WWE Divas don’t just wrestle for the glamour and the attention, just like the guys in the entertainment business, they wrestle for success. But with that success comes hardship, and ex-Divas Champion Kaitlyn admitted this week that those difficulties caused her a great deal of physical and emotional stress.
WWE is a fearsome place where only the fittest and the most willing survive. For a short-time that’s exactly what Diva Kaitlyn, real name Celeste Bonin, did. She battled hard for her chance, but a stroke of luck meant she didn’t have to stay long in WWE's development programme.
It wasn’t long that she had to wait in the wings on NXT either. In fact, for Kaitlyn the climb to the top wasn’t as much the hard part as staying there was. Recalling her first time wrestling on NXT, Kaitlyn told the Baltimore Sun.
“I got called up to NXT, when it was a reality-based competition show, in the first few weeks I was there because they needed a last-minute replacement for someone. I had no wrestling experience at the time, I didn't know the difference between a headlock and an arm drag (laughs). I just got put in this position to be in the spotlight. It was a do or die moment,” Kaitlyn said.
But once she made it to the top circles in WWE, that’s when the struggle to get known truly began. There are so many wrestlers that fight to be the main event, even in the Divas’ division, but only a chosen few get to act out their wrestling fantasy. Eventually, after hard work and perseverance, Kaitlyn’s WWE career took off.
“For the first year-and-a-half, it was really hard for me,” said Kaitlyn, real name Celeste Bonin. “I wasn't on TV a lot, I didn't really have a character, and I was just in the background. During that time, I was traveling every week with the main roster, but I wasn't in the spotlight at all. When I first had a chance to make an impression and earn my spot, I did.
After that it skyrocketed.”
But what goes up must come down, and that’s what happened to Kaitlyn after she lost the Divas championship last summer after five months of domination. From that point on, the emotional stress returned for Bonin, and a need to be with her off screen family became too strong.
“Being in the WWE is hard in general because there's so much travel and there's a lot of physical and emotional stress,” Kaitlyn added.
“Once I lost the title, I was back in the background. But there were other things brewing. I had recently gotten engaged, and there were other things I wanted to pursue. So it was all these things happening at once, not being in a storyline at the time, and not being able to spend time with my fiancé, and feeling like I had more to offer. So it all came to a head in January.”