Nerves were high going into the Mae Young Classic, rightfully so, but after night one of tapings I can say my nerves were definitely soothed.
Going into tapings, we were given 17 of the 32 competitors, not so great hey? Aired on Facebook Live, at night one, we got to meet the entire wonderful lot of kickass women. In case you didn’t get to see the video here’s our tournament competitors: Abbey Laith, Kairi Sane, Mia Yim, Rhea Ripley, Marti Belle, Mercedes Martinez, Candice LeRae, Shayna Baszler, Serena Deeb, Santana Garrett, Kay Lee Ray, Rachel Evers, Sage Beckett, Xia Li, Vanessa Borne, Zeda, Miranda Salinas, Reina Gonzalez, Renee Michelle, Nicole Savoy, Ayesha Raymond, Dakota Kai, Piper Niven, Taynara Conti, Kavita Devi, Jazzy Gabert, Tessa Blanchard, Princessa Sugehit, Sarah Logan, Lacey Evans, Toni Storm, and Bianca Belair.
Some of these names you’ll know, others? Get to know them. Night one of tapings featured 16 phenomenal matches. Matches that had a special, big fight feel to them with women who know the importance of this tournament. Just walking into Full Sail you felt the importance and the excitement. Women’s wrestling is alive and well, it’s taking over. The revolution that is always talked about on main roster? You’ll feel that with this tournament more than any other place. Different countries, different backgrounds, different styles; we’ve been given a gift with this tournament is now how I see it.
My nerves are gone, my expectations brought to a new level. I knew these ladies were going to kill it and blow the roof off of Full Sail, hopefully so did everyone reading this. August 28th is a bit of a long time to wait, but gosh it’s so going to be worth it. History in the making. Don’t sleep on any of these women. This is the future, this is women’s wrestling.