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WWE Survivor Series 2012: Why Tamina's Return Is Good for the AJ-Vickie Feud

Erik BeastonFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 8, 2017

Sunday night at the Survivor Series pay-per-view, Tamina made a surprise return, attacking AJ Lee and delivering her father's famous Superfly Splash to the prone Diva.

All the while, a seemingly stunned Vickie Guerrero watched on.

The return of the second-generation Diva could play a pivitol role in the ongoing saga of AJ and Vickie. Somewhere down the road, most likely sooner rather than later, fans are going to expect some sort of blow-off to the rivalry. Vickie is untrained and, in her few in-ring appearances, has not fared particularly well. AJ, on the other hand, is trained and has been waiting for the opportunity to get back in the ring for a while.

As the cowardly heel who will do whatever it takes to avoid getting in the ring, Vickie possibly introducing Tamina to do her fighting for her would only add to the heel nature of the Managing Supervisor of Raw, simultaneously elevating Tamina's stock to a sort-of-hired gun for Guerrero.

The AJ character works best as a sympathetic figure. Beating up on a non-wrestler on a nightly or weekly basis does nothing for her. Being beaten up on by the taller, stronger Tamina helps maintain that sympathy and will only help elicit a louder, more passionate response when she manages to finally beat her.

If the creative team can manage to book the storyline correctly (and let's face it, that's a rather big "if"), there is no reason that a potential rivalry between AJ and Tamina cannot be one of the more over Divas programs in recent history.

Add to that the involvement of future World champion Dolph Ziggler and the poster boy of WWE, John Cena, and you have a major featured program for two women capable of delivering under the bright lights.

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