Buggy Nova has signed a WWE developmental contract. Buggy had WWE tryouts in January and February (wrestling against AJ at each). She also appeared in the K-Mart WrestleMania commercial with Sheamus.

Buggy was based out of Southern California since 2009, where she trained under Shannon and Shane Ballard. She relocated to Tampa on June 4 and made her first FCW appearance at a live event in Orlando, Florida, participating in a Diva bikini contest under the moniker "Natalie." Prior to leaving Southern California, Nova also trained in mixed martial arts at Millennia MMA.