance on December 10, 2007 during Raw’s 15th Anniversary special, attacking Jillian Hall. The following year, Stratus appeared on Raw in Toronto on May 5, in a backstage segment involving Ron Simmons and Trevor Murdoch.
Stratus wrestled her first match in over two years on the December 22, 2008 episode of Raw, when she and John Cena defeated Santino Marella and his former on-screen protégé Beth Phoenix in a mixed tag team match.
On September 14, 2009, Stratus served as the guest hostess of Raw, and participated in a six-person tag team match, teaming with Montel Vontavious Porter and Mark Henry to defeat Phoenix, Chris Jericho, and Big Show.
Stratus made a surprise appearance at the 2011 Elimination Chamber pay-per-view to announce that she would be a trainer on the revival of WWE Tough Enough, and stopped LayCool (Layla & Michelle McCool) from attacking Kelly Kelly. The following month, on March 14, she lost a match to Vickie Guerrero due to interference from LayCool and Dolph Ziggler. After the match, John Morrison and Raw guest star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi came to her aid. At WrestleMania XXVII, Stratus, Snooki, and Morrison defeated the team of Ziggler and LayCool. The night after WrestleMania, on Raw, Stratus and Morrison defeated Guerrero and Ziggler. She also appeared on Raw on June 6 and SmackDown on September 16.
WWE Hall of Famer and Sporadic appearances (2012–present)
The following year, on July 23, 2012, she made a guest appearance on Raw‘s 1000th episode.
On the January 28, 2013, episode of Raw, Stratus was announced as a WWE Hall of Fame inductee as part of the 2013 class, which made her, at the time, the youngest person to ever be inducted. Stratus chose Stephanie McMahon to induct her into the Hall of Fame in April. That record has been broken by Beth Phoenix, who has been inducted in 2017 at age 36.
On August 16, 2016, Trish Stratus appeared on WWE Network special WWE 24: Women’s Evolution, discussing the history of the women back in her era known as the Attitude Era and Golden Era and also her rivalry with Lita.
Stratus is widely regarded the greatest WWE Women’s Champion of all time and a trailblazer for females in the sport. Trish’s sixth reign as WWE Women’s Champion is the title’s longest reign in the 2000s with 448 days. In 2017, Mickie James referred to Trish as the greatest Women’s Champion of all time. She is also the woman who had the most reigns in WWE history, with eight; seven-times Women’s Champion and one-time Hardcore Champion.
She, along with Lita, was the first woman to wrestle in the Raw main event when she unsuccessfully defended the Women’s Championship on December 6, 2004. Two women would not main event Raw again until 12 years later, when Charlotte and Sasha Banks competed in the main event. She is also the female wrestler with the most appearances on Raw, and the third overall with 278 appearances.
Trish Stratus is cited as inspiration for several women, such as: Kia Stevens, Natalya, Rosa Mendes, Kelly Kelly, Emma, Taryn Terrell, Shazza McKenzie, Maria Kanellis, Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Deonna Purrazzo, Santana Garrett, Sasha Banks, and Bayley.
On June 3, 2006, she hosted the Canada’s Walk of Fame induction ceremony and performed a song and dance number inspired by the soundtrack from the film Chicago at the event. During the show, Stratus ad libbed a kiss with fellow Canadian actress Pamela Anderson.
From late November 2006 to mid-January 2007, Stratus temporarily moved to Muncie, Indiana for the CBS reality show Armed & Famous. She was given a spot in the series after Paul Heyman had mentioned her name to CBS. The concept was that she was one of five celebrities who trained as volunteer officers with the Muncie Police Department. After finishing her training, Stratus and her real life officer partner were followed around by a camera crew while going on legitimate police calls. Although the show was scheduled to broadcast seven episodes starting on January 10, 2007, CBS canceled the series after just four of the episodes were aired. After the cancellation of Armed & Famous, Stratus hosted The Second City’s Next Comedy Legend. The contest was similar to the style of America’s Next Top Model, with Stratus portraying the “Tyra Banks” role as contact between the contestants and judges.
Stratus is the host and subject of the show Stratusphere, which debuted in 2008 on the Travel + Escape television channel. The show follows Stratus as she visits different locations around the world to participate in local sports and adventure. Bill Harris wrote that, “Every week, Stratus embarks on a trip in search of exotic locations and daring physical challenges. In the first episode, for example, Stratus is in Kochi, India, where she learns the ancient martial art of kalarippayattu, progressing from fighting with sticks to fighting with metal swords. Through the 10-episode run of Stratusphere, Stratus does everything from reindeer racing in Norway to bungee jumping in Bali. Her athleticism obviously sets Stratusphere apart from most travel shows.” Stratus also guest-starred in the Canadian show Da Kink in My Hair new season, which started on February 12, 2009. In 2009, Stratus became a spokesperson for sports betting website, Sports Interaction.
Stratus starred in the Canadian independent movie, Bail Enforcers, which marked her acting debut. She played a bounty hunter named Jules Taylor, which released on April 19, 2011, premiering at ActionFest 2011. The movie was then released on DVD as “Bounty Hunters”.
Stratus has appeared in twenty WWE video games. She made her in-game debut at WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role and appears in WWF No Mercy, WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It, WWE Raw, WWE WrestleMania X8, WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth, WWE WrestleMania XIX, WWE Raw 2, WWE SmackDown Here Comes the Pain, WWE Day of Reckoning, WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw, WWE WrestleMania 21, WWE Day of Reckoning 2, WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010, WWE 12 (DLC), WWE 13, WWE 2K16 (DLC), WWE 2K17 and WWE 2K18.
In 2008, Stratus opened a yoga studio named Stratusphere in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario. The studio is billed as “Canada’s largest eco-friendly yoga studio”. In 2009, Stratusphere was awarded Top Choice Awards’ Best New Business award, and the following year, Stratus won the award for Business Woman of the Year. The studio won Top Choice Awards’ Best Yoga Studio award in 2013.
Stratigeas is of Greek and Polish descent and is the eldest daughter of John and Alice Stratigeas. Her sisters are named Christie and Melissa. Stratigeas married her high school sweetheart and boyfriend of fourteen years, Ron Fisico, on September 30, 2006. Several WWE Divas were in attendance at the wedding, and her bridal gown was featured on a cover of Today’s Bride magazine. Shortly after the wedding, Stratus got the call to be a part of Armed & Famous, so she filmed the show instead of going on her honeymoon. In 2013, Stratigeas announced her pregnancy at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, and her first child, a son named Maximus Stratus Fisico, was born on September 30, 2013. Stratigeas is best friends with former wrestler Amy Dumas, a.k.a. “Lita”, even naming Dumas as the godmother to her son. In October 2016, Stratigeas announced on Twitter that she was expecting her second child. On December 6, 2016, Lilian Garcia announced on her podcast that Trish is expecting a baby girl in early 2017. On January 14, 2017, Trish gave birth to baby girl named Madison-Patricia Fisico, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Stratigeas has also been involved with numerous charities such as Ronald McDonald House, Dreams Take Flight, and the Special Olympics. From 2001, she was a spokesperson for the World Natural Sports Association. On March 29, 2008, she participated in the Island Triathlon Series as part of a celebrity relay team to help raise money for Dignitas International.
|2007||Armed & Famous||Herself|
|The Second City’s Next Comedy Legend||Host|
|2008||Stratusphere||Herself||Aired on Travel + Escape|
|2009||Da Kink in My Hair||Herself||Season 2, Episode 1: “Everything In Its Right Place” |
- Finishing moves
- Chick Kick (Roundhouse kick, sometimes to an oncoming opponent) — 2003–2011
- Multiple bulldog variations
- Sharpshooter – 2006; adopted from Bret Hart
- Signature moves
- Air Canada (Thesz press followed by multiple punches, sometimes to an oncoming opponent)
- Backhand chop, with theatrics
- Bridging Northern Lights suplex
- Diving clothesline
- Diving crossbody
- Hangman’s choke
- Headscissors takedown
- MaTrish (Matrix evasion)
- MaTrish Revolutions/Whirly Bird Headscissors (Handstand tilt-a-whirl headscissors takedown)
- Multiple pin variations
- One-armed neckbreaker slam, to an oncoming opponent
- Stratusphere (Turnbuckle handstand transitioned into a frankensteiner)
- Stratus Splash (Stinger splash)
- Super frankensteiner
- Wrestlers managed
- Entrance themes
- “Emergency” by Jim Johnston (WWF; 2000 – 2001; used as a part of T&A)
- “Whiplash” by Code Red (WWF; 2001 – 2002)
- “Time To Rock ‘N Roll” by Lil’ Kim (WWF/WWE; 2002 – 2014)
Championships and accomplishments
- Cauliflower Alley Club
- Iron Mike Mazurki Award (2016)
- Fighting Spirit Magazine
- Double X Award (2006)
- Three Degrees Award (2006)
- Ontario Sports Hall of Fame
- Sandy Hawley Community Service Award (2017)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment / WWE
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter