AJ Lee detailed how Vince McMahon was influential on her famous “pipebombshell” promo against the cast of Total Divas.
In August of 2013, then-WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee cut a scathing promo on the cast of the reality series Total Divas, including shots at future WWE Hall of Famers the Bella Twins. In the promo, she mocked the cast for their dramatic problems on the show including the Bella Twins having a complicated relationship with their father, Natalya having problems with her husband TJ Wilson, and the Funkadactyls’ strife as a tag team. Addressing new signees Eva Marie and Jojo, she said “The other two were… also there.”
AJ Lee continued, calling the cast “a bunch of cheap, interchangeable, expendable, useless women” who weren’t talented enough to be actresses and also weren’t talented enough to be champion. Lee said that she’d done more for the Divas division than the cast had done in their entire careers combined, and said she’d shattered glass ceilings. She also went on to say that they could walk as many red carpets as they wanted in $4000 heels, but they could never lace up her signature Chuck Taylors.
The Divas Champion ended the promo with the words “and that is reality” before dropping her microphone and walking off as the enraged Total Divas shouted after her.
Speaking on a new episode of The Sessions with Renee Paquette, AJ Lee (real name AJ Mendez) recalled the infamous promo that some labelled the “pipebombshell” in reference to CM Punk’s pipebomb promo in June of 2011. Lee says that she received helpful insight from none other than Vince McMahon, but that he trusted her to deliver the promo successfully.
“The PipeBombshell, I loved that one. I remember like I got bullet points from Vince, like, that was our thing. He’d give me bullet points and then just trust me. And I remember, I came to the back and he gave me a kiss on the cheek and he said, ‘Great job.’ And then he said don’t pace as much in the beginning, like, be a little more steady on your feet. But I remember we had that kind of relationship where he was very proud of promo stuff, so I was like, ‘Oh, I did a good promo.’
Mendez continued, noting that she had no idea the impact her promo would have on her career or WWE programming going forward.
And I had no idea about everything that would happen after; it’d cause 6 months of pay-per-view title matches.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Mendez spoke about how she dealt with her mental health struggles while working with WWE and also revealed that, despite being happy for her husband CM Punk returning to wrestling, she has no intentions of stepping back into the ring.