After having a great deal of success with last year’s Cruiserweight Classic tournament, WWE is changing things up this year with a women’s tournament called the Mae Young Classic. It is set to begin being taped next month, but there has not yet been a lot of information revealed on the tournament or the 32 women who will compete in it. Well, that has all changed, as WWE officially named the first four competitors who will take part in it.
The official website of the WWE revealed that NXT’s Lacey Evans and Sarah Logan will be two of the superstars in the 32-women tournament. While it is great for WWE to offer up-and-coming talent the exposure and chance of a lifetime, the company is putting a lot of focus on it being a “global” event.
One of the other names revealed by WWE is Toni Storm who is the current Progress Women’s Champion as pointed out by Wrestling Inc. The very popular 21-year-old star from New Zealand is the first-ever women’s champion for Progress Wrestling after winning the title last month over Laura Di Matteo and Jinny.
The fourth and final name announced on Friday is Princesa Sugehit, who has 20 years of veteran experience in professional wrestling. She has worked for promotions such as CMLL and AAA while performing around the entire world.
— WWE (@WWE) June 16, 2017
While the four names mentioned above have been made official by WWE, there are a number of others rumored for the Mae Young Classic. As a matter of fact, PW Insider revealed 10 of the superstars in the tournament earlier this week, and a few of them were spot on. The others are not confirmed, but could be as follows.
- Taynara Melo
- Zhao Xia
- Victoria Gonzales
- Kimberly Frankele
- Julia Ho
- Bianca Blair
- Danielle Kamela
- Mary Kate aka Rosie Lottalove
— Diva Dirt (@divadirt) June 15, 2017
The Mae Young Classic is set to be taped at Full Sail University on July 13 and 14. From there, it will air on the WWE Network and lead up to the live finals on September 12.
The Cruiserweight Classic was only the beginning of WWE branching out to extend their brand and make them more of a global entity. After that, the United Kingdom Championship tournament turned a lot of heads, and now it’s on to the Mae Young Classic. Thirty-two women in all will be at this tournament, and if the first four names are any indication, it could be the most exciting one yet from WWE.
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