NBC Sports personality Michelle Beadle commented on her backstage altercation with AJ Lee, which led to Lee getting herself in hot water with WWE management.
"I've known CM Punk for years. Considered him a friend," Beadle tweeted. "When I saw him at the arena, I said 'hey f&$?face'. The exact same way I talk to everyone. His girlfriend was no where near this. And I kept walking along with my assistant and two members of WWE PR. Next thing I know, I'm being yelled at. I honestly thought it was a joke. Period. The event went on and it was amazing. So I hope we can move on from this ridiculously lame 'story.' As for the crazies, BLOCKED! And Happy freaking Holidays!!!"
While Beadle claims that she took the whole incident as a joke, she tweeted otherwise the day after the incident, writing, "Lost another friend to CGFN....crazy girlfriend neutering. It's real people. Check your buddies. Affects everyone."
PWInsider reported earlier today that the word among wrestlers backstage today at WWE TLC in Houston, Texas, is that Lee confronted Beadle for speaking to Punk in a disrespectful tone. Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline reported that many people within the company are embarrassed and angry at Lee over the incident, and that she is expected to be disciplined for her behavior.
Meltzer also noted that Punk was upset with company officials over the incident. WrestlingINC.com reader Ken Park noted that Punk posted the following Tweet the day after the tapings:
"It's difficult to always try to do business the proper way with a company that refuses to practice the same standards."
Jesus Blas and Ken Park contributed to this article.