We're only just a day away till the inaugural Mae Young Classic Tournament begins to air! They've already announced the official brackets which you can check out here.
I've been excited about this tournament ever since it was announced, the CWC has been a success so hopefully the MYC will follow too.
The wrestlers participating in this tournament is filled with veterans,rookies,and big names that will finally be able to showcase their talents in the WWE and hoping to become the next top woman's wrestler in the world of professional wrestling!
So without further ado, below are my predictions for the whole tournament!
Jazzy Gabert def. Abby Laith
Jazzy Gabert is what WWE is trying Nia Jax to be but obviously the former Alpha Female is way more talented and I expect her to be booked as a strong dominating force in this tournament. She could definitely be a modern day Bull Bakano!
No offense to Abby Laith whom I like ever since her CHIKARA days as Princess Kimber Lee but she sadly has to take the "L" in this one.
Rachel Evers def. Marti Belle
Next match up we got two rookies in Rachel Evers and Marti Belle. I'm not too familar with these two but knowing that Rachel Evers is a second generation wrestler, being the daughter of Paul Ellering she's the one I predict going forward.
Kay Lee Ray def. Princesa Sugehit
Princesa Sugehit is one of the veterans in this whole tournament, she's been wrestling since 1995 mainly for CMLL and now she finally gets to be in a huge spotlight she deserves in the WWE.
Unfortunately though I see her opponent: Scotland's Kay Lee Ray advancing in this one. She's more younger and has a bright future in the business, getting a win over one of the respected veterans will definitely help her career in the long run.
Mercedes Martinez def. Xia Li
Another veteran going in to the tournament we got Mercedes Martinez, for almost two decades she has been wrestling in the indies but never really got that chance to shine until now!
I don't know much about China's Xia Li but she ain't winning over Mercedes who has been highlighted a lot during the Bracketology special.
Reina Gonzalez def. Nicole Savoy
I gotta be honest, I don't much about these two women. I only know Gonzalez is a product of the WWE Performance Center while Savoy has wrestled for promotions such as SHIMMER. I'm picking the former on this one because why not?
Candice LeRae def. Renee Michelle
I'm so happy Candice LeRae is finally in the WWE! I predict she will make it far in this tournament and will be one of the fan favorites to win the whole thing.
As for her opponent, I'm not too familiar with Renee Michelle which gives me more confidence on Candice advancing to the second round. Hoping we see a Johnny Gargano cameo at some point in this tournament to cheer on his dear wife!
Mia Yim def. Sarah Logan
Another wrestler I'm glad to see in a WWE ring is Mia Yim (aka Jade in TNA.) She will be representing South Korea and has been wrestling for many years now gaining championships every where. She will be such a great addition to the women's roster if they use her properly!
As for Sarah Logan I only saw her wrestle once in an NXT Episode, good worker just ain't winning it against a top caliber star like Mia.
Shayna Baszler def. Zeda
For those who are unfamiliar with her, Shayna Baszler is an MMA Fighter turned pro wrestler! She is good friends with Ronda Rousey being a part of their little group "Four Horsewomen." (Not to be confused with the WWE's Horsewomen.)
I've seen a few clips here and there of Baszler's matches in Japan and boy is she impressive! Her style of mixing MMA and wrestling is what Sonya Deville has failed on trying. Zeda on the other hand is another representative of China, sadly she's gonna take the L just like her fellow Chinese competitor: Xia Li.
Kairi Sane def. Tessa Blanchard
I can't believe they're already giving away a match up between Kairi Sane and Tessa Blanchard in the 1st Round! I'm sure it will be one of the best matches of the whole 1st round, if not the best! Kairi has been one of the top Joshi wrestlers today, only below Asuka in my opinion while Tessa is the only third generation wrestler in this whole tournament!
I'm a fan of both women but it seems like Tessa is not sticking around in the WWE after the tournament which is why they will have her lose to Kairi in the 1st round.
Sage Beckett def. Bianca Belair
The story of Sage Beckett has been an interesting one. She has wrestled for multiple promotions already including TNA as Rosita Lottalove, back then she was a pretty big woman but now she is smoking hot! Not only that though but she is a talented worker in the ring as well.
They're definitely gonna highlight her amazing weight loss story. As for her opponent Bianca Belair, she has an interesting arsenal that being her long hair whip but I don't think that's enough in stopping Beckett to advance in the second round!
Dakota Kai def. Kavita Devi
It's my first time seeing both of these competitors wrestle. New Zealand's Dakotai Kai definitely gives me those Bayley vibes from her character and I heard she's a good in-ring performer too. Kavita Devi is the first Indian woman to ever wrestle in a WWE ring which is pretty cool. I'm picking Dakota to win but it could honestly go either way.
Rhea Ripley def. Miranda Salinas
Another match up which I'm not too familiar with both women. From what I've gathered Australia's Rhea Ripley has been wrestling for Aussie promotions since 2013 while Miranda is a product of Booker T's training school. I'm picking the Aussie woman to win, just because she has more experience.
Serena Deeb def. Vanessa Borne
Remember Serena from CM Punk's Straight Edge Society stable? Yes this is her and she's back from retirement and with hair now too! I think she would be the "Brian Kendrick" of this tournament, trying to get redemption back in the WWE.
Serena is a talented wrestler and was only outshined due to the shitty "Divas Era" during her time with the company. Vanessa Borne is a rookie whom I'm not familiar with so she's definitely on the losing end of this one.
Piper Niven def. Santana Garrett
I've seen a few of Piper Niven (fka Viper)'s matches on some British indy feds such as PCW and boy is she impressive especially for a woman her size! She can go toe to toe not only with women but men as well! She's definitely one of the wildcards in this whole tournament!
I like Santana Garrett too, I believe she has a bright future in wrestling especially if she keeps on improving. The MYC tournament should be a good platform to showcase her talents as well.
Taynara Conti def. Lacey Evans
One of the "shocker" results I'm predicting to happen in the Round 1 is Brazil's Taynara Conti defeating Lacey Evans. Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe she is the first Brazilian to ever wrestle in the WWE! Lacey Evans on the other hand has been wrestling in NXT for quite some time now.
From what I heard Brazilians love to support their countrymen so I think she will at least advance to the next round and pull off an "upset" victory against Evans.
Toni Storm def. Ayesha Raymond
Toni Storm is one of the best women's wrestlers today and I'm glad she's finally getting her chance to shine in this tournament! She is the reigning PROGRESS Women's Champion so she ain't losing in the 1st Round. With all due respect to Ayesha who seems to be a solid wrestler on her own, Toni is just leagues above her!
Jazzy Gabert def. Rachel Evers
As I've mentioned, I'm predicting Jazzy to be booked like an unstoppable giant so she's going to beat Rachel Evers in the second round, probably with ease too.
Mercedes Martinez def. Kay Lee Ray
This one is a toss up for me, Kay Lee Ray is a young and talented upcoming star but they've highlighted the veteran Mercedes Martinez more over the course of the build to this tournament. It could go either way but I'm predicting Mercedes to win but will obviously put up a fight against the Scot woman!
Candice LeRae def. Reina Gonzalez
Candice wins because she is Candice Freaking LeRae! Nuff said.
Shayna Baszler def. Mia Yim
I could see Shayna Baszler score an upset victory over the better fan favorite in Mia Yim! If my predictions go the right way, this is the match up I'm most excited for in the whole second round! What a match these two would have!
Kairi Sane def. Sage Beckett
Kairi Sane will not only continue on winning, but will have great matches as well! Even though I find Beckett to be on the losing end in this one I think she will put up a good fight against The Pirate Princess!
Dakotai Kai def. Rhea Ripley
I believe Dakotai Kai has a bright future in the WWE so her advancing in the tournament over Rhea Ripley would be the logical choice, if in fact my predictions become right.
Piper Niven def. Serena Deeb
Another potentially good match we got Piper Niven and Serena Deeb. I think Piper is a good enough of a worker to go over a veteran like Serena. She's gonna be a made star after this match!
Toni Storm def. Taynara Conti
Sorry Brazil fans but your girl Taynara ain't lasting long especially against Toni Storm. We might see an upset and have Taynara win but I doubt it.
Jazzy Gabert def. Mercedes Martinez
Jazzy continues her dominant performance in the quarter finals by beating the veteran Mercedes Martinez. I'm sure Martinez will give it her all and will gain the respect of the fans afterwards despite going in the losing end of the match.
Shayna Baszler def. Candice LeRae
I predict Baszler to pull off another upset victory over the fan favorite Candice LeRae! Besides Piper Niven, I really think Shayna Baszler is a wildcard to win this tournament. Should be an impressive match between these two, although I feel Candice might get dominated a lot!
Kairi Sane def. Dakotai Kai
The tournament ends for Dakotai Kai as she falls in the hands of Kairi Sane. Dakota would be another wrestler though who will gain the respect from the fans afterwards after possibly putting on a good match, she might get the treatment what Cedric Alexander got after his match with Kota Ibushi in the CWC.
Piper Niven def. Toni Storm
Another upset victory I'm predicting for the Quarter Finals is Piper Niven getting the victory over Toni Storm in what I think would be a HELLACIOUS match! Expect a "FIGHT FOREVER" chant happening if this match ever happens in the tournament.
Jazzy Gabert def. Shayna Baszler
Two dominant women in the tournament, one's a monster while the other is a fighter. This is going to be mostly a brawl mix in with some wrestling here and there and I can't wait for it to happen if my predictions will turn out to be right! Jazzy will continue her winning streak though but will have to put up a fight against Baszler.
Kairi Sane def. Piper Niven
If Jazzy and Baszler will be a brawl, I expect the Semi Finals match between Kairi and Piper to be a full force all-around wrestling match! Technical,brawling,and highflying, I'm sure they would be able to showcase it all in this match! In the end though the elbow drop from Kairi Sane would be just too much for Scotland's Piper Niven.
Kairi Sane def. Jazzy Gabert
The Pirate Princess vs The Alpha Female!
Whoever wins between these two I won't be mad but I predict the odds on favorite to win the whole tournament: Kairi Sane! It will be a great contrast of styles match for sure, kinda like Okada vs Fale.
Finally, the one to end Jazzy's winning streak is the Pirate Princess herself!
I wish we could have gotten Kairi vs Asuka but that looks like it will happen at another time in the future.
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