AJ Lee‘s 2014 started off great. She came into WrestleMania XXX as the longest-reigning Divas Champion in WWE history and walked out of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome having survived Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational to retain her title against fourteen other female competitors. The next night on Raw, things went terribly wrong.
When Paige, a Diva who had yet to make her official WWE debut, came out to congratulate the Divas Champion, the ferocious monster that is AJ Lee’s ego bared its fangs. Feeling overconfident about her victory, AJ challenged Paige to a title match on the spot. Paige refused, not feeling ready, but AJ pushed, backing the newcomer into a corner. And that’s when Paige turned around and devoured AJ whole. One pinfall later, AJ’s beloved title was around Paige’s waist and her 295-day reign was done. She managed to recapture the Divas Championship in a rematch on Raw and traded it back and forth with Paige throughout the fall. Unfortunately, The Bella Twins had targeted the title and worked together to take AJ out. Nikki won the gold at Survivor Series and retained it the following month.
Make no mistake, AJ is down, but if you think she’s out, then you haven’t been paying attention. She’s bucked the odds before. Anyone who thinks otherwise is crazier than she is.