Trish Stratus confirms her retirement and 'passes the torch' to Charlotte Flair

Charlotte Flair and Trish Stratus

Trish Stratus bowed out of the wrestling world gracefully last weekend in Toronto, in what could be described as a quite stellar performance.

It was the Canadian's first one-on-one match in a wrestling ring in over eight years, and the bout with Charlotte Flair left fans wanting to see a lot more of her, as she showed that she still belonged inside the squared circle.

In the build-up to SummerSlam, Stratus told publications that it would probably be her final match as an active wrestler, despite quitting full-time way back in 2006.

She returned sporadically in 2008, 2011 and last year in 2018 for Evolution, but this time she has confirmed that her days of lacing up her wrestling boots are officially over.

In an Instagram post last night, Stratus put over the female superstars and indicated that she had handed the baton over to Charlotte as the torch-bearer of the women's division.

"One week ago I stepped into the ring for what at first was my comeback match... but slowly realised was my farewell match, a passing of the proverbial torch if you will," stated Stratus.

"It was an honour and a privilege to step into the ring with Charlotte, one of the very best of her era, a total pro.

"Feeling immense gratitude to the current roster of woman who allowed me to dip my toes into their current waters.

Trish Stratus has 'passed the torch' to her SummerSlam opponent Charlotte Flair

"In the beginning of my career, I set out to knock down the preconceived notion of what a female could do in this male oriented business and the current roster of ladies represent everything we dreamed of.

"If we laid the platform, you all have built a friggin' skyscraper and we all couldn’t be prouder!

"And now I get to sit back and watch my girls continue to take the women’s division to new heights..."

So the torch has been passed, and it was only going to go to one woman with her nine main roster title wins, and with eight WWE Women's Championship reigns she's probably one day going to surpass her father Ric's record of 16 world title wins.

It wouldn't surprise anyone if she had another reign in 2019, but she is that damn good.

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