Celeste Beryl Bonin (October 7, 1986) is an Americanbodybuilder, model, and professional wrestler. She is best known for her time in WWE, where she wrestled under the ring name Kaitlyn.
Bonin started her career as a body fitness model. In 2007, she won the National Physique Committee (NPC) John Sherman Classic Bodybuilding Figure and Fitness Championship, came in fifth at the Arnold Classic in the NPC Figure Class D competition, and also was in the top five at Musclemania Superbody, in the Figure Universe - Tall category. She was named Miss November in 2008, placed 16th at the NPC Junior Nationals that year in the NPC Figure category, and was part of the Hardfitnes Calendar. Bonin also made an appearance in Flex Magazine in 2009.
In July 2010, Bonin signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment, and was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), WWE's developmental territory. In September 2010, she competed in the all-femalethird season of NXT where she became the only female in history to win NXT. Prior to her debut to the main roster in December 2010, she formed a tag team with AJ known as The Chickbusters in May 2011. After the split of the team in May 2012, she returned to singles competition which includes winning the WWE Divas Championship on the 20th anniversary episode of Raw in January 2013.
Developmental territories (2010–2012)Edit
In July 2010, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) signed Bonin to a developmental contract, and she reported to Florida Championship Wrestling, WWE's developmental territory. She debuted under the ring name Celeste, competing in a bikini contest. Her name was soon changed to Ricki Vaughn, and quickly changed again to Kaitlyn, her name on NXT. On the August 22 episode of FCW television, she would make her FCW TV debut as a lumberjill at ringside for a match between AJ Lee and Naomi. On the November 7 episode of FCW television, Kaitlyn competed in a diva tag team match teaming with Naomi defeating then Queen of FCW AJ and Aksana. On the January 16, 2011 episode of FCW television, Kaitlyn defeated Rosa Mendes in singles competition. Kaitlyn was then successful in a diva tag team match with Naomi on the February 6 episode of FCW television, defeating Rosa Mendes and AJ.
Two weeks later, Kaitlyn then was defeated by AJ on the February 27 episode FCW television. Kaitlyn teamed with Naomi on the April 3 episode of FCW television defeating the team of AJ and Aksana. On the July 3 episode of FCW television, Kaitlyn competed in singles competition against then FCW Divas Champion and Queen of FCW Aksana in a losing effort. Kaitlyn competed in her first FCW Divas Championship title match on the August 7 episode of FCW television against Aksana, but was unsuccessful in winning the title.
The next week on FCW television, Kaitlyn competed in a six diva tag team match along with fellow Chickbuster AJ and Caylee Turner defeating the team of Sonia, Audrey Marie, and Raquel Diaz. The next week of FCW television, Kaitlyn and Audrey Marie were defeated by Naomi and Caylee Turner after Naomi pinned Aubrey. Kaitlyn later teamed with Caylee Turner being defeated by the team of Naomi and Cameron Lynn on the October 23 episode of FCW television. On the December 25 episode of FCW television, Kaitlyn teamed with Cameron Lynn being defeated by Caylee Turner and Sofia Cortez. After no longer being on the FCW roster, she continued to make wrestling appearances feuding against the Anti-Diva Army (Sofia Cortez, Raquel Diaz, and Paige) along with Aubrey Marie and Caylee Turner in various tag team matches.
Kaitlyn would then begin competing on the new developmental territory of NXT Wrestling on the July 18 episode. Kaitlyn turned heel during her appearance, while competing against Tamina Snuka in a losing effort. On the August 8 episode of NXT Wrestling, Kaitlyn continued her role as a villainess as she teamed up with the evil Caylee Turner in a losing effort to Tamina Snuka and Paige with Turner being pinned by Paige. Two months later on the October 10 episode of NXT Wrestling, the evil Kaitlyn teamed with Alicia Fox in a diva tag team match against past ally Audrey Marie and Paige in a losing effort with Fox being pinned by Paige. On the March 27 episode of NXT Wresting, Kaitlyn back to her fan favorite persona, defended her WWE Divas Championship in singles competition against Natalya in a winning effort. On the April 24 episode of NXT Wrestling, Kaitlyn again successfully defended her Divas title against AJ Lee.
NXT and feud with Vickie Guerrero (2010-2011)Edit
On September 7, it was announced that Celeste Bonin would join season 3 of NXT, under the name Kaitlyn, with Vickie Guerrero as her storyline pro. She was the replacement for Guerrero's original rookie, Aloisia, whom Guerrero fired in storyline. That week, she unsuccessfully competed in both a "Dance Competition" (where she performed moves like the robot and running man), and a "Capture the Flag" contest. The following week on the September 14 episode of NXT, Kaitlyn made her in-ring debut, when she teamed up with Guerrero's on-screen boyfriend Dolph Ziggler to defeat AJ and Primo in a mixed tag team match, and also won the "Obstacle Course" challenge. Kaitlyn made her first pay-per-view appearance at Night of Champions accompanying Dolph Ziggler with Vickie Guerrero for Ziggler's WWE Intercontinental Championship match, until Guerrero ordered her to leave ringside. On the September 21 episode of NXT, Kaitlyn and LayCool (Layla and Michelle McCool) lost to Kelly Kelly, Naomi, and Jamie in a six-diva tag team match after Naomi pinned Kaitlyn, and ended the show after LayCool attacked her while Guerrero berated her. That same week on the September 24 episode of SmackDown, Kaitlyn and Vickie Guerrero accompanied Dolph Ziggler to the ring for his match until Guerrero again ordered Kaitlyn to leave ringside, leading to Kaitlyn pushing her over before leaving.
On the September 28 episode of NXT, Kaitlyn won a wheelbarrow race and lost a "Diss the Diva" challenge, which lead to Vickie Guerrero entering the ring and insulting her until Kaitlyn challenges Guerrero to a match and ending the show with the two brawling. The next week on the October 5 episode of NXT, Kaitlyn lost the "Ride the Bull" competition, won the "Diva Talent Show" by drawing an insulting picture of Vickie Guerrero, and went on to main event the show winning her first singles match against Guerrero. On the October 12 episode of NXT, Kaitlyn lost the "WWE Name that Tune" challenge and the "Power of the Punch" challenge. The next week of NXT, Kaitlyn lost a match against Maxine, the "WWE Who's that Body" challenge, and the "Limbo" contest. On the October 28 Halloween episode of NXT, Kaitlyn won a costume contest impersonating Vickie Guerrero, and lost a "Halloween Candy" competition due to her choking and then accidentally throwing up on Guerrero. On the November 2 episode of NXT, Kaitlyn and Dolph Ziggler were found kissing behind a wall, and when Vickie confronted them, Kaitlyn threw a cake, which was meant for Goldust and Aksana's wedding, into her face. On the November 5 episode of SmackDown, Kaitlyn and Vickie Guerrero faced each other in a rematch in which Vickie was victorious after her foot was on the ropes. On the November 9 episode of NXT, Kaitlyn won an "Arm Wrestling" competition, and brawled again with Vickie Guerrero backstage. The next week on the November 16 episode of NXT, Kaitlyn was defeated by Naomi in singles competition, and was safe from elimination. On the November 30 season finale episode of NXT, Kaitlyn defeated Naomi in a rematch, and was later announced as the winner of season three, defeating Naomi in the final to become WWE's first ever "breakout diva". On the December 3 episode of SmackDown, Kaitlyn appeared in a backstage segment with Guerrero and Ziggler, announcing that SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long had signed her to the brand following her victory on NXT. She had her first match on SmackDown on the January 28, 2011, episode, when she and Kelly Kelly were defeated by LayCool (Layla and Michelle McCool). Kaitlyn later lost in singles competition against Layla on the March 11 episode of SmackDown.
The Chickbusters (2011)Edit
On the May 27 episode of SmackDown, Kaitlyn formed a tag team with AJ, referring to themselves as "The Chickbusters". They were accompanied by their storyline mentor Natalya and lost to Alicia Fox and Tamina in consecutive weeks. On the June 13 episode of Raw, Kaitlyn picked up her first win in a 14-woman tag team match, in which Kelly Kelly pinned Rosa Mendes. The Chickbusters and Natalya continued to feud with Fox and Tamina, who were soon joined by Rosa Mendes, throughout the next two months.
On the August 5 episode of SmackDown, Chickbuster partner AJ lost a singles match to Natalya, who then turned heel on her protégé, attacking her and declaring war on the "perky little princesses" that comprised the rest of the Divas division. The following week, Kaitlyn and AJ lost to The Divas of Doom (Beth Phoenix and Natalya) in a tag team match. Throughout the next few months, The Chickbusters continued to feud with the Divas of Doom, losing both singles and tag team matches to them. Kaitlyn then made her return to NXT on the October 19 episode of NXT Redemption being accompanied by fellow Chickbuster AJ in singles competition against Maxine in a winning effort via submission. Kaitlyn then had a short feud with Tamina after defeating her two weeks in a row on the October 26 and November 2 episodes of NXT Redemption.
Hidden Villainess (2011) Edit
In November, Kaitlyn became a hidden villainess due to being upset at AJ over their repeated losses to The Divas of Doom. On November 18, Kaitlyn glared evilly at AJ after they were defeated by the duo in a tag team match. After another loss on the following week, the evil Kaitlyn continued displaying her heel persona and snarled at AJ before leaving her in the ring, right before AJ was attacked by the Divas of Doom. On December 9, after another loss, Kaitlyn fully turned villainous and attacked AJ; joining the Divas of Doom in the process. However, the match and Kaitlyn's heel turn were cut from the broadcast.
NXT Appearances (2012) Edit
On the February 1, 2012 episode of NXT Redemption, Kaitlyn would begin to feud with Maxine, who accused Kaitlyn of having a secret crush on Maxine's boyfriend Derrick Bateman. On the February 8 episode of NXT Redemption, Kaitlyn lost in singles competition to Maxine. After weeks of feuding with Maxine over whether the latter was good for Derrick Bateman, on the February 29 episode of NXT Redemption, Kaitlyn would confess her feelings for Bateman in an "intervention" segment also including Alicia Fox and Justin Gabriel where she would end up kissing Bateman before being interrupting and attacked by Maxine, and would later that night defeat Maxine in the main event. On the March 14 episode of NXT Redemption, after Kaitlyn and Derrick Bateman defeated Johnny Curtis and Maxine in a mixed tag team match, Bateman would afterwards kiss Kaitlyn, thus solidifying their relationship. On the March 21 episode of NXT Redemption, Kaitlyn and Derrick Bateman were backstage with Tamina talking about her and Bateman's new found relationship, and later would encounter Maxine and Johnny Curtis, who accused both Kaitlyn and Bateman of being involved with Matt Striker's random disappearance. Kaitlyn accompanied Derrick Bateman in a loss to Hunico on the March 28 episode of NXT Redemption. On the April 4 episode of NXT Redemption, Kaitlyn was defeated in singles competition by her former mentor Natalya, who was accompanied by Tyson Kidd on commentary. Kaitlyn and Derrick Bateman discovered Matt Striker in a janitor's closet hidden by Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks on the April 11 episode of NXT Redemption. Two weeks later on the April 23 episode of Raw, Kaitlyn would make her televised return appearing in a lumberjill match as a lumberjill in a Divas Championship match involving Beth Phoenix and Nikki Bella, with Nikki becoming the new Divas champion. On the April 25 episode of NXT Redemption, Kaitlyn was backstage with Tyson Kidd and Percy Watson asking about Kidd's new submission maneuver, until Natalya approached them and accused Kaitlyn of flirting with Kidd, which led to a diva tag team match teaming with Tamina Snuka in a winning effort against Natalya and Maxine with Snuka pinning Maxine.
When Kaityn made her return to SmackDown on the April 27 episode, she was backstage comforting fellow Chickbuster AJ, until she slapped Kaitlyn and left her confused. On the May 4 episode of SmackDown, Kaitlyn again attempted to comfort AJ, but was again assaulted by AJ. On the May 11 episode of SmackDown, Kaitlyn was defeated by AJ in singles competition, and was afterwards visited by Daniel Bryan, who stated he is moving on from AJ and going after Kaitlyn. Two days later on Twitter, Kaitlyn announced she was officially breaking up The Chickbusters.
Kaitlyn then reentered into a feud with Maxine on the May 16 episode of NXT Redemption after she was victorious in singles competition against Maxine via submission. Two weeks later on the May 30 episode of NXT Redemption, Kaitlyn successfully defeated Tamina Snuka in a singles match while Maxine observed on commentary, thus ending the feud. On the June 13 season finale episode of NXT Redemption, Kaitlyn's winning streak continued as she defeated her former mentor Natalya for the first time in singles competition.
Feud with Eve Torres (2012–2013)Edit
On the June 25 episode of Raw, Kaitlyn made her televised return competing in the '"Diva Beach Battle Bast" battle royal, which was ultimately won by her former friend AJ. On the July 12 episode of WWE Superstars, Kaitlyn teamed with Alicia Fox in a winning effort against her rival Natalya and Beth Phoenix after Kaitlyn pinned Phoenix. Kaitlyn then went on to compete in her first pay-per-view match at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view in a six diva tag team match along with Divas Champion Layla and Tamina Snuka against Beth Phoenix, Natalya, and Eve Torres, with her team coming out victorious.
On the August 10 episode of SmackDown, Kaitlyn asked and was given a job from SmackDown General Manager Booker T as his assistant, but was afterwards put in a match against an angry Eve for the position. Kaitlyn was defeated by Eve later in the evening. Her feud with Eve continued on the August 13 episode of Raw when she teamed with Layla in a winning effort against Eve and Beth Phoenix. That same week on the August 17 episode of SmackDown, Kaitlyn was unsuccessful against Eve in singles competition to become SmackDown Assistant General Manager to Booker T.Three days later on Raw, Kaitlyn won a Divas battle royal to become number one contender to the Divas Championship. On the September 3 episode of Raw, Kaitlyn was defeated by Eve with Layla and The Miz on commentary. The next week on the September 10 episode of Raw, Kaitlyn teamed with Layla and Eve in a six diva tag team match where they defeated Beth Phoenix, Natalya, and Alicia Fox, and afterwards Eve would hug both Layla and Kaitlyn and raise their arms in victory. On the September 14 edition of SmackDown, Kaitlyn defeated the evil Beth Phoenix before her title opportunity at Night of Champions. At the Night of Champions pay-per-view, Kaitlyn was attacked by a masked figure injuring Kaitlyn's ankle, therefore being forced to forfeit her title shot with Layla to Eve. On September 17, it was announced that Kaitlyn has a torn tendon, and will be out of in-ring action for several weeks.
She returned on the September 24 episode of Raw stating that the diva that attacked her at the Night of Champions pay-per-view was blonde, leading to Beth Phoenix becoming the suspected attacker. She then made her in-ring return on September 30 SmackDown live tour in Abilene, Texas in singles competition against Natalya. On the October 8 episode of Raw, Kaitlyn had her first Divas Championship match against Eve in a losing effort via submission, and was afterwards saved by Layla from Eve who attempted to re-injure her. Two weeks later on the October 22 episode of Raw, Kaitlyn confronted Eve about her attacker, revealing it to Aksana, who was e-mailed by Eve to attack Kaitlyn at the Night of Champions pay-per-view, and ended in a brawl also involving Layla. This would lead to a diva tag team match on the October 26 episode of SmackDown with Kaitlyn teaming with Layla in a losing effort to Eve and Aksana after Layla accidentally kicked Kaitlyn.] Kaitlyn received another shot for the Divas Championship at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, but was again defeated by Eve in a triple threat match, also involving Layla. On the November 6 episode of Raw, Kaitlyn teamed with Layla in a diva tag team match against Eve and Aksana in a winning effort after Kaitlyn pinned Eve. The following week on the November 12 episode of Raw, Kaitlyn defeated Layla in singles competition to become the #1 contender for the divas title against Eve at the Survivor Series pay-per-view. The same week on the November 16 episode of SmackDown, Kaitlyn competed in a 6 diva tag team match along with Layla and ex-rival Natalya in a winning effort against Eve, Aksana, and Alicia Fox with Kaitlyn pinning Fox. At the Survivor Series pay-per-view, Kaitlyn was again attacked from behind by the evil Aksana, and went on to face Eve for the Divas Championship, but was unsuccessful in retrieving the title.
Kaitlyn would get her revenge on Aksana the following night on the November 19 episode of Raw and the December 14 episode of SmackDown defeating her in singles competition. At the TLC pay-per-view, Kaitlyn competed in a #1 contender "Santa's Little Helpers" diva battle royal to face Eve for the championship, but was unsuccessful in winning the match due to Eve interfering. The following night on the December 17 episode of the Raw Slammy Awards, Kaitlyn would defeat Eve in a non-title match. The next night on the December 18 live episode of Super SmackDown, Kaitlyn brawled backstage with old Chickbuster partner AJ, and went on to compete in singles competition for the Divas championship against Eve Torres in a winning effort via disqualification after Eve tripped the referee to keep the title. On the January 7 episode of Raw, Kaitlyn would receive another title match against Eve, winning the match via countout after Eve fled the arena.
Divas Champion and Feud with AJ Lee (2013)EditOn the January 14 episode of Raw, a special "20th Anniversary", Kaitlyn defeated Eve in her hometown of Houston, Texas to win the WWE Divas Championship with the stipulation that if Eve got disqualified or counted-out, Kaitlyn would become the Divas Champion, thus making Kaitlyn the first NXT Diva in history to win the championship. Kaitlyn would then begin feuding against Tamina Snuka over Kaitlyn's championship after the two divas had a lumberjill match on the January 28 episode of Raw, which ended in a no-contest after the lumberjills interrupted in the match. On the February 4 episode of Raw, it was announced that Kaitlyn would face Tamina Snuka at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view for the Divas Championship, where Kaitlyn successfully retained her championship against Snuka.
After the PPV, seeds were planted for Kaitlyn to possibly feud with Layla over the Divas Championship, with Layla turning villainous due to jealousy of Kaitlyn. On the February 22 episode of SmackDown, Kaitlyn and Layla defeated Aksana and Tamina Snuka, and Layla displayed her heel persona by gazing at Kaitlyn's championship after the match. Two weeks later, Kaitlyn was approached by Layla in a WWE App Segment and accepted her offer to accompany her to her match against Tamina Snuka; all the while fully unaware of Layla's heel persona. Later in the evening, Kaitlyn was defeated by Tamina Snuka in a non-title singles match after Layla turned heel and attacked Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn and Layla defeated Tamina and Aksana on the following week after Layla tagged herself in and got the winning pin. The angle was quickly dropped after the segments aired. The result of the angle would have seen Kaitlyn defend the Divas Championship against the evil Layla at WrestleMania 29, with Layla turning villainous by attacking Kaitlyn heading into the event.
On April, Kaitlyn started a storyline about a secret admirer. On the April 29 episode of Raw, after a confrontation with AJ, Dolph Ziggler, and Big E Langston backstage, Kaitlyn was given a hat as a gift from a secret admirer,and a bouquet of roses and a pair of black and red gloves on the May 3 episode of SmackDown.On the May 6 episode of Raw, Kaitlyn received Simpsons toys from her favorite episode as a gift from her secret admirer. At the Extreme Rules pay-per-view, Kaitlyn would get into a brawl with AJ once again after Lee called her a pig. On the June 10 episode of Raw, Kaitlyn's secret admirer was revealed to be Big E. Langston, which also would be revealed it to be a cruel mind game by AJ Lee for "abandoning" her, which would lead to Kaitlyn viciously attacking Lee before their championship match at the Payback pay-per-view,which Kaitlyn was defeated by her former friend and becoming the fourth longest Divas Champion in history. This match at Payback was stated as one of the best diva matches of recent history. The match started with Kaitlyn dominating AJ and at on point, she even threw her over the Spanish Announce Table. The match ended when Kaitlyn tapped out to the Black Widow submission hold. The following night on the June 17 episode of Raw, Kaitlyn and the other divas interrupted AJ Lee and Stephanie McMahon about winning the title from her and how she broke her before attacking Lee in the ring, who was later saved by Big E Langston. On the June 24 episode of Raw, Kaitlyn defeated Aksana. After her match with Aksana, AJ Lee came out, dressed up as Kaitlyn, making fun of her and acting out the night her secret admirer was reveled with the help of Big E Langston. At the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, Kaitlyn was again unsuccessful in regaining the Divas Championship due to an elbow injury.
Kaitlyn would make her return on the July 26 episode of SmackDown interrupting AJ's rage on Ziggler, and delivering a spear to AJ, leading to a match between the two on the July 29 episode of Raw, with Kaitlyn emerging victorious. With this win, Kaitlyn received another Divas Championship match against AJ in her hometown of Houston on the August 2 episode of SmackDown, with Layla once again her corner. During the match, the villainous Layla betrayed Kaitlyn and protected AJ from being speared by her, costing Kaitlyn the title and turning Layla heel. Kaitlyn later watched in shock as Layla cemented herself as a villainess by cackling evilly at her and leaving the ring with AJ. Kaitlyn competed against Layla in singles competition three nights later, but would be distracted by AJ, causing Kaitlyn to lose the match, and would later that night attack AJ during Ziggler and Langston's match, costing Ziggler his match as well. At the SummerSlam pay-per-view, Kaitlyn and Ziggler emerged victorious in their mixed tag team match against AJ and Langston, thus ending their feud.
Various Feuds and Departure (2013-2014)Edit
After over a month hiatus from WWE television, Kaitlyn made her return on the September 23 episode of Raw backstage in a "WWE App Exclusive" segment stating that she's back and stronger than ever, and that she just needed some time to herself after finally ending things with her former best friend AJ Lee. She made her in-ring return on the October 10 edition of WWE Superstars, but she was defeated by Tamina Snuka. On the October 11 edition of SmackDown, Kaitlyn teamed with Eva Marie and Natalya in a losing effort against Brie Bella and the Funkadactyls (Cameron and Naomi) in a six-Diva tag team match.
On the November 18 edition of Raw, Kaitlyn turned heel while participating in the first ever edition of Divas Country Musical Chairs. Kaitlyn displayed her villainous persona and laughed evilly as she stood with heel Divas Alicia Fox, Aksana, Summer Rae, and Rosa Mendes. Kaitlyn cemented herself as a villainess and left with her heel co-horts after they brawled with the Total Divas. At Survivor Series, Kaitlyn participated in a seven-on-seven traditional Survivor Series elimination tag team match, where her team, which also included her rival AJ, took on the cast of Total Divas. Kaitlyn eliminated Eva Marie and Naomi from the match, but her side was eventually defeated. .
On January 8, 2014, Kaitlyn decided to terminate her contract with WWE. Her final match aired that same night on Main Event, where she regained her babyface persona as she lost to AJ. In her final address to the WWE Universe, Kaitlyn turned heel and stated that she will return to the fitness industry and take over, and would also be starting her own fitness clothing company. Subsequently, the evil Kaitlyn formed a heel stable of women, referring to themselves as The Celestial Bodiez