After the confirmation of Kaitlyn’s return to WWE, the Mae Young Classic is getting more and more interesting. On this occasion, the McMahon company has confirmed four new fighters for the second edition of the women’s tournament: the Japanese star Io Shirai, the Canadian veteran Nicole Matthews, the British Jinny and the former contestant of “American Ninja Warrior” Kacy Catanzaro.
As already announced, Shirai was hired by WWE during the last live event held in Tokyo (Japan). Considered one of the best fighters in Japan’s modern history, “The Genie of Heaven” has captured countless championships in her home country and was named the best fighter in the last three years by Tokyo Sports. Shirai is known for her incredible suplex and high-altitude attacks.
Katy Catanzaro was recruited to the WWE Performance Center earlier this year, after triumphing in several performances during “American Ninja Warrior”. Despite not having much experience in professional wrestling, Catanzaro has been destined to be someone to watch. Arriving as a gymnast of Division I, Catanzaro was the first woman to climb the twisted wall of the North American program and has been named twice by Sports Illustrated in the list of the 50 most fit women athletes in the world.
Nicole Matthews comes to WWE after a career of more than 10 years and in which she has visited countries such as Canada, the United States, England, Japan and Australia. During her professional career, she has managed to face wrestlers such as Becky Lynch, Asuka and the current WWE Performance Center coach Sara Amato. Matthews brings a more aggressive style of wrestling and likes to take down his opponents with his devastating rolling cutter, which she calls “Vancouver Maneuver”.
To the tournament that honors the former women’s champion of NWA Mae Young is added the young British Jinny. This competitor climbed into a WWE ring for the first time during WrestleMania Axxess in 2017. Known for her strong style in the ring, Jinny is the current PROGRESS Wrestling women’s champion and holds the distinction of being the first female graduate in the wrestling school of said company.
The recordings of the second edition of the Mae Young Classic tournament will take place on August 8 and 9, 2018 at the Full Sail University in Orlando (Florida). It should be added that the tickets for both evenings have already been exhausted, as has also happened with the special pack that allowed access to the venue both nights and, therefore, had a cost higher than a general ticket.