Saturday, January 17, 2009


Trish Stratus has called Victoria’s retirement from the WWE the end of an era. I am inclined to agree. Former WWE star Stratus was writing on her WWE Universe blog and said Victoria’s departure was the last of a group of women who "collectively raised the bar in women’s wrestling."As Victoria herself stated on her MySpace - "It's been announced on, so I guess I should address it. This Friday's Smackdown is my last match with WWE. I started with the company in 2000. I have had so many once in a lifetime experiences. It's been incredible. I was part of an era in Women's Professional Wrestling that will never be duplicated again.

Choosing to leave was a very difficult decision. I think many of my colleagues considered me a "lifer". That is, they thought I'd be with WWE until I was old and grey. But I was not happy with the oppurtunities that were available to me within WWE. And at the end of the day, there are thousands and thousands of women who would kill or die for the chance to be a WWE Diva. It isn't right for me to fill that spot if my heart weren't in it.

And I didn't make a rash decision to walk away. On many occasions I pushed for the Victoria that I'd want to watch. But we were on different pages. I respect their decisions, and they are their decisions to make. Being with WWE is very time consuming. And again, with where we were at, I would rather spend more time at home."

She spoke again on WWE Fan Nation - "I referenced one of my favorite movies on my MySpace blog...Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the original, not the creepy new version). For me, a nine year career with WWE was winning the Golden Ticket. I got to experience the magical inner workings of the WWE. I had numerous once-in-a-lifetime experiences. I was a contributor to a special time in Women's Wrestling. I earned the respect of the Women that built this business. Women like the Fabulous Moolah, and Sensational Sherri.

It was with the help of women wrestlers who have my eternal respect, like Jazz, Molly Holly, Lita, Trish, Ivory, Chyna, Jaqueline, and so many more...all who have moved on before me. And I hope I earned their respect. "

For what it's worth... she certainly gained mine.

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