Vince McMahon has a rather bizarre relationship with the WWE fanbase, with him many times seemingly booking his shows with the sole purpose of ‘surprising’ the audience.
One show where the fans got the ending they were hoping for was WrestleMania XX, when both Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit closed out the night as the respective world champions of SmackDown and Raw.
However, one result on that show didn’t end as most had expected, and it was allegedly done specifically as a way to deny the fans that night.
WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus spoke to the Getting Over podcast about her storyline with Chris Jericho and Christian heading into the show, revealing that Jericho was originally set to win the match between he and Christian, but Vince McMahon changed the finished the night of the show.
“There are a couple of crazy things. I believe everything happens for a reason. During that storyline, it was supposed to be, the whole beginning of the storyline was for Chris Jericho and I to end up together and we were going to be Trishtopher, and we were this quirky Canadian comedy duo, which people get annoyed with but find endearing. That was supposed to be the whole thing.
“When Vince came to us, the night of WrestleMania, and said, ‘I think we’re going to change things up. We’re going to have…’ and he explained I would go heel. ‘What? This is so many months of storyline to get to this moment.’ We were excited about it. We thought fans wanted this, and they did, and that’s why he changed it. Fans wanted it so bad, he thought no one ever expected me to turn.
“For me, personally, it was a great moment and I was able to turn.”
Trish went on to explain how she believes the turn led to a positive for her, as it let her come into her own after Christian got injured.
“That was the first change that allowed for something positive. Christian ended up getting injured, I hate to say it, it helped my character because I wasn’t a side piece anymore, I was ‘the one.’ It was basically Jericho vs. Trish Stratus. The guys were fighting on my behalf, maybe Tomko would have a match, but the storyline was Trish and Jericho.
“It allowed me to grow as a heel, work alongside Jericho, who is amazing and I learned so much working in that capacity. It could have been really good, but I think everything happens for a reason. That was my best work as a heel, and my most enjoyable time, for sure. Who knows what it could have been had Christian continued, but it was what it was, and I think it worked out pretty good.”
Trish Stratus is set to make her return to the ring at this year’s WrestleMania event, teaming with Becky Lynch and Lita against Bayley, Dakota Kai and IYO SKY of Damage CTRL.
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