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.
Elliott Serrano: Who do you think should be the next Diva inducted into the Hall of Fame?
Amy Dumas: I would really love to see Luna Vachon in the Hall of Fame.
Elliott Serrano: With the new WWE Network, you’re going to have kids be able to discover your work, see your matches and what you did. So what would you say were your top 5 matches that you’d like this next generation to see?
Amy Dumas: That’s an interesting question, five is kind of random.
It’s been interesting interacting with fans in preparation for the Hall of Fame because in my normal life I don’t think about my career retrospective on a daily basis and they’ve been reminding me of some cool moments that I’ve had over the years.
And it’s taken to a whole new level with the WWE Network. Cuz’ before whenever I would get young kids at autograph sessions being like “I’m a fan” I’m like “no you’re not, you weren’t even around when I was on TV!“ [laughs] And (the parents) they’re like “no, no I show them (the matches) on YouTube.”
And that certainly doesn’t read very well. You just watch them on a computer screen and it’s out of context, kind of. But to be able to have a limitless archive of everything is a whole new way to discover wrestling, to discover stars…
Let’s see, off the top of my head some matches to come across…
It would definitely be the last time I won the title, which Trish (Stratus) and I were in the main event. It was just a RAW, in Charlotte, North Carolina I believe. That’s a match that I’m really proud of. I don’t think that you see matches like that today on television.
A really fun one that we were also involved in was, Triple H was Trish’s tag-team partner (and) The Rock was my tag-team partner. It was an intergender match. That was a lot of fun, a lot of variables. I love some of the intergender matches that I was involved in. That’s always the most fun together.
I say the first women’s steel cage match that Victoria and I were involved in, would be a good one.
There’s a fun one with the Hardy’s and myself versus T & A and Trish.
And then maybe the first time that I won the title, which was me and Stephanie and The Rock was the special guest referee. There are appearances and run-ins by Kurt Angle, The Hardy Boys, and Triple H is somewhere in there too. So there’s a something for everybody free for all in that match.
Elliott Serrano: Looking outside of wrestling, you life outside of it, what’s the one thing you’re passionate about that you want people to know about?
Amy Dumas: I think the main thing I spend a lot of time on - it’s something that I was into before I was wrestling but is now even more important that I’m not getting beat up for a living - is just feeling good every day when I wake up. So, I’m super into vegan nutrition and lifestyle, and working out. So (dispelling) misconceptions about being strong and vegan.
Elliott Serrano: Don’t you ever get the itch to get back into the ring? I know you did the bit with Heath Slater on the “Old School” edition of RAW, but do you ever think “Aw, I just want to get back in there for a while”?
Amy Dumas: Not like an itch, per se, but if the right scenario were to come up I think I could probably have my arm twisted.
It’s definitely not something that I sit around and day dream about – you know – on an average day or anything. But, because I do feel better and stronger than I did when I was actively on the roster, I’m perfectly capable of going in there and delivering something that I could still be proud of today.
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