Well, I didn’t think it was going to come to this, but it appears that there’s a need for this post. This post is needed so we don’t have delusional little nitwits thinking someone is better than someone else because they have a title reign that’s longer than the other one’s.
A lot of people have been dreading that Nikki Bella’s pathetic Divas title reign will outlast A.J. Lee’s. I, until recently, thought naively that that wasn’t going to happen. That there wasn’t a chance of it. Her act has been stale for months with nothing for her to do wit the belt, so certainly it couldn’t last four more months, right? RIGHT?
But it’s clear to me now, with this news that Sasha Banks and Charlotte are going to debut AT SummerSlam, that Nikki’s reign will break that record. It’d be nearly impossible for it not to. The reign will be broken on a PPV, and if I had to guess, it’ll be Paige, Naomi, and Tamina vs. Bellas and Alicia Fox at Battleground. So there goes that opportunity. And I’m assuming Sasha’s and Charlotte’s debuts would be in-ring debuts as tag team partners for Paige, and not just be random new support for Paige because no one else wants to help her. I assumed Charlotte was just going to win the title from Nikki at SummerSlam, but we’re bringing up two NXT women now. So unless it’s going to be a multi-woman title match, or some kind of three on three match with the belt on the line, we’re going to have the broken record. I don’t know the exact day it will break but it’s between SummerSlam and Night of Champions.
This is barring some unforeseen miracle, of course.
So what is this post exactly? It’s simple. A comparison of both title reigns. I don’t know all the categories involved because it’s kind of spontaneous. I know some of the things I’m going to talk about, I don’t know if there will be others.
A.J.’s 295 Day Divas Title Reign vs. Nikki’s >295 Day Divas Title Reign
How did the reign begin?
A.J.: A.J.’s title reign began at Payback 2013 in probably the best women’s match in recent main roster WWE memory, in the best women’s storyline in recent main roster WWE memory as well.
That can’t be argued. Women on the main roster for years have gotten shit for storylines and no time for matches. There have been very few storylines in the divas division this side of the last very good one, Trish vs. Mickie going into WrestleMania 22. Everything after that was dominated by the dreaded playboy push or just boring feuds between Laycool and whomever they felt like messing with, mainly Mickie James. Something would spark here and there, like Mickie vs. Melina vs. Beth Phoenix, but they’d last two months and fade away. The only stories of recent memory have been AJ vs. Kaitlyn, AJ vs. Total Divas/The World, Brie vs. Stephanie, AJ vs. Paige, Bella vs. Bella, and I guess Paige vs. Bellas now. The best stories are usually one on one, sometimes a third person is involved, but that’s it. And while AJ vs. Total Divas/The World was fun, that doesn’t count. As much as I want AJ vs. Paige to be the best, it didn’t turn out nearly as well as it deserved to have because it competed for time with two other diva feuds that didn’t belong. Most obviously, Bella vs. Bella was an absolute atrocity to humankind. I needn’t go into it. And while Stephanie vs. Brie had some good moments, it was just an extension of Bryan vs. HHH because Bryan was hurt, and Stephanie was too strong a heel for Brie to work off and still look good – it called for a strong female babyface that could talk on Stephanie’s level. (COUGH AJ COUGH). And Paige vs. Bellas has just dragged on an on and it’s boring at this point.
AJ vs. Kaitlyn on the other hand, was a story built over two years worth of time. Sure, not a lot of people would probably realize that, considering how they treat women in WWE in the modern era. The Trish vs. Lita storyline, everyone knew their beef no matter how much time passed between their matches and feuds and so on. A.J. and Kaitlyn, to the untrained eye, probably seemed like a two month feud. Maybe not even. I don’t remember when A.J. won the number one contendership, but it was before Extreme Rules 2013 and she didn’t have the title match until Payback. I don’t know what made them wait to do that match – perhaps it was Dolph Ziggler’s concussion – but it turned out well. AJ and Kaitlyn didn’t really do anything until a fight backstage at Extreme Rules, and then they did the secret admirer thing with Kaitlyn which turned out to be Big E/AJ messing with her. To the naked eye, one of the best women’s feuds in recent memory happened from two very well done segments, basically. But if you paid attention to their careers, and paid attention to social media, you knew there was a lot more history there. You knew AJ and Kaitlyn were in game show NXT season 3. AJ was touted as the next Mickie James. Kaitlyn won. They debuted on tv as a tag team called the Chickbusters. When A.J. started “dating” Daniel Bryan, and especially when Bryan started mistreating A.J., it caused a rift between A.J. and Kaitlyn. A rift that would continue to grow as time went on – these segments between them happened over time, and as A.J. became “crazy chick,” they would continue. Those who followed social media closely knew they were best friends, and also more of these altercations happened there as well. It got to the point where, when it was time for WrestleMania 29 and Kaitlyn was the champion, I wanted this match to take place there. I know few realize the history of this feud because I mentioned wanting this feud to the friend who got me into wrestling to begin with (in 2001), and he was like “Why? What reason is there for it?” And the match was so good. It was the first women’s match that actually told a story in years. Best women’s match ever? Probably not. (Especially not now when I’ve watched NXT.) But it was certainly a breath of fresh air. Did I mention I was there live in Chicago? Because I was. It was also A.J.’s first title win, which are usually the most special. And you can see in her celebration how much that moment meant to her. You know it’s special to someone when they cry. A.J. did, despite being a heel at the time. And she tattoed that date on her neck. The feud continued nicely, although I still would say this was their best match.
Nikki: Nikki’s title win came after the god awful Bella/Bella feud ended – or did it actually end? I don’t know. She won the match against Brie so Brie would be her slave for a month because why not, so the logic going into A.J. vs. Nikki for the title is “Oh, obviously Brie is going to help A.J. because the month is up.” Wrong. What followed at Survivor Series is one of the biggest atrocities in WWE history. The match lasts less than thirty seconds after Brie randomly kisses AJ to distract her, Nikki hits her weak ass forearm thingy we’re all supposed to believe is absolutely devastating when in reality she’s Nikki Bella and thus not that strong, hits her finisher and that’s it. Crickets. Beating A.J. for the title is fine. Just beat her in a real match. (I know A.J. left a month later to deal with an injury, so you do have to wonder if that played a role in how this turned out, but still.) You don’t do this kind of thing to your best wrestlers. It is absolutely inarguable that A.J. is at least the third greatest diva in WWE history. You can’t argue that. Only Lita and Mickie were better. Maybe not even Mickie. Paige isn’t there yet (but she is fourth best). Sasha and Becky have a chance to surpass her but they aren’t on the main roster yet. (I’d love to see people’s reactions to that statement if people ACTUALLY read my blogs, just for the lulz. I’m absolutely not saying it to troll, I am absolutely saying that because it’s absolutely true. I wonder what all those Trish marks are thinking. Trish’s overrated as fuck.) A.J. is unquestioningly a surefire future hall of famer. She should honestly go in next year. They would have another match at TLC…S and Nikki won via hairspray.
A.J.: AJ defended the title a lot, against many different opponents. She really only had two storylines I would say, AJ/Kaitlyn, and then AJ/Total Divas/The World, but the second one branched out over months with multiple different opponents. After the Kaitlyn feud ended, she would drop the famous pipebombshell and feud with every member of total divas going forward. The “the World” part comes mainly from the WM30 match. She had a fatal 4 way at Night of Champions, two matches against Brie, two vs. Natalya, and one vs. Cameron before facing everyone at WrestleMania and winning. The thing about AJ’s reign was you thought it was going to end every time she defended it, at least after the Kaitlyn feud ended. WWE was all like “OMGZ TOTAL DIVAZ IS THE BEST THING EVER!” and everyone was just waiting for WWE to put the title on one of the Bellas to go with it. No matter who’s on the show, it’s obviously the Bellas’ show. Every time AJ faced one of them, especially a Bella Twin, everyone thought that was it. Before she managed to retain somehow. Maybe that lessened a bit after she finished with Brie at Hell in a Cell, but that didn’t change the sentiment. She didn’t defend at Survivor Series because they did a divas vs. total divas elimination match for lulz and the bellas gotta look strong. Then when she faced Natalya at TLC, you thought she was going to lose because of that Michelle Beadle thing where Beadle said something completely inappropriate and AJ went off on her, so you thought AJ would lose because of it. She didn’t, but you expected it. Didn’t defend at Royal Rumble because there were no women’s matches. She did have another match with Natalya on Main Event where you thought she’d lose because Punk walked out but it didn’t happen. She beat Cameron at Elimination Chamber because Cameron sucks and then beat everyone at Mania. A.J.’s title reign was awesome because it felt organic and that it could end at any time and you were just hoping “One more week come on!”
Nikki: Nikki’s title reign, on the other hand, is the exact opposite. It’s been like a long feeling of dread and just an overwhelming feeling of “She’s never going to lose that thing” despite having nothing else to do with it. She’s had the most protected title reign I’ve seen in recent memory, to the point where you almost have to wonder if she only re-signed with WWE under the condition that she gets a 300 day title reign. You hear now how they’re saying Nikki’s calling it her “Road to 300 days” right? Why 300, specifically? Shouldn’t you want it to be higher than that? At least say 365 for a year, you know? 300 is like passive aggressively saying road to “breaking A.J.’s reign.” And you know once they mention it on tv, it’s going to happen.
Her reign is so protected. She doesn’t even defend it on every PPV. She has to have a tag match against two people on one show, then cheat to retain the title at the next one. Wash, rinse, repeat. Paige/Natalya vs. Bellas at Rumble, Paige/Nikki at Fast Lane. AJ/Paige vs. Bellas at WM, Naomi/Nikki at Extreme Rules. Naomi/Tamina at Payback, Paige/Naomi/Nikki at Chamber. Then the trend broke a little. Paige has had several one on one shots and lost them all because of cheating. At some point in a storyline like that, PAIGE HAS TO WIN. DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND BASIC STORYTELLING, WWE? After getting screwed out of the title three times, she has to WIN THE TITLE. She had to win at MITB. DUH. The title reign has been so ridiculous WWE can’t even tell stories properly.
Now we’re stuck in a SOMEONE HELP PAIGE storyline and it’s been dragging out weeks too long. Sasha and Charlotte should have debuted three weeks ago at this point to make this feud make any sense. But for whatever reason Naomi and Tamina are going to suddenly change their minds, team with Paige at Battleground, and they’re all going to lose. And instead of Paige getting a title shot or anything, she’s going to have to get Sasha and Charlotte to show up and team with her at SummerSlam, which is a month too late for anyone to really care. And who knows when Nikki will actually lose the belt. Nikki should have lost the belt to Naomi at Extreme Rules when they started to push her as a heel – they actually created something during this time for Naomi to do, actually got a push, and now that died quickly. Nikki has nothing left to do with the belt is the biggest problem. She only has one person to face and that’s Paige, nobody else is even in the picture. They made Naomi into something and scrapped it for no reason. Once Naomi turned on Paige, she should’ve gotten the belt because the story had become Paige/Naomi and they should’ve run with that. But we’re stuck with this because fuck new ideas and new stories. Let’s just go with Paige/Bellas over and over. AJ holding the title for that long made sense – she had many people she could work with at the time, because she was like the only heel and everyone else was kind of spotlighted a bit because Total Divas had just started. Now, while Nikki is a heel, it feels like everyone else is too now besides Paige and maybe Natalya. The rest aren’t even relevant. You can’t keep a title on someone when she has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ELSE TO WORK WITH.
-Her title win against Kaitlyn was one of the best women’s matches in recent memory, as was that storyline.
-The pipebombshell. There wouldn’t been more had the Bellas and Natalya not been sensitive bitches.
-Her feud with the total divas, especially her matches with Natalya.
-Her walking into WM30 as champion, the first and only diva to defend that belt at WM, defend against the whole roster, and WIN.
-Losing the title to a debuting Paige on Raw the next night.
-Her title win, for ALL the wrong reasons.
-The final segment between her + Brie and AJ + Paige leading into WM31 was fairly memorable, I suppose
-Losing to AJ and Paige at WM31
-Having some decent matches with Paige that always ended in bullshit
-Nothing particularly noteworthy, to be honest.
Losing the title:
Nikki hasn’t done it yet obviously.
A.J.: AJ lost the title to a debuting Paige in a very memorable moment the night after WrestleMania 30. AJ losing it to an up and comer is the best way for it to have ended. The only person on the main roster it might have had a right going to from AJ may have been Naomi, but WWE seems like they don’t want to go with her even now.
Just some other thoughts before I end this post. While we can see that A.J.’s title reign will be broken, that does not mean for a second that Nikki’s title reign is better or that Nikki is better than A.J. at anything. Anyone with a basic understanding of wrestling can and will tell you that A.J. is superior in every possible category that’s positive. (Better wrestler, better talker, more passionate about the business, etc…..To a far less important extent, better looking.) No one’s delusional enough to think “longer title reign” means better. Long title reigns are impressive but they aren’t objective. Like CM Punk’s title reign obviously isn’t the longest one of all time but it’s certainly one of the most impressive ones. 434 days as champion when John Cena is a thing is a feat very few could accomplish. AJ’s 295 day title reign is, at least as we speak, the longest divas title reign, but the title is less than ten year’s old. But that’s in an era when women’s wrestling has been treated like garbage and they would, up until AJ, pass that thing around every few months with no real reason. Like, Kelly Kelly was champion at one point, and that’s maybe the lowest of lows. So AJ’s reign, especially with Total Divas around, was very impressive. Also, had AJ not taken time off to get married, her reign could very easily have been longer. So take personal choices into account when comparing. On one hand it’s easy for someone like Nikki to break AJ’s title reign because we can see it’s basically been handed to her. On the other hand, booking is booking. A number is kind of arbitrary sometimes when you know it’s scripted.
Hopefully when Nikki loses it’s made to be a big deal. If you’re going to break the title reign, when she finally loses the belt, it needs to be a big deal and it needs to go to someone who can use that rub. (Like Sasha Banks whose music just ironically played on my ITunes.) It’s so weird how she’s kept the belt – she’s a heel, which makes sense. Most long title reigns are by heels unless you’re Cena. But she thinks she’s a face. And she’s protected by WWE like she is a face, when most heels are made to look like cowardly cheating heels who almost always lose once a strong face shows up. So basically, we should call Nikki what she really is, female John Cena. Guess that’s what happens when you’re fucking him.
I guess Vince heard AJ say “Talent is not sexually transmitted” and they were all like “AHA WELL WE’LL SHOW YOU!! CENA IS SO AMAZING THAT ANYONE WHO FUCKS HIM WILL AUTOMATICALLY BECOME JUST AS AMAZING! CLEARLY THAT’S WHY AMY SCHUMER IS SO GREAT!”
She’s not, btw.
When it comes down to it, Nikki could have a six hundred day title reign, and it still wouldn’t be anywhere near as impressive or memorable as AJ’s. There’s nothing memorable about it now other than the fact that it shows WWE is a spiteful bitch and they’re killing AJ’s record because of CM Punk. So bitter. Everyone’s just kind of sitting here in agony waiting for it to end. Well, I guess that’s besides the Bella Twins fans who are basically, on a good day, the scum of the Earth.
Do yourself a favor and block all those fucktards on Twitter before you read some of the most vile shit you’ve ever read. These idiots look up to terrible excuses for wrestlers/human beings and treat them like gods, act like they know anything about pro wrestling when they’re like, twelve, and have no knowledge of things in the business outside of what they see on tv, use terms like “slay” and “drag” as if those are actual terms, continue to spout off on people have left the company as if it matters anymore, act like fans of anyone who aren’t the Bellas, namely AJ, Paige, any woman who is an actual wrestler and not a model, don’t know anything about wrestling when those are the fans of WRESTLERS and they are the fans of MODELS. Fans of AJ and Paige are people who look up to actual role models – to women who have done nothing but bust their ass to get to where they did in the business, earning everything they’ve accomplished through hard work and dedication. Looking up to the Bellas is like looking up to a Kardashian – if you want a role model to be someone who came into business simply because they were twins, never did anything of note in their first run, left to become actresses because why not, came back despite no one missing them because of a reality show and also dating Cena and Bryan, kind of getting a bit better in the ring but never being able to reach the level of AJ or anyone like that, so instead just became spiteful, jealous bitches towards her because of it. There’s no question Nikki’s booked so strongly because she’s dating Cena. It’s undeniable. Why else would a mediocre talent at best get this kind of title reign? If you want to be as good as the best in your division, actually put in the work. Actually be passionate about the business. You’re a heel, ACT LIKE IT.
In the end, it doesn’t matter. A title reign isn’t better just because it is longer. No one with a thousandth of a brain will tell you Nikki’s title reign is better than AJ’s and if they do they really aren’t that much an intelligent wrestling fan, no matter how much they might think so. They’re just jealous considering that no matter what the Bellas do in their 8+ year WWE career, they will never be more than an afterthought in comparison to A.J. Lee or Paige or basically any of the NXT women right now sans Dana Brooke. A.J. is a surefire hall of famer, the Bellas – well only because of who they’re dating. Not because they’ve had a career worthy of being in it. (Then again, Koko B. Ware is in it…..I guess if he can, so can anyone.) So, yes, A.J.’s reign is unquestioningly better. No matter how Nikki’s ends, how long it is, it doesn’t matter.
I guess I was wrong – even after A.J. left, I still get to see her put Nikki Bella in her proper place.
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