Divas Champion AJ Lee def. Paige

DALLAS — As they say, keep your friends close, and your frenemies closer. Paige has certainly adopted that as her motto in her first six months as a WWE Diva.

Few Divas rivalries have been as longstanding, evenly matched and nuanced as the ongoing tug-of-war for the Divas Championship between so-called “frenemies” AJ Lee and Paige. The two skilled athletes have been trading victories since April, but at Hell in a Cell, reigning champion AJ asserted her reign by scoring a decisive win against her longtime rival.

Check out photos of these two Divas squaring off and the emotional aftermath

Accompanying Paige to the ring in Dallas was her new “bestie,” the maniacal Alicia Fox. It seemed to be a match made in heaven for the two unpredictable Divas. But when Alicia attempted to insert herself into the showdown, AJ responded with a flurry of punches on Paige’s new ally. The bout itself was Paige’s to lose.

“AJ Lee ripped my heart out and threw it in the bin. I’m going to rip her heart out and steal my best friend,” Paige said earlier, referring to the title at stake.

She slammed her opponent into the ringside barricade and took control in between the ropes. What followed was a complete brutalization of the champion. AJ suffered vicious elbow strikes and limb-wrenching submission holds. Even when AJ managed to score a comeback, including a ring-rattling tornado DDT from the turnbuckles, Paige stopped the New Jersey native in her tracks.

The challenger made a fatal mistake when the action spilled to ringside yet again, though. After climbing on top of the barricade that had worked in her favor earlier, Paige slipped and AJ took advantage. The champion rolled the English rookie onto the canvas, locked in the Black Widow and forced her longtime rival and “frenemy” to tap out. AJ managed to escape with her title.

In the aftermath of AJ’s victory, Alicia attempted to console her “bestie,” but Paige responded with a hard slap to her ally’s jaw. Once again, the unorthodox Diva has made herself another “frenemy.” And she sure does like to keep them close by.

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Divas Champion AJ Lee def. Paige

DALLAS — As they say, keep your friends close, and your frenemies closer. Paige has certainly adopted that as her motto in her first six months as a WWE Diva.

Few Divas rivalries have been as longstanding, evenly matched and nuanced as the ongoing tug-of-war for the Divas Championship between so-called “frenemies” AJ Lee and Paige. The two skilled athletes have been trading victories since April, but at Hell in a Cell, reigning champion AJ asserted her reign by scoring a decisive win against her longtime rival.

Check out photos of these two Divas squaring off and the emotional aftermath

Accompanying Paige to the ring in Dallas was her new “bestie,” the maniacal Alicia Fox. It seemed to be a match made in heaven for the two unpredictable Divas. But when Alicia attempted to insert herself into the showdown, AJ responded with a flurry of punches on Paige’s new ally. The bout itself was Paige’s to lose.

“AJ Lee ripped my heart out and threw it in the bin. I’m going to rip her heart out and steal my best friend,” Paige said earlier, referring to the title at stake.

She slammed her opponent into the ringside barricade and took control in between the ropes. What followed was a complete brutalization of the champion. AJ suffered vicious elbow strikes and limb-wrenching submission holds. Even when AJ managed to score a comeback, including a ring-rattling tornado DDT from the turnbuckles, Paige stopped the New Jersey native in her tracks.

The challenger made a fatal mistake when the action spilled to ringside yet again, though. After climbing on top of the barricade that had worked in her favor earlier, Paige slipped and AJ took advantage. The champion rolled the English rookie onto the canvas, locked in the Black Widow and forced her longtime rival and “frenemy” to tap out. AJ managed to escape with her title.

In the aftermath of AJ’s victory, Alicia attempted to console her “bestie,” but Paige responded with a hard slap to her ally’s jaw. Once again, the unorthodox Diva has made herself another “frenemy.” And she sure does like to keep them close by.