Just last night, WWE broke the news that the longest reigning Divas Champion in history, AJ Lee, would be "retiring from in-ring competition" before wishing her all the best. While we have yet to hear from AJ herself, many others in the wrestling world have taken to Twitter to react to the news.
Among them (not including her husband, CM Punk's, reaction):
Big loss 4 the Divas Division 2day. Wish @WWEAJLee the absolute best! Want 2 c who wants 2 take the Champ on..Train harder..Ready 4 anything— Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) April 4, 2015
Thank you Aj for giving me my 1st televised singles match and my 1st title match! Wishing you all the best of luck in whatever you do!— Ariane Andrew (@WWECameron) April 4, 2015
I wish AJ the best, what a Diva with unlimited potential.— John Laurinaitis (@JohnLaurinaitis) April 4, 2015
Mick Foley commented on Facebook:
AJ Lee has retired from WWE - and somehow that just doesn't seem right. I have been talking for a while about a revolution in women's wrestling - and I really do believe we are on the verge of a new dawn for women's wrestling. When that new dawn arrives, it would seem only fitting that AJ be allowed to bask in the warmth of the rays she helped make possible.
#AJLee was a pioneer - fighting her way up against all odds in the WWE developmental system, proving that unique talent, heart, and determination were just as important (if not more so) as the physical attributes that were generally accepted as necessary to find a spot near the top of the women's roster.
The success of AJ Lee, as both a wrestler, and a character were eye-opening for both fans and WWE front office personnel. She proved that big things come in small packages and that both role models and romantic images need not adhere to a one-size-fits-all policy. Surely, she helped pave the way for an anti-diva like Paige - WWE to succeed, and when/if this women's wrestling revolution materializes, I hope the contributions of the tiny girl from New Jersey with the big dreams and bigger heart will not be forgotten.
Thank you AJ. May health and happiness (and CM Punk) be your partners on whatever new trail you choose to blaze in life.
Lee did reveal on Twitter just a few days ago that she's working on a book, though it's unclear what that book will be about.