Women's wrestling has never been appreciated like it should be. From Mae Young and the Fabulous Moolah to Natalya and Beth Phoenix, the women's division isn't respected and given enough credit.
Since the dawn of time, women have always been second-fiddle to men. In professional wrestling, that truth lingered, and it still does. It occurs too consistently, I might add.
Excuses are made that a woman isn't as talented. Is that contingent on the fact men having more athletic ability? Points can be made from either perspective, but being a women's wrestler is a difficult task.
Trish Stratus and Lita revitalized the division after the Fabulous Moolah and Mae Young went past their prime. This could be considered as one of the best rivalries in pro wrestling history.
In the beginning, Trish and Lita were managers of tag-teams: T&A (Test and Albert) and the Hardy Boyz respectively. Stratus was the heel and naturally cocky, while Lita was the babyface. She was up there with Chyna, considering fan reaction.
The feud continued to a point where Stephanie McMahon had to intervene and elevate the rivalry to a point of extreme. Trish involved herself with a love affair (Vinny Mac style) and had Steph in the mix as well.
Controversial storylines took place, however, when Lita was in a love triangle with Matt Hardy and Kane. She had a miscarriage of Kane's baby, and Trish was right there, playing her role to perfection.
Currently, Trish is a babyface whenever she appears on TV, but like I said, her character was a narcissistic heel that always put Lita down in any situation. That is the sign of a great rivalry extending for over a few years.
It took Lita until the Dec. 6, 2004 episode of Monday night Raw until she won the Women's championship. A four-year long feud that cultivated to a woman's dream was great television and a great sign for the women's division.
Trish Stratus and Lita are Hall of Famers in my opinion. Both put their bodies on the line every night to entertain the fans. The one trait I respect out of the two is the passion and heart they displayed.
That is one thing fans overlook when talking about a woman wrestler; that is passion. Just look at the fire in their eye during each match. It captivated my attention, and I never looked away.
Trying to blaze the trail Mae Young and Moolah left behind is a daunting task. Compared to Lou Thesz, Gorilla Monsoon, Bruno Sammartino and Dusty Rhodes retiring and the next wave of superstars taking over weren’t easy to predict a happy ending.
Lita and Trish paved the way for women like Kelly Kelly, Maryse, Michelle McCool, Beth Phoenix, Natalya and many others to keep the women's division strong.
Trish was a seven-time WWE Women's Champion, and Lita won it herself four times.
Often times, women get a bad reputation in the wrestling world. Let me reiterate one thing: It doesn't matter who you are man or woman; all that matters is the dedication and desire to perform in the squared circle.
That is why Trish Stratus and Lita will leave a legacy, never to be repeated.
Thanks to all who read this piece. Other writers including myself are putting these out this week to honor Women's Appreciation Week in wrestling. Kevin Berge is writing the 10 greatest tag-teams. John Cobbcorn is writing the most dominant women's champ.
William Gullo is writing on Wendy Richter and the original screwjob, and Chinmay is writing about 10 reasons to respect women in PW.
I appreciate all of the feedback I receive, and I hope all have a great day!
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