Trish Stratus is one of the greatest female wrestlers to ever lace up her boots, but it's been nearly 10 years since the Canadian beauty had her final battle inside the squared circle.
Many things have changed in the last decade, including the product itself and the landscape of wrestling.
Of course, when Stratus first burst on the scene back in 2000, WCW were still in operation. The Atlanta-based company may have been a shell of the juggernaut that nearly ran the WWE out of business some four years earlier, but the competition was still very real.
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With the latest brand split in the WWE dividing it's talent between Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live, it brings memories of the 2002 draft to the fore where the two shows originally separated after an influx of talent from WCW.
Stratus, 40, believes that the emerging talent from NXT that has flooded the main roster draws some parallels from her prime years with the incoming WCW talent.
“You can only highlight so many characters on one show and with so many NXT talent coming in, which is somewhat of a parallel to back in my day when we had the WCW talent come in, this gives the audience two separate platforms for storylines to unfold,” Trish said “Having new talent come in is obviously a plus, new faces is always good to keep the product fresh. It’s especially good, the fact that the audience is familiar with the current crop coming in, as opposed to a brand new persona they need to develop.”
Stratus was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame back in 2013 and is credited with being a pioneer in the industry for women. Although strikingly beautiful, the seven-time Woman's champion could also go in the ring and helped changed perceptions of females in wrestling from mere eye candy.
She's also right. It takes almost a surplus of talent to make these kind of extensions work, but the WWE will be hoping they've learned their lessons from the last time around which eventually brought the divide to a halt.