It seems fitting that Trish Stratus inducts Lita into the WWE Hall of Fame in a couple of weeks. After all, their wrestling careers are so tightly intertwined – they debuted in the company at roughly the same time, were each other’s biggest rival and both left the promotion within a few weeks of each other.
We have featured their final match against each other in a previous Retro, but we go even further back for this one. We travel all the way back to 2000, with both about six months into their run, and main eventing Raw as part of a mixed tag team match which had multiple stories crossing over.
Lita and Stratus had been feuding for a few months alongside their respective male tag teams of the Hardy Boyz and T&A, though their programme had taken on a life of its own. Meanwhile, Stratus was one of the catalysts for friction between Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley and saw Kurt Angle start to muscle in and make a move on Stephanie. Angle and HHH were trying to keep it civil in respect for Stephanie but were secretly wanting to tear each other apart – a situation exacerbated by them both being top contenders for The Rock‘s WWF Championship, with the trio squaring off in a triple threat match at that year’s SummerSlam.
This match is from the July 31, 2000 episode of Raw from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, with HHH being forced to team with Stratus as per a ruling by Commissioner Mick Foley against The Rock and Lita. It was originally meant to be The Game and Stephanie teaming up, but the Billion Dollar Princess had stormed out as part of an argument about Trish – she had caught her husband and Stratus in a compromising position last week as he was teaching her to escape a hammerlock.
Got all that? Right, let’s get on with the match.