Trish Stratus Explains Why She Is Coming Out Of Retirement For WrestleMania 39 Match


Trish Stratus, Becky Lynch & Lita vs. Damage CTRL (Bayley, Dakota Kai & IYO SKY) will take place at WWE WrestleMania 39.

This will mark Stratus’ first match since 2019, when she retired after losing to Charlotte Flair at SummerSlam.


Speaking with Graham GSM Matthews of Bleacher Report, Stratus discussed her return, and more.

You can check out some highlights from the interview below:

On the decision: “I don’t think it was a conscious choice to go back and say, ‘I have more in me.’ The Charlotte match was a perfect ending. It was a generational faceoff: The best of that generation against who they say is the best of my generation. It was in Toronto and absolutely perfect, and for that to bring closure, I was very satisfied with that. But then having these little interactions at live events, it was fun to have that generational mix-up. When I retired, I said I’d return if it was fun… and maybe not to pass the torch necessarily but to influence a new generation.”

On the motivation: “There’s an element of proving yourself. You always feel like you have to prove yourself. I know with my Charlotte match, that was my driving force and proving to not only to the fans that I could still do this, but also to myself. I thrive on the challenge. Can I still hang with these girls? Trust me, before I accepted, I did a few rounds in the ring and had to make sure the question of whether I could still do this was rhetorical.”

On the process: “I’ve been speaking with WWE for a little while now about doing a little something because I did the live events. There’s always ideas thrown at me. Once they saw me get in there with the girls, it becomes ‘This could be something.’ I have a great relationship with WWE, so we’ve always talked. ‘Would you come back?’ ‘Yeah, if there’s a right moment.’ If the right moment is challenging and I can touch another generation and make a difference, that would be great, and those boxes would have to be checked.”

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