AJ Lee has been on the job as general manager of RAW for a few weeks and has received generally mixed reviews from WWE fans. Although I certainly wouldn't consider her to be a wizard on the mic, I give her high marks thus far, thanks mainly to her entertaining interactions with CM Punk.
Just prior to being named RAW's general manager by Vince McMahon on the 1,000th episode of RAW, AJ proposed to the WWE Champion. Punk declined, promoting AJ to slap him and seemingly agree to marry Daniel Bryan, although she ultimately left Bryan at the altar in favor of Mr. McMahon's business proposal.
The history that Punk and AJ have has continually been mentioned by Punk especially and it certainly plays a role in their relationship. AJ is the one who forced Punk to defend his title against John Cena and Big Show in a triple-threat match at SummerSlam. That was the match that sent Punk into a fit of rage that made for some entertaining television.
General managers have been a fixture in WWE ever since the brand split, and while some of them are fairly hands off, others have gotten very involved. I suppose figureheads like what Teddy Long was on SmackDown do have a place to some degree, but things are always more interesting when the GM plays favorites and has vendettas against certain superstars.
That appears to be the case with AJ and Punk as there is an intriguing dynamic between the two and an obvious amount of tension as well. D-Generation X clashed with Sgt. Slaughter, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin had some well documented differences with Vince while Cena had a rivalry with John Laurinaitis, so there is a long history of authority figures and top talents not seeing eye to eye.
Punk's main adversary currently is Cena, but with the way he has been playing the respect card as of late, he has plenty of auxiliary foes as well. AJ is one of them, and even though I'm not sure that AJ is actually treating Punk any differently than the other wrestlers, Punk perceives it that way and he has essentially created a rivalry in his own mind.
With all of that said, I can eventually see a partnership forming between the two of them. I feel like AJ is only a placeholder in the GM role and is essentially keeping the seat warm until John Laurinaitis returns. Laurinaitis is still being used on the house show circuit, so it seems like a matter of time before he is back in the fold.
There wasn't a satisfactory end to the relationship between AJ and Punk, and I get the feeling that AJ still has a thing for the WWE Champion. Punk is becoming somewhat unstable in his own right, so it wouldn't surprise me if AJ started booking Punk favorably before ultimately leaving the GM post and becoming his manager.
Punk certainly doesn't need a manager by any stretch of the imagination, but it would be interesting to see him as a heel with a valet. Until then, though, I have been thoroughly enjoying the segments involving Punk and AJ since they have good chemistry together and have ever since the storyline between them initially started.
Many fans get too caught up in AJ's mic ability, or lack thereof, and don't allow themselves to enjoy her interactions. I feel like she has done a really nice job in backstage segments especially, and her rapport with Punk is always fun to watch and certainly adds to the overall quality of RAW.
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