When Will AJ Finally Get Her Opportunity at the Divas Title?
On the April 22 episode of Raw, WWE Diva and resident "crazy chick" AJ won a battle royal to become the No. 1 contender for the Divas Championship currently held by Kaitlyn.
In the nearly two months since, she has still not received an opportunity at the title.
It is also worth noting that since winning the title in January, Kaitlyn has defended the title only a handful of times. Even when she has, it has hardly ever been against a top contender. Instead, she is normally booked in tag team encounters, where her less than stellar ring skills can be hidden by having her in the ring for less time.
The company had been teasing the match even before this, though, continually allowing the two former friends to encounter each other and antagonize one another. And yet to date, no match has taken place.
As the diva with arguably the most screen time, it is curious that AJ has never actually held the Divas title. Her "crazy" gimmick is oddly endearing to many, with some fans even sympathizing with her during her odd love triangle storyline with Daniel Bryan, CM Punk and Kane in mid-2012.
The Divas division has become somewhat of the stepchild of the WWE. Many people look down upon it as a second-rate group, supporting the archaic belief that women should not wrestle, or even cannot wrestle.
AJ could change that. Despite her flighty persona, she might be the best actual wrestler in the company with the exception of Natalya, who, coincidentally, has also been relegated to a valet role.
And though she may be one of, if not the smallest Divas, AJ is not some second-rate fashion model who cannot handle herself in the ring. Trained by six-time TNA X-Division champion Jay Lethal, she may be one of the most polished competitors in women's wrestling today.
Her style is somewhat unorthodox as she employs a lot of acrobatic moves and obscure submission holds, but it also seems innovative and fresh. A majority of Divas matches consist of slaps, kicks and arm drags, which at the end of the day, makes for short, boring matches. At that might be why few people take the division seriously.
And while Kaitlyn is attempting to do her part in making the title look legitimate, she herself is somewhat limited in the ring, and her promo skills are still lacking. AJ is not only a great in-ring performer, but given her vast amount of screen time over the past year, she has also become very good with a microphone.
It remains to be seen, however, where exactly the company stands with her character. Is the main goal to allow her to win the title and perhaps carve out a place for herself independent of others?
Or, is she content to simply be arm candy for World Heavyweight champion Dolph Ziggler and Big E. Langston?
In a tag team match on Raw where she was the partner of the Bella twins, AJ abandoned her team mid-match and simply walked away.
Could this lead to a storyline where she feuds with the Bellas? Or will the company simply gloss over that event and allow her to continue her feud with Kaitlyn?
In any event, AJ may very well end up holding the key to the Divas division's future.
She is young, talented and intriguing. All those attributes could end up leading to big things for WWE's resident crazy chick.
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