After winning her seventh WWE Women’s Championship at Unforgiven, Trish Stratus retired from in-ring competition in 2006. Almost four years later, the Hall of Famer returned to action and teamed with John Morrison and Snooki in a tag team match against LayCool and Dolph Ziggler at WrestleMania on the 27th.
After winning the match at WrestleMania, Stratus tried to raise Morrison’s arm. However, the former Intercontinental Champion ignored her. The following night on RAW, Morrison did the same after he and Stratus won another tag team match against Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero.
The former WWE Women’s Champion was not happy with Morrison’s antics, which stemmed from his belief that Stratus was taking the place of his then-girlfriend Melina. After their match on RAW, Stratus had a heated confrontation with Morrison backstage. She described the incident in detail during an interview with Lilian Garcia in 2019.
“Me [Stratus and Morrison] had a little chat in the back. It wasn’t really small talk, it was the first time that I actually, like passionately talked about it. But I basically said, ‘You just stole a moment from the performance. Whatever you feel about me, maybe you think you’re wrong with me. Which is fine, I have nothing against it, but we are performing and tonight we are partners, and the audience was delighted with us as a team, as a partnership. And you took that moment from the fans. And it’s like, for what, right? You can wait five seconds later, I’m gone tomorrow,’ she said.
The seven-time WWE Women’s Champion revealed that she tried to explain to Morrison that she was there to promote Tough Enough because she was a trainer on the show.
“And he came into this whole thing, and he said, ‘Well, you’ve taken over from another superstar by being here.’ And I said, “No. I didn’t take someone’s place. I have been assigned this position. I’m on Tough Enough which airs after this [Raw], and they brought me back for it.’ So there was a lot of talk about it. And then he was eventually released and everyone thought it was because of that incident. But who knows, anyway,” she added. [H/T: 411mania]
During an interview with Stone Cold Steve Austin in 2015, Morrison claimed that the company wanted him to sign a three-year contract after his contract expired in 2011, which he refused.
Will Trish Stratus return to WWE RAW this week?
Since her retirement in 2006, Trish Stratus has made several sporadic appearances in WWE. The Hall of Famer last appeared on Monday Night RAW in August when she faced Damage CTRL and teased that she was coming out of retirement.
Following Lita’s return last week to assist Becky Lynch against Damage CTRL, reports suggested that Stratus could return on this week’s episode of RAW. According to rumors, the seven-time WWE Women’s Champion could team up with Lita and Lynch to face Damage CTRL at Elimination Chamber.
It will be interesting to see if Stratus can return to the company to team up with her former rival turned friend and one of the biggest stars on the current roster.
With WrestleMania right around the corner, Trish Stratus could also make an appearance at the Show of Shows.