WWE Hall of Famer Lita recently spoke with Jim Varsallone at Florida Supercon in Fort Lauderdale to discuss various topics including getting started with the WWE, her reaction to the Mae Young Classic and which NXT Superstar stood out to her in the tournament. Highlights of the interview below.

Starting her pro wrestling journey: “So when I was starting my pro wrestling journey, I was playing in bands and taking martial arts. When I saw wrestling I was like ‘Man, it’s like the best of both worlds. You’re a rock star and an athlete in one gig.’ I never looked back and think it worked out okay.”

When she first realized her career was taking off: “I feel like I wasn’t really supposed to be the girl that was supposed to fall into the hearts of everybody in their living rooms. It kind of just caught on. While we [Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy] might have just been on [Sunday Night] Heat or getting lower on the card to shows, that ‘Lita’ chant, you guys started making that happen, and getting that momentum to the next level. I think when I knew things were really taking off had to have been when The Rock was the special guest referee against my match with the boss’ daughter Stephanie McMahon. That’s when you kind of realize things are happening.”

Reaction to the Mae Young Classic: “Each of these moments I feel like it sets up a little bit more of watching the women take our ball that we tried really hard to keep up there and throw it as high as they can. Watching that, I get really emotional thinking about it. Watching the success, the determination the passion and really varied backgrounds of all these women from all over the world, different avenues of life, drawing a connection to this business that I loved for so much. Seeing their interpretation and taking the perception of women in the business that much further is really special. It really touched my heart. As much as I have a lot of the women come up to me and say that I inspired them to maybe start their journey, their own story is very inspiring.”

Bianca Belair standing out at the Mae Young Classic: “I was at the tryout for Bianca Belair. She had never wrestled at all and she delivered in that Mae Young Classic. That’s all I’m going to say, I don’t want to give it away. I want you to watch but she’d never even run the ropes and now she’s owning that ring in her match with a multiple year veteran. It was cool to see.”

Lita also discusses first being paired with Essa Rios, working commentary with Jim Ross and her musical background.

You can listen to the full interview below:

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  • DivaLicious?

    Bianca belair is the modern day black sable?

    But I hope my girl Mia Yim wins this. She really deserves it. I loved her work in Impact wrestling.

    • Kelly/Asuka???RainbowGoddess!

      Gurl not at you shading Bianca by calling her the black sable lol Sable was meh in the ring. Bianca is already a better than her in the ring and is still getting better.

      • Angelica Marie MoNae

        Sable was one of the most over women in the history of the company so how is that shade? I haven’t even seen her so idk but im pretty sure he is talking about their sex appeal when he compares them.

        • Raekon

          It is because Sable got over by showing her boobs and butt to the world unlike Bianca that works and Trains hard to be on the spot she is.

          • Angelica Marie MoNae

            I still don’t see how it’s shade comparing them unless he/she was trash talking them both being bad in the ring which obviously wasn’t the case.

        • Rosanna

          No, when you see Bianca it’s not sex appeal he’s talking about how over she is. She is highly praised by former superstars current superstars. She is ideal the full package. That’s what he/she means by the moderne day Sable. If all these former legends and superstars are complimented you on something and giving you praise. You’re definitely over. But just wait till she gets to the main roster. Then her career should definitely fly.

          • Angelica Marie MoNae

            But sable was by no means the full package so I don’t see that as being what they meant when they compared them but hey who knows. Maybe it’s just the braided ponytail that they thought were similar.

          • Rosanna

            Sable was the full package. She had mic skills charisma wrestling ability and the crowd absolutely adored anything she did even when she was a manager. Her matches was absolutely amazing for a prissy little pre-Madonna like herself. Just because she didn’t want to take bumps or get hit in the face doesn’t take away from the fact that she was a great wrestler not an amazing wrestler but a great one. But then again most of the women during the attitude era wasn’t an amazing performer as well. But I get what you mean because Bianca can wrestler she’s very athletic and very flexible and she learns very quickly. But what they was simply referring as how over she is with the crowd and people backstage.

          • Angelica Marie MoNae

            You are the only person I have ever heard call her a great wreslter. She could hardly wrestle at all lol. Yes she was pretty and yes she had charisma but that is why the crowd adored her, not for her wrestling ability at all.

          • Angelica Marie MoNae

            And mic skills???? Really when and where did she ever have a good mic segment?

          • Angelica Marie MoNae

            Sable was worse than Kelly Kelly and Bayley on the mic lol. Shoot even asuka is better on the mic lol.

          • Rosanna

            You must be a new wrestling fan going off of rumors and what other people has said instead of actually watching her segments and promos and her in-ring ability.

          • Angelica Marie MoNae

            No my dear I have been watching wrestling since I was 6 in 1996 I watched her from beginning to end lol. I’m not saying she isn’t a legend but it’s not because of her mic skills or her wrestling ability.

    • Jo9834

      RE: Sable I do see the comparison hair style wise, and to some extent her demeanour , I personally would have likened her to Jazz , Jacqueline, Victoria but mostly Beth Phoenix due to her beauty and athleticism combined.

      Credit where its due however, without Sable we probably wouldn’t have had the womens division today as we know it. Or at least the Diva’s era and women that followed (Trish, Lita, Torrie etc).

    • John Finnie

      Now that you mention it didnt sable use her ponytail as a whip when she was the narcisist champion???

  • Don ?

    I’m excited for Bianca as well. I misjudged her initially because I thought her long, stiff braid looked ridiculous but after seeing a clip of her whipping Ruby with it I was immediately hooked. ?

  • Angelica Marie MoNae

    She has never wrestled before and they put her in a ring? I’m not buying it Lita!

    • chrissi calvert

      She signed in April 2016 and had never wrestled before the Mae Young classic. She has a background in crossfit and powerlifting

      • Raekon

        She wrestled in a lot of nxt live Events and also had her qualification match for the mae Young classic on tv before the mae Young classic.
        What lita meant was that she never had wrestled before her WWE TRYOUT back then and that Lita was impressed by her during that tryout back then and how far she came since then because of her Performance at the mae young classic for someone that has been Wrestling for around 1,5 years only. :)

        • Edwards1992

          Actually she got signed in September of last if I’m not mistaken. Just imagine how awesome she will be in two yrs?!

          • Raekon

            If they handle her well then she will definately be cause the potential is there, she just need to gather more in ring experience/routine, get more confident in ringwise and get the right booking to get her over. :)

          • Joseph

            No she got sign in late 2015 and reported in April 2016.

        • Angelica Marie MoNae

          I knew what she meant lol I was kidding

          • Raekon

            NP! ^_^
            The way they wrote it was easy missunderstandable so I wouldn’t had been surprised if someone missunderstood it. :)

      • Angelica Marie MoNae

        But I’m saying they had her with some sort of training before they put her in a match lol. Kelly Kelly withstanding they aren’t going to put someone in a match that doesn’t even know how to run the ropes lol.

        • Raekon

          They screwed up big time with Ashley, Kelly, Maria and Eva Marie throwing them in the ring without any Training.

          • Angelica Marie MoNae

            Agreed which is why I don’t see them ever doing it again. They tried it with Eva and the fans went nuts because she was so bad then they got her ass trained lol.

  • All Eyes On Me

    Yaaass Bianca! ?

    Me when I hear her theme..
    “So many people try to imitate what we dooo..”??
    https://media.tenor.com/images/9503daefd31e11f2b969aeb0aac89a20/tenor.gif

    • MK126

      Her song is such a bop! I wish they’d release it already lol

      • All Eyes On Me

        It is! But sadly it’s not a CFO$’ song, so most likely WWE will replace it (hopefully they bought the license like Bray Wyatt’s and Emma’s 1st theme).

        • MK126

          Wait its not made by CFO$?? No wonder I cant find it on apple music LOL I hope they let her keep it cause that song is literally everything

          • All Eyes On Me

            The singer’s name is Wordsmith, and it is on iTunes. Here’s the link https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/king-noah/id677297695

          • MK126

            OMG YASSSSSSS THANKS BISH!

          • All Eyes On Me

            You’re welcome boo ?

          • MK126

            This song old AF LOL they prolly bought the license to the song

          • All Eyes On Me

            Ikrrr
            Sometimes WWE just lead us to old hidden gems in music like Spin the Bottle, Beautiful Sexy Fierce, Bad Girl Good Boy (Lacey Evans’) ?

          • MK126

            Spin the bottle did not fit Kaitlyn AT ALL lol that song was a mess. I haven’t heard Lacey’s song and B.S.F rings a bell but idk who it went with

          • All Eyes On Me

            Lol ? I think BSF would fit Mandy.

            Gurl we talked about entrance themes all day lol DD need to make a thread about it or a poll on who got the best entrance theme

          • MK126

            I feel like they should do that for their year end awards cause most of these CFO$ songs are bops. Who had BSF originally?

          • All Eyes On Me

            True! DD team hear us!!
            BSF was Billie’s 1st and then Peyton use it (at the same time).

          • MK126

            Was this before she went with that opera sounding shit cause she changed her theme like mad times lol

  • Kvngbalor

    I love the hype Bianca is getting she’s going to be huge going forward in NXT after the Mae Young Classics

  • It looks like Bianca most definitely be one to watch.

  • GlowTime

    So happy that Bianca is being recognised. Pure talent, she will go far and I’m soo excited to see it happen for her! <3

  • George

    Cool. I loved this Queen for the first time i saw her, hope she makes it in NXT after the tournament

  • Tnn Crs

    I am sooo in lllove with Bianca !!
    It’s funny because when she made her entrance on NXT, she caught everybody’s eyes in 3 seconds. She showed more charisma and her better character than her opponent (Aliyah) who is already here for a couple of years. That really says a lot… The furure is bright for her and I can’t wait to see more.

  • Organization XIII

    You better shout out a rising Queen!!!!!

  • MK126

    Shes definitely the one to watch out for especially after her match with Kairi Sane. I saw a brief clip of their match in the MYC and her 450 splash was perfect. Shes gonna be a star in NXT

    • John Finnie

      Is the clip online??? Im a tyipical fan impatiant lol

      • MK126

        Yeah I saw it last night on Youtube while looking for a video of her theme song LMFAO she even beats Kairi with her hair while shes in the corner

        • John Finnie

          Do i type in bianca vs Kairi on utube? …now to check it out

      • Joseph

        WWE made a video about her and at the end she does the 450.

  • Queen Bianca is gonna be big!

  • Miguel

    I remember the first time I saw her it was actually at her IG and she gave me this Jacqueline vibes but at the same time something completely different. She carries herself with such confidence and has a great presence.She’s already working on unique signature moves and everything. The last thing I saw, she needs to work on her ring skills but she’s learning fast and has other elements that will make her shine bright.

  • Aye Mate

    Bianca Belair is an impressive physical specimen. The moment I laid eyes on her I was mesmerised by her potential. Since, I’ve seen tidbits of her athleticism and prowess in the ring and she looks like a natural fit for wrestling. I hope NXT is the perfect playground for her character development because she oozes star quality.

  • wysna

    I’m all for Bianca right now tbh. I’ll always advocate the exposure of girls who are more experienced and skilled but when you have someone as unique and exceptional as Bianca, I’m down for it. The girl has such a strong presence in the ring. I remember when the girls were presented one by one and she had the most unusual look and pose. She showed strength without doing the whole ”yeah I’m strong” pose. Not a fan of the finishers she has used thus far but that hair whip is fantastic and, if she can continue to pull off that 450 splash beautifully, maybe they’ll let her use it more. The girl has so much potential and I can’t wait for her to bring it in the future.

    • All Eyes On Me

      Yeah, her spear is good but nowadays everybody did it kinda lost the finisher presence. Judging from her match with Aliyah, she needs to tune her selling a bit tho.

  • John Finnie

    My first love & only love of the female gender lol
    Its hard to imagine Lita as emotional & lets have a one off match at NXT

    • All Eyes On Me

      Yes! But I prefer a match at Wrestlemania

      • John Finnie

        Ohh ofcourse it has to be Mania

  • When I read the title of this article I was like…watch it not be Bianca. Then I skipped reading it to see who Lita thought actually stood out….BITCH YAAAAS!!! I’m stanning Bianca since I heard that Bop ass theme song!

  • DayOneISH!
  • Crazy. #RIPMae

    Yasss Bianca

  • Angelica Marie MoNae

    Just watched the Bianca vs Aaliyah match and it was alright. Tbh it was by far Aaliyah’s worst match to date I think, she just didn’t look in to it at all and she was so botchy. Bianca was alright though for it being her first televised match but she definitely still has A LOT of work to do. She moves a tad awkward in the ring and her selling was pretty bad but that will all come with more time and experience. I really liked that move before the spear where she spun Aaliyah’s around her and dropped her forehead on Bianca’s knee, not sure what you would call it, and the slap with her braid was kind of sic too! She really just needs ring awareness and work on her selling and she will already be better than Eva Marie though lol. Also she need a new finisher besides a spear, I’m so over the spear. Nikki uses a spear, Charlotte uses a spear, Tamina uses a spear, everyone uses a spear it’s been destroyed as a finisher. I’m not a fan of her gear or her theme song though, the song was a million times better than Aaliyah’s crap song though.

    • Matthaniel Johnson

      You clearly know nothing about wrestling, Aliyah did wonderful in that match, where did she botch?There wasn’t a single botch in this match. Reading your comment I’d say you’re not a real fan of wrestling with this assessment.

      • Angelica Marie MoNae

        Her neckbreaker was attrocious and she could barely stay on her feet. She was all over the place. Her baseball slide into the leg lariat was botched her slide barely went anywhere and she didnt even come close to connecting her lariat.

      • Angelica Marie MoNae

        Also I do want it to be clear just because I said it was Aaliyah’s worst match doesnt mean it was a bad match. You had two NXT home grown talents working together for probably the first time so for what it was it wasn’t a bad match at all just that Aaliyah didn’t look as clean as she normally does in her execution and selling.

  • Love LITA, always so passionate about the bussiness and trying to have the recognition that women’s deserve in the industry.
    Not surprise at all that Bianca stood out, she look’s so promising.

  • Matthaniel Johnson

    I knew Bianca was the next big thing,she should have won the mae young classic. Lita thank you for not being typical and picking an iwc favorite like Kari sane,the chic that gave herself a concussion doing an elbow drop. Ugh.

  • Lushluke

    Actually she was a stripper of you read her book

  • Ken Lushh

    Judging from the videos i’ve seen from the MYC Bianca showed tf out! I’m excited to see.

  • NY

    Love Lita!

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    Bianca is legit! She really is one to watch.

  • Kiana Taylor
  • ssilva872

    Lita is a QUEEN.

    Loved the interview. You can tell how much she loves the business.

  • A?.

    Bianca yes! She has a bright future, can’t wait.