WWE Hall Of Famer Trish Stratus has revealed her loathing of the term ‘Diva’ and says she refused to utter the word when it became the term to describe WWE’s female superstars.
In the mid-2000s WWE began using the term Diva to describe their female stars, separating them from their male counterparts who were still known as WWE Superstars. Some felt the connotations of the word were unfair to the female athletes who put their bodies on the line in the ring just like everyone else.
One person who was unhappy with the change is seven-time WWE Women’s Champion Trish Stratus. Originally retiring in 2006 from in-ring competition, Stratus never competed for the WWE Divas Championship which was introduced in June 2008. Eventually, that title usurped the WWE Women’s Championship which was merged with the Divas Title in September 2010.
“I never uttered the word ‘Diva.’ I refused to say it because I didn’t get it. I enjoyed in the beginning that we were all called superstars. Then when the Diva thing happened. As a tomboy the term Diva I’m like no, I don’t qualify. What they were calling Diva, I’m not that at all. So I was never behind that term at all. When they got rid of it, it’s like the six-pack challenge with a restart. Let’s get back to business here. The title just is what it is, the girls are still doing the work and paving the way for women everywhere. Not to diminish it but there is that connotation everywhere.”
The WWE Divas Championship as well as the term was retired by WWE at WrestleMania 32 in 2016. The reigning Divas Champion Charlotte Flair was set to defend that title against Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks at that event. However, it was revealed before the match that the three women would in fact be competing for the reinstated WWE Women’s Championship.