Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Chasing Amy Into the Hall of Fame

Amy "Lita" Dumas as Women's Champion
Courtesy: WWE
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

The WWE has announced the third inductee for the Class of 2014 Hall of Fame ceremony this year.  It's none other than Amy Dumas.  Fans know her better as Lita.  I think the announcement of Lita is a solid choice, with the exception of Trish Stratus, she's the most accomplished women's wrestler of the 21st century in the WWE.

Lita held the WWE Women's title four times in her six year run with the company.  She had some great matches with Stratus.  The two had a great rivalry and friendship during their time in WWE, as they both pretty much came up through the system together and left around the same time.

Lita vs. Trish
Courtesy: WWE
I don't know that there has been a Diva quite like Lita in terms of wrestling ability.  She trained in Mexico and the luchador influence has taken her to new heights (yes I went there).  Lita and Trish dominated the women's division either as friends or opponents.  It was a true resurgence of women's wrestling with some truly gifted athletes leading the way. Molly Holly, Victoria, and Jazz were also great talents during that era.

Lita & Edge
Courtesy: WWE
Besides being a talented wrestler, Lita also served as a valet for many Superstars through the years.  Her debut was with Essa Rios, but it didn't take long for her to throw support behind the likes of Matt and Jeff Hardy, Kane, and Edge.  Those angles turned into some really compelling storylines and real life drama added some flare to the product.  

We all know the shelf life for a Diva is much shorter than a Superstar, and Lita definitely made the most of her years in WWE.  It was nice seeing her come back and defeat Heath Slater in 2012, although I'm sure he'd disagree.  It's weird to me seeing the stars of the Attitude Era, many who are my age and even a few years younger get inducted into the Hall of Fame.  I need to stop thinking it's an honor reserved for the "old timers" or I need to accept that I'm (we're) getting old too.  None-the-less, congrats to Lita.  I'll be in New Orleans eager to see the ceremony on April 5. 

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