As the most pushed WWE Diva in many years—not since Trish Stratus was all over the product in the early ‘00s has a female performer in the company been afforded such attention—there is a great deal of expectations on A.J's shoulders.
With her charisma and work ethic, as well as the support of management behind her, Lee—a lifelong wrestling fan—looks set to do great things in her WWE career.
But there are a few potential obstacles in her quest for success.
For one thing, some would argue she has already been overexposed and fans are fast growing weary of her heavy presence on Raw every week. She often feels forced into major angles and storylines, even when it makes little or no sense whatsoever: Come on, why would the strict, by-the-rules WWE Board of Directors ever allow such an obviously unstable woman to ever be Raw GM?
Why does Managing Supervisor Vickie insist on keeping A.J. on the show simply to “prove” she carried on a relationship with John Cena?
Doesn’t she have a show to run?
Vince McMahon and WWE seem stubbornly determined to push her, even at the expense of the overall product. Despite A.J’s likability and natural charm, fan resentment—and the backlash—towards her could prove a huge problem in her otherwise bright future.
Following on from this, it’s too soon to tell how this current storyline—in which Cena and A.J. may or may not be having an affair—will work out.
It could turn out to be entertaining, in a trashy soap-opera type of way. But the fact that the angle has conjured up comparisons with TNA’s awful Claire Lynch angle probably isn’t a good sign.
Yup: A.J. may soon have another bad storyline on her WWE resume.
Free of her corporate role, A.J. looks to have also moved back to the women’s division—even taking on Beth Phoenix last week. While she is obviously better suited to this—she was, all things considered, a pretty awful general manager—it remains to be seen how far she can go as a women’s wrestler.
For one thing, WWE have neglected their Divas Division for years now.
The girls all try, but they are hampered by an indifferent booking team and fan apathy. With this in mind, A.J. can’t really benefit from being associated with it in its current condition.
Another matter is that, for all her time spent on the indies and FCW, she’s still not that great of a wrestler, with her efforts paling in comparison to the work of supremely talented performers Eve or Natalya.
She can always get better, of course, but at this point it remains to be seen whether she is someone you could build a division around—assuming WWE ever do decide to do anything with it.
In summation, A.J. may look set to have a great WWE career—and maybe she will—but only if the company stops pushing her down everyone’s throats and placing her in one convoluted angle after another.
Giving her a decent women’s division to work with would also be a good start.