AJ Lee’s influence in the world of professional wrestling can never be forgotten. After CM Punk made his debut in AEW last year, many fans wanted AJ Lee to follow suit and join her husband. Unfortunately, it is unlikely AJ Lee will ever make her in-ring return.
AJ Lee’s success story in WWE is certainly a remarkable one, to say the least as she is given credit for helping to jumpstart the WWE’s Women’s Revolution. She left pro wrestling back in 2015 but finally made her return earlier last year when she joined Women of Wrestling.
While speaking to Renee Paquette on The Sessions, AJ Lee talked about CM Punk’s return to pro wrestling. Despite Punk’s success, Lee made it clear an in-ring return is unlikely.
“The conversation was a conversation that was way longer than people knew, with many things happening in the universe. There were many options. It was a very long time of, ‘what’s the right route? What’s the safest route? What does it look like?’ It was something I was scared of, just seeing what would emotionally happen. That was more or less for his stuff. To me, I retired and I retired.
I always say, ‘never say never, but don’t hold your breath’ and everyone holds on to the ‘never say never.’ [laughing] Don’t hold your breath, you’re going to die. I just wanted him to be emotionally safe and protected. That’s been the coolest thing about his experience. It feels like he’s always in a safe space and has a good group of people around him in AEW, that makes me very happy. There was a lot of ‘Let’s go!’ To me, that didn’t spark anything in me, but the combination of wrestling and writing, wrestling and producing, that was more comfortable and more exciting because it was a challenge.
“I always felt great about the timing of when I retired. You never want to be the last girl at the party, you want to go out on top. Everything felt so perfect and tied up in a bow. I know his experience is different. To me, I didn’t want him, or me with WOW, anything to feel like you were the person going back to hang out with high school kids. I was hoping it wasn’t that and it seems to not be.”
Women of Wrestling is expected to make its debut in the fall of 2022 but no date has been set yet. We will have to wait and see how AJ Lee will fare in her role as an executive producer and commentator for Women of Wrestling.
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