The Mae Young Classic will be returning this year, and a familiar face has just joined the tournament.
ESPN broke the news, and WWE confirmed that Celeste Bonin, better known to WWE fans as Kaitlyn, will be competing in the Mae Young Classic.
“The thing that got me through [as a rookie in WWE] and the thing that allowed me to achieve my level of success was my attitude, and looking back now, I am coming back with experience,” Bonin said. “I am certainly nervous because the level of competition is so much higher and there are so many different women from around the world and they bring skill levels. But it’s just so exciting.”
Kaitlyn retired from wrestling after she left WWE back in 2014, but she returned to the ring earlier this year, and she admitted that a WWE return was always in the back of her mind.
“Since I came back, I had the opportunity to work backward and really nail down the fundamentals and the basics — things that I really lacked during my first run with the WWE,” Bonin said. “Now I am bringing these newly honed and developed skills that I have acquired recently and I am combining that with my fearless attitude. And because I don’t have this rookie vibe about me, now I can really concentrate on surprising the WWE universe with all the things I have learned.”
SHE'S BACK! @catherinekelley has the scoop on former #DivasChampion Kaitlyn (@CelesteBonin) joining the 2018 @WWE @MaeYoungClassic as its first announced competitor! #MaeYoungClassic pic.twitter.com/j72eAj2K9Y
— WWE (@WWE) July 11, 2018