Trivia / AJ Lee

  • Actor Allusion: Her part in Madden: The Movie involves her pulling a Face–Heel Turn, leaving her boyfriend for his evil rival, which hearkens back to 2012.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Kaitlyn claimed in her shoot interview that AJ wasn't allowed to wear Chuck Taylors on NXT at first - and that they were forced to wear colourful and sparkly dresses every week.
    • In her book she talks about being eliminated from NXT after a meeting with talent relations where she was told "no one wants to fuck you" and the company had a standard to uphold. This was in spite of her getting the most fan votes.
  • Fan Nickname: AJ's promo on the Total Divas cast was nicknamed the 'Pipe Bombshell' after CM Punk's 'Pipe Bomb' promo in 2011.
  • Jossed: Rumors circulated about real life heat between AJ and the Bellas, citing AJ's famous Worked Shoot promo as the reason. Nikki later clarified that she had disliked Brie's feud with AJ - because Brie got little to no mic time, and didn't look good from a booking perspective. As noted below, other sources have suggested that the woman who was legitimately offended by AJ's promo was actually Natalya.
  • Lying Creator: In her book she claims that Trent Baretta was her first serious boyfriend, and makes no mention of her well-publicised relationship with Jay Lethal.
  • One of Us:
    • Apart from initially being billed as a "Geek Goddess" that loved video games and comic books when she was on NXT, she's established her nerd cred by once dressing up as Kitana for a Diva's Halloween Battle Royale and attempted an Upraise (Kitana's hold in place move... it didn't work). Not only that, but the WWE Superstars have a video game tournament before every WrestleMania competing in the latest iteration of the company's video game series. AJ won the most recent one.
      • Video Game Championship Wrestling: Female Division referenced the Mortal Kosplay by having WWE '13!AJ Lee fight against Kitana in one of their "VGCW vs. WWE" matches in which AJ won after a restart due to the initial Hell in a Cell match glitching out. Then later on, Kitana cosplayed as AJ in their Halloween Episode. Even better, after said episode, she kept AJ's influence as part of her gimmick!
    • You should check out her twitter. It's full of witty gems such as these:
    On an unrelated note, I am deliriously tired and have spent my morning Googling animal pictures.
    Every time I eat chips whilst standing in between an open fridge door, my dog looks at me with eyes that scream "This is why you're single."
  • Playing Against Type: Was exclusively a face on the indies. She found most of her success in FCW and WWE as a heel. She did turn face towards the end of her WWE time, but still in a Good Is Not Nice way.
  • Promoted Fangirl: There's even video footage of her waiting in line for tickets to WrestleMania XX and of her meeting Lita. Taken even further when she became the new Raw GM and then the longest-running Divas Champion in history (until Nikki Bella surpassed her).
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: AJ was asked to join Total Divas after JoJo was removed from the cast. She turned it down and claims Vince approached her and said she would have free reign to cut a Worked Shoot explaining why she didn't want to be on the show.
  • Reality Subtext:
    • April Brooks legitimately has Bipolar Disorder, as she revealed in 2017, so her character's issues and habit of assaulting everyone who called her crazy may have come from experience.
    • The fact that Natalya was presented as the leader of the Total Divas cast member and main contender challenging AJ was due to the fact that Nattie was legitimately offended by AJ's 'Pipe Bombshell' promo.
  • Romance on the Set:
    • She dated Jay Lethal on the indies and had a serious relationship with Trent Baretta while they were both in WWE.
    • And of course she eventually married CM Punk. In her book she says he flirted with her during their 2012 storyline, but didn't get together until a year later.
  • Star-Making Role: Most likely her managing of Daniel Bryan during his World Heavyweight Championship reign in 2012.
  • Ur-Example: The first Diva to have held both titles in FCW - Queen of FCW (defeating Serena) and the FCW Divas' Championship (defeating Naomi). Additionally she's the first Diva to win the Diva of the Year Slammy Award twice in a row.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • After a tryout match against Layla, AJ was going to be called up to TV in 2010. A vignette even appeared on the Smackdown tapings but got cut from the broadcast. The planned program would have been her in a love triangle with Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero - something that was given to Kaitlyn for NXT Season 3. The vignette was initially cut because Alberto Del Rio was getting them as well and they didn't want two call-ups being hyped at the same time. By the time he debuted, plans had changed for AJ to debut on the NXT season instead.
    • NXT Season 3 was initially planned to have a mixture of male and female rookies before being re-tooled into an all-female season. It's likely that AJ would have appeared on this version too, given that she had the most experience of the other rookies. Naomi likely would have been included too, and the remaining female spots by Aksana or Karlee Perez.
    • A former writer claims that Brad Maddox was originally going to be called up as an ex-boyfriend of AJ's.
    • The title match at Money In The Bank was planned to end with Daniel Bryan beating CM Punk, and for he and AJ to become a heel power couple. Management decided to prolong the angle, and AJ was phased out of it.
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