Hype For The Classic
The first four episodes, featuring the entire first round, of the WWE Mae Young Classic women’s tournament are now available on-demand on the WWE Network. To commemorate the premiere, WWE released clips featuring current WWE and NXT superstars speaking about the tournament, including WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix and the husband of tournament competitor Candice LeRae — Johnny Gargano.
Shayna & The Horsewomen
One of the most-talked about competitors in the Mae Young Classic is Shayna Baszler. In an interview with TV Insider, Baszler said the WWE is something she’s had her eye on. She previously participated in a tryout with WWE but didn’t get an immediate call back. Eventually, she received a phone call from WWE to be one of 32 competitors in the inaugural Mae Young Classic.
Baszler also commented about the support her fellow “Four Horsewomen,” MMA’s Jessamyn Duke, Marina Shafir, and Ronda Rousey, provided for and during the tournament.
“We’re such good friends and training partners and teammates. … I specifically called all three of them and said, ‘Guys, this is the most important thing I’ve ever done in my combat sports career. I’d love for you guys to be there because you were there at the beginning of all of this, and I would like you to be there for this. They were like, ‘Yeah, you got it. We’ll drop whatever we are doing. We’re there.’”
Baszler’s first-round match in the women’s tournament is against Zeda.