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04/05/2016, 03:59 PM

Slam: Trish Stratus first woman to receive CAC's Iron Mike Award

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Courtesy SLAM! Wrestling / By Kari Williams

WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus has been on the cusp of movements her entire career -- from fitness modeling to pro wrestling and, most recently, yoga. And now being named the first woman to receive the Cauliflower Alley Club's Iron Mike Mazurki Award, she's again at center stage when "it seems to be the time for women to be in the spotlight."

Stratus, a seven-time WWE Women's Champion, said it's "pretty forward thinking" of the CAC to bestow her with the honor.

"I think for them to recognize the time has come to look outside the boy's club and really take a look at what the girls have done is awesome, and including me and to be getting this award now is a real honor," Stratus said, "and I'm excited because that was my whole goal while being in the industry was to change the preconceived notion of what a female can do in the wrestling world."

While the former Hardcore Champion will receive the award, she said it also recognizes those who have helped her along the way. Ron Hutchison, a member of the CAC board of directors and Stratus' trainer, said she is "extremely deserving" of the honor and her successes, which did not come by accident.

"It came through a ton of hard work, preparedness and smarts. Trish Stratus receives the Iron Mike Award because, quite simply, she deserves it," Hutchison said.

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