It may have been at a smaller independent show, but a comeback is a comeback, and former WWE Women’s Champion Lita is back in the ring, more than a decade after she retired from active competition. But does that mean we’ll be seeing Lita make a WWE return, as rumors had suggested quite recently?
In December of last year, WWE fans were surprised to learn that Amy Dumas, best-known in the wrestling business as Lita, was released from the company. A report from the Huffington Post noted that Lita and Jerry “The King” Lawler, both WWE Hall of Famers, were moved from full-time deals to Legends contracts, and replaced in their erstwhile duties as members of the pre-show commentary team. However, the report cited former WWE announcer and fellow Hall of Famer Jim Ross, who had tweeted that Lita was “no longer with the company.”
This had seemingly marked the end of a long and fruitful relationship between Lita and WWE, which, apart from her announcing duties, most recently included a stint as a trainer on the sixth season of Tough Enough, and backstage work as a producer and creative team writer. In six years competing for WWE, Lita had won four Women’s Championships and, together with fellow women’s wrestling legend Trish Stratus, had one of the more memorable rivalries of WWE’s “Ruthless Aggression” era. She announced her in-ring retirement in 2006, and until now, hadn’t wrestled, save for a match against male wrestler Heath Slater in 2012 where she didn’t take any bumps.