Rare: When John Cena and Trish Stratus Joined Forces on WWE Raw

Published 10/18/2021, 9:56 AM EDT


WWE has always had a comprehensive list of moments to present to their viewers. The industry is never short of entertainment. They align their matches in a way so that more and more people are attracted to their business.

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Such a moment happened on December 22, 2008. In a segment of Raw, a mixed tag team match took place, and for this, a WWE Hall of Famer made her comeback.

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Why did John Cena and Trish Stratus come together?

In July 2018, Santino Marella, the Canadian superstar, challenged Beth Phoenix for a one-on-one match. Later he was defeated, and both made a tag team called ‘Glamarella.’

Both superstars also went on to win individual titles at SummerSlam 2008. Marella won the Intercontinental championship while Phoenix won the WWE women’s championship.

The WWE Universe loved the tag team and, therefore, they continued their run for some time. In a segment of Raw, while Marella and Phoenix were addressing the WWE Universe, John Cena entered and challenged them for a mixed tag team match.

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Let’s see whom Cena chose as his partner.

Return of the Legend: “WWE Diva of the Decade” Trish Stratus

Trish Stratus, one of the greatest female performers in WWE, made her comeback after two years to partner with John Cena. The Glamarella was in shock at seeing Stratus return. While the WWE Universe was ecstatic to see the legendary superstar return.

The classic match packed with iconic superstars of the franchise came out as a blockbuster. It was the main event of Raw. Cena and Marella started well and even gathered some momentum.

Trish and Phoenix competed admirably and Stratus even hit Phoenix with her famous move, chick kick. Finally, Cena slammed Marella with his finisher ‘Attitude Adjustment’, and pinned him for a win.

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This was certainly one of the most entertaining mixed tag team segments in WWE history. And since then, people have been waiting to see such a legendary pairing happen again in the WWE.

History of Mixed Tag Team Matches in WWE

This was not the only mixed tag team match in WWE. Many other memorable matches of this kind have also taken place in the industry. Some of these fascinating matches are mentioned below.

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  • The Great Khali & Layla vs. Antonio Cesaro & Aksana: SmackDown, July 6, 2012.
  • Daniel Bryan & AJ vs. The Miz & Eve; AJ accepts Bryan’s marriage proposal: Raw, July 16, 2012.
  • John Cena & Becky Lynch vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega: SmackDown LIVE, 1 January 2019.
  • John Cena & Nikki Bella vs. The Miz & Maryse: WrestleMania 33, 2 April 2017

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Varun Aggarwal

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Varun is a WWE and AEW writer at EssentiallySports. Varun completed his Bachelors in Computer Science and is an ardent fan of Wrestling and motorsports. Varun has been following WWE for more than 15 years and his favorite wrestler is John Cena.

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