Being as Lita is one of the few Divas to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, I jumped at the chance to talk to the former Superstar. Speaking via telephone, Dumas discussed what it was like learning she was being inducted into the Hall of Fame; how younger fans will be able to discover her work via the new WWE Network; her top matches; and what are her passions outside of the squared circle…
After thanking Soscia for clearing up what could have been a scheduling snafu via Twitter, Lita explains to Soscia why she is nervous about the getting inducted at the Hall of Fame ceremony. From there she tells us what made her want to become a wrestler. As you would guess, Lita has an adventurous personality and she proves this by explaining why she decided to buy a house and live in Nicaragua for portions of the year.
Lita was lying in a hammock at her home in Nicaragua when she got a text from Stephanie McMahon.
“Yeah, I was just chillin’ when I received this message from Steph saying the office was trying to get a hold of me,” Lita told SLAM! Wrestling this past week.
“I’m pretty out of touch when I’m down there, and I guess they were trying to call me. Steph didn’t say what it was about, so I called the office and they asked me if I would accept the honour of being in the Hall of Fame. So that was pretty exciting.”
For nearly a decade, Amy Dumas wowed WWE fans as Lita, a Diva who paved the way for revolutionary advances in women’s wrestling. Her accomplishments will be recognized and celebrated when she enters the WWE Hall of Fame this weekend as part of WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans, Louisiana.
We got to speak with Lita about her upcoming induction, her WrestleMania memories, what role she would play in the Avengers, her favorite Marvel movie and more!
Lita was gorgeous and athletic, for sure, but she was also a tattooed bad girl whose punk-rock aesthetic perfectly captured the Attitude Era’s edgy allure.
Success did not come overnight for Amy Dumas. Before she became Lita, she travelled solo to Mexico City to learn the craft of wrestling from luchadors.
When fame (and infamy) came in WWE — thanks partly to risque storylines culled from messy real-life romances, and partly due to some outstanding matches — she was a show-stealer whose eventual Hall of Fame induction seemed assured.
With that induction now just around the corner, WhatCulture caught up with Lita for an exclusive chat about wrestling, her post-WWE life and, of all things, vegan cheese.
John Pollock chats with Amy Dumas a.k.a. Lita about this Saturday’s WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, getting the call to be going in, her her 2005/06 run with Edge, deciding to leave the company when her contract expired in 2006 and advice she would give Miss Congeniality in 1999!
Amy Dumas is better known to WWE fans as Lita, a high-flying risk taker who helped revolutionize women’s wrestling along with Trish Stratus.
As a multi-time champion, successful manager and trailblazer, it’s no wonder the popular performer was chosen for induction into the WWE Hall of Fame on the eve of WrestleMania 30. The Fort Lauderdale native initially got the good news laying in a hammock at her house on the beach in Nicaragua.
“[WWE Chief Brand Officer] Stephanie McMahon was texting with me,” Dumas said. “She was feeling me out telling me the office has been trying to get in touch with me. She asked if I could call the office. She was doing the whole talking to me as a friend, but being a little vague.
“She said, ‘The office just has something they would like to talk to you about. I believe that it’s regarding WrestleMania. So maybe it’s the weekend surrounding it? I’m not really sure, so just give them a call.’ I was like, ‘All right weirdo. Sure.’ Then I called, and they asked me if I would accept the honor of being in their Hall of Fame.”
It wasn’t just a conversation, it was a conversation with one of the newest members of the WWE Hall of Fame! Lita called to talk about her time here in DC, who will be inducting her on April 5th, her advice for the current WWE Divas and what it really takes for a woman to get into the Hall of Fame!
“It’s not about titles, it’s just more about impact and things that you’ve done to shape how we’re viewed going forward are things that women that are aspiring to wrestle or make an impact in the business, kind of just things to look at or keep in mind.”
The Great Atlanta Toy Convention, a pop culture collectibles show, takes place in Atlanta March 15-16. To celebrate Jon invites some of the celebrity guests on the show. We hear from TV psychic and medium Chip Coffey, and WWE legends Amy “Lita” Dumas and Scott Hall. Music comes from Dean Wareham, Pee-wee Herman and Johnny Cash.
I checked out your #LITAmoments and there were some I had forgotten about myself. I am sure as I am reflecting on my career, I’ll remember some events and stories I hadn’t thought about in quite some time. Keep jarring my memory- my HOF stories will be better the more I can remember. What do you want to hear me talk about at #HOF2014 ?
One thing a bunch of you guys brought up was our brief, but evil power trio including The Rated R Superstar and Randy Orton. Here’s a little inside from during that time… Well, okay, it will actually be a little less inside until one of you can come up with what match this was from…
I was out there with Edge and Randy. It was a 2 segment match and at some point during the match Randy rolls out of the ring. I go over to him and check on him and he proceeds to tell me that his shoulder is out and he can’t get it back in or move it. So, I tell him to stand up against the ring post, he holds on to his dangling arm, and I shoved his shoulder up against the ring post, heard a click, and it went back in. I told him he was all set and to get back in there and help my dude. His reaction was half hot and half relieved and half still not even clear as to what was going on (I was never good at fractions).
Thanks for all the support, It’s really been overwhelming.