A week on Sunday, Kaitlyn will challenge Layla for the WWE Divas Championship at Night Of Champions in a match that she earned by way of winning a battle royal on the August 20 episode of Monday Night Raw. As it has been claimed since then, the ending was not meant to have Kaitlyn winning, and it should have been Eve Torres getting the shot – which adds credence to why everyone seemed so confused with the result and Eve being shoehorned into the build-up for the match – so it could end up being a three-way, but as it stands, it’s still Kaitlyn v Layla for the belt, and shows how far the challenger has come since winning the third season of NXT.
In fact, today marks two years to the day since Kaitlyn’s WWE TV debut on the first episode of the show as a last-minute replacement to become Vickie Guerrero‘s rookie Diva. Then 24, Celeste Bonin had only signed a WWE contract less than two months previous, and had made her first appearance on Florida Championship Wrestling TV a month before making it onto the main roster, and that was only as a lumberjill. To say that she was nowhere near ready to be on NXT would be an understatement, but she seized the opportunity, displaying her quirky personality and accidentally becoming a wedge between Guerrero and her protege/boyfriend Dolph Ziggler throughout the course of the show. As a wrestler, she was lime green, but her character carried her through, and since then, she has been working to become a credible grappler.
Granted, for the 18 months following her victory, Kaitlyn was nothing much to write home about, but more recently, WWE has been putting her in the ring with Natalya, with the third-generation Hart getting the upper hand at the start, but the former fitness model, bodybuilder and model has since started running away with the victories, leading up to getting the win – regardless of whether it was booked or not – in the battle royal. In some ways, Kaitlyn earned her way into this title match in the same way that she got onto NXT – through being in the right place at the right time. If her history is to repeat itself, she may end up winning the title, especially since Layla’s run as Champion has been pretty unspectacular.
But what of the rest of the NXT season 3 contestants – what happened to them? Well, let’s take a look at where they are now, and let’s start with the one who never made it to TV and was replaced by Kaitlyn… (more…)
With all the hoopla over Britani Knight‘s FCW debut a couple of days ago, the question then turns to who she’s going to end up working with in developmental. All of the NXT Season 3 Divas are still putting their time in here – in some cases while also working on the main WWE roster. Katlyn & AJ are on Smackdown semi-regularly, as is Aksana (in a non wrestling role), while Maxine is (quite literally) strutting herself on NXT. In a continuing mystery, the most physically impressive and technically sound of the NXT girls is still here full time – that being Naomi. Other names in developmental at the minute include the female competitors from Tough Enough. Ariane Andrew (now Cameron Lynn), Ivelisse Velez (now Sofia Cortez) and Christina Crawford (now Caylee Turner). Audrey Marie is Houston native Ashley Marie, who was also signed in 2011, but most notably and intriguingly is the presence of Eddie & Vickie Guerrero‘s eldest daughter Shaul, who rather than carry the family name, competes under the name of Raquel Diaz (for reasons best known to WWE/FCW). Her family legacy is not a secret, however, as you’ll see with her finishing sequence in this “Queen of FCW” match with Aksana. Click through to see. (more…)