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NXT Showcase: Kaitlyn



Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a match that involves a powerhouse diva.

Wrestler: “The Powerhouse Diva” Kaitlyn.

Background Information: She is from Houston, Texas and is trained by the FCW staff in 2010.

She made her body fitness debut in 2006, at the age of 19. In 2007, she won the National Physique Committee (NPC) John Sherman Classic Bodybuilding Figure and Fitness Championship, and came fifth at the Arnold Classic in the NPC Figure Class D competition.

She also was in the top five at Musclemania Superbody in 2007, in the Figure Universe – Tall category. In 2008, she was named Miss November at the Hardfitness Calendar and placed 16th at the NPC Junior Nationals that same year in the NPC Figure category. In 2008, she was part of the Hardfitness Calendar and in 2009, she appeared in Flex Magazine.

In July 2010, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) signed her to a developmental contract and she reported to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), WWE’s developmental territory.

She debuted under the ring name Celeste, competing in a bikini contest. Her name would soon be changed to Ricki Vaughn, however, she never would actually debut under the name as she would soon change it to her NXT name, Kaitlyn.

On August 22, 2010, on an episode of FCW television, she would make her FCW TV debut as a lumberjill at ringside for a match between AJ Lee and Naomi Knight.

When FCW was rebranded into NXT Wrestling in 2012, she briefly portrayed a villain while appearing on the NXT program. On July 18, 2012, on an edition of NXT, she was defeated by Tamina Snuka in singles action.

On August 8, 2012, on an edition of NXT, she teamed with Caylee Turner in a losing effort against Paige and Tamina Snuka. Her last match as a heel took place on October 10, 2012; teaming with Alicia Fox in a loss to Paige and Audrey Marie.

On September 7, 2010, it was announced that she would join season 3 of NXT, under the name Kaitlyn, with Vickie Guerrero as her storyline pro. She was the replacement for Guerrero’s original rookie, Aloisia, whom Guerrero fired in storyline. That week, she unsuccessfully competed in both a dance competition and a ‘capture the flag’ contest.

The following week, she made her in-ring debut when she teamed up with Guerrero’s on-screen boyfriend Dolph Ziggler to defeat A.J. and Primo in a mixed tag team match.

On December 3, 2010, on an episode of SmackDown, she appeared in a backstage segment with Guerrero and Ziggler, announcing that SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long had signed her to the brand following her victory on NXT. She had her first match on SmackDown on January 28, 2011, when she and Kelly Kelly were defeated by Team Lay-Cool. She later lost in singles competition against Layla on March 11, 2011.

On May 27, 2011, on an episode of SmackDown, she formed a tag team known as The Chickbusters with AJ. In their first match as a team, they lost to the team of Alicia Fox and Tamina. The duo were accompanied by Natalya, who became a mentor of sorts to the pair.

On August 5, 2011, on an episode of SmackDown, AJ Lee lost a singles match to Natalya, who then turned on her protégé, attacking her and declaring war on the “perky little princesses” that comprised the rest of the Divas division.

In November 2011, tension began to be teased between The Chickbusters, with her developing a heel persona due to being upset at their repeated losses to The Divas of Doom. She became a villain after another loss to the Divas of Doom on December 9, 2011, turning against AJ and joining the Divas of Doom. However, the segment was cut from the broadcast.

On February 8, 2012, on an episode of NXT Redemption, she lost in singles competition to Maxine, whom she has been feuding with since befriending Derrick Bateman. After weeks of feuding with Maxine over whether the latter was good for Derrick Bateman, on February 29, 2012, on an episode of NXT Redemption, she would kiss Bateman in an “intervention” segment also including Alicia Fox and Justin Gabriel before defeating Maxine in the main event.

When she made her return to SmackDown on April 27, 2012, she was backstage comforting fellow Chickbuster AJ until she slapped Kaitlyn and left her confused. On May 4, 2012, on an episode of SmackDown, she again attempted to comfort AJ, but was again assaulted by AJ. On May 11, 2012, on an episode of SmackDown, she was defeated by AJ in singles competition and was afterwards visited by Daniel Bryan, who stated he is moving on from AJ and going after her. Two days later on Twitter, she announced she was officially breaking up The Chickbusters.

She then re-entered into a feud with Maxine on May 16, 2012, on an episode of NXT Redemption after she was victorious in singles competition against Maxine via submission. Two weeks later on May 30, 2012, on an episode of NXT Redemption, she successfully defeated Tamina Snuka in a singles match while Maxine observed on commentary, thus ending the feud. On June 13, 2012, on the season finale episode of NXT Redemption, her winning streak continued as she defeated her former mentor Natalya for the first time in singles competition.

On June 25, 2012, on an episode of Raw, she made her televised return competing in the ‘”Diva Beach Battle Blast” battle royal, which was ultimately won by her former friend AJ.

On August 10, 2012, on an episode of SmackDown, she asked and was given a job from SmackDown General Manager Booker T as his assistant, but was afterwards put in a match against an angry Eve and the winner will be awarded the job.

At the Night of Champions pay-per-view, she was attacked by a masked figure injuring her ankle, therefore being forced to forfeit her title shot with Layla to Eve. On September 17, 2012, it was announced that she has a torn tendon, and will be out of action for several weeks.

She returned on September 24, 2012, on an episode of Raw stating that the Diva that attacked her at the Night of Champions pay-per-view was blonde, leading to Beth Phoenix becoming the suspected attacker. On October 8, 2012, on an episode of Raw, she had her first Divas Championship match against Eve in a losing effort via submission and was afterwards saved by Layla from Eve who attempted to re-injure her. Two weeks later on October 22, 2012, on an episode of Raw, she confronted Eve about her attacker, revealing it to be Aksana, who was e-mailed by Eve to attack her at the Night of Champions pay-per-view, and ended in a brawl also involving Layla.

In 2013, she began feud with AJ Lee. Throughout her WWE career, she won the WWE Divas Championship and won the third season of NXT.

On January 8, 2014, she decided to terminate her contract with WWE. Her final match aired that same night on Main Event where she regained her babyface persona and wrestled AJ Lee one final time in a losing effort. In her final address to the WWE Universe, she stated that she will return to the fitness industry.

On July 17, 2014, she stated that she considers herself retired from WWE and plans to walk away from the wrestling business to focus on her marriage and clothing line, which is called “Celestial Bodiez.”


In early May, she was asked a series of questions by Lisa Marie, and she stated she loves the band Red Hot Chili Peppers, her favorite movie is American Psycho, she hates the CBS television series The Big Bang Theory, and her favorite place to visit is Austin, Texas, describing it as, “The coolest city ever to exist.”

My Thoughts: Kaitlyn is a very interesting individual. Even though she lacked character, charisma, and in-ring ability when she first started, she had a great look and a presence about her in and outside of the ring. As time goes on, she started to develop a character, had a little charisma, and was getting better in the ring to make her a better all-around performer. Chickbuster!

Video: This video contains a match between Kaitlyn and AJ Lee at NXT Clash of the Champions on April 25, 2013.

My Thoughts: This was a good women’s match where Kaitlyn looked very strong in this match. This was a special edition of NXT where the WWE United States Championship, the WWE Divas Championship, the NXT Championship, and the WWE Intercontiental Championship were defended on this show.

Kaitlyn did well in this match as she got to showcased her strength in the ring. Not only that, she took a lot of punishment in this match, but still managed to fight back showing heart which is nice to see.

Plus, she had great chemistry with AJ Lee as they were known to be best friends that turned into bitter enemies so the match worked in that regard. Not only that, have to give credit to AJ Lee in this match for making Kaitlyn looking strong as well as herself.

Kaitlyn managed to win this match with a spear on AJ Lee to retain her WWE Divas Championship. That was a vicious spear by Kaitlyn and AJ Lee sold it pretty well. Good performances by both women as Kaitlyn was trying to prove her reign as WWE Divas Champion.

It’s unfortunate that Kaitlyn had to retire from professional wrestling. Now granted, she wasn’t the best women’s wrestler ever, but she has definitely improved a lot since she first started wrestling in WWE. Now, she’s doing fitness modeling again and she’s doing great in that apartment so I’m happy for her.

I don’t think she’ll ever come back to wrestling, but she did what she could during that time and I wish her the best of luck in the fitness model industry. Chickbuster!

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