Partial Source: Pwinsider
UPDATE x 2: We’ve obtained some additional information regarding AJ Lee’s recent exit from the WWE. Lee had been planning to retire for some time based on her post-match scene with Paige at WrestleMania 31, where Paige appeared to be hugging AJ goodbye.
Per a source, AJ Lee was in a tough position due to the recent conflicts between WWE and her husband CM Punk. As mentioned by Punk on Colt Cobana’s The Art of Wrestling podcast, WWE fired Punk on his wedding day with AJ Lee. In addition, it was difficult because WWE was supporting staff doctor Chris Amann after he filed a lawsuit against Punk and Cabana based on Punk’s comments on the podcast. Punk claimed that Amann refused to treat and misdiagnosed a growth on his back. Per Punk’s account, the growth turned out to be a MRSA staph infection. After the lawsuit was filed, WWE asked AJ Lee to return to TV from a neck injury.
It is currently unknown if Lee still plans to wrestle on the independent scene. WWE will likely hold her to her contract if she is in fact “retired.”
UPDATE: CM Punk commented on wife AJ Lee’s retirement from wrestling, posting the following:
— Coach (@CMPunk) April 3, 2015
The “ThankYouAJ” hashtag is currently trending worldwide on Twitter.
ORIGINAL: WWE posted the following on Twitter, announcing that AJ Lee has decided to retire from wrestling. More details as they become available…
BREAKING: AJ Lee (April Mendez) has decided to retire from in-ring competition with WWE. We wish AJ the very best.
— WWE (@WWE) April 3, 2015