Mere days after Paige shoved Divas Champion AJ Lee off the SmackDown stage, WWE.com has learned the two fierce competitors will meet in a title rematch at SummerSlam.
The championship bout will mark the newest chapter in the steadily intensifying conflict between The Black Widow and The Diva of Tomorrow. After trading the butterfly-emblazoned title, AJ and Paige met in a rubber match at WWE Battleground. Unlike their first two encounters, both of which ended in the blink of an eye, their WWE Battleground match was a highly competitive, back-and-forth contest narrowly won by AJ.
In the days and weeks that followed, Paige’s demeanor toward AJ — who Paige has admittedly considered a role model — changed drastically, going from disappointed to angry to apologetic. The final break in the Divas’ “frenemy” status came on the July 28 edition of Raw when Paige called AJ “crazy,” leading to a wild brawl.
Paige again crossed the line on the Aug. 1 edition of SmackDown when, following AJ’s defeat of Rosa Mendes, she snuck behind The Black Widow and sent her flying off the blue brand’s set. The ambush caused a whiplash injury for the Divas Champion. Despite the fact that medical personnel had to tend to AJ and remove her from the arena on a backboard, Paige was captured on video telling AJ she “still love[d]” her and instructing officials to be careful with her “best friend.”
Subsequently on social media, Paige was seemingly in denial of the injury she caused, suggesting everyone was simply “overreacting.”
With Paige apparently coming more unhinged by the day, what will be in store for the reigning Divas Champion at SummerSlam? Will AJ, seeing red, unleash her most vicious side yet? And will Paige’s plan of attack be revealed as strategic or simply a sign of dangerous instability?
For the answers to these questions and more, be sure to watch the Divas Championship Match when SummerSlam airs live on WWE Network Sunday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.