WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus appeared for the first time in South Florida in 16 years as one of the celebrity guests of Florida Superon July 12-15 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.
Stratus, who came out of retirement in January to compete in WWE’s inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble, spent July 13-15 meeting fans at Florida Supercon. She signed autographs, posed for photos, shook hands, hugged and talked to them, putting smiles on many faces.
To get into the comic con spirit at her booth, Stratus borrowed a Minnie Mouse headband from volunteer (and wrestling fan) Elizabeth Massani. She also found Waldo, taking photos with the blended-in cosplayer at different spots to show her son, a Where’s Waldo fan.
Her husband and children were in town, too, making it a family vacation as well.
On the final day of Florida Supercon, Stratus conducted a Q&A for fans, hosted by multi-talented moderator Heather Reicher on the ring apron inside the FSCW Arena.
Stratus, seated Indian style on the ring apron, shared stories about her life and career in this casual setting.
Reicher did a nice job interacting with Stratus and blending her own questions with those from fans -- happy and inspired to speak with her. An appreciative Stratus, who provided some levity, reciprocated by answering all questions from them.
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“I got the call,” she said. “It was December 26. In Canada, we call that Boxing Day. I was eating a chocolate peanut butter ball, and I was like, ‘Oh hey Mark,’ from talent relations. You may have seen him in ‘Total Divas,’ Mark Carrano. ‘Hey, what’s up.’ He’s like, ‘Well, there’s this first ever Women’s Royal Rumble.’ I say, ‘Yea, that’s amazing.’ He goes, ‘We’d love for you to be a part of it’...I say, ‘Mark, I want to thank you so much for this opportunity. I’m super excited about it. Before I say yes, I’m gonna run it by my family. I’ll be back in touch with you.’”
Family is her go-to excuse, if she does not or can not do something.
“I didn’t go to my family [first].,” she said. “I called my ring dude. ‘Dude, we got to get a ring set-up. I need to see if I can do this [stuff] still.’...Wrestling is like riding a bike, which I came to find...It had been eight years since I actively wrestled, two children have been birthed. My workouts, I dabble. I do yoga mostly, but it all worked out really well...I trained about a month straight, and I think it worked out pretty good.”
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“I had no idea I wanted to be a wrestler, because it wasn’t a possibility,” she said. “Back in the day, we had Miss Elizabeth. There was Alundra Blayze, but it really wasn’t like an option...Now you watch the show, and the girls are saying, ‘That’s what I want to do,’ and that’s so awesome.”
Stratus noted: “I didn’t know if that was going to be a possibility. I did know that I was capable of doing what the men did in the ring...I trained with all guys. It was a Rocky Balboa style gym. I hit the mat hard, and I was battered and bruised for months, and I loved it.”
She continued: “Fit Finlay was my agent, and he knew what the girls were capable of as well. Ok so you guys go in there and do like a few hair pulls, slaps roll around. I was like, ‘Eww. No.’ Why can’t I chop? I used to do it at my wrestling school. We decided they’re clearly not paying attention to us. So let’s go ahead and kind of be under the radar, and let’s do those things we want to do and see if we can get the crowd behind us.”
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“We had a lot of fun on the road,” Stratus said. “Toward the end of our careers, we knew we were retiring, so being on the road we had so much fun...Let’s go to Graceland, since we’re in Memphis. Let’s enjoy these travels. So by the end of our careers, we really got a chance to enjoy it and not focus on getting to the gym and working out...You go travel and explore and be lucky and Blessed to have this wonderful career and this opportunity.”
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