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Q&A: Trish Stratus Discusses Armed and Famous — The Experience, The Cancellation, and More

By February 3, 2007

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I chatted with former WWE wrestler Trish Stratus about Armed and Famous, the reality show on which Trish and four other celebs went on patrol as police officers in Muncie, Indiana. Here are five questions with Trish Stratus.

Q: What are your feelings about the cancellation of Armed and Famous?
A: The death of Armed and Famous is courtesy of American Idol. We went up against American Idol and obviously, the numbers just weren't there. That's what they based the cancellation on, which is unfortunate. I find everybody really loved the show...I think it was just a numbers thing. We had four episodes that aired. We had two more to go, so at least we made it more than half way through.

Q: What did you take away from the experience?
A: It was amazing. It was an eye opening experience. I learned a lot about myself and my determination. We walked into an entirely new world that we didn't know how to tackle. It was really awesome to learn stuff and take all this new information and really conquer something different. Also, I really have a new respect for police officers, understanding even as a rookie what they go through. They have so many facets to their job. My very first call out there was a house fire....I had to walk the family through their house and they were crying on my shoulder. You don't realize that you are the grief counselor in that situation. I was first on the scene where a baby wasn't breathing and we had to have someone perform CPR. So you have to be the medic. You write a ticket for someone, you have to go to court and articulate why you gave the ticket. So, you have to be a lawyer. It was amazing how much they do. I don't think people realize how much work goes into their work. Not to mention the fact that they put their bodies on the line every night that they go out there and leave their family every night... I learned so much.

Q: Would you visit Muncie , Indiana again?
A: For sure. I made some wonderful friends there through the police department. I think when we all went in there, all of us felt like we had to prove ourselves. And not to blame them. They were kind of pessimistic about the entire thing. And we worked our hardest and put our soul and heart into everything we did so that we could prove to the department that we took it seriously. By the end, we had completely won them over but mostly because of our hard work and dedication. And we made great friends because we really spent every day together for over forty days. It was a good time, good friends, and I think I would want to go back and see them...

Q: How much time did you spend with the other celebs?
A: ...The first two weeks was intense, 18-hour days. No day off. We did all training. We did the training together, learning curves together, and at the end of the day we bitched about how tired we were together. Pardon my French. On the first day we talked about "Were you scared like I was?," because I was really scared on my first day. So all of that stuff we went through together. When we were on patrol, we were in the car with our partner, so we really didn't interact with anybody on the road. [But we would meet] at a cafe, which was a 24-hour-diner. We would sort of discuss our night, and have a hot chocolate, which made me fat by the end of it. But we got to discuss our night and stuff, which was really cool.

Q: What's next for your career?
A: I retired from wrestling the middle of September last year. I got married at the end of September to my high school sweetheart. We waited basically for my whole wrestling career to be over with because I was on the road for seven years. And we finally got married and built a new house. We put off our honeymoon because we were moving. We were just getting settled into our new life and our new home and I get a call to go to Muncie, Indiana. So I kind of spent my honeymoon in Muncie, without my husband. My priority right now is to enjoy my husband and then I'll come back and see what offers are on my desk and move forward with something really fun.

For more Trish Stratus, visit her official website at www.trishstratus.com.


February 4, 2007 at 5:17 pm
(1) darshanie says:

cbs or hi should air amred and famous because it was a really good reality tv show i ever seen in a while. they should even have a season 2 of armed and famous. trish stratus makes a good star.

February 6, 2007 at 2:25 pm
(2) CleansingSaint says:

I really like this show! It is a shame it has been taken off. The people were true and honest. Not like some reality shows. Is there some way to get it back on? This was better than cops, anyday. Shame on the people who took it off!

February 14, 2007 at 3:44 pm
(3) Whistle Blower says:

Ken Harrison was Charged by prosecutor Kaiser Cheboygan Michigan for Counterfeiting [Harrison Printed One $100.00 bill Gerrity soled It from Harrison's house and tried to spend It] for one picture of child porn that was on Harrison’s Computer dated 2002[Harrison Purchased the Computer In 2004] and Charged with CFC 4th Degree.How this all started was Harrison called Police to turn In a Poster that was the Property of A. Gerrity. The Poster featured Aura Lee Sturgen’s 14 year Old Daughter It was determined that Mom took the pictures.So the two[Sturgen&Gerrity] were held In child porn Investigation two felony sex crimes. So Mom[Sturgen] could get off her charges In Retaliation Sturgen’s Daughter Best Friend[Nickole] Turned on Harrison and made up the touching.prosecutor Kaiser let Sturgen off the hook In trade for that.Now Gerrity told prosecutor Kaiser that he will testify against Harrison In trade for his[Gerrity] freedom prosecutor Kaiser went for It.Gerrity did perjure himself on the stand when he talked about a alleged $100.00 that Harrison owed to his self Ven #1B3XC5631PD133004 1993 DODGE FOUR DOOR All of prosecutor Kaiser Witness Had Charges that went away. Harrison Attorney has been on the job for 3 years that would be George Tschirhart. Harrison was found guilty for counterfeiting and waiting In jail for Jury Trial on other Charges. Harrison tried to call his Attorney[Tschirhart] for weeks so did his Mother. One day Out of the Blue Attorney Tschirhart spends two hours with Harrison and talks him In to Pleading Guilty to the Child Porn that was on Harrison’s Computer So .prosecutor Kaiser will Drop the CFC Charges. When all of this was coming at Harrison Harrison Told SGT NIGHTINGALE of the Michigan State Police I will take a Lie Detector test to proof my honesty.SGT NIGHTINGALE would not give him one because he did not want to know the truth.So prosecutor Kaiser Lets two Real Child Porn people off and never charges Gerrity for perjure?and Attorney George Tschirhart Is allowed to still be a Attorney? SGT NIGHTINGALE Is still Putting Honest people behind Bars or covering up Catherine M. Castagne’s Crimes by keeping her out of the system? This Is Justice? Kennith Harrison who was In the Michigan Cheboygan County Jail Inmate Number 14021 On his way to Jackson Prison Jackson Michigan Is a NON VIOLENT Prisoner who suffers from the medical conditions of;Nerve Damage-Foot Drop;suppose to take Vicidin ES,Sleep Disorder-Sleep Apena;use Bi-Pap unit & Sleeping Pills Spinal Bifida-use tens unit Diabetic-take pills morning & Evening Need Glasses Hard to read Lose tooth & One Cracked One In Half Re accruing Cellulites-Heart Arithma take Verapamil 80mg Depression take Zoloft 600mg 3 times a day High Blood Pressure Metoproolol 50mg 1 pr day Dizzy Spells from Diabetes, Foot Infection. Morbid Obesity.Subject Has both Foot and Ear Infection Currently.I think Harrison would be a 100% Candidate for your release or non-violent Incarcerated. Could you Please Consider Harrison If not for Him self for His Mother Grand Mother and Family Harrison Is Indigent

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