Newsday's Josh Stewart recently spoke with WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus to promote this weekend's Masters of Ring Entertainment "Lasting Legacy: A Tribute to Women in Wrestling" event in Wilmington, NC. The full interview is at this link. Below are highlights:
Possibly doing MMA, filming a TV show in Thailand and doing muay Thai training:
"I had a fight with one of their prizefighters there. It was a pretty intense fight. I remember thinking, 'Ma, I could pick this up and pursue this.' Of course, it kicked in afterward, 'Where do I do this?' It wasn't really like it is now, where MMA competition for women is more accessible. I was thinking about it, yeah. I think I would have been pretty good at it, I've been good at most physical things I've taken on, like any sport, and I know I have a fighter in me."
WWE NXT's Sara Amato (Sara Del Rey):
"I read something Triple H said recently -- he said, don't think of it as me hiring a female trainer, I hired a trainer to train the girls. And really that's great. In our time, we had Fit Finley helping shape and guide our development, so I guess you could say Sara Del Rey is the Fit Finley of this generation. Because we had that guidance, and that's why our stuff stopped looking so fluffy and became real fights. And if you know how he wrestled -- a known brawler -- that certainly translated into our work. I think we'll definitely see the same thing with Sara Del Rey and her girls as well. I'm sure they have captured Sara's fighting spirit."