The wildest Divas matches of all time

Trish Stratus vs. Victoria in a Hardcore Match: Survivor Series (Nov. 17, 2002)

Trish Stratus wasn’t handed anything. When the former fitness model arrived in WWE as a valet for the team of Test & Albert in 2000, she was looked at as a bit of eye candy. But by the time the Toronto native retired from WWE in 2006, she’d become a record seven-time Women’s Champion and, arguably, the most popular female competitor in WWE history.

How’d it happen? Tenacity, mostly. Stratus was never afraid of a challenge, which she proved at Survivor Series 2002 when she defended her Women’s Title against the dangerous Victoria in a Hardcore Match. Any WWE fan who dismissed Trish as little more than a bikini model was in for a shock as the Diva fought back against every trash can lid, kendo stick and baking sheet thrown her way. (WATCH)

Stratus ultimately lost that night, but she left with the WWE Universe’s respect. It wasn’t earned — it was taken.