As reported earlier, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was on location at Monday Night Raw last night to film scenes for his upcoming film, Fighting With My Family, about the life of WWE superstar Paige. In addition to a fun segment warming up the crowd where The Rock called estranged former wrestler CM Punk and let the crowd leave him a voicemail, the Staples Center in Los Angeles were treated to the first look at Paige and AJ Lee. Well, sort of.
Though we got to see star Florence Pugh in costume as Paige in an Instagram photo earlier in the day…
When the cameras were rolling, they filmed two versions of the scene. One with Pugh as Paige…
…and one with indie wrestler Tessa Blanchard, Pugh's stunt double, because someone had to actual wrestle:
We also got a first look at former TNA Knockout Thea Trinidad as AJ Lee…
Except, despite coming out to Lee's entrance music, she doesn't really look much like AJ Lee. It's worth noting that, though The Rock told the crowd at the Staples Center that they were filming the ending of a match between Paige and AJ Lee (possibly the one where Paige wins the WWE championship, which Bleeding Cool earlier speculated might be the end of the film), Trinidad's character has not officially been named as Lee in press releases, instead being called "an unnamed former Diva champion." It's possible that Pugh won't play AJ Lee in name due to copyright issues, since Lee no longer works for the company. Or maybe they're just taking liberties with her look. We'll have to wait to learn more.
Lena Headey and Nick Frost also star in Fighting With My Family as Paige's wrestling parents, as does The Rock himself.
Check out the video, from Pro Wrestling Sheet:
Here's what the real thing looked like when Paige won the title from AJ Lee the night after Wrestlemania on April 7, 2014:
And here's what it looked like when she lost it to AJ Lee in June:
Now, if we're being totally historically accurate (minus the actually looking like AJ Lee thing)… there was no Tamina Snuka at the taping last night. Does that mean we'll actually be seeing Paige lose the WWE championship in the film rather than win it? We'll have to wait and see.