NEW ORLEANS —Ten years after sitting in the rafters of Madison Square Garden, watching WrestleMania 20 with her father, AJ Lee finally has her WrestleMania moment. Facing seemingly insurmountable odds in the Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational at WrestleMania 30, AJ showed why she has held the title for 294 days. In a frantic scramble that featured 14 dangerous Divas battling to score the first pinfall or submission, AJ used her smarts to retain her title, tricking the referee into thinking Naomi had tapped out to the Black Widow.
AJ’s road to retaining her title wasn’t easy. She had 13 other Divas targeting her from the get-go, including Natalya, Naomi, Cameron, Eva Marie, Summer Rae and The Bella Twins—stars of the hit E! reality show Total Divas—along with Aksana, Layla, Emma, Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes. And if that wasn’t enough, there was Lee’s own bodyguard, Tamina Snuka.
With Vickie Guerrero leering at the bout from a perch at ringside, AJ and Tamina were forced to stand back-to-back as the bell rang and every other Diva pounced on them. The match broke down into a frenetic brawl almost instantantly, resulting in bodies flying everywhere. Natalya nearly put Mendes, Fox and Cameron into a triple Sharpshooter, until Eva Marie rolled her up for a near fall. The red-haired beauty even showed a little moxie, standing toe-to-toe with Tamina for a moment.
With the referee struggling to control the chaos, The Bellas took advantage, executing a double dive. However, sisterly bonds didn’t matter in this one-fall bout, as Nikki dropped Brie with The Rack Attack. Natalya soon took out Tamina with a discus clothesline, taking out AJ’s only ally in the contest. The Divas Champion watched her bodyguard get clocked, then turned directly into an attack from Naomi. Somehow, though AJ reversed the hold, spinning into the Black Widow.
Naomi struggled in the hold, dropping to her knee, but refused to tap out. With the referee focused on Naomi’s left arm, AJ grabbed her foe’s already weakened rightappendage and tapped it against the canvas, being so careful as to keep her deceit just out of the official’s view.
The Divas Champion reacts to her victory
Having survived a battle with nearly every Diva on the roster on The Grandest Stage of Them All, there’s one question that has to be asked as The Black Widow continues her reign over the Divas division:Is there anyone who can take the Divas Championship away from AJ Lee?