AJ LEE BACKSTAGE POLITICS RUMORS
Name
AJ Lee
Real Name
April Mende
Date of Birth
March 19, 1987
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
2007
Carlito
Those hoping to see Carlito making his return to the company some day are going to be quite disappointed, as it seems like he has very little interest in returning to WWE. The former US champion has been booked rather frequently on the independent wrestling circuit, and he reportedly is not interested in returning to the backstage politics that takes place in WWE.
February 8, 2014
Zack Ryder

There are many people within WWE that are impressed with Zack Ryder for how he has handled himself as a professional, despite being essentially buried by the company. He still shows up to work with enthusiasm, and he genuinely seems to enjoy his job.

January 1, 2014
Big E Langston

The belief is that Big E Langston has a really safe position within WWE because of his real life relationship with John Cena. Many feel that management will give him a decent push in order to appease the World Heavyweight Champion.

December 9, 2013
Daniel Bryan

There are those within WWE that feel that Daniel Bryan should be demoted back down to the mid card division.

November 8, 2013
Jeff Jarrett
There are talks within TNA that Jeff Jarrett regaining power within the company could force Eric Bischoff out.
October 27, 2013
AJ Lee
Since AJ Lee is taking some time off, WWE needed to find a challenge for Paige and the Divas championship. Management has opted to go with Tamina Snuka, who is expected to be the challenger at Extreme Rules 2014. WWE has been high on Tamina for quite some time now, and they have been looking at ways to reward her.
April 17, 2014
AJ Lee
Now that Paige is on the main roster and has won the WWE Divas Championship from AJ Lee, people backstage are trying to decide who to put the WWE NXT Women's Championship on. Ashley Flair has been receiving a bit of push as of late, and the belief is that she is the top candidate to carry the strap. Ric Flair could become more involved in the product at this point.
April 10, 2014
AJ Lee
Even though the pay per view is right around the corner, WWE has yet to decide which diva will be walking away from Wrestlemania 30 with the championship. As expected, management is leaning towards a Total Divas cast member to win the belt. Some, however, are pushing for AJ Lee to keep it, so that it does not become too predictable.
April 3, 2014
AJ Lee
Earlier this week, rumors sprung up about the two of them being engaged, and now speculation has picked up even more steam, as it is being said that AJ Lee will be moving to Chicago to be closer to CM Punk, who caused quite a scene this year by walking away from WWE. No actual confirmation on the engagement has been made yet, though.
April 1, 2014
AJ Lee
The hot rumor going around professional wrestling right now is that AJ Lee and CM Punk are now engaged. There were talks backstage for the last few days of it being true, and the speculation even spread through to social media. The rumor mills are even hotter now that AJ was spotted on Monday Night Raw with a new ring on her finger.
April 1, 2014
AJ Lee
On Monday Night Raw, fans witnessed the return of Naomi Knight from a severe eye injury that kept her on the sidelines for several weeks. They also noticed the eye patch that she was wearing as she teamed up with Cameron to take on AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka. Naomi actually does not need the patch, but is keeping it on for Total Divas.
March 18, 2014
AJ Lee
When a performer goes to the sidelines, often times, WWE will give their spots to someone else on the card. Since that did not happen to Naomi Knight, who was sidelined for several weeks with a serious eye injury, the consensus is that management is very high on her. She is still being penciled for a match against AJ Lee at Wrestlemania 30.
March 18, 2014
AJ Lee
There are talks that Naomi Knight could be returning to WWE as early as the next episode of Monday Night Raw. She has been on the sidelines for the last couple of weeks because of a serious eye injury. Management really wants her to be featured at Wrestlemania 30, so her story line with AJ Lee and the Divas championship could be reignited soon.
March 14, 2014
AJ Lee
With the company souring on AJ Lee because of the CM Punk situation, there are now talks that the Wrestlemania 30 spot will be going to three Total Divas cast member. A triple threat match is being discussed involving Natalya Neidhart, Nikki Bella and Naomi Knight, who should be returning from a severe eye injury in time for the pay per view.
March 12, 2014
AJ Lee
Since it has now become quite apparently to everyone in the company that CM Punk is not coming back, the feeling backstage is that the backstage heat has now been transferred over to AJ Lee. Some feel that WWE will be punishing her because of her real life relationship with Punk. There's even talks that she will not be working Wrestlemania 30.
March 11, 2014
AJ Lee
Since the second season of Total Divas is about to premiere, WWE will start pushing the performers on that show. There are now even talks that instead of doing a standard title match for AJ Lee at Wrestlemania 30, it will just be a big tag team match featuring Summer Rae, Eva Marie, Cameron, Nikki Bella, Brie Bella and Natalya Neidhart on one side.
March 11, 2014
AJ Lee
Even though there is uncertainty about the return of Naomi Knight, WWE does not feel the pressing need to put together a new program for AJ Lee at Wrestlemania 30. She has been working random matches on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, with Cameron being the closest thing that the Divas Champion has to a feud at the moment.
March 8, 2014
AJ Lee
In an attempt to appease CM Punk, it appears that WWE gave AJ Lee the night off while the rest of the company was filming Monday Night Raw in Chicago. Management opted to do a random tag team match with Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Aksana and Alicia Fox instead of building up a Divas Championship program for AJ at Wrestlemania 30.
March 4, 2014
AJ Lee
While a lot of fans are hoping to see him on Monday Night Raw in Chicago, the only person that will get to see CM Punk is his real life girlfriend AJ Lee. There are currently no plans of the former champion making his return that night. Those that have spoken with Punk have noted that he talks about WWE as if it was something in his past.
February 28, 2014
AJ Lee
There are talks that WWE could add a divas match at the last minute to the Elimination Chamber 2014 pay per view. AJ Lee would obviously be one of the contestants since she still holds the belt. Cameron is a possible challenger, as the company created some teaser graphics involving her recently. Natalya Neidhart has stated that she is training for the event, so she is a candidate as well.
February 23, 2014
AJ Lee
Initially, WWE wanted to book Naomi Knight to win the Divas championship from AJ Lee at Wrestlemania 30, but an eye injury has put those plans in jeopardy. Management is looking at backup options at the moment. They still want someone from Total Divas to be given the spotlight at the pay per view, in order to push the upcoming and second season of the show.
February 21, 2014
AJ Lee
Rumors are surfacing that Naomi Knight was in line for a WWE Divas Championship reign, where management wanted to build her up for a big title match against AJ Lee at Wrestlemania 30. In order to promote Total Divas, Naomi would have been given the title win. A camera crew from E! is expected to be in attendance at the event.
February 11, 2014
AJ Lee
Since she is his girlfriend in real life, many are under the assumption that Vince McMahon is pressuring AJ Lee backstage to get involved in the situation with CM Punk. However, it appears that the company is not pressing her for information, as they feel that it might further alienate Punk, who thus far has refused to communicate with management.
February 7, 2014
AJ Lee

The WWE Divas Championship is being viewed as a backup plan at Royal Rumble 2014 right now. If there is enough time on the show, then the match between AJ Lee and Naomi Knight will take place. If not, then management will wait until the following Monday Night Raw.

January 21, 2014
AJ Lee

In order to prevent the story from escalating, WWE is not planning to punish AJ Lee on screen, as fans will add to on speculations of backstage heat if she were to go on a losing streak. This increases her chances of holding on to the championship.

December 18, 2013
JBL
"There is a lot of truth to that, absolutely. There were guys that came there from other organizations that perhaps they thought they should just skip everybody else and skip right to the top and have things right away the way they wanted. I mean, hey, there are rules and things that you have to abide by as far as this business goes. and you have to respect those. But, when you don't respect those, then hey, we have got a problem. So, yes, we had a lot of guys who came in with that attitude, and John and I would have to be called upon to let them know 'hey, that is not how it works here'." - Ron Simmons on how he and JBL handled backstage politics in WWE
April 1, 2014
Kofi Kingston
"People always say, 'Oh, there haven't been many black champions,' but on the other hand, there are a whole lot of white people that never won a belt either. These days, I think it's less of a racial thing. I honestly believe that if you are able to entertain and interact with the crowd, it doesn't matter what ethnicity you may be. WWE will reward you." - Kofi Kingston discusses racism and backstage politics
March 26, 2014
Davey Richards
"We're not talking. We're not on good terms. I have no respect for them whatsoever. I strongly dislike management there like with the exception of Jeff Jones who is a great guy. But the booker (Hunter Johnson) is completely inadequate at his job and he got his job more for being spineless than being talented. And the owner (Joe Koff) is even worse, he could care less about wrestling. He just wants to do television. To me, it's just not something I agree with but I'm not there anymore and they do their own thing. And for the talent and the fans I wish them nothing but the best of luck. That company is in business not because of stellar booking and stellar management. They're in business still because they'they're spineless. The talent there is phenomenal. They're top notch and great. But the management from the booker to the owner it's definitely shut up and do what you're told and drink the Kool-aid. I made a joke when I was there I called it Jim Jones wrestling. Just shut up and drink the Kool-aid and do your job. In private, people are going this sucks this sucks this sucks and I'm the one who came out and said this is terrible. I worked for that company and gave them everything I had for seven years. I think I earned my right to an opinion. Once that got out, it was like you're going against the stream? You're not here to have an opinion, just shut up and do your job and get your paycheck. I'm sure you can find someone else to do that for a lot less money than what you're paying me so I'm just going to go about my way. Best decision I ever made and I have no desire to go back, ever." - Davey Richards talks about the backstage politics in ROH
March 8, 2014
John Cena
"He's a workhorse. He does incredible things for the company and he busts his butt. Outside the ring, I can't stand the guy. He's not a nice guy, he holds talent down. He steals ideas. He's a prick." - Tyler Reks discusses backstage politics with John Cena when he was in WWE
February 26, 2014
Kamala
"Vince McMahon has certain people that he will pay. If you get along with Vince, do him sexual favors, you'll get along good with him. But if you just (do your job and) mind your own business, then he doesn't like you for some reason. There was a lot of men with men in those days and even men with boys. I know a lot of guys that (failed drug tests) and it was documented that they passed, and I know what they did." - Kamala on backstage politics in WWE
February 23, 2014
Dusty Rhodes
"It was strictly politics. Dusty Rhodes was the booker and he was against it. You know, what are you going to do. He didn't book me anywhere during the whole time I had the belt until the rematch because Dusty Rhodes was a very, very jealous guy when it came to guys getting over. He was the wrong guy to be a booker. He is the one who put Jim Crockett out of business. He is the reason Jim Crockett had to sell and was losing his butt. It was the same thing with the Rock and Roll Express. He couldn't stand the Rock and Roll Express getting over like rock stars. I mean, girls would go crazy. They had to have some protection for the Rock and Roll Express, the girls would attack them, just like rock stars, it was unbelievable." - Ronnie Garvin discusses backstage politics and Dusty Rhodes
February 12, 2014
Daniel Bryan

"Hey WWE I’m not trying to be rude but the crowd seems to really want Daniel Bryan. Juuuuuuust MAFAKIN Saying!! Geez. Sadly WWE is still run by 'Muscle Marks.' It is what it is folks."

- Shane Helms on backstage politics in WWE

January 27, 2014
Armando Estrada

"You're not allowed to get over in WWE unless they want you to. If you do, you can and will be punished. Has happened to many over the years."

- Armando Estrada on backstage politics in WWE

January 26, 2014
Road Dogg

As his powers within WWE grow, Road Dogg has now been backstage at both Monday Night Raw and Smackdown on a weekly basis.

November 4, 2013
AJ Lee
One of the biggest reasons why WWE opted to put the Divas championship on Paige is because AJ Lee really needed to take some time off from the road. Aside from being stuck in the figurative storm after CM Punk walked out on the company, AJ has been on the road constantly over the last year. Both her body and mind needed the break.
April 16, 2014
Paige
A video of the first title defense by former developmental star Paige, who worked a match against Alicia Fox on Monday Night Raw this week, since winning the WWE Divas Championship from AJ Lee the night after Wrestlemania 30.
April 16, 2014
AJ Lee
A picture of AJ Lee wearing a costume that is supposed to be a homage to Roddy Piper. This was part of a special photo shoot by WWE to honor the legendary performers by having the divas doing a tribute to them.
April 14, 2014
Paige
Even though she made her debut on Monday Night Raw and captured the WWE Divas Championship from AJ Lee in a shocking manner, Paige will not be traveling with the main roster this upcoming weekend. Instead, she will be working WWE NXT shows in Florida, where she is expected to finish up and possibly drop the developmental title to another diva.
April 10, 2014
Paige
A video of Paige making her debut on Monday Night Raw and winning the WWE Divas Championship from AJ Lee. Initially, the developmental diva was just out there to congratulate the champion, but AJ decided to challenge Paige and put the title belt on the line.
April 8, 2014
AJ Lee
With so many girls challenging her for the belt, the belief was that AJ Lee was going to be dropping the WWE Divas Championship at Wrestlemania 30. However, that was not the case. After a spot fest of a match, AJ was able to successfully retain the title by forcing Naomi Knight, who was heavily rumored to win, to submit.
April 6, 2014
Colt Cabana
Since he left the company, WWE fans have been eager to get a glimpse of CM Punk. His appearance on the Talking Dead created quite the buzz. So did a brief glimpse at the airport, where the former world champion was picking up his girlfriend, AJ Lee. Now, Punk has been spotted again, this time he is with Colt Cabana at an NHL game.
March 26, 2014
AJ Lee
Initially, there was a push backstage in WWE to have AJ Lee defending the belt against Naomi Knight in a straight up match, but for the sake of Total Divas, management opted to just throw as many of the girls into the match as possible. Cameron, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Natalya Neidhart, Eva Marie, Summer Rae, Emma, Aksana, Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes, Layla El and Tamina Snuka are now involved.
March 25, 2014
AJ Lee
Since management is firmly behind her at the moment, there have been rumors about Naomi Knight possibly winning the WWE Divas Championship at Wrestlemania 30. That is looking to be more of a possibility after this weekend, as Naomi was booked in a win over AJ Lee at a live event. Some feel that the company was testing the audience reaction to such a move.
March 24, 2014
Naomi Knight
Despite management being behind Naomi Knight, who made her return this week by teaming up with longtime partner Cameron, WWE opted to remove the divas from the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw. Management does not feel that the split story line between AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka is a priority. Naomi and AJ are still expected to be in a Wrestlemania 30 match together.
March 18, 2014
AJ Lee
Nikki Bella and Brie Bella have reached a social media milestone, as the WWE divas now have a million followers on Twitter. Their starring role on both Monday Night Raw and Total Divas helped to make that accomplishment come to life. AJ Lee is the only other female performer in the company that has broken the million followers mark.
March 16, 2014
AJ Lee
There are rumors floating around that an AJ Lee nude photo exists on the internet. After some further investigation, it has now been confirmed to be a hoax, as the picture in question features a naked girl that bares only a slight resemblance to the WWE diva. The brunette has a very slim figure and very petite breasts, much like AJ.
March 15, 2014
Tamina Snuka
In a filler match at Elimination Chamber 2014, AJ Lee was able to retain the WWE Divas Championship because she lost by disqualification when Tamina Snuka attacked Cameron, who was a last minute challenger, on the outside of the ring.
February 23, 2014
CM Punk
There were some speculations going on backstage this past week when AJ Lee was not at the events. It turns out that WWE had given her some time off, which she spent by traveling to Chicago and being with her boyfriend CM Punk. Some believe that management did this as an attempt to entice the former world champion to return.
February 19, 2014
AJ Lee
A picture of former WWE star CM Punk picking up AJ Lee from the airport in Chicago.
February 17, 2014
AJ Lee
AJ Lee made a special appearance at the Wizard World Comic Con in New Orleans on Friday, and there was a fear that fans were going to ask her about CM Punk, so event coordinators instructed people beforehand to not do questions regarding her boyfriend or his backstage heat situation with WWE.
February 8, 2014
AJ Lee
Fans in Oakland will not get to see AJ Lee wrestling tonight at the live event, as WWE sent her to New Orleans today to work the Wizard World Comic Con event instead. No word yet on whether or not management will have her joining the tour in San Diego on Saturday night, but she is expected to be in Los Angeles for Monday Night Raw.
February 7, 2014
Big E Langston

"I knew AJ Lee from developmental a year before she was on NXT. I didn't know Dolph Ziggler at all. But when we started working together and traveling to different shows we realized that we shared a similar sense of humor. It didn't take us long to realize that it was kind of an odd pairing but it worked. We had a lot of fun and it is something that I'll always remember. I learned a lot from Dolph when I was ringside for all of the John Cena matches at house shows. It was a positive way for me to start my career."

- Big E Langston

January 23, 2014
AJ Lee

"Maybe the reason I don’t like you hitting on me isn’t because I’m mean- maybe I’m tired, or taken, or you look like a mass murderer."

- AJ Lee

January 19, 2014
AJ Lee

"It's official. Longest reigning Diva's champ. 213 and counting. Time to party. And by party, I mean eat ice cream in bed with only half the shame I would normally have."

January 16, 2014
Carlito
There are rumors floating around that Carlito could be one of the bigger names to sign with Jeff Jarrett and Global Force Wrestling. The two of them were spotted together during WrestleCon in New Orleans earlier this month. Carlito is denying that the two of them talked about a contract, but the former WWE star did say that he was open to the possibility.
April 19, 2014
Eric Young
Rumors have it that people backstage in WWE are amused by the fact that TNA put their world heavyweight championship around the waist of Eric Young. It is not so much a shot at Young, as many in the industry feel that he is a good worker and a nice person. The ridicule is more about how TNA went about with the story line of crowning him as champion.
April 19, 2014
Diamond Dallas Page
There are rumors going around that WWE has instructed their performers and former employees to avoid having any contact with Nancy Grace. Vince McMahon was said to be rather furious at how she handed the death of the Ultimate Warrior and how she blindsided Diamond Dallas Page. No official memo was sent out or anything, but word is spreading among the industry.
April 19, 2014
Vince Russo
Rumors are still going around that Vince Russo is involved with TNA, even though a lot of people within the company have denied that being the case. There are new reports that Russo actually is under a consultant contract that expires in a few months. The belief is that he is helping TNA with the story lines, even though he is not officially a part of the creative department.
April 19, 2014
Elijah Burke
Earlier this month, rumors spread that Elijah Burke was going to be joining Jeff Jarrett in Global Force Wrestling because he was hanging out in New Orleans with the TNA founder and his wife, Karen Jarrett. Burke has added even more fuel to those rumors recently on Twitter when he hinted to a fan that he was going to be back on television soon.
April 19, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
When Antonio Cesaro left him for Paul Heyman recently, Zeb Colter took to Twitter to ask fans who they thought should replace him and team with Jack Swagger in the Real Americans stable. Scott Dawson has been campaigning for the role through social media, but it is highly unlikely that WWE brings him up from developmental at this point in time.
April 19, 2014
Eric Young
Rumors have it that another reason why TNA gave the world heavyweight championship to Eric Young was to keep him from joining Jeff Jarrett in Global Force Wrestling. Young and Jarrett have a long history together, and they remain on very good terms. Since he is a very good worker and well liked backstage, TNA would much rather he stay with them long term.
April 18, 2014
Kevin Steen
It has been a couple of weeks now since Kevin Steen was rumored to have done a tryout with WWE, and very little news have surfaced since then in regards to the situation. The belief is that the company will not be signing Steen at the moment. He seems to be doing just fine, however, as Steen continues to consistently be booked by ROH and the independent wrestling circuit.
April 18, 2014
CM Punk
Even though he has not been with the company for quite a few weeks now, CM Punk is still receiving paychecks from WWE. He still ranks among the top merchandise movers in the entire company, with some reports stating that he only trails John Cena in that category. Punk is still under contract to WWE, so management is still paying him his royalties.
April 18, 2014
Hulk Hogan
Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Hulk Hogan had been booked to work the Smackdown taping in London next month. Word going around is that the company convinced the former world champion to work the show because WWE has struggled to fill the arenas when they do back to back shows. Undertaker was utilized as a draw last year to help with the problem.
April 18, 2014
Brock Lesnar
The plans being penciled in backstage for Summerslam 2014 is for Brock Lesnar to make his return and challenge Daniel Bryan for the WWE championship. Rumors going around right now is that Lesnar will be taking time off until about a month before the pay per view. The former UFC champion would then return and state that his next challenge in WWE is to go after the world title.
April 18, 2014
Alexander Rusev
While management has not officially give him an extended feud to work with since his debut, Alexander Rusev is still being penciled in for a filler match at Extreme Rules 2014. He is expected to squash someone in a quick segment. Top candidates right now are Zack Ryder, R Truth and Xavier Woods, as those are the three WWE performers he has worked with lately.
April 18, 2014
Batista
Even though the stable was just reunited, it appears that WWE is already planting seeds for an eventual breakup between Triple H, Batista and Randy Orton. Through an online poll, the company has been asking fans which of the three is the most dominant. The belief is that WWE will go with a story line where egos break apart the trio like it did several years back.
April 18, 2014
Austin Aries
If you're a big fan of Austin Aries, then you're going to be disappointed at the upcoming rounds of Impact Wrestling, as the former TNA World Heavyweight Champion will not be utilized as frequently as he should. Rumors going around right now is that he had a big blowup backstage at a recent set of television tapings, and management is none too pleased with Aries at the moment.
April 18, 2014
Fandango
Even though her character was dumped by Fandango in the story line, do not expect a face turn for Summer Rae. The blonde diva will be working as a heel when she returns to WWE after filming her parts in the upcoming Marine sequel. Summer will also be utilized more as a wrestler this time around as opposed to being a side character.
April 17, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
The backstage gimmick for Antonio Cesaro is that WWE will try to get the fans to beg for a face turn. Management is still secretly passing out Cesaro Section signs to the fans at the live events. The hope is that fans will be clamoring heavily for him to leave Paul Heyman and finally become a good guy. If that works, then he can get his big match against Brock Lesnar in about a year.
April 17, 2014
Batista
Even though Daniel Bryan and John Cena are both expected to work their respective matches at the pay per view, Extreme Rules 2014 will be built around a huge six man tag team match featuring Batista, Triple H, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. WWE might even have Evolution and Shield closing out the show as well.
April 17, 2014
Christian
Initial plans for this past Monday Night Raw did not include a tournament to crown a new contender for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Management was originally expecting Christian to be able to come back and cash in his title shot. However, there were some bad news on the veteran performer, who has been recovering from yet another concussion, so WWE changed the plans.
April 17, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Since the title belt is being given more of a story line than it has been in a while, a lot of fans have been speculating as to who will win the tournament to determine a new challenger for Big E Langston and the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Right now, management is leaning towards Antonio Cesaro, who is in the midst of a big push.
April 16, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
Prior to Wrestlemania 30, there were plans in place to push Alberto Del Rio towards Big E Langston and the WWE Intercontinental Championship, so when the tournament was announced, many viewed Del Rio as a top candidate to win. However, management has changed their minds on that push, as evident by the fact that Del Rio lost to Rob Van Dam on Monday Night Raw this week.
April 16, 2014