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Trish Stratus is always ready for another return to the WWE ring. In an interview with CBS Sports, Stratus spoke in detail about returning to the ring, Lita’s performance at Elimination Chamber, and future plans.
“She’s my bestie,” Stratus said of Lita. “I was at home. She is my son’s godmother. We were watching her, cheering her on. It was great. Believe me, I’m sure ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin is going through this right now, when you get back in the ring after being away for so long, it’s nerve-wracking. You also know that you’ve left an impression on the fans’ minds of who you are and what you bring to the ring. To be able to live up to that. Can I? You don’t know. Honestly, you don’t know until you get into the ring. For me, personally, when I faced Charlotte, I knew what I could do practicing. But the energy, the stamina, are the fans still into you, will they react, am I fast enough, do I have that innate ability to go the way I did before? Thankfully, I find that wrestling is like riding a bike. That’s what I discovered after my match with Charlotte. It’s exciting to see someone come back. It’s also a cool thing to step back into the mix and fans are still there for you right where you left off, which is really cool”
In regards to her own return, Stratus was straightforward in her response.
“I’m always ready,” Stratus said. “Did I pack a bag? Did I put my boots in them? I did. Just in case, because I’m a professional.”
Stratus is currently a judge on Canada’s Got Talent, but a match with Sasha Banks is something she still thinks could be in the cards.
“I’ve heard that I’m running from her, which is absolutely untrue,” Stratus said of Banks. “At one point, she had done this promo saying that I wasn’t ready. I posted a photo of my six-pack and said, ‘I am ready, girl.’ These little moments. She and I had, maybe, a five-minute moment in the 2018 Royal Rumble and, to this day, people say that’s the match they want to see. Sometimes you just have this energy that is palpable. It’s like when Lita and I first faced off. When Sasha and I faced off, I felt it too. It was a good moment. Will we follow up on it? If there is an opportunity, perhaps. Did I wish this was a SmackDown tour? Yes, I did.”
Trish Stratus is a former WWE Women’s Champion and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013.
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