Its eight-week run will conclude on this Sunday's Evolution pay-per-view, where Japanese standout Io Shirai will meet recent WWE UK signee Toni Storm in the final. Their showdown will cap another exciting tournamen. In-ring standards were notably improved from the first, with Performance Center hopefuls like Rhea Ripley and Kacy Catanzaro shining alongside more established names in Meiko Satomura, Mia Yim, and others.
Much of this year's lineup consisted of contracted performers from the PC, NXT, and NXT UK. Nonetheless, there were plenty of talented freelancers for WWE to scoop up. Yim has already debuted as a full-time performer at the last set of developmental tapings, and she's unlikely to be the last, with many of the Mae Young Classic's MVPs primed and ready for a big role.
Major visa issues mean indie vanguard Nicole Matthews isn't an option. Neither is former Impact Wrestling Knockouts Champion Ashley Rayne, who recently signed a one-year Ring Of Honor contract. A shame, as they'd have made fine additions, but WWE can't get everyone.
Nonetheless, the names within would be an immediate boon to a company still very much in the middle stages of its Women's Revolution...
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