Trish Stratus On Sunday Being Her Retirement Match, SummerSlam Being In Toronto, Inspiring The Next Generation


One of the most intriguing matches on the card this Sunday will see WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus go one on one with Charlotte Flair. In addition to it being an intriguing battle of the generations between two of the greatest of all time, it now seems as if it will also be Trish’s official last match – as she revealed during a recent interview with Toronto Sun.

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On Sunday being her last match:

“As you get older, you decide this is it. I don’t need to keep coming back. I’ve had my ride. But this scenario was so special. To face a superstar like Charlotte Flair at this point of my life. In Toronto. At the second biggest pay-per-view of the year (WrestleMania is first). What could be more right?

“To face the greatest of her generation — and it’s been argued that I was the greatest of my generation — it’s a pretty unique matchup. Everything is aligning for this and with my age — how much longer can I do this or want to do this? This is the perfect time to do it.”

On inspiring the next generation:

“It’s humbling and gratifying to hear (that) all your hard work touched someone. I didn’t want to be a wrestler when I grew up. I grew up on Miss Elizabeth. That’s who the women in wrestling were. I wanted to be a doctor.

“Now little kids come up to me and say, ‘When I grow up, I want to be wrestler.’ It’s pretty crazy to hear that.”

On SummerSlam being in Toronto:

“It’s kind of insane what’s happening here. Toronto has always been a hotbed for wrestling, but four nights in a row? Maybe in New York you could pull this off. I don’t know if you could do this anywhere else.”

On getting hyped for the Charlotte Flair match:

“There’s a lot of buzz about the event, about my match. Personally, I had to dig deep to find my inner-Trish Stratus again. I had to do that. I’m a mom now. ‘I’m a bad-ass mom,’ I keep telling myself. I had to find that inner fire in me.

“You think, ‘Can I do it? Am I able to do it?’ I watch the tapes (of training) and I see it coming together. It’s like my brain is two steps behind my body, but then your body surprises you. And you think, ‘Holy smokes, after two kids and all these years, I can still do this.”