After weeks of appearing to be firmly in the WWE Champion’s corner, AJ reveled in Punk’s suffering on Raw SuperShow as she kissed, then shoved The Straight Edge Superstar off the ring apron and through a table along with Daniel Bryan.
Moments earlier, AJ created a frighteningly hectic scene when she set up a table outside the ring and climbed to the top turnbuckle during the tag team main event pitting Punk & John Cena against Bryan & Chris Jericho. Concerned by what AJ might do next, the two rivals clamored to talk her off the turnbuckle, with Punk even grabbing hold of the unpredictable Diva before she sent him flying onto Bryan. Judging by AJ’s ecstatic reaction, could inflicting pain on Punk (and Daniel Bryan as collateral damage) have been part of her twisted plan? And did Punk invite more trouble by entertaining AJ’s advances, only to then deny her the attention she craved in return?
The WWE Champion’s emotions toward AJ have ranged from apparent fondness to flat-out indifference. When The Geek Goddess played an instrumental role in Punk’s victories, including his successful title defense against Bryan and Kane at No Way Out, Punk was all smiles about his beneficial relationship with AJ. From taking the brunt of a vicious collision to kissing The Big Red Monster, there seemingly were no limits to what AJ would do to make sure Punk triumphed. But when one of her distractions unintentionally resulted in a victory for Bryan in a Triple Threat Elimination Match on last week’s Raw SuperShow, The Second City Savior’s attitude toward AJ backstage went from amused to standoffish after his loss. (WATCH)
AJ even tried to apologize that her distraction didn’t work out last week and vowed to dedicate her performance in the Divas Summertime Beach Battle Royal to The Straight Edge Superstar. Rather than embrace AJ’s apology, Punk’s response was a matter-of-fact “thanks” and a request to have a “serious, serious conversation” about the state of their relationship. By not expressing how he truly felt about AJ sooner, did Punk quietly enable AJ to keep thinking he legitimately adored her?
On Monday night, AJ was incensed when she found out Punk was talking to his sister on the phone instead of watching her pin Vickie Guerrero. On the flip side, Bryan clearly had ulterior motives for telling his ex-girlfriend that he still has feelings for her, and AJ saw right through his charade as she fired back, “You never cared about me,” shortly before she floored him as well at the close of Raw SuperShow. (WATCH)
Now, less than two weeks away from Money in the Bank, the woman who was once Punk’s greatest ally could be his most volatile threat as he defends his title against Bryan. The WWE Board of Directors selected AJ to be the special guest referee for the WWE Championship Match on July 15 after an overwhelming 76 percent of WWE.com visitors voted they wanted AJ to call the bout.
With his historically lengthy WWE Title reign hanging in the balance, can Punk make amends with AJ before his crucial battle? And who will she ultimately side with as special guest referee at Money in the Bank? Perhaps she’ll just sabotage them both.
In AJ’s world, anything and everything is possible.