I was glad AJ retained the Divas Championship at Wrestlemania in the Diva Invitational; there wasn’t a better female wrestler in that match than her. When she called herself the “best Diva in the world” the next night on Raw, you couldn’t disagree. Up to that point, nobody was worthy enough to go toe-to-toe with the champ.
Of course saying “up to that point” was the key phrase in my last sentence. A few minutes later,that “best Diva in the world” mantra was challenged by NXT’s dominant female, Paige. The segment started with Paige congratulating AJ on her Wrestlemania moment, and ended with a new Divas Champion.
AJ’s overconfidence was her downfall. She thought Paige would be an easy win, but the NXT rookie would become the first person to counter the Black Widow. Paige’s finishing move, the Paige Turner, looks as if it’s built to complement AJ’s submission. When you look at it that way, the two were meant for each other in the ring.
Last week, I wrote an article about AJ being the first Diva since Trish and Lita to be beloved by fans. Now, with Paige, there are two beloved Divas. This is the first time in years that this has happened. Daniel Bryan’s championship win gets a lot of credit as the wrestling “change” people want, but with these two set to be the queens of the midcard, good things are about to come.
Every great wrestler has their rival. Steve Austin has the Rock, Hulk Hogan had the Macho Man, John Cena had CM Punk, and now AJ will have Paige. The two are the same size, have identical wrestling styles, and were born with the business in their DNA. AJ never outgrew her childhood fandom, and Paige comes from one of the most prominent wrestling families in Europe. You couldn’t ask for a better rivalry.
The main event spot is looking up, and so is the Divas division. There are a lot of things to look forward to in the coming years, and the matches between Paige and AJ are some of them. Throw Tamina, heir to the Snuka throne, into the fold, and we might have less and less bathroom breaks on WWE’s future cards.