One of the top female wrestlers in WWE has call it quits, almost a year after her husband C.M Punk left the company.
Three-time Divas champion AJ Lee, who just won at WrestleMania 31 on March 29th, has retired, WWE announced in a statement:
“AJ Lee (April Mendez) has decided to retire from in-ring competition with WWE. We wish AJ the very best.”
Lee was embroiled in some controversy after calling out Stephanie McMahon over unfair wages and screen time, giving birth to the hashtag #GiveDivasAChance.
WWE legend Nick Foley on Lee’s retirement, via Facebook:
“AJ Lee has retired from WWE – and somehow that just doesn’t seem right. I have been talking for a while about a revolution in women’s wrestling – and I really do believe we are on the verge of a new dawn for women’s wrestling. When that new dawn arrives, it would seem only fitting that AJ be allowed to bask in the warmth of the rays she helped make possible.
#AJLee was a pioneer – fighting her way up against all odds in the WWE developmental system, proving that unique talent, heart, and determination were just as important (if not more so) as the physical attributes that were generally accepted as necessary to find a spot near the top of the women’s roster.”