Trish Stratus Has Had A Complete Change Of Career Since Leaving WWE
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If you're a guy of a certain age, then it's pretty much a certainty that Trish Stratus is in your list of first crushes. The WWE Diva made waves in the early 2000s as one of the women to revolutionise her division in wrestling, prompting the company to hire women based on their ability as well as their looks.
Now she's a WWE Hall of Famer, and rightly so, to be quite honest - Vince McMahon objectified her to the point of no return, so having the highest honour in the business bestowed upon her is the least he could do. He made her crawl around the ring and bark like a dog, for goodness' sake.
Although Trish recently made her first appearance in the ring for five years, showing up in the first ever women's Royal Rumble match last month, the master of Stratusfaction has taken a completely different route since hanging up her wrestling boots.
Born Patricia Anne Stratigeas, Trish formally retired from the ring in 2007, defeating fellow Diva Lita in her final match to win a record seventh Women's Championship in her home town of Toronto. Since then she has made sporadic WWE appearances as a guest backstage and occasionally in the ring.
As well as changing the colour of her hair, she has also drastically changed her career. Since retiring, she has gone on to become an award winning yoga instructor, opening her own studio called Stratusphere in 2008 - known as 'Canada's largest eco-friendly yoga studio'.
Since Trish opened Stratusphere, it has won the 2009 'Top Choice Awards' Best New Business award', 'Business Woman of the Year' in 2010 and 'Top Choice Awards' Best Yoga Studio award' in 2013. Not a bad second career to have.
Alongside her new yoga job, the former WWE Women's champion also tried her hand at reality TV, appearing in CBS' Armed & Famous, a show that saw her and four other celebrities train as real volunteer officers with the Muncie Police Department.
Unfortunately the show was cancelled, but she went on to host The Second City's Next Comedy Legend, a Canadian talent show hoping to discover the country's next top comic.
In 2008 she went on to present a travelling show, also called Stratusphere, on the Travel + Escape channel. In the ten-episode series Trish made her way to different locations around the world to participate in local sports and physical challenges, with her atleticism setting her apart.
In recent years Trish has moved into movie acting, playing a bounty hunter in the Canadian indie flick Bail Enforcers before starring most recently as the villainous Gina in 2015 action film Gridlocked. Her early run as a WWE heel came in handy then.
While she looks done with WWE, Trish Stratus's reputation is well-deserved. She is the longest reigning Women's Champion of all time and inspired a generation of women wrestlers to follow in her footsteps. The greatest Women's Champion of all time hasn't done too badly for herself since.
Additional words by Chris Ogden