Episode three – number seven – began the Quarter-Finals and concluded with a main event which saw Rhea Ripley eliminate Tegan Nox in a heartbreaking encounter which concluded when Nox injured her left knee. Unable to continue after a wonderfully valiant effort, the underdog threw up the ‘X’ sign herself forcing the referee to call for the bell.
This isn’t how we want to see such a wonderful story end. Very much the little guy/girl of the tournament, Nox garnered the support of the audience throughout and received a standing ovation as she was carried from the ring. Based on her performances, Tegan will be back. NXT would be stupid if they didn’t sign her and push her as the Daniel Bryan of the women’s division.
In results from the rest of the episode:
- Meiko Satomura stunned Lacey Lane
- Io Shirai outlasted Deonna Purrazzo
- Tony Storm rolled over Mia Yim in the match of the night. Subsequent to the contest, Full Sail exploded into chants of “Please sign Mia”. You can’t get a better endorsement than that.
Episode four – number eight – concluded the night’s tapings with the two Semi-Finals bouts to determine who would advance to WWE Evolution. The first bout of the evening saw Toni Storm continue her march to the Final with a shocking upset over Meiko Satomura in an incredible affair, whilst her opponent was decided when Io Shirai crashed through Rhea Ripley. It’s worth noting this match was unplanned as Tegan Nox was originally booked to prevail in the previous round.
Also during the episode, Triple H made an appearance to cut a promo on the competition and the injured Nox. He was met with deafening chants of “Please sign Mia”, to which he responded with “Ok”. It’s fair to say that we’ll be seeing her as an NXT regular soon.
So the second annual Mae Young Classic is over and a Toni Storm vs. Io Shirai Final at WWE Evolution on October 28 is worth the price of admission alone. Though it’s unclear right now who will prevail, your writer plumps for Storm after coming so close last year. A victory could do her wonders as she embarks on her NXT UK career.
We will be able to witness another stunning tournament on September 5 on the WWE Network.