This Sunday the WWE will be putting on its biggest pay-per-view of the year in Wrestlemania XXX. Billed as the “showcase of the immortals” Wrestlemania XXX will also be the first PPV event to be offered on the fledging WWE Network.
The night before, the WWE will be holding its Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies, which will also be televised on the WWE Network.
Among the inductees this year are Jake “The Snake” Roberts, "Razor Ramon" Scott Hall, Carlos Colon, “The Ultimate Warrior” Jim Hellwig, and 4-time WWE Divas Champion Amy Dumas AKA “Lita.”
Being as she 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:
Elliott Serrano: How do you find out that you’re going into the WWE Hall of Fame? Do you get a phone call? Are there rumors spreading that you might go in? A lot of folks remember Ron Santo here in Chicago lobbying to get into the Baseball Hall of Fame, so what’s it like going into the WWE Hall of Fame?
Amy Dumas: Funny, it seems that everybody has their own story. I can’t say how one in general finds out how they’re in the Hall of Fame.
I can tell you that I was sitting on a hammock in my house in Nicaragua, on the beach. And I’m getting texts from Stephanie McMahon. “Are you okay? How are you doing?” I’m like “great Steph, how’s it going?” You know I just think she’s chatting with me, we’re long-time friends, haven’t kept in touch, and I was like “Umm, yeah I’m fine, what’s up?”
She’s like “Oh, just making sure you’re okay. The office has been trying to get in touch with you, but nobody’s been able to get in touch with you.” And I was like “Oh, I’m kind of on limited communication down here, down in the third world, half off-grid.”
She was like “okay, the office wanted to ask you a question,” and I’m like “okay, I’ll give them a call.” So then I called and they informed me that I was being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
And it was awesome, but it was also funny because I was so far removed down there in my world, listening to the waves and hanging out. I was like “oh wow that’s awesome, who can I tell?” You know? [laughs] I’m sitting there by myself with my dog, and we’re enjoying the evening.
And then call my mom and (I say) “hey guess what? I found I’m going into the Hall of Fame!” And she’s always been really supportive of me and my career, more from the aspect that I’m her daughter, not from the aspect of – you know – being a wrestling fan obviously, or even fully fathoming the concept of what’s going on.
And she’s like “oh, well that’s great….so I stopped by your house and checked the mail, watered the plants, everything is good.” And I was like “oh, all right.” [laughs] “That was it, that’s all I called for.”
She’s like “All right well, talk to you later.” And I just kind of sat there and thought “should I call somebody else? What do I do?” Of course you have to keep it quiet, you know, until it was announced.
And then I guess its back to my hammock and my book? It was kind of a fun, I think this is a big deal moment, and at the same time I was like “all right, well back to my life now.”
Elliott Serrano: I’ve gotta ask, what was the book you were reading?
Amy Dumas: What was the book I was reading? I believe…I read cookbooks like they’re books. It was a Rob Egan cookbook. [laughs]
Elliott Serrano: Going into the Hall of Fame, you’re only one of a handful of Divas in it. What do you think about the way females are being viewed in the industry today?
Amy Dumas: I think anything, any facets of wrestling, whether it’s like the cruiserweight division, or the tag-team division, the women, any niches in wrestling, are always gonna have their swings.
And I was in a fortunate time period for the women to be given some really awesome opportunities, and be in an upswing, or commonly referred to as “the golden age of women’s wrestling”, and I’m really proud to be a part of that time.
As far as contrast involved from when I was involved in women’s wrestling, to what they were doing to what’s going on now.