AJ: There Needs to Be Divas Who Aren’t “Pampered-Up and Fancy”

Many have remarked on the unique role that AJ has been playing (including former Diva Maxine) and now AJ herself has commented on how her role differs from the norm and why she thinks the fans are responding to it. In an article with USA Today, she says:

“I love the in-ring work, but as a fan I love the dramatic stuff more than anything. This day and age, there needs to be a girl who’s not wearing as much makeup and isn’t that pampered-up and fancy. There’s a place for that, but there’s also a place for a girl I think fans want to hang out with and see themselves in.”

There certainly is a “down to Earth” aspect to AJ that’s not present in most Divas, and it ultimately could help her stand out to young girls in a way that Lita did a decade ago. Do you think AJ’s character brings a unique appeal? Is there a place for less “glamorous” Divas, or are Divas like AJ and Lita just exceptions to the rule?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=-3&id=100000716103622#/Only.the.best.get.through?ref=profi OJ Von Erich

    Hahahahaha

    “there’s also a place for a girl I think fans want to hang out with and see themselves in.”

    Sorry, just my dirty mind being a little overactive!!! :/

  • DIVASKO

    I think That Pampered-Up and Fancy Divas who cant wrestler are only K2 , Aksana and Rosa not all the divas division

    • Raekon

      They might not be in ring generals but all 3 actually can wrestle.
      If they couldn’t they wouldn’t had been there at all anymore.

    • http://www.diva-dirt.com candice7000

      K2 isn’t that all pampered up. Lots of fans would hang with her. She is very down to earth outside off WWE. She loves video games and sports. That’s why fans grasp to her. Not just diva fans, but the more general audience. She has a very warm personality. Her wearing those jeresy’s are not for anything, she actually follow sport. Aksana is also a bit of tom boy as well.

    • TEAMMELINA

      all the divas are pampered up even aj

  • Matthew

    I completely agree with AJ.
    While it is lovely to see women who can wrestle and look beautiful (i.e. Trish Stratus, Layla etc.), it is also nice to see women who do not have to dress up in sexy ring attires, or wear lots of make up in the ring. I think the WWE needs girls like this in order for there to be some difference between the Divas – there are small girls, tall girls and big girls making up the roster.
    Girls like AJ, Kharma, Lita and FCW’s Paige all bring something a little different to the Divas Division in WWE and are all beautiful girls.

    I have nothing against WWE hiring Divas based on how they look, providing they are willing to learn the ropes and put the work in. Women who have a strong passion for the business are more likely to stay focused and train hard to work well in the ring.

    • mikie91

      Trish wasn’t all dolled up. Especially during and after her heel turn. She did not wear all girly ring attire or anything like that.

      • http://twitter.com/RyanRoman0 Ryan

        In 2005 it looked like Trish didnt wear much make up because she wore many times a visible black eye and her bags under her eyes were very noticable lol aswell as her hair was all over the place and most of the time she wore her regular clothes or wrestling gear lol…shes awesome!!

        Lita and AJ sure break the current crop of what divas are suppose to look like..I wanted to say Candice Michelle and Melina were the next Trish n AJ the next Lita or Mickie…something like that but I recognize them as their own person….seems divas today based on whats showcase worry more about Twitter Facebook..fashion make up glamour…and celebrities..Thats how wwe labels them
        AJ much like Lita breaks that boundary and much like Lita AJ is gold at its purest.
        Back in the day the “model” divas were Trish Sable Kat Debra and Terri..you also had Ivory Jackie Luna and Tori…only thing I can think of ANYONE relating to these divas were um…Ivory because she looks like my aunt. But Lita her wrestling daredevil style and her ass kicking attitude plus many of us back then thought she was Latina specially after her WWF 2000 Divas Do NY haha…seriously man Lita was hot in Middle school n High School and many girls were dressing like her..the thong hanging out too lol..

      • Matthew

        I suppose Trish wasn’t a great example, but I am meaning girls like Trish who had a real sex appeal to them, blonde hair – big boobs etc. but who could really wrestle at the same time.

        • http://twitter.com/RyanRoman0 Ryan

          Totally feel u there
          Divas today well most of them have small boobs
          Cool that one of the Bellas recently got bigger hotter boobs
          DB is a lucky man!

  • redsandman99

    This comment brings me back to the diva video package before Wrestlemania where it was all about the glamor of being diva and nothing about the wrestling or anything that made them different. WWE tried to say Beth and Natalya were different in the DOD storyline but then had them all glammed up just as much as the other divas would be…in all honesty I do think it’s easier for fans to see themselves in AJ than it is other divas because she comes off as the girl you would find next door or the one you would hang out with or whatever. Like it was with Lita, it was much more relatable.

  • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

    iunno but i’m not really finding this whole uber self-awareness trip she’s been going on lately very endearing =/ it’s as if she’s always putting herself over more than the division and even though i can understand doing that, i’m not a fan of it.

    it’s actually quite ironic/funny that she’s focusing on the other divas’ looks in these interviews of late, when she’s basically saying that looks shouldn’t matter?? lol.

    • mikie91

      I don’t think it’s her being cocky or anything. I think she recognizes that the divas division is in such a crappy state that she’s stating that there needs to be more diversity. That’s how I took that comment.

      • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

        personally, i don’t think diversity is important at all. in character and personality, sure! but the way somebody looks? come on, 90% of the dudes look the same?? lol.

        all the divas needs is time and storylines devoted to them. eve got over as a major heel in two weeks thanks to some decent camera/story time and the same goes for aj. i myself don’t think that just ‘cos she wears converse or whatever = the fans loving her. the same even goes for lita.. it wasn’t because she wore baggy jeans and meshy gloves she became a star.. it was because she did high-flying moves and showed her thong

        • perceval

          Trish & Lita brought up how they all had their own unique look as well as character. To use another example: Ashley. She was very popular when she had a look that was different from the rest. She lost her popularity when they made her over to look like every other Diva.

          And yes, that applies to the guys, as well. Yeah, they do look a lot alike. Notice that nobody cares about the undercard, any more. In the old days, they all had their own look.

          Everyone talks about how Johnny Ace scouted women by thumbing through lingerie catalogs, but Jim Cornette pointed out that most of the guys Ace signed had HIS look: Bodybuilders who looked good in suits and smiled.

        • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

          i wasn’t watching during the ashley era.. from what i’ve heard, i thought everybody disliked her =/

        • perceval

          No, Ashley was VERY popular.

          She was over from her very first appearance. It became clear, immediately, that the Diva Search contest was hers to lose, not anyone else’s to win. She walked in the door with a unique look and character, surrounded by Kelly types. She didn’t bother trying to win any of the contests, just focusing on connecting with the fans. During the hot dog eating contest, while the other hopefuls were stuffing as many hot dogs into their mouths as they could as fast as they could, Ashley just ate a single hot dog… IN CHARACTER. She was all “I’m cool, I’m badass, and I happen to be eating a hot dog.” :)

          The reason she’s considered the biggest disappointment in Diva history is because there were such high expectations, from Management, from the fans, from the veteran Divas. She was THAT impressive, early on.

          She just couldn’t get that wrestling part down.

        • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

          ah, something i’ve learned recently is that expectations are the root of all evil. lol. cheers for the education :)

  • Jake

    It’s funny how guys like JBL and others give praise to Superstars who dress up in nice suits. With the Divas, they tend to be criticized for trying to glam it up.

    The whole division isn’t all that prissy. The main difference between them and AJ is that AJ doesn’t wear heels.

    • mikie91

      I agree. But I also hate when the guys dress up in suits especially if it doesn’t fit them. I think individuality is a great thing and wish that there was more of it in the WWE.

  • http://shohanusa.proboards.com/ LuckySeven

    I just hope this opens the doors for the other divas a bit. Raw is going to three hours every week now. Let us all hope that this means more than the “bathroom break” matches we’ve been getting.

  • shaky209

    Well I tell you this in the ring AJ has no appeal.And their on television .Beth and Natalya may be glamored up but few can wrestle or work like them.Beth even though she is made up and looks very attractive on tv is one of the best in ring sellers. She comes out looking hum drum and that on a nationwide telecast you want something that appeals to the eye.And looks Do matter. maybe AJ is saying that cause looks wise I don’t think she has any..except a very pretty face that’s about it.

  • WWFoverWWE

    “There’s a place for that, but there’s also a place for a girl I think fans want to hang out with and see themselves in.”

    She’s pretty much saying that wwe fans are nerds lol.

    • perceval

      Hey, it worked for Trish, years ago. When she first joined the company, she talked about her love for wrestling, video games, & comic books. That very much endeared her with the WWF fans.

      It seems she’s still a nerd, too, considering how excited she was when the trailer for The Avengers was released. She went into total nerdgasm mode. :)

      Heaven help us all if she and AJ started hanging out. :)

      And really, is it such a shock that there’s a lot of crossover between wrestling and fantasy/sci-fi/comics fandom?

  • iLUVValets

    I kinda see here like Lita’s little sister tbh, but when was the last time she even wreslted? And im also pretty sure she has said all of this before

    • redsandman99

      She’s wrestled the past three weeks on Raw, one of them being in the main event…

  • Acrant

    Uh, she had pounds of makeup on at MITB. lol.

  • The K@rmic HeeL

    Some of these diva fans are such hypocrites its ridiculous. We’ve finally got a diva that is standing up for a more every day type female and not the glammed up divas that look like porn stars; and you think she’s being cocky and too big for her britches? I’m talking to you Kaledrina. I think you’re the one being a little bitchy here and not the other way around. I whole heartedly agree with AJ and with Sara Del Ray coming in, I think the tide for the divas is about to turn in a good direction, much to your dismay apparently.

    • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

      how am i being bitchy? like i said, i find it funny that she’s commenting on how people look when essentially she’s saying that looks shouldn’t matter. so which is it?

      if you want to talk to me then talk directly to me, mentioning my name in a comment not related to the comment i made is kinda.. ooh, bitchy ! ;P

      • The K@rmic HeeL

        I’m talking straight at you and I think you’re nitpicking. Ofcourse there has to be a level of glamorizing since it is TV and show business. As some have mentioned, Lita and Trish were able to get away with wearing less makeup and they were arguably the most successful divas of their time. AJ isn’t saying the divas should bare all as in come to work after you’ve just rolled out of bed…She is simply saying the divas can have more of a natural and sporty look to them without being overtly glamorized.

        • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

          and i wasn’t saying that either. i clearly said in my original supposedly bitchy comment that i neither agree nor find it endearing the way aj has to put down the rest of the division to build herself up.

          i find it hilarious and also kinda worrying that diva fans seem to care more about how the divas look than the dudes who watch the divas for jerk-off material.

          diversity, shmiversity.. aj isn’t over or relevant because of the way she looks, she is over and relevant because wwe put time and effort into making her over and relevant. just like they did with eve and vickie guerrero and maria and jillian hall and melina and mickie james(even kaitlyn when wwe could be bothered with her!!) and all the other ladies in recent history with average, run-of-the-mill appearances. was the uber-diverse katie lea over? no. the bella twins were as diverse as they come.. they were freakin’ twins.. were they over? no.

          so as you seem to be championing diversity, perhaps you should respect my ‘diverse’ opinion rather than attack it and call me names? how bout that?

          - the bitchy nitpicker.

        • The K@rmic HeeL

          I think you’re overreacting now Kaledrina. I apologize for the bitchy comment, I’ve always gotten along well with you so I don’t appreciate your tone.

        • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

          then i apologise for over-reacting. i just think that people having differing opinions is awesome and the fact that they exist is more than awesome but being invalidated and having to defend something i believe/think/feel bugs me. so, yeah, i may have over-reacted and i apologise for that =)

        • The K@rmic HeeL

          Aww there’s my DD friend,** Hugs**

          You’re awesome and I’m sowwy…. =o)

  • lucky1now

    I can agree bring it back a couple years where one show showcased womens wrestling while the other show was cute and girly please everyone plus take advantage of most of your divas

  • Raekon

    I fully agree with AJ in one point, the Diversity in the division we had many years ago is definately missing.

    If a girl has a bigger behind, is not getting signed (mexican wrestler I forgot the name off) or released (FCW Talent).

    The only exception they made was Kharma because she was already known and a attraction for many.

    Other than that they went for the so called “Diva” look.

    So when the Chickbusters formed I was totally happy cause AJ and Kaitlyn are definately a bit different.

    People critisized them both a lot like “AJ is like a 12 years old and Kaitlyn walks like a Male”, so I liked them even better.

    Why?

    Because they were indeed different, more natural and not really the “Model type”(like they stated both in a interview back then when the model vs wrestler debatte were going on).

    This way we have girls on the roster that are more “eye candy” when it comes to the looks while we have other that are more “natural”.

    Diversity is good, cause it opens more possibilities for various characters and better storylines.

    • LadyGoDiva

      I guess why the KO’s division was so successful because they had a dysfunctional women’s division.

    • perceval

      If the “standards” that AJ, Kaitlyn, & Kharma are exceptions to were in place in 2000, we’d never have had Trish, Lita, Molly, Jazz, or Victoria.

      • Raekon

        I was talking about the todays “Standards” not 12 years ago in which we also had chyna, moly, ivory and others cause back then the divas had no restrictions, they got more than enough time to shine and develop their characters and could come into the division at any “size”, “shape” (Bertha Faye before 2000, Bull Nakano, Luna?) and look.

        Nowadays we have the “you have to look good to be with us” division with less diversity and characters that mostly were for a while all the same (depending on if you were face or heel of course).

        By that I don’t mean that AJ, Kaitlyn or Kharma are ugly to me or anything like that, I just meant that they bring more diversity in the division than we had before.

        That’s what makes them also special.

        - AJ is the only diva that looks like that
        - Kaitlyn is a mix between the “models” and the “wrestlers”
        - Kharma is like they called her in the show already “a wrestling attraction” (I know she isn’t there anymore but still :/ ).

  • LadyGoDiva

    I’d agree with AJ because I’m getting tired of seeing pamper up divas now.
    I want to see more gothic divas like Ariel and Luna.And I also would like to see some lucha and joshi women in the WWE.

  • StraightEdgeGirl84

    I do agree that she’s very much like Lita which is cool because that was her idol. Myself personally I connected with Lita because she looked normal and was so down to earth. I never invested in the blonde playboy types because I felt nothing real from them. If AJ wanted to follow in Lita’s foot steps I don’t think that’s a bad thing because she had tremendous success.

  • EVEROCKS

    I agree 100% with AJ on everything. Most of the divas in the old days weren’t always wearing fancy cloths. Especially Trish and Lita and there are argubly the two most popular girls in the company.

  • LaylaElFan

    I aggree with AJ, i would say their is quite afew Divas that are pampered up and fancy.

  • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

    I’d like to see aj without makeup on LOL…all the divas dress a different way on tv their not all in fancy outfits or with a tone of makeup….

    • EVEROCKS

      ur not a big fan of aj r u?

      • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

        I actually like her…but shes making me think shes got a high opinion of herself over all the other divas..

  • Bethinho

    when AJ says “there needs to be a girl who’s not wearing as much makeup and isn’t that pampered-up and fancy.” is she saying she´s the only one that fits in that role?why i feel that this recent spotlight is making AJ a little more…selfish?

  • Bethinho

    and other thing,since AJ is on a roll i would like to see her saying who,in her opinion,are the divas that wear too much make upa nd are pampered-up and fancy…but of course she won tell it.
    she´s focusing a little too much on herself,but i can be wrong.it´s just my impression.

  • http://xlittlemissobsessive.tumblr.com/ KellyKellyAJFan

    It is great to see a Diva that is a bit more tomboy-ish on screen. I don’t take it as a personal attack on the other Divas. I just think all the Divas have a style to them that works, on screen AJ is the only one whose really doing the tomboy-thing. So, I don’t think it’s bad that she’s putting it over. It works for her as does all the other Divas looks and styles.

  • B

    I’ve really never taken a liking to those with the need to state about endlessly on that which is to be perceived on its own in order to be authentic. AJ constantly speaking of her singularity within the Divas Division causes me to believe otherwise, if she has to remind people so often that she’s different then is she really? Perception is not some supernatural ability, people are naturally capable of seeing uniqueness in others. I personally don’t find her to be to different from the rest of the Divas. The only difference between her and the pampered Divas, as she said, is their choice in footwear. She wears less makeup because it doesn’t agree with her, her face is unable to carry much of it as seen in MITB…although I find it interesting she fancied it up then because it contends with her words here. Plaid, skulls, and Converse is hardly
    groundbreaking, is quite a generic facet to Pop Culture. A girl who enjoys playing video games and reading comics books is not different this day in age, plenty of girls do so and men do not find it to be a flabbergasting occurrence.
    Her singularity lays in her abilities, although too much of them as of lately have made watching her insupportable for me. Lastly, in my perception she does appear very self-serving is her recent comments. Her awareness should no cease to exist being the point of her existence, she should be aware she is part of a division at much disadvantage within the company who could benefit greatly from any attention as a whole. She was given the opportunity to speak, which is rare for Divas, and thus in my opinion she could have used a lapse of that opportunity to promote her Division for it is unique being these are women is a men’s world.