April Jeanette Mendez is an American professional wrestler. She is signed to WWE, where she goes by the ring name AJ Lee. Mendez enrolled in a wrestling school in March 2007, where she trained for six months before debuting in her official match in the New Jersey independent wrestling circuit. On October 10, 2008, Miss April made her debut for Women Superstars Uncensored and went on to win the 2009 WSU/NWS King and Queen Tournament after defeating Jana and Danny Demanto in the final of the tournament on April 11, 2011. Mendez signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment on May 5, 2009, and was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling, WWE's developmental territory; in September 2009, her ring name was changed to "AJ Lee". 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. She became part of WWE's SmackDown
brand in May 2011, forming a tag team with Kaitlyn known as The Chickbusters. She made her main roster debut on the May 27, 2011, episode of SmackDown.