by Thomas Garrison

July 3, 2012

Last night, the WWE Divas Championship tournament began. Fans looking for surprises got one. Just not the one they expected.

The night began predictably enough, with Beth Phoenix and Natalya advancing to the second round. In light of Kane's recent performance, his loss to Heath Slater was also not that surprising. Even Kane recognized this. He seemed too embarrassed to move. That is, until AJ Lee came out. Fans will remember that last month, AJ was stalking Kane, going so far as passionately kissing him during her match on June 11, 2012.

The surprise came when Kane appeared to attack AJ. Other wrestlers came to her rescue. However, AJ actually waved them off, leaving fans to wonder if the Crazy Chick had returned. Fortunately, Kane left the ring without harming anyone. Clearly rattled by the confrontation, she wound up getting pounded by Tamina Snucka. AJ only eked out a victory when she luckily connected with a sliced bread #2.

After the match, AJ's ex-boyfriend Daniel Bryan confronted her. Bryan has told anyone who will listen that AJ was only able to beat him in their match because she caught him by surprise. She listened to his complaints, then told him she would be his first title defense—should Bryan ever win the WWE Championship belt. The arena audience ate it up initially, but now we have to wonder if that was more of the Crazy Chick talking.

Finally, to cap it all off, this reporter has learned from an arena official who wishes to remain anonymous that AJ was last seen in the company of Kane again. "I just want to get back to basics," AJ said in a cover story for Pro Wrestling Illustrated due out this week. One has to wonder: Is that Geek Goddess basics, or Crazy Chick basics?

Last nights results:

Beth Phoenix def. Kelly Kelly

Layla def. Alicia Fox

Natalya def. Kaitlyn

Heath Slater def. Kane

AJ def. Tamina Snuka

Naomi def. Aksana

Maxine def. Eve Torres

Randy Orton def. Trent Barreta

For such a short chapter, this really should have been out sooner. Unfortunately, life intervened. The next chapter is going to take even longer than I expected. I still plan some revisions to the earlier chapters. But the next chapter also hit an unexpected snag while I was watching Natalya's tapes. I suddenly realized that my plan to have AJ counter the Sharpshooter is physically impossible. So I'm back to the drawing board on that one. As soon as I get that figured out, I'll get the next chapter out.