AJ Lee Tweets at Stephanie McMahon Regarding Wages, Screen Time for WWE Divas

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2015

AJ Lee celebrates after winning the Divas Championship Invitational during Wrestlemania XXX at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome in New Orleans on Sunday, April 6, 2014. (Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE)
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WWE Diva AJ Lee has been among the most outspoken members of the roster in recent years, and she furthered that reputation Tuesday night by calling out WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon on Twitter.

The exchange started when McMahon tweeted a message in support of Patricia Arquette's moving speech at the Oscars regarding equal pay for women:

Stephanie McMahon @StephMcMahon

Thank You @PattyArquette for having the courage to fight for #WomensRights on such a grand platform. #UseYourVoice http://t.co/q71acxMExU

AJ retweeted McMahon before going on the offensive and challenging WWE's minority owner to practice what she preaches:

AJ @TheAJMendez

@StephMcMahon Your female wrestlers have record selling merchandise & have starred in the highest rated segment of the show several times,

AJ @TheAJMendez

@StephMcMahon And yet they receive a fraction of the wages & screen time of the majority of the male roster. #UseYourVoice

McMahon ultimately responded to AJ's concerns in a positive manner:  

Stephanie McMahon @StephMcMahon

Thank you @WWEAJLee, I appreciate your opinion. #UseYourVoice

This exchange came on the heels of a Twitter movement called #GiveDivasAChance. Following a Divas match between Paige, Emma and the Bella Twins that was just seconds long on Monday Night Raw, fans voiced their displeasure on Twitter, which resulted in it becoming a trending topic.

It gained so much momentum that WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon even referenced it on Twitter:

Vince McMahon @VinceMcMahon

We hear you. Keep watching. #GiveDivasAChance

With fans and performers alike pushing for the Divas to have a greater role and equality, one cannot help but wonder if WWE is poised to make some changes:

WWE may only need to look toward its NXT brand for inspiration, as the women performers in developmental are often given a great spot on the card and plenty of time to perform.

That AJ is the one Diva who spoke out certainly makes things even more interesting since her husband—former WWE Superstar CM Punk—is currently involved in a legal battle with WWE and Dr. Chris Amann after Punk's critical remarks about the doctor on Colt Cabana's podcast in November.

AJ has been out with an injury, but she is still part of the active roster.

The possibility always exists that WWE could be building an angle through social media based on a current issue. Stephanie returned to the ring to face Brie Bella at SummerSlam, and a match with AJ would generate plenty of interest.

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding AJ's tweets, though, WWE finds itself in a position where it needs to address how it treats the Divas.

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