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:
AJ retweeted McMahon before going on the offensive and challenging WWE's minority owner to practice what she preaches:
McMahon ultimately responded to AJ's concerns in a positive manner:
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:
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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