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The 2nd Mae Young Classic Review (Episode 6)

Welcome to this review of Episode 6 of the 2nd Mae Young Classic! Last week, the second round of the tournament kicked off, and it saw Lacey Lane, Meiko Satomura, Toni Storm, and Rhea Ripley all advance to the quarterfinals! The latest episode concludes the Sweet 16 and competes the field for the Elite Eight, as Evolution draws closer!

The episode began with Io Shirai facing off against Zeuxis in a very interesting battle. It was Io Shirai who ended the opening round by defeating Xia Brookside, while Zeuxis defeated Aerial Monroe to advance. Along with her technical prowess, Zeuxis brought her villainous attitude to her contest against Io, and appeared to be in full control of her opponent. However, the masked marvel’s attempt at a moonsault fell short, but Io’s didn’t; the Genius of the Sky landed her moonsault perfectly and defeated the evil Zeuxis to advance to the quarterfinals.

Deonna Purrazzo vs Xia Li was Match #2, the match I was the most excited for. Deonna defeated Priscilla Kelly to advance, while Xia Li bested Karen Q in a very interesting match. I figured that this contest would be full of passion, heart, and a relentless offense, and it didn’t disappoint. Both women went all out in their match, so much so that it was really anybody’s guess who would win and advance. Deonna put all doubt aside, as her Fujiwara Armbar managed to force the Chinese phenom to submit, setting up a quarterfinal match-up between Deonna and Io Shirai.

The third match pitted a pair of 2017 alternates against each other: Tegan Nox and Nicole Matthews. Tegan kicked off this year’s tournament with a victory over Zatara, while Nicole Matthews (a former SHIMMER Champion) defeated Isla Dawn to advance. Nicole figured that she would go through Tegan like she did with Isla, but she found herself battling a formidable opponent in Tegan. She would also come up short in her quest, as Nicole would be on the receiving end of Tegan’s Shining Wizard, placing Tegan into the quarterfinals against Rhea Ripley.

The main event and the final second round match of the tournament pitted a former WWE Divas Champion against a former Impact Knockouts Champion. Kaitlyn, in her first WWE match back after four and a half years, defeated Kavita Devi to advance, while Mia Yim defeated longtime nemesis (and fellow former Knockouts Champion) Allysin Kay in her opening round match. As expected, Mia acted as a heel in her bout against Kaitlyn, and this match saw so many close calls, as well as a shocker: Mia kicking out of Kaitlyn’s spear. After escaping the spear, Mia’s Soul Food finisher managed to take down her fellow former champion and place Mia into the Elite Eight. This surprised me, because I myself thought that they would have Kaitlyn (at least) reach the semifinals. I am still hoping that this isn’t the end of the road for Kaitlyn and that she continues wrestling; even making a full WWE return.

So who was in attendance? Three of the UFC’s Four Horsewomen–Jessamyn Duke, Marina Shafir, and former NXT Women’s Champion (and MYC finalist) Shayna Baszler–were shown in the crowd, as well as current NXT North American Champion Ricochet. 32 women started this quest, and we are now down to the final eight women remaining. With just two Wednesdays left before Evolution, the entire quarterfinals should take place in the next episode, and the week after will feature the semifinals. The quarterfinal matches are as follows: Meiko Satomura vs Lacey Lane, Mia Yim vs Toni Storm, Tegan Nox vs Rhea Ripley, and Io Shirai vs Deonna Purrazzo.

The finals of the Mae Young Classic will take place at Evolution on October 28.

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