Born April Jeanette “AJ” Mendez, Lee is a “Jersey Girl” who has loved wrestling since she was 12 years old. Shew as such a fan, in fact, that there is a video of her crying while meeting her idol, Lita, for the first time in 2001. She worked full time to pay for tuition and help support her family while training under Jay Lethal in 2007. She is a former “Queen of FCW” champion, FCW Divas champion, 3-time WWE Divas champion, and 2-time WWE Diva of the Year.
Currently Lee is married to former WWE superstar CM Punk and is retired from professional wrestling. She is a public supporter of pet adoption and dog lover, especially for the ASPCA (she appeared in a campaign to end dog fighting). She is keeping a relatively low profile as Punk prepares to enter the octagon of UFC, but is happy to make public appearances with him at local Chicago sporting events.
Trivia Notes: Lee wasn’t only trained by Jay Lethal, but was dating him, as well. Her original name on the independent circuit was “Miss April”. She is the youngest of three and had a tough childhood, growing up living in motels, other people’s houses, and even the family car. 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.