June 26, 2016

Trish Stratus on The Brand Extension, Smackdown Going Live, Natalya's Heel Turn and More

Scott Fishman recently interviewed WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus for Channel Guide Mag to promote her new movie, Gridlocked. Below are some highlights:

WWE bringing back the brand extension:

"I think it's a great move. There is just so much talent right now. They need the two platforms to allow them to develop the talent and help shape these characters. With so many talented Superstars on the roster, you can't have them waiting in the wings forever. Because of NXT and the opportunity they have been given to grow at the Performance Center, there are many ready to go right now. I know when I was there and we had the brand split, there was excitement within the roster. There is so much more potential for opportunity and with the two brands, interesting things can happen, like the Draft became an interesting element for the fans."

SmackDown going live:

"Moving to live is going to be good, too. I know when I was on Raw, I don't know if it was an internal thing, but that was seen as the A-show. There is nothing like a live performance for the fans and for the performers. I think that combination will be a positive thing."

Lita working with NXT talent:

“I’ve always been a fan of veteran work,” she said. “To me, if you don’t have a veteran working with you that really understands you and cares about what you’re doing it’s never going to work. You need someone in your corner. For me, personally I feel like the success I had was because I had people in my corner that had been in the game before, understood the game and advised me accordingly. They really cared about my progression. I think Amy brings that to the girls.”

Nattie’s heel turn:

“This is going to be so good for her. Look, she has waited patiently for a long time, playing the game, waiting for her shot. If she can bring some of that out in this heel turn, it will be good and fans will resonate with it because there will be truth behind it and it is genuine. A successful character or storyline is a success when it has a bit of realism it draws from. I’m excited. That is going to be so refreshing for her character. I have to watch what happens with that”

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