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Trish Stratus Dog Barking Segment Brought Up During Linda McMahon Debate

Former Connecticut Rep. Chris Shays took aim at U.S. Senate frontrunner Linda McMahon and the content of WWE programming several times during an hour-long Republican debate at the University of Connecticut Thursday, saying that the wrestling organization’s stories are the real “war on women.” At two points, he referred to McMahon’s husband, Vince McMahon, making a woman—Trish Stratus—remove her clothing and bark like a dog during a skit.

“I think when you force a woman to take off all her clothes in an arena, and get down on the ground and bark like a dog, I think that’s assault on women,” said Shays.

“You can’t talk about you’re a job creator without talking about the jobs you created,” he told reporters after the debate, adding how McMahon has no answers to his criticism. Shays also referenced stories of WWE wrestlers who have died young, which have been widely attributed to the use of performance-enhancing drugs. McMahon, however, steered away from his WWE-related criticism to focus on her job plans.

“I’m very proud of the company that I have helped grow, from the point of time when my husband and I shared a desk,” said McMahon. “I’m proud of the jobs that I have created here in Connecticut, and I’m proud of the millions of dollars that we have put into the economy here in our state.”

“A job creator?” Shays responded. “Hugh Hefner is a job creator. I don’t want Hugh Hefner being there, and I don’t want Linda McMahon being there.”

Additional details from the debate are available here.

  • Soulja17

    I think what Jackass Shays need to think about when making such a stupid statement is no.1 that was an entertainment skit and Trish agreed to do it. If he wants to bash wwe for that then he should bash the U.S. Government for making women take off their clothes and treat people like dogs in airports!

  • Maxwell

    If I was Linda, I would have got on my fours, and started barking, and say “Now you guys can’t run, or win the elections, you made me do porn”

  • Once You Go Bryan, There’s No Point In Tryin


    I’m sure the Trish Stratus dog barking skit came directly from something Vince had to do in the bedroom.

  • Wife Beater 3:16

    It’s still real to him dammi!

  • Maxwell

    Did they make Linda bark like a dog?

  • sepulz

    Trish Stratus! All I gotta say dog is SHUCKIE DUCKIE QUACK QUACK!

  • The Madness

    Shays, you do know wrestling is fake, right??? *face/palm*

    Linda didn’t “force” trish stratus to bark like a dog. Vince and the writers put a script together for a segement.

    It’s still real to me damnit.

  • Little Jimmy

    If politicians want Linda to have an epic fail. Two words, Katie Vick.

  • Buttercastle

    It surprises me that politicians don’t realize that wrestling isn’t a reality show.