Why AJ Lee Is WWE's Best On-Screen Character
The world of professional wrestling hardly ever produces the types of characters that make you think you're genuinely watching a television show.
You never really connect with them on a deeper level beyond '"I love him/her" or "I hate him/her." The reason for this is that they have no character depth.
Wrestling is truly just recycled stories one after the other with different events interchanged over and over again.
That's why I have to take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to praise WWE and AJ herself for creating a true character and story in AJ Lee.
I have to stress character because I think the world of professional wrestling has confused viewers on what a character actually is. This is the definition as seen on thefreedictionary.com:
The combination of qualities or features that distinguishes one person, group, or thing from another.
While on the surface it seems there are a lot of characters in wrestling, based off of this description of the word, people more often than not look past the fact that those characters have no depth.
They have no deep-rooted motivating factors that stem from what went on in their past or is going on in their head.
AJ Lee is not just another wrestler who wants the title and in turn hates the title holder—she actually has depth.
Last night, by creating a pseudo-suicide, with a wooden table of all things, AJ became more than "the crazy girl next door."
Every single twitch, pull, and change in her mannerisms revealed a lot about her. Not to mention the epic "save the psycho princess who ends up killing her two loves" moment with CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.
It developed her backstory to the point where we now know that what AJ really longs for is love and attention. But she also wants to show she's not weak and doesn't need a counterpart to find fulfillment.
She wants to have her cake and eat it too.
And she is.
I could go on for days analyzing the enigma that is AJ Lee.
That in and of itself shows that she truly is WWE's best on-screen character.
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