After six weeks of incredible competition featuring 32 of the best women’s wrestlers from every corner of the world, the 2018 Mae Young Classic has been narrowed down to just 8 remaining hopefuls.
Next Wednesday night exclusively on the WWE Network we will see all four highly-anticipated quarterfinal matches. The following week will see the final record episode of the Mae Young Classic with both semifinals bouts, heading into the huge tournament finals, live on pay-per-view at WWE Evolution.
In the first of four quarterfinals, the Japanese legend Meiko Satomura will take on Winter Park’s own Lacey Lane, in a battle with a severe experience gap. This will easily be the biggest and most important test of Lane’s career, as the Team 3D Academy graduate made her pro wrestling debut just over two years ago. Still, the 30-year-old has shown a ton of heart in defeating Brazil’s Tayanari Conti in the second round; will that “heart” be enough to dethrone the 23-year veteran?
In the second bout, tournament frontrunner Toni Storm will face Korea’s Mia Yim, who just this week put on the best match of Kaitlyn’s career with a big win in the second round. Tegan Nox takes on Rhea Ripley next week as well, in a battle of Tegan Nox, who had to sit out last year’s tournament due to injury, and Australia’s up-and-coming prospect.
Finally, in next week’s quarterfinal main event, it will be the “virtuoso” from Ring of Honor taking on the woman referred to by many as the greatest female wrestler on the planet. Deonna Purrazzo faces Io Shirai to wrap up the third round next Wednesday night, in what has the potential to be the best match of the entire tournament so far.