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Premiere Date For 2nd Mae Young Classic Announced

Tapings for the 2nd annual Mae Young Classic will take place this week, but as for an airdate, WWE.com announced that the tournament will premiere on the WWE Network on September 5! In addition, it will air weekly as opposed to last year, which saw episodes uploaded in bunches. The Mae Young Classic will air on Wednesdays right after NXT, beginning on the aforementioned premiere date, and will air every week until only two finalists remain. The finalists will compete at WWE’s Evolution PPV on October 28th.

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Regarding commentary, Michael Cole will call the action with Renee Young and WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix, marking the first time that two women will be at the announce table. Both women have done commentary before, as Renee called women’s matches on NXT for a brief period, and also worked as an announcer on WWE Superstars. Beth’s commentary career actually began at last year’s Mae Young Classic, when she was on the call with Tom Phillips and Nigel McGuinness during a Mae Young Classic special attraction match that aired on the WWE Network last September. She also worked the 12-week long Mixed Match Challenge, and also provided commentary during the women’s battle royal at WrestleMania earlier this year. I do hope that Beth acts as a heel on commentary for the MYC. WWE has never had a regular female heel commentator, and I think Beth would be golden as a heel announcer, with Renee as her babyface counterpart. Last year’s MYC saw WWE Hall of Famers Jim Ross and Lita on commentary.

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Before she appears on the MYC, Beth will co-host the Bracketology special with Mauro Ranallo on August 29. The broadcast team for this year’s tournament will also include Cathy Kelley and Shadia Bseiso as backstage interviewers, with Kayla Braxton as the ring announcer. Shadia made history as the first Middle Eastern woman to be recruited into WWE’s developmental center (she is from Jordan).

Once again, the 2nd Mae Young Classic premieres on September 5.

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