The WWE's current philosophy appears to be an emphasis on young, rising talent and a move away from veteran wrestlers. The recent batch of releases appears to have confirmed that.
Nevertheless, as shown during the last two pay-per-view events where the likes of Stone Cold, Mick Foley, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels all played a prominent role, the WWE isn't averse to relying on veteran talent from bygone eras to get a pop from the fans.
One return that would certainly generate excitement within the WWE Universe would be that of Trish Stratus. The seven-time Women's Champion was a hugely popular star during the 00s, but hasn't appeared regularly since 2006. Speaking this week, though, 'The Quintessential WWE Diva' revealed she would consider a comeback run - on one condition:
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"Could I physically go back and do what I did before?" she said during an interview with Sports Illustrated's Extra Mustard. "At this point, yes, I can do that. But I'd only go back if it was worth it and if it was a challenge for me.
"Something that's different and unique, like playing a heel again, which would be super cool. I've gone back as a babyface, so it would have to be something challenging and something that would elevate either the division or the talent. Not just for my own s***s and giggles to raise my brand."
The youngest inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame, Stratus is considered one of the finest female wrestlers ever to grace the squared circle. Alongside the likes of Lita, she helped bridge the gap between 'looks first' female stars to the woman of the business being praised for their in-ring ability.
A return, even at 40, would certainly mix things up within a Women's division that has a number of talented wrestlers - from Charlotte and Becky Lynch to Sasha Banks - primed for big things.
Speaking on the possibility, Stratus said she would happily help one of the current roster take the next step, but admitted there was one name from the UFC world she'd love to work with:
"It would be good if there was a moment to elevate a character....I’d love to work with Ronda Rousey, but I don’t know if she’d be up for that," she said.
While getting Rousey into the squared circle may be a pipe dream, seeing a Trish Stratus return isn't too unrealistic.
It is unclear whether the WWE hierarchy would consider such a move in the near future, but there is no doubt that 'Canada's Greatest Export' is highly regarded by the powers that be. Having her there to feud with the up-and-coming talent would be an opportunity too good to pass up.
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