Randomly caught the Sept 12 episode of the Mae Young Classic.I don't think I caught more than a few minutes of last year's tournament, so this was mostly new to me. I'm a sucker for these tournaments with "new" characters (see also: my enthusiasm for the Cruiserweight Classic and both UK Tournaments).
-Deonna Purazzo beat Priscilla Kelly
I was trying to remember Deonna's name, the other week, since she was on NXT about a year ago. I had her confused with Daria Barrenato/Sonya DeVille. She won with her patented Fujiwara Armbar... which is good, since that's written on her ring jacket (I mean, imagine coming out with a jacket that says: "Figure Four Specialist" and you win with a piledriver). Kelly has a good look (creepy, almost backwoods, goth chick) and good movement. When I saw her, I thought: "if they ever need a legitimate Sister Abigail, look no further".
-Zeuxis beat "Big Swole" Aerial Monroe
Zeuxis looked a little sloppy on some moves, but won with a top-rope Spanish Fly. Monroe has a mohawk/pompadour and reportedly likes to dress up as the X-men's Storm... which may be where her ring surname comes from (I can't find her real name, anywhere). Gal has loads of charisma, though. They should bring her back, if they're serious about building a "Women's Division".
-Kacy Catanzaro beat Reina Gonzalez.
Pinned her with a reverse cradle. Kacy's 5 foot, cute as a button, and a former American Ninja Warrior winner. Lot of buzz about her, which is cool. She did some pretty amazing acrobatic moves, and for a "rookie" she's great. Her mainstream popularity may lead her career away from WWE, though. I liked Reina, too, and she towered over Kacy. Renee Young got excited and said: "Kacy's the size of Reina's leg!"
-Mercedes Martinez beat Ashley Rayne
The former "Madison Rayne" from TNA, in case ya' didn't know. Pretty good match, overall. Martinez won with a fisherman's buster. She does have an annoying habit of consistently making eye-contact with her opponent. Or more like a QB who doesn't move his head and always stares at his primary receiver.
Also had some in-crowd cameos from Samoa Joe, Cedric Alexander (whose little girl cried when Monroe lost), the Undisputed Era, and Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan.
Strangely enough, this episode had a parental advisory of "Suggestive Dialogue". I didn't hear any and it would be a HUGE stretch to take anything the ladies said or even did as suggestive. Curious why it was labeled that way.
Oh, BTW-- in my head, there is an awesome joke reply to this post. 10 Cool Points if you respond with it.