Ring names: Miss Congeniality, Angelica, Lita
Height: 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight: 135 lb (61 kg)
Born: April 14, 1975 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Resides: Atlanta, Georgia
Billed from: Sanford, North Carolina
Trained by: Dory Funk, Kevin Quinn, Ricky Santana, Ace Steel
Amy Christine Dumas (born April 14, 1975 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida), better known by her ring name, Lita, is an American professional wrestler currently working for World Wrestling Entertainments RAW brand.
Dumas high energy, high risk wrestling style in WWE as Lita quickly gained her a large and loyal fan base. She was a member of very popular Team Xtreme with the high flying tag team The Hardy Boyz. A two-time WWE Womens Champion, she has been one of the most popular WWE divas in history. Despite her in-ring history, she gained some measure of infamy for her involvement in a real life love triangle involving long time boyfriend Matt Hardy and fellow WWE wrestler Edge.
Of French and Irish descent, Dumas last name is pronounced doo-MAH, and not doo-MAHS, as many people believe. The s is silent.
Dumas attended many different schools in the USA through out her childhood and adolescent years. While in high school, she took up swimming and practiced judo competitively. She managed to finish high school 6 months prior graduation. Dumas played bass guitar in a band called 3 Card Trick, and she was a roadie for another band for 5 years before getting into wrestling. She also took 3 years of Spanish, which ended up helping her later life.
Dumas first became interested in the world of wrestling when she saw Rey Mysterio wrestle in WCWs Monday Nitro. She was so intrigued by the storylines that she felt like she wanted to be part of it. She had the idea of going to Mexico to learn how to wrestle and learn more about the sport. With some money saved, she made her way to Mexico and went to shows where she ended up meeting or watching future superstars such as Tajiri, Val Venis, Essa Rios, Super Crazy, and Chris Jericho perform.
Amy worked for promotions like MCW, EMLL, and NWA during her stay in Mexico, and was working for NWA Mid-Atlantic when she first met The Hardy Boyz. Lita also went to Peru to wrestle for ten days with an indy promotion. During her early days in wrestling, she also managed El Dandy.
In the spring of 1999, Amy was approached by Paul Heyman and was offered a deal with ECW. Dumas debuted in ECW as a valet for Danny Doring and Amish Roadkill under the name Miss Congeniality. She later became known as Angelica and on July 18, 1999, she got her first pay-per-view exposure at Heat Wave. ECW star Rob Van Dam introduced Dumas to Dory Funk, who invited her to his training camp. At the camp, she trained with 20 men. At her request, Funk treated her no different than the others. Dumas quickly gained respect from the other wrestlers at the camp and graduated from The Funking Conservatory in August 1999. While Dumas went back to ECW, Funk and his wife began compiling old videos they had taken of her and sent it to WWF.
When she arrived at the WWF Headquarters in late 1999, Dumas was told she was going to team up with luchador Essa Rios, as his valet Lita. Her gimmick was to mimic each of Essas moves right after he had performed them on his opponents. She started doing photo shoots with Essa and her character debuted in February 2000.
As the months went by, her popularity became noticeable. After Rios turned against her after he had been mired in a slump, she was saved by and placed with The Hardy Boyz to become Team Xtreme. Her popularity skyrocketed along with Matt and Jeff during the WWF Attitude Era.
The feud with The Hardy Boyz and T&A mixed fellow newcomer Trish Stratus and Lita in this rivalry. After an intense feud, at the July PPV Fully Loaded, T&A and Trish teamed up to take on The Hardy Boyz and Lita in a 1st ever Six-Person Intergender match in which the men were alowed to wrestle the women. Lita won the match by pinning Trish after a Moonsault. The following week, Lita teamed up with the The Rock to defeat Triple H and Trish Stratus in the RAW main event.
On August 21, 2000, in the main event on RAW, Lita won the WWE Womens Championship for the first time by defeating Stephanie McMahon. Despite interference by McMahons husband Triple H and Kurt Angle, Lita overcame the odds thanks in part to special guest referee The Rock.
As Womens Champion, Lita constantly defended the title. From triple threats, Bra and Panties to Hardcore matches, she had an undefeated run in the womens division over wrestlers such as Ivory, Trish Stratus, Jacqueline, and Terri Runnels. She finally lost the title to Ivory on November 2, 2000, in a Fatal-4-Away match with Trish and Jacqueline when Edge and Christian ran in to help Ivory win.
Lita was now a household name, and 2001 was another great year for her. In May at Judgment Day, Lita challenged Womens Champion Chyna for the title. Chyna won with a powerbomb.
Right after King of the Ring, WCW was getting ready to invade WWF. WCWs main ladies were Torrie Wilson and Stacy Keibler. WWFs main ladies now were Lita and Trish Stratus with Chyna leaving for undisclosed reasons. Torrie and Stacy were scheduled to face Trish and Lita in the first ever Tag Team Bra and Panties match. Lita and Trish were successful in the match.
By the end of the year, Lita was in the middle of a feud between both The Hardy Boyz, who werent getting along. Matt and Jeffs rivalry led to a match at the December pay-per-view, Vengeance with Lita being the special referee. Jeff won the match, but Lita didnt notice that when she was counting, Matts leg touched the rope. This led to a Handicap match with Jeff and Lita vs. Matt the night after on RAW. Lita performed the Litacanrana on Matt, but eventually he used her pants in a roll up for the victory.
In the Royal Rumble and No Way Out, fans saw the reunited team of Jeff, Matt, and Lita back together. The Hardyz now saw themselves in a feud with The Dudleys and Stacy Keibler. Now that the Womens Title was in Jazzs hands, Lita was included in the storyline with Trish Stratus as well. At the WrestleMania X8, Lita faced Trish Stratus and Jazz for the Womens Championship.
Injury and return
While filming a guest appearance on the Fox TV series Dark Angel in May, she suffered a severe neck injury that required surgery. She returned as a color comentator on WWE Sunday Night Heat in October of that year.
As she commented the matches, the womens division took a total turn for the better with Trish Stratus vs. Victoria feud.
By April 2003, Lita was scheduled to get back in the ring to start training for her anticipating return. In the storylines, she was fired as a Sunday Night Heat commentator because she was sexually harassed by Eric Bischoff.
Finally after around a year and 5 months of ring absence, Lita returned to RAW on September 15, saving Trish Stratus from Molly Holly and Gail Kim after being defeated in a Handicap match.
Lita would later wrestle Molly for her title at Survivor Series, but would lose to her. On the RAW Roulette edition of RAW in November, Lita faced Victoria in the shows first ever Womens steel cage match wich was won by Victoria. She and Trish Stratus also had a male versus female feud with Chris Jericho and Christian with whom they had two Battle of the Sexes matches, both of which were won by the men. Jericho also brought Matt Hardy to RAW to guest star on the Highlight Reel. Matt dumped her after it appeared he would propose.
Second Womens Championship
2004 saw several unsuccessful attempts for Lita to regain the Womens Championship. Later, she would be relentlessly pursued by an unwanted suitor in Kane. This storyline saw Matt Hardy turning face to protect her from Kanes advances. The storyline also saw Lita become pregnant with Kanes child and after Matt Hardys loss to Kane at the 2004 SummerSlam event, she was forced to marry Kane as well. Litas storyline pregnancy ended in a miscarriage after newcomer Gene Snitsky hit Kane with a chair, causing Kane to fall on the pregnant Lita.
The fallout from these events caused the rivalry between Trish and Lita to be renewed, with Trish making remarks about Lita losing her baby, which was revealed to have been a boy. At the same time, Lita also feuded with a psychotic Gene Snitsky, who would also torment Lita about the loss of her child. A frustrated and angry Lita got herself disqualified in a match against Trish Stratus for the Womens Championship, after brutally attacking Stratus with a chair. The match gave Lita a record of zero wins and four losses in Womens Title matches at Survivor Series. Lita finally regained the championship on the December 4 edition of RAW, defeating Trish Stratus in an epic main event match. This marked her second womens title win and the second time she had won the title in a RAW main event.
At New Years Revolution, while performing a Lou Thesz Press off the ring apron, Lita suffered a legitimately torn ACL in her left knee. She would lose the title to an opportunistic Trish Stratus, who capitalized on the injury to gain the victory.
Lita had been a face from May 2000 (when Essa Rios left her) until May 16, 2005, when she turned heel for the first time, helping Edge defeat her onscreen husband, Kane and thereby winning the WWE RAW Gold Rush Tournament. She later divorced Kane and started a relationship with Edge.
The turn was born out of a real life series of events in which boyfriend Matt Hardy claimed that Dumas had cheated on him with his real life friend Adam Copeland, also known as Edge. As fans found out the situation from statements made by Hardy on his website, there came to be much backlash against Lita and support for Hardy. This reaction only became stronger after Hardys release from WWE. Despite all the negative attention, Lita managed to continue to feud as a face with Trish Stratus and mentored RAW Diva Search winner Christy Hemme for her match against Stratus at WrestleMania 21. Fan reaction climaxed with an edition of RAW from Madison Square Garden, where fans audibly chanted You screwed Matt during an interview segment involving Lita and Trish Stratus. Lita continued to receive jeers from crowds and the incident was alluded to by Paul Heyman during ECW One Night Stand.
After her heel turn, Lita and Edge continued to feud with former husband Kane. One segment had the two being involved a marriage ceremony that teased a return by Matt Hardy, but this wedding was actually interrupted by Kane. Matt made a real return in July 2005 and began feuding with Edge and Lita. However, on October 3, 2005, Matt Hardy was forced off of RAW when Edge defeated him in a Money in the Bank/Loser Leaves RAW Ladder Match. Lita was the determining factor when she held back Hardy so he couldnt escape the ropes. On the October 24 edition of RAW, she made fun of Rey Mysterio, one of her influences in becoming a wrestler and one of Edges possible opponents for Taboo Tuesday and was hit with Mysterios finishing manuever, the 619.
Lita is the top contender for the Womens Championship. When Lita went out on injury, she never got a title shot, but she has a rematch clause that she can enforce, though it is highly unlikely that she will be in the Womens Championship picture anytime soon.
Lita, who hasnt been in a feud with a babyface diva since her latest heel turn, had a brief stare down with her long-time enemy, Trish, at New Years Revolution. This raises the possibility of Lita enforcing her rematch clause and going after Trish once again, or perhaps becoming involved in the Trish/Mickie storyline. Lita also celebrated with Edge after he won the WWE Championship at New Years Revolution. In an interview afterwards, Edge and Lita promised that they would have sex in the ring during the next episode of RAW.
On the January 9 edition of RAW, Edge and Lita engaged in foreplay (i.e., stripping down and embracing); for a brief moment, Litas left breast was exposed (and uncensored on Sky Sports in the UK). Just as the two were about to engage in intercourse, Ric Flair (Edges current rival) interrupted the proceedings and attempted to attack Edge, but ended up receiving a one-man Con-Chair-To. John Cena then emerged and chased Edge out of the ring. The show ended with Lita (who hastily redressed) receiving the F-U. Cena did not use the finishing move right away, giving Edge an opportunity to save her; however, Edge did not make the save attempt and Lita suffered for it.
The next week on RAW, Lita helped Edge defeat Ric Flair in a TLC Match.
Lita made her return to the ring at a house show at Louisville on January 20, 2006. The match was Lita and Victoria vs. Trish and Mickie and ended up with Lita getting the schoolgirl pin on Trish.
On January 30, 2006, Edge challenged John Cena for the WWE Championship just one night after losing it to Cena at the Royal Rumble. Near the end of the match, with the referee down, Lita ran in to hit Cena with the title belt, but instead hit Edge with it. The referee got up just in time to see this and gave Edge the win by DQ. Therefore, Edge won the match but not the WWE Title. While it appears that Litas intention was to hit Edge, her real intention could have been to hit Cena so that Edge would be announced as the winner of the match. The next week on Raw, Dumas made her telivized ring return. Lita and Edge were defeated by Maria Kanellis and John Cena in a tag team match.
Wrestlers managed by Lita
* Essa Rios
* Matt Hardy
* Jeff Hardy
* Christy Hemme
Finishing and signature moves
* Litasault (Moonsault)
* Litacarana (Diving hurricarana)
* Lita DDT (Snap DDT)
* Headscissors takedown
* Rear naked choke with body scissors
* Twist of Fate
* Reverse (Extreme) Twist of Fate
* Lita bomb (Powerbomb)
* Spinning out powerbomb
* Russian leg sweep
* Monkey flip
* Dumas is a known animal lover. She owned four ducks on two different occasions in her adolescent years. As a young adult she would volunteer her time to animal shelters and also during her fifteen month neck injury she founded her animal charity A.D.O.R.E and donated time and money to animal shelters in North Carolina. Amy has had three dogs. Cody, who passed away from cancer in 2003, Mason (also deceased - car accident), and Lucas (currently living with Matt Hardy following their separation). In addition, she is currently fostering a dog named Louie.
* For six years, she had had a real-life relationship with Matt Hardy, until he broke up with her in late February 2005. The split occurred because Lita had a secret relationship with fellow WWE superstar Edge. She is now together with Edge in storylines. The status of their relationship is publically unknown despite several so called worked shoot interviews where they claim to be together.
* Dumas has a wide variety of tattoos. She has a very visible tattoo of the face of a green gargoyle on her upper right bicep and a tattoo marked Punk inside her lower lip. A Cyrillic (Russian) word which means Rebel is tatooed on her lower neck. Currently, she (along with Ashley and Candice Michelle) is one of the only tatooed divas in the WWE.
Dumas has written an autobiography with Michael Krugman titled Lita: A Less Traveled R.O.A.D.-The Reality of Amy Dumas (ISBN 0743473981) published in 2003. The book talks about Dumass family, childhood years, wrestling in ECW and WWE, Matt Hardy, her neck surgery and recovery and more. This book also earned a spot on The New York Times Best Seller list.
A WWE video about her, Lita: It Just Feels Right was released in 2001 on DVD and VHS. The video features current and former WWE superstars talking about Lita and how far she has come since her days in ECW. Superstars such as Matt and Jeff Hardy, Trish Stratus, Jim Ross are seen at various points in the video. DVD Extras include ten matches, including Bra and Panties and Hardcore matches as well as the six wrestler intergender match at Fully Loaded.
Dumas has also recorded a song called When I Get You Alone for the WWE Originals album.
Litas theme song is lovefurypassionenergy by Boy Hits Car. The song was recorded and put on the WWF forceable entry album.
Aside from winning the Womens Championship, Lita is one of the few women to wrestle in a WWE Main Event 6 times:
* RAW- July 2000- Lita & The Rock vs Trish Stratus & Triple H
* RAW- August 2000- Lita vs Stephanie McMahon
* SMACKDOWN!- August 2000- Lita & The Rock vs Kurt Angle & Stephanie McMahon
* RAW- May 2001- Lita & The Hardy Boyz vs Triple H, Stone Cold & Stephanie McMahon
* RAW- December 2004- Lita vs Trish Stratus
* RAW- February 2006- Lita & Edge vs Maria & John Cena
Lita has also been in the main event card various times on HEAT.