AJ LEE POLITICS
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
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
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
Linda McMahon
While she has been relatively quiet as of late, Linda McMahon is still making moves in the world of politics. The former WWE CEO is being honored this month with the Prescott Bush Award, which is viewed as the highest honor that is bestowed by the Connecticut Republican Party. Despite the launch of the WWE Network, Linda is still keeping her distance from the company.
February 10, 2014
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
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
Bret Hart

"Toronto deserves Rob Ford, they put him in office. Toronto deserves everything it gets. Up in Calgary we've got a more prestigious mayor [Naheed Nenshi]. I think we've got the best mayor in North America."

December 7, 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
Paige
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
Alicia Fox
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
AJ Lee
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
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
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
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
CM Punk
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
CM Punk
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
CM Punk
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
Aksana
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
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
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
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
Nikki 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
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
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