Lita and Michelle Retirement Matches Featured on WWE.com’s ‘Most Crushing Losses’

WWE.com has compiled a photo montage of what they consider to be the “most crushing losses” in WWE history.

Making the list are the finals matches of Divas Lita and Michelle McCool.

Lita’s loss to Mickie James at Survivor Series 2006 was set to be her last match, but instead of coming out on top of the division, Lita lost her Women’s Title to Mickie and left the company defeated. That’s not even mentioning the lovely Cryme Tyme “auction” that followed..

Michelle’s defeat at Extreme Rules 2011 was about as heartbreaking as it could get, as she was beaten by her former best friend Layla in a “Loser Leaves WWE” match. She was forced to retire, her career and closest friendship in shambles.

Are those truly the most crushing Diva losses in history? Watch both matches below and judge for yourself:

Lita vs. Mickie:

Layla vs. Michelle:

Which of these two losses do you think was more crushing to endure?

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  • http://www.twitter.com/Diva_Fan_4_Life DivaFan4Life

    Definitely Lita because she did so much for the division since she debut. I truly felt she deserved a retirement match like Trish but with Lita as a heel this was perfect in my eyes because everybody hated her and she had the label “slut” so character wise it worked out great but would’ve been great for her to retire as champ and with a big crowd ovation.

  • GrrMonster

    Michelle lost wasn’t really all that crushing, since the crowd didn’t care to much for the match, and it really groundbreaking as Lita, or any diva who has retire mattered.

    Lita however, because the most crushing lost after she retire, because that when fans started to miss her.

    • WweLitafan4ever

      Lita was so groundbreaking,an influential,impactful,popular diva who played a huge part in the divas division and did so much for the company…and this is how they repaid her? Pathetic.

  • velvelove

    lita deserves to be in that list.
    But victoria’s loss was worse than micelles

    • http://twitter.com/sieghrt sieghrt

      Victoria’s retirement lost was in a Smackdown taping. Yeah, I’d count this as “most crushing”.

  • WweLitafan4ever

    That photo of Lita makes me feel so upset and irate!!
    I can’t even watch her last match without muting it.
    Still pisses me off. I get that she was a heel,but she could have simply lost the match,say a few words,and leave. What infuriates me THE MOST is that she asked Vince SEVERAL times to drop the segment,but he didn’t.
    It was a great match and Lita put on a great performance before leaving,but the aftermath was redundant, horrible,disrespectful,and tasteless.
    This stupid crowd didn’t help either.
    I also hate the fact that WWE confiscated all the positive Lita signs.
    Poor Lita *cries*

  • WweLitafan4ever

    Also forgot to add,major kudos and respect to Lita for this.
    She played her role to perfection.
    I think it’s funny how after Lita retired,the fans started to miss her(and still do) and want her to come back. She got a great pop a year post retirement and is really,really missed.
    Oh well,you don’t know what you’ve got until its gone.

    BTW,can Jerry Lawler just shut the hell up?Ugh,his commentary was so annoying. I just wanted to shut him up with duct tape.
    DISRESPECT!!:(

    I honestly think that Lita wouldn’t have gotten such a horrible crowd reaction had she retired in another city.
    I get booing her here and there,but flipping her off,calling her a crackwhore and chanting “she’s got herpes” during her FAREWELL RETIREMENT MATCH is just plain rude. Getting verbally berated by a bunch of disrespectful idiots.
    Also her mom was in the crowd,and I can’t even imagine how she was feeling!:( It was really nice of Edge to throw Lita a surprise party after this.

    • flash1086

      WOW!!!! GET OVER IT!!! Lita has said NUMEROUS TIMES that the retirement didnt bother her AT ALL. She’s even mad to the fact that everyone keep asking her the same questions after her retirement. At the end of the day, Amy Dumas is fine because she was playing a CHARACTER!!! Amy and Lita are 2 different people. Amy is real and Lita is a FICTIONAL CHARACTER. Amy was ACTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

      • WweLitafan4ever

        Lita actually said that she didn’t want to do the segment in an interview and said she was upset at it.
        Get your shit straight.
        And I have a right to be mad. You’d be bitching too if your favorite got that shitty sendoff.

        • GrrMonster

          Lita has said different things about her heel times, there were time where she said that she enjoy being heel, and then there are times that she didn’t enjoy it. So flash isn’t completely wrong.

        • BACKROLLS?

          It’s been eight years. Get a grip, get a life and get over it.

          • Eveyy

            Lmao truuuu ^

  • Simply Flawless

    I don’t think anyone saw Michelle’s loss as crushing it was more a reward to Layla and an apparent sign of the future, at the time when Laycool was coming to an end Layla was the member everyone liked despite being heel, everyone grew fond of Layla because her charisma and her in ring ability began to improve her beating Michelle was more of a sign that she was going to be the top baby-face of the WWE but unfortunately her injury ended those chances.

  • VarsityBaseDude

    Lita’s lost was crushing to her career at the time cause she was a well loved face of the division and in the end, WWE made her a “hoe” by not only having her lose her final match, but have Crime Tyme sell her “hoe” accessories box.

    Michelle lost was not that big of a deal considering it was a passing of the torch which Layla had extinguished once Michelle left that night. Michelle’s run in WWE is probably the best run of any women in the company. Trish either rivals her run or has less of one since Michelle never had a “true” rival based on her being the clear winner of all her feuds. In the end, she was always champ. Trish’s was up and down.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    I think Michelle’s retirement was really Good! She went out with one of her best match of her career so it was good and + Kharma debut at the same time which made it even more memorable. Her retirement REALLY shows how the divas division needed her compare to LITA because Yes, she was HUGE but Mickie, melina, Candice and Beth were still there to help the divas division. One of the best diva ever was gone :(

    Lita’s retirement was REALLY BAD compare to Michelle’s. What a shame that such an ICONIC DIVA had that treatment! The match was not bad but nothing memorable, it wasn’t one of her best match! The most memorable thing ? The AFTER-match! JTG and Shad Gaspard ??? Really ? Really ? WHAT A JOKE!!! That really showed why Trish will always be superior to Lita for Wwe (Even if I think she has always been better than Lita as Heel, Face, wrestler, talker, ect…).

    we are all talking about Lita

  • VarsityBaseDude

    And watching it again… I have to say, poor Lita. She revolutionized the division based on the pops her fans gave her when she was a face. WWE has a history of reducing some talented people to nothing at the end of their run save a few… sad. It should be respect like Lita was asking for.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    I think Michelle’s retirement was really Good! She went out with one of her best match of her career so it was good and + Kharma debut at the same time which made it even more memorable. Her retirement REALLY shows how the divas division needed her compare to LITA because Yes, she was HUGE but Mickie, melina, Candice and Beth were still there to help the divas division. One of the best diva ever was gone :(

    Lita’s retirement was REALLY BAD compare to Michelle’s. What a shame that such an ICONIC DIVA had that treatment! The match was not bad but nothing memorable, it wasn’t one of her best match! The most memorable thing ? The AFTER-match! JTG and Shad Gaspard ??? Really ? Really ? WHAT A JOKE!!! That really showed why Trish will always be superior to Lita for Wwe (Even if I think she has always been better than Lita as Heel, Face, wrestler, talker, ect…).

    We are all talking about Lita but some person had worse retirement! Who?? Mickie james, Melina, Beth phoenix or Victoria! Beth wasn’t bad but she deserved WAY BETTER! Same for Victoria, yes, she had a speech but DAMN, she deserved BETTER! Mickie James, she didn’t even had a single match for retirement! Really ? The BEST crazy girl, who had one of the best feud ever with Trish! The girl, who could put on €AMAZING

    • flash1086

      At the end of day, Lita’s retirement was HIGHLIGHTED.(for better or for worse). People like Mickie, Victoria and Beth just randomly disappered and to me thats alot worse.

      • charovnica

        Agreed.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    I think Michelle’s retirement was really Good! She went out with one of her best match of her career so it was good and + Kharma debut at the same time which made it even more memorable. Her retirement REALLY shows how the divas division needed her compare to LITA because Yes, she was HUGE but Mickie, melina, Candice and Beth were still there to help the divas division. One of the best diva ever was gone :(

    Lita’s retirement was REALLY BAD compare to Michelle’s. What a shame that such an ICONIC DIVA had that treatment! The match was not bad but nothing memorable, it wasn’t one of her best match! The most memorable thing ? The AFTER-match! JTG and Shad Gaspard ??? Really ? Really ? WHAT A JOKE!!! That really showed why Trish will always be superior to Lita for Wwe (Even if I think she has always been better than Lita as Heel, Face, wrestler, talker, ect…).

    We are all talking about Lita but some person had worse retirement! Who?? Mickie james, Melina, Beth phoenix or Victoria! Beth wasn’t bad but she deserved WAY BETTER! Same for Victoria, yes, she had a speech but DAMN, she deserved BETTER! Mickie James, she didn’t even had a single match for retirement! Really ? The BEST crazy girl, who had one of the best feud ever with Trish! The girl, who could put on AMAZING promos! The girl who could put on AMAZING matches?! Retired in a simple tag match by losing to Layla?! Really ?! I love Layla but she cannot beat Mickie in her Retirement match, layla is nothing compare to her, DAMN WWE, IT’S MICKIE JAMES! But can we talk about Melina losing to Kelly kelly in her retirement match ?! WHAT A HUUUUGE SHAME! She deserved a BIG retirement but considering every problems she used to have backstage, i’m not surprise!

  • litafan2000

    Lita’s was bad. It wouldn’t have been so bad if they would have let her shake Mickie’s hand sending her out as a face. But the selling of the clothing, hoe calling , std jokes and Kings annoying commentary was unnecessary. Jim Ross tried to put her over but kings commentary overshadowed it. Such a shame. I didn’t really think much of Michelle’s match since the fans weren’t really into this match but I did enjoy seeing Kharma came out.

  • KiKi

    The best part of Michelle’s retirement was the debut of Kharma.

  • LitaFF

    Ughh, just thinking about Lita’s last match infuriates me. The way she was treated (and that damn ho sale) made me stop watching WWE for awhile. I was so incredibly pissed off that day.

  • BorisG

    That’s how it goes in wrestling, or WWE. Lita was probably WWE’s most popular Diva, and when she turned heel, everybody hated her calling her slut, just like almost every other heel. But, it means they play their roles perfectly.
    Look at AJ. She was a face who was playing with guys, and everybody wanted to watch next Raw to see what will she do next. But, when she turned heel, everybody called her just like Lita, saying she’s boring, they’ve seen enough of her…

  • charovnica

    I don’t know if Lita was heart-broken during and after the match..but I was.I was just furious the whole time! I noticed how the WWE started to take away the “Thank you Lita” signs and I was just mad as hell :D
    And the aftermath…I never liked Crime Time,but after that I hated them in the guts.

  • xX-Zoey-Sky-Xx

    That Lita match, to this day, it really pisses me of when I watch it, she’d done so much for the division and thats the send off she gets. I’ve liked King but during this match I was thinking of a number of ways to do damage to him. I know that they are told what to say but most of the commentary was completely unnecessary.

    I really felt sorry for Lita at the end of it all, she did have a good amount of time left in her at that point, but the abuse from the fans were so bad that she couldn’t take it anymore. I read once that she couldn’t walk her dog without someone calling her a slut, ho, etc. or shouting at her “you screwed Matt”.

    Don’t get me started on Cryme Tyme’s “auction” that should’ve never happened, not at all, i’d planned their deaths in great detail during that horrible malicious segment. And fair play to Lita for keeping composure during it all. But I’d have loved if she left this match a champion.

    • BACKROLLS?

      “i’d planned their deaths in great detail during that horrible malicious segment.”

      Why do Lita stans have such a bad rep again? Oh, yeah.

      • charovnica

        Or maybe other people need to buy some sense of humor…

        • BACKROLLS?

          There’s nothing even remotely funny about that. It’s borderline psychotic.

    • WweLitafan4ever

      True. Besides,Lita fans have a right to be mad. If someone else’s favorite wrestler or diva left this way,they’d be complaining too.
      Lita is LITA and someone of her stature to get THIS sort of treatment for a retirement match is unacceptable and just plain horrible.
      She sounded really upset in the post match interview and its evident that she was gloomy based on the photos after the match.
      They really crossed the line.

  • flash1086

    ITS Called ACTING people!!!! Amy was just playing a CHARACTER. Just like Cryme Thyme didnt chose to do the segment. They were told to read a script. GOSH!!!! Wrestling fans are easily the dumbmest fanbase. And they dont know why. Lol

    • charovnica

      People completely understand that.The thing is many of them thought,including me,that it was way over the top.The match was amazing,I had no problem with Mickie’s win,it was the proper thing to do…but the aftermath was too much.
      Yet I agree what someone else pointed out…Lita had an official goodbye moment,while many other talented women didn’t.

  • http://twitter.com/RyanRoman0 Ryan

    Lita Michelle and Victoria

  • Eveyy

    Boo hoo for Lita.

  • Liam Holden

    Can you please get over Lita losing, its a god damn tv show people…

    There’s definitely a few other crushing losses for Divas.

    Moolah losing to Wendi
    Wendi “losing” to Moolah
    Trish and Lita losing “Battle of the Sexes”

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

    Lita’s character got a send off to give mickie a rub & she carried the division after so not every diva gets a good send off….