Tessa Blanchard among 5 newly announced competitors in WWE’s Mae Young Classic
June 22, 2017 - WWE
The WWE has reliable a subsequent call of competitors slated to attend in subsequent month’s initial Mae Young Classic, that includes a few some-more large names from a universe of eccentric wrestling as good as a integrate of shockers
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In an ESPN.com exclusive, WWE has reliable that Tessa Blanchard, Abbey Laith (formerly Kimber Lee), Alpha Female, Taynara Conti and Kavita Devi will all be among a 32-woman contest field.
The flourishing list seems to prove a rare all-women’s single-elimination contest will underline talent from around a universe during a turn identical in status and accumulation to final year’s Cruiserweight Classic.
Here’s what we need to know about a latest call of additions to a initial ever Mae Young Classic.
As a daughter of Tully Blanchard (one of a mythological Four Horseman), a stepdaughter of NWA standout Magnum TA and granddaughter of Joe Blanchard, who lerned Dusty Rhodes, Blanchard has roots richly steeped in maestro wrestling. The 21-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, has competed in China and Japan, and lerned with 205 Live luminary Cedric Alexander.
Formerly famous as “Kimber Lee,” Laith assimilated a WWE Performance Center as partial of another class of recruits in January. This event came after some-more than 6 years in a universe of eccentric wrestling, where she won titles with several promotions such as Shimmer, Shine and WSU. The 26-year-old from Seattle became a initial lady in wrestling story to win a primary championship of a male-centric graduation when she won CHIKARA Grand Championship in Dec 2015. She’s also fought in NXT as Kimberly Frankele, losing to Ember Moon final Dec among several other appearances, including a new compare with Ruby Riot and a conflict stately to establish a No. 1 contender to a NXT women’s championship. Laith revealed her new wrestling name Wednesday.
A 5-foot-6 black belt in judo who participated in a 2016 Olympic trials in her local Rio de Janeiro, Conti was among a class of recruits to join a WWE Performance Center final October. She is a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Devi is trainee of former WWE heavyweight champion, The Great Khali, and has competed for India’s Continental Wrestling Entertainment. Additionally, she was among 34 general athletes to contest during a WWE audition hosted in Dubai in April. The 30-year-old India local has also competed in weightlifting during a inhabitant level in her home country, as good as several MMA fights.
Also famous as Jazzy Gabert, a 35-year-old warrior from Berlin has competed in MMA (1-1) and formerly worked with Stardom in Japan, as good as TNA (now IMPACT Wrestling). She perceived a WWE audition in 2012.
These 5 women will join a initial 4 names that a WWE announced final week; we now know some-more than 25 percent of a 32-woman field. The prior collection of competitors includes:
Lacey Evans: A U.S. Marines veteran, Evans served 5 years as troops military and a member of a Special Reactions Team. The 27-year-old from Parris Island, South Carolina, has a 4-year-old daughter and started a construction association during 22.
Sarah Logan: Previously famous as “Crazy Mary Dobson,” Logan done appearances for WWE as encouragement talent several times between 2014 and 2016, before signing a WWE agreement in Oct 2016. She lerned underneath Taka Michinoku in Japan, and she’s won Olympic powerlifting competitions.
Toni Storm: Born in New Zealand and lifted in Australia, Storm done her wrestling entrance during 13 years aged and competed in 13 opposite countries before she was 20. She wrestled for WWE during WrestleMania Axxess progressing this year. She’s a PROGRESS women’s champion and facilities prominently for Japanese all-women’s graduation Stardom.
Princesa Sugehit: Since branch maestro in 1996, Sugehit has wrestled in CMLL and AAA in her home nation of Mexico, where she’s won countless titles and 4 high-stakes mask-vs.-mask matches.
The tournament, named after WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young, will be filmed during Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, on Jul 13 and 14.
ESPN Stats Information’s Matt Willis contributed to this report.