AJ Lee’s departure from WWE was related to the fallout from WWE’s Dr. Chris Amann filing a lawsuit against her husband, former WWE Superstar CM Punk.
Despite CM Punk’s fallout with WWE last year and the explosive Art Of Wrestling podcast with Colt Cabana that dropped during Thanksgiving weekend, it appeared that AJ Lee and WWE would be able to keep the matter separate and not have it affect her own relationship with the company. When WWE’s head doctor filed a million dollar lawsuit against Punk (and subsequently AJ Lee), the dynamics of her relationship with the company understandably changed.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter notes that AJ likely called her departure a ‘retirement’ to get out of the remainder of her WWE contract. By retiring from WWE, she’ll be unable to perform elsewhere in pro wrestling until her deal expires.
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