Woman Crush Wednesday: AJ Lee

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           She is April Jeanette Brooks, or also known as AJ Lee. She is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE under the ring name AJ Lee. She is a former three-time WWE Divas Champion and holds the longest reign in the title’s history at 295 days.

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           AJ began her career performing on the New Jersey independent circuit as Miss April, mostly in Women Superstars Uncensored. After joining WWE in 2009, she spent two years in its developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling, and took part in the third season of NXT in 2010, placing third in the competition. In 2012, after being involved in several on-screen relationships with wrestlers feuding over the promotion’s world championships, while also serving as Raw General Manager for three months, AJ was named WWE‘s “Diva of the Year“. In June 2013, AJ captured her first WWE Divas Championship by defeating Kaitlyn.

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            April Jeanette Mendez was born March 19, 1987, in Union City, New Jersey. She is of Puerto Rican heritage, and the youngest of three siblings. She describes her family’s experience while growing up as having to live in motels, other people’s houses, and their car. She cited her brother’s childhood interest in WWE as an influence on her decision to break into the male-dominated world of wrestling, and she cemented her ambition to pursue a professional wrestling career when she was 12 years old. She was inspired by the female WWE stars that came before her, especially Lita, whom she met as a child at an autograph signing. A video of the encounter, which shows the young Mendez being brought to tears by the meeting, has surfaced on YouTube.

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            After graduating from Memorial High SchoolMendez worked several jobs in order to save up the money she needed to both support her family and enroll in wrestling school. She attended New York University‘s Tisch School of the Arts in New York City, where she majored in film and television production and writing, until family and financial issues led to her dropping out six months into her studies. As an homage to her brother, who was in the U.S. Army, Mendez once wore camouflage wrestling attire.

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            Mendez married Phil Brooks, better known as CM Punk, on June 13, 2014. They live in Chicago, Illinois. She was previously in a relationship with her trainer Jay LethalMendez describes herself as a “tomboy” and credits her brother for getting her interested in comic books, anime and video games. She has a tattoo in tally marks on the back of her neck, which read as “6-16-13”, commemorating the date on which she won her first WWE Divas Championship.

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To know more about AJ Lee, just go here: http://aj-brooks.com/

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Maryse

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           She is Maryse Ouellet Mizanin is a French Canadian glamour model, professional wrestler, professional wrestling valet, and business woman, better known simply as Maryse. She is best known for her time with WWE between 2006 and 2011.

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          After spending years modelling, including winning Miss Hawaiian Tropic Canada in 2003, Maryse was hired by WWE in August 2006, after she participated in the WWE Diva Search competition. She spent time in Ohio Valley Wrestling and Florida Championship Wrestling, WWE‘s developmental territories, before being assigned to the SmackDown brand in 2008. In December 2008, Maryse captured her first title with the company, the WWE Divas Championship, and held it for seven months, the longest reign in the championship’s history at the time. In April 2009 she was drafted to the Raw brand, and won the Divas Championship for the second time in February 2010, making her the first wrestler to have held the championship on more than one occasion. In March 2011, she became the co-host of NXT, but was released from WWE in October 2011.

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           In late 2011, she announced plans for a clothing and jewelry line called House of Maryse, and later began working as a realtor.

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         In 2013, Ouellet got engaged to fellow professional wrestler Mike Mizanin or also known as The Miz, and the couple married in the Bahamas in February 2014. The couple live together in Los Angeles.

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To know more about Maryse Oullet, just go here: http://www.frenchkissmaryse.com/

Man Crush Monday: Cesaro

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          He is Claudio Castagnoli, better known by his former ring name Antonio Cesaro and currently performing as Cesaro, is a Swiss professional wrestler. Castagnoli has been contracted with WWE since September 2011. He was previously known for his work (under his real name) in Ring of Honor (ROH), various independent promotions, and the Japan-based Pro Wrestling Noah.

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         Castagnoli is an accomplished tag team wrestler, being a two-time ROH World Tag Team Champion with his partner Chris Hero as the Kings of Wrestling (where their 364 day reign as champions was the longest in company history), as well various independent tag team titles both with Hero and with Ares as Swiss Money Holding, such as the Chikara Campeonatos de Parejas, the JCW Tag Team Championship and the CZW World Tag Team Championship. Castagnoli and Hero were voted as the 2010 Tag Team of the Year by Wrestling Observer Newsletter readers. He has also had success as a singles wrestler, having won the WWE United States Championship and the inaugural André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXX along with numerous independent singles titles, most notably the PWG World Championship.

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          Particularly in the United States, Castagnoli emphasizes his European origin as part of his wrestling gimmick to proclaim a superior intellect and fashion sensibility, not only by speaking five languages (English, German, Italian, French, and his native Swiss-German dialect), but also by regularly using the European uppercut.

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          What I love about Cesaro is that he is so manly enough. He’s buffed and loving those abs. If this really asked me to marry him, I won’t hesitate to say YES. I will marry a handsome  wrestler and a buffed superhero. I just fin him hot and sexy, that’s all.

To know more about Cesaro, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Cesaro