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Is AJ the most devious Diva ever?
On the June 22nd edition of SmackDown, AJ once again affected a match outcome, this time while serving as the special guest timekeeper in the fierce showdown between Kane and Daniel Bryan. ( WATCH | PHOTOS) In light of her actions, the WWE Universe is once again left wondering what exactly the out-there Diva is up to. Is it all part of some master plan on her part or simply a reaction to the turbulent events happening all around the passionate beauty?
Her lingering presence in Daniel Bryan’s life, her leering playfully at WWE Champion CM Punk, her latest plays of “Ring Around The Big Red Monster” … Is it all too effective for a delicate Diva like AJ to pull off by accident? Judging by her reactions to how each Superstar handles the constant meddling, the 5-foot-3 “Geek Goddess” certainly appears to be relishing her subversive role.
Amid the chaos that AJ has created in recent weeks, it may be easy for the WWE Universe to miss that she’s presently manipulating the ongoing chase for the WWE Championship by drawing the attention of the current titleholder as well as his two primary challengers. If her aim was to bring her plan as much attention as possible, she could not have chosen a better spotlight to steal than the one featuring the ongoing rivalry between Punk, Bryan and Kane.
So what, if anything, does AJ have up her sleeve anyway? Is she looking to help The Second City Saint preserve his title reign? Is she seeking to make Bryan jealous by becoming the object of his rivals’ affection? Or does she truly have a soft spot in her heart for The Devil’s Favorite Demon?
AJ may be keeping her cards close to the vest, but the means to her unknown goal are what make her recent tactics so impressive. Still, where do her tactics rank in the pantheon of devious Divas that have come before her?
Miss Elizabeth once made tempers flare between The Mega Powers, but she was merely an innocent bystander in a heated confrontation between Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage. The “First Lady of Wrestling” couldn’t help that her friendship with The Hulkster would also send the jealous Savage into a rage that would end their partnership and ultimately leave the two titans settling their differences at WrestleMania V. ( WATCH)
Though she introduced herself to the WWE Universe by trying to break up The Dudley Boyz, Trish Stratus sought to get into Bubba Ray’s head for the benefit of the rival tag team she managed. Stratus would interrupt the duo’s matches to specifically distract the bespectacled Dudley with claims of a growing affection for him. It worked like a charm – until her interference in a match at Backlash 2000 snapped Bubba Ray out of her spell and showed him the error of his recent ways.
Even Lita just let her heart be her guide as she became mixed up with the likes of The Hardy Boyz, Kane and WWE Hall of Famer Edge. She stayed in the Hardys’ corner and remained especially loyal to Matt Hardy until Kane won her hand in marriage at SummerSlam 2004. She never strayed from The Big Red Monster’s side even as she disapproved of him, but finally relented as The Rated-R Superstar wooed her away less than one year later. ( WATCH)
AJ’s endgame may leave her following in their influential footsteps, or it could place her on an unprecedented path where no Divas have previously treaded. Maybe she’ll come unglued, or surprise all involved by choosing a side or maybe even start to advance her devious scheme to propel herself to the top of WWE. No one really knows.
Is her recent behavior all part of the plan? Whatever she’s up to, AJ is playing it out to perfection.