mae young classic

WWE’s Mae Young Classic is this summer’s must-watch tournament on the WWE Network. After the success of the Cruiserweight Classic, WWE is putting on a similarly-formatted tournament but with a focus on the best female wrestlers from around the world. The commentary team and a few participants have already been announced. On Thursday, July 13th WWE will officially kick off the Mae Young Classic with a Parade of Champions taking place Live on their Facebook page:

The WWE Universe can get its first look at the likes of Toni Storm, Princesa Sugehit, Jazzy Gabert, Rhea Ripley and all 32 Mae Young Classic competitors when they take part in the Mae Young Classic Parade of Champions.

“Parade of Champions” sounds super old-school. I LOVE IT! Last summer the WWE did something similar with the cruiserweights including a weigh-in and a few promos. This adds to the realism and helps introduce fans to 32 women who are mostly unfamiliar to the WWE audience. I hope they pull off something similar to the UK Championship and have a heel make a name for herself by starting a brawl.

The Mae Young Classic contestants we know so far

Most of the 32 participants have been announced by the WWE, with a few more to be made official on Thursday the 11th. Here are the confirmed names from WWE.

  • Rhea Ripley Australia
  • Taynara Conti Brazil
  • Jazzy Gabert Germany
  • Kavita Devi India
  • Kairi Sane Japan
  • Princesa Sugehit Mexico
  • Toni Storm New Zealand
  • Dakota Kai New Zealand
  • Piper Niven Scotland
  • Lacey Evans United States
  • Sarah Logan United States
  • Abbey Laith United States
  • Tessa Blanchard United States
  • Bianca BelAir United States
  • Sage Beckett United States
  • Vanessa Borne United States

Other names reported by the Wrestling Observer include former MMA star Shayna Baszler, Rachel Ellering (Daughter of legendary manager Paul Ellering), and former TNA star Marti Belle.

As you can tell, the competitors are diverse both in the style and their origins. We have everything from Japanese and Lucha superstars to up-and-comers and MMA groundbreakers. The tournament debuts on the Network in late August, with tapings taking place on July 13th and the 14th. There will be a live final on September 12th live on the WWE Network.

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