The Mae Young Classic women’s tournament finally kicks off this week with the “Parade of Champions” airing live this Thursday. From Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, starting at 6:30 p.m. EDT, all 32 competitors in the tournament will be shown live on WWE’s Facebook page. The Parade of Champions, if it follows the same format as the WWE Cruiserweight Classic’s Parade of Champions, will show each competitor enter the ring as their name is announced, and it will continue after all 32 women have a moment in the ring.
The Parade of Champions will air live and on the same day as the first round of the Mae Young Classic’s tapings, which will not air until August 28, exclusively on the WWE Network. Another round of matches will be taped on July 14 and air on another date later this summer. The final round will air on September 12 from Las Vegas at 10 p.m. EDT on the WWE Network. WWE Hall of Famers Jim Ross and Lita will commentate through the tournament.
The WWE has formally announced 15 of the 32 women participating in the tournament: 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.