In a recent interview with WWE.COM, former WWE Diva Kaitlyn (and Chickbuster extraordinaire) spoke out on life after the WWE & AJ!
WWE.COM: Looking back, do you have any favorite matches or opponents?
KAITLYN: Actually, my favorite match was ironically when I lost my title to AJ at WWE Payback. The best matches are good because there’s emotion in them. We captured people’s attention for so long and there was so much build-up. AJ was my first match, she was my last match, and she taught me the ins and outs. Losing the title to her was this amazing, amazing moment with someone I care about and respect.
WWE.COM: Nice job steering this back to WWE! Who was your mentor during your time here, during NXT or otherwise?
KAITLYN: In the very beginning, obviously, Vickie Guerrero was my Pro during NXT, and she helped me a lot. But I will say that in the very beginning, when I was on the road after NXT, Beth Phoenix took me under her wing. She was amazing. She never had any ulterior motives, and she loved the business so much. She truly cared about what people were doing and wanted everyone to learn and get better. When I was by myself after that, it was AJ. She went from zero to 100 so fast and had learned so much. Wrestling was her passion since she was a little kid. It was great, because we were already great friends and traveling partners. So I had different mentors at different stages.
WWE.COM: Like yourself, AJ left WWE on her own terms. What are your thoughts on her departure?
KAITLYN: AJ has this weird ability to accomplish anything that she visualizes. So when she worked her way up to the top, she stayed up there. No one has been like her, and no one will ever be like her. She really just felt like she had given everything that she needed to give to this sport in general, and taught people — especially the Divas — as much as she could. She had four amazing WrestleManias, and she made such an impact that she felt like she could walk away and be content with that. I 100 percent support that. She knew the time was right, and knew that she could walk away. She left big shoes to fill, but she helped everyone around her get better. I’m proud of everything that she did.