AJ Lee
American professional wrestler
AJ Lee
April Jeanette Mendez is an American professional wrestler. She is signed to WWE, where she goes by the ring name AJ Lee. She served as the General Manager of Raw until 22 October 2012, as she resigned. Mendez enrolled in a wrestling school in March 2007, where she trained for six months before her first official match. In the following years, she performed for several Northeast-based independent promotions including Women Superstars Uncensored (WSU) as Miss April.
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WWE ‘Extreme Rules’ Matches And Predictions: Will Daniel Bryan Wrestle? Who Will Escape The Cage As WWE Champ?
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
WWE presents Extreme Rules this Sunday, and there are eight big matches on the card. A number of titles are on the line and there is a steel cage, Daniel Bryan’s health, a Russian chain, and even a Chicago street fight to enjoy and wonder about. Let’s check out some predictions to see what may end up happening on Sunday evening. Seth Rollins has everything stacked against him here with Kane guarding the gate (they haven’t been best friends lately) and the steel cage keeping out J&J Security…which obviously means he will retain the title. WWE isn’t taking the belt off of him after just having him cash in a month ago. It won’t be a clean victory, but he’ll escape the cage somehow while Randy Orton gets screwed over. Winner and Still Champ: Seth Rollins John Cena doesn’t need a belt to keep his status, and two losses in a row for “The Bull” would really hurt Rusev. Throwing in the Russian Chain means that this wouldn’t even be a bad loss for Cena. Expect this one to be pret ...
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WWE: AJ Lee Pregnant With CM Punk? Bayley Starts Baby Bump Rumor, Fans Predict Return
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
Is AJ Lee pregnant or about to start a family with CM Punk now that she is retired and can be herself as AJ Brooks? The WWE Divas do like to joke around, and when internet rumors spring up, sometimes they like to feed them. WWE Diva Bayley recently jumpstarted these pregnancy rumors with several comments, and now some are starting to wonder if the WWE purposefully worded their announcement in such a manner to allow for AJ Lee’s return in the future. In a related report by the Inquisitr, CM Punk has been hinting that AJ Lee’s UFC career is a real possibility. CM Punk also publicly responded to his wife’s departure, and now it’s being suggested that something special will happen at Monday Night RAW this coming week. If AJ Lee quit in order to start a family, it would fulfill a longstanding rumor. Way, way before CM Punk and AJ Lee even started their honeymoon in Hawaii, it was rumored that she was pregnant, but obviously that idea was false since even her WWE character is not crazy ...
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WWE: WrestleMania 31 Predictions
isports web - almost 2 years
These are confirmed matches at WrestleMania. I’ll be taking a look at what I think will happen at the big show this year. This is not the official lineup in any way shape or form. Also, I must add that this year’s build has not as been below average to say the least. With that being said this card is still loaded with talent. Kick off show Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) vs Los Matadores vs The Usos will battle for The Tag Team Titles. This match starts before the actual event. In my opinion WWE has thrown in other tag teams that we the audience don’t care about. It’s not the wrestlers fault, but WWE’s booking and storyline. I do think there will be a couple of cool spots and hot tags in the match. In the end the champs should be able to retain. Winners. Still Tag Team Champions Tyson Kidd & Cesaro Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal The match has been moved to the kick off show as well. The match really comes down to a couple of compe ...
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WWE: Final predictions ahead of Wrestlemania 31
isports web - almost 2 years
Wrestlemania is finally upon us. Three nights from now the superstars of the WWE will step into the ring on the grandest stage of ‘em all inside Levi’s Stadium. Rivalries have been building for months, but the time for talk is over. Its either put up or shut up. Im going to take a look at each contest and predict who will walk out of Santa Clara victorious. Pre Show: Fatal Four Way Tag Team Championship Match: Tyson Kidd & Cesaro (C) vs. The New Day vs. Los Matadores vs. The Usos This matchup has been brewing for a couple of weeks now. Each team has been paired off at one point or another in recent weeks, and tensions have been building. A fatal four way match is the best way to get at these teams in the ring without having to book separate matches. I like what Cesaro and Kidd have done during their run with the belts and would like to see them develop and grow as champions, but their reign is going to be halted by the Samoan twins. Winners and new Champions The Usos Interc ...
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The S3: Vote for Best Performer of the 2013-14 Season, Week 41
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
Join in a discussion with your fellow internet fans about the past week in pro wrestling: who entertained us the most, and why! Everybody who comes to Cageside Seats has an opinion about what's going on in pro wrestling - The Smark's Shoot Standings (S3) are where YOU let us know YOURS. Cast a vote in the comments. Give us the three performers you think entertained or impressed the most in the last week, and feel free to talk about why. And/or vote for your top performer in our poll. We also have the outcome of last week's voting, the results of which make up our annual competition for Performer of the Year. The top ten from last week and the year-to-date are below. Remember, the Standings are for the previous week's nationally televised pro wrestling shows - the January 13th episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, Wednesday night's Main Event, the Genesis edition of TNA Impact from January 16th, and the WWE SmackDown that aired on Friday, January 17th. Make YOUR mark, sma ...
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Watch WWE Hell in a Cell tonight (Oct. 27): Live video stream online/TV details
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
WWE Hell in a Cell is tonight (Sun., Oct. 27, 2013) live on pay-per-view (PPV) beginning at 8 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT broadcasting from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, and will feature a gaggle of (potentially) exciting matches. You know, like the kind of anticipated Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan WWE championship match with Shawn Michaels as special guest referee, or John Cena's big return against Alberto Del Rio in a world heavyweight title bout, or CM Punk taking on both Ryback and Paul Heyman inside the Cell, or even The Shield vs. the Rhodes brothers vs. the Usos in tag team action. To watch every second of the event, you'll need to contact your local cable or satellite provider or if you're away from home or have cut the cord like many Americans have, you can head over to WWE.com and order the show directly from the source. Or if you're just looking for a local watering hole showing the event, click here and check out the "Blast Areas" section. But if ...
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WWE Raw results and reactions from last night (Oct. 14): Rhodes Family Dynasty
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
WWE returned to the USA network for Monday Night Raw last night (Oct. 14, 2013) from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, featuring the Rhodes brothers, Cody and Dustin (Goldust), winning the tag team titles from The Shield in what turned out to be an awesome main event match and segment. I wasn't able to catch the show live, so these aren't real time reactions. Yes, we're going old school with an abbreviated version, which works fine this week seeing as the show was littered with filler. Click here for the live blog and full results. On to reactions: Shawn Michaels coming back was less than useless here. I'm not sure how much of a ratings draw he is but that seems to be the only reason he was called in to show up, because he didn't do anything this week that he didn't do last week. He may have even been given the very same script. Plus, I want to shake him and scream every time he says "H-B-Shizzle". He's now the old man who desperately wants to stay hip but m ...
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Preview for the October 7, 2013 episode of WWE Raw: Hunter's Crossing
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
What you need to know There is still no WWE champion. After weeks of indentured servitude and abuse at the hands of Chief Operating Officer (COO) HHH and especially his wife Stephanie McMahon, Big Show snapped last night at Battleground. The title was already held in abeyance due to suspicions of referee impropriety at Night of Champions. And it remains there following Show knocking out everyone but the timekeeper from last night's main event between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton to decide who would hold the gold. Show wasn't the only one who went off of The Game's script last night. Cody Rhodes and Goldust shocked the tag team champs and thrilled the world with an amazing victory that means their father keeps his job with WWE Developmental, and that they are both employed with the company again. At least for now... As Eddie Dane would say, Paul Heyman was only half-smart last night. Whether it was a distraction gone wrong or his emotions getting the better of him, ...
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The S3: Vote for Best Performer of the 2013-14 Season, Week 24
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
Everybody who comes to Cageside Seats has an opinion about what's going on in pro wrestling - The Smark's Shoot Standings (S3) are where YOU let us know YOURS. Cast a vote in the comments. Give us the three performers you think entertained or impressed the most in the last week, and feel free to talk about why. And/or vote for your top performer in our poll. We also have the outcome of last week's voting, the results of which make up our annual competition for Performer of the Year. Remember, the Standings are for the previous week's nationally televised pro wrestling shows - WWE's Night of Champions pay-per-view (PPV), the September 16th episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, Wednesday night's WWE Main Event, TNA Impact from September 19th and the WWE SmackDown that aired on Friday the 20th. Make YOUR mark, smarks! __________________________ Does his return herald the second coming of the Attitude Era? Let's hope not. But you still got it, G! • The WWE champ is ...
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WWE Night of Champions match card preview: Fatal Fourway for the Divas Championship
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
Divas Championship AJ Lee (c) vs. Brie Bella vs. Naomi vs. Natalya Throughout 2012, AJ Lee cemented herself as the obvious face of the Divas division. She held a major spotlight in top storylines and main events involving superstars such as CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, and John Cena. Vince McMahon even appointed her as the general manager of Raw during an extremely hyped wedding segment on the 1000th episode of Monday Night Raw. AJ Lee was indisputably the untouchable diva. This year, AJ finally put the cherry on top of her great run of success when she won the Divas Championship on June 16th at Payback. All you have to do is look at the tattoo on the back of her neck to see for yourself how much this moment personally meant to her. But ever since then, AJ has slowly taken a back seat to a new phenomenon: Total Divas. The Road to Night of Champions E! Network's hit reality show provided a showcase for several other divas on the WWE roster, including The Bella Twins, Na ...
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WWE NXT results and reactions from August 21: IT'S TIME!
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
That's the best Michael Buffer impersonation I can do, in writing. The stream kicks off with a video package recapping the feud between our main eventers. Like I needed to get any more hyped for... AJ Lee defeats Bayley in approximately four and a half minutes via pinfall to retain her WWE Divas Championship Bayley is out first, before the champ arrives to much cheering. Byron Saxton gives us the full, main event announce treatment. Before AJ will hand the referee her belt, she kisses it and tells it "I love you". The rookie tries for a hug and, failing that, a handshake. This, of course, leads to a kick from Lee and a couple of neckbreakers. After a takeover, she locks on a neck crank and screams, "Do you want to hug? I'm hugging your neck now, Bayley!" A couple of reasons why I think B is the best female performer in NXT. For one thing, when she breaks out of the hold and hits the ropes to kick off a sequence, she really hits the ropes. She's like the an ...
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WWE Main Event spoilers and open thread for Aug. 21
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
WWE Main Event comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Aug. 21, 2013) at 8 p.m. ET on ION Television from Bakersfield, California. As per usual, this episode was taped on Tuesday prior to the SmackDown tapings. In lieu of a live blog, we're going to hit you with spoilers for tonight's show while also providing an open thread for discussion once the broadcast goes live. - The Shield def. Usos & Kofi Kingston in your typical six-man tag match involving The Shield. The good news here is that Seth Rollins knee appears to be completely fine as he worked with no limitations. Plenty of near falls before they scored one more for the bad guys. - AJ Lee def. Naomi with the Black Widow in your typical Diva's match. I'm guessing we're seeing stuff like this for Total Divas. - Great Khali def. Jack Swagger, despite the fact that Antonio Cesaro and Zeb Colter were out. If you've read the SmackDown spoilers, then you know how bumbling and inept the Real Americans really are. ...
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WWE Raw segment ratings for July 29: Cena still hot, Shield really not
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
There's a certain segment of the pro wrestling fanbase who couldn't care less about television ratings. And while I can understand why that might be the case, we know WWE often makes knee jerk decisions based solely on the numbers they get back from Nielson. That alone makes them important. So let's look at the numbers from this week's (July 29, 2013) episode of Monday Night Raw (estimates come by way of the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, which you should have a subscription for): The show opened to a 2.87 rating for the Vince McMahon interaction with Daniel Bryan, the one that was reportedly heavily edited because old Vinny Mac was off his game. It came across okay on TV. The Shield vs. The Usos & Mark Henry lost 409,000 viewers. A loss in this slot isn't unexpected but that's a pretty big drop. Looks like the beloved Hounds of Justice are suffering for their perceived backstage slights. Ryback destroying poor guy in catering and the Wyatt Family promo ...
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WWE Money in the Bank Predictions and Preview: John Cena vs. Mark Henry, and more!
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
WWE returns to pay-per-view (PPV) tomorrow night (Sun., July 14, 2013) live from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with its Money in the Bank event starting at 7:30 p.m. ET with the free live streaming pre-show featuring The Shield vs. The Usos leading right on into the PPV main course at 8 p.m. ET. And it's a loaded line-up. John Cena and Mark Henry will be rumbling in the main event in a WWE championship match that looks like it could live up to the admittedly low expectations set for it. The rest of the line-up is solid as a brick, too. That includes the two Money in the Bank ladder matches (WWE title featuring CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Rob Van Dam, Sheamus, Christian, Randy Orton and World title featuring Dean Ambrose, Antonio Cesaro, Jack Swagger, Damien Sandow, Cody Rhodes, Fandango, Wade Barrett), AJ Lee vs. Kaitlyn in a Diva's title match, Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler in a world heavyweight championship encounter, Curtis Axel defending his ...
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WWE 'Money in the Bank' Preview: AJ vs. Kaitlyn
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
Divas Championship AJ Lee (c) vs. Kaitlyn A Payback rematch for the butterfly belt. Whose schemes will reign supreme when the former friends face off again for the greatest prize a female pro wrestler can attain? The Road to Money in the Bank A feud that has always been personal, with roots in a busted friendship, has become even more dramatically puerile in the weeks since the last scheduled match between current champ AJ and former titleholder Kaitlyn. The top Diva has looked to build on her psychological tactics (such as posing as a secret admirer who sent text messages to Kaitlyn, only to humiliate her on national television when she revealed her ruse) by wearing a padded body suit to impersonate the Hybrid Diva and calling her "man arms". Kaitlyn proved that she could do a pretty good impersonation of the pint-sized powder keg, even costing AJ a match against Natalya when she used her signature "skipping around the ring" distraction against her. The forme ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of AJ Lee
    TWENTIES
  • 2015
    Age 27
    She retired from in-ring competition in 2015.
    More Details Hide Details April Jeanette Mendez was born in Union City, New Jersey. She is of Puerto Rican descent, and has two older siblings: a sister, Erica, and brother, Robert. She has described her family's experience while growing up as having to live in motels, other people's houses, and their car. Her brother's childhood interest in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now known as WWE) influenced her ambition to pursue a professional wrestling career, which she cemented when she was 12 years old. She was inspired by the WWF's female stars, especially Lita, whom she met as a child at an autograph signing at WWF New York. Footage of the encounter, which shows the young Mendez being brought to tears, aired on an episode of WWF SmackDown! in July 2001. As an homage to her brother, who was in the U.S. Army, Mendez once wore camouflage wrestling attire.
  • 2014
    Age 26
    Mendez married Phil Brooks, better known as CM Punk, on June 13, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details They reside in Chicago, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was previously in a relationship with her trainer Jay Lethal.
    In January 2014, AJ became the longest-reigning Divas Champion, surpassing the previous record set by Maryse.
    More Details Hide Details After fending off title contenders Cameron and Natalya, AJ renewed her on-screen rivalry with SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero, who forced her to defend the Divas Championship in a 14-woman match at WrestleMania XXX. AJ retained the title on April 6, marking the first time the Divas Championship had been contested for at WWE's flagship event. The following night on Raw, AJ lost the championship after she challenged the debuting Paige to an impromptu title match, ending her record-breaking reign at 295 days (which was surpassed by Nikki Bella in September 2015). It was subsequently reported that Mendez had requested time off from WWE. AJ returned on June 30 as a fan favorite, having quietly dismissed Tamina. That night, she challenged Paige to an impromptu rematch and emerged victorious to capture her second Divas Championship. After successfully defending the title against Paige at Battleground on July 20, AJ was viciously assaulted by Paige, and later shoved off the entrance ramp, briefly injuring her in the storyline. On August 17, at SummerSlam, AJ lost the Divas Championship to Paige. She won back the title in a triple threat match, also involving Nikki Bella, at Night of Champions on September 21, tying the record for most reigns with three. AJ's feud with Paige ended the following month at the Hell in a Cell event, with her retaining the title. On November 23, at Survivor Series, AJ quickly lost the championship to Nikki Bella after Nikki's sister, Brie, distracted her.
  • 2013
    Age 25
    Mendez has described herself as a "tomboy" and credited her brother for her interest in comic books, anime, and video games. She has the numbers 6, 16, and 13 tattooed in tally marks on the back of her neck to commemorate her first WWE Divas Championship win on June 16, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Mendez is an avid animal welfare advocate. Since 2015, she has served as an ambassador for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
    AJ won a battle royal on April 22, 2013, to become the number one contender to Kaitlyn's Divas Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Kaitlyn then began a storyline where she received gifts from a secret admirer. On June 10, after setting up Big E Langston to pose as the admirer, AJ revealed it to be a mind game, berated Kaitlyn and left her in tears. Six days later at Payback, AJ defeated Kaitlyn to capture her first Divas Championship. AJ continued to mock Kaitlyn, and they later participated in the first-ever in-ring Divas Championship contract signing for their rematch at Money in the Bank, which AJ won on July 14. Later that night, AJ cost Dolph Ziggler his rematch for the World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio, after she prematurely snuck into the ring and hit Del Rio with her Divas title, prompting a disqualification. Due to her actions, Ziggler ended their relationship the following night on Raw and AJ exacted revenge by costing Ziggler a non-title match against Del Rio, then she attacked Ziggler and unleashed Langston on him. On August 2, Langston was banned from attending AJ's matches. However, AJ successfully defended her title against Kaitlyn after Kaitlyn's friend, Layla, turned on her. Ziggler and Kaitlyn then joined together to ultimately defeat AJ and Langston in a mixed tag team match at SummerSlam on August 18.
    In March 2013, AJ continued her on-screen rivalry with ex-boyfriend Daniel Bryan after they traded insults backstage.
    More Details Hide Details Following AJ and Langston's assistance towards Ziggler's victories over Bryan and his tag team partner Kane, she challenged Team Hell No (Bryan and Kane) to defend their WWE Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 29 against Ziggler and Langston, which they accepted. On April 7, AJ accompanied Ziggler and Langston to the bout, which they lost. The following night on Raw, AJ and Langston accompanied Ziggler as he cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on Alberto Del Rio to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
  • 2012
    Age 24
    On the January 13, 2012 episode of SmackDown, AJ accompanied Bryan for his title defense against Big Show and during the match, Big Show accidentally collided with AJ, injuring her in the storyline and causing her to be taken out on a stretcher.
    More Details Hide Details AJ returned on February 3, saving Bryan from an attack by Big Show. In March, Bryan demanded that AJ "shut up" and stated that she gets in his way. Despite such actions, AJ continued to stand by Bryan. At WrestleMania XXVIII on April 1, Bryan's reign as World Heavyweight Champion ended when Sheamus defeated him in 18 seconds due to Bryan being distracted after a "good luck kiss" from AJ. Bryan then blamed AJ for his loss and ended their relationship. Despite AJ's attempts to mend their relationship, Bryan cruelly rebuffed her multiple times, leaving AJ distraught. As a result, AJ lashed out towards Natalya and Kaitlyn when they attempted to comfort her, which marked the transition of her character as "mentally unstable". AJ then turned her affections to Bryan's rival, WWE Champion CM Punk, as well as fellow WWE title contender Kane. At No Way Out, on June 17, AJ interfered in a triple threat match for the WWE Championship between Punk, Bryan and Kane, helping Punk retain his championship by distracting Kane. As the feud between Bryan and Punk continued, AJ was announced as the special guest referee for their title match at Money in the Bank. While Bryan made advances on AJ in an attempt to influence her, AJ continued showing interest in Punk. On July 9, she proposed to Punk but Bryan responded by proposing to her in return; Punk rejected her proposal and AJ slapped both men.
  • 2011
    Age 23
    In November 2011, AJ began a romantic storyline with Daniel Bryan, who won the World Heavyweight Championship the following month and started displaying villainous traits.
    More Details Hide Details Despite AJ's declaration of love for Bryan, Bryan avoided saying that he loved her in return.
    On the May 27, 2011 episode of SmackDown, AJ made her main roster debut alongside Kaitlyn as a tag team, referring to themselves as "The Chickbusters".
    More Details Hide Details They were led by their storyline mentor Natalya and faced the team of Alicia Fox and Tamina, losing to them in consecutive weeks. Her first victory came on June 10, when she pinned Tamina in singles competition. The trio feuded with Fox, Tamina and Rosa Mendes throughout the next two months. In late July, AJ began a brief storyline on NXT Redemption as the girlfriend of Hornswoggle, and feuded with Maxine. Meanwhile on SmackDown, she was attacked by Natalya, who turned on her protégé and allied with Beth Phoenix to form the Divas of Doom. AJ and Kaitlyn lost several matches to the Divas of Doom over the following months, causing tension between them, with Kaitlyn upset at their repeated losses.
    She held the championship until April 2011, when she lost it to Aksana.
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  • 2010
    Age 22
    On August 31, 2010, AJ was announced as one of the six participants in the all-female third season of NXT, with Primo serving as her WWE pro.
    More Details Hide Details She began portraying a fan favorite role on the show, with WWE adapting her real life comic book and video game fandom to her character. Throughout the season, a relationship between herself and Primo was teased, with them ultimately kissing on the finale. She also developed an on-screen friendship with fellow competitor, Kaitlyn. After surviving until the final three, AJ was eliminated from the competition on November 23.
    In February 2010, AJ defeated Serena Mancini to win the Queen of FCW title.
    More Details Hide Details A few months later, AJ was eliminated from a tournament which determined the inaugural FCW Divas Champion; she engaged in a storyline feud with the winner, Naomi Knight, and her character became a villain. In November, AJ lost the Queen of FCW title to Rosa Mendes. AJ then defeated Naomi for the FCW Divas Championship in December, which made her the first to win both titles available to FCW's female wrestlers.
  • 2009
    Age 21
    Mendez signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in May 2009, after she took part in a tryout camp that she paid US$1,500 to attend.
    More Details Hide Details She was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), WWE's developmental territory, and debuted under the ring name April Lee at a television taping in August. Shortly thereafter, her name was changed to AJ Lee.
    After unsuccessfully competing alongside Malia Hosaka in a tournament to determine the inaugural WSU Tag Team Champions, she formed a tag team with Brooke Carter and on February 7, 2009, they captured the tag titles by defeating the Beatdown Betties (Roxie Cotton and Annie Social).
    More Details Hide Details On April 11, Miss April and Jay Lethal won the 2009 WSU/NWS King and Queen of the Ring tournament, defeating Jana and Danny Demanto in the final. In May, she left WSU upon signing with WWE and vacated her half of the WSU Tag Team Championships.
    She signed with WWE in 2009 and spent two years in its developmental system, Florida Championship Wrestling, before she was called up to the main roster. Meanwhile, she took part in season three of NXT in 2010 and placed third in the competition. In 2012, Mendez rose to prominence through several storylines, such as relationships with wrestlers who feuded over WWE's world championships, along with a three-month stint as the General Manager of Raw.
    More Details Hide Details In subsequent years, she won the Divas Championship a record-tying three times and held the title for an overall record of 406 days. She also won the Diva of the Year Slammy Award twice (2012 and 2014), and was voted Woman of the Year by readers of Pro Wrestling Illustrated for an unprecedented three consecutive years (2012–2014).
  • 2008
    Age 20
    Miss April joined the New Jersey-based promotion Women Superstars Uncensored (WSU) in October 2008, losing her debut match against Jana.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2007
    Age 19
    She debuted on September 29, 2007, under the ring name Miss April, wrestling on the New Jersey independent circuit.
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    Shortly after leaving university, Mendez enrolled in a wrestling school one mile away from her house. She worked full-time to pay the tuition and started training in March 2007 under Jay Lethal.
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  • 2005
    Age 17
    After graduating from Memorial High School in 2005, Mendez worked several part-time jobs in order to save up the money she needed to both support her family and enroll in wrestling school.
    More Details Hide Details She attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in New York City, where she majored in film and television production and writing, until family and financial issues led to her dropping out six months into her studies.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1987
    Born
    Born on March 19, 1987.
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