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WWE News: Non-Spoiler NXT Preview (5/17/18)

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Although tonight’s episode of WWE NXT was previously recorded at Full Sail University, we at The Chairshot realize not everyone likes a spoiler. With that in mind, here’s a non-spoiler preview of what’s happening on NXT, which airs at 8PM EST on the WWE Network:

  • What’s next for the sadistic Tommaso Ciampa
  • ‘The Finest’ Kona Reeves returns to action
  • Ricochet vs. The Velveteen Dream
  • Pete Dunne teams with Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan to meet The Undisputed Era

Don’t forget to catch Mitchell’s WWE NXT Report. You can also catch instant reactions and join the conversation with members of The Chairshot staff on Twitter (@theCHAIRSHOTcom) beginning with the start of the show. So give us a follow!

 

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WWE News: Stephanie McMahon Returning On Monday For ‘Historic Announcement’

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It’s been a few months now since we last saw the Commissioner of Monday Night RAW Stephanie McMahon on WWE television after an altercation with Ronda Rousey on the red brand back in April. On-screen, Stephanie has been mentioned almost weekly by her “appointed” Constable, Baron Corbin, giving one of Stephanie’s WrestleMania 34 opponents, General Manager Kurt Angle, some checks and balances.

Today, WWE has announced via Twitter that Stephanie will return this coming Monday when RAW rolls into Cincinnati, Ohio to make what’s being called a “historic announcement”:

The last time Stephanie made a “historic announcement” was the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble match, leading to speculation that she will again break ground for the Women’s Division. Recently, we saw WWE’s TLC pay-per-view moved from October to December, taking the place of the previously announced Clash Of Champions (find that here). Shortly after, rumors surfaced that the company was looking into possibly holding an all-women’s pay-per-view (check that out here), which is the obvious conclusion some have reached for Monday’s announcement.

There is also currently speculation that Stephanie’s announcement could be regarding Universal Champion Brock Lesnar or even the introduction of Women’s Tag Team Titles.

 

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WWE News: Even More Names Confirmed By WWE For Mae Young Classic

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Fresh off of today’s announcement that NXT Superstar Kavita Devi will be joining the 32-woman field for this year’s Mae Young Classic which begins taping on August 8th and 9th, WWE has now confirmed that Mercedes Martinez, Mia Yim, Killer Kelly and Crystal will also be entering the tournament. This is the second time around for Yim and Martinez, while Kelly and Crystal will be making their first appearances. Below is WWE’s official announcement:

Four more Mae Young Classic 2018 competitors have been revealed, and they include two of the top combatants from last year’s tournament, one of Europe’s toughest grapplers and a breakout star from Southeast Asia’s burgeoning wrestling scene.

Returning competitors Mercedes Martinez and Mia Yim, as well as Portugal’s Killer Kelly and the Philippines’ Crystal, are the latest additions to this year’s 32-woman tournament, bringing the total number of competitors announced so far to 15. It was also confirmed earlier today that India’s Kavita Devi will make her sophomore appearance in the Classic. 

The global tournament, which tapes Aug. 8 and 9 at Full Sail Live in Orlando, Fla., will stream later this summer exclusively on WWE Network.

Mercedes Martinez, whose return to the Classic was first reported by Newsweek.com, is a 18-year ring veteran from Waterbury, Conn. Using an aggressive combination of strong-style and submission wrestling, Martinez defeated China’s Xia Li, Mexico’s Princesa Sugehit and America’s Abbey Laith in last year’s tournament before falling to her protégé, current NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler, in the Semifinals. With an astonishing number of titles to her resume, The Latina Sensation will undoubtedly be one of the most decorated competitors in the mix this year.

Also returning to action is Mia Yim, a dangerous striker from Fontana, Calif., who represented South Korea in 2017’s tournament. After pinning Sarah Logan in last year’s opening round, Yim was ousted by Baszler in her next match. Yim suffered a leg injury in late 2017 that shelved her for months, but upon returning to action earlier this year, she adjusted her style to emphasize strikes and submissions, both of which she’s well-versed in thanks to her extensive background in taekwondo. Yim brings nearly a decade of wrestling experience to this year’s field.

Killer Kelly made her WWE Network debut in June at NXT’s events at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Known throughout the European scene for her punishing kicks and spine-bending suplexes, the Portuguese-born 28-year-old brings a heavy MMA influence to her mat game. Kelly — whose vicious ring name was inspired by Portuguese fans’ chants of “Killer Kelly” early in her career — holds the distinction of being the first women’s champion in the history of the German-based Westside Xtreme Wrestling promotion.

Twenty-four-year-old Crystal, the self-proclaimed “Queen of Philippine Wrestling,” has competed throughout Southeast Asia, including in Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, since making her debut in February 2016. Sporting a wrestling ring tattoo on her arm, Crystal developed a love for sports-entertainment in her youth when she would watch WWE with her grandmother. A highflyer inside the squared circle, she was discovered by WWE officials during a scouting trip to the region in 2017.

Stay with WWE.com in the coming weeks for more Mae Young Classic competitor announcements.

 

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WWE News: NXT Superstar Returning To This Year’s Mae Young Classic

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As the tapings for the WWE’s second annual Mae Young Classic quickly approaches on August 8th and 9th, the list of participants for the tournament continues to grow.

Today, WWE has announced that NXT Superstar, Kavita Devi, will be joining the field again this year after being eliminated in the first round of the inaugural tournament last year by Dakota Kai. Devi would go on to sign a developmental deal with the company in October of 2017, but has been sparingly used on NXT television. Below is a look at the updated list of confirmed Mae Young Classic competitors:

  • Kaitlyn
  • Rhea Ripley
  • Io Shirai
  • Tegan Nox
  • Deonna Purrazzo
  • Reina Gonzalez
  • Jessie Elaban
  • Nicole Matthews
  • Jinny
  • Kacy Catanzaro
  • Kavita Devi

Here is WWE’s official announcement:

India’s Kavita Devi readies for Mae Young Classic return

Kavita Devi broke down barriers in last year’s WWE Mae Young Classic by becoming the first woman from India to compete in a WWE ring. This year, the powerhouse protégé of former World Heavyweight Champion The Great Khali sets her sights on a different achievement: winning the entire tournament.

Devi was revealed as the latest 2018 Classic competitor during a press event with Braun Strowman today in Mumbai, India. After The Monster Among Men announced her as a returning Mae Young Classic competitor, Devi — who trains at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., and was not in attendance — fielded questions from the press pool via a live video chat.

Devi’s groundbreaking performance in last year’s 32-woman tournament captivated the WWE Universe. Though she lost to NXT Superstar Dakota Kai in the opening round, Devi, a former medalist in weightlifting, displayed incredible power, at one point pressing Kai high overhead. Video of that match has generated 28 million views and counting on YouTube.

Devi has racked up numerous accomplishments since then. She reported for training at the WWE PC months later and, in January, was one of the 112 women to be honored as “First Ladies” (a distinction given to high-achieving female pioneers) by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind. She has already stepped onto The Grandest Stage of Them All, too, competing in the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal in New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome in April.

Stay with WWE.com in the coming weeks for more Mae Young Classic announcements, and don’t miss the tournament when it streams on the award-winning WWE Network later this summer!

 

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