Today in History: Lita’s First WWE Match

On this day in history:

March 23rd, 2000 | In what was Lita‘s very first match in the WWE, she challenged Jacqueline for her Women’s Championship, because back in the early days of the modern Divas Divison, one could earn a title shot just by showing up. Okay, so that’s not true. Regardless, Lita was not successful in her attempt. Like a good heel, though, she showed her sore loser spirit by hitting Jacqueline with a moonsault post-match.

What are your memories of this moment? Tell us in the comments!

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  • charovnica

    LOL it’s adorbale to watch how green Lita was.I love when we’re able to see an athlete grow right before our eyes.With that being said I appreciate equaly the already amazing in the ring Jacqueline

  • Lancerboi1986

    Never was a fan of Lita, especially when comparing her to Jacqueline, but this reminds me of when we first saw Trish. she definitely came a long way. Essa Rios…lol!!!

  • Nostalgia

    See the format of this match is very similar to how the divas are now.

    • Rhawk

      Exactly what I thought, and both of these women weren’t even in their prime at the time.

    • charovnica

      Exactly.We shouldn’t be so negative towards today’s division.I’m sure things will get way better as eventually the did back in the Golden Era of women’s wrestling.And Lita was way worse in this match (it’s forgivable since it was her first) than some of the divas we often bash the crap out of.I think we’re spoiled little brats tbh :D

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/xFranciscoMvsx?feature=mhee Francisco

        THIS ^^^^ we have the perfect development divas and tbh the actuall wwe divas division isn’t that bad if used correctly its just people of the iwc who exaggerate imo this is the best division we have had in a while and atleast all of them are different from eachother and all stand out!

        • Nostalgia

          Exactly! If the IWC had their way every storyline in the WWE would be diva oriented

      • AJFan95

        Agreed! If anything, for me, once we get kaitlyn/AJ, hopefully at ER, it’ll feel like the jump start to a modern Golden Era ala Survivor Series 2001: 6 Pack Challenge.

  • http://twitter.com/RyanRoman0 Ryan

    Love this match how cocky and sexy Lita looks haha
    Jackie kicking ass like a Boss!

    But sure they have the same format I suppose, but the quality back then was awesome! And I give it to the current girls quality because its much smoother looking
    Then again rookies like Lita knew crazy high flying moves that only men do
    Jackie was hard hitting like a man, her punches looked sick unlike the usual weak Kelly Kelly-like fore arem shots haha
    And they would put on really crazy often rough around the edges looking matches but is cool it’s forgivable because its the golden era ;)
    And the divas back then actually looked like they wanted to kick each others asses, wasn’t necessarily about trying to do flashy moves, like Maxine said that kind of style is what wwe is missing

    Nobody can do that Moonsault like Lita with such a flexibility to it.

    • K2Evefan

      A rough match is forgiven because it was in the golden era? Well thats kind of unfair. By the way 2000 wasnt even the actual golden era it was the stepping stone into the golden era bu ft it wasnt there yet.

      Also when they are referrimg to the format they are referring to the 3.5 minute match.

      • http://twitter.com/RyanRoman0 Ryan

        Put it this way there is this one fatal four way match from Rebellion 1999
        Ivory Jackie tori and Luna 4 of the BEST yet the match was a total cluster fuck
        All 4 it them were all over the place the fun parts were all beating up ivory, Ivory tricking Jackie into beating up Luna and tori, Jackie mauling ivory with some brutal stiff fists, and all hoping on top of the referee to make the save.
        The current girls seem more smooth with their flashy moves.
        Also back then the “rookie” divas like Lita and Trish weren’t baby stepping anything. They were taking big girl bumps
        Hell even Terri and kitty were too

        I personally like the current aksana Layla Kate Natalya and Alicia AJ Naomi crew these girls rock!!
        But girls like Kelly Maryse Bella’s , a BS match from them is totally unforgivable
        At least to me

  • Ace Of Base

    while it is true that Lita was very green here, something that is on display is an immense passion and a unique charisma that many women, including trish, didnt display. keep in mind that when lita entered the wwe, she was no more than a rookie. sure she had an intense schooling, but it was literally two short years and then she was in the big company. ivory herself, who was in her thirties when she made it to wwe, was also a rookie, admitted by herself. these women showed more passion that the current crop because they took it upon themselves to train on their time off. the same could be said for the likes of molly, trish, and victoria.

    lita was convincing as a lucha libre femme fetale, and i dont think anyone pulls off a moonsault as stylish and breath taking as her. i think she definitely helped revolutinize womens roles in the wwe. she showed the audience that women could pull off such moves and still be alluring and sexy. i miss her and the attitude era girls. this is a very nice memory.

    • charovnica

      I gotta say her moonsault & twist of fate looked better than ever on the RAW 1000th episode.This woman keeps getting better.

      • Lancerboi1986

        I don’t think they looked good at all up until the 1000th episode, that is just me though.

  • Lita-Sault-666

    Lita was no ring veteran at this point in her career, thats for certain, and in comparison our divas now are pretty decent, as mentioned above they just need to be utilized better & in decent storylines.
    BUT, there match is better. Yes there is visibly a lack of being in in-ring shape on Lita’s part, and looks knackered bless her, but the match was much more enjoyable. Half of it is simply the fact that the audience cared back then. Shame really

  • ajfan83

    Lita never became a good in-ring worker. She was always “green”. Don’t know why Lita fans can’t admit that. It was never her strength. She was like a female Jeff Hardy, hugely over with the fans but a crap worker outside of their high spots. Lita had more charisma than the divas with high in ring skills, and she was more relatable than the models. Truth be told, technical ability is probably the least important factor in why a wrestler becomes popular. CM Punk is great in the ring, but nobody cared until his “pipebomb” promo. Daniel Bryan is even better technically, but fans are more interested in screaming “Yes!” at him. It’s all spectacle, and no diva was better at that than Lita in her prime.

    • Nostalgia

      And I disagree, Lita became much more of a grounded wrestler during her latest heel run.

      • AdrianRay

        Lita never continued to be green, she wasn’t amazing technically, but not green. Lawd!

      • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

        @AJFAN83 lita was green here but shes better then what you give her credit for, anyone can see that..i mean how was she always green? just because you say she was trying to say she has charisma over wrestling ability is stupid she did wrestle some amazing matches & her moves are what got her over first of all because no one in wwe saw what she did before her or after…
        also litas style was high flying so she didn’t need to be technical while say molly was more technical but didn’t get to show what she could do off the top rope besides the molly go round because lita was the high flyer…

    • redsandman99

      While I do think Lita got more solid in the ring post neck injury when she seemed to be more grounded, I agree it wasn’t her biggest strength. I agree that her charisma and relatability were. When I was ten, eleven years old I couldn’t give two shits about working ability or whatever. She looked different than the other divas, she did things I had never seen a woman do before and she was just like the coolest person ever to me. I think a lot of people can agree they felt the same way at the time.

      • Jcott3

        Molly Holly has said that Lita was a better wrestler after she broke her neck, but many fans say she wasn’t the same afterwards.

      • http://twitter.com/RyanRoman0 Ryan

        Sorry AJ Fan

        I’m the biggest Lita Trish Mccool Mickie James Fan ever

        And calling Lita “green” not quite accurate. She knew how to take hits like a man, she wasn’t exactly technical but she was a legit wrestler. Nothing u say can take away from Lita
        Fact is AJ and Lita are quite the bump taking machines!! Lita is and was always awesome!! :D

    • charovnica

      “Lita fans” won’t admit it cause it’s not true.She was getting better and better by every year and when she returned in 2003 she was extremely improved (no pun intended). Looking at her performance at 1000th RAW,I think she just keeps getting better still.

    • Jamal

      Yeah, Lita was never a great worker. Decent? Yeah. But not great.

    • Lancerboi1986

      AJFAN hit the nail on the head. She was someone that all of the outcasts and ‘awkward stage’ kids could relate to, and she also appealed to those who were into exoticism. She was always so green it hurt.

      • Ace Of Base

        It hurt you maybe Lancerboi, but millions would disagree. That is fine with me. :-)

        Lita was a phenomenal aerial wrestler and got better at her ground work post neck injury. We all agree she wasn’t on the level of Molly or Alundra Blayze or SDR, but she was good for her handful of years of experience.

        She wasn’t great on the mic, but altogether horrible as the haters like to make it seem, very rarely. I as Lita’s biggest fan of all time can agree that some of her promos were cringeworthy…so again, we’re not glossing everything as other people like to do. I can point out the worst and the best of her and overall, I think she was a brilliant Diva.

        • charovnica

          ^ !!! But also I wanna point out that Lita didn’t even have to speak to get over,her presence was enough.You know we all say we want the divas to be different,but we expect the same amount of everything in everyone.Lita wasn’t the best wrestler in the world or had the best mic skills,but she was great at making people entertained and that’s a lot!She was charismatic & innovative.

        • WweLitafan4ever

          Lita’s mic skills actually got a lot better as a heel. The promo she cut when she first turned heel was really good,and she cut another good promo against Cena before the live celebration. Oh,and there is one where she announced her retirement,that promo was awesome and she should have been cutting those type of promos on a weekly basis.

      • http://twitter.com/RyanRoman0 Ryan

        Lacerboi what the hell are u talking about?
        Awkward stage kids??? This is 2000 we are talking about I sincerely doubt there were any stage kids! No millions could be outcasts dude, and exoticism? Because some ppl like a certain look u slap a label to them? Not quite my dude
        Lita was just Latina looking is all
        Plus we all assumed she was because she rolled with Essa Rios, she had some sick moves yet she was a rookie.
        Lita was awesome! I bet those weird outcast kids probably wanted a strange weirdo goth chick like winter or Paige to cheer for
        Lita is simply not for u

  • Johnyfaction3

    The audience was cheering even though she was for her even she was
    Heel. Does anyone know the song Lita had back them?

    • Nostalgia

      It was Essa Rios theme song, don’t remember the name. They were a team back then before her storied history with the Hardy Boyz.

  • Crazy_J

    Lita’s in ring style is what attracted fans. She automatically gained attention during he debut with Essa when she climbed that rope and did a moonsault. Even with this being her first match, I know I was anticipating it. Granted she was green, but the thing is that she improved. She will always have people who want to hate, that’s just the way it is in wrestling. You could be great, but someone won’t like you.

    I think the biggest problem is that we have spoilers to ruin matches. We have everyone saying, “that match was okay, but they should have done this”. WWE won’t listen to us because we aren’t consistent. I’m sure we could all agree on a few things, but then it would come down to which diva(s) get those few things – that’s where the disagreeing would occur lol. They are doing something right with Naomi/Cameron and the Bella’s because I was totally into this past Friday. On the other hand they are not giving Kaitlyn much to do. It’s hard to be a happy fan when you were having great matches at one point.

  • WweLitafan4ever

    Nice headscissors by Lita.
    Lita was green in the ring at first,but she was still more experienced/better than a lot of the women they had at that time,and she did get better after her neck injury.
    That doesn’t take anything away from Lita though. Not only was she athletic,agile,and performed highflying maneuvers, she was captivating,had an unmatching presence/charisma, and connected with the fans like no other diva.
    I love how the fans always went nuts when she climbed the turnbuckle to do the moonsault.

    Plus, Lita looks good in the red catsuit:)

    • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

      ^ this…i dont think people give her the credit she deserves either i mean who got over like lita did in one night doing what she did…

      • WweLitafan4ever

        Agree. Sometimes, I feel that people don’t give her enough credit,and she’s underrated in that regard.
        Lita’s the most popular diva of all time..and the greatest diva of all time as-well

        • AJFan95

          Underrated by one user, but overrated by her fans imo.

        • WweLitafan4ever

          Lita deserves every ounce of credit she gets,she isn’t overrated by any means.

        • AJFan95

          Notice the imo. Don’t get so defensive. She definitely is an innovator, but despite what people say her best moments were managing and she never really had exceptional mic skills like most of the girls that era. Also her wrestling was very shaky. Again, just my opinion.

        • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

          ajfan95 you get defensive too & you always have something against lita fans like they have to agree with you or something…she didn’t have great mic skills so what?
          to me lita was actually a good wrestler & had afew shaky moments again so what?.
          she was never sloppy all the time or green all of her career….
          lita overrated i dont think so because she gets alot of hate i think overrated goes to someone like trish because people try to say she was the most popular,best on the mic & so on when she was far from it when lita fans dont say lita was the best wrestler or best on the mic….

        • AJFan95

          This is the first time I’ve mentioned Lita lol. This isn’t AJFan83. I’m not saying anything like that, just stating an opinion. It’s hilarious how you have to take shots at Trish to make Lita look better. They were both legends, but imo Trish will always be above her. Trish fans never claim that she’s the best wrestler, I do think her heel mic work was amazing, yes. Trish is also somewhat similar to Lita in that she broke molds for women. Lita fans (not all) tend to often try to detract from Trish’s legacy, why I’ll never know.

        • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

          i dont know if you’s are the same person or not….i never took shots at trish i stated that shes gets praised while lita doesn’t & when lita does people go on the attack…I just stated what they say…
          if you can read you would have seen i never made lita look better i called out her flaws so somehow lita looked better is hilarious..
          glad that’s your opinion since lita to me is above trish it doesn’t matter how many titles you get is who the crowd remembers more & that’s lita who fans still bring signs for & her returns got more of a crowd reaction….

        • Ace Of Base

          I don’t take shots at Trish to make Lita look better personally, that would be the ever annoying, crazed fan “Fahkyoo.” He or She constantly takes shots at Lita to praise Trish, which I think is just ridiculous but anyway…

          In my eyes, difficult as it is for me to choose because Lita & Trish Stratus are my top two favorite Divas – and without overrating them – I will always favor Lita a tad more over Trish Stratus. I think Trish ultimately became the better at constantly upping her moveset, but Lita had a more natural flow to her in the ring. Atleast during the later part of her career IMO. She had more prescence and her character and personality were always naturally more engaging and captivating than any other Diva. Again, just my opinion on both. I actually still follow both of them in their new careers. I wish Trish would post more vids on youtube too, love watching her do her photoshoots because she’s very comical and although I think the jokes are lame, I can’t help but to love her because she’s so ambitious and inspiring.

          Trish is doing a poll on her website too where she’s asking who should induct her in the HoF, and sweet that Lita is winning almost by a landslide. It will so great to see them reunite on camera again (officially and not backstage) since 07.

        • AJFan95

          Why would we be? Lol I love Trish, while he doesn’t.

          Whenever there is anything positive written or reported of Trish you take a shot at her. As well as others do. Two people attacked Lita here, let’s not overreact.

          The rudeness is unnecessary and makes you look 12, art.

          Lita has returned what 3 times since 2006? Trish has appeared multiple times and even did a Mania angle. Of course Lita’s reactions would be better. I doubt the average WWE crowd remembers who those two were for the most part anyway. Her title wins are irrelevant to me. She is the best, because she was all-around great.

          Ace of Base, oh I wasn’t talking about you. I actually like your posts!

      • flash1086

        Wow! Typical of Lita fans. Always have to take shots at Trish(even if she got NOTHING to do with that video) just to put over their favorite. Im not suprise. LEAVE TRISH OUT OF THIS.

      • Ace Of Base

        Thank you AJFan. It’s nice to know a big Trish fan and a big Lita fan can get along with ease. This should be a trend we start.

        And Art, no matter how over the top you come across in defending Lita, I think you’re awesome too.

        • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

          @AJFAN95 i was stating how people praise trish like shes god or something but as soon as you say lita was a good wrestler or anything people will say she was always sloppy or like you have to say she was always green & want her fans to admit but its just an opinion ;-)
          trish should get a better reaction because shes back once/twice a year so that’s no excuse its just that the crowd never cared for her as much as lita..

        • WweLitafan4ever

          @art
          True. It’s okay to constantly praise Trish and kiss her ass like this site does,but whenever something good about Lita is mentioned,or whenever Lita is acknowledged,everyone shits all over her. God forbid someone praises Lita,this site has to attack her for no reason.
          Fucking hypocrites.

        • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

          @WWELITAFAN4EVER i know i find it hilarious ajfan would call lita overrated when he & the other aj both knock anyone who likes her i mean he jumped in on me agreeing with you because it was about lita….

        • AJFan95

          Lol you guys look so immature. Yes, please victimize yourself and Lita’s fanbase. You could say the exact same with how people find the way to drag Trish as well. I barely knock Lita. Why are you becoming so delusional?

        • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

          you did knock her & then called her fans the most annoying…get over yourself…

        • ajfan83

          Look at all you lame asses going back and forth. Same old arguments too. Nice to see I’m always on your minds, though, even when you pretend to not read my comments. I don’t think it’s my tone that annoys you. It’s the fact that I can see through the hype of both Lita and Trish and pick apart their flaws. But I will say the Lita fans are far more defensive. The Trish marks are at their most annoying when she lands some tiny magazine or TV show and they can pretend she’s a huge celebrity. The Lita marks have to praise her constantly and put her on an imaginary pedestal because she doesn’t even get the dinky offers that Trish does.

      • flash1086

        LOL!! Lita fans are even willing to lie just put over their delusions of their favorites. lol. Lita got NO REACTION AT ALL during her last 2 apparences. Stop being delusional.

        • WweLitafan4ever

          @FLASH1086
          How ironic,your saying a diva(Lita) got no reaction during her last 2 appearances,when your favorite diva got DEAD SILENCE at RAW 1000…now that is something to truly LOL about.
          They both appeared on the same show,and Lita actually got some sort of crowd response,unlike someone else. If anyone is delusional here,it’s you.

        • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

          @AJFAN83 you’re not on my mind we have to be on yours for all your comments at us lol…..
          @FLASH1086 lita got a decent pop when versin health slater
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASvbZyIohlo
          ^BETTER REACTION then trish’s last what 3-5 appearances…

  • Ace Of Base

    i personally feel that Lita and trish were the two greatest divas ever. sable and chyna may have been slightly or somewhat more popular for a shortner period, but Lita and trish were great because they stuck to it, they loved it, they gave it their absolute best.

    anyways, lita s theme here was essa rios, she used electron going solo, then like three different versions of it just feels right and then lovefurrypassionenergy and then a remix of it. wish someone new did a cover of her song and make it more moderrn and more bass in it.

    • ajfan83

      Chyna and Sable were far more popular, at least in terms of name recognition, although early Lita got similar crowd reactions. Chyna and Sable were around 4 years, Lita and Trish 6 years. So let’s not get in to the whole “longevity” thing again. Tara, Gail Kim, Mickie James, Jazz, those are names with longevity. The biggest WWE divas tend to quit wrestling early, in case you haven’t noticed.

  • AJFan95

    Just to add to the discussion, IMO (just rememebr that), Lita was never really good at wrestling, she was passionate about ti and she stuck out from the crowd with her style, and is most certainly a legend, but her wrestling more often than not was poor and left much to be desired. This isn’t me trying to drag down her legacy, rather give my opinion on her skills.

  • https://twitter.com/Qwon_23 3xplicit

    anybody else notice lita’s body language coming to the ring even up to the point of the bell ringing? the hair flip to the side? the arm movements? head movement? the skipping? … AJ lee anybody? AJ really was a die hard lita fan lol

    • http://twitter.com/RyanRoman0 Ryan

      Na dude! Litas walk was sexy
      Did u see her hips? Damn! She had that sexy Latina strut haha hips left to right!
      Like a Latina woman walking down the hot streets on a summer in NYC

      AJ skips like a little girl selling Girl Scout cookies on her way to an old folks home, in

    • Ace Of Base

      Yes ofcourse. That is something I love about Lita and it is somewhat of an art for the divas and wrestlers in general. You HAVE to exaggerate everything so that the person in the last row can see what’s going on. And in a way, this is Lita’s way of saying, “I can be sexy too.” As an audience we were used to the Sable and later Trish type to be the sexy women, but Lita, Ivory, Jackie, and Victoria showed other kinds of sexy women. Even Jazz I dare say! I think Jazz was attractive in her own way as well. They weren’t the cookie cutter sexy girls, but they sure were beautiful in their way.

  • ajfan83

    F**k off AJFAN95. So I’m a “loser” because I don’t agree with you? How about you find an original name and come back with something better than your whiny comments. Ace of Base, you once again with your comical “here’s why Lita is better than everyone, and don’t you dare disagree, but can’t we all get along?” crap. Art, you are the biggest joke of all. You admit all of Lita’s flaws but still think she is perfect, then make fun of people for not getting reactions while having a freaking Layla, the queen of no reactions, as your avatar.

    Lita was hugely popular and a unique character, but her fans must be the most annoying marks on the planet. How about you all get a life or a hobby and stop kissing the ground of an ex-wrestler that probably couldn’t care less about any of you.

    • Ace Of Base

      How in the blue hell did you intrepret what I’ve said as that? I agreed to disagree and can accept that not everyone will like Lita or favor her over another diva. Why do you insist and make shit up, out of thin air?! Lita supporters are not the most annoying in the planet, I’ve seen and read crazier things in support of others that we (Lita fans) have nothing on, so you’re wrong yet again. Besides, every diva has their share of passionate devotees. Have you not read how defensive some Kelly fans get?

      Well in any case, I’m not gonna sit around and let you trample all over my thoughts and views on the matter. Have you seen yourself lately? Always calling people out and fail to see your own pattern of sharing your, “Higher than Thou” opinions on us. Be respectful for once.

      • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

        hey aj take your own advice & i never said lita was perfect because shes not so you should be a german porn star because your full of shit……
        this isn’t about layla who has gotten reactions its just wwe dropped the ball on her like kaitlyn & so on so maybe save that for another time….
        the queen of no reaction is michelle mccool so get ya facts if you’re gonna type shit…..
        telling others to get a hobby/life when you clearly have none is hilarious….

  • http://www.joeyesrojo.webs.com joeyesrojo

    I would like to say that the reason fans aren’t into matches like they used to be, is not only lack of story lines, but the fact that all they’re doing now is tweeting pictures, recording, touting, and every other damn thing other than actually watching the match!

    Actually watch wrestling!? What does that mean?!

  • divaindemise

    To be completely honest, I find the unending critical assessments of Lita (and Trish) to be tiring. And speaking as a longstanding fan of Lita, I actually feel there’s mirth in the objectivity of AJFan83’s opinion of Lita. There was something completely magnetic and wholly appealing about her presence that compensated for a lack of refinement in her craft during her early years. Certainly, when I watch Lita’s work in retrospect some of it is like watching an entirely different woman. That said, I think given the circumstances (the gravity of her injuries) the opinion that Lita was at the very least technically competent enough to put on an occasional great match should be permitted. And whether Lita was in face or heel mode, her eternal currency in her whole career was the fan connection that she never once lost. We cheered and jeered when we were supposed to, and again, that’s testament to her unique presence. She was a welcome antithesis to the prototype of Diva upon her debut, an alternative for boys and girls that didn’t want the blonde vanilla. In that regard, I think the controversial AJFan83 is very correct: being a good worker tends to take a backseat when you have popularity in abundance. A lot of the women of Lita’s time were either superior wrestlers or surpassed her in skill as they progressed, but with the exception of Trish Stratus, none of them could captivate an audience in the same vein.

    (By the way, feel free to agree/disagree all you want; as I said, this debate is tiring and I’m only adding my two cents before I let everyone else duke it out.)

    • http://twitter.com/RyanRoman0 Ryan

      I like your words. In fact totally agree with you my dude! I’m a Lita fan Trish fan fan of ALL :D
      But the argument gets tiring because people become like cockroaches at the sight of sugar.. They all scatter around and pick apart Lita Layla Trish and many others, rather than well you know, enjoy the ride

      • Ace Of Base

        DivaDemise – I like the way you expressed yourself and you basically said the same thing as AJFan, only better. Ever seen The Walking Dead? You’re Daryl and AJFan is Merle. That’s the difference. I appreciate that you do so respectfully as opposed to proceeding to shit on everyone’s comments. Thanks.

  • Ace Of Base

    A Final Note on Lita & Trish.

    Trish spoke on the poll she did on her website and I think is a good indicator of Lita being the one to induct her.

    Quote Trish, “Funnily enough, before I done this interview, I put a poll on my website, asking who would my fans like to see induct me into the Hall of Fame. Lita won with a landslide, I would say, I can’t disagree with that sentiment.”

    From -Ministry of Slam Radio -