What the story?
WWE Hall of Famer Lita has talked about her retirement angle at Survivor Series 2006 on Ring The Belle with fellow WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus.
In case you didn’t know…
In case you know nothing about WWE before 2006, that marked the official retirement of both Trish Stratus and Lita.
At Unforgiven 2006, the sometimes friends and bitter rivals had their final encounter in a thrilling match that saw the Canadian native win by submission with the sharpshooter. Trish Stratus won the Women’s Championship for the seventh time in a moment that was a special end to the now WWE Hall of Famer's career.
Two months later, Lita ended up having a final retirement match against Mickie James. The four-time women’s champion didn’t get as lucky as Stratus as she ultimately lost to Mickie James in a really good encounter. However, it was the post-match angle that many critics and fans have deemed tasteless and unnecessary.
WWE tag team Cryme Tyme came out and embarrassed the former women’s champion by conducting a "ho sale", where Shad Gaspard and JTG auctioned off Lita's property.
The heart of the matter
Lita has made it known in the past that she wasn’t a fan of the retirement angle. Wrestling Inc translated the conversation between the two WWE Hall of Famers during a Ring The Belle interview on why their retirement angles were so different:
"I've never been quiet about it. I was super uncool with it. I went up the chain. I went to the producers, I went to the writers, I went to Vince, I went back to the producers, back to the writers, back to Vince. It was a hard, 'no'."
Stratus would add:
"Different characters, different storylines going in to it. Ours [Stratus'] was focused on our feud and on our rivalry as a babyface and you [Lita] retiring as a heel character."
The two WWE Hall of Famers have come off from performing at WWE Evolution and RAW the following night. Sasha Banks and Bayley name dropped Lita and Trish Stratus this past Monday night, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if we see the former women’s champions back in the ring during WrestleMania season.