A quick recap for those who haven’t been following along: On Tuesday evening, the #GiveDivasAChance Twitter movement was in full swing, and A.J. Lee replied to a Stephanie McMahon tweet about Patricia Arquette’s Oscars speech with the following two messages…
Steph’s response was friendly enough, if a bit on the diplomatic side.
Many observers, including our own Danielle Matheson, have rightfully wondered if the whole thing was an angle. It certainly felt like an angle, but according to new inside information from the Wrestling Observer, A.J.’s tweets were made entirely of her own volition. WWE was “completely blindsided” by A.J.’s move, and Stephanie was furious about having the company’s dirty laundry thrown in her face on Twitter. Of course, Stephanie didn’t come off as furious in her response. Maybe a little cold, but not furious.
Well, that’s because Steph’s response was crafted by somebody else: Vince McMahon, who also sent out his own surprisingly encouraging tweet in response to #GiveDivasAChance.
If both the previous tweets really were the work of Vince McMahon, we may be looking at a best possible scenario here. Vince has always represented the oldest of the old guard. I’ve always assumed that women and minorities not getting an equal shake in WWE is mostly the doing of old man McMahon, but maybe that’s not true. If it is, maybe a crack has been put in his old-fashioned facade.