WrestleMania Diary: AJ Lee, Day 5

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April 07, 2013

A COMMON THREAD, 6:56 p.m.
As Titus O’Neil chats in the corner with WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons, Chris Jericho speeds by on the back of a golf cart, his thumbs vigorously tapping the conclusion of a pointed text message. A flock of sequined dancers floats by, preparing to herald the WrestleMania arrival of Fandango. There is nothing quite like the atmosphere backstage at The Showcase of the Immortals — especially in the moments before the show is about to begin.

AJ rushes from the Divas locker room to the seamstress station, requesting some late-in-the-game alterations to her custom T-shirt. It’s artfully ripped apart and pieced together in a pattern eerily reminiscent a spider’s web, and for the young woman who was christened the “Black Widow” for her life-ruining relationship tendencies, the design is apropos. Ex-boyfriends beware.

RAMPED UP, 7:45 p.m.
AJ’s pre-WrestleMania jitters melt away as she joins Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston on the entrance ramp, a spring in her step all the way down to the ring. Just minutes away from Union City, where she could barely afford bus fare as a child, AJ has brought full-circle her Show of Shows saga that began with her father taking her to the uppermost level of Madison Square Garden at WrestleMania XX.


Now, nine years later, AJ has the best seat in the house as Dolph & Big E seize championship glory on The Grandest Stage of Them All. Before the match, Ziggler passes to the unhinged Diva his long-held Money in the Bank briefcase — an insurance policy for The Showoff that could pay dividends tonight in more ways than one.

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