- See also April (disambiguation).
|Also known as:||AJ, Miss April, April Lee, April Mendez|
|Born:||March 19, 1987|
Union City, New Jersey, USA
|Years active:||2007 – present|
|Height:||5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)|
|Weight:||107 lb (49 kg)|
|Eye color:||Dark Brown|
Long, Straight, Wavy
April Jeanette Mendez (born 1987 in Union City, New Jersey), better known by her ring name AJ Lee, is an American retired professional wrestler best known for her time in WWE. She served as the General Manager of Raw from 23 July 2012 to 22 October 2012, where 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. In WSU, she was part of the AC Express alongside Brooke Carter and the duo held the WSU Tag Team Championship once.
World Wrestling Entertainment
In May 2009, she signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), WWE's developmental promotion, using the ring name AJ Lee. In FCW, she was Queen of FCW and FCW Divas Champion, and was the first person to have held both titles. In 2010, she was part of the third season of NXT, having dropped her last name. She became part of WWE's SmackDown brand in May 2011, forming a tag team with Kaitlyn known as The Chickbusters.
A self-professed nerd and tomboy, WWE adapted Mendez's comics and video game fandom to her on-screen character, endorsing her as different from the typical women in the WWE and promoting her as the "Geek Goddess". In 2012, she was named the "Diva of the Year" as part of that year's Slammy Awards.
On the April 3, 2015, AJ announced her retirement from in-ring competition in the WWE.
|World Wrestling Entertainment Divas Champions|
Michelle McCool · Maryse · Mickie James · Jillian Hall · Melina · Eve Torres · Alicia Fox · Natalya · Brie Bella · Kelly Kelly · Beth Phoenix · Nikki Bella · Layla · Kaitlyn · AJ Lee · Paige · Charlotte