Lita: It Just Feels Right

Lita It Just Feels Right

DVD Release Date: September 1, 2001

MATCH #1: Lita & The Hardy Boyz vs. Trish Stratus and T&A, Fully Loaded, 7.23.00

Matt, Jeff, and Lita waste no time getting down to the ring to start the fight. Albert starts the match with Matt and uses his size and strength advantage to counteract Matt’s speed and agility. Matt gets fired up and charges into the corner, but Albert backdrops him down to the floor. Test tags in and continues the punishment as Trish looks on approvingly. Matt comes back and knocks Test down, putting him right in position to hit the legdrop off the second rope. Jeff tags in and the Hardys show off the double-team maneuvers they are so good at. Test withstands the double-teaming and is able to take control. He tags Trish, and as soon as Matt gets the opportunity he tags Lita. Of course Trish runs away to tag Albert, who has no problem chasing after Lita so the Hardys come to her rescue. The action has been pretty non-stop here so far. Matt, Jeff, and Lita join together to suplex Test and Trish at the same time, and then they all take their shirts off. That’s just fun. Unfortunately the fun stops there, as Albert press slams Jeff to the floor. T&A keeps Jeff isolated in their half of the ring, wearing him down with vicious power maneuvers and some rest holds. Test goes up top and misses the Diving elbow drop. Moments later Jeff is able to make the tag and Matt comes in all fired up. The action is coming fast and furious and the referee is losing control. Lita tags in and hits Test with a huge Tornado DDT. She goes to the top rope and takes Alberto out with a high cross body block to the floor. Lita follows with a Litacanrana on Test for a near-fall. Albert hits Lita in the back from the outside, and Test flattens her with the falling powerbomb. Trish tags in and covers but only gets two! She hits the Stratusfaction and covers but again only gets a near-fall. Trish goes up top and Lita brings her down with a superplex for two. The men take the brawl to the outside of the ring, while Lita hits a Moonsault on Trish to get the pin at 13:13. Lita was sloppy and Trish was green, but they always had crazy chemistry together and the crowd was going nuts for the entire match. The men were no slouches either, but this one was all about Lita, and rightfully so. She’s earned her place in the Hall of Fame.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #2: Strap Match – Lita vs. Trish Stratus, RAW is WAR, 7.24.00

Trish tries to bail but Lita will have none of that. Lita chases Trish into the ring and pulls her shirt off while whipping her with the strap. The referee gets a shot to the face, so he doesn’t see Lita hitting the Twist of Fate. Lita goes up and lands the Moonsault but the referee is still out. Stephanie McMahon gets in the ring with her Women’s Title belt, and she clocks Lita in the face with it. The referee wakes up and sees Trish making the cover, and counts the pin at 1:37. Not like they had much time to do much of anything here.
Rating: ¾*

MATCH #3: Lita & The Hardy Boyz vs. Jacqueline, Christian & Edge, SmackDown, 8.31.00

The Hardyz and Lita charge the ring and we’re fast and furious from the get-go. Christian and Matt start the match, and it doesn’t take long for Jacqueline to tag herself in and hit Christian with a high cross body from the top rope for two. Lita tags in and Jacqueline almost kills her with a side suplex for two. Jacqueline goes for a DDT but Lita reverses it to a Northern Lights Suplex for another two-count. Lita charges and Jacqueline almost kills her with a flapjack. Edge tags in and tries to Spear Lita but she moves out of the way and he hits the ring post. Matt tags in and hits a moonsault press for two. Edge comes back with a neckbreaker and tags Christian, who hits a powerslam for a two-count. Matt pops out of the corner with a clothesline and makes the tag. Jeff is a house afire until Jacqueline catches him off guard with a missile dropkick to the back of the head. The action continues coming from all over the place and is hard to keep up with. Matt, Jeff, and Lita hit Edge and Jacqueline with a triple DDT. Lita takes Edge out with the Litacanrana. Matt hits Christian with the Twist of Fate and Jeff follows with the Swanton Bomb to score the pin at 4:00. That was just about the most action I have ever seen packed into four minutes. They never stopped and the crowd was eating it up. They don’t have matches like this anymore, and it definitely made me miss this era of the WWE tag team division.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #4: Hardcore Match for the WWF Women’s Championship – Lita vs. Jacqueline, RAW is WAR, 10.9.00

Lita has been the Champion since 8.21.00, and this is her fifth defense. Jacqueline comes out with a shopping cart full of weapons. Lita meets her in the aisle with a hard forearm to the face. They go to the ring and Lita hits a modified bulldog. Back to the floor they go and Jacqueline waffles Lita with a cookie sheet to the face. Jacqueline brings some of the weapons back to the ring, first hitting Lita with a broom. She sets up a trash can in the corner and whips Lita into it for a two-count. Jacqueline than blasts Lita in the face with a hairdryer. She goes under the ring and grabs a fire extinguisher but can’t figure out how to use it, so Lita hits her in the girl parts. Lita goes under the ring and brings out a ladder. She sets it up near the corner, but Jacqueline cuts her off and hits a DDT on top of a cookie sheet for two. Jacqueline goes to the top of the ladder and Lita joins her, but Jacqueline shoves her off. She goes back up the ladder but misses a cross body block. Lita sprays the fire extinguisher in Jacqueline’s face and then cracks her in the face with a cookie sheet to get the pin at 3:54. That was short but they packed a lot of action in there and beat the crap out of each other. It was fun while it lasted.
Rating: **

MATCH #5: Bra and Panties Match for the WWF Women’s Championship – Lita vs. Trish Stratus, RAW is WAR, 10.23.00

Lita has been the Champions since 8.21.00, and this is her seventh defense. She attacks Trish right away and throws her around the ring. Trish fights back and gets on the board first by taking Lita’s shirt off. Lita gets fired up and takes it to Trish, nearly killing her with a headscissors. Trish’s shirt comes off next. Trish hits a suplex. She goes for a bulldog but Lita counters it to a back suplex. Lita then goes up and hits the Litasault and pulls Trish’s shorts off to get the win at 2:09. These two even had chemistry in BS matches like this.
Rating: *

MATCH #6: Elimination Match – Lita & The Hardy Boyz vs. Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero & Perry Saturn, Armageddon, 12.10.00

The Radicalz attack right away but the Hardys are able to run them off to the floor. Saturn, Malenko, and Guerrero only get a little bit of offense in on Matt before a tag is made and Jeff comes in rockin’. Guerrero tries to whip Jeff into a knee from Saturn, only Saturn wasn’t there to hit the knee. Oops. Guerrero goes for a super rana but Jeff blocks it. Matt takes care of Saturn and the referee argues with Malenko. Meanwhile, Lita hits Guerrero with the Twist of Fate and Jeff follows with the Swanton to score the first elimination. The remaining four men in the match brawl in the ring until Saturn is able to catch Jeff in a Death Valley Driver to even the sides. Matt comes in and gets several near-falls but can’t put Saturn away. Terri grabs Matt’s leg from the floor and Saturn blasts him with a superkick. Matt tries a twist of Fate but Saturn counters to a bridging German Suplex for two. Saturn tries a headscissors but Matt counters to a side slam. Matt then hits the Legdrop off the second rope for two. Malenko tries to interfere but sends him to the floor. Matt then hits Saturn with the Twist of Fate to eliminate him. Terri gets in the ring and slaps Matt across the face. Lita takes care of her, and in the melee Malenko rolls Matt up to eliminate him. We’re down to Lita versus Malenko, the crux of this feud. Lita tries to avoid Malenko and uses high flying moves to try and pin him quickly. She goes up and hits a moonsault but Malenko kicks out. Lita hits a nice DDT and goes up to the top rope again. Malenko knocks her down and hits a huge superplex. He covers but pulls Lita up at two. Malenko further abuses Lita and pulls her up at two again. He locks on the Texas Cloverleaf to get the submission at 9:17. This was a good opener and furthered the Lita/Malenko storyline nicely. Malenko was a great heel during this feud. I also think that this match shows just what a big deal Lita was and how important she was to Matt and Jeff’s success.
Rating: ***

MATCH #7: Lita & Matt Hardy vs. Terri & Perry Saturn, SmackDown, 1.4.01

Lita and Matt have Jeff in their corner, while Saturn and Terri are accompanied by Dean Malenko. Team Extreme wastes no time in getting this one going. The men start the match proper with some fast-paced back and forth action. Matt goes to the second rope and Malenko grabs his leg to distract him, allowing Saturn to catch Matt and ram him into the turnbuckles. Saturn hits a Death Valley Driver and then makes the tag. Terri slaps Matt right across the face. She goes to kick Matt low but but Matt moves and she kicks Saturn in the nuts instead. Lita tags in and hits Saturn with a Litacanrana. Matt then takes Saturn out with a clothesline that sends them both over the top rope to the floor. Lita is alone with Terri. She hits a bodyslam and a spear (sort of) and unloads with punches. Lita hits the Twist of Fate (sort of) and covers but Malenko pulls her to the floor and lays a kiss on her. She slaps him and then Jeff and Matt come to the rescue and it’s a pier six brawl on the floor. Meanwhile Lita gets back in the ring and hits Terri with the moonsault. Saturn has the referee distracted so Malenko sneaks in and hits Lita with a DDT! Terri crawls over to get the pin at 3:23. That was short but they packed a ton of action in while effectively advancing the Malenko/Lita feud, so that’s a win.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #8: Lita vs. Dean Malenko, RAW is WAR, 2.19.01

Malenko asserts his strength advantage in the early going, throwing Lita around like a jerk. He goes outside and brings in a steel chair, which the referee promptly takes away from him. Lita grabs a quick schoolboy rollup but the referee is out of position so there is no count. Malenko continues acting like a jerk, even covering Lita and putting her foot on the ropes himself. Lita responds with a low blow and an inside cradle for two. Malenko cuts her off with a back suplex. He covers himself with Lita’s arm and kicks out at two. Malenko picks her up and swings her feet into the referee, knocking him down. He goes out and grabs another steel chair, and Matt Hardy comes out to make the save! Matt knocks Malenko’s lights out with the chair! Lita crawls over to make the cover and the referee counts the fall at 3:05! That wasn’t a technical classic but it was a well-built feud and a satisfying payoff. Malenko really heeled it up here and he did a great job. Lita deserves credit too, not many women could have a believable feud in the WWE with a man, and she pulled it off.
Rating: **

After the match Matt and Lita hug and Matt takes it one step further with a kiss. Things get awkward momentarily as Matt is embarrassed. Lita makes him feel better when she returns the kiss! Great moment there and the crowd ate it up.

MATCH #9: Lita vs. Molly Holly, RAW is WAR, 2.26.01

Molly has her cousin Crash in her corner, and Lita is accompanied by her boyfriend Matt Hardy. They start with some chain wrestling. Lita strikes first with a nice headscissors. She gets a rollup for two. Molly fights back and grabs an inside cradle for two. She hits a monkey flip. Matt and Crash get into an argument on the floor, leading to Lita scoring a victory roll for two. Molly responds with a Japanese armdrag and a vertical suplex. She goes up top and Lita slams her down. Lita then dropkicks her to the floor, leading to another argument between Matt and Crash. Back in the ring Molly backdrops Lita right on top of Matt, and Crash picks Lita up and puts her back in the ring. Matt comes to Lita’s defense, and the referee is distracted. That allows Raven’s masked ninja to sneak in and hit Molly with a DDT. Lita then hits the Litasault to get the pin at 2:57. They made the most out of the time they had, but I have no idea what the point of the masked ninja was. I had completely forgotten about that.
Rating: *½

MATCH #10: Jeff Hardy vs. Big Show, SmackDown, 4.5.01

Jeff slides into the ring and Show gets a hold of him and press slams him to the mat. Show continues to throw his much smaller opponent around and generally dominate the match. Jeff tries to fight back with a dropkick but Show pretty quickly catches him in a spinebuster. Matt tries to help his brother but Show decks him and then goes to the floor to press slam the elder Hardy onto the barricade. Lita gets in Show’s face but she escapes him. Show shoves the refere down and Lita goes to the top rope but Show catches her by the throat! Jeff comes to the rescue, but Show can’t be stopped. Show slams Jeff and goes to the top rope?!? He misses an elbow drop, and Lita comes down on him with the Litasault, Matt hits a guillotine legdrop, and Jeff follows with the Swanton Bomb. The referee makes an extremely fast three-count to give Jeff the win at 3:06. Not exactly a classic or anything, but it’s not without it’s charms.
Rating: *¾


About Jake Ziegler

I've been in love with the movies for almost 20 years. I follow the Oscars obsessively, and try to see as many movies a year as I can. I'll watch anything good bad or otherwise, and my life long dream job has always been to be a bona fide film critic. View all posts by Jake Ziegler

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