TRISH STRATUS has been named the 2016 “Iron” Mike Award winner. The women’s wrestling icon becomes first female ever to win this award.
Write-up courtesy of CAC Board Member Ron Hutchison:
“On behalf of the Cauliflower Alley Club, it’s Board and Executive Board members, it is with great pride and respect that I am very pleased to announce that TRISH STRATUS has been unanimously named the recipient of the 2016 “Iron” Mike Mazurki Award!
It is the very first time in the prestigious 51 year history of the club that the “Iron” Mike Award has been presented to a woman. With women now more than ever taking to the forefront and, in many cases, leading the way in all sorts of endeavors be it politics, sports, science, entertainment and just about anything else you can name it’s fitting that Trish becomes the CAC’s first ever female “Iron” Mike award winner as Trish had shot to the forefront of the women’s professional wrestling industry and, in the process, made wrestling history in very short order since her year 2000 debut.
As well as being named the World Wrestling Federation’s Diva of the Decade, this Canadian bombshell went on to win the organization’s Hardcore Championship and held the WWE Women’s Wrestling Championship a record 7 times and in doing so cemented her legacy in the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame.
As a wrestler, fitness model, fitness guru, actress and television personality Trish’s talent, work ethic and beauty is known worldwide. She has graced the cover of no less than an astounding 100 magazines and is strongly committed to giving back to the community. She is passionate about her charity work and using her celebrity to benefit others.
As the recipient of the 2016 Iron Mike Award Trish makes history, yet again! At the 2016 CAC gathering in Las Vegas, reunion goers will see what I have been fortunate enough to bear witness to for a very long time; you’d have to search long and hard to find anybody, male or female, as passionate, as focused, as endearing, as hard-working or as deserving as TRISH STRATUS.”
Beth Phoenix, a 2015 honoree of the CAC, sends along her congratulations as well:
“Trish set the bar for a generation of young women wanting to be more than garnish for the men. She became an attraction in the business and remained the classy savvy business woman that she always has been. Trish helped many up and comers find their place including myself. She deserves this honor and I am thrilled that Trish is being recognized by the CAC.”
Gail Kim, another 2015 honoree of the CAC, sends along these thoughts:
“Trish was my earliest memory when I became a fan of wrestling again. The era that influenced my decision to become a pro wrestler. She was not only beautiful but became someone to look up to and it was truly an honor to have worked with one of the best so early in my career.”
The Cauliflower Alley Club congratulates Trish Stratus on her historical CAC honor and welcomes her into “The Ring of Friendship.