Team Stratusfaction Legends
Captain Trish Stratus
There are many deserving women to be considered for this team. It was almost impossible to come up with just five selections. However, there was no doubt who was going to be the captain of the legends team going into this match. Trish Stratus is still a household name in wrestling fan households even after semi-retiring nearly fourteen years ago but having her latest match in August 2019 against Charlotte Flair, who we will be getting too soon enough.
Beginning her career with the WWE in 2000, Trish set out to show she was much more than a pretty face. She would go on to become a seven-time women’s champion and was one half of the first women’s main event on Raw against longtime rival and best-friend, Lita. Stratus made a major impact on the business. She was recognized for her hard work as a 2013 member of the WWE Hall of Fame.
While the next member of this team may disagree with the choice, Stratus is the rightful team captain of the legends team.
While I am sure she would be bitter to have to take a backseat to Stratus, there is no way that she would allow this team to happen without her place on it. Lita started out her career as the girl who did the awesome moonsault alongside Essa Rios. She would finish her career as one of the biggest groundbreaking women to ever step inside a ring. Lita shined in her work alongside The Hardy Boys and Edge.
While she could play the perfect valet at ringside, she could more than carry her own in the ring, even taking down many of the men during her run. Lita was tough and sexy as they come and she knew it. She would lure men in with her sex appeal and destroy her opponents with her ring skill. After semi-retiring in late 2006, Lita would get her nod a year after Trish being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2014.
Known by both Alundra Blayze and Madusa, the real-life Debrah Miceli is one of the names that come to mind when you think of legendary women in this business. After first appearing in AWA as Madusa, it wasn’t until 1993 when she would debut in WWF making a major impact as Alundra Blayze. She would go on to win the Women’s Championship three times leading to possibly the most infamous moment in her career.
After being let go by the WWF due to financial issues, Blayze was stripped of the WWF Women’s Championship. Less than a month after being let go by WWF, Miceli arrived in WCW going by her original ring name Madusa, where she would proceed to throw the WWF Women’s Championship into a trashcan. Miceli was ignored by the WWE for twenty years after the incident. After finally making amends with the WWE, Alundra Blayze was announced as an inductee of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015.
The latest WWE Hall of Famer to be on this legendary team, “The Glamazon” Beth Phoenix was inducted in 2017 for her accomplishments and devastation in her career. Phoenix was a crucial part of the revolution in the treatment of women’s wrestling. She took part in multiple first-time matches for women in the WWE including, but not limited to, a table match and an I Quit match. Beth always gave on her best show despite fighting in a different time for WWE’s women.
Phoenix was a standout during her run in the WWE winning the WWE Women’s Championship three times and the WWE Divas Championship once. She became the second woman in history to enter the men’s Royal Rumble match and was able to eliminate The Great Khali due to uh.. underhanded tactics. Still stepping into the ring as early as the 2020 Royal Rumble, Beth Phoenix is a perfect fit for this team both then and now.
One of the most intimidating women to ever step into the ring, Jazz continued to make her name in the ring until 2019. After vacating the NWA Women’s Championship in April 2019 due to medical issues, Jazz would make one more televised appearance at AEW’s All Out in August of the same year. She recently announced her official retirement last month, now retired she is more than worthy of her place on this list.
Debuting first in ECW, Jazz would make her WWE debut at Survivor Series 2001 as a challenger for the vacant WWE Women’s Championship. The match was eventually won by Stratus, who would be Jazz’s biggest rival in the WWE. Jazz would bully around the women’s division in the WWE for years, winning the WWE Women’s Championship twice while she did so. After departing WWE, continued to fight to make her name. She would make a major impact as the NWA Women’s Champion, holding it for 948 days before having to vacate it, never losing the title.
3x Divas Champion, Former Raw General Manager, Kissed John Cena
1x WWE Women’s Champion, 7x Knockouts Champion, 1x Knockouts Tag Team Champion, Impact Hall of Famer
3x WWE Women’s Champion, WWE Hall of Famer, 1x GLOW Champion
2x WWE Women’s Champion, 5x Knockouts Champion, 1x Knockouts Tag Team Champion