To some of the WWE Universe AJ Lee's retirement was unsurprising, but to many it was a great shock.
What is interesting to discover however is the thoughts of AJ's fellow Diva's and The Bella Twins spoke to Digital Spy about the announcement which was made.
Discussing the news that AJ Lee is to retire from WWE, Brie explained how surprised she was when she found out:
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"I have to tell you I was shocked because her career has been going good, and to all of a sudden give it up. But she will definitely leave good markings with the Divas division. But the one thing is that in the past year she's been gone a lot..."
AJ has doubtlessly been one of the most prominent figures within the Diva's division of WWE and has helped revitalize it into something more successful with fans through a number of ongoing feuds and interesting story lines.
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It is for this reason that, as Brie said, she will leave good markings with the Diva's division, but it does also mean a large void will be left following her departure.
Brie continued by implying AJ's continued absence in the past year may however make it easier for the void to be filled.
"So I think it's too bad she left, she was great for our division and we're sad to see her go, but the division will keep going. We have the NXT girls coming up, we have Paige, we have Natalya, you have Nikki and I, so I think the Divas division is in good hands."
The WWE Diva's division has often been criticized in recent years for not living up to the standards set by previous female legends of WWE such as Lita and Trish Stratus.
However, as Nikki Bella states, there is still plenty of time for fresh young talent to emerge within the female roster of WWE:
Nikki: "AJ's definitely a loss to the Divas division, but we've all been here before. This division has always lost great Divas. They come and they go, it's crazy to think that Brie and I have been here for eight years."
She continued; "I'm real excited though at the same time to see who's going to step up. Who's motivated even more now that she's gone? It just opens up another spot for a Diva, so it's going to be fun to see who really steps up and comes out of their shell."
Ultimately as has probably always been the case with WWE, the majority of the WWE Universe are more interested in the male segment of the company than the female.
Perhaps this change up in the most-promoted talent within the Divas division however, will give the female professional wrestlers the boost they need in order to get the industry to compliment the latest campaign to 'Give Divas A Chance'.
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