During last night’s live podcast interview with Chris Jericho on the WWE Network, Stephanie McMahon claimed that recently-retired former Divas Champion AJ Lee did not come up with #GiveDivasAChance, but that it was trending well before AJ posted controversial tweets that elicited responses from both Stephanie and Vince McMahon.
Searches for @WWEAJLee and versions of the trending phrase come up empty, as it seems she’s never used that phrase on Twitter.
In fact, her infamous tweets to Stephanie, responding to the WWE Chief Brand Officer’s post-Oscars comment about equal pay for women, in which AJ advocated for her fellow WWE Divas, were posted at 5:11 p.m. on February 24, hours after #givedivasachance was trending on Twitter. In fact, what some have forgotten was that this hashtag was a response to R-Truth’s “#givetruthachance” plea on the February 23 RAW, as part of the pre-WrestleMania Intercontintental Championship shenanigans.
So while one can argue that AJ Lee’s comments – both on Twitter as well as going all the way back to her Slammy Award acceptance speech – definitely fit into the movement to give Divas more of a chance on WWE’s flagship main roster TV programming, Stephanie was far from wrong when claiming that the movement really started organically from the fans.