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This week it was announced that Lita would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Well, I congratulate her, but I'm not sure she is the most qualified or best pick by WWE officials.
Amy Christine Dumas best known by her stage name Lita, is a retired professional wrestler and WWE Diva active from 1999 to 2006. Lita as she is known was a 4 time WWE Diva's Champion. But her start came by being paired with Essa Ríos. Later she was paired with her boyfriend Matt Hardy and his brother Jeff Hardy as team Xtreme. This was her strongest run in WWE in my opinion. She ended her run after being injured, a broken neck, I believe. But this was proceeded by a run with her "new" boyfriend Edge. She has also been romantically linked to CM Punk. WWE claims Lita is their most popular Diva ever..I guess that is open to your interpretation.
I do realize that the WWE HOF is just that, supposedly a recognition of those who achieved career success in the WWE. But let's also say that WWE bought WCW and WWE. I believe they have also bought rights or other entities of many old wresting promotions such as World Class. and Mid South wrestling. And believe me there were very deserving female talents in those areas and they should be included in the WWE HOF well before Lita.
Let's talk names here. Actually 25 women who should have been inducted before Lita was even considered. (In no order)
1. Baby Doll (Nickla Ann Roberts ) She managed at least 17 different wrestlers in her career including names like Tully Blanchard, Ric Flair, Robert Gibson, Gino Hernandez, Sam Houston (whom she married) Jeff Jarrett, Ricky Morton,Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko.
2. Woman (Nancy Elizabeth Benoit ) She will probably never be considered because of the Benoit Tragedy however, Woman manage at least 20 different wrestlers, including names like Arn Anderson, Chris Benoit, Shane Douglas, Ric Flair, Brian Pillman, Ron Simmons, Randy Savage, Kevin Sullivan, and Kerry Von Erich.
3. Mildred Burke (Mildred Bliss ) She was a 4 time World Champion and is already in the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.
4. Cheerleader Melissa (Melissa Anderson ) also wrestles under the names of Alissa Flash and Raisha Saeed. Melissa has held at least 10 Championships and in 2013 she was ranked number 1 in Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
5. Debbie Combs (Debbie Szestecki ) She is a second generation wrestler, her mother Cora Combs wrestled. Debbie is a 16 time Champion and is also an inductee in the Cauliflower Alley Club.
6. Chyna (Joan Marie Laurer ) She was billed as the "Ninth Wonder of the World" and was a Champion 5 times, Chyna was a member of Degeneration X during the Monday Night Wars. Her post Wrestling career has been a debacle but she was certainly a bigger force in WWE than Lita.
7. Miss Elizabeth (Elizabeth Ann Hulette ) Elizabeth debuted as manger of "Macho Man" Randy Savage and also managed such names as Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Lex Luger, Sting, and Dusty Rhodes.
8. Joyce Grable (Betty Wade-Murphy ) Joyce was a 9 time NWA Champion and is in the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. Betty was the second woman to wrestle under the name of Joyce Grable. Joyce Fowler was the first female wrestler to use the ring name "Joyce Grable."
9. Gail Kim (Gail Kim ) started her career on the Canadian independent wrestling circuit. She appeared in WWE in 2002 and won the WWE Women's Championship in her first match. Gail is a 6 time Champion. She also became the first TNA Women's Knockout Champion and in 2012, Pro Wrestling Illustrated named Kim the number one female wrestler in the world.
10. Missy Hyatt (Melissa Ann Hiatt ) Missy got her start managing her boyfriend John Tatum, in World Class Championship Wrestling. Missy left Tatum and became most famous for managing "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert who she married. Missy is a 3 time Champion.
11. Mickie James (Mickie Laree James ) Mickie got her break in TNA as Alexis Laree. She went on to an infamous feud in WWE with Trish Stratus. Mickie has been a Champion at least 18 times.
12. Maria Kanellis (Maria Louise Kanellis ) Maria got her start in WWE in the Raw Diva Search, where she finished fifth. She is currently working for Ring of Honor as the valet of her real-life boyfriend Mike Bennett. Maria is a 2 time Champion.
13. Malia Hosaka is a 10 time Champion, including the NWA and IWA. Malia was with the WWE and was slated to come to the main roster with Essa Rios, under the name "Aphrodisia" but her contract was allowed to expire and the spot was given to Lita instead.
14. Leilani Kai (Patty Seymour ) Leilani was part of the WWF's Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection. In 1985 she defeated Wendi Richter for the women's title. She lost the title back to Richter at Wreslemania 1. Leilani has been a Champion 11 times.
15. Kelly Kelly (Barbara Jean "Barbie" Blank ) Kelly debuted in WWE's ECW brand as basically a stripper. But she went on to become, in my opinion, the most popular WWE diva. Kelly was a 1 time Champion. Kelly defeated Brie Bella for the Diva's title in 2011. She left the WWE in 2012 and is now active at times on the independent circuit.
16. Michelle McCool (Michelle Leigh McCool ) Is a 4 time Champion in WWE and is married to Mark Calaway, The Undertaker. Michelle was the first Diva's Champion in WWE.
17. Layla El (Layla El )was a dancer for the Miami Heat before getting her break with the WWE in the 2006 Diva Search. She is a 2 time Champion and a member of the tag team LayCool with Michelle McCool. In 2013 Layla left WWE television due to medical issues. She is still under contract there but not cleared to wrestle.
18. Madusa (Debrah Miceli ) Madusa also wrestles under the name Alundra Blayze. She is the first Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Rookie of the Year. She is an 8 time Champion, including 3 times with the WWF and 1 time with the AWA . Madusa is most famous for showing up on Monday Nitro and throwing the WWF Women's Championship belt into a trash can.
19. Jacqueline Moore (Jacqueline DeLois Moore ) Jackie started career in the United States Wrestling Association, where she was an eight-time USWA Women's Champion. She also held the WWE WWE Cruiserweight Championship, and was the only woman to do so. Jackie is a 13 time Champion.
20. Kay Noble (Mary Charlene Noble ) Kay is a 2 time Champion and was formerly married to Doug Gilbert. Kay started wrestling in 1957 and is in the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.
21. Kimberly Page (Kimberly Lynn Bacon ) Kim first appeared in WCW as one of Diamond Dallas Page's Diamond Dolls to whom she was also married. Her biggest achievement is wrestling was being founder of "The Nitro Girls."
22. Sable (Rena Marlette Lesnar ) Sable began in the WWF in 1996 along with her then husband Marc Mero. Sable is currently married to Brock Lesnar and she is a former WWF Women's Champion.
23. Victoria (Lisa Marie Varon ) Victoria is a 8 time Champion, including twice as the WWE women's Champion. She broke into wrestling in WCW Scott Hall segment and then debuted in WWE as a member of The Godfather's ho's.
24. Torrie Wilson ( Torrie Wilson) Torrie began her career in WCW basically as a pawn for the NWO. She later went to manage and wrestle in WWE.
25. The Nitro Girls were a dance team debuting in WCW in 1997. They were founded by Kim Page and were a major weapon for WCW in the Monday Night Wars. The group included Booker T's wife Sharmelle and also Stacy Kiebler. During one of the Nitro Girls’ opening dance routines, one of Chae’s nipples accidentally popped out of her top.. Predating Janet Jackson's 2004 Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction, this incident was frequently known as the "Nitro Nipple.
Any one of these would have been a much better choice than Lita..but that's the WWE.
Now some Raw Notes & Musings:
It is sad that so soon after Mae Young passes the WWE brings in another senior woman to kind of replace her on Raw.
What's more disturbing is how many times can we be expected to watch John Cena and Randy Orton..yawn.
Join the Yes movement..Daniel Bryan is now the star in WWE and that's something after starting in Ring of Honor.
Hey is Bray Wyatt using the as seen on TV "Olde Brooklyn Lantern?"
New Age Outlaws..oh you didn't know.....you better call somebody besides your momma cause they ran off with her!
The Miz may have had the best description of the night..A man whose act is older than Betty White.
Ziggler jobs again..to Del Rio..Ziggler's time in WWE must be coming to an end...Waiting for the next round of talent cuts.