Promoting tonight’s WWE Battleground pay-per-view event, WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee addressed a series of topics in an interview published today on BleacherReport.com, including her scathing “#PipeBombshell” toward the stars of Total Divas, her recent heated interaction with Jerry “The King” Lawler at the announce desk and the meaning behind her tattoo.
In the lengthy interview, Lee reveals that she was asked to appear on the E! reality series, and declined. This led to the WWE Diva’s on-screen tirade towards the cast, since WWE chief Vince McMahon wanted her to explain why she was against the show. The New Jersey native, however, says her not jumping aboard the project was perceived the wrong way.
Lee states, “I give [the cast of Total Divas] credit. Of course on screen I’m not going to say any of that. (Laughs). I’m going to take jabs and stuff as part of the story. But I’m not a hundred percent against it.
“As a person, I couldn’t do it. The whole story is, they asked me to be on it and I told them no. And it was kind of received the wrong way. I was upset about it and there was a lot of friction between myself and the people who kind of wanted me to jump on board with this show.
“It’s not who I am. I don’t think it helps with what I’ve done so far either. It may be great for the girls who are kind of spokeswoman kind of women. That’s not my world.
“But me not jumping on board was kind of perceived the wrong way. I think Vince likes people who are really brave and quirky and like to take risks and stir the pot sometimes. And he was like “OK. She doesn’t want to be on it? Let her tell us all why.”
“No one really knew what I was going to say. So, that’s how that happened.”
Last month during an episode of Raw, Lee was involved in a heated spat with Jerry “The King” Lawler while commentating a Divas match—she sniped not being his type since she’s too young for him. The 26-year-old reveals that she doesn’t plan her on-screen remarks.
“The funny thing is I get a lot of “oh, I can’t believe they let you say that!” Everything that has been kind of controversial in the last couple of weeks has been 100 percent from my mind. It’s just been me saying “Let’s see how much trouble I can get in,” Lee said.
“When you do commentary you don’t really plan anything. I watch my matches back and Jerry Lawler rubs me the wrong way. The way he talks about the girls and me in particular. As a character I feel like she wouldn’t like him. So, I went out there thinking “I’m ready to fight any of you.
“You can’t really plan what you are going to say, but I’m kind of a smart a**. I like to jab. That’s who I am. I went out there and they were all sort of attacking me and I was not prepared for that. So I kind of went into smart a** mode. And it happened. (Laughs).
“We never talked about it, but I think it was fine. It was just a fun little jab I think.”
In early September, Lee tweeted an image of a tattoo she got on the back of her neck to commemorate the date she won the belt (June 16, 2013). Contrary to popular belief, the mark “wasn’t just about winning the title.” She explains, “I lived in a car. I lived on the street, I lived in a motel. My whole life I always believed I wouldn’t be in this situation any more. I’m going to be in WWE and I’m going to be the champion.
“That was the light at the end of the tunnel. That made me not lose my mind and not give up. To achieve those goals was all kind of dream sequence. To have the opportunity Kaitlyn and I did, a 20-minute match and everything so absolutely perfect. I had imagined it as a kid and it all came true in real life.
“I kind of made the tattoo look like a prison tattoo. I was like a prisoner serving time. To me it was like I finally accomplished something and it was time served. Fourteen years of trying to get here. I made it out of a dark past. That’s what it means to me. It just happens to be the date I won the title. That was the ultimate goal.
“I think that’s the only tattoo I’ll ever get. I probably won’t get a matching one the day I lose it. (Laughs).”
Lee also discusses the state of the Divas division, her move up the wrestling ranks, crafting matches, and more. To read the lengthy interview, click here.