WWE.com has announced four more entrants in this year’s edition of the Mae Young Classic.
Headlining the announcements are two of the biggest female signing in recent memory for NXT. Former Ring of Honour standout Deonna Purrazzo and Tegan Nox – formerly known as Nixon Newell – will be wrestling in this year’s MYC; in addition, the two will be joined by Reina González, who will be making her second appearance in the tournament, as well as relative newcomer Jessica Eleban.
Let’s take a look at the four new additions.
Purrazzo is likely the biggest name of the four women announced today, and for good reason: she’s simply one of the most talented women in the world today.
The former WOH Woman of the Year is a marquee signing for the WWE. The former Virtuosa is one of the most skilled technical workers in the world today, regardless of gender; while she’s famous for her armbar submission, she can beat you in any number of ways. She’s a ranking member of the PWI 500, coming in at #34, and was the first woman announced for September’s All In event in Chicago prior to her signing with WWE. While it’s not her first appearance under the WWE banner – she’s wrestled a few matches in NXT against the likes of Asuka and Emma – it marks her first true opportunity to shine. Trust me when I say she won’t let it go to waste; I’d expect her to go far in the MYC.
One of the most intriguing names in this year’s Mae Young Classic is recently returned Tegan Nox.
The former Nixon Newell is one of the most promising female wrestlers in the world today, and we’d likely be talking about her in the NXT Women’s Championship conversation if it wasn’t for an unfortunate ACL injury suffered just over a year ago. Nox had recently joined WWE at the time, and was scheduled to participate in last year’s edition of the MYC. However, the injury put that aside, and it wasn’t until April 13th of this year that the former WCPW Women’s Champion was able to return to the ring. While it’s been a short time since her return, she’s an incredible wrestler best known for her absolutely devastating Shining Wizard. She’s someone to watch out for this year, and someone I could definitely see winning it all.
Elaban is fairly new to the wrestling business, but has impressed in her short time in NXT.
Singing with WWE in October of 2017, Elaban has consistently been appearing more on NXT; recently, she’s been teaming with Kairi Sane, and has picked up a string of wins since her first singles victory in January. Admittedly, I’m not all that familiar with her work, but obviously WWE sees potential in her and I’m excited to get an extended look at her in-ring.
After losing to Nicole Savoy in the first round of last year’s Mae Young Classic, Reina González is back for her second kick at the cat this year.
The daughter of famed wrestler Ricky “Desperado” González, Reina is an absolute monster compared to most female wrestlers. Standing at 6’0, she’s an imposing figure among this year’s MYC class; while she’s still relatively new to wrestling, her size alone gives her a major advantage over a large portion of her fellow contestants. She’s been plying her trade in the Performance Center for the past two years, and I’m excited to see what she can do after her promising debut last year.
Currently, the roster for the 2018 edition of the Mae Young Classic is as follows:
- Rhea Ripley
- Io Shirai
- Kacy Catanzaro
- Nicole Matthews
- Deonna Purrazzo
- Tegan Knox
- Jessica Elaban
- Reina González
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