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NXT UK Superstar and winner of the 2018 WWE MYC Toni Storm had a sit down interview with the Mirror to talk about being compared to Chris Jericho, what Triple H and Stephanie McMahon said to her after winning the Mae Young Classic, and her round-table conversation with Trish Stratus and Sasha Banks. Here are the highlights:

Ahead of WWE Evolution, you appeared on a WWE roundtable episode with Trish Stratus and Sasha Banks, hosted by Cathey Kelly. Was that a surreal experience? You seemed a little nervous – are you normally quite shy or was that moment just a bit overwhelming?

“Oh, to me it’s all like a weird dream now that I look back. I was sat there, doing an interview with the most popular women in wrestling. I couldn’t believe what was happening. It just all feels like a dream now and it felt like a dream at the time! But it was incredible, I’m so blessed that I got to have that experience. … [Laughs] Yeah. I’m normally … funnily enough I can be a little bit of a nervous person, I’m a bit shy sometimes, but that was ridiculous! I was sat there with Trish Stratus for God’s sake! It was insane. She is absolutely lovely, so is Sasha, and they made me feel very welcome and very accepted, so it was absolutely incredible.”

Backstage you posed for the now obligatory photo with Triple H, and in this case, Stephanie. What did they say to you after winning the Mae Young Classic?

“They just congratulated me and said they really enjoyed it. To be honest though, I was in a whole different world, I couldn’t believe what was going on around me and I couldn’t believe who was there. They were so nice – it was like no other experience ever.”

WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry had some very high praise for you, comparing you to Chris Jericho by highlighting your excellent energy, storytelling and selling, and saying you could be the next big thing in women’s wrestling. Thoughts?

“[Laughs] It’s just crazy isn’t it? I’m just little me, that pops along each day and tries my best, then I have such massive names saying such nice things about me. It’s so lovely for them to take the time out to watch me and praise my work. I can believe I have such big names praising me. He’s the World’s Loveliest Man. I thought that was one of the biggest compliments I’ve ever received because Chris Jericho is incredible, one of the biggest names of all time, and he’s been a huge inspiration for me, since I was a kid. To be compared to my idols is kind of surreal. I’m happy with that compliment, it’s the ‘World’s Strongest Compliment’ if you will!”

Toni Storm also talked about speaking Japanese and working with Meiko Satomura, Hiroyo Matsumoto, and Mia Yim. You may click here to read the full interview.

WWE Hall-of-Famers Trish Stratus and Lita recently sat down with Ring The Bellefor an interview and discussed many topics. Among them, Lita and Stratus heavily focused on their respective retirements, with Stratus retiring in September of 2006 and Lita in November of the same year. Stratus and Lita admitted that the conclusions to their accomplished careers were indeed planned in sync and they gave further explanation as to why their retirement angles were booked so different from one another.

Lita first appeared on WWE TV in February of 2000 and Stratus, in March of 2000. Both women began their WWE careers only one month apart and would ultimately retire just two months apart after their final matches in 2006. Lita confirmed that this was planned between them.

“We’ve done it. It was [something we talked to each other about]. We achieved any goals and more,” Lita confirmed.

Stratus retired from the ring after defeating Lita at WWE Unforgiven 2006. She retired as the reigning WWE Women’s Champion and it would grant her a 7th, record-setting WWE Women’s Championship. This is arguably a heroic end to a career that any superstar would want.

On the other hand, Lita would lose her retirement match and her WWE Women’s Championship to Mickie James at WWE Survivor Series 2006. Following the match, former WWE superstars Shad Gaspard and JTG, better known as Cryme Tyme, would interrupt Lita’s retirement speech to conduct a “ho sale”, where they auctioned off items to the audience like Lita’s Monistat, one of her sex toys, and even a pair of her panties to JBL. Lita begged for it to stop and looked mortified as she watched from inside the ring. Stratus and Lita discussed why the storylines leading up to their respective retirements were booked so different.

“I mean, I’ve always been the red-headed step child and it was not gonna end any different way. I was literally the red-headed, step child. It’s ok,” Lita said with a chuckle. “I’ve never been quiet about it. I was super uncool with it. I went up the chain. I went to the producers, I went to the writers, I went to Vince, I went back to the producers, back to the writers, back to Vince. It was a hard, ‘no’.”

Stratus would add, “Different characters, different storylines going in to it. Ours [Stratus’] was focused on our feud and on our rivalry as a babyface and you [Lita] retiring as a heel character.”

WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus spoke with Newsweek earlier this week and said she still wants the match with Alexa Bliss.

Bliss vs. Trish was originally announced for WWE Evolution but the match was changed to Trish and WWE Hall of Famer Lita vs. Bliss and Mickie James. Alicia Fox ended up replacing Bliss due to an injury and the Hall of Famers went over at last Sunday’s pay-per-view. Trish also praised Bliss after working with her on the build-up to Evolution.

“[Alexa] is very strong in the ring, with her promos kind of what my thing was. It would have been very special,” Trish said. “Who knows there’s still time, but working together these past few weeks has been a real pleasure to work with another athlete. She’s a great gal and she does amazing things in the ring.”

We noted before how WWE has plans to use Hall of Famers Trish Stratus and Lita in the future as big pay-per-view events like the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania. Word now is that WWE is already working on plans for Team Bestie in early 2019 as we go into WrestleMania 35 season.

WWE officials are reportedly planning on using Trish and Lita at WrestleMania 35, according to PWInsider. The idea is to use the two in a major tag team match but there’s no word yet on who their opponents might be.

Trish and Lita returned to the ring together at WWE Evolution on Sunday night, defeating Mickie James and Alicia Fox. They then worked a 10-woman match on RAW the next night, teaming with Natalya, Sasha Banks and Bayley to defeat Mickie, Fox and The Riott Squad. It’s believed that they will be back around towards the end of the year.

There’s obvious speculation on Trish and Lita being involved with the planned WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles, which are expected to be revealed soon. Stephanie McMahon spoke with Sky Sports last week and said we would see the titles “sooner rather than later” but she did not elaborate.

Earlier today, Cathy Kelley spoke with WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus, Sasha Banks, and Toni Storm in a WWE roundtable interview. All three women will be involved in Sunday’s Evolution PPV and talked about a wide range of topics, including Storm’s match against Io Shirai, Banks being an extra for WWE, and the chemistry Trish and Sasha had at this year’s Royal Rumble.

Kelley noted that Banks’ once said in an interview that her dream opponent was Stratus. Banks laughed as Stratus jokingly asked for her phone to call up Vince McMahon to ask for the match.

“You know what? We had that moment in the Rumble,” Stratus replied. “Didn’t really think that much about it, this moment is going to happen, there’s lots of people in there. And this moment was like, ‘Wow!’ The chemistry, you felt the chemistry and sometimes you just have that ‘je ne sais quoi,’ that’s French, you guys. [Laughs] … Sometimes you get in there with somebody you don’t know, ‘when so-and-so and I get in the ring, it’s just that thing,’ right? I felt it, oh man, it was delicious to me.”

Banks replied that she “wanted the match so bad.” Stratus noted that even now when she does fan conventions that’s the biggest things fans talk to her about.

“Even when I do appearances, that’s all they say, people just want to see it,” Stratus said. “So, I don’t know, it would be like ‘legit stratusfaction.'”

On Sunday, Stratus will be teaming up with Lita against Mickie James and Alicia Fox, while Banks will be with Natalya and Bayley against The Riott Squad.

Alexa Bliss’ third Raw Women’s Championship ended at SummerSlam by Ronda Rousey, after winning it from Nia Jax at Money in the Bank. Following her loss, Bliss was a part of the Connecticut Open, and was interviewed by the CT Post to share her thoughts on losing to the “Baddest Woman on the Planet.”

“My thing on the whole situation is if there’s anyone that had to take the title from me at least it was Ronda Rousey,” Bliss said. “Not many people can say they had their first big title loss to Ronda Rousey. I guess I’m OK.”

Bliss also commented on when she will use her rematch clause. As shown on Raw, the “mandatory” rematch clause has been somewhat modified. Paul Heyman suggested that Brock Lesnar use his rematch against Roman Reigns at Hell in a Cell. However, Kurt Angle declined his request, stating it would be a long time before Lesnar gets his rematch. This is much different from the typical automatic approval of rematch clauses seen over the past few years.

Since she lost handily to Rousey at SummerSlam, Bliss now said that she is “preparing” for a rematch.

“But I do have a rematch clause that I get to invoke at any point,” said Bliss. “Every champion is entitled to a rematch. I am preparing for that. I don’t know when it’s going to happen. She’s going to hold the title for now, but she’s not going to hold it for long.”

Following her loss at SummerSlam, Bliss went to Twitter and stated that Rousey winning the Raw Women’s Championship was “beginner’s luck.” Despite losing to Rousey, Bliss has a very tough task approaching her, as she will be facing WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus at the inaugural Evolution on October 28. Bliss commented on facing Stratus at the all women’s pay-per-view.

“It’s very exciting,” said Bliss. “I have always loved Trish. I always watched Trish growing up. I actually got to meet her for the first time at the Women’s World Rumble Match. I wasn’t able to be part of it because I was holding a title at the time. I’m really excited to be in the ring with her, to have this match with an idol. I really want to work with Trish. I’ve worked hard for this. It might be a little harder to get mad and mean at Trish.”

Bliss added that she has to “flip the switch,” to get in a mean-spirited mindset in preparation to face Stratus, because it is totally different than who she is in real life.

RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss spoke with The Mirror to promote Sunday’s WWE SummerSlam match against Ronda Rousey. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

Her match with Rousey having potential to headline SummerSlam:

“You have the five-time WWE Champion going up against a UFC Hall of Famer. Why not let it be the main event? I do I believe that with the women’s evolution going the way it is, then why not? But if not, then it is still great that I get to have a match with Ronda, who is making her SummerSlam debut.”

Her two years on the main roster and wanting to headline WrestleMania:

“It has been an amazing two years at the WWE and I am very fortunate with the opportunities that I have been given. I am looking forward to seeing women evolve and now I am ready to keep our division going. But for me, the ultimate goal is to main event WrestleMania. That is the big one and is on all of the women’s bucket lists. It really is and would be the epitome of what this evolution is. I am also just happy to help continuing to elevate the women’s evolution.”

Which WWE Hall of Famer she would want to face at the all-women’s Evolution pay-per-view in October:

“Trish Stratus, because I watched her when I was growing up and was one person I would love to get in the ring with. I always watched her and think it would be fun to be in the ring with her.”