Mae Young Classic 2017 Episodes 1-4 Crash Course

Contrary to the Cruiserweight Classic last summer, WWE and the WWE Network released the first four episodes on demand this Monday. These four episodes are all the qualifying rounds of the tournament. Check here for all the crash course style results, opinions, and comments for the first four episodes of the 2017 Mae Young Classic.

Episode #1

Princesa Sugehit def. Kay Lee Ray via submission

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This is your first match in the tournament and it delivers with a 6 minute match. Princesa Sugehit is your high flying luchador and Kay Lee Ray is your classic badass heel chick. The crowd is behind Kay Lee Ray, but are also popping for some of the quick offense by Princesa Sugehit. Right before the 6 minute mark, Sugehit locks in an armbar for the submission victory. Sugehit advances.

Serena Deeb def. Vanessa Borne via pinfall

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You may recognize Serena Deeb from The Straight Edge Society back the day on Smackdown. Well she is back and this time without a shaved head and quite a bit of hair instead. The story told by JR and Lita in this match is that Serena is back for redemption. Those who have forgotten, she had an alcohol problems back in those days and was released from her contract. However, this redemption story has a happy beginning as Serena picks up a pinfall victory with a Spear. Serena advances.

Shayna Baszler def. Zeda via submission

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This match is MMA vs. MMA and it’s a quick one. In match that is less than 2 minutes, Shayna Baszler is able to lock in a Rear Naked Choke for the submission victory. Shayna Baszler advances.

Abbey Laith def. Jazzy Gabert via pinfall

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If you were filling out a bracket, you may have already lost by the main event of the first episode. Jazzy Gabert is the Zarya (Overwatch reference) of the Mae Young Classic and a favorite to win this match up. Gabert destroys Abbey Laith who is playing the underdog. However, the underdog prevails here and gets the pinfall victory via the Alligator Clutch made famous by Mae Young. Abbey Laith advances.

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Episode #2

Mercedes Martinez def. Xia Li via submission

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Xia Li comes into this match as a rookie and Mercedes Martinez is the favorite to win here based on experience. This was a good match, but not as good as the opener from episode 1. Martinez locks in a tight Dragon Sleeper for the submission victory. Mercedes Martinez advances.

Rachel Evers def. Marti Belle

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This match was Marti Belle from TNA/GFW’s Dollhouse versus Paul Elering’s daughter of the Authors of Pain or formerly The Road Warriors. Rachel Evers’ was also seen on TNA/GFW programming at one point in time. The match itself was slightly sloppy. Evers picks up the pinfall victory with a rollup. Rachel Evers advances.

Rhea Ripley def. Miranda Salinas

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We have a hard hitting, mosh pitting badass, Rhea Ripley versus Miranda Salinas. This is a quick one with Rhea Ripley hitting a Full Nelson Slam for the pinfall victory. Rhea Ripley advances.

Mia Yim def. Sarah Logan

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You may know Mia Yim from TNA/GFW under the name Jade. The announcers touch upon her domestic abuse problems she had in the past which was very public knowledge before this tournament. This is a great match between these two women. I would argue this is the best one in the tournament up to this point. Mia Yim hits an Eat Defeat for the pinfall victory. Mia Yim advances.

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Episode #3

Toni Storm def. Ayesha Raymond via pinfall

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Here we have a women who puts face make-up on to look like a lepord versus a half-downloaded steampunk chick. Sounds like a bad acid trip. A decent match between the two. Ayesha Raymond goes for a springboard off the second rope and finds no water in the pool. Toni Storm capitalizes here and wins with a rollup. Toni Storm advances.

Dakota Kai def. Kavita Devi via pinfall

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Flower Power Dakota takes on the first women from India to step in a WWE ring. A lot of power displayed by Kavita Devi throughout the match including a military press. She looked like the odds on favorite to win. However, Dakota hits a vicious double stomp from the top rope for the pinfall victory. Dakota Kai advances.

Bianca Belair def. Sage Becket via pinfall

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In the second to last match for this episode we see long weave Bianca Belair vs. Sage Becket. A decent match between the two with Bianca playing the cocky heel. Bianca uses her extremely long braid as a weapon on Sage Becket and follows if up with a spear for the pinfall victory. Ref should of checked if that hair was loaded. Bianca Belair advances.

Piper Niven def. Santana Garrett via pinfall

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This is a very entertaining match. Piper Niven is an absolute beast not only with raw power, but also agility. Santana Garrett is in a David versus Goliath situation here, but holds her own with some classic Trish Stratus offense. However, the weight disadvantage catches up with Garrett when Niven hits her with the Michinoku driver for 1, 2, 3. Piper Niven advances.

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Episode #4

Candice Larae def. Renee Michelle via pinfall

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In this match we see the wife of Johnny Gargano, Candice Larae take on Renee Michelle. The crowd is heavily behind Candice who hits some impressive offense. The finish comes when Larae hits a beautiful top rope neckbreaker for the pinfall victory.¬†Lita tells us that Larae’s finisher is called Candice’s wild ride. Don’t google that kids. Candice Larae advances.

Lacey Evans def. Taynara Conti via pinfall

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Lacey Evans is playing the Marine face in this match against Taynara Conti. She has a Liberty Bell from Netflix’s GLOW type feel to her. The match starts off a tad sloppy, but recovers at the end. Lacey gets Conti upside down on her back and drops Conti on her head. This impact gets Evans the pinfall victory. Lacey Evans advances.

Nicole Savoy def. Reina Gonzalez via submission

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Nicole Savoy calls herself the Suplex Queen, so if her and Brock Lesnar had a child we would have a Suplex Empire on our hands. However, we don’t see any suplexes from her in this match. I understand her opponent was bigger, but can’t we at least see one? Savoy gets a submission victory with an armbar. Nicole Savoy advances.

Kairi Sane def. Tessa Blanchard via pinfall

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“It’s a damn shame one of these two have to go home” is what JR said to us at the mid point of this match and he was right. This is a fantastic match where both women were able to shine. Crowd is hot for this match and split on who to root for. The result of the final match in Round 1 sees Kairi hit a huge elbow from the top rope for the pinfall victory. The two women hug it out to close out the last qualifying match of the Mae Young Classic. Kairi Sane advances.

This concludes the qualifying matches for the first ever Mae Young Classic. With round 1 in the books and the quarter finals on the horizon, who do you have coming out on top? Join in on the discussion by comment below with your bracket predictions.

The bracket going into the Quarter Finals