In a story that has been developing on social media in the last hour or so, and confirmed by a WWE source a short time ago, it appears that WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee fainted in front of the crowd at a WWE Live Event at the O2 Arena in London, England. In a statement issued to PWInsider, WWE confirmed
“Tonight in London, WWE Diva AJ Lee briefly fainted during a match with Brie Bella due to dehydration. She is currently being evaluated by WWE medical staff.”
Twitter was, as you’d expect, awash with both concern and baseless speculation as to the reason for the collapse, which reportedly took place as Lee was on the apron during a match with Brie Bella. She was attended to by WWE medical staff and eventually she was able to make her way to the back under her her own steam. It has been said that the current WWE European Tour is gruelling and has been taking its toll on the performers. It’s therefore entirely plausible that dehydration, exhaustion and the hot lights in the arena combined to cause this scary situation. We wish all the best to AJ Lee and wish her well for a swift and safe recovery.
Click the jump for more detail on the situation.
UPDATE: TMZ and WWE itself reported that she fainted due to dehydration while wrestling Brie Bella, though the actual match was AJ and Tamina Snuka against Brie and Nikki Bella in tag team action – a match which the twins won when Tamina was pinned.
A fan report from Prowrestling.net says she was tended to at ringside, saying “the personnel at the ringside signaled for medical assistance and attended to AJ for around five minutes. The crew at this point dimmed the overhead lights above the situation and played promotional videos on the screens. AJ eventually was helped to her feet and aided backstage.”
– Stew Allen
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