CLEVELAND — AJ Lee insists two Bella Twins don’t equal half the woman she is, but for the second pay-per-view in a row, the 2014 Diva of the Year Slammy Award winner found herself outnumbered and outplayed by the fearless Divas Champion and her sister.
At WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs … and Stairs, Nikki Bella retained the butterfly-emblazoned title with the assistance of Brie, and together, the underhanded twins executed a strategy that left AJ not only sans title, but also under the observation of WWE’s medical personnel.
Looking to secure her fourth Divas Championship, the pint-sized powder keg started out strong, using her superior speed to frustrate Nikki until the titleholder hit a devastating spinebuster to slow the pace. With Brie cheering her on from ringside, the Divas Champion methodically targeted AJ’s back and shoulders, including by wrapping AJ back-first around the ring post, almost forcing AJ’s heels to touch the top of her head.
Despite the headwinds, AJ bounced back, locking on a front guillotine before stringing together a series of offensive moves, starting with a Thesz press, progressing to a splash in the corner and finishing up with a neckbreaker. After a tornado DDT failed to seal the win for AJ, Nikki muscled her way back onto the attack, even connecting with a springboard kick.
The fearless Bella continued her onslaught but eventually appeared frustrated after AJ kicked out of several pinfall attempts . Spotting a momentary opening, AJ dropped Nikki with a brutal shining wizard. Ring positioning, however, did not work to AJ’s advantage, as Brie Bella simply reached out and managed to drape her sister’s foot on the bottom rope. Though the tactic saved Nikki’s title reign, it also earned Brie an ejection from ringside.
As AJ watched the referee argue with Brie while she was walking up the aisle, Nikki pulled an aerosol can from her knee-high sock and sprayed an unidentified substance in AJ’s face. By the time the referee’s attention returned to the match, Nikki had hidden the can, clobbered a blinded AJ and stretched the challenger's limp body across her shoulders before hitting the Rack Attack for the victory.