Ring the Belle recently interviewed Trish Stratus and Lita to count down fan-voted Top 5 moments with Team Bestie. They discussed their contrasting retirements (and Lita’s frustration with it), crowd turning on them during a segment on raw, main eventing Raw, and competing in sexy gimmick matches.
Here is the transcript for some of the highlighted parts.
Lita saving Trish from falling off a platform at Invasion 2001:
Trish: if you guys will continue to watch the clip, you will see that she saved my life.
Lita: As we’re backing up giving them “what for”
Trish: yeah what’s up, we won, that’s right! And then woah! But you didn’t see my face. I kept the composure. Woah I almost fell!
Lita: I swooped in and saved her life.
Trish: and that’s the moment we became besties.
Lita: Good that we still have her. We could’ve lost her.
Trish: Thank you.
Thoughts on Divas having to compete in sexy gimmick matches, and wrestling in toxic farm mud:
Ring the Belle: The Divas division had to often compete in these sexy matches. But you always showed that you are kicking ass, all strong and powerful. What was your mindset going into these matches?
Trish: For me personally was like make the best out of it. I know when I had a gravy match, I was like, “okay I’ll do this gravy match if I can be thrown off the top ramp into the bowl of gravy.”
Lita: mud, right? It was like some toxic farm mud.
Trish: Actually we found the packaging after and it wasn’t good. Do not ingest!
Lita: Or, ingest a lot of it!
Trish: or wrestle in!
When fans turned on babyface Lita during their segment on Raw:
Ring the Belle: You were doing a segment for a more of a hostile crowd. What was it like going through this together?
Lita: We had some telepathy going on.
Trish: We went completely off script for this one. We went our own way, went with the crowd, and tried to wrangle them in. It was interesting.
Thoughts on how different their retirement played out, and Lita’s dissatisfaction with her retirement:
Ring the Belle: You two often talk about how your careers were very Yin and Yang. Your retirements also looked very different from each other’s too. What’s your thought on that?
Lita: I mean I’m always been the redheaded stepchild. It was not gonna end any different way. Literally the redheaded stepchild, it’s okay.
Trish: Different characters and different storylines going into it. Ours was focus on our feud and our rivalry.
Lita: as a baby face too, and retiring as a heel. I’ve never been quiet about it. I was super uncool with it. I went up the chain. I went to the producers, I went to the writers, I went to Vince. I went back to the producers, back to the writers, back to Vince. It was a hard no.