Lita: A Less Traveled R.O.A.D. – The Reality of Amy Dumas by Amy Dumas

October 25, 2019

Ludicrously overblown title aside, this is one of the better WWE-published autobiographies, despite Lita coming along in the post-territorial era. She had an interesting life before and outside wrestling, told in this 2003 publication, written while she was out of action with a neck injury.

Those who sat through her protracted Hall of Fame induction speech may feel they’ve heard many of the stories before, but it still makes for an amazing tale: fascinated by seeing Rey Mysterio and fellow luchadors on Monday Nitro, but with no idea how to get into the business, she simply flew down to Mexico City and began hanging around the lucha venues until she persuaded CMLL staff to give her some basic training.  From there she covers her brief independent career and her time in ECW, where she tells a great story about tapping out Chris Chetti in a hotel room grappling session (albeit once in many attempts) and Chetti being terrified of word getting back to his trainer Taz.

Her initial WWE run is well-covered as well, but there’s just as much about her non-wrestling activities, be they getting breast enhancement surgery, taking part in gameshows including Fear Factor, volunteering with animal centers, and undergoing neck surgery.  It’s well judged and appropriate to the book as Lita’s wrestling career was larglt on the grand stage and is well known; there’s little insider gossip or surprises here. Instead, the book does one of the best jobs of a WWE autobiography into giving an insight into the person behind the character.

As with <a href=””>Edge’s book,</a> there’s the obvious limitation that it came too early to cover her real life affair with Adam Copeland, the awkward prospect of working with former partner Matt Hardy, or the experience of being a particularly vilified heel. But what you do get is so deep that this is less of a painful omission.

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