October 28, 2021
April Jeanette Mendez (born March 19, 1987 in Union City, New Jersey) - former American professional wrestler. Originally from Puerto Rican origin, she adheres to the Straight Edge principles. She performed in WWE. From June 13, 2014, wife of CM Punk (Phillip Brooks). On June 30, 2014, she returned to WWE and regained her WWE Divas Championship, becoming a WWE Champion for the second time. Mendez enrolled in a wrestling school in March 2007, making her debut six months later. In the following years, she appeared in several North American promotions, including Women Superstars Uncensored as Miss April. At WSU, she was part of the AC Express team along with Brooke Carter. They have been holders of the WSU Tag Team Championship once. In May 2009, she signed a development contract with WWE, was sent to Florida Championship Wrestling, a WWE development team, where she used the pseudonym AJ Lee. At FCW, she was the holder of the Queen of FCW and FCW Divas Champion titles. She was also the first person to hold both of these titles. In 2010, she participated in the third season of NXT where her stage name was shortened to AJ. She was eliminated in the semi-finals, losing to Naomi from Kaitlyn. It has joined the SmackDown! in May 2011. She formed a tag team with Kaitlyn called ChickBusters. On July 23, 2012, during the 1000th episode of RAW AJ, she became the General Manager of the RAW roster. On October 22, 2012, she resigned as a GM RAW roster because she was accused by Vickie Guerrero of having an affair with John Cena. At Payback 2013, she defeated her friend Kaitlyn to become WWE Divas Champion for the first time. After 295 days of reigning on Raw after WrestleMania XXX, she lost the title to Paige. After losing the championship, she disappeared for one month, then returned for Money In The Bank on RAW on June 30, where she regained her title. She lost her belt at SummerSlam to Paige, but at Night of Champions she regained it again. At Survivor Series (2014), she once again lost the title to Nikki Belli. On April 3, 2015, she left WWE. After she left, she admitted on her blog that she suffers from bipolar disorder.