JOPPA, Md. – For Jessika Heiser, a big reason she decided to become a professional wrestler came on Dec. 6, 2004.
It was on that date that she saw a WWE Raw episode in which two females – Lita and Trish Stratus – wrestled each other in the main event. Unlike many matches involving females, the pair performed many high risk maneuvers, including dives from the rink to the concrete floor.
Heiser said she knew that she wanted to one day follow their path into the ring; something the 23-year-old has accomplished as a regular with Maryland Championship Wrestling.
“At the time, I thought how kick [butt] it was for women to be rocking the main event of the night, but I appreciate it so much more now that I’m trying to get there,” said Heiser, known as Jessie Kaye in MCW.
Heiser didn’t realize at the time just how similar a path she would follow compared to one of the wrestlers in that match.
Get ready Toronto. We can officially announce today that Trish Stratus and Lita will heading north in August.
Celebrating their 19th year, Fan Expo Canada will host Team Bestie among a huge line-up of guests at the largest convention in Canada. Names includes legendary comic creator Stan Lee, stars of The Walking Dead, stars of Napoleon Dynamite and horror icon Robert Englund better known as Freddy Kruger.
The show which will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre starts Thursday August 28th and runs until Sunday August 31st. Team Bestie will be attending all four days.
Photos from an upcoming photoshoot have recently surfaced online and it is now revealed that Amy will be featured in a future issue of Sexy Ink Magazine:
BTS with Lita for the next issue of Sexy Ink. Photo Digital Icon Photography – My Amah-zing team on set with the WWE Diva Lita! we killed it today! Thank you ladies I couldn’t have done it without you!!! Ladyjesus Rumpelstiltskin Veronica Fensel Majelle Diamond Kim Mc Fadyen Broadway Nikki Boglin Lita – Sexy Ink
G couldn’t make it so we made him a sign, hehehe! Not gonna lie, didn’t know what to expect from today. But I can tell you that the beautiful MsLita was so chill and just generally bad ass that it was a complete pleasure to interview her for SexyInk Magazine. Studio Icon team rocked it today ya’ll!!!
Trish Stratus and Amy “Lita” Dumas hit the road this past weekend for the first stop of their ‘Team Bestie Tour”. The platinum attraction at the Legends of the Ring convention this past Saturday was the first in a series of appearances by the two WWE Hall of Famers.
Held in Monroe, New Jersey (just outside of New York City), Legends saw hundreds of fans line up for Team Bestie, a sold out event which included an up-close and personal meet and greet. Right off the bat the signing had a different feel than a typical autograph signing. Gone was the table barrier, along with the awkward lean-over photo opp. With the promoters, Trish and Amy created a uniquely personal fan experience allowing each person several minutes, with enough time to get their items signed and to have a chat. Some even got hugs.
While in town for appearances, Amy appeared on Canada’s Breakfast Television and the Ace Burpee Show where she discussed her wrestling career, her Hall of Fame induction, and more. Click below to watch the respective interviews.
Legends of the Ring, LLC is extremely proud to present, appearing for the first time ever, 2013 Hall of Famer Trish Stratus. Alongside Trish will be the newest female WWE Superstar inducted into the Hall of Fame Class of 2014 – Lita, for a joint autograph session, Saturday June 7, 2014 in Monroe, NJ.
Arguably the greatest female rivalry in WWE history, Stratus and Amy ‘Lita’ Dumas dazzled audiences across the globe, even achieving rare status as main eventers on Raw. Since their retirement in 2006, the two multi-time Women’s Champions and WWE Hall of Famers have remained best friends??”When you spend so much time with someone – travelling across highways and overseas – and work so closely with them, you can’t help but find friendship,” Amy said. “We’ve been talking for years about doing a co-signing session and this is the perfect opportunity. This is going to be an awesome experience for our fans.”??Trish inducted Lita into the WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania 30 celebrations in New Orleans.
“Coming off one of our biggest shared moments at Hall of Fame, we felt this was the right time for us to do something we’ve always wanted to do, and we’re looking forward to meeting our fans with this unique opportunity,” Trish said. “We’re excited to be bringing the first appearance of Team Bestie to New Jersey!”
Trish Stratus and Amy Dumas aka Lita will be appearing side by side for photo opps and autographs on Saturday June 7, 2014 at Legends of the Ring at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Monroe, NJ (time TBA). Limited tickets for this first ever appearance together will go on sale Saturday, April 19 at 9am ET. For specific ticketing information please visit www.legendsofthering.com
Tonight, Lita was inducted into the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame by her long time rival and best friend Trish Stratus. Below you will find a full recap of her speech, photos from the ceremony, video exclusives, and more from the historic event!
We start with a video highlight reel of Lita in action with comments by AJ Lee, Natalya, Kofi Kingston, Naomi, Michael Cole, Michael Hayes, Tamina Snuka, Summer Rae and Trish Stratus. Then Lawler brought out Trish Stratus to induct Lita. Trish mentioned that Lita was the god-mother of her child. She also said they debuted and retired weeks apart from each other and were rivals through their entire career. She also mentioned how they were the only women to ever main event Raw.
Lita came out in a long red dress (Trish said it was a first-time long dress for Lita). A “Thank You Lita” chant starts. She starts to tell the story of heading down to Mexico to be a professional wrestling in Lucha Libre wrestling. She made her way to Arena Mexico to watch her first Lucha Libre match but it turned out that she was at a circus. Oops. Then she finally got to her first real match and convinced them to train her in CMLL with Los Boricuas, including Ricky Santana. Once she saw Rey Mysterio, she realized how she wanted to wrestle. She went to try to find Rey Mysterio, but didn’t find him but found Arn Anderson, who promised that he would introduce her to Rey. He kept his word and introduced them and Arn said that they owed him two Miller Lites. She then brought out Miller Lites and shared them with Arn and Rey. She found a wrestling school and did a six month stint at ECW, debuting at Heat Wave 99. She jokes about her marriage proposals to Danny Doring, Edge, and Kane. She then reminds the audience of the Kane-demon spawn storyline with Gene Snitsky’s “It’s not my fault” tag line. She then talks about traumatizing a little girl who knitted her a baby blanket and that Kane is actually Glen, a really nice guy. She then talked about how she was injured while shooting “Dark Angel” for James Cameron, a broken neck. She was told that if she underwent surgery that she would never wrestle again. She said the one person she wanted to talk to about it was Stone Cold Steve Austin for advice. He took her to his doctor and got her fixed and she continued wrestling. Her and Victoria had the first ever women’s steel cage match. Her last match was against Mickie James. She also mentioned how important it was to start her career with Esse Rios. She then thanked The Hardy Boyz and mentioned how she was the only girl in the TLC crew. She thanked Trish Stratus, the perfect Ying and Yang.
As previously announced, WWE will air the 2014 Hall of Fame ceremony in its entirety on the WWE Network next Saturday night. A one-hour special will be shown on the USA Network following RAW at 11:05pm EST the night after WrestleMania XXX. The three featured names for that special are The Ultimate Warrior, Lita and Jake Roberts.