AJ LEE CHARACTER
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
Bray Wyatt
Since his popularity has been growing by the day, there are actually talks backstage in WWE of doing a face turn with Bray Wyatt. Rumors have it that some in the company believe that he can reach his full main event potential by being a fan favorite. The belief is that WWE will not be pulling the trigger on this character change until they decide to turn Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins back into heels.
April 23, 2014
Lacey Von Erich
"If you never want to have a family or a wife or time to yourself, and you like being verbally and mentally abused, then you should [get into wrestling]. I say go for it. [That abuse comes more from] the locker room. Definitely the locker room. TNA is very different than WWE. WWE was very political. I wasn't in there yet. They were like, 'You're a Von Erich. You better be amazing at wrestling,' and things like that. And I wasn't. I'm more of an actress than I am a wrestler. I'd rather play a character than get hurt on the mat. That's what I'm better at. I'm better at acting. That's what I wanted to do. Vince called me. He's the one that got me into this. He's the one asked me, 'Do you want to be a wrestler? Try to be a Diva?' He brought me out and and I signed the contract that night and went into training. I wasn't expecting it to come as much. It really blew up and they expected so much of me, but then TNA called and they really embraced me as like a family member." - Lacey Von Erich talking about backstage politics in WWE
April 22, 2014
Eric Young
Since he is now the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Eric Young is being given a bit of a gimmick change, as management wants to move him further away from the comedic character that he has portraying over the years. TNA wants fans to believe that Young is a credible champion. His Monster's Ball match against Abyss on Impact Wrestling was to aid that.
April 19, 2014
Rockstar Spud
Over the last several weeks, TNA officials have been busy, trying to secure long term deals on as many of their performers as they possibly can. One of the guys that has signed a multiple year deal this week is Rockstar Spud, who has been impressing everyone backstage with how well he has committed to his character. Spud is expected to be utilized in the ring more often in the near future.
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
Christopher Daniels
"A unique athlete, it's funny because he was a book that was judged by his cover, for a very long time and it took a while to get him into TNA and we were always fighting to get him in. Everybody was like 'we gotta change his look and blah blah blah,' but finally when they gave him the chance, he showed them that you didn't need to judge him by the cover because he brings a unique intensity and a unique character to TNA and I think it would be a different TNA without him. He has changed the business." - Christopher Daniels discusses Samoa Joe
April 15, 2014
Barry Windham
In a sign of how much the company is vested into the character, Bray Wyatt is not allowed to do any media interviews. The Hernando Times in Florida did a feature article on Mike Rotunda, Blackjack Mulligan, Barry Windham and the family. It was revealed that WWE would not grant Bray Wyatt permission to be involved in the piece, but Bo Dallas was allowed to give quotes.
April 14, 2014
Bret Hart
A video tribute for the Undertaker using his action figure. WWE features his character destroying the likes of Eddie Guerrero, Kane, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, John Cena and others.
April 14, 2014
Sin Cara
While he has been protesting through social media and threatening legal actions, the original Sin Cara has not actually gone after WWE yet. The belief is that he is just issuing empty threats, as the performer has now gone back to his Mistico name and character in Mexico. It appears that WWE might actually hold the rights to the Sin Cara name after all.
April 13, 2014
Sting
Rumors are heating up that Sting and WWE have finally agreed upon a contract. Negotiations between the two sides have been ongoing for the better part of the past decade. No word yet on what type of role Sting will have with WWE, but there are talks that he will be a television character. A match at Wrestlemania 31 is still a possibility.
April 10, 2014
Dixie Carter
The big draw on Impact Wrestling this week is the return of Dixie Carter to television. TNA has been working a story line where she has been in hiding since losing control of the company to MVP at TNA Lockdown 2014. No official word has been given on what her character will do on Impact Wrestling, but the belief is that Carter will be going after MVP again.
April 10, 2014
Kane
Many were wondering how WWE was going to handle the Paul Bearer induction speech since he is no longer alive. Management opted to use multiple people instead. First, Kane gave an entertaining speech about his former manager. Then, the two sons of Paul Bearer gave a very brief speech before Undertaker came out in character and did a quick pose.
April 5, 2014
Godfather
Earlier this week, it was revealed that the Godfather was staying at the same hotel that WWE stars were staying at in New Orleans. Well, the rumor floating around is that he was brought in my company officials and might be utilized at Wrestlemania 30. Some are even saying that the Papa Shango character might be involved in a segment since voodoo is a part of the Louisiana culture.
April 4, 2014
Andre the Giant
As management is still trying to finalize the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal, there were rumors backstage that Ricardo Rodriguez was a candidate to work the match at Wrestlemania 30. However, it appears that WWE has moved away from that. Not only is Rodriguez being utilized as a commentator instead, the company also added Brad Maddox, an on screen character, to the match.
April 4, 2014
Andre the Giant
In a move that was not expected whatsoever, Brad Maddox announced on the Monday Night Raw kickoff show that he will be wrestling at Wrestlemania 30. The on screen character, who was actually trained as an in ring performer, will be one of the contestants in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal on the pay per view.
March 31, 2014
Hulk Hogan
A lot of fans noticed something peculiar this week when the latest hall of fame induction at Wrestlemania 30 was announced by WWE on Monday Night Raw. Vince McMahon opted to inducted Razor Ramon, as he has always been especially proud of creating the character. He will be inducting Scott Hall later down the line, perhaps with Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan as the nWo.
March 27, 2014
Sin Cara
While there is a potential big legal battle in the works, Sin Cara revealed on Twitter that he will be using the Mistico name and character again in Mexico. There has been some dispute as to who owns the Sin Cara trademark. The performer believes that it belongs to him, while WWE is the one that holds all the paperwork.
March 26, 2014
Hunico
The odd saga between Sin Cara and WWE continued this week, as the masked performer was upset with Hunico portraying his character with Scooby Doo on Monday Night Raw. He even went as far as to send messages to Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H via Twitter to vent his frustrations, but he wisely deleted the messages shortly afterwards.
March 25, 2014
Rock
Since he is one of the most known actors in the entire world right now, the Rock has been heavily sought by Hollywood studios for roles. Both DC and Marvel have expressed interest in the former WWE star playing a superhero in one of their upcoming films. Rock recently revealed that he has agreed to a character with DC Comics, but he is not giving any further details just yet.
March 25, 2014
Balls Mahoney
Prior to making a name for himself in ECW, Balls Mahoney had a very brief stint in WWE as a character named Xanta Klaus, who was supposed to be the younger brother of Santa Clause that lived in the South Pole and stole Christmas presents. He was introduced by Ted DiBiase at an In Your House event in 1995 as a foil for Savio Vega.
March 24, 2014
AJ Lee
Almost immediately after she shocked the wrestling world by beating AJ Lee for the WWE Divas Championship on Monday Night Raw, speculations arose as to what the fate of the WWE NXT Women's Championship was going to be. It now appears that the company has already filmed a segment where Paige is forced to vacate the developmental championship.
April 24, 2014
CM Punk
After dropping the belt to Paige the night after Wrestlemania 30, AJ Lee was given some time off, presumably to rest up and move to Chicago to be with boyfriend, former WWE star CM Punk. Rumors are floating around that AJ will be returning to the company in May, as she has been advertised for the European tour. She is also advertised for events in June.
April 23, 2014
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
CM Punk
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
AJ Lee
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
Roddy Piper
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
Ric Flair
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
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
Naomi Knight
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
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
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
Layla El
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
Naomi Knight
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
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
Cameron
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
Naomi Knight
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
Brie Bella
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