April Jeanette Mendez Brooks is an American author and retired professional wrestler. She is best known for her time in WWE under the ring name AJ Lee.
Mendez’s career in professional wrestling spanned from 2007 to 2015. She performed on the independent circuit in New Jersey until she was signed by WWE in 2009. After spending two years in its developmental branch, Florida Championship Wrestling, she was promoted to the main roster. In 2012, she rose to prominence through storylines with her “mentally unstable” character, such as high-profile relationships and a three-month stint as the General Manager of Raw. In subsequent years, she won the Divas Championship a record-tying three times and held the title for an overall record of 406 days. She also won the Slammy Award for Diva of the Year in 2012 and 2014 and was voted Woman of the Year by readers of Pro Wrestling Illustrated from 2012 to 2014.
March 19, 1987, Union City, New Jersey, United States