They did not pose a challenge to her, as Lee successfully defended the "Butterfly" belt against Brie Bella, Naomi and Natalya in a
Fatal 4-Way Match the following month at Night of Champions. The following week on SmackDown, Lee aligned
herself with Tamina Snuka.
This petite New Jersey native is quick on her feet and relies on her guile and a spectacular Black Widow octopus submission lock to dominate
her opponents in the WWE Divas division. She also possesses a dangerous Shining Wizard knee smash, which is made more
effective by the full rotation of her right hip. Lee learned a great deal from observing her previous charges,
Daniel Bryan and
Ziggler, and has developed into a formidable mat wrestler and technician.
"We never had anybody. We lived in motels, other people's houses," Lee said to NorthJersey.com
in a 2012 interview promoting WWE's No Way Out pay-per-view event at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
"It's so surreal...I could not be more proud, especially to go back there."
Lee says her brother's WWE fandom when they were children influenced her to eventually break into the world of professional wrestling.
At the age of 12-years-old, Lee told her family that she would pursue a career in the squared circle.
After graduating from Memorial High School in 2005, Lee worked multiple jobs in order to save up the money she needed to
support her family and enroll in professional wrestling school.
"I had a bunch of part-time jobs. I was a janitor at day care. I was a cashier. And I just did that to support my family,
but I wanted a little bit more money because I had to support wrestling school," Lee told NorthJersey.com. She
later became a full-time secretary to pay for her professional wrestling training.
Lee briefly attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in New York City, where she majored in film and
television production and writing. Family and financial issues led to her dropping out six months into her college
Favorite wrestling talent: AJ Lee has cited Bret Hart, Lita, Melina, Miss Elizabeth
and "Macho Man" Randy Savage as her first favorite wrestling talent growing up.
AJ Lee and CM Punk
AJ Lee is married to former WWE Superstar CM Punk. Their
relationship became public after the two were filmed together in the front row at a Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
baseball game from Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. Punk was acknowledged on television by a WGN announcer.
(See More Photos Of AJ Lee With CM Punk)
During filming of WWE's Tribute to the Troops event on December 11, 2013 in Fort Lewis,
Washington, Lee's relationship with Punk became a story when the WWE Diva confronted NBC Sports personality Michelle
Beadle after the 38-year-old had spoken to Punk. Beadle and Punk had been acquainted long before Lee's relationship with
As Beadle wrote on Twitter on December 15, 2013, "I've known CM Punk for years. Considered him a friend. When I saw him at the
arena, I said 'hey f&$?face'. The exact same way I talk to everyone. His girlfriend was no where near this. And I kept
walking along with my assistant and two members of WWE PR. Next thing I know, I'm being yelled at."
The person yelling at Beadle was Lee. The NBC presenter continued, "I honestly thought it was
a joke. Period. The event went on and it was amazing. So I hope we can move on from this ridiculously lame 'story.' As for
the crazies, BLOCKED! And Happy freaking Holidays!!!"
Fortunately for Lee, as Punk's girlfriend, she was not punished for her childish outburst at WWE's celebrity guest.
A well-connected or powerful WWE performer can behave as she or he pleases, within reason.
The couple got married on June 13, 2014, according to a claim that originated that day on Reddit.com and was described by
PWInsider.com as a small, private affair.
Rumors of their nuptials originated on social media three days prior when a Twitter user going by the name Courtney Santos
said she had processed Punk and AJ's marriage license. Reddit user MetsFan4Ever, a verified WWE insider who has leaked
multiple WWE scripts and broke news of JTG's release from the company, broke news of the marriage.
"CM Punk who was engaged to AJ Lee were officially married this afternoon," he wrote. "Punk and AJ loved the idea of
having their wedding on Friday the 13th."
The newly weds spent their honeymoon in Hawaii and were photographed jogging together by paparazzi on June 23, 2014.
The couple currently resides in Punk's hometown of Chicago, Illinois. And no, the couple has not released a sex tape.
And this little girl would snatch her idol's boyfriend
It is one of the most surreal moments in the history of a wrestler meeting somebody they were a fan of considering the
personal lives of WWE Hall of Famer Amy "Lita" Dumas and Divas Champion AJ Lee. The fact that there is footage of their
encounter (courtesy of WWE) makes it all the more surreal.
In the summer of 2001, Lita was riding high in what was then called the World Wrestling Federation while AJ, who was
13-years-old at the time, was in tears as she met her hero in person. She got Lita to sign her copy of the
sports-entertainment organization's recently-released bio cassette tape on her, Lita - It Just Feels Right, and even
received a hug during the encounter. A cameraman then focused on AJ, who was sporting a Lita t-shirt, and had tears of joy
on her face. My how times have changed, huh?
As members of the WWE Universe know by now, AJ married CM Punk in June 2014. What's noteworthy about that is that
The Straight Edge Superstar had previously dated Lita. In fact, Lita was Punk's girlfriend from 2012 to 2013 and even his
date to the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. They split up a few months after the event, Punk began dating AJ, and
now they're husband and wife.
All three grappling superstars are private people, so none of them have publicly said anything concerning this odd
triangle. A former backstage worker for WWE, however, shed some light on it.
News of AJ's marriage to Punk was immediately broken on Reddit.com by this former backstage worker, MetsFan4Ever, a verified
WWE insider who has produced evidence of his past ties to the Stamford, Connecticut-based wrestling organization. After
breaking news of their wedding, he revealed that Punk courted AJ while he was dating Lita.
"Lita would be off somewhere else in the building and Punk would be talking to AJ," MetsFan4Ever said, while also noting that Lita
attended most WWE events when she was in a relationship with Punk. "I thought it was kind of odd at the time."
MetsFan4Ever continued, "I think a lot went on when Lita would be sitting by herself and he was chatting with AJ. A lot went down
at the arena."
On April 5, 2014, Lita took her rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame (alongside fellow inductees Ultimate Warrior, Razor Ramon, Jake "The Snake"
Roberts, Carlos Colon and Mr. T). However, the WWE insider says that Lita's enshrinement would not have
happened had Punk not bolted from WWE weeks earlier.
"If Punk was there it would not have happened. That's all I know. Their breakup and dating AJ would not have sat well with
all 3 parties. It would have been even more uncomfortable for Lita," MetsFan4Ever said - WWE's official announcement was
made exactly two weeks after Punk informed Vince McMahon he was "going home."
This romance triangle has also been a source of comedy within the sports-entertainment organization.
In November 2013, a crass cartoon drawing based on the infamous footage of a young AJ breaking down while
meeting Lita surfaced online. Noting AJ's desire to be like her Diva hero when she grows up, the cartoon pokes fun at her
romantic relationship with Lita's ex-boyfriend.
Widely attainable on social media, the cartoon of AJ in bed with Punk, according to F4WOnline.com, became a big hit in the
WWE locker room.
The wrestling business is weird. There is no other way to say it.
AJ Lee celebrates her "baby" coming home to mama
Well, it looks like AJ Lee isn't pregnant!
Competing in a WWE ring for the first time since the Raw after WrestleMania 30, AJ Lee returned to
the company to capture the Divas Championship from the woman she lost it to, Paige.
AJ surprised fans by interrupting Paige during a promo. She said, "Paige ... look, I just wanted to come out here and say that you're
right. This isn't entirely easy for me to say but you're right. I mean, you did what no woman in almost a year could do. You
proved me wrong. You proved everyone wrong. And I know the kind of person I became. I let success go to my head. And,
granted, I was the longest reigning Divas champion of all time. But I shouldn't have rubbed it in everyone's face like I
did. I thought I was untouchable. And you gave me the slap of reality that I needed. So I wanted to return the favor. And
say thank you and congratulations."
Paige, who was on the defensive to begin with, initially refused to put her title on the line. AJ then said, "Well, Paige,
my sweet little crumpet. Why don't we let everyone here decide. Do you guys want to see a championship rematch right now?"
With the crowd behind her, AJ goaded the champion into a match and won it in fairly short order to regain the Divas
The other story coming out of AJ's return is that she is obviously not pregnant, as had been rumored. The unpredictable
Diva poked fun at the rumor by basking over being reunited with her "baby" in her post-match address.
(See Photos Of AJ's Return To Raw)
"I wanted my baby back, it's been too long," she remarked in the "Backstage Fallout" video. She continued, "I didn't
go out there expecting to get a title match, I was just returning the favor that Paige gave to me when she went and congratulated
me after WrestleMania, and it just happened to end up, the exact same way. Except this time - mama's reunited with
Michael Cole also had fun with this as he remarked following her victory, "She has her baby back."
AJ Lee tries to send Paige a message on SmackDown
Moments after her victory over Rosa Mendes on SmackDown, WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee was pushed off the SmackDown
stage by fellow Diva Paige. AJ suffered injuries as a result of Paige's actions.
"AJ was initially not responding when we got to her," stated WWE physician, Dr. Chris Amann. "As a precautionary measure,
we put her in a neck brace, put her on a backboard and escorted her to a local medical facility for follow-up testing.
There, she was diagnosed with a whiplash injury."
Apparently, AJ has recovered from the storyline injury. The reigning Divas Champion competed in a Triple Threat Match
against Paige and Natalya at Saturday's WWE live event in Lubbock, Texas. AJ, however, was "injured" seconds into the match
and assisted to the backstage area. Nattie and Paige then went back and forth until AJ ran down to the ring and applied
the Black Widow on Paige to retain her title.
What's strange about this is that often times when a wrestler is kept out of a match like that, it's due to a legitimate
(See Bikini Photos Of AJ)
Can't touch this
No WWE Diva has commanded attention quite like AJ Lee. T-Shirts, watches, iPhone cases, hoodies, even baby bibs - her
likeness is on a neverending stream of products. She's like a female real-life version of Krusty the Clown. WWE wouldn't
put out so much AJ merchandise if she didn't have such a devoted fanbase. That's also why there is so much AJ coverage on
PWPIX - the amount of attention she receives online demands it.
But with such a devoted fanbase, there is bound to be a few people who go overboard in their AJ fandom and invade her
personal space on the occasion they are physically near the WWE Diva. And's that probably why
she recently introduced a "no touching" policy when posing for photos with fans.
A fan spotted AJ near the site of a WWE live event in Texas over the weekend and asked her for a photo-op. The WWE Diva
agreed, but on one condition: "No touching." She added, "sorry." He replied, "Understood, no problem."
AJ didn't say "no touching" to just this one fan. A search on Twitter reveals that she said the same thing to a male fan
who wanted to pose for a photo with her at WWE's Axxess event in April. She posed for the photo, but with AJ staying in her
seat and the fan slightly leaning across her table.
In AJ's defense, a fan claimed in a reply to the above photo that she introduced the "no touching" rule after an incident with
a male fan inappropriately touching her. This is likely the case, because she previously got up close with fans.
The male fan in the above photo said she put her arm around his waist when he first met her a few years ago.
With that being said, her policy may only apply to male fans. There is another photo of AJ taken at that same spot
in which she has her arm around a young girl.
(Check Out Ringside Photos Of AJ Lee)
Probably not friends
Nikki Bella apparently has no interest in working with reigning WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee.
DigitalSpy.com conducted an interview
with Nikki promoting Total Divas in the United Kingdom and she interestingly indicated that she would prefer to feud with
Paige over the title rather than AJ. In fact, she hopes Paige takes the title off of AJ so they can feud.
"I want that Divas Championship. When I train in the gym and when I go to the ring early and train, all I think about is
getting that Divas Championship. How can I be impressive? How can I have the crowd be behind me and connect with me and want
me to be the Divas Champion?
"I think about that all the time, all the time! That's what's on my vision board. I truly hope to get that Championship
back. I had it for a week, and I want a longer reign than that. I want to make that Championship mean something.
I want to get great storylines.
"And if anything I hope Paige takes it off of AJ and Paige and I go into a story. I would love to take it off Paige.
That would be awesome. Hopefully Paige and I can do something after her and AJ are done, but we'll see."
While we won't know for sure about this possible friction, her remarks are a strong indication that Nikki does not want
to work with AJ and does not like her being Divas Champion.
"The Geek Goddess" will wear a bikini from time to time
AJ Lee's hard work at the gym has paid off -- big time!
Although the New Jersey native does not consider herself a typical WWE Diva -- often blond with surgically enhanced breasts
and mirroring a comic book character -- she is not above flaunting her toned body like one. Check out the former WWE Divas
Champion in her finest swimwear in the following photo galleries.
(AJ's First And Thus Far Only WWE Bikini Photo Shoot ») |
(AJ Does The Limbo In A Bikini ») |
(AJ & Kaitlyn In Bikinis Backstage At Event ») |
(AJ Wins The Divas Summertime Beach Battle Royal Photos ») |
(Animations ») |
AJ Lee is known for being quite thrifty. In fact, she's proud to admit it; she said a few months ago that she
wants to set every women's clothing store ablaze until there is only Target. Target is also where she gets her trademark jean shorts
from. So, it should come as no surprise that she would shop at a similar store in Walmart.
The reigning Divas Champion was spotted last Wednesday shopping for food at a Walmart in Chicago, Illinois - the city where
she currently resides with husband and former WWE Superstar CM Punk.
(Check Out More Photos Of AJ Lee)