(August 5, 2008)
Trish Stratus is on the move! Join the seven-time WWE international wrestling champion as she travels the globe in search of the most exotic locations and daring physical challenges in the new Travel + Escape original series Stratusphere, premiering Monday, Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT. Whether it's glima wrestling in Iceland, muay thai boxing in Thailand, reindeer racing in Norway or paragliding in the Himalayas, Stratus is up for the challenge – armed with an insatiable sense of adventure and an uncommonly high pain threshold.
Along with her seven-time world champion wrestling status – a Guinness World Record – Stratus is also a three-time "WWE Babe of the Year", was proclaimed "Diva of the Decade" and is one of the most successful women in professional wrestling. A true Canadian talent, Stratus is renowned for her work as a fitness model, a yoga-studio owner and respected television personality who continues to turn heads and win the hearts of millions of fans worldwide.
Episodes from Stratusphere include:
Stratusphere: "Kalarippayat (Sword Fighting) in South India"
Monday, Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Arriving in Kochi, India Stratus learns the ancient martial art of kalarippayat where stick fighting progresses to brandishing metal swords.
Stratusphere: "Vo Binh Dinh Wrestling in Vietnam"
Monday, Sept. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Located on the stunningly scenic West Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam Stratus embarks on her next athletic adventure. This time Stratus shows off her athletic prowess as she learns the traditional Vietnamese martial art called vo binh dinh.
Stratusphere: "Bungee Jumping in Bali"
Monday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Stratus visits Bali, Indonesia – also known as the Island of the Gods – where she tackles an intimidating treetop ropes course before bungee jumping from a 45-metre high tower at Kuta beach.
Stratusphere: "Paragliding in North India"
Monday, Sept. 22 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Travelling from Delhi, Stratus journeys to the Indian state of Uttarakhand with an appetite for adventure and learns to paraglide high above this unique part of the Northern Himalayas.
Stratusphere: "Pecak Silat Fighting in Central Java"
Monday, Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
In Indonesia Stratus visits the island of Java where she learns about the fighting art of Pencak Silat.
Stratusphere: "Glima Viking Wrestling in Iceland"
Monday, Oct. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Once home to Iceland's first shipping company, Stratus settles in the city of Reykjavik where she challenges a local champion to a glima wrestling match – the ancient sport of the Vikings and the current national sport of Iceland.
Stratusphere: "Maori Fighting Arts and Sailing in New Zealand"
Monday, Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
In Auckland, New Zealand Stratus learns to sail while aboard an America's Cup sailboat.
Stratusphere: "Muay Thai Boxing in Thailand"
Monday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Put to the ultimate physical test, Stratus studies the most lethal form of martial arts, muay thai boxing in Thailand where she must learn this ancient technique quickly so that she can go five rounds in the ring with a highly experienced muay thai fighter.
Stratusphere: "Reindeer Racing in Norway"
Monday, Oct. 27 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
If they are good enough for Santa they're good enough for Stratus! In Oslo, Norway Stratus begins her arctic adventure in Alta, a town north of the Arctic Circle where she learns reindeer racing from the Indigenous Sami people.
Stratusphere: "Meke Dancing in Fiji"
Monday, Nov. 3 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Stratus visits the island of Fiji where she learns the traditional meke dance, watches a fire dancing performance, visits a traditional Fijian village, and builds a bilibili (traditional raft), on which she carefully floats down the Sigatoka River.
Stratusphere is produced by Suddenly SeeMore...Productions Inc. Since its inception in 1993, Suddenly SeeMore...Productions Inc. has created and launched five series and over two dozen documentaries for a variety of broadcast clients and specializes in travel, adventure, documentary and reality television.
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