WWE continues to be extremely flattering to former Divas champion AJ Lee, despite reports that her retirement was kept secret from company higher ups and required last minute booking changes to push Naomi in her absence.
Today on the company's website, they havea cover page feature dedicated to pictures of the Pint-Sized Powder Keg under the #ThankYouAJ headline, and an interview with former NXT winner, Divas champ and real-life friend of AJ, Celeste "Kaitlyn" Bonin.
In between a lot of talk about her current venture, Celestial Bodiez, being awesome instagram with Big E and reflections on the cult classic NXT: Redemption, the site asks the Hybrid Diva to talk about her friend's retirement:
AJ has this weird ability to accomplish anything that she visualizes. So when she worked her way up to the top, she stayed up there. No one has been like her, and no one will ever be like her. She really just felt like she had given everything that she needed to give to this sport in general, and taught people — especially the Divas — as much as she could. She had four amazing WrestleManias, and she made such an impact that she felt like she could walk away and be content with that. I 100 percent support that. She knew the time was right, and knew that she could walk away. She left big shoes to fill, but she helped everyone around her get better. I'm proud of everything that she did.
One of those people that AJ helped to get better was Kaitlyn, which she discussing while answering the "what was your favorite match?" question writers are legally obligated to ask all retired wrestlers:
Actually, my favorite match was ironically when I lost my title to AJ at WWE Payback. The best matches are good because there's emotion in them. We captured people's attention for so long and there was so much build-up. AJ was my first match, she was my last match, and she taught me the ins and outs. Losing the title to her was this amazing, amazing moment with someone I care about and respect.
Nothing too suprising from Bonin - just a nice tribute to a close friend with whom she enjoyed working.
Are you surprised by that WWE's flattering farewell remains so positive, or that they are keeping it in the spotlight?