Former WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn has been out of the WWE for a decade, with no immediate signs of a WWE return.
You probably remember her last match against AJ Lee, where the pair embraced following a fantastic bout on main event.
This is the last WWE fans saw of Kaitlyn…or so they thought.
In actuality, she made a shocking (and very random) return to the company in 2018, as part of the Mae Young Classic all-women’s tournament in NXT.
Kaitlyn WWE Return
Former Divas Champion returned to the WWE in 2018, entering in the Mae Young Classic tournament.
The event was put on following the success of the Cruiserweight Classic, which saw TJP become the first ever new Cruiserweight Champion.
Seeing this success, WWE contacted women from all over the world to take part in this tournament. Stars like Serena Deeb, Tegan Nox and Toni Storm all took part, as well as the returning Kaitlyn.
She made her return to the a WWE ring on August 8th, 2018. Kaitlyn defeated Kavita Devi in the first round of the tournament, but she was eliminated in the second round by Mia Yim on August 9.
She put on an impressive performance, showing that she hadn’t missed a step since her last WWE match against AJ Lee.
She spoke to MuscleMemory following her second WWE run, claiming the brief return was a sort of redemption for her after leaving the WWE in 2014.
“I left WWE in 2014 and then I didn’t do anything with wrestling for four years… I started getting back in the ring at a local school in South Florida [in 2018]. I hated my last match when I left and I didn’t like the way that I left… I was looking at the Mae Young as an opportunity to come back as a different version of myself that I essentially rebuilt,”
However, this would be her last ever WWE match, although Kaitlyn has reportedly been interested in a WWE return in the future.
Kaitlyn Appeared At The 2019 Raw Reunion
One year after wrestling in the Mae Young Classic, Kaitlyn made a one-off appearance on an episode of Monday Night Raw.
She appeared backstage during a special “Raw Reunion” episode, being seen alongside various other WWE alumni.
She was pictured alongside Torrie Wilson, Alicia Fox and Santino Marella on a show that paid tribute to wrestlers from WWE’s past.
This was the last time we’ve seen Kaitlyn in the WWE, although she has reiterated she is not retired and could return to the WWE in the future.
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