Tuesday morning, Facebook and Twitter were beaming with posts from wrestling fans enthralled by AJ Lee’s pipe bomb on Monday Night RAW. The WWE Divas Champion’s pipe bomb was a mixture of truth and sour grapes towards the stars of the hit reality series Total Divas. It is no secret that AJ Lee has felt a level of resentment towards the Total Divas girls because as the champion, she wasn’t asked to be a part of the show.
She stated that she got into the WWE based on her abilities alone: That she didn’t “suck” up to the right people to get to where she was; or have a family lineage in the WWE to gain an easy entry. Clearly the first shell of the pipe bomb was directed towards The Bella Twins who are dating John Cena and Daniel Bryan; and the second shell is spear-headed towards Natalya Neidhart, the daughter of Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and niece of WWE Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart.
While those were some good points to make, AJ’s “pipe bomb” comes across more as a cry for attention versus speaking the truth. When CM Punk–as everyone has already compared the two–dropped his pipe bomb in the summer of 2011, he had always been kept away from the main event spotlight because of WWE’s warped vision that John Cena was The Best. CM Punk not only made us believe, but we were able to take a peak behind the curtain to see the Great and Powerful WWE as a machine keeping down CM Punk. We all knew that CM Punk was great in the ring, but he made us question WWE’s tactics and with unrelenting animosity and determination, he knocked off WWE’s poster boy.
The difference between AJ and CM Punk is that at the time of the “pipe bomb” CM Punk hadn’t broken the glass ceiling, grabbed the brass ring… essentially he hadn’t been the WWE champion. AJ Lee, who has embraced her psychopathic gimmick, has valet’d some of the top WWE Superstars, had taken on a brief role as the General Manager of Monday Night RAW, and she is in current possession of the WWE Divas championship. AJ basically has everything that most WWE Divas would kill for.
Despite being the best technical wrestler, Natalya hasn’t been given the breaks one would assume coming from a family of such rich history. For a while, Natalya had to ride out a degrading backstage segment week after week of her breaking wind. This woman can fold you into a pretzel faster than you can blink and WWE had her as, literally, the butt of the joke.
Though The Bella Twins are easy, no pun intended, to point out their short-comings as wrestlers, they are an attraction to witness. Twins are a rarity in the business of professional wrestling, let alone a pair of hot twins. And let’s not cut out their wrestling abilities short because for Brie, dating Daniel Bryan has paid off in terms of upping her in ring skills. She’s actually applying submission holds, though she still relies on her sister Nikki to bail her out of trouble, that’s just the heel thing to do.
AJ Lee is an incredible talent and she deserves to be the top Diva in the division right now, but to hold a grudge against Divas who hardly received any TV time to find new live in a reality series is a bit cheeky.
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