It did that. What it didn’t deliver was an end to their story. The Hall of Famer and The Man couldn’t keep their fight in the ring, which resulted in a double count-out. That allowed Stratus’ protege Zoey Stark to get involved (she was banned from ringside, not the the arena concourse) for a beatdown after the bell.
Mostly though, it ensuring a program that started back in February will stretch until at least next Monday — and more likely until Sept. 2 when the Payback premium live event happens in Pittsburgh.
On-screen authority figure Adam Pearce told Trish & Zoey that whenever Stratus/Lynch III (or IV, if you count last month’s five second disqualification) happens, it will be in a steel cage.
Her character may not be excited about this development, but the woman who’s been playing Trish Stratus for twenty-plus years is. She told fellow Canadian Patric LaPrade last month that wrestling in a steel cage was on her bucket list, as its something WWE never even considered letting the women of her era do:
“I never had a cage match! And it doesn’t matter the type of cage. The one without a roof, a Hell in a Cell or an Elimination Chamber. There were so many things we weren’t allowed to do back then. I remember I was hit with a chair once and everyone was freaking out. And I was like, God, can you just hit me with a chair! So now I want a cage!”
The journey to it certainly was a bumpy one, but at least WWE is giving Trish what she wants.