Lita has discussed the infamous love triangle storyline between herself, Matt Hardy, and Edge that saw art imitate real life in 2005.
Hardy and Lita had been an on-screen pairing since 2000 along with Matt’s brother Jeff in Team Xtreme. However, the pair’s real-life relationship had begun in 1999 with them being acknowledged as a couple on-screen some time after. Although on-screen Team Xtreme went their separate ways, Hardy and Lita’s off-screen relationship continued until it came to a screeching halt in 2005 when it emerged that Lita had been romantically involved with Edge.
Matt Hardy took to the internet to inform the world of the news and was ultimately let go by WWE during this time. His time away would be short-lived however as on-screen the company as paired Edge and Lita as gloating, vindictive villains, Hardy soon emerged from the crowd for several weeks to attack Edge.
Speaking to Renee Paquette on her Oral Sessions podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer Lita discussed the messy situation and begins by pointing out a double standard in society that still rankles to this day.
“It’s still talked about. My relationships are commented on a regular basis, on my Instagram still or social media. Meanwhile, all of the men involved, you know, anything not controversial like with [CM] Punk or Edge or Matt, I guarantee they don’t get asked about it. I know they don’t get asked about it because they’re dudes, and, you know, it’s that double standard thing. I think at this point that’s the problem; what I hold onto, feeling the double standard.”
The four-time WWE Women’s Champion continued saying that the whole ordeal nearly made her quit the business entirely:
“But I’ll tell you it was not easy. I mean, for sure, I almost quit a month [into] the whole love triangle. At that point, not only was it so hard, it was also out of shame. Like, I wasn’t proud of how I conducted myself. Yes, if I had to do it all over again, I absolutely would have handled myself differently. But I didn’t. So, I was like, make the bed, and you lie in it. And at that point, I was just like, I deserve all of these terrible things that everybody is saying to me. I deserve not wanting to wake up every morning. It was also difficult, as time passed, to let myself off the hook. The only way you can move forward with your life is, sure, you learn from your mistakes and keep going, but you have to forgive yourself.”
“I don’t know. So, it’s interesting, ’cause with age comes wisdom. It’s hard to hypothesize because that just wouldn’t happen. I have a better skill set to communicate and navigate my day-to-day. But, that happened to me, and there was very limited social media at that point, so I can only imagine in that current day and age with social media. But then now, I think I would have some people, at least, taking my side, whereas I just felt like literally, everyone was against me. I felt very alone and isolated and just in a really bad place.”
Lita then discussed her relationship with Edge [Adam Copeland] during that time, and her thoughts on the notorious Live Sex Celebration that the pair had to be a part of on Raw the night after Edge won his first WWE Championship.
“So, Adam and I talked at the time. We were just like because we can’t unequivocally deny 100 percent of what’s being put out there – and I was not happy with how I conducted myself; I didn’t want to act like I was justifying my actions or trying to make excuses – we both just chose to let it run its course. Matt was choosing to really take to the internet and get the fans behind him, so let him act that way, but we’re choosing to stay quiet. I don’t know if that was even the best way. Like, I don’t know what would have been the best way. Given the fallout, how else would I have done that?”
“What happened was that it became headline stuff, and I look at Twitch as my clubhouse. Also, I never break any stories there. I talked about that I was not cool with doing that. Like, I’ve talked about that since ’05, and it’s just never made any headlines. But now, since we’ve evolved, fortunately as a climate and society, it was, like, shocking not that long ago. But, yeah, my story has never changed.”
Someone else who recently passed comment on the Live Sex Celebration was the man who had to call it from the announce desk, current AEW commentator Jim Ross.