"Game changer" is a phrase that has typically followed Lita around her wrestling career - even years after her official retirement back in 2006. Before she came around, women wrestlers were typically overlooked, used in either very short matches or just as sex symbols. Once she started moonsaulting on everyone, fans started to realize there could be a lot more to the women's division.
Not only was she a high flyer, she had the beauty and style that made her stand out from the crowd. Lita has had classic battles with her good friend, Trish Stratus, and has been connected to some of the most popular acts ever like The Hardy Boyz and Edge. Through her personal decisions, she set up one of the most interesting (and awkward) feuds ever when she actually cheated on Matt Hardy to be with Edge.
Lita was easily one of WWE’s most popular wrestlers, and she knew how to rock in front of the camera. So let’s not waste any more time and get right to it, with 15 of Lita’s most must-see pictures!
15 Fun In The Sun
Here, Lita is taking part in a photoshoot for one of WWE's Divas Magazines, released in the early 2000s.
14 Yellow Isn’t So Bad
There is a ton of yellow in this picture, but who cares? This was taken in the early portion of her WWE career where fans (including AJ Lee, who was a massive fan and credited her wrestling passion to Lita) couldn’t get enough of the high flyer.
13 Taking A Dip
Apparently, the water was really cold at this shoot, causing Lita to show a little more than usual. The funny part is WWE actually used this photo (uncensored) for one of Lita’s trading cards.
12 Stylin’ In The Cellar
Chains, armbands, and a choker, Lita always tried to push the envelope when it came to wearing outfits; she literally was unlike any other woman on the roster.
11 Eyes Up
When Lita went bad in 2005, she did so by aligning herself with “The Rated R Superstar” Edge. The hated duo went on to feud against the likes of Matt Hardy, Ric Flair, and Mick Foley.
10 White Shirt
Lita was known to accessorize pretty much anywhere she could, but for this WWE Divas: Hedonism shoot, they had her go with something a little more basic - a white shirt.
9 Hall Of Famer
Before WrestleMania XXX got underway, Lita was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, thanks to her six years and four title reigns with the company. Not surprisingly, Trish Stratus received the honor of inducting her real-life friend and was by her side for much of the night.
8 Younger Days
In contrast to the Hall of Fame entry, here is Lita back in the day when she worked for Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). For most of 1999, Lita was brought into the company by Paul Heyman, going by the name Miss Congeniality (later changed to Angelica). She spent much of her time being the on-screen girlfriend of Danny Doring.
7 Joining WWE
Before ECW, Lita actually traveled to Mexico when she was 23 to train lucha libre wrestling for about a year before returning to the U.S. With this style in her back pocket, Lita began working the indy circuit, where she also first met Jeff and Matt Hardy.
6 Tropical Shoot
Once Lita made it to WWE, she was paired up with Essa Rios, a wrestler who also had a luchador style of wrestling that meshed well with Lita. The two began coming out together and Lita slowly began to outshine him to the point where fans were cheering her actions (as a manager), more than his.
5 What’s Going On Here?
Not every WWE photo shoot is a successful one. In fact, this was a rejected photo that was only released years later in a gallery of “rejected pictures” by the WWE. Here we have Lita dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, in bed, with the Big Bad Wolf.
4 Trish And Lita
One of the greatest wrestling rivalries started between these two back in 2000 and lasted all the way until Trish retired in 2006. Between these years, both women held the Women’s Championship a combined 11 times, both feuding against and teaming up with each other.
Lita wowed fans right from the start when she began mimicking Essa Rios’ moonsault by doing it herself, and it ended up being dubbed the Litasault. Even though she did it throughout her WWE career, it was used most predominately during her Team Xtreme era.
2 Post Wrestling Life
After retiring in 2006, she made a few random appearances like on the 1000th episode of Raw when she defeated Heath Slater in a No Disqualification match. In 2015, Lita was a Tough Enough trainer who helped figure out who would be the next group of superstars join the WWE.
Looking back, Lita will be remembered as a talent that proved women can do anything in the ring that a guy can do. She was a risk-taker that wasn’t necessarily awesome on the mic, but had plenty of natural charisma that fans found easy to connect with. Women loved how strong she was and men couldn’t get enough of both her wrestling skills and beauty.
She went to the beat of her own drum and that path led her to great things as a pioneer, champion, and Hall of Famer. Even though Lita is no longer wrestling, there are plenty of women who have cited her as an inspiration including AJ, Liv Morgan, Becky Lynch, and Bayley. As great as some wrestlers have been, few have left a legacy like the legendary Lita.
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