After a critically acclaimed tournament last year featuring
some of the best cruiserweight wrestlers in the world, WWE decided to go all-in
on its ongoing effort to brand itself as championing a women’s evolution in
The inaugural Mae Young Classic, which concluded with a live
finale Tuesday after SmackDown, should be termed by all accounts as a success,
introducing several female wrestlers to a larger audience and showing that what
we’ve been seeing out of several of the current and former NXT standouts is not
limited to WWE. There are talented female competitors all over the globe who
can more than hold their own in the ring.
That’s not to say that the tournament was without some
hiccups. But let’s give WWE credit for putting together an all-female
tournament that delivered several memorable matches and brought some new faces
into the casual fans’ conscience. That alone is worth something.
Whether WWE decides to hold another such tournament, it’s
fair to say this was a worthwhile venture for the company, as well as a
learning opportunity to not repeat a couple mistakes. Regardless, the entire
tournament is available on the WWE Network and definitely worth a watch. We’ll
undoubtedly see several of these women on WWE TV again soon, so best to
familiarize yourself with them.
While we could go back and review individual matches and
offer critiques, let’s take a look at some overall observations from the Mae
Young Classic. Let’s get to it…
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.