Over the last few months, AJ Lee vs. Kaitlyn has emerged as one of the better women’s feuds in WWE history.
OK, so some will complain about the crass creative material, which involves AJ mocking her foe for being overweight. This is certainly a tasteless element of the angle and serves to drag the whole thing down a notch, and you have to wonder just what the folks at WWE are thinking if they really consider former fitness model Kaitlyn to be out of shape.
But aside from this, Kaitlyn and Divas champion AJ have worked hard to produce an entertaining feud, and they will almost certainly deliver the goods at this Sunday’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view.
It helps that the company has given both girls interview time and an opportunity to cut promos. AJ, in particular, is a great talker, and thrives whenever she is given the mic.
She’s a terrific evil heel, calling to mind Trish Stratus’ great run as a bad guy in 2004-05 or Michelle McCool and Layla El’s fun Laycool stable.
Kaitlyn isn’t really the talker or personality AJ is, but she’s still performed admirably in her role.
She’s got a great look—despite what the bookers would have us believe—and has enough charisma and natural likability to fill in the role as the company’s main female babyface. Partly thanks to her professed love of shows like "The Simpsons" and "The Office," she often comes off like the cool girl-next-door type, rather than the overtly glamorous model figure the company has pushed in the past.
She’s also been built up to be a fully sympathetic figure—many fans are genuinely rooting for her to win back the Divas title.
When it comes to the wrestling side of things, AJ and Kaitlyn are also producing quality work. Potentially due to fantastic bouts Taryn Terrell and Gail Kim have been churning out over at TNA Wrestling—one report (F4Wonline via Diva Dirt) claimed Vince McMahon was attempting to outdo his rival—WWE has allowed the girls go all out in their matches together.
The results have been some of the most vicious scraps in Diva history.
Their match at Payback—which saw AJ win the title—was very good, and there’s no reason their rematch at Money in the Bank shouldn’t be worth watching, provided they get enough time.
Of course, we have to remember that this is a WWE pay-per-view which will feature two high-risk ladder matches—Kaitlyn and AJ probably aren’t going to be able to compete with that.
But don’t be surprised if, at the event, the two end up delivering a terrific women’s wrestling match.