The second ever Mae Young Classic enters its quarterfinals! Will new or returning stars to the WWE make it past the others towards the semifinals?
- Lacey Lane VS Meiko Satomura; Satomura wins and advances to the semifinals.
- Io Shirai VS Deonna Purrazzo; Shirai wins and advances to the semifinals.
- Tegan Nox VS Rhea Ripley; Ripley wins and advances to the semifinals.
- Toni Storm VS Mia Yim; Storm wins and advances to the semifinals.
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The second WWE Mae Young Classic is down to the Elite Eight!
But that also means 24 hopefuls from around the world were denied a dream. Underdogs like Kacy Catanzaro and Jessie Elaban, NXT prospects like Taynara Conti and Xia Li, and even veterans like Ashley Rayne and Mercedes Martinez, were all stopped short. Now eight must become four, who makes it to the second ever Mae Young Classic semifinals?
Lacey Lane VS Meiko Satomura!
Florida’s own has fought hard to climb The Mountain and outdo the prodigy judoka, but now she faces The Final Boss in only the quarterfinals! Satomura eliminated Killer Kelly and Mean Ms. Martinez, so she’s no stranger to opponents with skill, and matching initials. Can Lane shock the world and establish herself in the Women’s (R)Evolution? Or is it 1000 years too soon for her to ever think she could defeat this living legend?
Lacey and Meiko shake hands and bow out of respect. They circle with the bell and fans rally up already. They tie up and Meiko powers Lacey to ropes. Fans duel as Meiko backs off, but then kicks. Lacey blocks just in time, then pushes Meiko back. They circle again, Lacey keeping some distance. They tie up again and Meiko gets a headlock. She pulls on Lacey hard but Lacey powers out. Meiko runs Lacey over, then things speed up. They each trade cartwheels, and Lacey chops! Meiko kicks, Lacey kicks, then they edge dodge. Meiko blocks a kick, but holds back from punching her. She puts the foot down and offers another handshake. Lacey doesn’t want it, she wants Meiko to take her serious. So Meiko kicks her in the chest! Lacey narrowly avoids the buzzsaw but then it comes back around and gets her the second time!
Fans are fired up as Meiko drags Lacey up. She fireman’s carry but Lacey sunset flips. Meiko blocks but Lacey avoids the stomp. Lacey kicks back then kicks Meiko down! Cover, TWO! Lacey keeps on Meiko with a waistlock but Meiko blocks the lift. Meiko standing switches and lifts Lacey but Lacey slips out and under. She trips Meiko and cartwheels over her to swing a kick. Meiko ducks but then gets the mule kick! Cover, TWO! Lacey keeps her cool and gets moving, but runs into a roundhouse! Meiko drags Lacey back up to kick again. Lacey ducks it but ends up in an cross armbreaker! Lacey clasps hands together but Meiko pries at the hands. Meiko makes it a short arm scissor but Lacey shifts around. It’s a cover, ONE and Meiko wants the armbar again.
Lacey rolls and reaches, to get the ropebreak! Meiko lets go quick, but is back on Lacey with stiff kicks. She drags Lacey up for a snap suplex! She keeps on Lacey but Lacey breaks free to bob ‘n’ weave and even back elbow Meiko. Lacey keeps on Meiko with a knee and forearms! She runs out to run in for more forearms! Then she goes corner to corner, for a shining wizard! Lacey keeps moving, but Meiko follows, only to get a springboard crossbody! Cover, TWO! Lacey can’t believe it, but she’s not going to slow down. Fans duel as Meiko dodges to roundhouse Lacey again. Meiko fireman’s carry, Death Valley Driver! Cover, Meiko wins!
Winner: Meiko Satomura, by pinfall; advances to the semifinals
The Final Boss will not be stopped! Will anything be able to stop her? Who will advance to face her in the next round?
Io Shirai VS Deonna Purrazzo!
The quarterfinals end with what could’ve easily been the finals, as the Genius of the Sky and the Virtuosa meet again from Stardom here in the WWE. Shirai flew high over Xia Brookside in the young second generation star’s first ever match, then did it again over Zeuxis in their first ever encounter. Meanwhile, Deonna used her Fujiwara specialty to make gypsy princess Priscilla Kelly and “spicy” Chinese recruit Xia Li tap out. Which star will become a superstar and shoot up into the semifinals?
Genius and Virtuosa shake hands out of respect, and the bell rings. They circle and feel it out. Fans rally up as they tie up. Deonna gets the wristlock but Shirai goes to the headlock. Deonna pries her way out back to a wristlock and shifts to her own headock. Shirai powers out but Deonna runs her over. Deonna runs but cartwheels over Shirai, then dares her to come at her. Shirai runs but Deonna follows. Deonna tilt-o-whirl headscissors but Shirai handsprings through! Things speed up and Deonna dodges the handspring but not the dropkick! Deonna bails out while fans fire up with Shirai. Shirai builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit onto the steel ramp! Both women are down but fans rally up with Shirai.
Shirai is up and puts Deonna in the ring. Shirai covers, TWO, but she keeps on Deonna with a scoop and slam. She handstands to drop knees then covers again, TWO! Deonna gasps for air but Shirai stomps on her. Deonna gets to a corner but Shirai is on her with both boots. Shirai counts along, and lifts off at 3. Deonna dodges the swinging boots to roll Shirai up, TWO! Shirai small packages, TWO, Deonna jackknifes, TWO! Shirai runs but into a waistlock. Deonna lifts but Shirai wheelbarrows and victory rolls, to double stomp Deonna! Shirai says she’s too smart, since she is a genius. She taunts Deonna over her pain, then stomps her more. Shirai drags Deonna up and throws a swift right hand. She throws another and Deonna crawls to a corner.
Shirai keeps on Deonna with forearms, then brings her back out. Deonna breaks free to chop Shirai loudly. She throws forearms but so does Shirai. Shirai whips but Deonna reverses, to hip toss, handspring and dropkick! Both women are down but fans build to a rally. Shirai and Deonna slowly stand, and Deonna mule kicks. Deonna runs to knee lift and Russian leg sweep, into the Fujiwara! Shirai endures Deonna’s favorite hold, and claws her way around to a roll up. TWO, but Shirai gets Deonna into a crossface! Deonna endures a submission move but rolls it to a cover, TWO! Deonna brings Shirai up but gets an uppercut! Shirai runs at Deonna on the ropes, 6-1-9! Then a springboard missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Shirai grows frustrated but she drags Deonna up. She wants a hold but Deonna resists so Shirai just dumps her down. Shirai goes to a corner but Deonna knows it’s coming and trips her up! Deonna has teh waistlock but Shirai grabs ropes. Deonna kicks an arm out, and gets the German SUpelx! She holds on for another! And then another! Deonna gets the hat trick then covers, TWO, FUJIWARA! Shirai endures the hold all over again but Deonna reaches back, and manages to hook Shirai’s other arm with her chin! The Virtuosa shows great creativity but fans rally up for Shirai. Shirai gets one arm free but looks close…! Deonna wrenches back more but Shirai rolls it over, TWO, back into Shirai’s crossface!
Shirai pulls back as hard as she can but Deonna endures. Deonna gets up and pops out with a roll, but into a knee! Shirai runs in for meteora! Then she puts Deonna in the drop zone, for the Genius Asai! Cover, Shirai wins!
Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall; advances to the semifinal
The Genius overcomes the Virtuosa, but Deonna did win Shirai’s respect. Stardom is represented either way, but will Shirai soar all the way to WWE Evolution?
Tegan Nox VS Rhea Ripley!
The Shiniest Wizard has helped Tegan make it through Chilean Strong Style and the mighty Nicole Matthews, while the Aussie’s new attitude helped her rip up the aspirations of American Ninja KC and the Afrolicious MJ. Tegan finds herself as the underdog once again, can she make it three for three? Or will she be dragged under by the Riptide?
Tegan wants a handshake but Rhea slaps it away, so it’s business as usual. The bell rings and Rhea whips her hair right at Tegan. Tegan hits back with a dropkick! Rhea rolls out and Tegan builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit to the ramp! Tegan hobbles on that bad leg, she may have hurt it here. The referee checks on Tegan, who is furious with herself. Tegan powers through it, but it doesn’t look good. Rhea dodges Tegan, then tosses her for a flapjack! Cover, TWO! Tegan won’t let her leg stop her, but the referee calls for medics. Rhea clubs Tegan more but the match takes a timeout as the referee brings in medics.
The medic talks with Tegan about her leg while the referee keeps Rhea back. Tegan says it’s actually her good leg that’s bothering her now. Fans rally up for Tegan and Tegan insists she can fight. Tegan walks around but Rhea goes right after her with heavy hands and kicks. Rhea chokes Tegan on the ropes, but stops at 4. She brings Tegan for a bump off buckles, then chops her sharp on the chest. Rhea chops Tegan again and Tegan hobbles. Rhea chops again, but Tegan grits her teeth to chop back! Tegan fires chop after chop after chop, then runs, but into a BIG dropkick! Tegan’s legs give out and this time, the referee calls it off.
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by referee’s decision; advances to the semifinals
Tears stream down Tegan’s face, but it’s more from the pain in her leg than the pain of losing. Full Sail falls silent as this comeback Cinderella story ends tragically. Full Sail encouragingly chants “Thank You, Tegan!” in hopes she understands how much they appreciate her fighting spirit and in hopes that she makes a speedy recovery. Rhea still takes her victory, and now moves on to prepare for Io Shirai. Can the young and cocky Aussie overcome a Japanese mega star?
Toni Storm VS Mia Yim!
The Lightning from Down Under and the Blasian Baddie both want to make the best of their second WWE MYC, but now their passions collide! Toni stormed through Lady Godzilla and the fashionable Jinny, while Mia toughed it out against frenemy Allysin Kay and returning Kaitlyn. Who will grit it out and move on to face The Final Boss in the semifinals?
Mia and Toni shake hands, but Mia’s hand still bugs her a little. The bell rings and they circle. They tie up as fans duel. Mia knees low then clubs Toni down. She kicks Toni in the side, then brings her up for a kick to the chest. Toni gets to a corner but Mia presses a foot into her face. Mia chops Toni on the ropes then whips, but Toni ducks and boots Mia down! Toni fires up already and runs in for the double knees. She drags Mia out for a cover, TWO! Toni kicks Mia around now then brings her up for fast palm strikes and a back kick. Toni snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Fans duel more as Toni grabs Mia’s bad hand, throws it down, and stomps on it!
Toni stalks Mia to ropes and stomps her more. She stands Mia up for European Uppercuts, then double underhooks. Mia slips out and kicks Toni in the ribs. Mia stalks Toni to a corner and stomps a mudhole into her. She backs off at 4, then drags Toni out for a high stack cover. TWO, but Mia puts a sleeper hold on Toni. Toni endures as fans rally up. Toni powers her way up and fights back, but Mia throws her down by her hair. Mia kicks Toni while she’s down, covers, TWO! Mia is on Toni fast with a deathlock, into a bow ‘n’ arrow! Toni endures being bent back, and pops out to cover! TWO, and Mia dropkicks Toni down! Cover, TWO, but Mia is on Toni with a facelock. Fans rally up but Mia drags Toni into a deeper guillotine, with the body scissors.
Toni moves around as fans duel. Toni deadlifts Mia, to give Mia a spinebuster! Mia lets Toni go and Toni staggers to ropes. Toni comes back, but into a drop toehold, Mia puts the sleeper back on! Toni resists so Mia lets her go to kick her in the chest. Mia kicks her again, then turns her over to ax kick her in the shoulders! Cover, TWO! Mia grows frustrated with Toni’s toughness. She brings Toni up and fires palm strikes and kicks, then a Pele! Cover, TWO! Mia grits her teeth as she brings Toni up to kick her more. She goes after the legs, but then Toni boots the bad hand! Double headbutt takes both women down! Fans fire up as both women catch their breath.
The ref starts a 10 count, Mia sits up at 4. Toni follows at about 6, and they stagger towards each other. Toni throws a forearm, Mia throws one back. They go back and forth with forearms, then back and forth with slaps! And chops! And slaps! Slap, slap, slap and Toni gets an edge, until Mia knees her. Mia kicks but Toni blocks it, into a trapped-leg German Suplex! Toni fires up and runs in for the hip attack! She drags Mia up, double underhook but Mia slips out, saido suplex with bridge! TWO!! Mia can’t believe it, but Toni survives! Fans rally up as Mia runs in, but Toni goes up and over to come back. Mia blocks to a powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO!! Mia is at a loss for words, but fans say “This is Awesome!”
Mia brings Toni up and wants to feed her Sole Food, but Toni pushes her back and goes after the bad hand! Then she spins Mia around for another German! Then double underhook, Storm Zero!! Cover, Toni wins!!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall; advances to the semifinals
Toni has one of the biggest matches of this entire tournament, only to roll right into another! She may have toughed it out against the Blasian Baddie, but will she be able to best one of the best in Meiko Satomura?
A pretty strong episode here for the WWE MYC 2. I was a bit surprised by match order, but it worked out well enough. Satomura VS Lane was great for being so fast and furious, and Lacey looked great on just her speed alone. Naturally the legendary veteran goes over, it’s too soon for Lacey to be going over someone that established, and it’s too soon for a shock like that to happen. Storm VS Yim was a great main event, and Storm repeats to the semifinals. Between MYC and NXT UK, Toni clearly has the backing of WWE via Triple H, so bet on her to get that upset moment we’ve been waiting for.
It was a real shame Tegan Nox goes down like that. She and Rhea were bound to have a really great match, but injuries always come at the worst possible times. Rhea was likely going to win in the end, and she kept in character the entire time, but I’m sure in reality, she felt bad that it went down like this. Shirai VS Deonna was a really great match, though there seemed like a part in the middle where fans were probably not paying attention. I think Full Sail knew she was going over so they just kinda took some of that match for granted. But things got them back into it by the end, and they were right to think Shirai would win. Shirai VS Rhea will be great, Rhea can really show her stuff in a match with someone so skilled and in the longer semifinal formats.
Also I just realized it’s Japan VS Australia in both matches, for potentially a third Japan VS Australia in the finals at WWE Evolution. However, given that Toni Storm is currently injured [Highlight for spoilers] there might be a change. We won’t really know until after next week’s semifinals episode that acts as a go-home.
My Score: 8.6/10