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
As reported earlier, newly weds CM Punk and AJ Lee are spending their honeymoon in Hawaii this
week and were photographed jogging together by paparazzi on Monday. While this website shies from speculating, the photo-op
very much appears to be their response to rumors of AJ being pregnant. Here is why.
(The rumor, which we reported here, originated last week on Reddit.com
by a former WWE employee who broke news of her marriage to Punk the previous week.)
Although WWE Superstars are celebrities, paparazzi very rarely follow them around in public since photos of
them are not worth much money due to pro wrestling only appealing to a niche audience, not to mention that with the exception of Hulk Hogan (who's generally seen as a relic from several years ago) and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, they are
not considered as mainstream-level stars. If you search around online, paparazzi shots of WWE's top star John Cena are not
easily found, let alone those of Punk and AJ. Therefore, it's very hard to believe that paparazzi would just happen to catch
people they don't follow in Hawaii of all places.
The other giveaway that this whole thing was was staged is that AJ just happens to be showing off her toned tummy while
jogging, in order to squash the rumor. The individual who shot the photos even noted this in the caption: "WWE wrestler Phil
Brooks aka CM Punk and fellow wrestler and new wife AJ Lee go jogging while on honeymoon in Hawaii on June 23, 2014. Punk
has been the subject of rumors since he unexpectedly quit wrestling with WWE in January and looks like he may be getting in
shape for a comeback. Gossip of AJ Lee being pregnant seem to be thwarted by these images, as the wrestling diva revealed a
toned tummy while jogging."
Since when do paparazzi acknowledge wrestling rumors?
While AJ has publicly said that she does not read what's said about her online due to her being frightened over some things
(with the expection of Twitter, which she barely uses anymore), Punk keeps up with rumors concerning himself, so this looks like their creative way of squashing 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."
Kaitlyn faced AJ Lee in her final WWE match
AJ Lee and Kaitlyn, reunited!
The former WWE Diva was backstage visiting friends at Monday's Raw in Miami, Florida, and she met up with best friend
AJ for the first time since leaving the sports-entertainment organization in January.
AJ was quite happy to see Kaitlyn too, writing on Twitter, "I maybe sorta missed you a little bit... @CelesteBonin."
(See Bikini Photos Of AJ)
Paige and AJ Lee face off at WWE Battleground
Sunday's Divas Championship Match between AJ Lee and Paige at WWE Battleground was probably
not as great as grappling aficionados had hoped. The contest has largely received negative reviews online, with
Wrestling Observer editor Dave Meltzer dubbing it "a disappointing match" and "bad."
One noticable miscue came in the form of AJ and Paige botching a tackle sequence, as you can see here.
The match concluded when AJ slipped out of Paige's PTO submission hold and connected with a brutal shin-to-skull
Shining Wizard for the pinfall victory to retain the Divas Championship.
(Check Out More Animations 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.
(Check Out More Ringside Photos Of AJ Lee)
And this little girl would snatch her idol's boyfriend
It's one of the most surreal moments in the history of a wrestler meeting somebody they were a fan of considering the
personal lives of former Divas Champion AJ Lee and WWE Hall of Famer Lita. The fact that there is video of the encounter from
WWE makes it all the more surreal.
In July 2001, Lita was riding high in WWE while AJ Lee was a 13-year-old fan in tears as she met her idol in person. She
got Lita to sign her copy of WWE's newly-released VHS bio tape on the Diva, Lita - It Just Feels Right, and even
got a hug out of the encounter. The camera focused in on AJ, who was rocking a Lita t-shirt, and had tears of joy on her
face. My how times have changed, huh?
As WWE fans know by now, AJ married CM Punk last week. What's noteworthy about that is that Punk had dated previously
dated Lita. In fact, Lita was Punk's girlfriend last year and even his date to the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
They broke up shortly after the event, Punk started dating AJ, and now they're husband and wife.
All three wrestling stars are private people, so none of them have publicly said anything about this odd triangle. A
former backstage WWE worker, however, shed some light on it.
News of AJ's marriage to Punk was immediately broken on Reddit.com by this ex-backstage worker, MetsFan4Ever, a verified
WWE insider who has produced evidence of his past ties to the sports-entertainment organization. After breaking news of
their wedding, he revealed that Punk courted AJ while he was involved in a relationship with Lita.
"Lita would be off somewhere else in the building and Punk would be talking to AJ," he said, while also noting that Lita
attended most WWE shows when she was dating Punk. "I thought it was kind of odd at the time."
He 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."
In April, Lita took her rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame (alongside Ultimate Warrior, Razor Ramon, Jake "The Snake"
Roberts, Carlos Colon and Mr. T). MetsFan4Ever reveals that Lita's enshrinement would not have happened had Punk not walked
out on WWE.
"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," he said - the announcement was made exactly two weeks
after Punk told Vince McMahon he was "going home."
This triangle has also been a source of comedy within WWE.
Last November, a raunchy cartoon surfaced online that played off the infamous video of a young AJ breaking down while
meeting Lita. Noting AJ's desire to be like Lita when she grows up, the cartoon pokes fun at her dating Lita's ex-boyfriend.
Widely attainable on social media, the cartoon, 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.
"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 ») |
Although she would not be labeled a classic sex symbol, AJ Lee is perhaps the most provocative Diva on the WWE roster - albeit
unintentionally. The reigning WWE Divas Champion always leaves jaws hanging with her tight jean shorts and seems to enjoy
posing in a manner that accentuates her butt. This has naturally led grappling aficionados to wonder whether the New Jersey
native would pose nude for Playboy.
While wrestling fans were accustomed for years to seeing a WWE Diva grace the cover of the famed publication as part of
the annual WrestleMania synergy, with WWE's present-day commitment to presenting a family-friendly, TV-PG product, don't
expect Lee to pose nude. Now even if the barriers were lowered, Lee baring her flesh
is highly unlikely since she has gone on record in the past as saying that she would "never" pose for Playboy because she
considers herself "prude."
"Oh my God. Never, ever, ever!" Lee said in response to the possibility of posing for Playboy during an August
2012 radio promoting SummerSlam. "I can barely wear a low-cut shirt. I'm prude and I think that's what works for me
is kind of being very innocent and prudish. It's gotten me pretty far and there are certain things that should be left to the
imagination." She added, "Nothing wrong with it, but it's not for me."
AJ Lee and CM Punk
At WWE live events, some raucous fans feel its necessary to shout references that only "smart fans" would know during the
show, such as wrestlers' real names and past characters. In the case of AJ Lee, it is about her relationship with
former WWE Superstar CM Punk.
Since her return to WWE's squared circle last month, AJ has been subject to fan chants of "CM Punk" during her matches.
However, rather than ignore the "smart" chant, as WWE Superstars tend to do, AJ subtly acknowledged their words during her
tag team match with Paige on Raw.
Here is her response to said chants on Raw.
(Check Out More Ringside Photos Of AJ Lee)