After nearly a decade away from wrestling, Amy “Lita” Dumas is again a regular fixture on WWE TV, and her return couldn’t be more welcome. From her days in Mexico, to her death-defying WWE heyday and eventual self-imposed exile from the company, Lita forged her own path, and it was that unique spirit that made her one of the most popular women in wrestling history. Lita faced a lot of obstacles put up by a business that wasn’t ready for her, but she kicked down those doors, and built a legacy that continues to inspire women, outsiders and people who prefer their wrestling not be constructed around a boardroom table.
The last couple weeks have no doubt been particularly satisfying for Lita as she got to unveil the new WWE Women’s Championship at WrestleMania, and, well, this week’s her birthday. So, what better time to take a (totally extreme) stroll through Lita’s life and career? Here are a few things you may not know about WWE’s redheaded rebel…
Her love of Pee-wee Herman led to her first extreme moment.
She meant to do that.
Amy Christine Dumas was born on April 14, 1975 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her family moved around a lot to accommodate her dad’s job, bouncing around Florida before finally setting down in the Atlanta area.
It was in Georgia that most of Amy’s lifelong passions were born, and no, wrestling wasn’t one of them. Not yet. Amy’s true loves were punk rock, animals and Pee-wee Herman, and the last one led to her first-ever extreme stunt. After watching Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, young Amy decided she wanted to mimic the memorable bike tricks scene. You know the one…
Well, it turned out just as well in real life as is did in the movie. Sometimes kids aren’t so good with thinking things through, okay? Amy went flying, and ended up a lot more scraped up than Pee-wee did in the movie. Those were far from the last bumps and bruises she’d receive in her life.