Former professional wrestler Trish Stratus opened up recently about the ups and downs of her career, stating that “wrestling was not [her] life.”
The WWE Hall of Famer was chosen to be a guest speaker for the Better Business Bureau of Western Ontario Awards ceremony that was held on Wednesday. According to the London Free Press, Trish had a chance to talk about her successful career in the ring as well as her new career as a health and fitness entrepreneur outside of the ring.
During the question-and-answer segment of her speech, Trish Stratus was asked about how she handled the transition “from wrestling superstar to entrepreneur.” When Trish stated that wrestling was not her life, she probably confused a lot of her fans — until she took the time to explain her reasoning for saying it.
“Wresting was not my life. It was part of my life. I got into yoga, practiced all over the world and got certified and turned my passion into a business in 2008… I produced my own television show and that allowed to me to control my image and my brand.”
Trish Stratus was also asked if it was difficult for her to retire in 2006 — a point when many critics and fans believed that she was “at the top” of her wrestling career. Stratus admitted that she had a “robust career” and “had done it all.” However, due to her own extensive history of injuries inside of the ring as well as her mother’s health problems, she needed to “move on.”
“The wrestling world has a short shelf life and there were all the injuries. I have no knuckle on the middle finger of my right hand, a couple of missing teeth, herniated disc in my back, broken ankle… my mom was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It was time to move on and concentrate on my personal life.”
For the fans and critics that still wonder whether or not professional wrestling is scripted, Trish Stratus also took a moment to explain that there is some scripting involved — the beginning and the end. However, Stratus made sure that she clearly stated that everything else that happens inside of the ring is absolutely real.
“We know the beginning and the end. What happens in the ring is a dance that we do and a lot too is improv, staying in character and based on the reactions of the audience. It’s scripted, but the performances are real with real athletes.”
Chances are that the 38-year old former wrestler would not received as many injuries inside of the ring if the sport was “staged” or “fake” as many people still believe.
Trish Stratus made her big debut in the ring on April 14, 2000 and retired in September of 2006, according to the Online World of Wrestling. However, like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, she has also been known for making a few surprise appearances in the ring since her retirement.
When it was announced that Trish Stratus would be a part of the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame class, she made history by becoming the youngest inductee at the age of 37.
Patricia Anne Stratigias (aka Trish Stratus) married her high school sweet, Ron Fisico, in September of 2006 and gave birth to their first child, Maximus, in September of 2013.
— Trish Stratus (@trishstratuscom) October 31, 2014
What do you think about how Trish Stratus responded to those questions?