Inspired by the female WWE stars that came before her, Mendez worked several jobs after graduating from high school (including being a janitor at a day care, a cashier and a secretary) in order to save up the money she needed to both support her family and enroll in wrestling school.Mendez attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in New York City where she majored in film and television production and writing until family and financial issues led to her dropping out six months into her studies.At the second taping later that same night, Miss April lost to Hosaka in a singles match.On February 7, 2009 Miss April teamed with Brooke Carter to defeat The Beatdown Betties and win the WSU Tag Team Championship.Full Name: April Jeanette Mendez Nicknames: Ape, AJ, Crazy Chick, Spanky, and Nerdy girl Age:16Job: High School student/Cheerleader Hometown: New Jersey but move to Chicago Family: Mom, Dad Siblings:2 sisters,2 brother Relationship Status: Dating Philip Brooks Friends: Ling Xiaoyu, Katiyn, Lili, Chloe, Piage, Bayley Alisa, Kelly Kelly, Mickie,and Auska and Hitomi Enemies: Nikki and Brie, Lana, Karin, Blair, Sharon, Emma, Dana Brooke, Torrie, Victoria, Maryse,and Candice!!!!!!!!Personality: Funny, Sweet, Nice, Outstanding, Emotionally, Sexy, and nerdy girl!!!!!!!And she has a boyfriend who fell in love with her and she's pregnant with his baby!!!!!!!!!!
Mendez signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment on May 5, 2009, and was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling, WWE's developmental territory.At the June 10 television tapings, Lee challenged Naomi Knight for the FCW Divas Championship, but was unsuccessful.In June 2010, she appeared at Raw house shows, acting as the hostess, and also acted as the ring announcer at an FCW show.She is best known for her time in WWE, where she went by the ring name AJ Lee.She is a three time Diva's Champion and holds the record for the longest Divas Championship reign in WWE History.To pay the tuition, she began working full-time, and became an official wrestling student in March 2007.On October 10, 2008, Miss April made her debut for Women Superstars Uncensored (WSU), losing to Soul Sister Jana in a singles match.She began challenging for the Queen of FCW title, and at the television tapings on February 4, 2010, Lee defeated Serena to win the crown.In the first round of a tournament to determine the inaugural FCW Divas Championship, Lee defeated Tamina on April 29, but was defeated by Serena in the semi-finals on May 20.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.