Kaitlyn, parted ways with WWE a few days ago.
So, WWE Diva Kaitlyn parted ways with the company last week. It wasn’t too much of a surprise: The 27-year-old hadn’t had a meaningful feud in months. She usually struggled to get on-screen time too.
While the former fitness model didn’t exactly have a legendary run—she was no Trish Stratus or Lita, that’s for sure—her time in the company did provide several memorable moments. Kaitlyn may never have been a huge star in the Divas division, but you can't say she never contributed anything.
So, in order of just how entertaining these moments were, let’s have a closer look at them.
A.J. Lee congratulates Kaitlyn on winning.
Kaitlyn broke through the WWE glass ceiling when she managed to win season three of NXT, beating heavy favorite Naomi.
While Kaitlyn wasn’t anything close to the in-ring talent Naomi was, her good looks, natural charm and down-to-earth charisma seemingly won over the voting public. (Feuding with much-loathed top heel Vickie Guerrero probably helped her cause too.)
It’s just too bad the company never truly figured out how to capitalize on her talents after this.
OK, I said this list would be a countdown of Kaitlyn’s memorable WWE moments—and this bout certainly was memorable, even if it was for all the wrong reasons. You could even say Kaitlyn vs. Maxine was very entertaining, in a so-bad-it’s-good-type way.
Throwing both women in a match on NXT in October 2010 was undoubtedly a bad decision on the company’s part. Neither girl was remotely ready for a lengthy bout on television at that point—something that was made abundantly clear as soon as they got in the ring. Full of perplexing and sloppy exchanges, this botch-filled match was so bad that commentator Michael Cole even started burying it live on air.
It was (deservedly) picked as that year’s worst match in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required) awards, too.
There are really too many great Kaitlyn segments from the criminally underrated NXT: Redemption to put here.
But let’s just go with this classic skit, in which Kaitlyn attempted to host an intervention for good friend Derrick Bateman (now Ethan Carter III in TNA) and free him from the clutches of his evil, controlling girlfriend Maxine.
While it started out civil, Maxine soon stormed out and the whole thing predictably ended with a very nasty catfight that put the scraps on The Jerry Springer Show to absolute shame.
Last year, on the January 14 edition of Raw, Kaitlyn defeated longtime foe Eve to win her first—and likely only—Divas Championship.
Not only did the Texas crowd in attendance react warmly to their hometown girl’s win, but it also happened to be one of the best bouts of her entire WWE career. Both women made the effort, with Kaitlyn in particular entering a spirited performance. That brutal spear at the end was enough to make Bill Goldberg and Edge proud.
Kaitlyn and A.J. Lee face off at Payback.
At last year’s Payback pay-per-view, Kaitlyn dropped her Divas Championship to A.J. Lee in one of the best WWE women’s matches in ages. Hard-hitting, tense and shockingly well put together, this was easily Kaitlyn’s greatest ever in-ring performance. It also helped get Lee’s title run off to a superb start (seven months later, and she’s still on top of the division).
This match was almost enough to put memories of her disastrous bout with Maxine on NXT to rest. Well, almost.