As women's wrestling website Diva-Dirt notes, former WWE Women's Champion Amy "Lita" Dumas has discussed her WWE exit in-depth for the first time in a fascinating interview with Colt Cabana on his Art of Wrestling podcast. She dismissed many of the long-running rumors about just what left to her exit from America's No.1 wrestling promotion.
That interview, in which Lita discusses a wide array of subjects with the indie star, is available in full here.
Lita, who left WWE in the autumn of 2006 after losing the Women's Champion to Mickie James at the Survivor Series pay-per-view, set out to dispel the popular gossip that she left because she was unhappy with her risque character.
Prior to the breaking of the Matt Hardy/Lita/Edge scandal in early 2005, Dumas was hugely over with the masses as a beloved babyface. Fans everywhere could wholly relate to the down-to-earth, tomboyish Lita, and she was, for a period, one of the most popular faces on the entire roster.
After the scandal, though, which sent shock waves throughout the entire company, she was hastily turned heel and linked with "The Rated R Superstar" Edge on-screen, becoming his villainous, vampy manager.
It was widely speculated at the time that her WWE exit was due to her unhappiness with the presentation of her character, a huge departure from her previous tomboy gimmick, something Lita is extremely keen to refute in the interview:
It wasn't being bitter because they made me a heel, which is a good rumor, or saying, ‘She didn’t like being called a w****’, or the Matt and Adam thing which happened years [before] at that point by the time I retired, or people [saying it was because of] my injuries – I hadn’t had injuries for a few years. It wasn’t my body, it wasn’t my head, it was like, alright, I feel like I’ve done everything there is to do right now.
She goes on to say that, despite the hefty amount of money being offered, she left because she no longer felt creatively content in the promotion and concluded it was time for a change. Since leaving WWE, Dumas has pursued a career in music with her punk-rock band, The Luchagors. She also hosts a radio show in her home town of Atlanta.
I kind of felt like, I did not get into wrestling for a paycheck. Because I felt I had gone as far as I could go as a woman in the business, it had become a paycheck. It’s fairly easy for me to go out there and do my thing and not really feel stimulated from it, which isn’t a horrible thing — you go in waves in any career, whether you’re feeling stimulated or not. But having felt like I’d done everything I could possibly do as a female in the business, and the schedule, and the career taking up so much of your time...that it wasn’t like, ‘I’ll still do this and collect a paycheck while still doing this.'
At WWE's WrestleMania Fan Axxess recently, Lita strongly hinted at a return to the company which made her a star, loudly bemoaning the state of WWE's current women's division (she called it "a bummer") and claiming the division needed someone like her to come in and help out a few of the current girls.