Today in History: Jazz vs. Lita vs. Trish at WrestleMania 18

On this day in history:

March 17th, 2002 | At WrestleMania 18, a Triple Threat match for Jazz‘s Women’s Title pitted the champ against Lita and Trish Stratus. Placing two fan favorites against one another was a unique set-up, but the babyfaces didn’t play nice for very long. They battled fiercely until each effectively disarmed the other and left an opening for Jazz, Trish knocked to the outside and Lita vulnerable on the top turnbuckle. Jazz took advantage of this scenario and hit Lita with a Fisherman’s Sulpex from the top rope to take the win and retain her title.

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  • MAXILLIAN

    Awesome match, I was routing for Lita. But it was great to see Jazz get the win nonetheless. I really wish she feuded with more people. If she had been in WWE longer I would have like to see her feud with Torrie Wilson and Melina.

    • Jcott3

      Jazz’s problem was that each time WWE geared up to give her a big push, she got hurt (torn ACL in 2002, shoulder injury in 2003). After the second one, I think WWE declared her injury-prone and stopped trying.

      • TheGamergirl22

        Beth is kinda injury prone like after her debut and after she won her third women championship

        But as least she didn’t get injured with her other champion matches or at TLC 2010

  • jonboi

    Great match & it started showing the girls getting fit findlays help in this match, I was on team lita for this win little did anyone know it would be one of litas lst matches before her injury!!!

  • http://twitter.com/RyanRoman0 Ryan

    Jazz was kicking ass!!
    And Lita and Trish were ultra aggressive with one another damn!
    Poor Trish busted her lip at the end! Both are just rag dolls compared to Jazz haha
    She beat them both up

  • i22

    This is proabably my second favorite Wrestlemania diva match of all time (first being the Trish/Victoria/Jazz triple threat the following year). Loved the exchanges between Lita and Trish throughout the match. Those two had chemistry for DAYS.

  • lucky1now

    i rmemeber watching this hoping lita will win
    i loved the match these women did everything they had to to win
    one of my fav wrestlemania matches

  • pumped up kicks

    Oh man I really love this match! Jazz winning was awesome. It really got her over as the monster heel! Jazz is in my top 5 fav wrestlers of all time. I just love her.

    • http://twitter.com/RyanRoman0 Ryan

      I don’t know if monster heel is the word for jazz.. She was a straight up thug! So awesome
      Technical and Mean as hell haha Jazz was ferocious intense and had mad stamina and strength
      But yeah compared to Trish she was a monster ( not saying based on her looks) I mean because Trish was the scared under dog

  • Kessuki

    was rooting for lita and disappointed at the time when jazz won but hey i can appreciate to this day how immense and talented jazz was so all credit to her for retaining her title at WM.

    would loved to have seen a singles match at wrestlemania between lita and trish or lita and victoria.

  • ajfan83

    Never got the point of Jazz winning. Lita was the most popular diva in the company and Trish was their new centerpiece who was also wrestling in her hometown. And so you have the unover heel retain. Looks pretty stupid in retrospect, especially since Victoria and Molly ended up being more productive heels. Jazz was a one hit wonder.

    • Jcott3

      According to somebody in one of the other topics on this site (consider the source), WWE’s original plan was for Trish to win here but in the weeks leading up to this, Trish refused to do an on-screen lesbian make-out session with Torrie Wilson and so they gave Jazz the win, as she was the champion. How much truth there is to this, I don’t know. I’ve never heard about this anywhere else.

      WWE had planned on Jazz being the top female heel, a plan derailed by injuries. I think the only reason Molly got a run as champion in 2002 (even though they didn’t lift a finger to build her up) was because Jazz and Lita were hurt, Victoria was still in OVW, Jacqueline was on Smackdown and I think Ivory was doing Tough Enough – there was no one else left to go against Trish.

      • ajfan83

        Funny that Trish was denied a win because of politics, since WWE has been incredibly biased in her favor since then. Maybe Jazz could have been something more, but the fact is she is nothing more than a footnote in WWE history. She is nothing more than a footnote.

  • sugarrush28

    I loved this matched so much. I really wanted Lita to win but I wasn’t mad at Jazz retaining at all. The only thing I didn’t like was the placing of the match. It should’ve been anyway but between those 2 matches

  • WweLitafan4ever

    Good match, but Lita should have won. And not surprising she got biggest reaction.
    I remember when Lita said that she was upset that the crowd was silent for the match because it was the match after The Rock vs Hulk Hogan.

    • http://twitter.com/RyanRoman0 Ryan

      Same with the Tris Jazz Victoria Mania match
      Oddly the crowd was silent despite it being an awesome match

      • ajfan83

        Maybe the “golden era” wasn’t as over as everyone on this site claims it was. Let’s face it, outside of the times Trish and Lita were directly feuding with each other, nobody really gave two s***s about the division.

        • Gail-Trish-Brooke

          ^Spoken like a true PG mark. Do your research youngin.

        • Virginia Devereux

          Blatant delusion right here. We should refer you to YouTube matches, but 95% have been taken down.

    • BillyGP

      Trish got as big a reaction

  • http://www.divafocusshoots.weebly.com WweRules32

    loved this match and i hope for kaitlyn vs tamina vs layla divas title at mania 29 with Layla Winning

    • Simply Flawless

      Second this.

  • Ace Of Base

    This match should have been first on the card. And Trish should have won, but ah well, she won it the next year…and then next…and well..so on and so forth lol.

    • Virginia Devereux

      You’re right! The Queen should have won.

  • BillyGP

    my second favorite match for divas at wrestlemania (Mickie vs Trish being first)

  • stickyandsweet88

    Trish should have won!