Trish Stratus is one of the greatest female wrestlers of all time and a WWE Hall of Famer. The Canadian star is a WWE Hall of Famer and a seven time WWE Women’s Champion, which was a record by the time she retired.
In this article, we’ll look at her WWE debut and when Trish Stratus’ last match in the WWE was.
Trish Status Debut
Trish Stratus wrestled her first match in WWE on June 20th, 2000 in a mixed tag team match. She teamed Test and Albert, known as T&A, to take on the trio of Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy and Lita, also known as Team Extreme.
Stratus had made her debut as a heel in WWE earlier that year as heel, being introduced as the manager for Test and Albert. She soon found herself in trouble with the Dudley Boys, being put through a table by Bubba Ray Dudley early on in her career. She also began to manager Val Venis and helped him to win the Intercontinental Championship, lasting until Summerslam 2000.
Trish Stratus made her in-ring debut on the June 22, 2000 episode of SmackDown!, teaming with Test & Albert to take on The Hardy Boyz and Lita. It was a mixed tag team match but with very different rules to today’s WWE. Nowadays, if a female is tagged into the ring, none of the male wresters can attack her and must exit the ring. In 2000, anything goes.
The Canadian spent most of the match on the apron but was eventually tagged in for a showdown with Lita. However, it did not go well for her. She did very little except for get beaten up by her future all-time great rival. She was hit by a moonsault which put her down for the count, but as Lita counted the pin she realised that the referee was nowhere to be found. Albert then ran into the ring and hit her with a brutal two-handed powerbomb before throwing Trish on top of her for the win. The Canadian star won her WWE debut and kicked off a career that would see her win seven WWE Women’s Championship titles.
Trish Stratus Last Match
Trish Stratus last match in WWE before he semi-retirement was against Lita at Unforgiven 2006. The match was in her hometown in Toronto in Canada and she was challenging her long-time rival Lita for the WWE Women’s Championship.
The local crowd were incredibly behind their hometown star. Every move she did was cheered and every time Lita got the upper hand, a shower of boos was there to meet her. Despite it being her final match and announced prior to the event, Stratus still wanted to walk away as the women’s champion and with a then-record seventh title reign.
She won the match a Sharpshooter – a move made famous by famous Canadian wrestler and former WWE Champion Bret Hart, to a huge pop from the crowd. She big farewell to the crowd in a tearful speech after the match and later vacated the title.
Since then she has come back to the company on multiple occasions to wrestle in one-off matches. Her most recent bout was against Charlotte Flair at Summerslam 2019. She came back for the match in the same city that the previously mentioned match was in Toronto, losing to Flair in a marquee match that looks to signal the end of her in-ring career for good.
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