After a tumultuous back and forth between herself and Paige for possession of the Divas belt, current champ AJ Lee sets off once again to retain the title against her most equaled opponent at Hell in a Cell this Sunday. We spoke with her prior to the event about the evolution of Divas, how Gamora would fare as a wrestler, her love for Pizza Dog and much more!
Marvel.com: To begin, coming off your loss Monday at RAW, how are you regrouping to prepare for your match at “Hell in the Cell” this weekend?
AJ Lee: Oh gosh. I think it’s kind of poetic because really the only person that kind of kicked my butt and is always the cause of my losses when they really count, when the title is on the line, has been Paige. So she’s the one that makes me have to prove myself all over again; gives me the biggest challenge. Every time that I’ve defended the title against her, I’ve lost. So going into Sunday I think I have a lot of prove. No one ever makes me feel that way except for her. So that’s kind of the interesting story going into that. I want to go in and leave as champion.
Marvel.com: Do you think Alicia may come in and help Paige, kind of like the vice versa scenario of Monday? And if so, how do you think you’ll retaliate?
AJ Lee: They’re playing the numbers game, which I guess karmically I have coming to me all those times having Tamina and Big E ringside with me. So I get it but I enjoy now just being a lone soldier — one diva army — one girl revolution. I’m gonna try to take them both out on my own but it’s not going to be easy. You know, two against one.
Marvel.com: The rivalry has been going on for the better part of six months now. Besides obviously retaining the title, what would the dream scenario be for how this ends?
AJ Lee: I don’t know. I think the fact that there’s two women who aren’t necessarily your standard of diva beauty, that aren’t your standard diva… to have these two women who are very different in myself and Paige in something for so long and people are invested for the entire time and want to see it keep going says a lot about how Divas have evolved and how fans have evolved and what they hold important and what they want to see. They just want to see good matches and good wrestling and interesting characters and I think that’s revolutionary and that’s really cool to be a part of. My dream scenario was for this to go as long as it possibly could and I think it’s been like four of five months now. I kind of want to see it keep going in some way and I want the story to continue to get creepy and weird. I just enjoy having those matches with her.
Marvel.com: This is the third year that you’ve partnered with the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Can you talk a little bit about that?
AJ Lee: We have all that merch out there where the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. My personal favorite is the “Support the Twins” shirt. I think that’s pretty solid. It’s really cool to see these big strong scary men but they’re wearing pink and they have a soft side. They just want to help out and help women. I think the fact that that’s such a contradiction is what makes it interesting and makes it warm your heart. I like that we are able to commit so much of ourselves during the month of October to that. Whether it’s the merchandise or the ramps or the ring ropes, we try as much as we can to get the word out there and it’s a really cool thing for us to do.
Marvel.com: You use “The Black Widow” as a finishing move. What other Marvel characters would you want to borrow moves from?
AJ Lee: Gosh. I don’t know. The perfect thing about the Black Widow is definitely kind of a little joke; a shout out to Marvel. I think I said it one time on commentary to pop my buddies over there and then it got such a good reaction with the fans that I was like “Okay we gotta keep this going. Keep it part of the repertoire.” We had the spider webs… it just all worked out really well. But I don’t know. I do have a very special love right now for Kate Bishop and my Pizza Dog. If I could somehow get a Pizza Dog with me on the way to the ring, I would be pretty psyched.
Marvel.com: So you’re obviously into Hawkeye and we’ve spoken before about you being a fan of Spider-Man and the X-Men. Are those what you’re reading these days or is there anything else that you’re keeping up with?
AJ Lee: I just got the last trade of Hawkeye where Kate’s going to LA and having all sorts of adventures so that was put in my bag this week which was really cute. I’m kind of just jumping all over the place. I know I’m way late to the party but I just got into The Sixth Gun. That’s really amazing. I’m kind of just jumping into that. I love Saga. I’m waiting to see what comes next with that. Of course, my Harley Quinn I always jump on board with but Hawkeye is my Marvel friend at the moment.
Marvel.com: Have you seen “Guardians of the Galaxy” yet?
AJ Lee: I did! It was so funny because I think that people always expect the big blockbuster to be a household name and something that they’re familiar with and then you have “Guardians of the Galaxy” come out. It’s the best one so far. It’s my favorite Marvel movie. I love those stories when it’s something you wouldn’t expect and it’s these characters who aren’t your ‘drink your milk’ super heroes. They’re little weirdos and I love that.
Marvel.com: How do you think Gamora would fare as a Diva?
AJ Lee: First of all, I would love to be her buddy. I would need to recruit her to fight against Alicia Fox. I think she would kind of kick all of our butts so I’d have to keep her on my side.