Trish Stratus and Lita had a rivalry that is unlikely to be seen between two women in WWE ever again.
Almost from the moment they debuted in the spring of 2000, they were linked together. For the duration of their six-year careers, they were in almost constant competition with one another.
Even when both were babyfaces, there was this feeling among WWE fans that you either liked Trish Stratus or you liked Lita.
Their on-screen rivalry began in 2000, when the Trish-led tag team T&A began a feud with the Hardy Boys, who had somewhat adopted Lita as their valet/partner.
It was a dramatic contrast. Trish was the super-hot blond model who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted. Lita was the athletic, cool, punk-rock chick who would as soon come off the top rope with a Moonsault as she would pose in a bikini for a WWE Divas shoot.
Their interactions during the early days of their rivalry were what captured the fans’ attention and helped it last as long as it did.
After the initial rivalry came to a close, they would continue to interact, but it would not be until 2003 when they, unlikely, teamed up to do battle with the duo of Molly Holly and Gail Kim, a weeks-long rivalry that was blown off at the Unforgiven pay-per-view in September.
By year’s end, they were engaged in a rivalry with, of all people, Chris Jericho and Christian, resulting in the first-ever “Battle of the Sexes,” which saw Trish and Lita put up a tremendous, albeit losing, effort against their male opposition.
In 2004, Trish was riding a wave of momentum after turning heel at WrestleMania 20 and was among the best baddies in the company. Lita was mixed up in a twisted love triangle between Kane and Matt Hardy, and her longtime rival took great pleasure in bringing misery to her.
The latest stage of their rivalry reached its climax in December of 2004, when Trish Stratus versus Lita for the Women’s title was the featured main event of Raw. The future Hall of Famers tore the house down in a match that saw Lita cap off a year of wrecked emotions by defeating Trish for the gold.
The rivalry came to its close in 2006 at Unforgiven in Toronto, Ontario, when, in her retirement match, Trish Stratus defeated Lita to become Women’s Champion. It was the end to a magical rivalry that elevated two women to stardom usually reserved for male Superstars.
So, is Trish Stratus versus Lita the greatest Divas feud in WWE history? Yes. But is it far and away the greatest Divas rivalry? Not so fast.
Trish had another excellent on-screen rivalry in late 2000, early 2001 with Stephanie McMahon. It was a feud that featured Trish attempting to get into the owner of WWE’s pants, only for his daughter to take exception. They had a number of memorable moments, including a hell of a match at No Way Out in 2001, a match won by Stephanie.
A series of matches between Tori and Ivory in mid-to-late 1999 set the standard for the harder-fought, physically challenging matches that would come years later. Their hardcore match for the Women’s title was revolutionary for women at the time.
Finally, the duo of LayCool had a few memorable feuds, but none was more personal than the one with Mickie James. Layla and Michelle McCool spent weeks poking fun at what they perceived to be a weight issue for Mickie, calling her “Piggy” and humiliating her on a number of occasions. The blow-off came at the 2010 Royal Rumble, when Mickie defeated the duo and took the Divas title from them.
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