I'll admit, I was wrong. I, like many other fans, didn't have much hope when Trish Stratus made her WWF debut. Walking out on stage, it was obvious that she had a presence, but there was no way that this girl was going any further. Her voice quivered on the mic and it was apparent that she was being utilized for all of the wrong reasons. Thirteen years later, I sat in Madison Square Garden watching this same woman, albeit with different colored hair, take her place in the WWE Hall of Fame. Never judge a book...
Trish always gives so much credit to Fit Finlay who has widely been noted for helping the in-ring talents of the female stars of that era. Most fans will agree, he did an incredible job. I've often said that Trish would be "the new Moolah" as far as her wrestling career went. While Trish retired much earlier than the women's wrestling pioneer, her ability to create an exciting match and captivate the audience of the WWF/WWE was right on par with her predecessors. Trish "got it," and I don't believe that we've seen the last of her yet.
It's fitting that, following her Hall of Fame induction, Mattel introduces Miss Stratus into their figure line. Although she had many figures in the Jakks WWE collection, the Mattel female sculpts have thus far proven to have much more playability. Trish versus Kaitlyn, Alicia Fox, or The Bella Twins? Mattel is making it happen. But did the company fulfill Trish's oft-proclaimed promise of "Stratusfaction Guaranteed?"
I'm all about figures feeling like you've got your money's worth. For a female figure Trish surprisingly has that feel. It's no Tensai, but it isn't a light figure at all. There's substance here, and for the price of these figures, that's what we should be getting. Trish's attire is an outfit that we're all familiar with, and one that I recall her wearing on many occasions. The figure has elbow pads, and although the artwork on the box doesn't picture them, I'm sure that she wore these at some point as well.
Now we get to my favorite part, the accessory. Trish comes fully equipped with the WWE Women's Championship belt. This is the first time that this women's belt has been produced by Mattel. Jakks attempt at this belt was less than pretty. Aside from Moolah and Mae Young who had padded hips under their outfits, the belt never fit any female figures correctly. It was made on the scale of the other belts for the male figures which was a crucial mistake.