Joseph Park Goes Sightseeing + Trish Praises Angelina


— Answering fan questions via SLAM! Wrestling and, 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee Trish Stratus revealed that she would have liked to have faced record-setting five-time Women’s Knockout Champion and fellow Canadian Angelina Love in a match.

“From the TNA girls, Angelina Love,” she replied in response to which female wrestlers she would you have liked to work with, past or present, excluding those affiliated with WWE. “I think she’s awesome in the ring and I think the fans would like to see Angelina Love vs. Trish Stratus. (I may be partial because I’m Canadian.) Maybe it could be Angelina vs. Nattie vs. Trish? Maybe have Sherri Martel manage me? I would’ve loved to have her manage a heel Trish. We could’ve done some awesome stuff together. If I could’ve been in the mix in the ’80s, being with Wendi Richter in a tag team and managed by Cyndi Lauper would’ve been cool. It would’ve been like Rock and Hogan!”

During Trish’s heyday, the Divas division featured women who trained to be professional wrestlers as opposed to models WWE hired to train to become wrestlers. Stratus is asked if it is “hard to see what the Women’s Division has become” since her departure.

“I still have hopes for the Women’s Division,” she responds. “A lot of people are down on it, and to be honest there is a comparison. Go back to the era where each woman could work in the ring and be unique — we were all keen to it. Remember that I was gone, then Amy [Lita] was gone then Mickie was gone, so you were really starting from scratch. I do think there hasn’t been a proper rebuilding time; if you look at the current division, you have Kaitlyn, AJ’s fantastic — she’s a firecracker, you’ve got Tamina, Nattie… you’ve got Layla who gets it. If you look at the division, it has the talent. I think we’re at a good point where you can build the next golden era.”

Stratus then reveals that if WWE offered her the opportunity to work behind the scenes as a creative member or trainer for its Divas, she would relish it.

“You saw that on Tough Enough, we were finding the next WWE superstar and Diva, and they had to bring in a woman. There’s just some stuff that we know and it was a little hit and miss out there, and it’s different than what works and doesn’t work for the men,” said Stratus. “I’d love the opportunity to work with some of the up-and-coming Divas. We had Fit Finlay — he just got it. I’m really keen to work on creative and that would be an amazing opportunity.”

Stratus also answers questions on WWE retiring the Women’s Championship in favor of the Divas Championship, her brutal Hardcore Match with Victoria at the 2002 Survivor Series, which wrestling moves she would have liked to have performed, her entrance theme, working with The Rock, and more. The full interview is available here.

— TNA’s “IMPACT WRESTLING LIVE” is coming to Tupelo, Mississippi, on Thursday, May 9 at the BancorpSouth Arena live at 7:00 pm. While in the city, Joseph Park decided to take in some of the sights.

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