As you all know, AJ Lee is a former WWE Diva who has held the WWE Divas Championship three times. She is also the wife of WWE superstar CM Punk. Not many divas have ventured into the field of writing after they quit wrestling. But, Lee to the surprise of many became a successful writer through her memoir Crazy is My Superpower. Scroll down to know more about the life, career, and net worth of AJ Lee in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
AJ Lee was born as April Jeanette Mendez on March 19, 1987, in Union City, New Jersey, the United States to Janet Acevedo and Robert Mendez. Lee is the youngest of the three children in their family and has once said that their family struggled a lot when she was a child and spent some days living in cars as they could not afford the rent for their home. Lee attended the Memorial High School and later studied film and television production in Tisch School of the Arts.
AJ Lee married WWE superstar CM Punk on June 13, 2014. The couple fell in love with each other when they were put together to form a storyline in the WWE. They both share a lot of common interests including baseball and a love for comics. AJ Lee has also been a member of the organizations American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Career, Awards & Nominations
AJ Lee was influenced to take up wrestling as a career by her brothers who wanted to make enter the WWE. In 2007, she joined a wrestling school and was trained by Jay Lethal. In 2009 she joined the Florida Championship Wrestling and performed under the name April Lee. In 2010 she appeared in the NXT’s 3rd season and made her debut in SmackDown on May 27, 2011.
In April 2013, she became the number one contender for the WWE Divas Championship and claimed her first championship defeating Kaitlyn. After that, she became the WWE Divas champion twice and defended her title for a record 406 days.
Lee has won the Slammy Award for Diva twice in the years 2012 and 2014. Pro Wrestling Illustrated readers voted her as the Woman of the Year from 2012 to 2014, and she has won the Queen of FCW award.
After retiring from wrestling in 2015, AJ Lee became a writer and her memoir Crazy is My Superpower became a New York Times bestseller in 2017.
Net Worth & Earnings
The 3-time WWE Divas Champion’s net worth is estimated to be $7.5 million. Her previous career as a wrestler and her present career as a writer contribute greatly to the figures mentioned above.
AJ Lee was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was twenty. Due to some misdiagnosis, she went through depression and fought hard to overcome the condition. But AJ never feels inferior for going through such worst days instead she credits the condition, saying that it induced bravery and confidence in her which helped a lot to achieve her dreams.