WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn discussed breaking into pro wrestling at this link. Below is an excerpt:
How did you get involved with “WWE NXT”?
I played competitive soccer for about 15 years, and then I made a decision not to play in college. I got into fitness and bodybuilding, and I competed for a few years. And then I started wondering, “What’s next?” When you’re on stage for that kind of competition, it’s a little bit of a static, one-dimensional version of you, and I felt like I had more to offer than that.
I’ve always loved a challenge, so I tried out and won, and the rest is history. I loved it from day one, and I still love it. Whatever happens in this crazy circus that I’m part of, I have this weird love for it; it’s the best thing ever.
What was the transition like to the WWE?
It was so mind-blowing for me. I’ve been an athlete my whole life; I ran track, I played soccer and I was always super fit, but this was a whole other beast. There’s so much that goes into it. Anyone can do the moves, but it’s so much more than that. You have to think about who you are as a fighter, what’s your identity, what way are you going to wrestle, what way are you going to show people what you’re all about.
We’re telling a story with our bodies, and there’s so much that goes into it that you don’t even think about. Just the physical aspect of it; there’s nothing that can compare to being super out of breath and having to do a crazy flip, punch, kick death-drop. There’s nothing that can prepare you for getting the wind knocked out of you like that when you’re already tired.