Former WWE Divas Champion Kaityn, who now goes by her real name Celeste Bonin, has joined PWMania.com and will be writing exclusive columns featuring a variety of stories on her career, pro wrestling and more. In her debut column Celeste talks about her life with WWE, breaking into the company, her departure and more. Here are some excerpts from her entry:
Breaking in to WWE and her WWE debut:
“After having only been in the developmental program for WWE only a few weeks, I received I life changing phone call from John Lauranitus. He said, “Kid, you’re going to debut on Tuesday”. (It was currently a Friday). Apparently, the first female season of NXT, a WWE reality based elimination show, was getting ready to launch and they needed a last minute replacement.
“Me. I was the replacement. The girl who had barely gotten her feet wet at wrestling practice. The girl who didn’t even have a pair of wrestling boots yet. The girl that only owned one dress, (which I had actually borrowed from my best friend and “forgot” to give back).
“I was immediately contacted by the WWE travel department, by talent relations, and by everyone else and their mom. I was supposed to fly out in two days to join the rest of the WWE roster backstage at Monday night RAW and then make my debut on live TV that following Tuesday.”
Her WWE departure:
“The last 6 months of my career with WWE were definitely tumultuous. I am a total believer of the saying “Everything happened for a reason”. After I had lost the title and had taken a backseat to the main story line and the the total divas, I decided it was a much needed break (from the spotlight). During that time I was going through some personal and medical issues and wasn’t necessarily happy with my body. I figured it was a blessing in disguise to be on the back burner for a bit. After all, everyone gets their turn and you can’t always be on top forever. For the record; even if you aren’t in a main story line or the champion, you’re still working your ass off week in and week out on live events etc.
“Anyways, it was also during this time that I fell into a whirlwind love with a long time friend and got engaged. My (now) husband came into my life and became this knight in shining armor that I never knew I needed.”