Trish Stratus Reveals She Wrestled with a Hamstring Injury at WrestleMania 39
WWE’s WrestleMania 39 event earlier this month in Inglewood, California featured a Six-Women Tag Team match of Becky Lynch, Lita, & Trish Stratus vs. Damage CTRL, which was won by Lynch, Lita, and Stratus.
A recent episode of the Busted Open Radio podcast had Stratus as the guest. One of the topics discussed included Stratus revealing that she had wrestled while dealing with a partially torn hamstring injury at WrestleMania 39.
“I had a few obstacles. I had a partially torn hamstring, by the way. Nobody knew about that. It was just like, WrestleMania, let’s just go. This time, I had this injury, so I was a little unsure going in, but man, there’s something about feeling at home. It’s like riding a bike, as you guys know when we get back in there, your body’s like, ‘I got this just. Just do your thing,’ and it just flows. I’ve kept my health and fitness up, and that always plays into it as well. I am good in those moments, right? I work well under pressure. I always feel like I have to prove myself every time I go out there, so that was like a big driving force for me that evening, was to go out and prove that I belong in this match, that I belong with these other talented women and that I still belong here, period.”
Transcript h/t: Fightful.com
More on WWE’s Deal with Twitch for Return of WWE Talent on Service
As noted before, WWE recently signed a deal with streaming service Twitch to allow their talent to return back to the service with almost no restrictions applied.
The Wrestling Observer’s Bryan Alvarez reported that several talent spoken to stated that WWE’s cut of all revenues generated by them on the service is coming from Twitch’s share and not from their share of the split.
The Mat Men Pro Wrestling’s Andrew Zarian reported that his sources provided additional details stating that Twitch’s share of the revenues under this deal is at a lower percentage than what they typically get as a cut from other streamers who use their service.
Spoke to a source regarding the Twitch deal with WWE.— Andrew Zarian (@AndrewZarian) April 20, 2023
According to them WWE execs negotiated for talent to get a larger cut than other creators on the platform.
This was described to me as a “very talent-friendly deal”. #wwe #twitch
WWE News & Notes
WWE recently announced that they will be holding a new two-day tour of Mexico this July. These two house show events were announced to be taking place on July 22nd in Mexico City and July 23rd in Monterrey.
WWE also recently announced that they have expanded their current partnership deal with Fanatics. It was announced that Fanatics will assume operations of WWE’s global event merchandise business starting on May 1st and also be handling merchandise sales at WWE events.
WWE recently congratulated WWE backstage announcer Megan Morant for her completed run of under three hours at this past Monday’s Boston Marathon 2023 race. Morant recently reflected on Twitter about her marathon run stating “People ask me all the time why I run marathons. The two people hugging behind me sum it up perfectly. These moments are what life is all about. Working together to achieve something bigger than ourselves.“
In a recent interview with TheStreet.com, WWE NIL signees Hanna and Haley Cavinder’s agent Jeff Hoffman stated that the Cavinder Twins are currently scheduled to begin their training for their wrestling careers at WWE’s Performance Center this Spring.
As noted before, WWE recently announced that this year’s two-night WWE Draft will be taking place on April 28th on SmackDown and May 1st on RAW. Fightful Select reported that their sources stated that WWE officials scheduling this year’s WWE Draft to take place around the same time as this year’s NFL Draft was “not an accident.”
United States Football League team Michigan Panthers recently announced that Big E will be the emcee for all of their home games for this current season.
Fightful Select reported that their sources stated that WWE Executive Chairman Vince McMahon was not in attendance backstage at this past Monday’s RAW show in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Fightful Select also reported that WWE’s original plans for this past Monday’s RAW show included a backstage segment involving Damage CTRL that was scrapped for reasons not given.
PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that his sources stated that several talent currently feel paranoid over the future of their jobs in WWE since Vince McMahon’s return to the company this past January. These talents reportedly are mostly those who had been hired back to the company by WWE CCO Paul “Triple H” Levesque and are not being pushed at the moment. These talent reportedly currently feel that they will be relegated to the undercard for their careers in the company and also could end up at the top of the list when it comes to the next round of roster cuts.