WWE superstar AJ talks about SummerSlam and being the GM of ‘Raw’

"Raw" General Manager AJ Lee and Hannah Mitchell.
(Diana Mitchell)

Recently, Hannah Mitchell, the 11-year-old daughter of Show Tracker’s “Monday Night Raw” recapper Houston Mitchell, was able to interview some WWE superstars about this Sunday’s pay-per-view event, SummerSlam. Here is the interview conducted with AJ.

Q: Who is the greatest GM in “Monday Night Raw” history?

AJ: I hope in time I can say me, but I think the greatest of all time, “Raw” or “Smackdown,” would probably be Stephanie McMahon. I was a huge fan of hers when she was in charge. Actually, I will cheat and say myself.

Q: How did you come up with the idea of skipping to the ring?


AJ: Nobody did it before! It’s fun to be in a business suit and be dressed all serious, but I’m skipping!

Q: What advice would you give to a young girl trying to become a pro wrestler?

AJ: I decided to be a wrestler when I was 12. I just knew it in my heart. And maybe that’s the secret. Know what is in your heart. But definitely go to school and learn as much as you can and if wrestling is still what you want, find a good wrestling school and kind of learn as much information about it as you can. If I did it, this tiny thing, anyone can do it.

Q: Daniel Bryan, CM Punk or Kane. If you HAD to marry one, which would you pick?


AJ: Oh my gosh! No one has ever asked me that before! That’s a hard question. OK, let’s rule Kane out because he lives in a boiler room and I don’t want to live there. I came close to marrying Daniel Bryan but that didn’t really work out and I don’t think CM Punk is the marrying type, so I don’t seem to have a lot of options. So I will say none of the above.

Q: What was your reaction when you were first told you would be general manager of “Raw”?

AJ: At first I was happy and then I was terrified. The first thought that popped in my head was, “Can I do that?” So I think I doubted myself all day, and I think I was unsure the entire week and wasn’t feeling that confident, but after the first day I started feeling better about it each day and now I love it.

Note: Thousands of WWE fans from around the world will converge on the Nokia Plaza at L.A Live for SummerSlam Axxess beginning Saturday at 11 a.m., and WWE SummerSlam airs live on pay-per-view this Sunday from the Staples Center. Tickets are available at



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