WWE: Paige Should Be the Next Challenger for AJ Lee's Divas Championship

Graham GSM MatthewsFeatured ColumnistJuly 24, 2013

How long before Paige is called up to the main roster? (Courtesy of WWE.com)
How long before Paige is called up to the main roster? (Courtesy of WWE.com)

After reigning as Raw General Manager for a solid three months and winning the Diva of the Year Slammy Award last December, AJ Lee accomplished quite a bit in a brief period of time. The only accolade that alluded her, however, was becoming Divas Champion.

That changed last month at WWE Payback, where AJ soundly defeated Kaitlyn to win the Divas Championship for the first time in career. She went on to force her former friend to submit for a second time at WWE Money in the Bank last Sunday, successfully retaining her Divas Championship in the process.

Later that night, AJ inadvertently cost Dolph Ziggler the World Heavyweight Championship during his match against Alberto Del Rio. After Ziggler dumped the "crazy chick" the next night on Raw, AJ once again ensured that Ziggler wouldn't be wearing gold around his waist any time soon.

It appears that AJ will be be fully focused on making Ziggler's life as miserable as possible in weeks ahead with the help of Big E Langston. That being said, the chances of her defending her strap at SummerSlam next month are slim.

Aside from Kaitlyn, there aren't many fresh faces left to contend for the Divas Championship. Sure, Layla and Natalya could always step up and challenge for the gold, but we've already seen them decisively lose to AJ numerous times in the past.

Naomi would be a great rival for AJ, especially given their history during NXT Season 3 in late 2010. However, I get the feeling that WWE doesn't want to split her from Cameron or Tons of Funk any time son.

Obviously, calling up talent from NXT would be the most simple solution, but it's mind boggling to me as to why they haven't done so already. Of all the lovely ladies down in WWE's developmental system, no one is more ready for a spot on the main roster than Paige.

Before coming to WWE in January 2012, Paige made quite a name for herself on the independent circuit. At the young age of 20, Paige has already won a total of 12 championships over the course of her career, a sure sign of what's to come.

The revamping of NXT last summer did wonders for Paige, who immediately made an impact and is already extremely over with the Full Sail University audience. Her matches against the likes of Summer Rae, Tamina Snuka and Alicia Fox in recent months have received rave reviews and were even better than most of the Diva matches we're used to seeing each week on Raw and SmackDown.

Needless to say, she's an incredible competitor and has managed to have a good match with almost everyone she has stepped in the ring with so far. Additionally, she has the ability to connect with the crowd, unlike most rookies down in NXT.

I'm confident that pairing her with a fellow amazing athlete in AJ Lee would do wonders for the division. Not only would the matches be worth watching, but the feud itself could bring prestige to the Divas Championship in the first time in...well, ever.

Granted, Paige is still very young and she has her whole career ahead of her to be called up, but it's bound to happen at some point in the foreseeable future. She's been on a wave of momentum in NXT, and the sky is the limit as far as her potential goes.

As previously stated, AJ may not be due for a title defense until at least Night of Champions, but I hope to see Paige brought up to the main roster in order to be the former Raw General Manager's next challenger.

Thanks for reading, and be sure to drop a comment below with your thoughts on Paige and if you believe she would be a suitable opponent for Divas Champion AJ Lee. As always, your criticism and overall feedback of my latest piece is welcomed and greatly appreciated.

GSM out.


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