‘Legacy Award’ Exclusive: A Salute to Trish Stratus in the Words of Her Peers

Last year, we announced the launch of the Diva Dirt Legacy Award, an annual prize that will honor the career achievements and legacies left behind by some of the industry’s finest female talents. Launched in conjunction with the Female Fight League, our first recipient was none other than the multi-talented 7-time Women’s Champion, Trish Stratus.

From her hard work in the ring, to her charm and charisma, her connection with the fans, as well as her shrewd business nature, Trish was — as good ol’ JR used to put it — the quintessential Diva during her seven years with WWE. No female in this industry has able to market themselves quite like Trish, who remains a hot commodity despite retiring nearly five years ago.

While we tip our hats to Trish by honoring her with this award, a few of Trish’s friends and colleagues wanted to join the celebration too!

Three-time Women’s Champion, the Glamazon Beth Phoenix has had the distinction of working with Trish in both of her post-retirement matches on Raw. Commenting to Diva Dirt, Beth said: “Trish Stratus began her early training with a great teacher, Ron Hutchison, out of Toronto. I worked for many years for Ron and admired greatly how far Trish came, but even more how far she took the Divas division.”

“She was committed to stepping up and making the Divas an anticipated and respected part of the show,” adds Phoenix. “Trish, alongside great, talented women like Lita, Chyna, Molly Holly, Ivory and Jacqueline and others opened the doors for us ladies today. Congratulations Trish! You earned it!”

One Diva who not only shares a Canadian connection with Trish, but also looks up to her is third-generation star, Natalya. Though born into the wrestling business, Natalya cites Trish as one of her inspirations. She is now the top-ranking Diva in WWE, with the Divas Championship around her waist. “Trish Stratus is proof that if you fight hard enough for something you believe in, your dreams will come true. Although I was born into a family of amazing wrestlers, it wasn’t always my family who inspired me to want to be a Diva.”

“[It was] Trish Stratus who made me want to be bold, bright and beautiful in the ring. I think every girl that wanted to ‘wrestle’, secretly desired to have that sparkle that Trish had. I only had men to look up to, and Trish made me see everything in a different light… a Diva light,” Natalya continues.

The Divas Champion concludes: “Trish taught me that it’s not about being better than everyone else, but being better than you ever thought YOU could be.”

In 2006, Diva fans were captured by one feud. This months-long storyline became a benchmark of sorts for all that would come. Of course, we are talking about Trish’s feud with now-TNA Knockout, Mickie James. Then just a sprightly newcomer, Mickie herself has gone onto become one of the most popular females in the industry and is 5-time Women’s Champion, the most of any Diva — only second to Trish.

“It was not only an honor to share some very special moments with Trish in the ring, but she is one of the kindest, genuine people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know,” said James.

“We all make our own legacy in this life and her achievements [have] paved the way for generations to come. The memories we’ve shared in and out of the ring, I’ll cherish them for a lifetime.”

“Congratulations, sweetheart! You truly deserve it!”

Thank you to Beth, Natalya and Mickie for sharing their comments.

Stay tuned for the first look at the Legacy Award later this week.

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  • melina prez

    They r nice to say that.

  • litafan2000

    Wow!

  • http://www.twitter.com/johndern JDernTrishStratusFan

    I miss Trish every single week I watch Raw or Smackdown. I remember, for about a year after she retired, I didn’t watch WWE anymore because she was the only thing that kept me watching. She is truly my favorite WWE Wrestler/Superstar/Diva that has ever and will ever be in professional wrestling and the Divas division will never be the same without her. She’s inspired me to be everything I’ve wanted to be and more.

    Thank you Trish!

  • Taylor

    It was great to read what all three had to say about her. Once again, I congratulate her for all of the triumphant achievements she has made. She definitely left her mark–an huge one at that.

  • dirtydiva007

    It is great to see how close the Divas are outside of the ring. Beth, Natalya, and Mickie are so sweet to have said all they did about Trish, and you know that it was sincere and from the bottom of their hearts. Trish is truly one of the greatest females to not only grace the WWE ring, but a wrestling ring in general. Whether she was face or heel Trish was the best. I wish she would come back and whip some of these newer Divas into shape. She has had an illustrious career so far, and I look up to her for everything she has accomplished.

    Thank you Trish!

  • Hunt-A1

    Trish Stratus is no doubt irreplaceable! HOF Bound.

  • Atomicplayboy3000

    I always notice that Torrie Wilson – who was acquired from WCW for her looks – always alludes to being held down during her time in the WWE. She stops short of saying it was Stratus. To me the 2 women symbolize everything right and wrong about the WWE’s attitude towards female talent. Stratus was attractive, a fan of the biz, , a hard worker, grew into her role and surpassed expectations and became a standard. Wilson coasted along with the little talent she had, looked good, cashed the money and showed others that one day – be it through diva searches or other means – you too could get a job in the WWE if you looked hot. You’ll even get to pose in Playboy. But you won’t be missed.

    It is telling who the latest divas praise.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/art1ej art1e

    Trish was only as good as her opponents..end of story.

    she is the total package thou she could wrestle,speak on the mic & HAVE the crowd behind or against her.

    i think lita is the one who inspired more woman thou.

  • BillyGP

    Art1e Lita inspired alot but not like Trish and also Trish was good int he ring not just because of her opponents.

  • Goodnightddtmnm

    Trish Stratus My 1st Ever Favorite Diva I fell in Luv with Yup b4 Mickie & Melina there was Trish! There’s not much for me to say abt Trish , that wasnt already said. Im glad These 3 succesful , talented Women looked up to Trish. What’s there more to say ?
    Bitch & Whine all you guys want ( which that one person always does) you cant change the minds of how people feel abt someone else. Saying Lita was better isnt gonna Change Mickie , Beth & Natalya’s minds…Right or wrong ??

  • Goodvibes

    Great comments by some of the ‘now’ great divas. I always feel the WWE struck gold with Trish, I think she was everything they had really been searching for in a female. Noone can argue that she worked her behind off to get where she was, no other WWE wrestler let alone Diva made the strides Trish did in the ring and as a performer.

    I agree with the above in regards to Lita inspiring and re-igniting womens wrestling, Trish’s impact and popularity did not kick in for at least a few years into her Tenure, Lita rejuvinated womens wrestling, and was as big of a draw as Stone Cold and the Rock in her Heyday much like Sable was in hers.

    All in all great to see Diva Dirt actually unite the divas with the diva fans, and provide an award like this along with everything else you guys do, great work!

  • SherriShepherdWWE

    I think whenver you talk about the womens division and everything Trish Stratus, Lita and Sable, are really the ones that helped re-ignite the division one diva couldnt do it alone, and i think them three are really the ones that did do it, as time went on, each one had a special quality, Sable could get any crowd behind her, she had some of the biggest pops ever beating the likes of the Rock, Stone COld, and so on, i dont think we have ever seen another female do that, then Lita was the great wrestler, she could wrestle everyone and it would be good, she wasnt the best talker but the wrestling made up for that, then you had TRish who had alitte bit of everything she could talk, she could wrestle and she was extremly over with the fans, so congrats TRish :) but at the end of the day all three women will be in HOF

  • A.E

    it nice to see the divas praise her it was truly sweet of them especially mickie who work closely with her.i miss trish and i hope she make an appearance soon thank you trish.

  • JustJ3rmz

    BOOY YAH!!!! Congrats Trish!

  • bluejay

    @Sherri Shepard WWE

    They were both popular women and the had the fan connection and it took WWE to help elevate them in such a way where they were able to make that impression

    They also came from a different time where almost everybody was over and there was a whole demographic of wrestling fans.

    People will remember wrestlers who came from great eras

    Sable, Trish and Lita were both products of the Attitude Era and represented new era and change

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOyzTv-g8FA Piggie James

    Well I’d agree with the ‘Attitude Era’ being the reason for Trish and Lita’s success. The reason why none of the current Divas could ever represent to fans what Trish and Lita represented is simply because WWE gives them no opportunity to. Not to mention you really only get one chance to be the ‘first’ women to revolutionize the face of mainstream women’s wrestling.

    Trish and Lita got immensely over with their extreme sex appeal (which wouldn’t be allowed to that extent nowadays), being used in many of the male wrestling angles, and being allowed to take many of the sick bumps that they did. As we all know, the Attitude Era is long gone now in WWE, and is certainly never going to come back under PG programming. WWE just doesn’t have any intention of using any Divas like they did with Trish and Lita, as well as their other Attitude Era contemporaries. As we all know, Mickie and Melina had their best moments in WWE in the ‘fallout’ of that era. Certainly once WWE had completely moved on from that period, Mickie and Melina, as well as all the other Divas suffered, and could not be given the storylines that would put them over.

    Certainly, Trish is well deserved of this award, and it would be wrong if Lita doesn’t win the next one. There’s no doubt that both women worked extremely hard to achieve what they did. But you can’t dismiss that their success was due to WWE pushing them like they did. Trish and Lita both took advantage of the opportunities given and delivered superbly.

    I like all the comments by Beth, Natalya and Mickie. They all seemed very sincere, and it was very nice of them to congratulate Trish. Trish obviously is a different caste of wrestler to them, she didn’t come from the indys. But the comments clearly show that many wrestlers look up to Trish as a real pioneer of women’s wrestling today. The Attitude Era women definitely brought women’s wrestling to mainstream attention, and have allowed the business to flourish somewhat since.

    Beth, Natalya and Mickie all have the talent though to be as successful as Trish, if only they get the same opportunities as her as well. Sadly, it’s unlikely they’ll get that chance before they retire.

  • Holbrook

    Trish Stratus..such an inspiration! just adore her…reason why i got hooked on womens wrestling!! great comments! i truly admire her!