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#1 Posted on 3.4.15 1643.48
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Hopefully I embed this correctly via WWE Twitter:




Is it presumptuous for me to post this? I dunno, but the Official WWE Twitter account seems like a reputable source.

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#2 Posted on 3.4.15 1646.33
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Don't know how to embed Twitter but perhaps a mod can help.

Is this possibly an angle for Give Divas A Chance? Given who her husband is I am not prepared to rule out a total work.

Edit: El Nastio beat me to it. Feel free to delete. :)

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#3 Posted on 3.4.15 1653.17
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That sucks. I'm glad I got to meet her in person at WWE Axxess, where my Seth Rollins VIP ticket allowed me to get in fast to stand it line before General Admission. Glad she won her Wrestlemania matches 2 years in a row at least.
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#4 Posted on 3.4.15 1703.43
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http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/2015-04-06/aj-lee-retires-from-wwe-27262204

Same text as the tweet.

No reason not to let Tamina Snuka back on the "A" shows now!
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#5 Posted on 3.4.15 1706.07
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Good for her. She did really well, and it sounded like Vince was always high on her, and she got out while she could.
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#6 Posted on 3.4.15 1709.23
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To stick around over a year considering the tensions between your bosses and your husband, is pretty remarkable. That cannot have been an easy situation for her.
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#7 Posted on 3.4.15 1820.57
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Is that how they always phrase these things? It seems weird to use retire rather than just leaving the company and it seems weird to specifically say "in-ring competition" and specifically say "WWE". If you retired would you state whether it was in-ring competition or the WWE?
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#8 Posted on 3.4.15 1846.52
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It's a bummer if you are an AJ Lee fan, but it frees the whole division up to do other things. I don't think she is as good as a lot of people thinks she is, but I also don't think her heart was fully into the comeback not to mention her character was nothing more than smug skipping girl so the WWEs heart wasn't fully into her comeback either.

This is one of those times where I think everyone wins, and I'm guessing she kept her maiden name and that wasn't a petty slight on the way out the door.
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#9 Posted on 3.4.15 1900.16
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Yeah, this comeback she has seemed disinterested. Seems like a mix of wanting to be with her husband and just apathy, much like a lot of the roster seems to have nowadays. When you're not having fun or getting to perform at the level you want, I imagine even going to your dream job sucks.

She's been on of the top merch sellers for a while, and had a good little career.

She and Kaitlyn were my favorite two in the divas division for a while. Just fun.
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#10 Posted on 3.4.15 1947.19
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I may have fallen out of love with her in the ring but she was one of my two favorite Divas from the infamous NXT Season 3. Plus she was one of the few women who actually had real character development until Total Divas aired, and it was based around her in-ring character rather than that copy paste Kardashian-esque show.

In fact AJ had some of the most intriguing development and angles before they put her back in the Women's Division. General Manager, her angle with Ziggler and Cena, her love quadrangle with Kane Punk and Bryan, and Chickbusters before and after the fall.

Especially unaired skits such as this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_sGBkh-RJw

I always hated that talking head Lawler tried to make it seem like she was a slut (ala heel Lita) for going between different Superstars, but thankfully modern fans don't just eat whatever we are fed anymore. In fact I believe she was the first Diva to have merchandise (at least a shirt that sold really well). Later Aj, you were "crazy" enough to want change for the Diva's division and I think it's gonna work this time.
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#11 Posted on 3.4.15 2015.52
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#12 Posted on 3.4.15 2343.29
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    Originally posted by Quezzy
    Is that how they always phrase these things? It seems weird to use retire rather than just leaving the company and it seems weird to specifically say "in-ring competition" and specifically say "WWE". If you retired would you state whether it was in-ring competition or the WWE?


"Retiring" may be them specifying AJ still is under contract, even if she's choosing to no longer wrestle for them. The contract may not even require her to do anything else, but it might prevent her from doing other things she'd like.
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#13 Posted on 4.4.15 0148.05
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The film will be like The Heat but the two actresses will actually be funny and won't look like they hit The Wall fifteen years ago. Just add Big E as the frustrated police chief who is also Kaitlyn's overbearing father.
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#14 Posted on 4.4.15 0343.40
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I was also a fan of AJ's up until Total Divas started. AJ was great as the cute nerdy underdog and as the crazy general manager but when she started doing "pipe bombs" on the Total Divas she was just a poor imitation of her husband. Normally I don't like the random CM Punk chants but when you're doing a terrible copy of that person I think it's pretty warranted.
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#15 Posted on 4.4.15 0915.42
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I will say that AJ/Katyln was the best feud they had for awhile. Pipe bombing Total Divas was the right call. Total Divas is one of the reasons, the division is a train wreck. If she could napalm Total Divas, I would be all for it.
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#16 Posted on 4.4.15 1116.26
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    Originally posted by lotjx
    I will say that AJ/Katyln was the best feud they had for awhile. Pipe bombing Total Divas was the right call. Total Divas is one of the reasons, the division is a train wreck. If she could napalm Total Divas, I would be all for it.

I agree with this completely. AJ was my favorite Diva. I don't know, and don't care, what that says about me. But I saw her as someone who was able to bring it in the ring and on the mic and entertained me. The writing has been on the wall for almost a year now, but it's pretty clear that the E isn't ever going to get behind a Diva like they do with the dudes. This isn't an indictment of them, but more of a realization of how it works. AJ Lee, IMHO, was the best worker they've had since the glory days of Lita/Trish. And when you send that person out to have sub-minute squash match (normal Diva matches), it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Combined with the *I'm sure* hatred for her husband backstage, it's amazing that she held on for as long as she did. Jesus, this woman made the Shining Wizard her finisher for a brief period. She clearly respects the game, knows it, and wants to showcase what she can do. But when the Uso wife is throwing a flying butt at people and Cole/JBL are LOL about it, what can be done? Should she have stuck it out to say she did it and fulfilled her contract? (BTW, I know that WWE was super high on her for a while, but like they are with all Divas that they are super high on, it was fleeting) I stand firm in the belief that she is the best worker they have in that division, and it's not close. Paige yells a lot and throws that nice chest kick every now and then. Natty lives off of her legacy and is terrible at selling. Emma is a joke. Uso wife will never be more than the Uso wife, and god help anyone who tries to figure out which Uso she's married to because the announcers can't be bothered with that. Charlotte and Banks aren't going to fare any better. I get where AJ is coming from, but I don't get where they're going. And I don't even really like women's wrestling.
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#17 Posted on 4.4.15 1355.19
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Farewell to AJ and farewell to the literally year-long angle of wondering if AJ was leaving, complete with two false finishes (after last WM when she took time off to prepare for her fateful wedding day, and the neck injury after Survivor Series until she came back for her Mania swan song). Full credit to her for either earning or lucking into a positive departure, but I guess that was the nature of the tense game of diplomatic immunity they've been playing since the Beadle Incident.

She had a hellacious run and you can see from her Slammy speech that she knew she'd be done imminently (and wanted to pass her baton to Paige and, with her t-shirt, Bayley). After the tag on Raw, I thought her body language was curious when she was posing on the buckle, like she was taking it all in after having been through a wild war. I thought the wild war was the match with the crazy chanting that ran that complete gamut from offensive (yes it was, fuck off) to deeply positive. Turns out it was her whole career.

I thought it was bad missed opportunities to break up her acts with both Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler so soon, but it worked out alright for at least two of them.

Along those lines...

... it is hilarious that Sheamus came out of this scenario as the least successful of the three over the next three years.

GM AJ was terrible and, honestly, she really only ever had two matches on the level of your average NXT special women's title match. At the same time, she was only a wrestler for the last two years; before that she was a TV character in different roles. But she singlehandedly got the title over while she held it, and she was one of the best promos among the women ever, with probably only post-Groundlings classes Trish in her league. I've said it before, but the updated Lonely Road of Faith video montage would go from Lita to Trish and then jump straight to AJ.

Hopefully WWE will invite us to use the hashtag #FreeApril for the next Network giveaway.
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#18 Posted on 4.4.15 1739.44
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Alternate thread titles:

AJ: FLEE
APE ESCAPE
APRIL: "FOOLS STAY"

I enjoyed AJ's run. Thought she was a very interesting on-air character who was good enough in the ring and great on the mic. The early AJ/Punk/Bryan/Kane stuff was pretty uniformly fun and went a long way towards giving Bryan a chance to show he had the goods on the mic as a heel. Also, of all the women saddled with the gimmick of "Is Crazy?" - which is to say, all the women - over the last few years, she was the only one who ran with it and figured out how to make it work for more than a week. #AJAll
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#19 Posted on 5.4.15 0027.48
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Thank you to the post-Mania Raw mutant crowd for giving AJ's last match a pile of "You suck [insert wrestler name here]" chants.

I really think WWE needs to do a local-only presale for this show next year, like you need a Dallas area zip code to order tickets the first 48 hours. They are getting out of hand and honestly, disrespectful of the performers.
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#20 Posted on 5.4.15 1011.14
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The fans are literally the only reason why this company stays open, I think they have the right to chant whatever they bloody well want to. Especially considering that if the WWE wasn't keeping them afloat, neither of the Bellas would have amounted to anything in the indys. If they start actively discouraging people to show up, your only options on TV will soon be Lucha Underground and TNA.
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