Trish Stratus has refused to rule out a huge dream match with The Boss, Sasha Banks.
At the 2018 Royal Rumble, Trish Stratus returned to a WWE ring for the first time since April 2011. In the match, Stratus entered at number 30 and eliminated three opponents, but the undoubted highlight was a confrontation with Sasha Banks, who eventually eliminated her.
The short showdown captured the imagination of fans, and the two women have occasionally thrown playful jabs at each other on social media since. While the stars teamed together on an episode of Raw before 2018 was out, the highly-anticipated match between the pair never came.
Speaking in November 2021, Stratus again raised the prospect of a bout with The Boss, describing it as a “dream match.” Since then, the trail has gone quiet, but that doesn’t mean that Stratus has forgotten about the former SmackDown Women’s Champion.
In conversation with Shakiel Mahjouri of ET Canada, the WWE Hall of Famer commented on the undeniable energy between the pair, comparing it to the magic between herself and Lita.
“I’ve heard that I’m running from her, which is absolutely untrue,”
“At one point, she had done this promo saying that I wasn’t ready. I posted a photo of my six-pack and said, ‘I am ready, girl.’ These little moments. Her and I had, maybe, a five-minute moment in the 2018 Royal Rumble and, to this day, people say that’s the match they want to see. Sometimes you just have this energy that is palpable. It’s like when Lita and I first faced off. People felt that. When The Rock and [“Stone Cold” Steve] Austin faced off, they felt that. When Sasha and I faced off, I felt it too. It was a good moment. Will we follow up on it? If there is an opportunity, perhaps. Did I wish this was a SmackDown tour? Yes, I did.”
Trish Stratus is set to host two upcoming WWE live events on the Road to WrestleMania. The first is in Kitchener on March 26th and she’ll follow that up with an appearance in Toronto the following day. Stratus said that she’s excited to be involved, as she gets to interact with Superstars she’s never performed with before.
“They gave me a call and of course I said, ‘Yeah, I’d love to host. What does that mean? What does a host do?’ Let’s work with the card and see what could be fun and different,” Stratus said. “For me, it’s a chance to come back and work with some superstars I haven’t yet interacted with.
I went back in 2019 to work with Charlotte [Flair], but I didn’t get a chance to interact with somebody like Becky Lynch, for example, Bianca Belair had not debuted at the time. There’s a good chance to mix it up with some of the superstars of today… One person I’m very excited to mix it up with is Kevin Owens. I’d called him Canada’s favourite superstar.”
Sasha Banks recently returned to WWE television where she began a partnership with Naomi. It has been announced that the pair will challenge for the Women’s Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania 38.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.