Trish Stratus was a dominant force in pro wrestling during her time in the ring. She held the WWE Women’s Championship seven times and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013. Recently, Stratus recalled a heated backstage confrontation she once had with fellow WWE Superstar John Morrison.
At WrestleMania 27, Trish Stratus teamed with John Morrison and Snooki in a tag team match against LayCool and Dolph Ziggler. Following the victory, Stratus attempted to raise Morrison’s hand, but The Guru of Greatness ignored her gesture. The following night on RAW, Morrison did the same after he and Stratus picked up another victory against Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero in tag team action. The infamous incident is often referred to as “The Cold Shoulder” incident in WWE. Some believe that Morrison was upset that Stratus took Melina’s spot in the match.
During an interview with Lilian Garcia in 2019, Trish Stratus noted that she was taken aback by John Morrison’s unprofessionalism, and she was glad she stood up for herself. It was believed that Morrison was furious at Stratus for taking his then-girlfriend Melina’s spot.
Following their match on RAW, Trish Stratus had a heated confrontation with Morrison backstage. She was thankful for having the respect of the locker room and that the incident ended without any physical altercation. The multi-time Women’s Champion believes the incident demonstrates the importance of respecting one another in the wrestling business.
“We [Stratus and Morrison] had a little conversation in the back. It wasn’t a little conversation actually, it was the first time I actually, like we were passionately talking about it. But basically, I was like, ‘You just stole a moment from a performance. Whatever you feel about me, maybe you think you’re not cool with me. Which is fine, I don’t mind, but we’re performing, and tonight we’re partners, and the crowd was excited about us as a team, as a partnership. And you’ve taken that moment from the fans. And it’s like, for what, right? You can wait five seconds later, I’m gone tomorrow,.”
Trish Stratus’ story is a testament to her strength and perseverance. It also serves as a reminder that respect is a two-way street in the wrestling business.
“And he went into this whole thing, and said, ‘Well you’ve taken a spot from another superstar by being here.’ And I was like, ‘Nope. I have not taken a spot from someone. I was assigned this spot. I’m on this show called Tough Enough that airs after this [Raw], and they brought me back for that.’ So it kinda got a lot of big buzz. And then eventually, he got released and everyone thought it was because of that incident. But who knows, whatever.”
Though John Morrison’s behavior was unbecoming, Trish Stratus was able to defend herself and protect her dignity. In the end, that’s all that matters.
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