Lita, a WWE Hall of Famer, has stated that she was on the verge of leaving the organization in 2005 amid the notorious love triangle storyline involving herself, Edge, and Matt Hardy.
Lita and Hardy were a couple on and off-screen, so when it was revealed that she was having an affair with the Rated-R Superstar, it drew a lot of attention and convinced WWE to make it into a TV storyline.
During a recent visit on Renee Paquette’s Oral Sessions, the WWE Hall of Famer discussed the tumultuous situation that nearly drove her to leave the company.
“It’s still a topic of conversation. On a regular basis, people comment on my relationships on Instagram or social media,” Lita said. “In the meantime, I promise that none of the individuals involved, you know, anything that isn’t contentious, like [CM] Punk, Edge, or Matt, don’t get asked about it. I’m sure they’re not asked about it because they’re males, and you know, it’s the double standard. That, I believe, is the issue at this moment; what I cling to, the feeling of being judged unfairly.”
“But I’ll tell you, it wasn’t easy,” she says “Lita chimed in. “I mean, I almost gave up on the whole love triangle a month in. Not only was it difficult at the time, but it was also embarrassing. I wasn’t proud of how I conducted myself, for example. Yes, I would have handled myself differently if I had to do it all over again. I, on the other hand, did not. As a result, I said, “Make the bed, and you lie in it.” And I thought to myself at the time, “I deserve all of these horrible things that everyone says to me.” I’ve earned the right to not want to get out of bed every morning. It became increasingly difficult to let myself off the hook as time went on.You can only move forward in life if you learn from your mistakes and keep going, but you must also forgive yourself.”
Lita also believes that if the love triangle plot had occurred in WWE today, some fans would have been on her side to support her.
Lita discusses how she and WWE Hall of Famer Edge dealt with the situation.
Although Lita faced a lot of backlash at the time, she and Edge spoke at the time and decided to remain silent and let the situation play out.
She also accused Matt Hardy of trying to appease fans by talking about it on the internet, which led to his dismissal from WWE. After a few weeks, Hardy was rehired by the organization.
“Adam (Edge) and I were talking at the moment, and “Lita remarked. “We were simply like since we couldn’t completely reject everything that was being said – and I wasn’t satisfied with how I was acting; I didn’t want to appear as if I was justifying or making excuses – so we both decided to let it play out. Let Matt act as he wishes because he chose to take to the internet and rally his fans behind him. We, on the other hand, have chosen to remain silent. I’m not sure that was the greatest option. I’m not sure what the optimal option would have been. How could I have done it any other way, given the consequences?”
Lita’s most recent WWE appearance was at the Evolution 2018 pay-per-view. To take on the pair of Mickie James and Alicia Fox, she joined up with fellow Hall Of Famer Trish Stratus.