Courtesy Toronto Sun / By Jan Murphy
She's arguably the most popular women's wrestler in the history of professional wrestling, but there is no arguing that Toronto's Trish Stratus is the most decorated woman in the sport's storied history.
Stratus, born in Toronto in 1975, is the only woman to become World Wrestling Entertainment history to become WWE Women's Champion seven times, she is the youngest to be inducted into the WWE's hall of fame and this weekend in Las Vegas, she will be the first woman to receive the Cauliflower Alley Club's prestigious "Iron" Mike Mazurki Award.
Stratus, who retired from active wrestling a decade ago and has gone on to build an entrepreneurial empire in her home town, will receive the honour from her longtime friend and trainer, Toronto's Ron Hutchison.
"I'm still waiting for someone to be ribbing me," Stratus quipped during a telephone interview when asked about the honour. "It's crazy. When Ron Hutchison gave me the news, I was like 'Are you kidding me?' I don't even know what to say. I'm completely humbled by it. I think it's very forward thinking of them to do this," she said of the CAC, which has handed out the honour for more than 50 years.