WWE Mae Young Classic Adds Four New Names

5 years ago by Wrestle Talk

WWE Mae Young Classic Adds Four New Names

As we draw closer to this year’s Mae Young Classic, more names continue to be revealed. Reported on WWE.com via the tournament’s official Twitter page, four more names including international and independent talent as well as an NXT UK star and a new NXT recruit have joined to fray.

The new names are masked luchadora Zeuxis, American indie star Karen Q, NXT UK‘s Isla Dawn and new NXT recruit, former NCAA basketball champion Lacey Lane. Accompanying the announcement, WWE gave some details about each of the competitors revealed.

Zuexis – Puerto Rico

“A proponent of “Lucha Strong Style,” Zeuxis enters this year’s field with a decade of ring experience and more than 800 matches under her belt. Calling herself “Puerto Rican Power,” Zeuxis boasts a combination of strength and speed, and has frequently ended matches with a top-rope Spanish Fly. She is a multi-time champion in Mexico and Japan, and last September she collected perhaps her most important accolade yet, defeating Princesa Sugehit (a competitor from last year’s Mae Young Classic) in a Mask vs. Mask Match. Will she soon add the Mae Young Classic trophy to her long list of accomplishments?”

Karen Q – United States/China

“If you want a competitor who’s tough, cunning, energetic, acrobatic and just flat-out entertaining, look no further than Karen Q. The cerebral Chinese American, who graduated with a master’s degree shortly after making her ring debut, blitzes the competition with a dizzying combination of technical wizardry and breathtaking aerial assaults. All the while, she also softens opponents up for the Spring Roll – her take on the Boston Crab – to rearrange spines and claim victories.”

Lacey Lane – United States

“Lacey Lane stands to be one of the most well-rounded athletes in the entire Mae Young Classic. The newly signed WWE Performance Center recruit was a member the 2012 NCAA Division II championship basketball team at Shaw University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Deciding to give wrestling a try, Lane studied the mat game under WWE Hall of Famers The Dudley Boyz. Before joining the WWE PC, Lane made waves on the independent scene in both the U.S. and Mexico.”

Isla Dawn – Scotland

“Scotland’s Isla Dawn turned heads with her recent outing at the WWE U.K. Championship Tournament special on WWE Network. This self-described “modern-day witch” employs a hard-hitting style that draws from her background in kickboxing and dance that has carried her throughout promotions across Europe. Molded by influences as varying as Goldust (her first WWE action figure) and Killian Dain (who saw her act in a play and encouraged her to begin wrestling training), Dawn hopes to put a spell on her competition in this year’s Classic.”

These four join the following list of female stars already confirmed for the tournament:

  • Deonna Purrazzo – United States
  • Io Shirai – Japan
  • Jessie Elaban – United States
  • Jinny – England
  • Kacy Catanzaro – United States
  • Kaitlyn – United States
  • Kavita Devi – India
  • Killer Kelly – Portugal
  • Mercedes Martinez – United States
  • Mia Yim – South Korea
  • Nicole Matthews – Canada
  • Reina González – United States
  • Rhea Ripley – Australia
  • Taynara Conti – Brazil
  • Tegan Nox – Wales

This year’s 32-woman event takes place on August 8-9 at the home of NXT, Full Sail University in Florida. The finals will take place at WWE‘s first-ever all-women’s pay-per-view, Evolution, on October 28 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New York.


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