– It is believed that the concept of the 25-Diva Battle Royal at WrestleMania was born out of the big reaction Trish Stratus received when they were in Toronto for Raw last December. They figured to follow it up with her at the annual show, under the guise of bringing a number of female performers back.
Unfortunately for company officials, Stratus, Amy “Lita” Dumas and Wendi Richter — the three big names they wanted to bring back — all declined. In Richter’s case, it is believed that at her age, she didn’t want to be put in a position to be embarrassed body wise by being compared to the women of today. Richter is 47 years old and understandably looks nothing like she how she used to look during her heyday in the mid-1980s.
Stratus must have peeved some people off during negotiations as there were some negative things said about the seven-time Women’s Champion amongst management during WrestleMania weekend over her not being there.