After the success of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Cruiserweight Classic and the United Kingdom Championship tournaments, the news of WWE’s first all-women’s tournament has grabbed the attention of the pro-wrestling world since its announcement during this year’s WrestleMania weekend. The tournament is confirmed to begin filming this July at Full Sail, and this past Tuesday, WWE COO Triple H not only confirmed the dates, but also revealed the tournament’s new, official name and logo: The Mae Young Classic, using the namesake of the late WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young, who passed away in 2014.
Here’s a little refresher on Mae Young (that doesn’t include her comedic role during the Attitude Era): she was on her high school’s boys’ wrestling team and won a softball national championship, claimed to be the first woman to do a dropkick in a match, challenged Women’s World Champion Mildred Burke when she was only 16, was one of the first women to wrestle in Canada, helped spearhead and inspire women’s wrestling in Japan, and had the longest in-ring career in wrestling history from 1939 to 2010. WHEW! Anyway, back to the tournament! Rather than releasing the preliminary rounds of the Mae Young Classic as a weekly show (a’la the CWC), WWE is reportedly planning to broadcast, via the WWE Network, the preliminary rounds of the tournament all at once. Here’s Triple H’s further elaborating on the tournament’s new name in WWE.com’s official announcement.
“The Mae Young Classic will mark a significant moment in the evolution of WWE,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events and Creative. “We are proud to provide this unique opportunity for the best female talent from around the world.”
The Mae Young Classic is slated to be held at the live studios at Full Sail University on Thursday, July 13, and Friday, July 14 in Orlando, Fla., with tickets going on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. ET at www.nxttickets.com.