AJ’s Victory Speech After Winning the THQ Challenge
• Posted on: March 31st, 2012 by Corrin | Filed Under: Videos, WWE.com | Leave a Comment (0)

WWE Diva AJ often brags about her video game prowess. At WrestleMania Axxess Friday night, she showed it off for her peers.

In a 16-man field of WWE Superstars and Divas, the spunky little “human cheat code” (as referred to by Challenge host Matt Striker) dominated the field to take the trophy as 2012 THQ Superstar Challenge Champion – the first Diva to do so in the popular decade-old event.

AJ quickly dispatched fellow Diva Tamina in the qualifying round of THQ’s “WWE ‘12,” then not-so-secretly almost scored a second win for her boyfriend, World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan, in his matchup against Justin Gabriel. But Gabriel, seeing AJ’s assistance, turned his Xbox 360 controller over to “American Idol” star James Durbin, who accompanied the South African Superstar to the ring.

Durbin sent AJ – and therefore Bryan — packing with a surprise pinfall win. Bryan yelled at his girlfriend before exiting the ring in a huff.

AJ continued on her own to quickly cut The Great Khali down to size in the quarterfinals, then topple Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes in the semifinals to set up a titanic final against The World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry. Henry’s young son Jacob tried to turn the crowd to support his dad, but with chants of “Yes! Yes! Yes!” roaring through the Miami Beach Convention Center, AJ took down the former World Heavyweight Champion in a spirited five-minute contest.

“This is my first championship,” AJ exclaimed to the cheers of the packed WrestleMania Axxess crowd as she received her championship trophy. “Thank you, everyone, for cheering for me.Now let’s go to WrestleMania and help Daniel (Bryan) win!”

The crowd applause, thankfully, remained polite for the young Diva.

OFFICIAL RESULTS:

QUALIFYING ROUND:
AJ def. Tamina
The Great Khali def. Aksana
Cody Rhodes def. Goldust
Justin Gabriel def. Daniel Bryan
Mark Henry def. Sin Cara
William Regal def. Tyler Reks (Fan decision)
Heath Slater def Curt Hawkins,
Michael McGillicutty def. JTG (2011 champ)

QUARTERFINALS:
Cody Rhodes def. Justin Gabriel
AJ def. Great Khali
Mark Henry def. William Regal
Michael McGillicutty def. Heath Slater

SEMIFINALS:
AJ def. Cody Rhodes
Mark Henry def. Michael McGillicutty

FINAL
AJ def. Mark Henry

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Name: April Jeanette Mendez
AKA: AJ, Miss April, AJ Lee
DOB: March 19th, 1987
Known For: WWE Diva
WWE Debut: Sept. 7th, 2010
Birthplace: Union City, NJ
Mini Bio: April Jeanette Mendez aka AJ Lee is currently a WWE Diva. April got her start in wrestling in 2007 when began training at a facility just down the street from her house. She debuted for WSU in late 2008 and went on to win the tag team championships with Brooke Carter. In May 2009 she signed a development contract with WWE's then development territory FCW. While down in FCW, AJ became the 1st ever Diva to hold both the Queen of FCW & FCW Divas Championship at the same time. AJ debuted on WWE television on season 3 of NXT and ended up placing 3rd on the show. After, she went back down the FCW before being called to the main roster in 2011. Some of her most memorable roles so far in her wrestling career is being the general manager of Raw for a few months & capturing the Divas Championship at Payback from former BFF Kaitlyn. She is now the longest reigning Divas Champion in history holding the title for 295 days.


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