The 2nd annual Mae Young Classic has it’s first confirmed entrant, and it’s one sure to turn some heads in the wrestling world.
As first reported on by ESPN and corroborated by WWE, former Diva’s Champion Kaitlyn will be competing in this year’s edition of the MYC, marking her first appearance under the WWE banner in over four years. Kaitlyn – real name Celeste Bonin – returned to wrestling in February for the first time since retiring from the WWE in early 2014.
“Since I came back, I had the opportunity to work backward and really nail down the fundamentals and the basics — things that I really lacked during my first run with the WWE,” said Bonin in ESPN’s release on the announcement. “Now I am bringing these newly honed and developed skills that I have acquired recently and I am combining that with my fearless attitude. And because I don’t have this rookie vibe about me, now I can really concentrate on surprising the WWE universe with all the things I have learned.”
Kaitlyn first rose to prominence in the WWE as the winner of the third season of NXT, defeating current Smackdown Live superstar Naomi to win the show, which at the time was in it’s inaugural incarnation as a game show type competition. After winning the competition, Kaitlyn proceeded to form the Chickbusters with AJ Lee; however, the two are now more well-known as fierce rivals. After a number of smaller feuds to begin her main roster run, Kaitlyn won the Divas Championship on January 14 in front of her hometown crowd in Houston, Texas. Her title reign included defences against both Tamina Snuka and Natalya; however, after 153 days, she lost her championship to her former tag team partner in AJ Lee. A number of lesser-known feuds followed her championship win, and Kaitlyn retired from the WWE in January of 2014 to focus on outside endeavours, including forming her own clothing line in Celestial Bodiez. In February of 2018, Kaitlyn made her return to the ring for Coastal Championship Wrestling under her real name. In her first match back, she defeated Rachel Ellering in a singles match.
Stay tuned to Win Column Sports for more developments, and more importantly – welcome back, Kaitlyn!