The announcement was made live during WWE Monday Night RAW on February 10.
Lita (born Amy Dumas) became interested in pro wrestling in her teens in the late ‘90s like many of her contemporaries. She made a huge personal step by traveling to Mexico by herself in 1998 to learn the trade. She debuted professionally in CMLL in 1999 and traveled back to America to continue her training and work on the independent circuit.
Her first big break came in Extreme Championship Wrestling in 1999 when she was noticed by ECW boss Paul Heyman. Using the monikers Miss Congeniality and later Angelica, she served as a valet for Danny Doring.
She joined WWE in late 1999 and made her on-screen debut on the February 13, 2000 episode of Sunday Night Heat as the valet of Essa Rios. Lita almost immediately overshadowed Essa Rios with her beautiful looks and insane athletic ability and by May 2000 she had left him and joined up with Matt and Jeff Hardy to form Team Xtreme.
The trio became insanely popular in WWE during arguably its most popular time ever. Lita found herself in main events alongside The Hardy Boyz and developed an amazing rivalry with Trish Stratus. She also routinely mixed it up with the men in the ring, including a rivalry with Dean Malenko when she spurned Malenko’s advances. During the rivalry with Malenko, her real-life relationship with Matt Hardy was exposed and turned into an on-screen storyline as well.
In April 2002, she broke her neck while filming scenes for the TV show Dark Angel, which kept her out of in-ring action for seventeen months. When she returned she resumed her alliance with Matt, which led to a twisted storyline where Kane made advances at Lita and impregnated her in storylines.
This led to a renewal of her rivalry with Trish Stratus. And on a history making night on Monday Night RAW, Lita defeated Trish Stratus on the December 6, 2004 episode to win the WWE Women’s Championship. It was the one and only time a Women’s Championship bout has main evented Monday Night RAW.
Shortly thereafter word broke that Lita had been cheating on Matt Hardy in real life behind his back while he was injured with the couple’s real-life friend Edge. The story quickly bled to WWE storylines with Matt coming back for vengeance over the new evil power couple. Eventually Edge and Lita won the rivalry and continued as a villainous pair.
Lita eventually retired on the night of Survivor Series 2006 after losing the Women’s Championship to Mickie James. Since then Lita made sporadic appearances on in the independent circuit and rare appearances in WWE, but she mainly focused on outside ventures and her punk rock band The Luchagors.
She was one of the most popular wrestlers on the WWF’s roster during the “Attitude” era, male or female. She brought a sense of “cool” that most women wrestlers didn’t. She looked amazing but she had the athleticism and in-ring talent like no other woman wrestler at the time. At a time when both cruiserweights and hardcore wrestling were en vogue, Lita fit in both categories as an extreme, athletic wrestler. The fact that she was a really, hot woman in a male dominated entertainment only helped her stand out in the best way.
Lita became a cornerstone in arguably the WWE’s strongest women’s division in its history, winning the WWE Women’s Championship four times and was a role model for a generation of young girls and wrestling fans (including notably current WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee). She is more than worthy of this honor, and is one of WWE’s most important females in its fifty-year history.
No inductor has been announced for Lita yet, but it seems logical that arguably her greatest rival and real-life best friend, Trish Stratus, would do the honors. Although Edge and Matt Hardy would both provide for controversial and interesting inductors as well.
This year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on April 5, in New Orleans, Louisiana inside the New Orleans Arena the night before WrestleMania XXX.