More Mae Young Classic Competitors Revealed
On the final day before the WWE’s Mae Young Classic women’s tournament’s first taping, two new competitors have been confirmed, while a third Hall of Famer’s role with the broadcast was revealed. On Wednesday, the WWE announced that the United Kingdom’s Kay Lee Ray and Ayesha Raymond are the 16th and 17th competitors of the classic.
Ray has been recognized for numerous championship wins, including the Queen of Southside Champion, Scottish Women’s Champion, SWE Speed King Champion, and the ICW Women’s Champion. Ray was among the Top 10 Names that Top Rope Press wanted to see in the tournament. Raymond, described as one of the “biggest and strongest” women in the tournament, won championships at STARDOM, IPW, and World War Wrestling. She was also trained by current WWE Performance Center coach Robbie Brookside.
Ray and Raymond join Kairi Sane, Sarah Logan, Lacey Evans, Bianca Belair, Princesa Sugehit, Toni Storm, Abbey Laith, Tessa Blanchard, Taynara Conti, Jazzy Gabert, Dakota Kai, Piper Niven, Kavita Devi, Rhea Ripley, and Sage Beckett as the confirmed participants in the Mae Young Classic.
Alundra Blayze/Madusa To Join MYC Commentary Team
WWE Hall of Famers Jim Ross and Lita have been confirmed as the commentators for the tournament. Ross, during his latest Ross Report Podcast, announced fellow WWE Hall of Famer Alundra Blayze will join their broadcast team as a backstage interviewer and lead other segments. Blayze, also known as Madusa, has been at the WWE Performance Center this week.
On Thursday, just prior to the start of the Mae Young Classic’s taping from Full Sail University, the WWE Facebook will air the live “Parade of Champions” starting at 6:30 p.m. EDT. The WWE will film another round of tapings on Friday, July 14. The first episodes of the women’s tournament will not air until August 28 on the WWE Network. The final round will air from Las Vegas on September 12, at 10 p.m. EDT, on the WWE Network.