Mae Young Classic Entrant Receives FIVE Year United States Ban

Nicole Matthews won't be back in WWE any time soon...

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The Wrestling Observer newsletter are reporting that WWE Mae Young Classic tournament entrant Nicole Matthews has been banned from competing in the United States for five years.

Matthews, who hails from British Columbia in Canada, had problems coming over the border into the US recently, and she's been handed a raw deal by the authorities for problems with her Visa; this follows on from an incident fellow indy star (and Canadian) 'Speedball' Mike Bailey experienced a few years ago. He had similar issues with his Visa back in 2016, and his ban runs to 2021.

Meanwhile, Matthews' woes will continue until 2023, and that will prevent her from working with WWE or for any North American independent company outside it. That, rather sadly, includes Shimmer, a promotion she'd been tied to since 2006.

Matthews beat Isla Dawn in the first round of the 2018 Mae Young Classic before losing to Tegan Nox at the Round of 16 stage. She was never considered one of the favourites for the tourney going in, but this recent ban will come as a huge blow to her hopes of landing further work in WWE.

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