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Mae Young Classic
Mae Young Classic
WWE Mae Young Classic official logo.png
Official logo
Theme
song
(s)
"Missile" by Dorothy[1]
Information
Promotion WWE
Date
  • July 13, 2017
  • July 14, 2017
  • September 12, 2017 (final)
Venue Full Sail University
Thomas & Mack Center (final)
City Winter Park, Florida
Paradise, Nevada (final)
WWE Network event chronology

The Mae Young Classic was a multi-night special event and tournament promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion, WWE. It was constituted by a 32 competitor tournament exclusively for women from both NXT and the independent circuit. The tournament took place on July 13, and 14, 2017, which aired on the WWE Network on August 28 (round 1) and September 4 (round 2, quarterfinals, and semifinals), and the final match aired live on September 12, 2017, also on the WWE Network.[2] The winner of the inaugural tournament was Kairi Sane.

Background

Mae Young - WWE Hall of Famer and the tournament's namesake

WWE announced that a women's tournament would be taking place in the summer of 2017 at a press conference during WrestleMania 33 weekend. There will be a total of 32 wrestlers competing.[3] The name of the event is in honor of the late WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young. It was announced on their official website that the first four wrestlers to be competing would be Sarah Logan, Lacey Evans, Princesa Sugehit, and Toni Storm.[4] The second set of names announced were Tessa Blanchard, Abbey Laith, Taynara Conti, Jazzy Gabert, and Kavita Devi.[5] On June 26, 2017, Lita and Jim Ross were announced as the commentators for the tournament.[6] The third set of names announced were Kairi Sane, Dakota Kai, Piper Niven, and Bianca Belair.[7] The fourth set of names announced were Rhea Ripley and Sage Beckett.[8] The fifth set of names announced were Kay Lee Ray and Ayesha Raymond.[9] Later in the day, Vanessa Borne qualified to the classic.[10] On July 13, 2017, WWE held the Mae Young Classic: Parade of Champions, a pre-tournament event streamed live on YouTube and Facebook and revealed the remaining tournament participants.[11] The Mae Young Classic also featured WWE's first full-time female referee, Jessika Carr.[12]

Qualifying matches

NXT tapings - June 23 (Full Sail University - Winter Park, Florida)[13]
No. Results Stipulations
1 Bianca Belair defeated Aliyah Mae Young Classic Qualifying Match
2 Vanessa Borne defeated Jayme Hachey Mae Young Classic Qualifying Match

Participants

Wrestler Country representing Ref
Laith, AbbeyAbbey Laith United States United States [14]
Ayesha Raymond England England [15]
Belair, BiancaBianca Belair United States United States [16]
LeRae, CandiceCandice LeRae United States United States [17]
Kai, DakotaDakota Kai New Zealand New Zealand [18]
Gabert, JazzyJazzy Gabert Germany Germany [19]
Sane, KairiKairi Sane Japan Japan [20]
Devi, KavitaKavita Devi India India [21]
Ray, Kay LeeKay Lee Ray Scotland Scotland [22]
Evans, LaceyLacey Evans United States United States [23]
Belle, MartiMarti Belle Dominican Republic Dominican Republic [24]
Martinez, MercedesMercedes Martinez United States United States [25]
Yim, MiaMia Yim South Korea South Korea [26]
Miranda Salinas[Note 1] United States United States [27]
Nicole Savoy United States United States [28]
Niven, PiperPiper Niven Scotland Scotland [29]
Princesa Sugehit Mexico Mexico [30]
Evers, RachelRachel Evers United States United States [31]
González, ReinaReina González United States United States [32]
Renee Michelle United States United States [33]
Ripley, RheaRhea Ripley Australia Australia [34]
Beckett, SageSage Beckett United States United States [35]
Garrett, SantanaSantana Garrett United States United States [36]
Logan, SarahSarah Logan United States United States [37]
Deeb, SerenaSerena Deeb United States United States [38]
Baszler, ShaynaShayna Baszler United States United States [39]
Conti, TaynaraTaynara Conti Brazil Brazil [40]
Blanchard, TessaTessa Blanchard United States United States [41]
Storm, ToniToni Storm Australia Australia [42]
Borne, VanessaVanessa Borne United States United States [43]
Xia Li China China [44]
Zeda China China [45]
  1. ^ This competitor is a replacement for another participant who was taken out of the tournament.

Replaced

This participant was taken out of the tournament for a specific reason and therefore was replaced by another competitor.

Wrestler Country representing Progression in the tournament Reason Replacing wrestler Ref
Newell, NixonNixon Newell Wales Wales Replaced before the official start of the tournament ACL injury United States Miranda Salinas [46]

Alternates

If an official participant suffered an injury, they would be replaced by one of the following participants:

Wrestler Country representing
Hayden, BarbiBarbi Hayden United States United States
Purrazzo, DeonnaDeonna Purrazzo United States United States
Jessica James United States United States
Tapa, Lei'DLei'D Tapa Tonga Tonga
Matthews, NicoleNicole Matthews Canada Canada

Broadcast team

Ring name Real name Notes
Blayze, AlundraAlundra Blayze Debrah Miceli Backstage interviewer
Hall of Famer
Fuentes, DashaDasha Fuentes Dasha Kuret Ring announcer
Ross, JimJim Ross James Ross Lead commentator
Hall of Famer
, LitaLita Amy Dumas Color commentator
Hall of Famer
Garcia, LilianLilian Garcia Lilian Garcia Ring announcer (finals)

Referees

Ring name Real name Notes
Eddie Orengo Eddie Orengo
Jessika Carr Jessika Heiser WWE's first full-time female referee
Danilo Anfibio Danilo Anfibio
Darryl Sharma Darryl Sharma
D.A. Brewer Antoine Brewer

Results

Tournament bracket

The following time limits were in place:

  • Round one: 15 minutes
  • Round two: 20 minutes
  • Quarterfinals: 25 minutes
  • Semifinals: 30 minutes
  • Final: No time limit
 
Round of 32
Taped July 13
Aired August 28
Round of 16
Taped July 14
Aired September 4
Quarterfinals
Taped July 14
Aired September 4
Semifinals
Taped July 14
Aired September 4
Final
Live on September 12
 
                                   
 
- Episode 1
 
 
Germany Jazzy Gabert 7:33[47]
 
- Episode 5
 
United States Abbey Laith Pin
 
United States Abbey Laith Pin
 
- Episode 2
 
United States Rachel Evers 4:49[51]
 
United States Rachel Evers Pin
 
- Episode 7
 
Dominican Republic Marti Belle 6:10[48]
 
United States Abbey Laith 8:58[53]
 
- Episode 1
 
United States Mercedes Martinez Pin
 
Mexico Princesa Sugehit Sub
 
- Episode 5
 
Scotland Kay Lee Ray 6:32[47]
 
Mexico Princesa Sugehit 5:14[51]
 
- Episode 2
 
United States Mercedes Martinez Pin
 
China Xia Li 3:07[48]
 
- Episode 8
 
United States Mercedes Martinez Sub
 
United States Mercedes Martinez 8:11[54]
 
- Episode 4
 
United States Shayna Baszler Sub
 
United States Nicole Savoy Sub
 
- Episode 6
 
United States Reina González 4:27[49]
 
United States Nicole Savoy 5:53[52]
 
- Episode 4
 
United States Candice LeRae Pin
 
United States Renee Michelle 5:36[49]
 
- Episode 7
 
United States Candice LeRae Pin
 
United States Candice LeRae 3:13[53]
 
- Episode 2
 
United States Shayna Baszler Sub
 
United States Sarah Logan 7:17[48]
 
- Episode 6
 
South Korea Mia Yim Pin
 
South Korea Mia Yim 5:39[52]
 
- Episode 1
 
United States Shayna Baszler Sub
 
China Zeda 2:42[47]
 
- Episode 9
 
United States Shayna Baszler Sub
 
United States Shayna Baszler 12:07[55]
 
- Episode 4
 
Japan Kairi Sane Pin
 
Japan Kairi Sane Pin
 
- Episode 5
 
United States Tessa Blanchard 8:38[49]
 
Japan Kairi Sane Pin
 
- Episode 3
 
United States Bianca Belair 10:00[51]
 
United States Sage Beckett 5:33[50]
 
- Episode 7
 
United States Bianca Belair Pin
 
Japan Kairi Sane Pin
 
- Episode 3
 
New Zealand Dakota Kai 7:42[53]
 
New Zealand Dakota Kai Pin
 
- Episode 6
 
India Kavita Devi 3:58[50]
 
New Zealand Dakota Kai Pin
 
- Episode 2
 
Australia Rhea Ripley 7:03[52]
 
Australia Rhea Ripley Pin
 
- Episode 8
 
United States Miranda Salinas 3:51[48]
 
Japan Kairi Sane Pin
 
- Episode 1
 
Australia Toni Storm 12:23[54]
 
United States Vanessa Borne 6:22[47]
 
- Episode 5
 
United States Serena Deeb Pin
 
United States Serena Deeb 7:10[51]
 
- Episode 3
 
Scotland Piper Niven Pin
 
United States Santana Garrett 7:10[50]
 
- Episode 7
 
Scotland Piper Niven Pin
 
Scotland Piper Niven 7:38[53]
 
- Episode 4
 
Australia Toni Storm Pin
 
Brazil Taynara Conti 4:41[49]
 
- Episode 6
 
United States Lacey Evans Pin
 
United States Lacey Evans 5:07[52]
 
- Episode 3
 
Australia Toni Storm Pin
 
England Ayesha Raymond 4:27[50]
 
 
Australia Toni Storm Pin
 

Finale

No. Results Stipulations Times[56]
1D Deonna Purrazzo and Jessica James defeated Barbi Hayden and Nicole Matthews by submission Tag team match N/A
2 Shayna Baszler defeated Mercedes Martinez by submission Mae Young Classic tournament semi-final match 08:11
3 Kairi Sane defeated Toni Storm Mae Young Classic tournament semi-final match 12:23
4 Jazzy Gabert, Kay Lee Ray and Tessa Blanchard defeated Sarah Logan, Marti Belle and Santana Garrett Six-woman tag team match 03:38
5 Kairi Sane defeated Shayna Baszler Mae Young Classic tournament final match 12:07

Aftermath

Performers on the tournament such as Abbey Laith, Bianca Belair, Dakota Kai, winner Kairi Sane, Lacey Evans, Reina González, Rhea Ripley, Sage Beckett, Sarah Logan, Taynara Conti, Vanessa Borne, Zeda and Xia Li, already had signed contracts with the company. Nixon Newell, who missed the tournament due to injury, also already signed a contract with the company.[57]

On October 3, WWE officially announced that finalist Shayna Baszler had signed a contract with the company and started training at the WWE Performance Center.[58] On October 15, 2017, WWE announced that performer Kavita Devi had signed a contract, and will start training at their Performance Center in January 2018.[59]

On January 16, 2018, WWE announced that they had signed Candice LeRae to a contract.[60]

See also

References

  1. ^ "WWE Mae Young Classic - Missile (Official Theme)". youtube.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  2. ^ "WWE announces Mae Young Classic women's tournament to be held at Full Sail Live July 13 and 14". WWE. May 23, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  3. ^ "WWE announces 32-competitor Women's Tournament coming to WWE Network this summer". WWE. April 1, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  4. ^ "First competitors revealed for WWE's Mae Young Classic". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  5. ^ "International powerhouses, Performance Center standouts and third-generation grappler named to Mae Young Classic". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  6. ^ "Jim Ross and Lita to announce the Mae Young Classic, streaming exclusively on WWE Network starting Monday, Aug. 28". WWE. June 26, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  7. ^ "Mae Young Classic field widens with addition of international sensations, including Japan's Kairi Sane". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  8. ^ "20-year-old Australian phenom, Team 3-D Academy alumna added to Mae Young Classic". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  9. ^ "Kay Lee Ray and Ayesha Raymond added to Mae Young Classic". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  10. ^ "Vanessa Borne joins Mae Young Classic after winning Qualifying Match on NXT". WWE. July 12, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  11. ^ "Mae Young Classic competitors announced at Parade of Champions". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  12. ^ "Meet Jessika Carr, WWE's First Full-Time Referee". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  13. ^ "Mae Young Classic Competitors Qualify At NXT Taping". www.prowrestlingsheet.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  14. ^ "Abbey Laith". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  15. ^ "Ayesha Raymond". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  16. ^ "Bianca Belair". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  17. ^ "Candice LeRae". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  18. ^ "Dakota Kai". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  19. ^ "Jazzy Gabert". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  20. ^ "Kairi Sane". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  21. ^ "Kavita Devi". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  22. ^ "Kay Lee Ray". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  23. ^ "Lacey Evans". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  24. ^ "Marti Belle". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  25. ^ "Mercedes Martinez". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  26. ^ "Mia Yim". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  27. ^ "Miranda Salinas". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  28. ^ "Nicole Savoy". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  29. ^ "Piper Niven". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  30. ^ "Princesa Sugehit". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  31. ^ "Rachel Evers". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  32. ^ "Reina González". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  33. ^ "Renee Michelle". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  34. ^ "Rhea Ripley". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  35. ^ "Sage Beckett". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  36. ^ "Santana Garrett". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  37. ^ "Sarah Logan". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  38. ^ "Serena Deeb". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  39. ^ "Shayna Baszler". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  40. ^ "Taynara Conti". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  41. ^ "Tessa Blanchard". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  42. ^ "Toni Storm". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  43. ^ "Vanessa Borne". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  44. ^ "Xia Li". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  45. ^ "Zeda". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
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  48. ^ a b c d Powell, Jason. "Powell's WWE Mae Young Classic Review: Episode Two featuring Sarah Logan vs. Mia Yim, Mercedes Martinez vs. Xia Li, Miranda Salinas vs. Rhea Ripley, and Marti Bell vs. Rachel Evers". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved 2017. 
  49. ^ a b c d Powell, Jason. "Powell's WWE Mae Young Classic Review: Episode Four with Kairi Sane vs. Tessa Blanchard, Candice LeRae vs. Renee Michelle, Taynara Conti vs. Lacey Evans, and Nicole Savoy vs. Reina Gonzalez". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved 2017. 
  50. ^ a b c d Powell, Jason. "Powell's WWE Mae Young Classic Review: Episode Three featuring Ayesha Raymond vs. Toni Storm, Kavita Devi vs. Dakota Kai, Bianca Belair vs. Sage Beckett, and Santana Garrett vs. Piper Nevin". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved 2017. 
  51. ^ a b c d Powell, Jason. "Powell's WWE Mae Young Classic Review: Episode Five featuring second round tournament matches". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved 2017. 
  52. ^ a b c d Powell, Jason. "Powell's WWE Mae Young Classic Review: Episode Six featuring the final second round tournament matches". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved 2017. 
  53. ^ a b c d Powell, Jason. "Powell's WWE Mae Young Classic Review: Episode Seven featuring the four quarterfinal tournament matches". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved 2017. 
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  55. ^ Powell, Jason. "9/12 Powell's WWE Mae Young Classic Finals Review: The tournament finals". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved 2017. 
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  57. ^ Steven, Fernandes (April 1, 2017). "WWE ANNOUNCES ARRIVAL OF FIVE NEW FEMALE TALENTS". PWInsider. Retrieved 2017. 
  58. ^ Currier, Joseph (October 3, 2017). "WWE officially confirms the signing of Shayna Baszler". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2017. 
  59. ^ "WWE signs first female talent from India and the Middle East to developmental contracts". WWE. October 15, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  60. ^ "WWE signs Candice LeRae". WWE. January 16, 2018. Retrieved 2018. 

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