Following AJ Lee‘s contentious promo last night on Raw, Diva fans seemed to draw the battle lines, passionately proclaiming their support for Team AJ or Team Total Divas.
This, naturally, led to a lot of fans bashing Total Divas stars Brie and Nikki Bella. Luckily for the twins, they found an unlikely ally in WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley.
Foley posted a lengthy blog on his Facebook page late last night, entitled “In Defense of Bri and Nikki”.
In the blog, Foley praised AJ’s promo, saying that her words were “convincing and seem to be the ones being embraced by the WWE Universe.”
He worried, though, that it reflected the fans’ belief that Brie and Nikki “have been given their spot in the company due to their beauty and choice in boyfriends.”
That’s not what I see when I look at Bri and Nikki. I see two strong, proud women who walked away from WWE in April 2012 following a legitimate business disagreement with the company. Bri and Nikki wanted to have more say in what they could and could not do outside of WWE. The company disagreed. I know that feeling. I’ve been there. The Bellas took a stand and walked away. I know that feeling too. But they didn’t do it the Mick Foley way – whining and complaining, and (ask Layla about this sometime) even yelling a little bit. They did it the right way. They took a stand, did everything they were asked to do, and left with their heads held high; earning a heightened respect from everyone they dealt with on their way out.
And when they returned, they came back with a piece of the puzzle that had been missing from the Divas division. They returned with “Total Divas” – the vehicle the entire Divas division has driven to new heights of acceptance and mainstream recognition. I’ve often wondered why AJ wasn’t part of the show. Obviously, she’s a unique character and an an extremely talented wrestler. I would have really enjoyed the opportunity to see her outside the ring – to see how much AJ the performer and AJ the character had in common. I could completely understand any hard feelings she might harbor against the Bellas in that regard. But the idea that the Bellas haven’t worked for everything they’ve received is just plain wrong from this Hall of Famer’s perspective.
It’s extremely admirable for a man like Foley to stick up for the Bellas, especially when he has no stake in the argument.
You can read the full blog on Mick’s Facebook page.
Do you agree with what Mick Foley had to say?