The WWE announced the long awaited tapings dates for the upcoming Mae Young Classic II, following on the success of last year’s inaugural Mae Young Classic, that saw some of NXT’s emerging talent face off against some of the top indie women’s wrestlers from around the world. Last year’s two finalists, winner Kairi Sane and Shayna Baszler, ended up in NXT shortly after.
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From the WWE’s Press Release today:
WWE today announced that Mae Young Classic 2018 will take place Wednesday, Aug. 8, and Thursday, Aug. 9, from Full Sail Live in Orlando, Fla., with tickets available tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT via www.nxttickets.com.
The tournament, named after WWE Hall of Famer and one of the greatest WWE Superstars in history, Mae Young, will once again feature 32 of the top female competitors from 12 countries participating in a single-elimination tournament. The second annual event will stream exclusively on WWE Network later this summer.
“We are thrilled to once again present the Mae Young Classic and provide a global showcase for 32 of the top female talent from around the world,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative. “Last year’s event was a significant milestone in WWE’s Women’s Evolution, and I am confident this year’s event will break even more barriers.”
Additional information on Mae Young Classic 2018 will be announced in the coming weeks.
While no talents have been announced yet, it’s been speculated former PROGRESS Women’s Champion Toni Storm and former Stardom star Io Shirai will be involved, as well as another Joshi legend, Meiko Satomura. The LWOPW staff recently made our predictions for the possible roster as well.