I urge you to head to the newsstands beginning today, June 8, to pick up the latest copy of The Wrestler/Inside Wrestling magazine. Our "Legends" interview series this issue (Volume 34, 2010) features Trish Stratus.
Senior Writer Harry Burkett spoke with Trish on a variety of subjects, including how hard she worked to change the public perception of female wrestling, her relationship with Vince McMahon (including a surprising take on her infamous "Bark Like A Dog" segment), today's Divas, her yoga school and new movie, plus some serious thought she's given to making a comeback.
Here are a few excerpted quotes from the 90-minute Q&A:
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.”
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.”
All in all, it's a great read, but for those of you who just like to look a pictures, let me tell you that there are plenty of great ones--including a movie promo for the upcoming Bail Enforcers, which is just simply the hottest photo we've ever run in our magazines!
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