Trish Stratus Still Has It
As seven-time Women’s Champion and Toronto’s own, Trish Stratus clashed with Charlotte Fair, a nine-time champion in her own right, we were treated to a historic battle between queens from different wrestling eras. Could Trish, a mother of two and now semi-retired, really hang with one of the best current wrestlers on the scene—in her first singles match in eight years? The answer was YES!
The sold-out crowd certainly felt that Trish came prepared, and broke into a chant of “You’ve still got it.” in the opening moments while two members of wrestling royalty fought tooth and nail. As the pace settled in, Charlotte tried to wear the former fitness model down, but a comeback was never far away.
Still, a big boot from Flair would leave Stratus seeing stars and sailing to the ringside floor. The writing seemed to be on the wall as “Second Nature” attempted a moonsault for the finish, but the veteran moved out of the way and dug deep to blast her opponent with some stinging Flair-style chops.
The two warriors traded blows on the top rope until Stratus countered with a seriously high Hurricanrana and a near pinfall for good measure. Stratus even locked Flair into a figure-four leglock before turning it into Charlotte’s own Figure-Eight hold. The matched looked to be over until Charlotte escaped by grabbing the rope. “This is awesome,” enthused the crowd.
Moments later, Stratus delivered her Stratisfaction bulldog from the second rope, but Flair would kick-out on two and nine tenths. The match seemed to be going Trish’s way, but another big boot would deck her, allowing Charlotte to apply her Figure-Eight, snapping victory from the jaws of defeat by scoring a submission.
Trish Stratus brought the fire, and earned our unreserved respect, but Charlotte Flair cemented herself as the queen at SummerSlam 2019.