Lita talks about her decision to leave WWE in 2006.
Lita was one of the defining WWE Divas of Attitude and Ruthless Aggression eras of WWE. Her matches with Trish Stratus helped inspire a generation but in 2006, Lita walked away and had stayed retired with the exception of very scattered appearances on WWE television and most recently, competing for the Raw Women's Championship at WWE Elimination Chamber.
In a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, she explains why it was time for her to walk away saying that she no longer felt excited about what she was doing and that it felt like work. She also explained that she had no fear of going into the next chapter of her life.
“Yeah, it was like ‘I think I don’t wanna be here.’ It was at the time that my contract, maybe had, I don’t know whenever they start talking to you. A year out, six months, eight months out, whatever it was," Lita began. "I just remember it not being as exciting when my music hit. Just being like ‘That’s my music. I think that means it’s time to go to work.’ Even being on the ramp, that was a weird feeling. That’s not how it’s supposed to feel, that’s not why you do this. I never [wanted] to punch a clock but that moment felt like punching a clock. So I remember at that point asking [them] to take me off the live events for a while [because I needed to figure this out]. They started asking about contract negotiations, like ‘Well what would you want financially’ and I’m like that’s not how I even want to think about this. I just wanna think about if I [even] wanna be here. I just remember not missing it and it feeling more right and just kinda having this perspective of ‘Man, I’ve done more than I ever thought I would do in my career. Maybe it’s time to get out’. I didn’t feel fear, I was like ‘I’m okay if I fall on my face, I’m okay with what this next chapter looks like.'"
Lita also recently talked about keeping herself in shape in case WWE wants to call her up for another match. Read more here.
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