WrestleMania Diary: AJ Lee, Day 2

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April 04, 2013

A PICTURE’S WORTH … 9:44 a.m.
Carefully laid out across AJ Lee’s desk, otherwise overtaken by her massive WrestleMania itinerary and Grant Morrison–penned “Batman” comics, are five photographs that the Diva calls her “good luck charms” for her chaotic WrestleMania Week, a portrait of her curiously named blond Chihuahua “Señor Nacho Cheese Mendez” peering up at her from the center of the arrangement. In an age of digitized pictures, AJ opts for the real deal.


“Since I’m going to be here all week, and since this is a pretty special week, I needed a bit of home,” she says, in an instant reminded of the surreality of her road life transporting her back to native New Jersey for The Showcase of the Immortals.

With her family unable to attend WrestleMania this year, AJ holds close snapshots of her parents, her two best childhood friends, her older siblings Robert and Erica, and the undisputed “love of her life,” the aforementioned “Cheese.” It appears, in this instance, Dolph Ziggler will have to settle for second place. 

RAISING THE BAR, 6:04 p.m.

Just prior to her life-changing tryout at WWE developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling, AJ Lee worked as a secretary at a spa in Hoboken that neighbors a gym … a gym she never actually used despite the close proximity.

Intensely focused on her workout — she doesn’t even listen to music — AJ approaches this ritual in a way that belies the fact that she’s still relatively new at it.


“The first time I ever actually lifted a weight was three years ago at our training facility at FCW,” AJ admits. “That kind of brought me into this lifestyle I was never used to.”

Now, wholly confident as she locks plates into place for her muscle-building regimen of squats, deadlifts and Romanian deadlifts, the diminutive but increasingly powerful Jersey native seems to impress even the most seasoned gym goers in the room.

“I lift pretty heavy for my body weight, and I don’t do any of that girly stuff like cardio or any light weights,” AJ says with a laugh. “I go really heavy, and that intimidates some guys. I enjoy that.”

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