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AJ Lee: Reality

AJ Lee is clearly not happy with how WWE has handled Total Divas. The show has been absolutely shoved down our throats. Some people have swallowed it and others have spit it back out. Last night on Raw, AJ chose the latter and she turned a lot of heads. She just attracted a lot of attention because what she said was 100% accurate and she was really the only one who could have said it. She said what needed to be heard, but it now creates a big problem. From a business standpoint, WWE has a successful show in Total Divas. The issue now is the top Diva in the company and its champion just pointed out everything that is wrong with the show on the company’s own biggest show. AJ Lee pulled the curtain back and gave everyone a dose of reality. She posed the question loud and clear. In reality, when are things going to change for women’s wrestling?

AJ Lee has been the most over Diva in the company for well over a year now. She didn’t even have to hold the Divas Championship to do it either. AJ was “totally” right. She has saved the Divas division and accomplished more in one year than the entire cast of the show combined. Yet for the last several weeks, the cast of Total Divas has consistenly had matches on Raw and one on Summerslam card while the Divas Champion was in a mixed tag match. April Mendez has every right to be upset. Did she work that hard to be shown up by six other women on a reality show the WWE co-makes when she is by wrestling standards the most over woman with the wrestling audience. This begs the question of what is the reality for women in WWE? Does WWE want female wrestlers who are also celebrities, or do they want celebrities who also wrestle?

Some of us thought with the signing of Sara Del Rey, the Kaitlyn/AJ feud and the solid group of women down in FCW that Divas wrestling was on the rise. There is no question that after Trish Stratus, Lita and their peers left that value in women’s wrestling dropped in WWE dramatically. Models were taught to wrestle and the standards fell so far that by the time there were solid female wrestlers like Beth Phoenix or Michelle McCool, they had few to feud with to build any serious momentum for the division as a whole. Those two names have come and gone, Gail Kim was forced out, Eve took off, Mickie James left to go be a superstar in TNA and Kharma just hit a major run of bad luck. AJ Lee has been the saving grace and for a stretch in 2012, she wasn’t the most over Diva in the company. She was arguably the most over person on the entire roster which included John Cena and the WWE Champion CM Punk. Yet here in 2013, AJ finally has the Divas title and the cast of Total Divas has more TV time and a spot of the Summerslam card?

Last night, AJ Lee gave WWE a reality check. She generated real buzz. The ball is now in WWE’s court. Those of us who still care about women’s wrestling don’t care that they are women. Its the wrestling we care about. WWE apparently cares about a reality show with their talent more than they care about their talent on their fake wrestling show. AJ Lee is right. She is good. She has become the standard and she just gave WWE a chance to change. Let’s see what happens next.

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  • Daniel_P1

    I’ll get some heat for this but AJ Lee is way overrated. She is the best Diva (aside from Nat) on the main roster. However, I haven’t seen anything great or spectacular from her in the ring. Don’t get me wrong, that promo was gold and she can wrestle but she isn’t amazing in the ring by any means. Hell, maybe she will prove me wrong when she is finally booked to wrestle more often.

    • jcice13

      ya think??

      • Daniel_P1

        Ya think, which part?

  • Devon

    AJ is the best diva since Trish & Lita. She is a wrestler not a diva like the fuckin smellas. AJ is my dream girl

    • Rotnerd

      AJ is great. Beauty, Brains and skills

      • Devon

        Exactly and She loves comics & video games.

  • jcice13

    aren’t the rantings of AJ scripted???? why does this column make it appear as if AJ went off script?

    • Sir William McCormick

      Maybe, maybe not. Hence the beauty of pro wrestling as it plays with the real and the pretend. Either way, I was simply using her words within her rant to discuss the status of AJ within the divas division and its place within the WWE. I wasn’t implying anything went off script. I have my assumptions like everyone else ya know?

      • jcice13

        ah the beauty of the carnival bums, to suspend belief even for that one moment, it’s all pretend except for the injuries sustained in action, but the thing that makes it so good is that it gives people that one moment, that moment to hope that, hey, this is really real. that’s what makes them so good, or at least the great ones

    • Hopeless

      It’s totally scripted. Reasons why?
      1) The Bella’s and Cameron’s stupid and so very fake reaction.
      2) AJ was given a entrance music when she came out.
      3) Somehow, all the girls on Total Divas are in there in the ring, even JoJo who’s apparently is announcing that said match.

      I can totally see this on Total Divas somehow just to get the Divas’s reaction and hell, it would make for a good storyline for the show and ratings!!!!

      • jcice13

        I know that and my comment that you replied to stated it

    • Vassiliadis

      Maybe it was scripted, but you can really tell AJ meant every single word she said, scripted or not.

      • jcice13

        no you can’t “really” tell that’s why they call it acting, here’s an example, can you “really” tell ryback is a bully??? no he’s playing a role on a tv show but if you look at him doing it he looks and acts like he’s a bully same for AJ

        • Vassiliadis

          Exactly! AJ played the role perfectly because she believed and felt every single word she was saying.

        • Gavin Lopez

          But you could give the Bellas, Nattie, or even Kaitlyn the same speech AJ gave and they would come across as stiff and un-natural. AJ is a much better speaker and actor.

          • jcice13

            uh??? I believe I’ve said that countless times already why do you feel the need to tell me that

  • JustPro

    I think Natti deserves to be champion and to be pushed she is a vet and could be one of the best divas champions and WWE needs to wake up and see this..

  • Mark Henry’s poop bag

    Wtf is this

  • Ebenezer Grymm

    I see where this is going.

    AJ comes out of nowhere and speaks out against the Divas and a WWE project. A project that features the Divas that fit the WWE stereotype of sexy $4000 shoe wearing women.
    MEANWHILE
    Triple H is putting people who speak out against the WWE in handicap matches with the Shield. People who speak out because they put the title on their stereotypical champion.

    WWE is going to turn AJ face to feud with the corporate Bellas/Eva Marie. They’re extending the Daniel Bryan/Big Show/Ziggler/Miz storyline to the Divas division.

    I think it’s a smart move.

    • Philip27

      Either that, or she’s turning face to feud with Paige, if Paige comes up as a Corporation member, or as a Paul Heyman associate…

      Especially the 2nd one, it has been hinted, plus AJ & CM Punk have a history, so…

  • Mrs. Ambrose

    I hope that this pipebomb speech can lead to big things in the divas division

  • cubfan4life

    While i thought the article was a good read I do take issue with one of the things the author had to say. Kharma getting pregnant is hardly a “major run of bad luck” and calling it that wasnt the best way to put it. other than that. Nice article.

    • Sir William McCormick

      She had a miscarriage and then had issues dealing with it. I thought it got the point across without being too specific and dragging the piece down. Thanks otherwise though. Always appreciated.

  • Mr. Creative

    AJ’s “Pipe Bomb” promo was great. It came across natural & genuine. Natalya needs to follow up with a promo, she’s got tons of talent, this is the time creative, stop putting her on the back burner. Storyline wise The Corporation will not be happy about what AJ had to say so I can see this becoming a AJ vs Total Divas match & like Bryan may have to go through a gauntlet of divas because ‘it’s good for business’.
    I wonder how AJ will feel when she becomes a part of the Total Divas cast, as I am sure this promo & it’s after effects will end up in behind the scene segments later in the season or possibly the second season.

  • Oscar R Garcia

    AJ Lee made it very clear that she is the champion, and has worked her ass off to get where she is now. Good for her, and I applaud her for that. She had to work her way up when all those others had help one way or another. Even when she had problems with Vickie Guerrero who ousted her out as GM, she showed she was better than Vickie. Unfortunately the WWE does not see her potential.

  • Abudadein

    AJ is my favourite female wrestler to come along since Judy Grable, “the acrobatic blonde with the educated flying feet.” And like Grable, AJ is a bit of a tomboy, which is what sets her apart from the rest. Both are true beauties.

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