Trish Stratus has discussed how her aim was to be the top female wrestler in WWE and says The Rock offered her some words that inspired her to exactly that.
Stratus is a seven-time WWE Women’s Champion and WWE Hall Of Famer having been inducted by the company in 2013. She was recently named the number one greatest modern-day women’s wrestler by the company as part of a countdown series on Peacock/WWE Network.
“I guess I knew I wanted to be the best at what I was doing. But also you have to remember this was a time where there wasn’t really women doing it. So you wouldn’t be like ‘that’s what I want to do.’ I maybe could look to The Rock and say ‘That’s what I want to do. And is that realistic? I’m not sure, because it seems like it’s never really been done so far.’ Then I remember The Rock said to me one day ‘You know, you can be the female Rock.’ And I was like ‘Oh my god. Okay, I’m going to do that. Yes.’ So I just knew that it was my job then to be the best that I could be. And that would entail training and performing at my peak every time and outdoing my last performance.”
Stratus and The Rock shared the ring three times during each of their WWE tenures as well as sharing a backstage kiss with one another. The first match came in 2000 at the Georgia Dome on Raw. In that night’s main event The Rock teamed with Lita to defeat Trish Stratus and Triple H. Twice in December 2001 The Rock and Stratus teamed up, first defeating another unlikely team in Kurt Angle and Vince McMahon. Stratus and Rock then teamed up to amazingly challenge The Dudley Boyz for the WWE World Tag Team Championship. On that occasion, however, The Dudleyz came out on top.