History will be made on Sunday, April 6, when the Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational debuts at The Show of Shows. AJ Lee — the longest reigning Divas Champion of all time — will put her title on the line against 13 Divas inside the squared circle. SmackDown’s General Manager created the momentous match in response to the boastful Divas Champion opting to take a count-out loss to Naomi on the March 24 Raw.
AJ’s extraordinary title reign — which will span more than 300 days by the time WrestleMania 30 takes place — started at WWE Payback 2013 when she used cold-hearted tactics to defeat her former friend Kaitlyn. Since then, the unyielding champion has thwarted every challenger thrown her way, maintaining an unrelenting hold on her precious title.
AJ’s historic championship run hasn’t been without its challenges — her rivalry with the stars of E!’s “Total Divas” escalated to its boiling point over the summer when the unhinged titleholder blasted the reality stars with a scathing “pipe bomb” on Raw. The controversial tongue-lashing rocked the WWE Universe and ignited a rivalry among the WWE Divas that will culminate at The Grandest Stage of Them All.
In the single-fall invitational, AJ could potentially lose her Divas Championship without being pinned, presenting an immense hurdle for the diabolical Diva. Furthermore, each challenger involved presents an obstacle for the champ. Former Divas Champions Natalya, Alicia Fox and Layla have all proven they are capable of winning “the big one.” Nikki and Brie Bella — 2013 Diva of the Year winners, as well as former champions — have plenty of experience using “Twin Magic” to knock off opponents, while Naomi and Cameron’s athleticism makes them equally dangerous opponents.
Less experienced, but certainly no less capable of winning are rookies Eva Marie, Emma, and Summer Rae. These stunning Divas have yet to showcase their full arsenal of moves, but what better time to break them out than at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome? Aksana and Rosa Mendes have flown under the radar in recent months — but if overlooked, each is a potential victor. Maybe the most intriguing Diva in the dance is Tamina. Working as AJ’s enforcer the past few months, the two have recently butted heads. Will the second-generation competitor protect the titleholder or go for championship gold?
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