If the WWE is going to elect Trish Stratus into the Hall of Fame, it had better do the right thing and add Lita to the class of 2013.
I am not a huge proponent of having “rivals” enter a “political” enshrinement together for the sake of camaraderie, but when you look at Trish and the body of her work and the impact the former Women’s Champion had on the WWE over the past 12 or so years (even when she was not in the ring), then it is only fair that Lita stand before everyone the night before WrestleMania as well.
While Stratus may have more title reigns and was more instrumental backstage (like she has been with Tough Enough), Lita’s accomplishments speak for themselves.
Throughout her career, she won the WWE Women's Championship four times and with her association with Team Extreme (Matt and Jeff Hardy), she rose through the ranks as arguably the most popular female wrestler in the company's history.
And what sets Lita apart (along with Stratus and several other “wrestlers” of her time) from those “Divas” of today, is the fact she wrestled. She took part in the obligatory “look and see" matches. But no one in the company could match her high-flying style, her grunge look and her ability to play the heel role and still be loved by the fans.
Did I mention the incredible sexiness she had and still has?
We all know about Amy Dumas’ real life drama being played out on the television screen. Her relationship with Matt Hardy warmed our hearts and the affair with Edge (Adam Copeland) became part of an on-screen program that worked like dynamite.
It was reality television at its best. Only in the WWE could that happen and proved to be just the thing that left Vince McMahon salivating.
I often talk about how professional wrestlers need rivalries to make them better. Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat. The Funks and Briscos. Greg Valentine and Roddy Piper. Add Trish and Lita to that list.
It’s not often we see great feuds create great storylines. Trish and Lita did that. In a time and era where attitude meant everything, these women deserve to be in the same esteem as the men who helped create the era as well.
Lita certainly deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame this year.