AJ Lee & Layla were a villainous tag team performing in World Wrestling Entertainment in 2013. The pair aligned together after Layla turned villainous and cost Kaitlyn the WWE Divas Championship against defending champion AJ,
Layla accompanied Kaitlyn to her Divas Championship match against AJ Lee on the August 2 episode of SmackDown, only to betray Kaitlyn by protecting AJ and costing Kaitlyn the match and the title, turning Layla villainous in the process. After the match, Layla left with AJ to cement her heel turn. On the August 5 episode of Raw, Layla defeated Kaitlyn in singles competition after a distraction by AJ, and once again skipped away with AJ. On the August 16 episode of SmackDown, Layla teamed with AJ in a victorious outing against Kaitlyn and Natalya. On the August 19 edition of Raw, Layla and AJ were defeated by The Funkadactyls (Cameron and Naomi). On the September 6 edition of SmackDown, Layla aligned with Alicia Fox and Aksana and attacked the Total Divas after AJ told them to take a stand against the cast members. At Night of Champions, Alicia, Aksana, and Layla informed AJ that they would no longer be aligned with her; disbanding AJ's alliance with Layla.
AJ and Layla teamed together for the first time in over a year on the October 13, 2014 edition of Raw and defeated Paige and Alicia Fox, despite Layla abandoning AJ during the match. After the match ended, AJ brutally attacked Layla outside the ring.