Many were surprised that Lita wasn’t chosen to induct Stratus, but Stephanie McMahon was a great choice. McMahon went through her history with Stratus, which almost ‘tore apart’ their family on television for the world to see, which drew laughs from the crowd.
She ultimately expressed her admiration for everything Stratus has accomplished during her career as a wrestler and afterwards as an entrepreneur. More importantly, she implied that we likely haven’t seen the last of Stratus in the squared circle.
Stratus received a great reaction when she walked out on stage, but it definitely could have been louder considering she is easily the greatest women’s wrestler ever. She explained that she had so many people to thank and didn’t want to forget anybody so she wrote them down.
Stratus then pulled out a scroll and opened it on the stage, which ended up extending for what seemed like 10 feet! It was a great moment that featured just about everyone a wrestling fan could image.
Later in her speech, she went on to explain how important Jim Ross was to her career. She then pulled out the pen she signed her first contract with for the company. In an underrated and very funny moment of the evening, she said she had to cover the “F” on the pen to avoid angering the pandas.
The highlight of Stratus’ speech came when she introduced her husband, Ron. The fans instantly booed Ron, obviously because Stratus is such a fan favorite of just about every wrestling male. She explained how they were high school sweethearts and about the support Ron has given her, which only drew more boos from the crowd.
Then, Stratus announced that she was pregnant and the crowd started to chant for Ron for underlying reasons. Talk about a quick face turn!
Stratus thanked former Divas who competed with her in the ‘Golden Era’ of women’s wrestling in WWE. She mentioned the likes of Ivory, Victoria and Gail Kim, but nobody more prominent than Amy ‘Lita’ Dumas, who was in attendance sitting next to CM Punk.
The crowd erupted for Lita and rightfully so as many fans will attest to Lita vs. Stratus as being the best women’s rivalry in WWE history.
Stratus wasn’t just a member of WWE’s Golden Era of women’s wrestling; she was the leader. The youngest WWE Hall of Famer is among the most deserving of anybody ever inducted.