Trish Stratus Explains Discussions With TNA And Why She Didn’t Sign

Trish Stratus smiling and wearing black wrestling attire on a WWE entranceway

Although known as a legend within WWE circles, it would seem there was a point in time that there were discussions which would have seen Trish Stratus challenge for the TNA Knockouts Championship.

Notching up a record as a seven-time Women’s Champion and holding the Hardcore Championship once, Trish Stratus’ run with WWE has left her classed as one of the all-time top female competitors in the company, despite only competing for six years between 2000 and 2006.

Trish Stratus ended up retiring after an unsuccessful attempt for a seventh title reign against arch-rival Lita at Unforgiven 2006, however she has now described the discussions she had with Impact Wrestling, known at the time as TNA, one year later.

Talking with ET Canada’s Shakiel Mahjouri, the WWE Hall Of Famer recounted the conversations she had with the company, and why she decided to move away from the deal.

There was a time when TNA had reached out to me around the time they were introducing the new women’s championship. There was a storyline pitched like, ‘Hey, women are a viable part of the show and we would like you to be a part of it’.

Back then, it was like, ‘Hey, we use women as part of the show. Would you like to be a part of it?’ That’s what it was. I knew what I could do, I knew the training I’d done and what I could offer to the world of sports entertainment as an athlete, but I don’t know if they necessarily knew.

In the end it was Gail Kim who was crowned the inaugural Knockouts Champion, last eliminating Roxxi Laveaux in a gauntlet at Bound For Glory 2007.

As with many in wrestling, whilst Trish Stratus is officially classed as retired she has made a number of ad-hoc appearances, including a losing effort against Charlotte Flair at SummerSlam 2018.

With thanks to Sportskeeda for the transcription.