6 Interesting Observations From WWE's Mae Young Classic

6. Stretched Out Too Far


When you look at the field of 32 wrestlers, there was a noticeable drop-off of talent, with several women clearly not belonging in such an event. Marti Belle’s dismal performance, which reportedly resulted in the booking being changed on the fly, is a standout example.

The result was a handful of first-round matches that were pedestrian at best, boring at worst. While not every match can be a home run, it’s not great when trying out a new idea – an all-female tournament – to throw a handful of dud matches out there right out of the gate.

The good news is that there were enough skilled competitors and solid matches to more than make up for the bad ones, and the tournament really picked up in the second round. And that begs the question: Would it have been better to do a smaller tournament?

Of course, 16 women most likely would have meant four fewer episodes and several talented women being left out. But going with 32 resulted in some inexperienced wrestlers getting slots. Maybe they could have had a round robin tournament with eight pools of three wrestlers (24 total), and then the winners of each have a single-elimination tourney (last three rounds of Mae Young). Just an idea.


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.