Former WWE Superstar AJ Mendez (AJ Lee) was a recent guest on “The Sessions with Renee Paquette” podcast and spoke about the neck injury which wound up ending her pro wrestling career and why she has no plans to eventually return to the ring.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
On not having plans to return to the ring: “I’m going to keep it feeling great by not wrestling. I hurt my neck really bad the last year, and when it happened in the ring, I thought I was paralyzed, which was the scariest thing ever.”
On injuring her neck in a match with Paige in 2015: “I f*cked up her move. I like, jumped a little early and I landed on the top of my head, couldn’t feel my legs, and they were like, ‘You gotta sell to hard cam,’ and I was like, [whispering] ‘I can’t feel my legs.’ And then I just roll over and sell to hard cam. And then I got my feeling back and went to the doctor, it turned out three of my discs are so compacted it is shutting off a nerve, so my hands just go numb randomly … I had the option to do surgery to alleviate that pain or do rehab, and I went the rehab route. I was doing rehab and I was still on the road as champion … My hands still go numb, but other than that, I was very lucky!”
AJ Mendez is currently working as an Executive Producer for the WOW – Women Of Wrestling promotion.