Bruce Pritchard talks Chyna claiming Trish Stratus was only hired because her looks despite not having any wrestling ability and never paying her dues.
Both Chyna and Trish Stratus are considered trailblazers and pioneers of what women’s wrestling is today. However, not all was well with them both. Chyna in particular was not happy with Trish joining the WWE. She made it abundantly clear what she thought of her in a quote that is still remembered today.
This is what the Chyna had to say about Trish:
“Trish Stratus to me is someone that was hired with no ability and I think she was hired strictly because of her looks. Trish didn’t have to pay her dues and I still think about that and I still think that she should have to.”
During a recent edition of his Something to Wrestle podcast, Bruce Prichard addressed this. He claimed that Chyna made her comments in character. Pritchard adding that Chyna herself was brought in due to her impressive physical appearance.
Bruce Pritchard talks Chyna claiming Trish Stratus was only hired because her looks
“Well, I think from Chyna’s point of view, she was doing this in her character, and it was, you know, ribbing on the square if you will and trying to be the character she perceived people to see her as.
“And as you said, yeah, Chyna was probably (hired) strictly on her looks and different look. Trish was brought in for her potential. Yes, definitely for her look, but also for her potential as an athlete and a fitness model that did have a following, hopefully, to bring that following into the business and she wanted to learn!
“She had the desire to learn. She was getting better every single day. So it didn’t matter how they get in; its how they stayed. And Trish stayed in and busted her a** to be as good as she was.”
Trish Stratus went on to win the WWE Women’s Championship 7 times; a record that was eventually surpassed by Charlotte Flair. She was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013.
Chyna on the other hand, won the WWE (then known as WWF) Women’s Championship only once but is a two time Intercontinental Champion. She eventually made her way into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2019 as a member of D-Generation X.
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