AJ Lee on Total Divas, locker room reaction to Paige’s debut

Chuck Carroll sent this in.

WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee was my guest on the Turnbuckle Weekly with Chuck Carroll this week ahead of her match against Paige at the Hell In A Cell pay-per-view this Sunday.

You can listen to the full interview on the 106.7 The Fan and CBS DC website: http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/10/24/top-wwe-diva-aj-lee-has-high-praise-for-newcomer-paige/ 

I asked her about whether she would ever consider joining the cast of Total Divas and she was adamant that would never happen.

“It’s been well documented for the second season they tried to get me on board. I’m not interested in being famous. I’m interested in doing my job and doing it well and that’s wrestling and that’s what I love,” AJ told me. “I could do it, but I wouldn’t do it. I’m just happy being who I am on TV two days a week and on live events and then going into my private life, and into my little hole in the middle of nowhere and having no one talk to me about my private life.”

She also said she was happy that Paige would be joining the cast next season.

We spoke a lot about her in-ring chemistry with Paige as well as their friendship outside of WWE.

I asked whether there was any animosity toward Paige from veterans after she won the Divas title in her debut. She said no, because her debut was perfectly timed because the AJ character had been talking crap for about a year and just defeated every Diva on the roster a night earlier in the inaugural Vickie Guerrero Battle Royal. So, new blood was definitely needed.

“We needed something to give the division a kick in the butt and Paige is perfect for that,” she said.

Here is a little more from the interview:

On whether she knew she would win Diva’s Title after taking two months off from WWE

“I certainly didn’t know. That was a pleasant surprise. That’s the thing, every time I’ve put the title on the line against Paige she’s won it. So, I’m slightly nervous going into Sunday.”

On teasing a same-sex crush between she and Paige

“Well, we are a PG program. But I think that’s the fun part. The thing is everyone said my character is unpredictable and you didn’t know where it was going. And then to have somebody that does the same thing, that’s also kind of kooky and crazy and you didn’t know what we were going to do for a while.”

During the full interview we also covered:

– More on her in-ring chemistry with Paige

– More on their friendship and similar characters

– More on why she just said no to Total Divas

– Debunking rumors about Total Divas cast members not getting title shots

– Who she wants to be in the WWE Hall of Fame

– Whether she considers herself Hall of Fame worthy

The Turnbuckle Weekly with Chuck Carroll is available online at CBS TV and radio station websites in 26 markets, including Washington, D.C. Listen: http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/10/24/top-wwe-diva-aj-lee-has-high-praise-for-newcomer-paige/