April Jeanette Brooksnote AJ married CM Punk in real life in June 2014 (nee Mendez) (born March 19, 1987) is an American professional wrestler, trained by Mo Sexton, Azrieal and Jay Lethal. She is signed to WWE, where she goes by the ring name A.J. Lee.Mendez enrolled in a wrestling school in March 2007, where she trained for six months before her first official match. In the following years, she performed for several Northeast-based independent promotions including Women Superstars Uncensored (WSU) as Miss April. In WSU, she was part of the AC Express alongside Brooke Carter and the duo held the WSU Tag Team Championship once.In May 2009, she signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), WWE's developmental promotion, using the ring name AJ Lee. In FCW, she was Queen of FCW and FCW Divas Champion, and was the first person to have held both titles. In 2010, she was part of the third season of NXT, having dropped her last name. She became part of WWE's SmackDown! brand in May 2011, forming a tag team with Kaitlyn known as The ChickBusters.A self-professed nerd and tomboy, WWE adapted Mendez's love of comics and video games to her on-screen character, endorsing her as different from the typical women in the WWE and promoting her as the "Geek Goddess". In 2012, she was named the "Diva of the Year" as part of that year's Slammy Awards.She has become justly famous among wrestling buffs for defying the usual stereotypes of how WWE's Divas are supposed to behave. Throughout most of 2012, while still a face, AJ portrayed a (genuinely?) mentally unstable female character - the likes of which had not been seen in WWE since Mickie James in 2006. She also has served as the Kayfabe General Manager of Monday Night RAW.She became Divas Champion in June 2013, and lost the title to Paige in April 2014, leaving her as the longest-reigning Divas Champion in history at 295 days. After a three month break, she returned on June 30, 2014 and recaptured the Divas title by defeating Paige. Since then, she lost it to Paige at Summerslam, regained it at Night of Champions, and lost it to Nikki Bella at Survivor Series, making her a three-time champion.
"Geek Goddess Tropes":
Abhorrent Admirer: To CM Punk in-universe - not so much because she's unattractive (she clearly isn't) but because she's... well, a bit off her rocker. At the height of her insanity, she even made Kane uncomfortable.
Dear Lord, the whole AJ/Punk/Bryan/Kane love... thing. She started out with Daniel Bryan who was a face in the beginning of their relationship, then he turned heel, dumped her right after his WrestleMania loss, and even after that she still wanted him. Somewhere along the line she lost her damn mind and turned her attention to both CM Punk, and Kane. Kane turned her down, cause he thought she was crazier then he was, as well as Punk, who only ended up in the middle of it all when he said he digged crazy chicks. Daniel Bryan asked her to marry him. Twice, first so he could win the WWE Championship, then seemingly for real after he lost the match. AJ left him at the altar after getting a position as the RAW GM, and only went through with the wedding in the first place to get back at Bryan.
All of the Other Reindeer: It'd be very, very hard to find a Diva who likes her now... besides Tamina Snuka, whom AJ recruited because of this trope- she went for the only Diva who was shunned and disliked as much as her. And Tamina being ostracized was an Informed Attribute, prior to her pairing with AJ.
Kaitlyn joked that she and Lilian Garcia once had a fling.
On commentary on the 12/20/13 episode of Smackdown she offered this one:
AJ: (Tamina) knows where her bread is buttered. And I mean that quite literally, because I make a mean breakfast.
JBL: You cook her breakfast?
AJ: We're partners! ... partners in crime, is what I was saying.
And of course this tweet.
@WWEAJLee: When Boss Lady talked about finding love then moved in close to my face, I thought that entry in my dream journal was about to come true.
Ambiguously Brown: Part Puerto Rican, but she looks like she could be from quite a few places.
Ambiguous Disorder: She's definitely got something, but exactly what is hard to pinpoint. Given her wide range of symptoms, though, it's likely that she has more than one disorder, most probably a mood disorder and/or a personality disorder.
She fits most of the criteria for Histrionic personality disorder.
Appropriated Appellation: In this video, she said that she named her finishing move the 'Black Widow' because people were calling her that in real life as an insult, so she took the insult and turned it on them.
The Artifact/Never Live It Down: She's still often referred to as 'crazy' by rivals and announcers even though the raving mad Yandere aspect of her character has all but disappeared. To be fair, looking at what she's done in the past, who can blame them?
Attention Whore: During a promo about the Kane/CM Punk triangle. "I like it when men look at me." *grabs the interviewer's tie and pulls him closer* "Look at me."
AJ does not like being ignored. After Punk had been on the phone with his sister (a sister who is a recovering drug addict and toward whom Punk feels very protective, let's not forget) during AJ's match, she didn't take that well. So when Bryan and Punk didn't pay her any attention during their match when she came skipping, she pulled out a a table and threatened to jump through. That got their attention, and they both tried stopping her. Punk climbed the turnbuckle and tried to reason with her. She then proceeded to kiss him and then pushed him off, sending him and Bryan crashing through the table.
Or hearing the word "crazy". No one even has to call her it directly. During her GM days, if she merely happened to hear the word in earshot, she'd put the person who said it through some sort of punishment.
This is still the case to this day. On the July 28, 2014, episode of Raw, she went off on Paige for calling her crazy.
On the June 10, 2013 episode of WWE RAW, Big E Langston was revealed to be Kaitlyn's secret admirer, only to end up being a ruse by AJ when she accused Kaitlyn of taking away the spotlight. Then all hell broke loose.
DANIEL BRYAN. Just saying his name is enough to set her off- at one point Kaitlyn was genuinely trying to mend their friendship, and everything was going fine until Kaitlyn said Bryan's name... and AJ slapped her and walked off.
Before their match at No Way Out, AJ made the rounds to CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, and Kane, wishing each man good luck and giving them a peck on the cheek. Kane held her back, and returned the favor for the Big Damn Kiss she had planted on him on the previous RAW, before leaving without a word. She would then some weeks later on Smackdown, give two big damn kisses to Bryan and Punk. Later gives one to Cena. She would win a Slammy for Best Kiss with the latter, although she also placed second, third and fourth.
Prior to all of them, AJ won the NXT Kissing Contest by planting a huge one on Cody Rhodes (who was in his "Dashing" phase), knocking them both down to the ground.
Hell, one year at the Slammys, every contender for Best Kiss was AJ and a guy she dated.
Boisterous Weakling: While she's more than capable of defending herself in the ring - she wouldn't have become Divas' Champion if that were not so - AJ is in fact the smallest by far of all the Divas. Despite this, she can't seem to avoid antagonizing everyone in the Divas' locker room, particularly the herculean Kaitlyn, and as a result often gets her ass handed to her in non-match situations. On at least two occasions she's been knocked unconscious, requiring either Big E. Langston or Tamina Snuka to carry her fireman-style out of the arena. (It's possible that AJ lets herself get beaten up outside the ring as part of an ongoing Wounded Gazelle Gambit, but when you're the Divas' Champion that's obviously a difficult facade to keep up.)
Borrowed Catchphrase: Occasionally used Daniel Bryan's 'Yes! Yes! Yes!' to celebrate her own victories.
Breaking Speech: Gave one hell of one to Kaitlyn after she reveals herself as the mastermind behind the secret admirer hoax.
Breakup Breakout: After what appears to be the ChickBusters' break up, AJ has been involved in high-profile angles with CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, and Kane, was made the General Manager of RAW on the 1000th episode on July 23, 2012 and held her position until October 22, 2012, and is remained relevant with her feud with John Cena and her involvement with Dolph Ziggler. Kaitlyn didn't do anything remotely as important for a while, but she then entered a feud over the Divas Championship alongside Layla and Eve, which ended in Kaitlyn winning the Divas title at RAW's 20th Year Anniversary on Janurary 14, 2013. The girls would end up feuding over the championship and various other personal issues, with AJ taking the title from Kaitlyn at the Payback pay-per-view and only continuing to ruin her life since then. Her reign has since become the longest in history. Kaitlyn left the company in January of 2014.
Bridal Carry: Kane did this with AJ twice (once at No Way Out 2012, when Punk accidentally pushed him into her and she fell, and once after she got in a fight with Vickie Guerrero and got hurt, though it didn't end well). Tamina has taken over this role, though usually it means she just hoists AJ over her shoulder and carries her away after a loss.
Canon Name: AJ was for a long time only referred to by her first name on WWE TV, but fans still called her AJ Lee, which she used in FCW. She was then finally referred to as AJ Lee during her wedding to Daniel Bryan. And it stuck in-universe after she became the RAW GM. (Which was at the wedding.)
Characterization Marches On: The "Geek Goddess"/Girl Next Door parts of her personality have been all but forgotten in favor of her somewhat needy Yandere tendencies. Unless you follow her on Twitter, in which it's more of Geek than Yandere. And when she was with Dolph Ziggler, she seemed a bit more like her 'lovestruck schoolgirl' character that she was wearing at the beginning of her relationship with Daniel Bryan.
AJ is either this or Obfuscating Insanity. When she was tagged in by accident in a match and had to face Kanenote She and Punk were in a mixed tag match against Kane and Bryan, although it was more of a handicap match since Punk couldn't really tag AJ in, since she didn't have another Diva to face., she proceeded to skip around him, then jumped into his arms and gave him one hell of a kiss. This befuddled Kane so much he tagged Bryan in and left the match entirely! That's right, KANE, a guy who had to join The Corporation to avoid being sent to a mental institution back in late 1998, considered her too crazy even by HIS standards.
A week later, during a tag match between Punk and Sheamus vs Kane and Bryan, she skips down to the ring wearing a Kane outfit, complete with a mask, skips a lap around the ring, and skips back up the stage. Kane is so confused by this he gets down off the apron, abandoning Bryan (who was the legal man at the time) to follow her up the ring, the look on his face simply saying "What the hell was that?"
He later actually rejected her advances on the grounds that she's too crazy for him!
The look on her face, after being told that she was too much of a nutcase for WWE's resident masked psycho freak, is enough to make one actually feel bad for her.
She has yet another aloof moment during a tag team match on an episode of RAW, where everyone else was participating in the match except her. Where exactly was she? At ringside, skipping along.
She would eventually insert herself into the match only to be rolled up moments later. After AJ looks dumbfounded, wondering what just happened, she just shrugs it off, takes her Divas Championship and skips all the way back to the locker room.
Companion Cube: Became dangerously obsessed with her title, even referring to the belt as 'her' once and talking to it. She compared it to a boyfriend when doing commentary on Paige vs. Brie.
Contortionist: Her talent for NXT Season 3's contest was to demonstrate her flexibility, which Matt Striker has also commented on during her matches, pointing out which stretches probably would not work on her.
AJ has a very good, if not extremely dry, sense of humor. On 2014's Halloween episode of Friday Night SmackDown, she showed up to do commentary wearing blue jeans and a white tank top that read "BOO" in generic black letters.
AJ: ... I'm a ghost.
During the match on which she was providing commentary (a Divas Battle Royal), resident jobber Rosa Mendes was eliminated first, in quick fashion:
AJ:[deadpan] Welp, there goes my pick. I need another one.
Did They or Didn't They?: While the PG rating has prevented them from being explicit about AJ's relationships, it's more or less implied that she has slept with Daniel Bryan, and that she hasn't slept with CM Punk. He later said through obvious metaphors that she'd slept with him, though how truthful he was being is still up for debate. But with Kane... it was a little more ambiguous. Then there was the question of if she did or didn't with John Cena, but in a promo after she sided with Ziggler, she pretty much stated that nothing aside from kissing happened between the two. As for Ziggler, the answer is probably yes, given said PG rating.
Paige comes out to congratulate AJ for winning against the other Divas. AJ's response is to flatly say that she doesn't want Paige's congratulations, tells her to go back to NXT, and after Paige tries to gracefully refuse AJ's wanting an impromptu match, AJ slaps her and taunts her and basically forces her into the match. It does backfire in AJ's face when Paige wins the match and the Divas Championship.
The Dog Bites Back: Oh, boy. She does this a lot, but given how crazy she is, her reasoning has ranged from 'you were toying with my heart' (John Cena, who she pushed off a ladder, leading to him losing Money In The Bank), to 'you missed my match for a phone call' (CM Punk, who she pushed off the apron and through a table).
She did this twice during an NXT challenge after getting picked on by Kaitlyn and Maxine.
Foreshadowing maybe? After repeatedly getting rejected and kicked by Daniel Bryan over... and over...and over, she finally seems to have snapped. Then, cue a couple months later, where they get engaged and she leaves him at the altar to be the next RAW GM.
Evil Costume Switch: As a face and psycho Tweener, her ring gear was typically a plaid sports bra and shorts. After her heel turn, her ring gear became denim hot pants and a shredded t-shirt - also favouring her hair in Girlish Pigtails more often.
Of Lita. Maybe not intentionally, but there are quite a few commonalities between the two, at least in-character. Both were presented as something of an unorthodox tomboy within the Divas division soon after appearing. Both became known for being the very publicly affectionate on-screen girlfriend of the Money in the Bank briefcaseholder - and were even happily present when their boyfriend cashed it in and became champion to a standing ovation despite being a heel. Both were also involved in brief storyline romances with Kane and another individual beforehand. She is also known to favor high-flying maneuvers as an in-ring competitor. They both favor long pants or jeans and shirts that Bare Your Midriff. Both are partly Hispanic/Latina. And finally, both of their real names start with 'A' (April in AJ's case, and Amy for Lita).
The fact that AJ is a massive Lita fan, has been seen on camera meeting Lita with tears in her eyes before starting her career, and has addressed the Edge & Lita comparisons in a WWE.com article, only adds to this.
Psycho!AJ was also extremely similar to Psycho!Mickie James from circa 2005. They both were obsessively dedicated to their love interests, both got rejected, and both retaliated erratically - Mickie took the Women's Title from Trish Stratus at WrestleMania, while AJ enacted a convoluted marriage plot to get her revenge on Daniel Bryan for dumping her, stringing him along, along with two of his rivals, then-current WWE Champion CM Punk and future tag team partner Kane, for months. The only real difference is how they reacted and the lesbian overtones of Mickie's storyline—whereas AJ saved the Les Yay for undertones in a feud with someone whose friendshipshe rebuffed during her descent to insanity.
When it comes to pop-cultural figures outside of wrestling, AJ bears more than a passing resemblance to 1970s actress Talia Shire, best known as Adrian in the Rocky films, and also Michael Corleone's sister in The Godfather. Her mousy, "ethnic" looks also tend to remind one of Sarah Silverman.
Finishing Move: In the few matches she participated in and won early in her career, it was a variation of the Shining Wizard. From NXT onward it was a Christo, then after the diva's championship it was an Octopus hold set up in a manner akin to a Christo that she calls the "Black Widow."
Genre Blindness: A rather glaring one with her violent attempts to break up the Divas' #1 contender matches for her title. Given the fact that her Real Life status as an Ascended Fangirl is part of her character, you'd think that she would know that eventually she'd get herself into a situation where she had to defend her title against all her rivals at once.
She also didn't realise Paige was baiting her into putting her title on the line on the Raw after Wrestlemania and that her spiel about wanting to congratulate her and not being ready was entirely an act.
"I didn't get here because I was cute, or because I came from some famous wrestling family, or because I sucked... up to the right people."
She calls Paige a "tart" when doing commentary for Paige's match against Brie Bella on the September 5, 2014 Smack Down!, when "tart" as a slang term applied to women is slur that basically means "skank." It probably got by the censors because AJ was also using cutesy food-related nicknames for Paige like "my little crumpet" and "my little English muffin" to make it look like she meant "tart" as in the food.
Girl Next Door: How she describes herself. Also how most of the other characters in the WWE describe her since she's a very atypical diva in terms of physique. That said, considering her looks, it's more of a Hollywood Homely sort of vibe.
Glass Cannon: Psycho!AJ will beat. Your. Ass. But she just can't take a hit; Vickie Guerrero, of all people, fended off a rather vicious beating from her by kicking her into the apron, though to be fair, it was a fairly hard bump.
Heel-Face Revolving Door: After being dumped by Daniel Bryan, she had a mental breakdown, and it was hard to pinpoint her status, as it would seem she would switch in the same scene depending on her mood. After TLC 2012 she'd settled on heel.
Heroic BSOD: Suffered one after Daniel Bryan told her that he wished she'd never been born. She then had a match against Natalya, who after a minute began to question if the match should continue, since AJ was just standing there, seemingly blind and deaf to the world. AJ then beat the living hell out of Natalya, and the ref had to stop the match.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kaitlyn, in real life and in pre-Mad Love storylines. Since AJ's descent into insanity, their characters cannotstand each other. After Kaitlyn returned to action, they might have come back together as friends.
Hope Spot: After AJ's borderline squash against Kaitlyn, Daniel Bryan came out and appeared to be reconsidering. He then said he was looking forward to moving on... to Kaitlyn. AJ wasn't pleased, to say the least.
After "accidentally" costing Dolph his World Title rematch at MITB, AJ was relieved that he seemed to want to move on. Only thing was, he was ready to move on...from her. To say she was devastated would be an understatement.
Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: When she and Kane were involved. With AJ standing in at 5'3", and one of the shortest divas on the roster, Kane towers over her (and just about everyone else) at a hair under 7'. Of course, given how tiny she is, this basically applies to her and every guy she dates.
Less in a relationship sense and more in a Those Two Guys sense, she and Big E. Langston as Dolph's cronies. She is the most petite Diva by a wide margin, he's a powerlifter who's 285 pounds, meaning he's very close to being literally three times her size.
Her match with Bayley was brutal, and she even mocked Bayley for being a Cuddlebug.
Kicked Upstairs: AJ becoming the GM of RAW could be seen as this - especially since she was probably one of the better female wrestlers on the roster. That said, though, the entire Divas' division has been Demoted to Extra lately, so it may have been the best way to keep AJ in the limelight. She was then kicked downstairs again after her "affair" with John Cena was "revealed" by Vickie Guerrero and she's competing as a regular Diva again.
Laughing Mad: Descended into this here, after nearly being carried off by Kane and then watching Kane lay out both her ex, Daniel Bryan, and her crush/stalking victim, CM Punk. Also when Kane decided that she was ''too crazy for him'' and told her they wouldn't work out.
Lonely at the Top: On the one hand, she lost her best friend after a bitter feud, none of the other Divas like her, and every guy she's ever dated thinks she's a complete nutjob and doesn't want to go anywhere near her. On the other hand, she doesn't seem to give a fuck.
Love Makes You Dumb: Towards Daniel Bryan. She confessed her love to him, his best response in return was that he appreciated it. He blatantly used her as a means to hold on to his title. When Michael Cole was interviewing her and started verbally attacking her, he only came out to put a stop to it when his name was mentioned.
AJ can't seem to give up on Bryan after their breakup. Then she she set her eyes on CM Punk, as well as Kane, and all three simultaneously at that. After that it was John Cena, thenDolph Ziggler, though it didn't last.
Man Bites Man: She once repeatedly bit Natalya in a tag team match.
Meganekko: She has been known to exploit this, especially during her time as GM.
Another decision AJ made with big-time companywide implications was her call to hire extra referees to RAW to help with the workload when the broadcast went to three hours. One of these refs was Brad Maddox... who eventually became her successor.
A straight 'Fixing It Villain' example with her promo on the Total Divas cast. Beforehand, it had been Natalya, the Funkadactyls and Jojo against the Bellas and Eva Marie (the latter three as Heels). Afterwards this turned Eva and the Bellas face and united all seven of them against AJ.
No Sell: A now famous Real Life example happened one night during RAW when she and Dolph Ziggler were following Big E Langston down to the ring for one of his first WWE singles matches. During the entrance, Langston (who, keep in mind, is 285 pounds of muscle and, as such, obscenely strong) stretches out his arms and inadvertently punches AJ directly on her boobs. She noted on Twitter that thanks to her bra, she didn't feel much of it.
Official Couple: With Hornswoggle for a while they were part of WWE NXT, with Daniel Bryan, but after his loss at WrestleMania, they broke up. Then with Dolph Ziggler, until she cost him his rematch for the World Heavyweight Title, and he broke up with her.
Since her Real Life marriage to CM Punk, WWE seems to have dropped the gimmick of her dating so many on the roster and focused on her just being a competitor for the Divas Championship.
Old Flame: Notably, out of everyone involved in the complex love dodecahedron that took up most of 2012, Kane of all people is the only ex AJ seems to regard with fondness. To be fair, he broke things off with her before they got out of hand, and in as gentle a way as possible, given the circumstances, which appears to have spared him her wrath.
Older Than They Look: AJ's 27, but she tends to look more often than not like a teenager on screen (when she debuted on NXT, her pro Primo first thought she was 16), especially lined up with most of the males. A large part of this is because of her petite frame and the fact that unlike a lot of other female wrestlers, she doesn't have breast implants. Hell, even Daniel Bryan absolutely dwarfs her, and he's on the small side of the wrestler spectrum. One has to believe that WWE was playing off this a bit. It's worth mentioning that Daniel Bryan'sBeard of Evil keeps getting longer and wilder, which started during their relationship and continues even now, making his and AJ's relationship resemble a lovestruck schoolgirl that's fallen head over heels for a full-grown lumberjack.
During a match where CM Punk faced Daniel Bryan, AJ 'accompanied' Punk to ringside. ('Accompanied' meaning 'stalked' in this case.) As much as it cloyed Punk to have her out there (and her distraction unintentionally cost Punk the match, to boot), he was probably thankful for it when Kane showed up on a rampage. The Context Kane had unwittingly ended up in the middle of Punk and Bryan's feud, and each had attempted - successfully- to manipulate Kane into doing the other's dirty work. Kane was carrying a steel chair and quickly broke it in on Daniel Bryan's back before chokeslamming him on top of said chair. He went to turn his attention to Punk, but AJ had already slipped Punk a chair of his own while Kane's back was turned, enabling Punk to beat back Kane and not get chokeslammed.
And again at No Way Out, where during the triple threat title match, she runs down to the ring and leaps on the apron just in time for Kane to slam into her after Punk whipped him to the ropes. Kane's concern for her opened a momentary distraction, allowing Punk to hit the Go To Sleep for the win. When Kane cradled her and took her to the back for medical attention, she cast a grin over his shoulder down at Punk, though it's unclear whether or not Punk was even aware of her actions.
Petite Pride: Mentioned quite a few times that she isn't the bustiest in the world, but she's proud of being different.
Playing Possum: How she became the number one contender for Kaitlyn's title match. During a Battle Royale to determine said number one contender, AJ had been superkicked by Tamina, and spent most of the match lying on the floor, supposedly unconscious. Laylathought she had won, until a ref pointed out that to win, she had to get every other contender out of the ring. Layla then slowly dragged AJ over the ropes, note In a Diva Battle Royale, contestants don't have to be thrown/pushed over the top rope, all the ropes count. but when she nearly had AJ over them, AJ suddenly pulled away and kicked her out of the ring.
Poke the Poodle: Rosa Mendes and Tamina mocked AJ by giving her a box of cheese, calling her a "mousy loser".
Is AJ a face or a heel at the moment? To be honest, she probably falls somewhere outside of the classical spectrum. But she does such an excellent job playing her role that the audience seems to love her even more for it.
Settled on heel and became the most stable she's been since dating Bryan when she turned on Cena for Dolph Ziggler at TLC'12.
And now it appears she's a Face again to coincide with Paige's Face-Heel Turn. She may turn back, but it's pretty clear, given her similar attitude to and Real Life relationship with the now-departed CM Punk, that a large majority of wrestling fans will always side with her no matter what she does.
Psychotic Smirk: AJ has the most innocent, adorable psycho smirk you have ever seen in your life.
Puppy-Dog Eyes: Seeing her sad is just absolutely painful. AJ's puppy-dog eyes have even stopped Kane in his tracks. Yes, the same man who assaulted a priest and electrocuted a guy's nuts.
Pyrrhic Victory: She became the Divas Champion, but in the process, she lost her best friend and pushed aside pretty much every other Diva. It's subverted in that she honestly doesn't seem to care, even though all the other Divas hate her.
Put on a Bus: After losing her Divas title, she disappeared off TV and we haven't heard anything of her apart from WWE officially saying that she's on a break. Oddly enough, no explanation has been offered in kayfabe for where exactly AJ has gone.
Rags to Riches: Grew up poor and homeless, living with her family at friends' houses and motels. Look at where she's at now (December 4, 2013).
Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: As the GM, as noted above. And even today, she'll often accompany "Ziggy" to his matches wearing a tank top and some sweat pants...which somehow make her look more enticing than more feminine attire ever could.
Really invoked during her pipebombshell promo to the Total Divas cast. Especially the line about no matter how many designer shoes they owned and how many red carpets they strolled up, they weren't "fit to lace up my Chuck Taylors". See Getting Crap Past the Radar above.
Ziggler gave her a painful one about how she's a needy Attention Whore who throws herself at anyone who shows even the slightest bit of interest in her. Surprisingly, it actually seemed to get through to her... after she beat the crap out of him, that is.
The Runner Up Takes It All: She was eliminated from NXT, with Kaitlyn winning instead. Kaitlyn's career post-NXT is hardly something to overlook- hell, she was Divas Champion- but AJ has long surpassed her.
Sadist: She's shown a few signs of it, usually pertaining to her ex-boyfriends. For example, take Daniel Bryan's match against CM Punk at Money In The Bank 2012- AJ is the referee, but after she gets injured, leaves for a few minutes and returns, she starts actively interfering in the match, and at points she's watching them fight and hurt each other with a huge smile on her face. She also seemed to really like beating the shit out of Eva Marie.
Sanity Slippage: AJ's sanity started becoming a more distant memory with each passing week after getting dumped by Daniel Bryan in 2012. By now it's pretty much long gone. To quote Kaitlyn, "The wheel is spinning, but the hamster's dead."
Selective Memory: A lot what she says during her "Total Diva feud". Apparently they had been slacking off, getting nothing done for years until AJ Lee came along as a serious wrestler. In actuality, AJ only became known for being a "serious" wrestler not long before this feud. Prior to her time on the main roster it was defined mostly by dates and a stint as GM (as in, off the active roster) and she had been on main programing longer than half the show's cast. It almost looks like Three Month Rule since no one ever corrects anything she says (especially when you consider her and Kaitlyn were the first targets of Natalya's Divas of Doom team, whose primary concerns were the women they perceived not to be serious wrestlers).
She Cleans Up Nicely: AJ might claim to not look like a supermodel but she looks damn fine whenever she puts on a dress.
Ship Tease: On NXT, with her pro Primo, then with Cody Rhodes during a kissing contest, then with Hornswoggle during Redemption. Sometimes with Kaitlyn in a bit of Les Yay. She later had this with Daniel Bryan on the main shows; though it did turn into a relationship, it eventually went to hell. Then there's the Punk/Bryan/Kane feud for the WWE Championship, where AJ was teased with all three of them, but most strongly with Punk (who didn't seem particularly interested) and Kane (where it was implied that AJ was manipulating him). Out of the three, only Kane overtly returned her affection, but that ship, while popular, creeped enough of the fan base out (Kane is a clean twenty years older than AJ) that Kane was pulled, more or less dumping AJ after deciding that she was too crazy for him. AJ would later have a ship tease with none other than John Cena. She's now all over Dolph Ziggler. And Big E. Langston's mysterious history with and loyalty to AJ (read: he attacks on her often wordless command) really makes you wonder.
Considering the only person AJ hasn't burned her bridges with yet as of summer 2013 is Big E, one could've presumed at that time it was coming soon. Especially when one night he was kissing her on the forehead to calm her down from one of her freakouts, the next he was rolling his eyes when she had an "I know you like me" moment and questioning her when she flipped her shit in the middle of his match. But when they lost at SummerSlam to Dolph and Kaitlyn, their alliance suddenly ended, with Langston turning face before very long.
Spanner in the Works: AJ has a long history of intentionally/unintentionally winning or losing matches for other wrestlers. For example:
She won Money In The Bank 2012 for Ziggler by pushing Cena off the ladder, putting him in the perfect place for Ziggler to take him out.
She climbed up onto the apron during No Way Out's triple match between Kane, Bryan and Punk in time for Punk to accidentally push Kane into her, knocking her off. AJ wasn't hurt, but faked it well enough that Kane seemed to be worried about her, distracting him long enough for Punk to win.
She infamously lost Ziggler his match for the World Heavyweight Title by hitting Del Rio with her own title, which got Ziggler disqualified.
She hilariously won a match for Punk and Sheamus against Bryan and Kane by randomly coming out dressed as Kane, skipping around the ring and leaving without so much stopping to say hello. This confused Kane so much that he followed her up the ramp (but not out of the match), leaving Bryan vulnerable to Sheamus and Punk.
Stalker with a Crush: Towards CM Punk. It didn't helped that he stated that he sorta digs crazy chicks. And towards Kane of all people, but that didn't last long. She was this to Daniel Bryan for a while.
On being asked if she'd been asked by the crew of Total Divas to come on the show: "Uh, no, I was hugged as a child, so I'm not desperate for attention."
Tempting Fate: She once talked up her status as a role model, and challenged the Divas to come out and face her if any of them thought they were as good as, or better than her. For a few seconds, there's no response... and then cue Stephanie McMahon's theme.
The video released the day before WrestleMania 30, where she flatly says that none of the other Divas could ever take her title. Yeah... she was kind of wrong about that.
The implication was that she didn't believe any of the other Divas on the current roster could take her title.
Throw the Dog a Bone: Thank the lord AJ and Kaitlyn got wins against Maxine and Tamina on NXT to keep them from jobber hell.
Token Trio: When she was dating Dolph Ziggler, the trio being Dolph (white), Big E Langston (Afro-Caribbean), and AJ (Puerto Rican).
Tomboyish Name: If you heard the name "AJ," you wouldn't expect a cute young woman to come skipping out, would you? AJ fits the trope by being notably different from the standard WWE Diva in that she is seemingly sweet and innocent but enjoys traditionally boy things like comic books and video games (she also proudly wears Chuck Taylor sneakers instead of wrestling boots, and once bragged about it in a promo), in addition to be a damn good wrestler who has been way into wrestling since childhood. AJ, of course, comes from April Jeanette.
On the 1000th episode of RAW, Vince McMahon likely found someone even crazier than he is and appointed her GM. Whether this was a good thing or a bad thing mainly depended on whether your name's Daniel Bryan. Or if your name's CM Punk and you just picked a really bad time to turn heel.
Wild Card: Dear lord. One had to wonder which side she was on in the Punk/Kane/Bryan saga. Was she on Punk's side? Or Kane's? Or was she trying to make the both of them destroy each other? Then after Kane wisely withdrew himself from the fray, she moved on to destroy both Bryan and Punk for offending her — Bryan by suggesting a shrink for her, Punk by talking to his sister on the phone instead of being aware and watching her match that night.
Woman Scorned: To some degree or another, anybody who has ever ended a relationship (or even ended a hinted relationship) with AJ has been put through hell for their trouble. Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Kane (albeit to a lesser degree), John Cena, Dolph Ziggler... Basically, dumping AJ is like trying to leave the mob.
Yandere: AJ had shades of it after Daniel Bryan dumped her and has now slid into it full-tilt as it being the central aspect of her character.
After being forced to step down as GM of RAW, she found herself as an in-ring competitor again, facing off against Beth Phoenix, whom she manages to beat with a roll-up. Just as she starts to celebrate her first in-ring victory in God knows how long, Vickie Guerrero shows up and orders the ref to restart the match - at which point Beth Phoenix hits AJ from behind and plants her with the Glam Slam for the pinfall victory.