By Mike Mooneyham
April 24, 2005
Hell hath no fury, they say, like a woman scorned.
And if you don’t believe it, just ask Lisa Copeland, the very disgruntled wife of WWE performer Edge (Adam Copeland).
The public pro wrestling love triangle involving Edge, Lita and Matt Hardy became even more public last week when Lisa Copeland addressed the situation on Hardy’s Web site.
Although she began her post with “Forgive them, Lord, for they know not what they do,” she quickly accelerated into a vitriolic diatribe targeting her husband and Lita (Amy Dumas), Hardy’s companion for the past five years.
Lisa Copeland, married to her wrestling spouse for only a few months before reports of infidelity surfaced, claims Copeland and Dumas had plenty of opportunities to tell the truth, but didn’t, calling them cowards – and steroid abusers.“Edge and Lita may be one thing, but take away Adam’s steroids and what would he be? Another 6-4 skinny guy. And take away Amy’s opponents like Gail Kim, Molly Holly, Victoria – girls that know how to wrestle – and guess what? That nasty —– will bust her kneecap every other seven months. Good riddance to them both. They deserve each other.”
Lisa Copeland, who described herself as a former model who had dated high-profile athletes in the past, concedes that perhaps she moved too hastily into the marriage, the second for Adam, who divorced his first wife, Alanah Morely (sister of WWE performer Sean “Val Venis” Morely), a year earlier.
She described Hardy, who recently was fired by WWE, as “a good man in a bad situation.” Both Hardy and Dumas attended the Copelands’ wedding last October. Lisa Copeland said she didn’t want Dumas at the ceremony even then, but felt she couldn’t invite Matt without inviting his girlfriend.
Dumas admitted the relationship weeks after Hardy had intercepted messages from Copeland on a cell phone Dumas had hidden from Hardy. Lisa Copeland had shared her suspicions with Hardy at least a month earlier.
“Just remember what goes around comes around,” she wrote. “I may not have handled this in the best way possible, but I never expected this to be my life right now so please forgive me … God bless Matt and all the future has to offer him. And God bless Adam and Amy because they will need it when karma comes knocking on their doors.”
The poorly timed release of Hardy has prompted an outpouring of support for the Cameron, N.C., resident, including a petition with thousands of signatures, along with growing anti-Edge and Lita sentiment at the arenas and even inside the locker room.
Sources say the relationship between Copeland and Dumas has taken a hit as a result of the heat surrounding it. “She’s devastated by the entire thing,” said one insider who noted that the sympathy card naturally will go to Hardy, who lost his dream girl and dream job within a matter of weeks. Chris Jericho weighed in on the situation during an appearance last week on the Opie and Anthony radio show.
“It’s wrong and it shouldn’t have happened … It’s bad business. They fired Matt Hardy as a result and how could you be sitting at home rehabbing your knee and a month later you lose your girlfriend and your job for doing nothing wrong?”
While Hardy was told his release wasn’t connected to the domestic situation, he feels it was hypocritical for the company to cut him from the roster while retaining Edge. Hardy says the company took the cheap way out by releasing him, since he could have co-existed in the locker room with Lita and Edge.
Hardy, who is close friends with Jeff Jarrett, is expected to join TNA once his 90-day no-compete clause with WWE expires. With a sizable cult following, Hardy would make an immediate impact in TNA where he could join brother Jeff and reprise The Hardy Boyz. Some have even put him in a short line to become booker if the plug is pulled on Dusty Rhodes.
For now, says Hardy, he’s just trying to get past one of the lowest points in his life.
“First and foremost, I want to thank everyone for the incredible support that you have shown me in this very hard and difficult time,” he recently posted on his Web site. “I have been kicked down before (although probably not this much, in such a short amount of time), but I always find a way to rebound and make my life a better place. Thanks for the outpouring of emotion and letting me know how much you care. I need that now.”
– David “Kid” Kash’s trashing of TNA in a recent interview has cost him his job with the company. Kash was released from his TNA deal last week.
Kash, who admitted he tried to get himself fired by cursing and “shooting straight” with company management, has been very outspoken about his treatment in TNA and has complained about payoffs and TNA talent including America’s Most Wanted and AJ Styles. He most recently complained about TNA preventing him from working the ECW One Night Stand pay-per-view.
– Kevin Nash will not compete in tonight’s TNA Lockdown pay-per-view due to a staph infection that has not healed. Nash, who was scheduled to work in the main event teaming with Diamond Dallas Page and Sean Waltman against Jeff Jarrett, Monty Brown and The Outlaw (formerly Billy Gunn), will be at ringside for the match.
– Trish Stratus missed last week’s European tour due to a herniated disc in her lower back.
– Independent wrestling promoter Thomas Simpson has been named winner of the University of South Carolina-Union Distinguished Teaching Award. The College of Charleston alumnus also won the award in 2003. Simpson, who has won three teaching awards at five schools over the past five years, is the first person in the history at USC-Union to win in consecutive years of eligibility (winners are required to sit out a year before becoming eligible to compete again).
– Wrestling for Jesus will hold a show at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sea Harvest Outreach Center on St. Andrews Boulevard as part of the promotion’s Get Real Tour. For more information, call Bryan Atkinson at 763-5446.
– Carolina Pro Wrestling Association is taking applications for its training school in North Charleston. For more information, call 747-3200 or visit cpwaonline.com.