April Jeanette "AJ" Mendez Brooks (born April Jeanette Mendez; March 19, 1987), better known by her ring name AJ Lee, is an American retired professional wrestler. She is best known for her time in WWE.
Mendez began her professional wrestling career on the New Jersey independent circuit in 2007, where she performed as Miss April, notably in Women Superstars Uncensored. She signed with WWE in 2009 and spent two years in its developmental system, Florida Championship Wrestling, before she was called up to the main roster. Meanwhile, she took part in season three of NXT in 2010 and placed third in the competition.