Today in History: Stacy Keibler vs. Trish Stratus in a Mud Match

On this day in history:

August 19th, 2002 | Stacy Keibler had an inkling that Eric Bischoff had called her to his office in order to grant her a shot at Molly Holly‘s Women’s Championship, though Trish Stratus, also summoned to the office, seriously doubted Stacy would get it on her merits as a wrestler. Bischoff showed up to settle the argument, telling the women that, as no one cared about women’s wrestling (insert indignant boos here, Diva Dirt readers), he was booking them in a match that would demonstrate their sex appeal: a Bra & Panties Mud Match. When the time came for the match, though, it seemed to had morphed into a straight Mud Match, as they were already in their skivvies. Stacy began the match by tossing Trish from the stage to the pool, but it was outside the “ring” that Trish scored the victory, rolling up Stacy for the pin. When it was all said and done, Stacy, Trish and the referee were coated in the “mud”. Any guesses on what the actual substance was?

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  • TorrieWilsonFan03

    I loved this match! people complain about gimmick matches, but looking back they really diversified the product back in the pre-Diva Search Ruthless Aggression era, meaning the Divas roster could appeal to men and serious women’s wrestling fans

  • CleHOpatra

    ewww that be so gross! They look like they’re covered in poop!

  • redsandman99

    I always found these matches absolutely ridiculous. Trish being tossed from the stage was neat though.

  • YouCanLookButYouCan’tTouch

    Trish getting thrown off the stage into the mud was my favorite spot.I actually busted out laughing when Stacy did that.Hahaha!

  • art

    I did enjoy this match even if it was a gimmick match….most of these matches the divas just roll around….

  • BillyGP

    that was a great bump/spot for Trish.

  • perceval

    The story behind this match was amusing. Trish arrived, and EVERYBODY was walking on eggshells around her. Nobody wanted to be the one to tell her what she was going to be doing, that night, knowing how she’d react.

    Finally, Fit Finlay agreed to take the bullet. She wasn’t happy, to say the least. But, she and Finlay decided to block it out in a way to make it something more, hence the bump from the top of the stage.

    • Ryan

      One thing I like about Trish is that she is a negotiator! She WILL do whatever WWE asks of her, not without a BUT AND OR along with it where both parties are convinced and satisfied. They want a Smut match? Sure AND she will take a bump to the outside! Trish is truly awesome and brave to fly out of that stage! BTW this match is on her Stratisfaction DVD haha good buy

    • Jakey

      What a great story! I never knew that, but I do remember that Trish and Charlie Robinson had to go to the hospital that night to get their eyes flushed out.

  • Ryan

    I used to love these gimmick matches… Sex Appeal with some great wrestling! =D
    Trish diving off the stage was amazing haha plus they both had incredible sexy bodies
    A lot of ppl respond to THESE kind of matches towards guys with “if you want to watch sexy girls wrestle..then watch porn” which is idiotic =/
    Some slop matches were just straight up bad like Kitty vs Tori in a pudding match. But also considering back then someone who you knew hated these kinds of matches like Ivory or Jillian Hall, when they got stripped they would panic n scream which made the outcome GREAT!! lol
    When u stripped someone like Joy Giovanni or Candice…well they allready were halfway there haha
    But also in 2002 RAW Eric Bichoff would have HLA (Hot Lesbian Action) segments where he would hire lesbians to make out in the ring while he watched.. I didnt like that =/
    Specially since my little dad, uncle, friends, brothers and sisters would watch alongside me, I thought that was like totally unnecessary smut. Except until he sent Umaga n Rosie to attack them which was disturbing also o.0

    Trish n Stacey also had that Christmas Eggnog Match
    Also glad that there is history and that Stacey could bring it even a year later! WHOA!! lol
    Also the reason Stacey was on RAW was because she was a mole! She took some contracts from Stephanie and gave them to Bichoff costing Smackdown the Intercontinental Championship. Crazy stories back then

    • perceval

      Yeah, back when Raw and SD were equal brands, & the overall big story arc from 2002 through Survivor Series 2005 was Raw vs SD, the Invasion angle done right. What made it work so well was it blurred the face/heel dynamic. Each side had both faces and heels, so you’d have the Raw where SD was invading with Long, Batista, & Mysterio being babyfaces, but their own teammates MNM being pure heel by kidnapping Trish during the same show. An earlier SD saw Raw heels Edge & Lita lure SD face Batista into an ambush by Raw faces Kane & Big Show. It was a great, unpredictable, storyline where it was left up to the individual fans who to cheer for.

      I miss that. I REALLY miss that.

      Trish fought Stacy is quite a few substances, including, finally, a blanket of fog. Of course, that one wasn’t intentional. :) Of course, even Ivory & Jacqueline Moore once had a match in gravy. Triple H probably had it the worst, though, with the pig slop.

      They don’t do bra & panties matches, anymore, but they still do tuxedo matches. That’s SEXIST! Also, I’m sure the ladies would rather see Dolph in one of those than Del Rio’s announcer. :)

  • mykel1990

    I will never forget seeing Trish’s little ass go flying off that stage, it was epic, and kudos to her and Stacy for making another otherwise unmemorable gimmick match into something.

    • perceval

      That bump was part of the Raw opening credits for a while.

  • MickieJamesluvslave

    I can hear people now, if this kind of thing happened now people would be complaining how low opinion of the divas the WWE have. difference being back then the E had these type of ‘fetish’ matches but the Divas were still shown to be strong, athletic and important. The divas were important to the E and could do these type of matches and still be taken seriously. beautiful and atheltic is what made the Divas at the time SPECIAL