25 Facts About AJ Lee


AJ Lee is best known for her time in WWE under the ring name AJ Lee.


AJ Lee signed with WWE in 2009 and spent two years in its developmental branch, Florida Championship Wrestling, before her promotion to the main roster.


AJ Lee won the Slammy Award for Diva of the Year in 2012 and 2014, and readers of Pro Wrestling Illustrated voted her Woman of the Year from 2012 to 2014.


AJ Lee's mother, Janet Acevedo, was a homemaker and later a home health aide, while her father, Robert Mendez, was an automotive engineer.


AJ Lee is the youngest of three children, and is of Puerto Rican descent.


AJ Lee attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she majored in film and television production, until family and financial issues led to her dropping out six months into her studies.


AJ Lee had previously experienced adverse effects from a misdiagnosis of depression, and overdosed on antidepressants and painkillers.


AJ Lee joined the New Jersey-based promotion Women Superstars Uncensored in October 2008.


AJ Lee held the championship until April 2011, when she lost it to Aksana.


AJ Lee performed as a face on the show and WWE adapted her "nerd" fandom to her character.


AJ Lee developed an on-screen friendship with fellow competitor, Kaitlyn.


AJ Lee solidified a relationship with Ziggler the next night on Raw and they teamed together against Cena and Guerrero in the main event, which ended in disqualification after the debuting Big E Langston attacked Cena on her behalf.


AJ Lee hit his opponent, Alberto Del Rio, with her title belt to protect him from further head injury, prompting a disqualification.


AJ Lee exacted revenge by costing him another match, then attacked him with Langston.


AJ Lee later vowed to defeat every member of the cast, and enlisted Tamina Snuka as her bodyguard.


AJ Lee captained a team at Survivor Series in a traditional seven-on-seven elimination tag team match against the entire cast, which her team lost.


AJ Lee challenged Paige to an impromptu rematch and won back the Divas Championship.


AJ Lee changed focus to Nikki Bella, whose sister, Brie, was involved as her "personal assistant".


AJ Lee's comments addressed WWE executive Stephanie McMahon, who thanked her for the public statement.


AJ Lee had "felt caught in the middle" between WWE and her husband CM Punk following his controversial departure in January 2014 but continued to wrestle for as long as she could.


AJ Lee's diagnosis was not publicly disclosed until the publicity for her memoir, nor was WWE aware of her condition.


AJ Lee wore various ring attire styles throughout her career, but settled on a T-shirt, jean shorts, and Chuck Taylor All-Stars, as it reflected her practical style.


AJ Lee wanted her look to be distinctive and easily replicated for cosplay.


AJ Lee primarily performed the octopus hold submission as her finishing maneuver, named "Black Widow" in reference to the Marvel Comics character.


AJ Lee has the numerical date of her first WWE Divas Championship win tattooed in tally marks on the back of her neck.