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Kevin Eck, a former writer of WWE’s creative team who is credited for the AJ Lee and Daniel Bryan pairing, has recently published an article where he shares five pitched storylines that were ultimately rejected by Vince McMahon.
One of the storylines listed involved the idea of pairing AJ Lee with Dean Ambrose as a way to introduce Dean to the main roster. Read the full synopsis idea below:
The rocky relationship between AJ and Bryan culminated with AJ leaving him at the altar after she discovered he was planning on having her committed to a mental institution after the wedding.
Meanwhile, the creative team was looking for a Plan B to bring Ambrose from developmental to the main roster. Plan A — a “worked-shoot” angle with Ambrose and Mick Foley engaging in a war of words on social media — was scrapped after Foley legitimately took issue with something Ambrose said about him.
My idea was for Bryan’s plan to have AJ committed actually succeed. We’d take her off TV for a little while before bringing her back in dramatic fashion. She would return with her new boyfriend (Ambrose), whom she had met while both were patients in the institution.
Ambrose and AJ would wreak havoc, becoming WWE’s version of Bonnie and Clyde (or Mickey and Mallory, to use a less-dated analogy).
Vince McMahon had a different vision. The WWE chairman and CEO loved the AJ character and decided to make her the new “Raw” general manager after she called off the wedding to Bryan. AJ as GM didn’t get over, and her run as an authority figure lasted just three months.
Would you have liked to have seen an AJ/Dean Ambrose onscreen pairing? Did you enjoy AJ Lee’s run as Raw general manager? What have been some of your favorite wrestling pairings? Let us know in the comments below!