AJ Lee Talks Ending Feuds With Dolph and Kaitlyn, Her Character Being Single

Leading up to tonight’s Mixed Tag Team match at SummerSlam, Divas Champion AJ Lee spoke candidly with IGN.com about moving on from her feuds with Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn, her character being single, being an atypical heel and how she encourages fans to be passionate.

Developing an unexpected friendship with Dolph: “Yeah, the really funny thing is that somewhere along the way, Dolph and I and E became really good friends, which is so weird. Especially since a year ago, I think Dolph and I actually hated each other… just for no reason! We were just like, ‘We’re so opposite.’ Like, ‘He’s such a douche bag,’ and he thought I was the biggest nerd. We were just mean to each other. And then to work together so much, where we are traveling together and go to dinner together and we enjoy each other’s company, it’s so funny to me.”

Moving on after SummerSlam: “It feels like we’re all going to leave SummerSlam and go our separate ways, and that is the saddest thing in the world to me. But it’s really cool that three of my best friends right now in the industry will all be together at Summer Slam.”

Her character being out of the limelight: “It’s scary territory because, who knows, I could be gone for a little while. It might be time for some other people to step up, and I think we have a lot of girls that are doing some cool stuff right now. It might be their time to shine, and I’m okay with that. So it might be kinda cool to take a step back. But it’ll also be interesting to see what I can do on my own. I don’t think I’ve been by myself for awhile. I have E, but he’s not even allowed to be out there for my matches anymore, so I feel very much alone. It’s kind of scary to see what I can do by myself. We’ll find out.”

Being in the fans’ shoes: “Any time there’s a girl crying, it reminds me of that. I’m like, ‘It’s just me! I’m such a loser.’ I feel like I should be in line with everybody getting somebody’s autograph, because that’s what I did.”

Making her Diva style easy to imitate: “I wanted you to be able to go to a mall and buy my outfit. You could literally go to a Target and get everything that I wear on TV. So that’s the coolest thing in the world to me.”

Her character having shades of gray: “I can see where she’s very much right in the situation with Dolph. He just had a concussion, Del Rio was pulling down his knee brace, he was going to give him another concussion, and I stepped in and tried to protect him. And then I get dumped and then made fun of every week and then speared even week and I’m not starting a fight with anyone. [Laughs] So I think that’s kind of hilarious, that I’m supposed to be the bad guy. But I like that. I like that it’s up to how you interpret it. I think that’s more fun to play, and I think people respond better when they get to make their own choices.”

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  • Kristina Buford

    Aww I love AJ’s relationships with Dolph, Kaitlyn, and Big E.

    Hope those rumors about her and Dolph are true.

    • Matty Ryan

      What are these rumors you speak of?

      • Will Henderson

        that they are dating in real life.

  • BorisG

    AJ is one of the best Divas right now. I just hope, that after SummerSlam her feud with kaitlyn is over, so she can move on to the next challenger.

    • Matty Ryan

      Summer Rae-Next Challenger.

      • BorisG

        :)

  • shameronstar

    I think AJ being single for once will actually help develop AJ’s character forward because all of her storylines have involved men so if we just focus on AJ the wrestler and champion it’ll be interesting to see how her crazy tendencies deals with more situations related to just being the top diva!

  • She-Wolf

    AJ is just awesome. I really want Kaitlyn’s and AJ’s careers to parallel like Trish’s and Lita’s did. I want to see them team up again, I want to see Kaitlyn as the heel and AJ as the face. I want to see it all before their careers are up. I wouldn’t mind seeing a break for now though, maybe have Naomi capture the title. Trish’s and Lita’s rivalry was never every week, so I don’t think Kaitlyn’s and AJ’s has to be either. They can always go back to it.

  • Timalee

    I feel a single Aj may be the best thing for now. Get her out of being the diva that dates every superstar and then turns crazy. And the fact that she’s talking about stepping back, could this mean someone “new” be stepping up into the title scene and taking the title from her. Hopefully in a good storyline. And not just one of those singles matches and then have the champ do nothing.

  • drunkendramaqueen

    Here’s the revelatory thing about AJ: we all knew she had talent to spare, but only after she was paired or worked with a laundry list of the industry’s biggest names was the true extent of that talent abundantly clear. Whether it was Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, John Cena or Dolph Ziggler, AJ was constantly in the star making role. She’s proven that even when given just an inch, she has all bases covered and will nail whatever material she’s handed way out of the park.

    So, for me, AJ has more than earned the right for her character to be single. She doesn’t need Big E and Layla will do nothing for her. As one of the WWE’s most developed personalities (period), AJ can competently and effectively deliver on her own.

  • charovnica

    What I love about AJ is that she’s letting everybody know that once she is on TV she’s not April anymore,she’s AJ the character and she lives everything through that character.
    She goes with whatever is given to her and she makes something out of it.Majority of the divas need to learn how to do that too,because yeah as much as WWE’s policy towards the divas is horrible,there are stuff that the diva can do in order to earn more opportunities.

  • Kristina Buford

    I’m waiting for a Paige/AJ feud. Or naomi vs AJ.

    • Jtiera

      I need both in my life

  • xFoxylicious

    I can’t believe AJ and Dolph hated each other and now they’re best friends. Lol.

  • I dig CrayJ

    I think AJ will go down in history because she is the most passionate in the entire roster and basically the best character the creative team has made the past few years along with the Wyatts.

    • Kingbooman

      AJ for Hall of Fame/Legend!!

  • Kingbooman

    Omggg…AJ is officialy on her own!! We can see how wonderful she is! Make me proud AJ.

  • Monkey Tennis

    It would be nice to see AJ work a feud purely on her own (aside from her opponent, natch!), unencumbered by necessary Superstars or other Divas.

    I’ve said it before, but it’s always been a huge irony that the first Diva we’ve seen in years who exudes confidence on the mic and who can genuinely work a crowd on her own has never actually had a chance to work as an ‘independent’ character.

    I’m a little puzzled by the comments about her being ‘out of the limelight’. She’s still the Women’s Champion, so there’s no reason why she should be taking a back seat to anyone in the immediate future. The only problem is a lack of legitimate options for her next feud. There’s Natalya… and that’s it.

    That’s not to say that an AJ/Natalya feud wouldn’t be welcome, but right now Natalya is involved with Total Divas, and it’s unlikely the WWE will want to run a storyline on RAW/Smackdown that doesn’t at least vaguely tie in with the events of their ‘reality’ show – Hence why the Bellas, Nattie, Naomi and Cameron are mostly working in their own separate ‘bubble’ right now. I guess the reported extension to the show could incorporate a Nattie/AJ title feud angle, but that might be a bit too wrestling related for the general Total Divas audience.

    Apart from Nattie, who else is there? A random face turn from Alicia, Tamina or Aksana seems unlikely, and Layla’s only just turned heel so she’s out too. I don’t know, maybe AJ will be taking a back seat after all. Let’s face it, it’s not without precedent – just look at Kaitlyn’s uneventful title run.

    • Kingbooman

      Your Right! Alicia is the only possible guess. Alicia randomly turns heel/face every week so she will likely be it.Or WWE might bring Bayley up since she has the title oppurtunity.Bayley might even win the title on NXT.

  • Richard Jay

    I hope this is the end of AJ kaitlyn feud tonight. sick of her n title picture. hope nattie get in the spotlight

    • Kingbooman

      xD..Kaitlyn has been in Title Picture for 1 year.

      • Richard Jay

        hope that was the end. Nattie v AJ at Night and if wwe cared and give the time the match be better than gail and tarryn

  • Kingbooman

    Kaitlyn offense is getting really boring…She does shoulder thing, Elbow thing, Clothesline, Spear.
    I hope this feud is over and continue later on the year.Kaitlyn needs to go to NXT and get more moves.Her moveset is so basic.

    • shameronstar

      She had more moves in fcw/nxt!

      • Kingbooman

        Im Talking about WWE.

  • I dig CrayJ

    I wish we see Dolph sell AJ’s spinning heel kick and maybe he get’s put on the Black Widow!!! :D

    • Jtiera

      I heard she got to hit him with a kendo stick at the Portland house show this weekend. Now i want to see this.

      • I dig CrayJ

        Really??Me too!!!

        • Jtiera

          Yeah it was dolph vs big e in a no DQ match and big e brought out the keno stick but AJ hit dolph with it.

          • Kingbooman

            Ommg If it was No DQ..Dolph could hit AJ then too! and Big E can hit Kaitlyn if she camed out.

  • Ittyx

    Is the whole Divas Battle Royal on Monday rumor true? & have yall seen Evas Marie ring gear? SHE LOOKS GORGEOUS

    • shameronstar

      Where can I see it? I really want to see that match!

      • Ittyx

        You cant. Only if youre at axxes or if someone records it. The only reason I said Eva looked gorgeous was because one of the Bellas posted a pic on IG

        • xFoxylicious

          Can you give me the link?! I’m dying to see Eva’s gear!!

          • Ittyx

            Maria & Natalya won.

          • Ittyx

            hm

    • The Krupy

      So, she´s realy going to wrestle? I mean, Mae Young is better inside the squared circle than her.

      • shameronstar

        If Mae Young were 50 years young she could probably beat up most of the men! She wrestled an alligator and beat up a man who messed with her one time!

        • Matty Ryan

          LOL Almost all of the older women wrestlers have beat up a man when they were younger, Moolah, Sherri, Mae, Jacqueline, and I pretty sure most of the original ECW girls have beat up a guy.

      • xFoxylicious

        Maybe she’s not that bad in the ring. Judge when you see the match.

  • Ilovekpop

    AJ is just amazing! I hope she can be in the cast of Total Divas 2

    • jen07201

      AJ has said the only way she would be on Total Divas was if she was forced to

    • Kristina Buford

      Yeah, AJ is never going to do Total Divas.

    • The Krupy

      Well….how about no.

  • dagmii

    I love AJ, she’s so down on earth and loves wrestling so much and she’s so talented. She saved the divas diision, I hope her reign as Divas Champ will be really long. :)

  • Matty Ryan

    I think AJ as a singles wrestler is long overdue, but come up with something new for her. Either:

    A.Have Bailey come up as her sister, and AJ still be a little off. Would make some really funny segments.

    B.Have AJ become obsessed with an NXT Diva (Not Summer or Bailey) and have her try to bring up that diva.

    C.Have AJ try to prove that second/third generation divas aren’t the only ones destined for greatness and feud with Natalya and Tamina.

    D.Hire Jessica James and have them feud.

    E.Have her team up with Nattie (and Tamina could join) and show that they were once indy standouts and that it’s time to show who really is boss.

    • Kingbooman

      Eva Marie..Lol I typed in #evamarie in hashtag and found her boo.

      • Matty Ryan

        I know I saw!

        My baby be lookin all professional!

        I’m pissed that they lost!

        I’m fixing to cut someone.

        • Kingbooman

          Its okay babe!
          Its not like it was on summerslam.Hopefully she wins her first televised match.If you win your first match you will lose your last match.

      • Jtiera

        Anybody remember the girl Phoenix from American Gladiators? That’s who Eva reminds me of.

        • Matty Ryan

          The one who was signed by WWE, but never even made it to the U.S?

          If so, then no. Eva looks nothing like Jemma.

          • Jtiera

            I remember somebody by that name that was supposed to be signed but I didn’t know it was Phoenix, but I was talking in terms of her gear and hair that’s why she reminded me of her but what does jemma look like?

          • Matty Ryan

            I remember she looked older and had red hair while she was on Gladiators.

          • Jtiera

            Oh ok i might have to check her out

  • Jtiera

    I loved the part where she talked about stepping out of the lime light to let other girls shine says a lot about her. I also like the part about how her and dolphs friendship evolved. Because just about everybody has that one person in there life that they don’t necessarily hate but at the same time they don’t necessarily love you either. To see how they talk about each other is cute to me. He says things like ‘she’s probably the person who knows me better than anybody on the roster’ I definitely think its time for her to be by herself she has proved she can handle it and her being alone could probably help her character branch out

  • Will Henderson

    i think AJ’s next angle will be her having a slow burning face turn pertaining to either Layla betraying her or Stephanie McMahon (after a heel turn) tries to find a corporate divas champ and Steph views AJ as not the champ the company wants (in steph’s vision, storyline wise). see the McMahon power struggle angle could be how AJ turns face.

  • Aaron White

    I think AJ being single and focusing on just being divas champion and not being in storylines as someone GF will be the best thing to happen to her. Looking forward to how this turns out.

  • LeaTHeartsWWE

    I hope AJ stays single.

  • Addy

    I really want to like AJ. She has the passion and the ability to be flawless. For some reason i just can’t get behind her as Cray-J. Maybe I’ll like it more when she moves past Kaitlyn. I like Kaitlyn but frankly I am sick of her. She has been in the title picture forEVER and wasn’t used right a majority of the time. Give AJ a feud with someone fresh.. like Nattie!

  • Kingbooman

    AJ needs to be everything in WWE!