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.
It’s official! Lita has announced her inductor into the WWE Hall of Fame and it is none other than her long time rival / best friend Trish Stratus! Trish will induct Lita into the Hall of Fame on April 5th, 2014 the night before WrestleMania XXX!
Here is what she tweeted:
It’s official! It’s going to be a #topbitches night at #HOF2014 with 50% of #TeamBestie inducting me, @AmyDumas it’s @trishstratuscom @WWE
TrishStratus.com also spoke to both ladies about the announcement:
After taking center stage on wrestling’s biggest stage last year, Trish Stratus returns to the Hall of Fame as a hall of famer AND inductor to her friend Amy Dumas aka Lita.
Dumas made it official when she phoned Trish during the 30 Years of WrestleMania podcast to ask her to do the honors in New Orleans.
TrishStratus.com reached out to both ladies for reaction.
“The timing of WrestleMania XXX and the 2014 HOF are really serendipitous,” Dumas said. “So many things in my life have come full circle. I look forward to reflecting on my career and accepting this honor with my bestie by my side.”
It will be a night to remember as ‘Team Bestie’, two women who revolutionized women’s wrestling, take the stage together.
On being asked by Amy, Trish says, “I’m honored to have been asked by Amy. The ups and downs of our careers have paralleled on so many levels and our friendship has been the constant through it all. And even more special to me has been our friendship as we embarked on life outside of WWE. I’m just thrilled to be a part of her moment!”
Trish & Lita together again for one special night. And you can witness it live on WWE Network the night before WrestleMania.
Wrestlemania 30’s in the books, and Steve’s got plenty of thoughts about what happened! Plus, he witnessed first-hand Lita’s (aka Amy Dumas) induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in NOLA! And she joins him to talk about that, along with her ring philosophy & training, her neck injury, life in Nicaragua, and not being a Diva!
Lita is about to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and tells JR exactly what that means to her! Plus, hear about the talent meeting that got her signed to WWE, what the locker room was like during the attitude era, her first cage match with Lisa, and what inspired her signature finishing move.
Ahead of her induction into this year’s WWE Hall of Fame class, Attitude Era original and WWE alumnus Lita joins Renee Young to talk all things WrestleMania. The four-time WWE Women’s Champion runs down her Show of Shows accomplishments, discusses the significance of being only the seventh woman enshrined into the Hall of Fame, and opens about what it was like getting in the ring with men. Plus, Lita drops a huge podcast bombshell when she calls her bestie, Trish Stratus, to ask a very important question about this year’s Hall of Fame ceremony!