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Excerpts from Trish’s ‘Wrestler’ Interview: Says Melina is ‘Next Trish’

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, 7-time Women’s Champion Trish Stratus is on the cover of the latest issue of The Wrestler Magazine [on newsstands today]. Pro Wrestling Illustrated, the sister magazine of ‘Wrestler’, has posted some excerpts from the interview on their official blog.

The interview was apparently 90 minutes long and from what I understand, the piece spans over 16 pages in the magazine. Read the quotes below:

On her relationship with T&A, Test and Albert: “Test was really adamant on making me earn his respect. He didn’t want to give me too much credit and made sure I knew it when I made a mistake. Albert would tell me not to worry and that I was a fine. It was a good mix. Test would say I sucked, and that I’d have to improve.”

On her willingness to take bumps: “I guess everyone realized I was a team player when I would take a chokeslam from Kane, I was cool with getting the stinkface, and I didn’t mind getting tossed over the top rope by The Big Show.”

On the “Bark Like A Dog” segment with Vince McMahon: “People think I must have felt humiliated. Are you kidding? Look at the result. I was simply an actress doing a part which allowed me to show emotion­—that’s a good thing”

On the inspiration of The Rock: “I had to have surgery. It was the worst thing that could happen. But that allowed me to sit back and study matches. I watched a lot of The Rock’s stuff, and thought, There are no girls doing what he’s doing—why not, maybe I could be the female version of The Rock.”

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On today’s Divas: “Today, I see the girls doing each other’s moves. They should go to the videogame and play the character! Everyone has their own signature moves!”

On the “next” Trish: “When I saw Melina debut with M-N-M, I remember thinking that was the new T&A. But she was so much sexier than me, when she came in with that split! I was like, ‘Damn, that is hot!’”

On her legacy: “When WWE aired a package talking about how WrestleMania was the place where legends were made, and it mentioned Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Steve Austin, and Trish Stratus, it was shocking to me. Whether that’s accurate or just WWE marketing, it’s pretty awesome.”

On the possibility of a comeback: “I always want to do something that is challenging and impactful, no matter what I do … Absolutely, I’d go back—but only if I could do something that makes a difference.”

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