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WWE Diva Slams Stephanie McMahon On Twitter

February 27, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The Twitter beef between Stephanie McMahon and AJ Lee has taken on a life of its own. Just days after the company slammed Lee’s husband CM Punk, Lee took the offense and humiliated McMahon on Twitter leading to all kinds of speculation from fans and media.

The tweet exchange came shortly Stephanie McMahon sent out a tweet in support of Patricia Arquette’s Oscar speech on women’s equality. Stephanie tweeted…

“Thank You Patty Arquette for having the courage to fight for women’s rights on such a grand platform,” in response to Arquette’s Oscar acceptance speech for winning Best Supporting Actress in the movie “Boyhood.”

Shortly thereafter, the WWE Diva responded with…

“Your female wrestlers have record selling merchandise and have starred in the highest rated segments of the show times. And yet they receive a fraction of the wages and screen time of the majority of the male roster.”

Ouch! Stephanie later tweeted that she thanked AJ for her opinion. According to a story in the new Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Stephanie was downright furious over the tweets. Stephanie felt humiliated and embarrassed. The newsletter also reports that Vince made her respond to the tweet. Finally the report indicates that AJ posted these tweets on her own and not as part of any kind of angle.

I have always had my doubts about Lee coming back to the company. Ever since Punk walked out, Lee has been in and out of the ring sporadically. However, once her employer’s doctor filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against her husband in addition to her employer publicly calling him a liar, I thought it was safe to conclude that there was no way she was returning. How could she come to work for a company who is aligned with a doctor trying to take over a million dollars away from her family?

Anyone convinced that this is some kind of angle is working themselves into false hope. I don’t believe for a second that this is any kind of angle. I think what you had here was someone torn between her family and her dream job, on the brink of frustration and lashing out. Professional or unprofessional, I don’t think anyone could blame her in this situation.

That said, I would love to understand where she is getting her metrics. I can’t ever recall, at least during Lee’s era, a segment on RAW where the Divas drew the highest rating of the entire show. I have not read any reports of record-selling Divas merchandise as well. As for the wages, I don’t know what she makes but I always groan at entertainers or athletes who complain publicly about their salary. Nobody forced her to become a pro wrestler or work for the WWE. If her salary was that bad, she should go do something else.

On the flip side, Stephanie really opened a huge Pandora’s box with her tweet. Let’s call a spade a spade. Women have not exactly been portrayed in the best light in the WWE. Women are regularly mocked with dumb jokes and tasteless segments. They are booked as filler matches, rarely getting any kind of spotlight or promotion. It is what it is and unless Stephanie hasn’t watched her own show in the last five years, women’s equality is not a cause I’d jump on if I were her.

Regardless, this is just more fallout from the ugly divorce between CM Punk and the WWE. Unfortunately it looks like it is going to end with two of the most talented performers on the roster never to be seen again.

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WWE Blasts CM Punk Over Medical Allegations

February 21, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

The WWE is fighting back against an Internet icon. The WWE is finally retaliating for statements made by CM Punk on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling. While Punk’s pipe bomb podcast may have been fun fodder, the end result may be some costly hours of entertainment.

Punk broke his silence back in November when he finally spoke out against the WWE on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast. The interview came just weeks after both parties reached an undisclosed settlement. To say that Punk’s interview painted the WWE badly would be a gross understatement. Punk’s allegations towards the company made the WWE look irresponsible, incompetent, and negligent in regards to the health and wellbeing of its performers.

Fans and pundits jumped on Punk’s back and went on the attack against the WWE. Specifically Punk’s statements made against the WWE regarding its doctor’s treatment of Punk were horrifying. Punk alleged that the WWE doctor misdiagnosed fatty tissue on his back which almost cost him his life. He also made severe allegations against the way they handle concussions. Pitchforks were lit, wagons were circled, and many were heavily critical of the WWE as a result of Punk’s allegations.

That was then, this is now. The WWE and its doctor are fighting back and fighting back hard. The doctor filed a lawsuit seeking over a $1 million from Punk and Cabana for what he claims were all false statements made about him on the podcast. The WWE is supporting its doctor and have posted a statement on its website in which they blast Punk.

In light of CM Punk’s allegations regarding WWE’s medical staff and the subsequent defamation lawsuit filed by Dr. Amann against CM Punk, WWE continues to have the utmost confidence in the ability and expertise of our world-class team of physicians, including Dr. Amann.

CM Punk claimed this past November that during the Royal Rumble pay-per-view event on January 26, 2014 he performed with a baseball-sized, purple lump on his back located near the waistband of his tights.
WWE’s investigation has shown the following:

  • CM Punk did not discuss this alleged condition with WWE’s team of physicians and trainers, nor did he discuss it with anyone in our Talent Relations department.
  • Subsequently, WWE has no medical records documenting this alleged condition.
  • The first time WWE was made aware of this alleged condition was when we received a letter from CM Punk’s attorney on August 22, 2014 after WWE terminated his contract.
  • here is clear video evidence from the 2014 Royal Rumble, which allows all to decide whether there is any appearance of a baseball-sized growth on CM Punk’s back.

Click here to view the video. You decide.”

The video in question is something to be seen. The video is all slow-motion close-ups of Punk’s back during the Royal Rumble. I will tell you this. I watched the video twice and saw no signs of any fatty lumps on Punk’s back. It should also be noted that comments were disabled on the video. Those could have been fun.

It’s funny because everyone just assumed that everything Punk was saying was the truth on those podcasts. I mentioned several times in blogs and tweets that while Punk’s allegations are damning, we can’t take them at face value. According the WWE he was not telling the truth and that could come back to hurt him.

I can take away a few things from this week. One, I don’t think AJ Lee is ever coming back to the WWE. I feel badly for her in that she appears to be caught in the middle of this crossfire. I just don’t know how you can go work for a company whose own doctor is trying to take a million dollars out of your bank account. That said, Divas generally have a short lifespan in the WWE and maybe she already had her exit plan all worked out.

I also think that it is odd that the company settled with Punk so fast if these claims weren’t true. Many assumed that Punk had the goods on the company with his claims on medical which resulted in a quick settlement. If he didn’t, why did the WWE settle? I can appreciate the WWE conducting a full investigation however before responding to Punk’s initial comments.

This is going to get ugly. It certainly reminds me of the ugliness that went down for years with the Warrior and Vince McMahon. The only difference here is I don’t think there is any way whatsoever we ever see Punk back in the WWE ever again.

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WWE Doctor Sues CM Punk and Colt Cabana Over AOW Comments

February 20, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

CM Punk’s latest pipe bomb may wind up blowing up in his face. Punk along with Colt Cabana are on the opposite ends of a lawsuit as a result of things Punk said during his infamous Art of Wrestling podcast interview.

The lawsuit comes from WWE doctor Dr. Christopher Amann. The Cook County record reports that Amann is suing Punk and Cabana for more than $1 million in compensatory damages and an undetermined monetary amount of punitive damages due to claims that both Brook’s and Colton’s comments on the Nov. 26 episode were false, defamatory and portrayed him improperly.

The good doctor claims that the statements Punk made about the fatty deposit on his back and concussions were false. Punk claimed that the doctor misdiagnosed a fatty deposit on his back that almost cost him his life. He also made disparaging remarks about the way Amann handled his concussions. Amann claims that are neither true. Amann claims that he told Punk to leave the ring after he believed Punk suffered a concussion. He also claims that he never treated Punk’s lump on his back.

If you remember back to the podcast, Punk and Cabana mocked the doctor and the WWE Wellness program several times during the podcast. Cabana is also named in the suit for making the doctor appear lazy. The doctor says that everything both said about him or claimed were fabrications and untrue.

One of the first things I thought of when I read about this suit was Punk’s concussion. Not having anything more than a business law class in my MBA program, I have to think that Punk can use his concussion history as a defense. Maybe Punk says he confused the doctor with someone else, etc? I also have to wonder if this blows up in the WWE’s face somehow with Punk turning around and suing the company for his concussions. That said, I have to think that Punk’s foray into MMA will be used as a defense against him and thus nullify any claims.

This is certainly a case to watch. Punk is well off financially according to those close to him. However, a big settlement is a big settlement and when you aren’t regularly working, that hurts. I also have to think that Dr. Amann has access to better lawyers and this thing never gets to trial. I wish it would but I think it settles far before that happens.

There is also the AJ Lee factor. Here is a situation where the company doctor where she works is suing her husband, essentially suing her. I wonder whether or not we even see AJ back in a WWE ring at this point. This could get very interesting in a hurry.

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CM Punk talks UFC, AJ’s Thoughts, WrestleMania, and More

December 11, 2014 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, WWE | Pro Wrestling

CM Punk is once again a hot commodity. The former WWE champion is on everyone’s minds after signing with the UFC. Punk is doing a lot of media and as expected, is shooting straight about his trajectory from the wrestling ring to the octagon.

It’s been less than a week and people still have questions. It is still hard to wrap my head around a guy with 0 fighting experience, amateur or pro getting a UFC deal after suffering numerous injuries as a pro wrestler, including several concussions. Yet that is exactly what Phil Brooks is going to do and he isn’t shy about discussing it.

Punk has talked to a lot of media and a recent stop at RollingStone.com may be one of the most insightful interviews he has done yet. The interview doesn’t touch on the WWE much at all but asks the questions we have all been wondering about Punk’s plan, his mindset, and what the hell is exactly going on here with the straight-edged superstar.

Punk was asked about whether critics and fans should reserve judgment until after Punk steps inside of the octagon as opposed to jumping conclusions. Punk says yes and even someone as confident as Punk isn’t going to make any bold predictions.

For sure. I’m not gonna sit here and make bold predictions about first-round head kicks and beating ranked opponents. This is about me and my journey to get there. I understand other peoples’ point of view about, “Oh, there’s great fighters out there like Ben Askren.” My only point on that is, “Don’t be mad at me, Ben. Be mad at [UFC President] Dana [White].” I’m sure Ben Askren’s a nice guy. If he’s mad at me, I understand. But if the Blackhawks came to me before Dana and Lorenzo did and were like, “We’re gonna put you in goal,” I’d be like, “That’s great. I played a little hockey when I was a kid.” You know what I mean? I’m not gonna deny myself some opportunity because somebody on Twitter thinks I shouldn’t have it.”

I do agree with Punk on one thing here. He is not the enemy. If you are upset that he is signed to a UFC deal, don’t be mad at him. Be mad at UFC management for signing him. Ironically, you could have said the same thing in regards to Punk whining for the last three years about The Rock and Brock Lesnar but I digress.

Punk isn’t quite sure whether the UFC will be more positive for him than the WWE, but he is happy with the way things are moving. Punk offered an interesting comparison between both companies to Rolling Stone.

I’m not sure I did know (whether UFC is more positive). If I can maybe throw out an example of how things are different – the lack of communication from the WWE office was astounding. They said they suspended me and never contacted me. They were in my town, about an eight-minute drive from my house multiple times, and didn’t feel like it was necessary to come try and talk to me, so I assumed that they didn’t want to talk to me.
Then, you’ve got Dana and [UFC CEO] Lorenzo Fertitta wanting to talk to me, and they get on a jet and fly to Chicago to talk to me. So that pretty much told me exactly how Dana and Lorenzo do business. I’m sure there are other people out there who have different situations with them, but they’re playing straight with me. And being backstage [at last Saturday’s UFC 181] and introducing everybody to my wife, it was such a great experience. And I’m sure part of that is the name value and who I am, but everyone seemed to be happy, which is different and odd for me.

I think most of us were curious as to what his wife, WWE Diva AJ Lee thinks of this. I think many of us wondered what his wife of less than one-year is thinking after hearing that her husband has signed to be a UFC fighter.

After I spoke with Dana and Lorenzo, that’s when it got serious and that’s when I brought it to her attention. Trust me, whatever nerves I’m gonna have stepping into the Octagon will pale in comparison to the nerves I had when I had to bring this up to my wife. I was honestly terrified. I was like, “She’s gonna shut it down, and I’m gonna have to figure out a way to smooth it over so I can do this, because I don’t take no for an answer, she doesn’t take no for an answer, and this is something I really wanna do.” Right off the bat she recognized that. She’s been around me long enough to know that, ever since the first day I met her, this is something I talked about doing, and she’s not somebody that’s gonna step in front of her husband trying to accomplish something that he dreamed about.

Finally, Punk is asked whether he is still itching for that WrestleMania main-event spot.

No, absolutely not.

All in all this is a fantastic interview with plenty of more details about Punk’s transition into UFC, reaction, and path to the octagon. Check out the entire interview over at RollingStone.com

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Is Paige vs. AJ Lee the Next Trish vs. Lita?

July 25, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Where were you when the WWE Divas world stop turning? The night that Paige and AJ Lee witched roles in the company and finally gave us something to talk about other than grown women dancing together in the ring and four-on-one handicapped matches against Nikki Bella?

For a change, a sudden move and flip/flop changed the direction of the sinking division in a good way and gave us, the WWE fans something to look forward to. While this is not a modern day Lita/Trish feud, it could be the closest thing to it since the two were in the WWE wrestling full time and lighting the ring on fire.

The sudden rise of Paige from NXT to the big leagues and then her reign as WWE champion followed by her heel turn could be one of the five best things to happen within the company this year, so far. The fact she turned on the current Diva’s Champion only adds fuel to a feud that had to happen for both women in their ascension in the company. Not only does this make Paige the perfect opponent for the diminutive Lee, it solidified Lee as one of the greatest women to ever get in a WWE ring.

But it is still not Lita and Trish.

After nearly seven years in the business, Stratus won the WWE Women’s Championship seven times, the most in WWE history. She was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013. She is considered the greatest WWE women’s champion of the modern era, although it is debatable by some. And in a time when women’s wrestling became chic and “sexy,” Stratus, along with her favorite opponent, Lita, made it “hip” to root for women’s wrestling.

After briefly working on the independent circuit and in Extreme Championship Wrestling, Lita signed with World Wrestling Federation in 1999. Originally, she was paired with Essa Rios, but she achieved her greatest push alongside Matt and Jeff Hardy as Team Xtreme.

Throughout her career, she won the WWE Women’s Championship four times. During her tenure with the company she became arguably the most popular Diva in the company’s history. Her high-flying moves were essential in her arsenal as she proved she could pull off moves that men like the Hardy’s were doing with ease.

There is a belief that for every solid wrestler or “great” wrestler (each definition is skewed), there is one opponent who makes them even better. Hulk Hogan had Randy Savage. Ricky Steamboat had Ric Flair. The Fabulous Molar and Judy Grabel and Trish had Lita. The WWE will be hard pressed to find two other women who can revolutionize the division unless Gail Kim makes a return to the company and challenges Lee – which is a match I think we all want to see.

When women got their start in the “business” it was to serve more as a side attraction or valet for the male counterpart. In some cases now, especially in TNA, women’s matches are equally important to the fan base and in most cases, are just as entertaining. Besides AJ and Kaitlyn, tell me the last time we saw a meaningful women’s match that lived up to the hype? This might be the feud of 2014 that lives up to everything it is asked to be.

And all of this while we wait to see if Brie Bella will be re-instated by Stephanie McMahon, leading to a war between the Bella Twins or seeing if the owner of the WWE, Stephanie McMahon gets in the ring to defend her honor.

Paige versus AJ had to happen. The division is dull, stagnant and cannot be built around Natalya or Charlotte (Ashley Flair), who is not ready. Surprisingly, this was the right move by the WWE. One that hopefully leads to a feud that could be the next best thing we see coming from the WWE for some time.

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AJ Lee’s Return Ramps Up WWE’s Need to Acknowledge CM Punk

July 03, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Maybe I am in the minority here, but I am not convinced that AJ Lee’s return to WWE is completely “best for business.”

Her surprise return Monday night definitely is a shot in the arm to a dragging Divas division. And – just maybe –putting the Divas title back around her makes sense because you always want your top-name performer to sport the gold.

But on the other side, AJ’s return is only going to ramp up the “CM Punk” chants from the crowds. And sooner or later, WWE is going to have to publicly address them, whether or not they want to.

After all, that is his wife who is wearing the Divas title. Not his storyline wife…his real-life spouse.

Maybe that is cracking open the door for a possible Punk return. Lord knows the WWE Universe would eat it up.

But he says he is done with wrestling. That’s not stopping his wife from getting back into it.

To top it off, AJ seems to be all over her crazy-girl phase. No high-pitched screams. No thousand-yard stares. The skipping still is there, but it seems to have regained the reflection of a child-like innocence, not the psychotic break of a modern-day Baby Jane.

When AJ was around, the Divas division had become fun to watch. She is not the truest wrestler in the division – that distinction still belongs to Natalya. But AJ connects with the crowd in a way that none of the other Divas seem to do.

You possibly could include the Bella Twins as ones who can connect with the crowd. But they do so in a Hollywood glamour, unapproachable style. AJ, however, comes across approachable, as the next-door neighbor you might wave at over the fence or hang out with at a neighborhood block party.

She certainly moves the needle in terms of being a charismatic champion.

Thankfully, her arrival and Monday night victory brings an end to the dreadful Paige experiment as Divas champion. In my opinion, Paige was rushed into the top spot way before she was ready. But she offered the ideal storyline “out” for AJ to step aside, get married and get some much-needed rest.

Skills-wise, Paige had all the makings of a good champion. What she may have lacked in personality, she made up for in ring moves. Her combo of a Scorpion leg lock and chicken-wing lock was one of the most original finishing holds I have seen in a long time.

But you cannot succeed as a top champ on skills alone. That is why we refer to wrestling as sports entertainment.

As champion, Paige was not entertaining. As champion, AJ was very entertaining.

I just have a feeling that WWE may have waded into waters they did not intend to navigate.

Ever since his abrupt departure earlier this year, Punk has been the 800-pound gorilla in the room for WWE. Maybe they think they moved past all this on that night last March when they played his entrance music, only to have Paul Heyman come out.

Since then, the Punk chants have become a staple at WWE televised events. They may not start the show and may not end the show, but you know they are going to come sometime.

And they do, usually during matches where the audience is bored.

That’s all changing with AJ’s return. As soon as the first few notes of “Let’s Light It Up” blare across the sound system, the chants will start … and continue throughout her appearance.

And they likely are not going to die down as long as AJ remains active on the roster – or Punk finally makes some kind of appearance. He now is claiming he is retired, but think about it. Have you ever seen anyone completely “retire” from WWE? Even Edge and Shawn Michaels make appearances on the show despite the maladies that forced them out of active action.

Meanwhile, the Punk chants are going to continue. And WWE has only two choices to deal with this.

Come to some kind of reconciliation with Punk. Or invest in a whole bunch of noise-cancelling headphones.

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CM Punk & AJ Should Return to Face the McMahons

April 25, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

There have been many power couples in the world of professional wrestling. None, however, may have the most “stroke” in the business as Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have right now. While the McMahon family continues on the tradition of the family business, these two “power hungry” heathens of the wrestling world are in a position that makes them the biggest bad asses on the block.

And there is not a couple in the WWE right now that can stop them. Until an idea hit me like a bucket of bolts.

The rumored return of AJ Lee at some point next month, coupled with the mention of CM Punk returning to Twitter has me thinking the newly engaged (there is a lot of that going on in the WWE these days) couple could be the elixir this company needs to challenge the owners of the company for supremacy.

With all due respect to Daniel Bryan and his new bride, Brie Bella, there isn’t enough firepower in this super couple to challenge the likes of the McMahons. But the brashness of Punk and Lee and the characters they play on the screen are perfect for a family to family confrontation on television.

Just to let you all know, the McMahons are no slouches when it comes to building a dynasty. are the founders and owners of the professional wrestling and entertainment company WWE (legally World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.), previously known as Capitol Wrestling Corporation; World Wide Wrestling Federation; Titan Sports; World Wrestling Federation, and World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc.

Historically, the company’s primary business has currently been professional wrestling, but it has at various times expanded into bodybuilding promotion, TV network, home video production, film production, nightclub, merchandising superstore, and a professional football league.

But this isn’t about what the family has in the media and entertainment world as much as it is about what two factions can do in a wrestling ring. While we all know at one point or another, the McMahons have been in the WWE ring, beating the hell out of wrestlers and each other. This would certainly make for great drama and would also keep the fans and the WWE Universe interested and entertained.

Just a few questions need to be answered before this kind of a confrontation can take place.

  • When is AJ Lee coming back?
  • What will her role be in the Divas Division?
  • Will the WWE use the romance by Lee and Punk to their advantage?
  • When will Punk return?

And if he does return, which one of the members of Evolution does he face (Batista)?

It looks like I have everything all planned out for this little confrontation and to be honest, I do in a way. But Punk has to want to come back and do this. There has been conjecture he is done with the ring battles and the injuries and will move on from the business. There has also been talk that Lee wanted time off – but will be back sooner than anticipated by several media outlets.

I stated in my column yesterday the WWE should stay the course and continue to promote what they have been successful with concerning current feuds in the company. But it would also be foolish for this company to take a simple scenario – one many of us would love to see, and not make it work to some point.

[ad]Right now, the company is building Evolution as the new authority figure on the WWE and its main focus is to beat the hell out of The Shield. Great concept, great idea and bad way to remain stagnant. Everyon should be the focus of Evolution. And when it comes to the new “love birds,” they should be priority number one on the hit list.

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AJ Lee’s WWE Divas Championship Run vs. Maryse’s WWE Divas Championship run

January 16, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This Saturday marks a milestone for AJ Lee and her being the Divas Champion and that is her tying Maryse for the longest reign as Divas Champion with Sunday being the day she become the all time longest reigning Divas Champion to hold that title.

Sure records may become broken at some points in sports, but this one, I’m not really feeling at all here because during AJ’s title run, nothing really memorable has happened besides the epic promo she cut on the total divas back in the Summer of last year and also, there is a debate on twitter on who had the better run of Maryse and AJ Lee. While looking at this and looking at what fans of Maryse have been saying and fans of AJ Lee have been saying, I have come to the conclusion about both of those reigns.

My verdict: Neither of them had the better reign over each other.

Reason being of that is, I found both of those title runs to be unmemorable regarding the Divas Championship. Maryse won the title back in 2008 on a episode of SmackDown where she defeated Michelle McCool for it. She was improving in the ring, but I felt like it was not the right time to put the title on Maryse. I predicted that she was going to win the title in January of the new year, but it seemed like the focus on the Royal Rumble Pay Per View with Melina going after Beth Phoenix for the Women’s Championship. Maryse would go on to win the title, but only to become injured at a house show. It was a disappointing start to her title run as she was slidelined for a bit only until returning back in the ring. Her challengers along the way were Michelle McCool and Gail Kim before being drafted to Raw that year and defending the title against Kelly Kelly before finally dropping it to Mickie James. To me, her run is not really that memorable. The only good matches that I can recall was her against Michelle McCool for the title before Gail Kim would come in and attack both and against Gail Kim on her last match for SmackDown.

Now for AJ’s reason, it was all about having the title on their over diva back last year. We all know that AJ Lee was Diva of the year in 2012, turning heel to align with Dolph Ziggler and at the side of him when he won the World Heavyweight Championship. She would then move on to win a number one contenders battle royal to get a shot at Kaitlyn’s title. However, during the time, there was no progression with the feud for the title and the go home show before Payback was the final straw with Big E being the secret lover of Kaitlyn before AJ revealed it was a hoax. At Payback, AJ Lee would win the title from her former best friend and tag team partner. While the both of them did feud over the summer with the first ever contract signing with the both of them, their rematch at Money In the Bank and their last match at Summerslam with Kaitlyn and Dolph Ziggler getting the win over AJ and Big E. From there, AJ would have contenders left and right for the title, but her only feud right after was with Brie Bella, in which she would retain the title against her a couple of times, but from there, AJ had people challenging her for the title and not a real feud. While AJ fans are saying that AJ’s run is a good one and that it’s something to remember, to me, I feel like it was nothing, but a bust. The only time I remember when a over diva had the title and a actual feud for the title was Kelly Kelly. Remember Beth Phoenix? That was Kelly’s real feud for the title before Kelly would drop it to Beth Phoenix at Hell in a Cell in 2011. Kelly’s run was memorable in a way, but her feud with Beth Phoenix was one of them.

Unless someone defeats AJ for the title during the SmackDown tapings which will air on Friday, AJ will not reach that record as she will just miss it by four days (In SmackDown terms, 1 day), but unless something happens and they give AJ a decent feud, I don’t see her run as champion as memorable. So I’m going to ask this question for everyone that reads the Camel Clutch Blog, do you honestly think that AJ is having a good run as champion? If she passes Maryse’s record, what would you like to see? If she drops the title, did you see it as a good and memorable run?

Thanks for reading

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The Ridiculous Reaction over AJ Lee’s Alleged Outburst

December 17, 2013 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

WWE Divas champion AJ Lee supposedly got into a bit of trouble recently when she took exception to NBC reporter Michelle Beadle speaking to CM Punk. The “controversy” took place during WWE’s Tribute to the Troops and since that time, many fans have been more than a little upset at AJ for apparently embarrassing WWE.

Wow. Okay, what now?

I have to say that when I first saw this nonsense online, I almost skipped right over it. The headline itself did not give me much cause to stop and read; in fact it actually made me want to just keep going. But because of the work I do, I decided to take a moment to click and read.

Truth be told, it read like something of a non-event. It was not news to me, more like an isolated incident between people that the majority of WWE fans do not know off camera. None of us were there and because of that, there is no one reliable source from which to draw from.

So I for one believed it meant nothing. I moved on. But then I began my daily routine of social media for the first time that day and I was just astonished by what I saw.

Fans lost their minds over this one. Seriously, it was amazing.

Twitter was blowing up with shock and disappointment; the reactions were just too unbelievable to be true. Words like “sad” and “ridiculous” were everywhere. Phrases like “she really is crazy,” and “I’ve lost respect for her,” were repeated more than once.

I read all of this and did my best to digest it. And believe me that was not easy to do.

Here’s the thing. If all of this is true then yes, it’s more than a little silly. And it unfortunately plays right into the character that AJ portrays, suggesting that it’s more true to life than anyone realized. But whether or not it all happened that way is really unclear right now.

What is clear however is that some fans can be very critical and extremely judgmental over basically nothing.

It never ceases to amaze me, to be honest. The fact is that much of the same crowd who supported AJ just one day before this all happened turned on her without knowing any real details.

They turned on her without one shred of actual proof that anything really happened at all. They took one story, one report and accepted it as rock solid truth. And I for one have a real problem with that.

Why, because I blindly support WWE Superstars due to my role as an analyst? Not at all. The truth is that part of what I do means that I have to be as objective as possible, depending on the type of column I write on any given day.

And I do not work for WWE. I have nothing to gain by holding them up on a pedestal or refusing to believe anyone in that company is incapable of wrongdoing.

My issue with the reaction to this story lies in the fact that fans immediately jumped at the chance to believe anything legitimately happened with a pro wrestling entertainment company. Think about this for a moment. The entire business of pro wrestling is predicated on the lie that matches are won and lost based upon actual competition.

WWE lies to its fans on a daily basis to support the initial lie that what they’re seeing in the ring is actually happening. They work the crowd to get what they want and we as fans are supposed to react accordingly. This is how the business works and it will never change. Vince McMahon did not invent this concept, it has always been there.

And the truth is the majority of fans are fine with it. We like to be entertained and most of us know how this works.

Yet we take one story and completely blow it out of proportion, as if suddenly WWE is not an entertainment company with fictional characters and manufactured storylines. AJ Lee may as well have been an executive in a Fortune 500 company, under internal investigation by the human resources department.

Its pro wrestling, folks. This is not reality we’re talking about here. How anyone can automatically believe anything even remotely relating to WWE is beyond me. Again, if AJ Lee did anything that requires her to be reprimanded, then so be it. She’s an adult and she should know better.

But instead of snapping to judgment, can we all at least take a step back and understand that we’re dealing with real people here? Real people make mistakes and that is likely what happened here; AJ spoke out of turn, embarrassed herself and now we should all move on and just let it go.

The fact is that dirt-sheets rarely ever get anything right. And when it comes to this story, they’re not exactly batting 1000.

Some of the same speculation revolving around all of this included the possibility that AJ would be punished for what she did by losing her Divas Championship at TLC. What happened to that bit of “news?”

Don’t believe everything you read, folks. I don’t.

Tom Clark is a WWE Featured Columnist & Consultant for Bleacher Report, a Contributor for JBL’s Layfield Report and a Contributor for Whatculture.com

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AJ Lee, Dolph Ziggler’s Heat and what it all means

July 16, 2013 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

“Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned.” In the WWE, that is code word for, “Don’t piss AJ Lee off.”

The “Black Widow” of the WWE struck again Monday night, causing her “former” boyfriend Dolph Ziggler t lose another match against Alberto Del Rio and placing his chances of winning the World Heavyweight Title on life support.

Lee still has a stronghold on breaking hearts and taking names in the company that has made her a superstar.

Let’s see, Daniel Bryan was “crazy” when she dated him. She “cost” him the WHC. CM Punk “dug” the crazy chick, but did not want to marry her. Kane did not know what to do with the crazy chick. Daniel Bryan tried to marry the crazy chick. John Cena had an interest in her but found out how “crazy” she was. And if you are scoring at home, she fell “crazy” in love with Dolph Ziggler and his WHC title aspirations.

Excuse me while I catch my breath, That’s plenty of frequent flier miles for anyone, regardless of how hot she looks.

Ok, getting back to the crux of this column. Everyone stay with me here.

The fact Ziggler has decided to part ways with the most evil woman in the WWE this side of Scary Sherri Martel is simple —- Shawn Michaels walked away from the association of a woman in the ring and now, the “Show Stealer” is following suit.

There is no way Ziggler can be the “hit” everyone wants him to be and the leading player the WWE wants him to be if he is connected to the WWE’s biggest female draw and one of the biggest flaws in getting over.

Randy Savage could do it with Elizabeth. Their chemistry was “real” and fans loved them both.

Eddie Gilbert could get away with it with Missy Hyatt. For any of you who are not aware of who Missy Hyatt is, google her and see what she looked like in 1985.

The point I am making is singles champions are usually more successful without the drama associated with the woman by his side. For months, Ziggler made it work with Vickie Guerrero, but the angle grew stale and fans did not like Ziggler in the role.

Lee cost John Cena the WHC Title Ladder match at TLC and then began her “whirlwind” romance with “Ziggy.”

Awww. I am sure Susan Lucci is giving her a standing ovation.

If it is predetermined by the WWE that stars like Ziggler will replace the likes of Shawn Michaels and CM Punk replaces Randy Savage, John Cena is the next Hulk Hogan and so on, they need to follow suit, realize the character strengths of the past and use those “skits” but not to a pint where they completely emulate them.

Ziggler is in the right place at the right time — right now, to be great. The recent matches with Alberto Del Rio have been nothing less than magic. Much like Michaels and Chris Jericho in years past.

I have always said wrestlers push each other for greatness and success. The angle now presented to us will move away toward Ziggler’s title chances and his dealing with the decisions he has made. This is good news for his “muscle” Big E Langston and their potential feud. And if anyone has even thought of this, it could be a reason Kaitlyn recaptures the WWE Divas Title (what’s good for the goose is good for the gander).

The WWE may have hit gold with this “breakup” and consequences of a love pairing gone bad. Like all soap operas, there are a few bumps in the script that need to be worked out before we truly know if this is an award winning performance on both sides of the script.

David is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and can be read here. Follow David on Twitter @davidlevin71

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