In an interview on Maurice Benard's YouTube channel: State Of Mind, former WWE Superstar AJ Mendez, also known as AJ Lee in the Stamford FED, talked about his mental health and suicide attempt in 2014 when he was still under contract with WWE.
AJ Lee was amongst the most famous female professional wrestlers for a large part of this decade. She was voted Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Woman of the Year for an unprecedented three consecutive years from 2012 to 2014.
In many ways, she was at the peak of her powers and fame when she chose to walk away from it all.
AJ Lee was a pioneer on many fronts in the WWE
On her suicide attempt in 2014, AJ Lee revealed: "Nobody knew. And that's exactly why I became a mental health advocate for several men and women.
I decided to write a book about this problem but I haven't talked about my problem yet. I was on TV and I was a champion, for me it was a perfect and wonderful year. But I had several problems. Being bipolar has changed my life and made it more difficult for me.
During that time, I had to take time off work for surgery. Secretly with my husband we decided to get married. So everything was happening very fast and my life was having so many ups and downs. I was afraid of having to undergo surgery.
A lot of things happened then in the end, I got hurt in the ring and my husband got sued. All of a sudden, suddenly and in the same year. Things were going great but I couldn't manage my bipolar disorder. It was too much for me.
I wasn't taking care of myself as I should have. The only solution for me, the only thing I could do was just book a hotel room to end my life. I didn't want my husband to find me in that condition. Indeed, I did not want him to have to take care of everything and for this reason, I decided to do all this alone in a hotel room.
At a certain point, however, I realized that I was no longer thinking with my brain, darkness ruled my mind for me and therefore I was able to call the association for the prevention of suicides. I told them everything, they listened to me and helped me."
Perhaps the most serious of these was when a WWE doctor told him a mass on his back was nothing serious, but it ended up being a staph infection that had been untreated for a long time and could have even turned out to be fatal. Punk had alleged that it was just before the WWE Royal Rumble 2014 pay-per-view.