AJ Lee Becomes Longest Reigning Divas Champion

Maryse‘s record as the longest reigning Divas Champion has officially been broken.

On Wednesday, the WWE acknowledged that AJ Lee had surpassed Maryse’s 212 days, which they recognize to be the record.

Other sources, such as Wikipedia, factor in tape delays, and thus recognize Maryse’s record to be 216 days.

On Sunday, AJ reached the 217 days mark, officially breaking the record for all sources.

Back on Wednesday, WWE.com posted an article recognizing that AJ Lee has topped Maryse, also recognizing fellow long-reigning Divas Champions in Michelle McCool, Beth Phoenix and Kaitlyn.

This is certainly a milestone for the women’s division and the Divas title. Congratulations, AJ!

Do you think anyone can break AJ’s new record?

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  • C.a.v.i.t G.

    congrats ..

  • PopOff

    To be honest, nobody’s surprised. But Well Done AJ, no hate here.

  • Randall

    She really won the belt December 22 and I guess they didn’t count it until the actual air date which was December 26. So that’s why they say 212 days instead of 216 days.

  • CrazyGirlAJ (#R.I.PMaeYoung)

    Congrats A.J Lee!
    You def deserves it.Very passionate about this business and great wrestler.

  • Watermelondrea aka NOSTALGIA

    Guess I should say congratulations AJ… You’ve done well.. But noww I truly believe she shouldn’t of broke the record her first run… What else does she have to look forward to?

    • CrazyGirlAJ (#R.I.PMaeYoung)

      Maryse broke the run in her first reign though too.

      She should…I don’t know maybe..become GM again?

      • Watermelondrea aka NOSTALGIA

        When Maryse held the title it was still a new title lol. Somebody was gonna have the record for longest run then

        • CrazyGirlAJ (#R.I.PMaeYoung)

          I know but it was longer than others is my point.

    • Sha95

      I understand your point of view because she’s already accomplished so much in WWE, in a short space of time but just because AJ has the record now doesn’t mean that this is the be all-end all for AJ. I still see her as a focal point of the Division for the years to come & this definitely won’t be her LAST reign as Divas Champ, obviously her other ones will be shorter but it doesn’t mean that they’ll be REALLY short.

  • CrazyGirlAJ (#R.I.PMaeYoung)

    I see Emma breaking the record when she gets a shot in 1 year or less.
    The record can be easily broken unlike reigns.

    • Watermelondrea aka NOSTALGIA

      As much as I LOVE Emma, and know she will be an over diva… I see her as more a diva playing like a Santino character. That leads to a better division when there’s a real pecking order…. There should be lower divas there should be midcard divas and main event divas. Some of the most over women in the history of the company never held the womens or divas titles

      • Sha95

        I would like Emma to have at least one reign as Divas Champion though. I agree that I don’t see her as being THE ONE to break AJ’s record even though she’ll be over but because of how hard she’s worked to get here, I think that giving her at LEAST one reign would do her justice & she could have a good one if WWE gets behind her like they seem to be doing now

  • Charlee

    Congrats girl! You deserve it, best diva in recent years. She has that passion for the business that just makes you stand out that little bit more. Breath of fresh air in the divas division. She has connected with fans like no other diva has in recent years, the amount of merchandise she sells is ridiculous and the amount of little girls you see dressed as her is remarkable. I dunno why some people give her stick, maybe they don’t like someone who is good at what she does.

    Comes so natural for her doesn’t it, I’m sure this is the start of multiple reigns AJ. Congrats :) keep doing what your doing.

    • Sha95

      Couldn’t have said it better!

  • charovnica

    Party all night!!! Hope this record stays unbeaten for a loooong time. Have many storylines about people trying to break it,but leave it to someone really special to do the honour one day.

    • CrazyGirlAJ (#R.I.PMaeYoung)

      I hope it gets broken very soon.I want A.J with many reigns not longest reigning Divas Champion.

      • charovnica

        I’ve always thought many reigns mean many loses. Having the title for the longest time is a lot more prestigious.
        Also if the record gets broken too soon it will mean absolutely nothing which wasn’t really the point of all of this.

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      I only see a dominant monster heel like a returning Kharma or a girl like Paige beating the record but I hope Aj keep it!

    • Sha95

      …And hopefully whoever that special Diva is, she’ll have a good lengthy run throughout the WHOLE reign.

  • Simply Zesty

    I knew this was gonna happened. If I known better I would say either Tamina, Naomi, Or Emma will take that title off her now.

    • Sha95

      My top 3 picks!

  • Charlee

    Do you know I think his was one of the reasons for wwe retiring the women’s championship and creating the divas championship. Because nobody was ever going to beat moolahs reign. So with the divas championship women can now realistically beat the record and have something to fight for.

    • CrazyGirlAJ (#R.I.PMaeYoung)

      True.
      Moolah held it for over 10 years I believe.

      • http://myworld.ebay.com/ferociouscougar 09DHK

        28 (as recognized by WWE).

        • Simply Zesty

          Oh damn….

        • CrazyGirlAJ (#R.I.PMaeYoung)

          Shi*.
          That’s alot.

        • TeamAJ

          wow

        • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

          the problem with wwe recognising moolah’s 28yrs champion claim is that they don’t recognise that she held the title 8 times.. which means trish isn’t the diva with the most reigns :) it’s weird.

          • http://myworld.ebay.com/ferociouscougar 09DHK

            Well, WWE built Trish as the new Sable, so they needed to give her something that would put her in THEIR record books. Also, what most fans don’t realize is that Moolah actually OWNED the rights to the Women’s Championship prior to signing with WWE, so they probably only recognize her reigns within WWE. But yes, in total, Moolah has held the title 8 times.

    • Simply Zesty

      Well true. You’ll have to be the only diva there if you’ll make it to 10 years today.

    • Richard Smith

      It was there best decision they ever made by Retiring the Women title the current crop of divas wouldn’t have ruined its legacy

      • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

        Debra, the kat, Harvey wippleman…. it’s not the women who ruin any legacy, it’s the lack of sense and no storyline. I kinda figure having a 200day stale reign where nothing much happened at all is just as damaging to a title as a potential Kelly Kelly or whoever holding it for a month.

  • Simply Zesty

    If Naomi beats Aj for the tiltle this soon, then she’ll likely feud with Cameron, Alicia, Aksana, or Summer.

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      Considering this is the WM season, I highly doubt they are gonna have Aj lose it to a girl like Naomi

  • Laquane Anderson

    ….with one of the least eventful drug out reigns. :(

    • Sha95

      No one’s reign has been much better, except for Eve’s 3rd reign (whose imo was the best so far) or maybe even Kelly’s is debatable but other than that no other Divas Title reign has really ever been much eventful.

  • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

    just a shame the reign has been so shit. maybe now they don’t need to protect her reign and gifted this to her, they can quit messing around and give us an actual feud or somethingg!

    • charovnica

      I don’t think the lack of a substantial feud was to protect her reign. It was just a shitty managing of the division…as it was for the past decade.

  • Ilovekpop

    Yes! Congratulations AJ! You deserve this and much more!!! The best diva right now at least for me! (Yeah, she’s my bias lol)

  • CrazyGirlAJ (#R.I.PMaeYoung)

    You may not like the reign but it was still a good reign.
    Besides the TD thing the reign was good but not all TD was bad.
    It was just the build up for it.

    Think about it..
    A.J sold new merchandise in beginning of her reign and now end of it,Had a great feud and Match v Kaitlyn,and much more.

    Like the reign or not A.J deserves it.

    And for the Maryse die hard fans…I love Maryse btw.
    ????…

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      I think it became ”boring” or ”typical” after HIAC. Before, It was really good but te quality of the reign was definitely not as good as it was before HIAC.

  • JoeWWE

    As uneventful as the reign has been I can see it picking up soon and besides, it had its big rivalry that every reign needs with Kaitlyn, in all honesty the only thing I remember from Maryse’s reign was Mickie beating her at NOC so WWE aren’t exactly skillful in making the Diva reigns eventful…

    • charovnica

      Absolutely. The potential has always been there [maybe not to the same degree],but WWE simply didn’t care enough or simply didn’t know how to book in favor of the division.

      • JoeWWE

        Exactly and I’m not a fan of this “The total Divas ruined it” because with the right build up and stoyline any rivalry with the total Divas could have been great, nothing happened though.

        • charovnica

          I gotta say I was the one saying it,but I’ve always meant the way the storyline was booked not that literally the divas involved were the problem. The way the Total Divas show transitioned into the division was horrible. It felt forced and it backfired.

          • JoeWWE

            Yeah I was saying it too, and it was a mess. I’m a strong believer in promos being the thing that can create great storyliens and AJ’s promo on the total divas made the story feel great for a split second but then nothing happened and we were back to random matches with no meaning…

          • charovnica

            Yep. WWE missed the boat big time on that one.

        • Jtiera

          That because creative wasn’t prepared at all.

          • Sha95

            Doesn’t make sense that they weren’t prepared, they are supposed to be professional creative people & they can’t think of anything MOST of the time good to do w/ the Divas Division but at the same time you really can’t even blame them too much when WWE already has a policy that the Divas can’t outshine the Superstars.

        • Sha95

          This!^ “WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee vs. The Total Divas” could’ve been a GREAT fued, if built up correctly. WWE only had AJ cut one good promo on the Total Divas w/ that pipebomb & I feel like Naomi should have been the first Diva to get a title shot after NOC.

    • Brandon SmitherWaddleFlap JR O

      You will know when ajs reign will come to an end because creative always makes the end the best part by adding good build up

  • Jtiera

    I’m very very happy for her. I just wish creative would’ve been on their shit after that promo. I think their asses were not prepared for what she was gonna say, so as a result they threw together a shit storyline instead of building off of it and making it memorable. Anyways I’m excited for the new things to come with AJ, Tamina , Naomi, and Emma.
    I hope I don’t see the words stale and boring throughout this post cause those words make my skin crawl because so many people use it. But anyway congrats to AJ. Very proud.

    • Sha95

      People call her reign stale & boring when her run was better than most Divas who held the title. So if her reign was SO bad, then idk wtf the some other Divs reigns were…

      • Jtiera

        That’s what I’m saying.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    Amazing achievement and just an other big accomplishment in her career! Congratulation Aj, you deserved it!

    Also, I don’t if some know it but not only she is the longest reigning divas champion of all time but she will be tomorrow officially the longest reigning female to hold a women’s title(divas or women’s title) of the last 6 years! Which means since Trish’s title reign! Michelle was the last one with her 217 days as the women’s champion so Aj will officially beat her tomorrow!

    • Sha95

      Good note! Trish’s 6th Women’s Title reign was over a year right?

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        Yes, I think she held it 445 days not sure.

  • AWESOMENICK

    Congrats AJ. I just wish they would’ve made this into a big storyline where she bragged about becoming it, only to have Maryse return. That would be awesomeeeeee! But Queen Maryse still holds her 265 day multiple title reign record, so that’s cool too! But once again, congrats. Just happy that this is finally over now lolol

    • wwepassion

      I’m glad she didn’t brag about it because she bragged about enough things already, It wasn’t necessary.

      • AWESOMENICK

        Well, she’s Queen. If I held a record I would brag! lol

        • wwepassion

          LOL she’s no queen. But i would brag too. I guess because wwe don’t give her mic time anymore.

    • Sha95

      I think AJ will cut a promo on RAW tomorrow about being longest reigning Divas Champion, they didn’t have her do it on SmackDown, once they recognized she passed it most likely because SmackDown is not a show that gets a lot of attention so, they probably want her to do it on RAW so it will get more attention & to Maryse returning…I would only like her to return if she steppes her shit up in the ring & is a face this time around.

  • Brandon SmitherWaddleFlap JR O

    Maryse:
    The next week on SmackDown, Maryse beat McCool to become the new Divas Champion in a match with Maria as the special guest referee.[24][25] On December 28, 2008 at a house show in Raleigh, North Carolina, Maryse dislocated her knee in a tag team match against The Bella Twins, when one of the twins initiated a dropkick that landed on her kneecap. It was later announced that the injury was not too serious and that she would be able to return in a few weeks.[26] On the January 23, 2009 episode of SmackDown, Maryse returned in a non-wrestling role and sat at ringside commentating, during a Divas’ tag team match.[26] Maryse returned to wrestling on February 20 in a tag team match with Michelle McCool and defeating Maria and Eve Torres.[27] On April 5, Maryse competed in a Divas battle royal at WrestleMania XXV, but the match was won by Santino Marella. As part of the 2009 WWE Draft on April 13, Maryse was drafted to the Raw brand; in the process, the Divas Championship became exclusive to Raw.[29] She made her Raw in-ring debut on April 27, teaming with Beth Phoenix, Rosa Mendes, and Jillian Hall in a loss to Mickie James, Santina Marella (Santino Marella dressed in drag), Brie Bella and Kelly Kelly.[30] Maryse began feuding with Mickie James, after she cost James a battle royal, won by Kelly Kelly, by spraying hair spray in her eyes. The following week, Maryse lost against Kelly by disqualification, meaning the championship did not change hands and won a subsequent rematch by pinfall two weeks later on June 8.[31][32] At the Night of Champions pay-per-view on July 26, Maryse lost the Divas Championship to James.

    There we have it. She was gone out with injury for about a month and didnt return to wrestling for another month. Then she did nothing special through mania season (not surprised). So really, this record deserved to be broken YEARS ago. I love maryse, but this reign never should’ve been this long and beth should’ve broken it….anyways congrats to aj

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      THOSE DAMN BELLAS STOP MARYSE’S IMPROVEMENT!THEY ARE THE REASON HER REIGN WAS NOT THAT GOOD AND THAT SHE WAS SO BAD IN THE RING! HATE THEM FOR THAT!

      • Brandon SmitherWaddleFlap JR O

        Um nobody knows if it was a mistake or not. Don’t just blame them, because theres no footage. And I wasn’t blaming them lol. I was just stating my opinion that maryses reign isn’t memorable to me (her character is). And I just thought It should’ve been broken a long time ago

        • Wrestling.fan.from.France

          I know you weren’t blaming them and I agree about your stating.
          I blame her because one of them injured a talented girl who could have much bigger if she wasn’t injured and that was showing big in ring improvement but. Mistake or not I don’t like it.

          • OJ Von Erich

            Layla came back better than ever after her injury…

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            Well, Layla was already good in the ring.
            I am not saying she couldn’t have recovered but that one of the bellas stop Maryse’s improvement at that period. She could have improved latter but if we are talking about that period, yes she stop her improvement mistake or not…

          • OJ Von Erich

            That injury stopped her from competing NOT improving, like I said, anybody could have hit a dropkick causing her to dislocate her knee, it happens, there’s no need for you to try & pin this on whichever Bella it was, it was purely an injury brought on by their job. (the risk is always there)

          • Guest

            You shouldn’t be saying you HATE them though, that’s taking it WAY to far…

      • wwepassion

        Why is everything the bellas fault? Maryse stopped Maryse.

        • Wrestling.fan.from.France

          Did I say everything was their fault? No….
          What I have said is that, in this case, one of them injuring the Maryse stoped. her improvement in the ring which is reality! And that I hate them for that which is MY OPINION

          • OJ Von Erich

            It’s a dangerous job, every single one of the talent is prone to injury at any time, even if the dropkick was perfectly executed, it could still potentially be damaging.

          • wwepassion

            You hate them for everything. You complain 24/7 about them You don’t know who’s fault it was. Just because you get injured doesn’t mean you instantly stop improving. That’s Maryse fault she stopped improving not the Bellas,

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            I am pretty sure you don’t read all my comments so you can’t say I complain about them 24/7. Example, yesterday I praise Brie for her improvement which I usually do but then again you didn’t. know that because you don’t look at all my comments… So you are guessing as usual…

            And how does I know it? Because it was all over the net and there tons of site reporting this and she got injured get yourself informed before wasting my time…
            and Yes, she could ave improved latter but at this period, YES, the bellas were the reason of the stop of Maryse’s improvement

          • wwepassion

            Please you don’t complain about them 24/7 ? You wrote this today on wrestling inc.

            #Selfish
            The bellas just think about themselves and want to get their OWN title. This is by the way an horrible idea! We have three to four team, Aksana and Alicia, The bellas, Tamina and Aj and the funkadactyls and that’s it. This is not enough and know that Tamina and Aj are gonna split soon, Cameron and Naomi are rumored to split as well and the bellas too and I highly doubt Aksana and foxy is a long term thing.
            There is no big team right like Aj and Kaitlyn, Laycool, the D.O.D to bring the prestige to the title as they would be the kind of first title holder this title need not te bellas or two girl who dance.
            Considering it is hard with the divas title, just imagine with this title and the bellas having it all the time? Horrible!
            And must I remind that the divas never put on an amazing tag team match since the days of Trish and Lita(minus The divas table match)?!
            There are not enough divas to do it and not enough focus on the divas to do it too so no, I prefer one divas championship with an actual feud which we barely see than two title getting both two mins to put on a good product and no real feud or just one feud with the other title having nothing to work with!

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            Like you said TODAY! And yesterday? And the day before? last month? last week? Yeah….
            I can praise them when they deserve it but I can complain or be negative about them when I see a reason why!

          • wwepassion

            And you complain non stop.

  • wwepassion

    May have not been the best reign but this is a great accomplishment for her. I’m happy for her that she made her dream come true. Congrats AJ!!!

  • redsandman99

    AJ’s reign could have been better booked so far yes (looking at the TD feud directly here) though this reign has been far from the worst. The feud with Kaitlyn was good and thus far she’s had eight successful title defenses on five ppvs and three TV shows (Smackdown, Main Event and NXT) and her winning the title was the most talked about divas match of 2013. Here’s hoping they pick some steam back up for her and the rest of the divas as a whole. Lord knows they deserve it.

  • Brandon SmitherWaddleFlap JR O

    I’ve loved all of ajs title defenses, but they would’ve meant more if creative would’ve given us more stories. Brie and kaitlyn are the only one who got some ok build up…but the others really had little. I think this year will be the first time the championship is defended at mania

  • Lio Castles

    Why do people think Maryse will return?

    • redsandman99

      Wishful thinking is my guess.

    • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

      there was talk of her during commentary on smackdown. plus, wwe just ran one of them “where are they now?” pieces on her. it’s just wishful thinking. imo, she’ll never return. she seems keen on starting a family soon, plus doing the whole real estate thing.

      • Sha95

        I wouldn’t say Michelle but Melina & Maria, yes.

  • KcarieAnne

    Well at-least Maryse is still the longest divas Champion and she can say it took them 5 years to beat her reign.lol