Trish Stratus Wants to Work with Ronda Rousey, Discusses Potential WWE Return

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2016

WWE Divas LayCool and Trish Stratus during WrestleMania XXVII at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, April 3, 2011. (Paul Abell/AP Images for WWE)
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WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus has been retired from full-time competition since 2006, but the Canadian star isn't ruling out a return to the ring under the right circumstances.

According to SI.com's Justin Barrasso, the 40-year-old legend would consider a comeback if an intriguing situation were to arise, and she mentioned potentially working with UFC megastar Ronda Rousey as something that could draw her in:

Could I physically go back and do what I did before?. At this point, yes, I can do that. But I'd only go back if it was worth it and if it was a challenge for me. Something that's different and unique, like playing a heel again, which would be super cool. I've gone back as a babyface, so it would have to be something challenging and something that would elevate either the division or a talent. Not just me for my own sh--s and giggles to raise my brand. It would be good if there was a moment to elevate a character. I'd love to work with Ronda Rousey, but I don't know if she'd be up for that.

Rousey remains under contract with UFC, but she is a well-publicized WWE fan who made a surprise appearance at WrestleMania 31 last year.

Stratus is considered by many to be the greatest women's wrestler of all time, and although Rousey is in another league in terms of strength and legitimate fighting ability, a match between them could have the makings of an all-time classic.

Trish and fellow Hall of Famer Lita helped change the perception of what it meant to be a women's wrestler in many ways during their respective tenures, especially when they featured in the main event of an episode of Raw in 2004.

WWE has been more committed to women's wrestling in recent months than perhaps ever before with up-and-coming talent such as Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch leading the way.

The elimination of the Divas Championship and reintroduction of the Women's Championship has helped legitimize the division, and a return of Stratus in any capacity would undoubtedly add to that.

Although Stratus suggested in the interview that she is happy focusing on yoga and her budding movie career, she would be a huge asset to the women's revolution in WWE.

A feud with Rousey may not be realistic at this point since she is still tied to UFC, but if WWE can come up with something new and fresh that could draw Trish back into the spotlight, it would be wise to pitch it due to the interest she would unquestionably generate for women's wrestling.

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