It will be action personified at the Patriot Center on Saturday, as for the first time ever, World Wrestling Entertainment will host a live event there featuring some of its top superstars from Raw.
“There are places we hit a couple of times a year and it’s always great to return there, but going to a new place is just as exciting for us as it is for the fans,” said WWE Divas champion Kaitlyn. “The opportunity to see us live in person is such a great thing. They are a little more intimate than on TV. We see them going into the arena, we interact with them more and we connect with people. Usually they are so excited and we can feel it, and that affects the way we perform.”
With the WWE’s signature event WrestleMania scheduled for April 7, the bouts on the Patriot Center card will serve as precursors to some of the big matches and rivalries that are shaping up for the 29th anniversary.
“It’s all roads to WrestleMania and literally, anything can happen,” Kaitlyn said. “Every single week offers something unexpected because we are heading into our biggest show of the year and we build towards this event. There are always surprises and I am such a big fan myself. I am continuously shocked and get sucked in. To be part of it all is amazing.”
The main event will feature six of the fiercest competitors in the WWE today. Ten-time WWE champion John Cena will team with Sheamus and Ryback in a six-man tag team match against The Shield, the force comprised of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns. This is a rematch of February’s Elimination Chamber contest in which Ryback found himself on the wrong side of a pin.
Former WWE champions CM Punk and The Miz will also take part in single action, while Anotino Cesaro will put his U.S. Title belt on the line, and Kaitlyn will also look to defend her title.
A former body builder and body fitness model, Kaitlyn came to wrestling in 2010 as a contestant on the WWE reality competition, NXT, and was the first female to ever win.
“When I was approached about joining, I just thought, ‘Why not, I have nothing to lose,” and I thought it was really cool,” she said. “I’ve always been sort of a tomboy and loved sports and terrifying people and competing. I know it takes a certain type of person to live this crazy travelling, fighting circus, but from day one, I have loved it.”
Kaitlyn quickly made a name for herself in the organization, first teaming with her “bestie” A.J. As “The Chickbusters” and then going solo in a fan-favorite feud against Eve. In January of this year, Kaitlyn defeated Eve to capture the Divas championship belt in her hometown of Houston.
“I think I took everyone by surprise when I won the No. 1 contender battle royal and it was a snowball effect as I chased the title, but I worked so hard and gave everything I had and ended up winning the title in my hometown,” she said. “It was the most amazing experience I ever had in my life.”
Since then, Kaitlyn has been feuding with the intimidating Tamina (daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka), and wouldn’t be surprised to face the foe at WrestleMania 29.
“I defend my title every weekend but my first big title defense, which was on Pay-per-view, was against her in an elimination chamber and I barely escaped her splash,” Kaitlyn said. “She’s terrifying but I love competition and she gives me a run for my money. She’ll be a good match.”
The Patriot Center will also welcome superstar wrestlers Chris Jericho, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, Brodus Clay, David Otunga and more.
On April 1, the last WWE Raw event prior to Wrestlemania will take place at the Verizon Center with legendary wrestlers such as The Rock, Brock Lesnar and the Undertaker taking part.
The WWE heads to the Patriot Center on Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $95.