Where to go next with AJ Lee.

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I understand that it takes time for a story to build, but seeing AJ Lee’s segment on Smackdown from last week has me concerned for the future for my favorite wrestling character. Because if my assumption is correct, I’m already disinterested in seeing where this story will go.

AJ, storyline wise, has already been paired with Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, John Cena, Kane (sort of), and Dolph Ziggler. She’s also broken up with all of them, and each break-up makes AJ go nuts until she’s eventually paired with someone else. And don’t get me wrong, it’s been fun watching AJ evolve over the past few months, and her latest dismissal of Dolph Ziggler was devious AJ at her finest.

But, she’s capable of more than this. We all know it.

I can’t tell you how disappointing it is to see WWE rehash the same story of AJ running headfirst into another relationship. And no, it’s not because AJ won’t be believable. AJ is a solid character actor who knows how to make her moments on TV count. Big E has crazy charisma and is also convincing. These two will make wherever this story eventually goes fun and exciting to watch.

The fact that we’re about to see AJ paired with another guy, yet again, doesn’t make me happy.

I really hate to jump the gun and assume that what I’m about to say is the exact direction they’ll go, but for the sake of my point, I will assume that AJ hugging on Big E is a thing that will happen.

Besides her love life, AJ has some interesting stuff going on in her world that could use some focus. Like the fact that she beat Kaitlyn twice in a row. Or that she has yet to be taken down by any other diva. Or the fact that we haven’t seen Kaitlyn since she tapped out at MITB. She said she was going to beat Kaitlyn and she did. That point shouldn’t be lost in the noise of Summerslam buildup.

From the time she’s been on tv to now, she hasn’t interacted with the other Divas much. I was hoping her being champion would mean more interaction with the other girls, but no. That will probably happen, but it will take a backseat to Big E and AJ’s awkward stroll to the big show.

Also, does it make anyone else slightly uncomfortable to think that AJ has been linked to 5 separate tv boyfriend’s? Because that’s making me very uncomfortable. But only because it brings ”AJ’s a slut” to the discussion. I’m not down with that.

And while were on the subject of TV boyfriend’s, let’s go over those failures for a second.

Her pairing with Daniel Bryan was intriguing and helped to cement their status as stars. This eventually led to a Daniel Bryan proposal, a wedding, and AJ ditching Daniel at the altar to become GM of Raw. Which was fun because it was fresh, interesting, and had an ending.

CM Punk was also brought forth as a potential suitor, and while they had solid interactions with each other, they never truly went anywhere.

Kane was spellbound by AJ at first, but he eventually went his own way after telling AJ he was a brute and too unstable for her.

Her pairing with Cena was unremarkable, and that ended after she pushed Cena off a ladder.

Dolph was the best of all of them, but that ended in dramatic fashion last Monday.

The descriptions I just gave you shows that AJ as a character is versatile. I never pictured her, Dolph and Big E forming a stable, but they did and it worked. Now that she’s done with Dolph, I’d like to see AJ be by herself and running rampant in the Divas division.

Let’s all shut off the part of our brain that nitpicks, and fantasy book AJ’s next move that doesn’t involve a romantic pairing.

Here’s 3 from me.

1. Kaitlyn is broken. She’s now lost two separate opportunities to win back the divas title, and thanks to AJ, is ignored by the other divas after AJ revealed those humiliating texts she sent to her secret admirer at their MITB contract signing.

Kaitlyn, because she has nobody else to turn to or has some twisted change of heart, decides to make up with AJ. She admits she was wrong in being upset at her and says that AJ had her best interests in mind by breaking her down.

AJ and Kaitlyn make up, and Kaitlyn plays the role of bodyguard while AJ remains champ and wrestles other divas. When the time is right, it will be revealed that Kaitlyn tricked AJ to get her guard down, A SPEAR happens, and that sets up Kaitlyn vs AJ, part 3: Diva’s championship ladder match.

2. Layla is tired of AJ and the games she plays with Kaitlyn. She confronts AJ and vows to get revenge on Kaitlyn’s behalf. Meanwhile, Layla helps Kaitlyn rebuild her relationships with the other divas, and generally acts like Kaitlyn’s friend.

The evil GM of the moment decides that no two competitors can truly be friends and books a Summerslam triple threat match for the Divas title. During that match, Layla viciously turns on Kaitlyn, takes out AJ, and wins the title. Layla cuts a promo on Raw about how being champion means more than being friends, Kaitlyn attacks, and we have a triple threat scenario for the title.

3. AJ (with Big E) decides that since she can take down Kaitlyn, she can take down anyone. Her next target is none other than Stephanie McMahon. AJ and Stephanie go back and forth for weeks until Stephanie makes a match at Summerslam with Kaitlyn wrestling on her behalf. That eventually leads to AJ vs Kaitlyn, part 3: ladder match at Summerslam with Stephanie in Kaitlyn’s corner.

Naturally, most people will have differing opinions on what they’d like AJ to be doing, but these are my suggestions. Virtually anything is possible in WWE, but for once, I’d like to see possible romances take a backseat so that AJ walk alone and defend her title in exciting matchups.

If you were booking AJ, what would you like her to do?

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A Diva Money in the Bank? It could happen.

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Money in the Bank has been one of my favorites since it first appeared at Wrestlemania 21. Since that time, the concept became so popular that it’s now it’s own pay per view.

What exactly is there not to love about Money in the Bank? There’s something special about seeing that briefcase dangling in the air, and watching 6 of WWE’s best wrestlers fight amongst themselves, plus scale a very tall ladder to grab it. Money in the Bank is unpredictable, exciting, and guarantees that all eyes will be glued on the winner for that next year. Matches like Money in the Bank solidify the importance of championships by making them worth throwing away reason and the possibility of bodily injury to beat the odds and get the briefcase. Money in the Bank makes stars, and it’s been proven time and again.

Why can’t this same logic apply to the WWE Divas? In my opinion, all championships are important, and the Divas championship is no exception.

I think WWE is long overdue in giving divas a Money in the Bank of their own.

Yes, I understand that MITB ladder matches are dangerous. And yes, I understand the current mindset is that the Divas are precious flowers who look pretty, but rarely get hurt. I get it. But let’s turn off the doubtful voices in our minds and explore the possibilities.

A Diva Money in the Bank would be no different than what we normally see. 6 of WWE’s best lady grapplers are put together in a ring, and eventually one will pull down a briefcase dangling high above the ring. In that briefcase is a guaranteed contract for a Divas Title match. The only difference is there will only be a red (not pink) briefcase since the Smackdown ladies division is basically the same as Raw.

All WWE would have to do is book it’s Divas with actual stories. None of this ridiculous cat fight, L on the forehead with fingers nonsense. Just a straight up ”I want my opportunity” booking. Then, you give them 20 minutes at Money in the Bank to make it happen.

As a Diva supporter, I can get behind this. Without going into the ”if the men can do it” argument, I think a Diva MITB would be a fresh way of looking at the current lady talent. This type of match would put the Divas division on a different level than ever before. It’s one thing for WWE to try something like this, have it fail, then never do it again. But they haven’t come close to match of this caliber for their current generation of women. I think it’s time for that to change.

What better way to show confidence in the women’s division than giving them the opportunity to make history? If WWE put on a match like this and the women involved made it work, everyone wins. A first ever MITB for a Divas Title contract has a nice ring to it.

And let’s not forget that ladies have done dangerous matches before. Remember Trish vs Victoria?

Fantasy booking is fun, but I think a Diva MITB has a real possibility of actually happening. In an age where TNA is putting on a ladder matches to determine a number one contender for their knockouts title, it’s not implausible that WWE can put on a Diva MITB. It’s too late to do it this year, but there’s always next year or any time after that. WWE talks about wanting to make stars and wanting to put on exciting matches, but as a company, they’re still woefully behind in cultivating ground breaking matchups such as this for their women. If I was a wrestler in WWE and someone told me that this was my one opportunity to have a match of this caliber, I’d be climbing that ladder just like the countless number of men who’ve done it in the past, and the men who will do it this Sunday.

I can only hope that sometime in my lifetime, my fantasy booking scenario will come true.

On a final note, if you were to ask me who I’d put in there, my answer would be simple. It’s a potent mix of current and former WWE talent.

1. Paige

Paige

2. AJ Lee

AJ Lee

3. Michelle McCool

Michelle McCool

4. Jazz

Jazz

5. Natalya

Natalya

6. Layla

LAYLA

Who would you like to see in a Diva Money in the Bank?