The following is a new interview with Trish Stratus from WWE.com:
WWE.COM: Trish, at Elimination Chamber, you took it upon yourself to come down to the ring. Want to tell us a little about that?
TRISH STRATUS: Iâ€™m joining Booker T as one of the Tough Enough trainers, so he asked me to come down to Elimination Chamber so he could make the announcement on live TV.
WWE.COM: So, why did you feel the need to come down to the ring and help Kelly Kelly? Is it a friendship with Kelly, a dislike for Vickie Guerrero and Lay-Cool, or both?
STRATUS: Lay-Cool irks me a bit. Theyâ€™ve been running their mouths off, so I thought Iâ€™d show them whoâ€™s â€œtough enough.â€ [laughs]
Thereâ€™s just a little rule to take away [from tonightâ€™s experience]: Whenever I come to a WWE event â€“ although I am retired â€“ I should always, always have my wrestling boots. When you wear heels and you try to be a Diva, itâ€™s not a good thing, as we saw this evening when I tripped up ap a little bit. Hey, Iâ€™m retired. I tried to deliver some Stratusfaction, and Iâ€™m a little bit rusty.[laughs]
WWE.COM: What a perfect segue. You are retired, but youâ€™re still very, very busy. I visit TrishStratus.com often, and it always seems like you have more going on. What are you doing right now?
STRATUS: I have been keeping busy. The latest thing that Iâ€™m very excited about is this action film I did, called Bail Enforcers. I was doing some stunts â€“ I actually did all my own stunts, which was so much fun, I just had a blast doing it â€“ and thereâ€™s a little â€œleakâ€ of the footage on my website, so you can see a little snippet of the film there.
WWE.COM: And howâ€™s your yoga studio doing?
STRATUS: Stratusphere Yoga Studio [stratusphereyoga.com], in the suburbs just north of Toronto, is doing very well. It started out with women coming in and doing yoga, but now Iâ€™m seeing athletes come in, like the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Argonauts. I think [yoga has] become more mainstream. More athletes are talking about how it has helped them and their careers, so itâ€™s nice to see that more and more people are accepting of yoga.
Things have gone so well, in fact, that Iâ€™ve actually parlayed my yoga studioâ€™s success into a fitness and yoga product line. â€œStratusphere Livingâ€ is what Iâ€™m developing right now, and we will actually be launching in retailers across Canada in the fall. Everything from yoga mats to blocks, you name it.
Iâ€™m developing my own style of workout as well. I found that doing yoga for so many years, it did wonderful things to my body, but I was losing a little bit of strength and conditioning. So, I started integrating some resistance movements with it, and I started doing Stratusphere Yoga, my own style of yoga fitness. Iâ€™m going to be doing a DVD on it, and I want you, Joey Styles, to be doing it with me.
WWE.COM: Is there anything else youâ€™d like to tell the WWE Universe, Trish?
STRATUS: Just to come see me at TrishStratus.com, and on Twitter @TrishStratuscom. Plus, I think we should have the world premiere of my Bail Enforcers trailer on WWE.com.
WWE.com: Consider it done.
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