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The 2nd Mae Young Classic Review (Episode 5)

Welcome to this review of Episode 5 of the 2nd Mae Young Classic! After a captivating and exciting opening round, the second round of the tournament got underway, as Evolution draws near.

For the second straight episode, Hiroyo Matsumoto kicked off the action, this time against Toni Storm in the second round’s opening match. Hiroyo defeated Rachel Evers to advance, while Toni Storm defeated longtime foe Jinny to reach Round 2. This was a back and forth battle between two phenomenal competitors, and just like last week, Hiroyo brought her ruthlessness and displayed villainous aggression towards her opponent. Despite the evenness of the match, this time, Hiroyo would come up short, as Toni rolled her up for the victory, placing the Aussie sensation into the Elite Eight.

Rhea Ripley’s match against Kacy Catanzaro was next. Rhea defeated MJ Jenkins to advance to the second round, while Kacy defeated Reina Gonzalez, who is a friend of Rhea’s. Rhea dominated and mocked her opponent throughout, but Mighty Kacy (as Beth Phoenix called her on commentary) fought back against her imposing opponent. It looked like an upset was in the works in this immensely captivating bout. But sadly, there was no joy in Full Sail–Mighty Kacy’s luck had just ran out. Rhea’s Riptide eliminated the American Ninja Warrior alum and placed her into the quarterfinals, a step farther than last year.

Match #3 pitted Taynara Conti against the head-turning talent known as Lacey Lane. Lacey defeated Vanessa Kraven to advance, while Taynara advanced with a victory over Jessie Elaban, already moving farther than she did last year. This was heated even before they stepped into the ring, as the two women got into it when the Sweet 16 was introduced. So it was no shock that they brought it against each other in their second round match, but in the end, Lacey prevailed with the Crucifix Bomb, continuing her Cinderella run in the tournament.

The main event of Episode 5 was a battle between seasoned veterans, as Meiko Satomura faced off against Mercedes Martinez. This is the second MYC main event this year for both women, as Meiko defeated Killer Kelly in the first episode’s main event, while Mercedes defeated Ashley Rayne in the second episode’s main event. To say this was a classic would be an understatement; the combatants had the people in Full Sale in awe, shock, and amazement. Meiko and Mercedes’ match, IMO, was among the best of the entire tournament, and to my surprise, it would be Meiko who emerged victorious after a Scorpion Kick, putting the Japanese phenom into the quarterfinals.

One quarterfinal match is locked in already after Episode 5, as Meiko Satomura’s victory sets up a match against Lacey Lane. The second round will conclude in the following episode, which will feature Mia Yim facing off against Kaitlyn, Tegan Nox vs Nicole Matthews, Io Shirai vs Zeuxis, and Deonna Purrazzo facing off against Xia Li. To be honest, Deonna/Xia is one I’m looking forward to the most; both women are small but lethal, and I think that match will be the best one from Episode 6.

The Mae Young Classic continues every Wednesday until two finalists are decided. The finals will take place at Evolution on October 28.

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