Mae Young Classic (2017)

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Mae Young Classic (2017)
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PromotionWWE
Date
  • July 13, 2017
  • July 14, 2017
  • September 12, 2017 (final)
CityWinter Park, Florida
Paradise, Nevada (final)
VenueFull Sail University
Thomas & Mack Center (final)
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The Mae Young Classic is a multi-night special event and tournament promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion, WWE. The tournament comprises various matches, that result from scripted storylines and have predetermined results.[1][2] It is constituted by a 32 competitor tournament exclusively for women from both NXT and the independent circuit. The inaugural 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.[3] The winner of the inaugural tournament was Kairi Sane.

A second tournament was scheduled for 2018.[4]

Background[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6] The second set of names announced were Tessa Blanchard, Abbey Laith, Taynara Conti, Jazzy Gabert, and Kavita Devi.[7] On June 26, 2017, Lita and Jim Ross were announced as the commentators for the tournament.[8] The third set of names announced were Kairi Sane, Dakota Kai, Piper Niven, and Bianca Belair.[9] The fourth set of names announced were Rhea Ripley and Sage Beckett.[10] The fifth set of names announced were Kay Lee Ray and Ayesha Raymond.[11] Later in the day, Vanessa Borne qualified to the classic.[12] 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.[13] The Mae Young Classic also featured WWE's first full-time female referee, Jessika Carr.[14]

Qualifying matches[edit]

NXT tapings – June 23 (Full Sail UniversityWinter Park, Florida)[15]
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[edit]

Wrestler Country representing Ref
Abbey Laith United States United States [16]
Ayesha Raymond England England [17]
Bianca Belair United States United States [18]
Candice LeRae United States United States [19]
Dakota Kai New Zealand New Zealand [20]
Jazzy Gabert Germany Germany [21]
Kairi Sane Japan Japan [22]
Kavita Devi India India [23]
Kay Lee Ray Scotland Scotland [24]
Lacey Evans United States United States [25]
Marti Belle Dominican Republic Dominican Republic [26]
Mercedes Martinez United States United States [27]
Mia Yim South Korea South Korea [28]
Miranda Salinas[Note 1] United States United States [29]
Nicole Savoy United States United States [30]
Piper Niven Scotland Scotland [31]
Princesa Sugehit Mexico Mexico [32]
Rachel Evers United States United States [33]
Reina González United States United States [34]
Renee Michelle United States United States [35]
Rhea Ripley Australia Australia [36]
Sage Beckett United States United States [37]
Santana Garrett United States United States [38]
Sarah Logan United States United States [39]
Serena Deeb United States United States [40]
Shayna Baszler United States United States [41]
Taynara Conti Brazil Brazil [42]
Tessa Blanchard United States United States [43]
Toni Storm Australia Australia [44]
Vanessa Borne United States United States [45]
Xia Li China China [46]
Zeda China China [47]
  1. ^ This competitor is a replacement for another participant who was taken out of the tournament.

Replaced[edit]

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
Nixon Newell Wales Wales Replaced before the official start of the tournament ACL injury United States Miranda Salinas [48]

Alternates[edit]

If any of the official participants had suffered an injury, they would have been replaced by one of the following wrestlers:

Wrestler Country representing
Barbi Hayden United States United States
Deonna Purrazzo United States United States
Jessica James United States United States
Lei'D Tapa Tonga Tonga
Nicole Matthews Canada Canada

Broadcast team[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Alundra Blayze Debrah Miceli Backstage interviewer
Hall of Famer
Dasha Fuentes Dasha Kuret Ring announcer
Jim Ross James Ross Lead commentator
Hall of Famer
Lita Amy Dumas Color commentator
Hall of Famer
Lilian Garcia Lilian Garcia Ring announcer (finals)

Referees[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Eddie Orengo Eddie Orengo
Jessika Carr Jessika Heiser
Danilo Anfibio Danilo Anfibio
Darryl Sharma Darryl Sharma
D.A. Brewer Antoine Brewer

Results[edit]

Finale[edit]

No. Results Stipulations Times[49]
1 Kairi Sane defeated Shayna Baszler Mae Young Classic tournament final match 12:07

Tournament bracket[edit]

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 Gabert7:33[50]
 
– Episode 5
 
United States Abbey LaithPin
 
United States Abbey LaithPin
 
– Episode 2
 
United States Rachel Evers4:49[54]
 
United States Rachel EversPin
 
– Episode 7
 
Dominican Republic Marti Belle6:10[51]
 
United States Abbey Laith8:58[56]
 
– Episode 1
 
United States Mercedes MartinezPin
 
Mexico Princesa SugehitSub
 
– Episode 5
 
Scotland Kay Lee Ray 6:32[50]
 
Mexico Princesa Sugehit5:14[54]
 
– Episode 2
 
United States Mercedes MartinezPin
 
China Xia Li3:07[51]
 
– Episode 8
 
United States Mercedes MartinezSub
 
United States Mercedes Martinez8:11[57]
 
– Episode 4
 
United States Shayna BaszlerSub
 
United States Nicole SavoySub
 
– Episode 6
 
United States Reina González4:27[52]
 
United States Nicole Savoy5:53[55]
 
– Episode 4
 
United States Candice LeRaePin
 
United States Renee Michelle5:36[52]
 
– Episode 7
 
United States Candice LeRaePin
 
United States Candice LeRae3:13[56]
 
– Episode 2
 
United States Shayna BaszlerSub
 
United States Sarah Logan7:17[51]
 
– Episode 6
 
South Korea Mia YimPin
 
South Korea Mia Yim5:39[55]
 
– Episode 1
 
United States Shayna BaszlerSub
 
China Zeda2:42[50]
 
– Episode 9
 
United States Shayna BaszlerSub
 
United States Shayna Baszler12:07[58]
 
– Episode 4
 
Japan Kairi SanePin
 
Japan Kairi SanePin
 
– Episode 5
 
United States Tessa Blanchard8:38[52]
 
Japan Kairi SanePin
 
– Episode 3
 
United States Bianca Belair10:00[54]
 
United States Sage Beckett5:33[53]
 
– Episode 7
 
United States Bianca BelairPin
 
Japan Kairi SanePin
 
– Episode 3
 
New Zealand Dakota Kai7:42[56]
 
New Zealand Dakota KaiPin
 
– Episode 6
 
India Kavita Devi3:58[53]
 
New Zealand Dakota KaiPin
 
– Episode 2
 
Australia Rhea Ripley7:03[55]
 
Australia Rhea RipleyPin
 
– Episode 8
 
United States Miranda Salinas3:51[51]
 
Japan Kairi SanePin
 
– Episode 1
 
Australia Toni Storm12:23[57]
 
United States Vanessa Borne6:22[50]
 
– Episode 5
 
United States Serena DeebPin
 
United States Serena Deeb7:10[54]
 
– Episode 3
 
Scotland Piper NivenPin
 
United States Santana Garrett7:10[53]
 
– Episode 7
 
Scotland Piper NivenPin
 
Scotland Piper Niven7:38[56]
 
– Episode 4
 
Australia Toni StormPin
 
Brazil Taynara Conti4:41[52]
 
– Episode 6
 
United States Lacey EvansPin
 
United States Lacey Evans5:07[55]
 
– Episode 3
 
Australia Toni StormPin
 
England Ayesha Raymond4:27[53]
 
 
Australia Toni StormPin
 

Aftermath[edit]

Performers on the tournament such as Bianca Belair, Dakota Kai, winner Kairi Sane, Lacey Evans, Reina González, Rhea Ripley, Sarah Logan, Taynara Conti, Vanessa Borne, Xia Li and Zeda already had signed contracts with the company. Nixon Newell, who missed the tournament due to injury, also already signed a contract with the company.[59]

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.[60] 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.[61]

On January 16, 2018, WWE announced that Candice LeRae had been signed to a contract, performing on the NXT brand.[62]

On February 8, 2018, WWE announced that Serena Deeb had been signed by WWE to become a coach at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.

On March 8, 2018, WWE officially announced that Abbey Laith and Sage Beckett were released from their NXT contracts.

On May 31, 2018, WWE announced that Deonna Purrazzo had been signed to a contract by WWE and will be performing in their developmental territory NXT.

On June 2, 2018, Zeda was released from her NXT contract.

On July 12, Rhea Ripley was announced to return to compete in the 2018 Mae Young Classic.

On January 12, 2019, Toni Storm defeated Rhea Ripley to win the NXT UK Women's Championship.

On February 27, 2019, WWE announced that Kay Lee Ray and Jazzy Gabert had been signed to a contract by WWE and will be performing in their NXT UK.[63]

See also[edit]

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