Trish Stratus’ legacy in WWE is legendary, so much so that the now-IMPACT Wrestling seemingly wanted in on it, too.
Debuting on the 19 March 2000 edition of Sunday Night Heat, Trish Stratus has gone down as one of the most iconic female wrestlers in the history of Vince McMahon’s sports entertainment giant. A former seven-time Women’s Champion and one-time Hardcore Champion, Stratus is renowned for inspiring many grapplers, including Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks, and Deonna Purrazzo.
Although she retired following her Women’s Championship victory over Lita at the 2006 Unforgiven pay-per-view, Trish Stratus was reportedly offered a deal by IMPACT Wrestling, then known as Total Nonstop Action. As noted by Trish herself, this came around just one year after she retired.
Talking with ET Canada’s Shakiel Mahjouri, the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame inductee discussed how the now-Scott D’Amore-helmed promotion offered a deal that would see her contend for the Knockouts World Championship (h/t Sportskeeda):
“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.”
The inaugural TNA Knockouts Champion would be crowned at the 2007 Bound For Glory pay-per-view, as Gail Kim eliminated Roxxi Laveaux last in a Gauntlet for the Gold bout to capture the gold for the first time. Various knockouts division legends also entered the ten-person match, including Awesome Kong, ODB, and The Beautiful People.
Despite her official retirement from the ring in September 2006, Trish Stratus has since stepped back into the squared circle on a number of occasions. This started when she teamed with John Cena against Beth Phoenix and Santino Marella on the final Raw before Christmas Day 2008, while her most recent outing saw Stratus battle Charlotte Flair at the 2019 SummerSlam pay-per-view.