Wrestling Flashback: Lita vs. Trish Stratus, 12-6-2004
My friend Christen texted me today to say she was watching WWE Smackdown & was enjoying the Divas match. I of course referred her to a video of one of my favorite matches of all time: Lita vs. Trish Stratus on Monday Night Raw, Dec. 6, 2004.
For my money, Lita & Trish Stratus are the best WWE Divas of all time. They had the whole package: The looks, the attitude, and by god, they could wrestle. And this match was hands down their best work.
The build up to the match was great, with Lita fighting and clawing for a title shot after being out for a year due to neck surgery. The match itself was brutal. Lita took a nasty spill to the outside that had me out of my chair thinking she’d just broken her neck again. Before the match, especially with it taking place in Lita’s home state of North Carolina, I was happy to see that they were making it the main event. After it was over, it was clear why. Six years later, this match still sticks with me.
This is not only the best women’s match of all time, it was the best match of 2004, and an amazing example of telling a story in the ring.