Inception Series: Lita

Witness the Rated-R Diva make a splash on WWE television for the first time.


Inception is the commencement, the beginning, the birth or debut of an event. In the WWE, nothing can be as impactful and telling as a Superstar’s debut. When you have one chance to make an impression in the always evolving landscape of WWE, you have to put it all on the line to steal the show and be memorable. A debut can often be the precursor of success, or footnote on an otherwise illustrious career. This week covers the debut of WWE Hall of Famer, Lita

On the February 13, 2000 episode of Sunday Night Heat, the WWF Light Heavyweight champion Gillberg issued out an open challenge to anyone in the locker room. In response, Essa Rios made his way to the ring with his valet in tow, Lita. Essa Rios quickly defeated Gillberg with a top rope moonsault making an immediate impact. After the match, Lita made her way to the top of the turnbuckle and hit her own moonsault splash on Gillberg mimicking the moveset of her latin counterpart. Essa acted as referee as Lita pinned the shoulders of Gillberg to the mat, humiliating him further.

Lita’s debut didn’t have the seismic influence that her legacy would have on the wrestling world, yet it still signified that wrestling fans were about to witness a woman that would be a true trendsetter in the squared circle.

In an era filled with Diva’s Lita was the true punk rock alternative. Lita will always be known for her iconic look and moveset. Her trademark fishnets, low hanging cargo pants and fiery red hair made her relate to both sexes. During the time of Lita’s debut, WWE was singing female talent that had zero wrestling experience and were willing to remove their clothes on national TV to increase ratings. Lita represented the bad ass tattooed chick who all the women wanted to be like and all the guys wanted to chill with.

Lita would be a key part in some of the highest profile matches, factions, and rivalries in WWE history. These would include her alliance with the Hardy Boyz as they formed Team X-treme, sharing the ring and going toe-to-toe with The Rock, Stone Cold and HHH, as well as her infamous real life affair turned storyline with Edge and Matt Hardy.

Lita’s accolades would include capturing the Women’s Championship four times, being the first woman to main event RAW, the first woman to main event RAW twice, one of the first women to compete in a Steel Cage, and her well documented rivalry with the Quintessential Diva, Trish Stratus.

In 2014, Lita rightfully took her place among the greats as she was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Perhaps Lita’s greatest accomplishment is inspiring a generation of female wrestler’s that include Becky Lynch, AJ Lee and Bayley; a true testament to her work and bequest.


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I'm Jordan Smith and I currently live in Austin, Texas but am originally from San Antonio, TX. I'm in love with the Bay Area, California. San Francisco holds a special place in my heart, such a unique community there. I'm fortunate enough to call myself a Texas Tech Alumni and proudly support my Red Raiders on game day, Wreck Em'! I also enjoy comics and superheroes, art shows, music festivals, fusion foods, wildly obsessed with eating anything involving pineapples, Oh! and Pizza. Wrestling started for me when I was 8 years old. I remember my older sister clamoring about this beer swilling redneck that was such a bad ass. If my sister was hooked then it had to be worth checking out. I flipped through the channels in search for a man she called Stone Cold Steve Austin. What I saw changed everything, Stone Cold was stomping a mudhole into his boss. I was bit by the wrestling bug since day one. While I love the Rattlesnake, my WWE Mount Rushmore consists of Shawn Michaels, The Rock, John Cena, Ric Flair and Macho Man Randy Savage. I didn't make wrestling into a weekly obsession until after Wrestlemania 2000 when the McMahon-Helmsley era was running rampart. I distinctly remember being enamored with WWE's women's division. It was during this time that 2 superstars that were so captivating to me made their debuts. Trish and Lita are two of my all time favorites. While I respected Lita for her ability, it was the Quintessential Diva that turned my love of wrestling into a new found heights as I became an advocate for Women's wrestling. There are so many wrestling moments that I feel are just fantastic such as Rock VS Hogan 18, and my all time favorite Shawn Michaels winning the title at Wrestlemania XII. I would be remiss to say that some of my favorite moments of wrestling are currently unfolding on TV now as we have perhaps the greatest amount of talent WWE has ever had in Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Sasha Banks, Finn Balor, John Cena, AJ Styles, Charlotte and Seth Rollins. That's just to name a few. I hope that guys enjoy.


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