WWE Raw 2013/11/04 Divas Action
- Mixed Tag Team Match: Summer Rae & Fandango vs. Natalya & Tyson Kidd
- Six-Diva Tag Team Match: Bella Twins & Eva Marie vs. Diva Champion AJ Lee, Tamina & Aksana
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Wendi Richter would make a cameo appearance on the June 18, 2012 edition of Raw in a in-ring segment along with Cyndi Lauper, Roddy Piper, and Heath Slater due to continuation of Slater’s storyline of displeasure towards former talent. In July, Kharma’s profile was moved to the alumni. After weeks of rumors, she confirmed her release on Twitter. On July 9, 2012, Eve Torres and AJ Lee became the only two Divas to main event Raw since Trish Stratus and Lita in 2004, in a tag team match featuring CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. Two weeks later, on the 1000th episode of Raw, Trish Stratus and Lita would make cameo appearances on the show as Stratus appeared in a backstage segment with Triple H while Lita faced Heath Slater in a no-disqualification no count-out match. Lita would win the match with help from the APA and a large number of WWE Legends. During the summer, AJ would then be involved in various relationship storylines and angles with male talent such as CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, John Cena, and Dolph Ziggler including as part of the storylines in a stint as General Manager of Raw.
At September 16 on the Night of Champions pay-per-view, Eve Torres defeated Layla to win the Divas Championship and became the first Diva in history to hold the title on three occasions. On September 28, Kelly Kelly was released from her WWE contract due to her absence from the company. On October 29, Beth Phoenix left WWE after her contract would expire. Her final match was on Raw defeating AJ Lee after Vickie Guerrero would restart the match. A month after Beth Phoenix’s departure, WWE published an article on their website stating that there was a new era for the divas division. On December 16, at TLC, AJ turned heel after interfering in John Cena’s ladder match against Dolph Ziggler on behalf of Ziggler pushing Cena off the ladder.
On the January 14, 2013 “20th Anniversary” special episode of Raw, Kaitlyn became the first NXT Diva to win the WWE Divas Championship. Eve Torres would then depart from the company later on that night after her contract expired. The Bella Twins returned to WWE on the March 11, 2013 episode of Raw, in a backstage segment with Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, and Kaitlyn. The first ever Divas contract signing would take part on the July 12, 2013 edition of Smackdown between AJ Lee and Kaitlyn as part of buildup for a rematch of the Divas Championship at Money In the Bank. Lee defeated Kaitlyn to retain the title at Money In the Bank. The next night on Raw, Dolph would break up with AJ leading to a mixed tag team match between Ziggler and Kaitlyn vs AJ and Big E Langston at SummerSlam, which Ziggler and Kaitlyn won.
On the August 26th edition of Raw, AJ Lee would come out to cut a promo on the cast of Total Divas, stemming again but partially from the controversial issue of what makes a “true” WWE Diva and the theme of the show leading towards a feud between Lee and the cast.