April Jeanette Mendez BrooksD.O.B: 19 March, 1987
Birthplace: Union City, New Jersey
Trained By: Jay Lethal
Family Ties: CM Punk (husband)
April Jeanette Mendez Brooks is a retired professional wrestler, best remembered for her run in WWE, under the ring name, AJ Lee.
Before her arrival in WWE, she wrestled on the independent circuit in New Jersey, under the name Miss April.
She signed with WWE in 2009, and spent two years in their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling, before being called up to the main roster. She also took part in season three of NXT, where she placed third.
She is a former three-time WWE Divas Champion, and ended her in-ring career in 2015.
April Jeanette Mendez was born in Union City, New Jersey. She is of Puerto Rican descent, and has two older siblings: a brother named Robert and a sister named Erica. She has spoken about her childhood, saying that the family had to live in motels, other peoples houses and their car.
She cites her brothers interest in professional wrestling as being her first inspiration to become a wrestler herself. She later became a fan of Lita, whom she met as a child.
Upon graduating from Memorial High School in 2005, Mendez took several part-time jobs in order to earn money to support both her family, and her wrestling ambitions.
She then attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, majoring in film and television production and writing. However, family financial issues forced her to drop out after six months.
Mendez was previously in a relationship with Ring of Honor star Jay Lethal.
On June 13, 2014, Mendez married Phil Brooks, better known under the name CM Punk.
She is an avid advocate of Animal Welfare, and has served as an ambassador for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals since 2015.
Professional Wrestling Career