Mae Young Classic Tournament – First Round Coverage
The 2018 Mae Young Classic opens with a quick recap of last year’s inaugural tournament. We then see quick shots of the 32 competitors in this years tournament. The opening credits roll and then Beth Phoenix, Michael Cole, and Renee Young welcome us to the show.
We take a look at the first two competitors: Zatara and Tegan Nox.
Match #1 – Mae Young Classic Tournament First Round Match: Tegan Nox vs. Zatara
They lock up and Nox applies a wrist-lock. Zatara fights back and applies one of her own, but Nox reverses back into hers. Zatara counters again and takes Nox down to the mat. Nox kicks up and goes behind Zatara. Zatara turns it around and shoves Nox away. Zatara takes Nox to the corner and charges, but Nox goes over the top and takes Zatara down with a couple arm-drags. Nox connects with a head-scissors take down and a dropkick that sends Zatara to the floor. Nox runs the ropes, but Zatara ducks away and Nox stays in the ring. Zatara gets back into the ring and kicks Nox in the midesction and then drops an elbow to Nox’s neck. Zatara works ove Nox’s leg and then stomps her into the mat. Zatara takes Nox to the corner and wraps her leg around the rope. Zatara dropkicks Nox’s knee in the ropes and then applies a modified knee-bar, but Nox forces the break in the ropes.
Zatara kicks Nox in the midesection, but Nox comes back with right hands and uppercuts. Nox takes Zatara to the mat and then delivers another uppercut in the corner. Nox kicks Zatara in the head and then connects with a cross-body from the top and gets a two count. Zatara comes back with a boot to the face and delivers a missile dropkick from the top. Zatara delivers double knees and gets a two count. Zatara goes for a knee strike, but Nox ducks under and delivers the Shiniest Wizard and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Tegan Nox.
We take a look at the next two competitors: Rhea Ripley and MJ Jenkins.
Match #2 – Mae Young Classic Tournament First Round Match: MJ Jenkins vs. Rhea Ripley
Jenkins drops Ripley with a couple arm drags and goes for a springboard, but Ripley dropkicks her to the floor. Ripley brings Jenkins back into the ring and gets a two count. Ripley slams Jenkins to the mat and gets just a one count this time. Ripley delivers a stiff shot to Jenkins’s back, but Jenkins begins to fight back. Ripley takes control back and drops Jenkins with a clothesline and gets another two count. Ripley delivers a vertical suplex to Jenkins and gets yet another two count. Ripley applies an abdominal stretch, but Jenkins counters with a hip-toss. Ripley comes right back and slams Jenkins to the mat face-first and gets a few quick two counts. Ripley pie-faces Jenkins a few times, but Jenkins fires back with uppercuts. Jenkins drops Ripley with a few clotheslines and then a shoulder tackle.
Jenkins charges into the corner, but Ripley moves. Jenkins kicks Ripley in the head and then connects with a missile dropkick and gets a two count. Ripley comes back and delivers a pump handle power bomb and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Rhea Ripley.
We take a look at the next two competitors: Vanessa Kraven and Lacey Lane.
Match #3 – Mae Young Classic Tournament First Round Match: Lance Lane vs. Vanessa Kraven
Kraven backs Lane into the corner, but Lane escapes and gets a kick to Kraven’s head. Kraven shoves Lane away, but Lane connects with another kick. Lane delivers a few forearm shots and sends Kraven to the floor. Lane cartwheels and kicks Kraven again and keeps her on the floor. Lane goes for a cross-body, but Kraven catches her and slams her into the apron. Kraven hangs Lane over the top rope and delivers shots to her midsection. Kraven kicks Lane in the face and puts her back into the ring. Kraven puts her boot in Lane’s face in the corner and then connects with a rolling cannonball and gets a two count. Kraven delivers a few chops and then applies a Canadian back-breaker submission. Lane gets free and delivers a face-buster. Lane kicks Kraven in the knee and then in the chest. Lane delivers an elbow shot and then a running knee.
Kraven comes back and shoves Lane away and drops her with a spinning side slam and gets a two count. Lane comes back with an elbow shot, but Kraven takes her down in the corner. Kraven goes for another cannonball, but Lance moves out of the way. Lane ducks a clothesline and takes Kraven down with a crucifix slam and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Lacey Lane.
We head backstage and see an interview with Natalya. Natalya says it is incredible to be surrounded by so many women who share her passion for wrestling. Natalya says she is rooting for Mia Yim and Io Shirai to win the entire tournament.
We take a look at the last two competitors for the evening: Meiko Satomura and Killer Kelly.
Match #4 – Mae Young Classic Tournament First Round Match: Killer Kelly vs. Meiko Satomura
Satomura connects with a few quick kicks and backs Kelly into the ropes. Satomura kicks Kelly down to the mat, but Kelly counters with a waist-lock takedown for a two count. They lock up and Satomura applies a side-headlock and takes Kelly to the mat. Kelly counters with a body-scissors neck-vice, but Satomura gets free and delivers a forearm to Kelly’s face. Satomura applies the headlock again, but Kelly counters into the body-scissors. Satomura gets free and kicks Kelly in the chest. Kelly counters and takes Satomura to the ropes and then delivers a boot to the face and gets a two count. Kelly goes for a surfboard submission, but Satomura fights her off. Satomura comes off the ropes with an arm-drag take down and locks in a half-crab submission. Satomura turns it into a modified cross-face submission, but Kelly gets to the ropes to break it.
Satomura delivers a few forearm shots and then takes Kelly down again. Satomura connects with strikes and then kicks to the chest. Satomura drops Kelly again and drops a knee. Satomura goes for the cover, but Kelly kicks out at two. Satomura kicks Kelly in the chest, but Kelly counters and delivers a verticle suplex for a two count. Kelly kicks Satomura in the midsection, but Satomura comes back with one of her own and an uppercut. Satomura delivers double knees to Kelly’s back and then goes up top. Kelly cuts her off and goes for a suplex, but Satomura holds on. Kelly turns it into a dragon sleeper from the top rope and then kicks Satomura in the chest. Kelly delivers a hesitation dropkick in the corner and then connects with a fisherman’s suplex for a two count. Kelly goes for a German suplex, but Satomura counters with a Pele kick. Satomura drives Kelly to the match with a Death Valley Driver and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Meiko Satomura.