As you can probably tell by now, we here at the Game Changer Sports Network are ecstatic about the upcoming Mae Young Classic, where women from all over the world will compete in a multi-day tournament! We’ve broken down 4 batches of competitors for you so far, and here is another! Lets get right into our FINAL Mae Young Classic Break Down Part 5!
1) Reina Gonzales
Gonzales first appeared on WWE Television when she attempted to appear on the 6th season of Tough Enough in 2015. When she was not selected to be on the show, she received a tryout for WWE and has been signed to NXT developmental since 2016.
Standing at solid 6’0″, Gonzales is looking for her chance to breakout and demonstrate her talent, as she’s had little to no exposure in NXT. The native Texan is the daughter Ricky Gonzalez, a famous Texas -independent wrestler, better known by his ring-name as “Desperado”.
This will be Gonzales’ second time participating in the annual Mae Young Classic, as she competed for her first time last year and was eliminated in the first round by Nicole Savoy.
WWE’s first Brazilian woman to sign with the company will compete in her second Mae Young Classic!
Conti signed with WWE in late 2016, making her first appearance at WrestleMania Axxess in Orlando of 2017 . She would make her first TV appearance for WWE on an episode of NXT, where should would face Nikki Cross in a losing effort. She would then go on to compete in the first WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal match, making her the first Brazilian wrestler to ever compete at the showcase of the immortals.
Conti has an impressive martial arts background, holding a black belt in Judo and and a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She was a regional champ, and a four-time state champion as well.
Conti is hoping for better luck this go-around in the tournament. Her first time didn’t go so well, as she was defeated in the first round by Lacey Evens
Lacey Lane is one of WWE’s latest independent signings this summer, and she’s already competing in her first Mae Young Classic.
The 30 year old Lucha star is the product of the Dudley Boyz’s wrestling school – Team 3D Academy of Professional Wrestling. While she hasn’t competed in the States that much, she has been working on making a name for herself in Mexico.
Lane has wrestled for both AroLucha and The Crash, where she reigned as the promotions Women’s Champion until she was defeated by Impact Wrestling’s Tessa Blanchard.
To call Mercedes Martinez successful would be a dramatic understatement, as the 37 year old ring-vet has won championships in nearly every independent promotion she has wrestled in, most noticeably, winning the WSU Championship 3x and the Shimmer Championship 2x.
Martinez sports an aggressive style of offense, filled with hard hitting strikes, mixed with dangerous submission maneuvers. She hopes to build upon the success of her last showing as she enters her second Mae Young Classic. Her loss came in the quarterfinals to future NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler.
Martinez is currently the WXW Women’s Champion and one-half of the Shine Tag Team Champions.
Karen Q has been making waves since she burst onto the indy-wrestling scene in 2014, and she’s looking to make more as she enters her first Mae Young Classic.
With greatest like The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin as her roll models, Q began her career in Victory Pro Wrestling, holding the VPW Women’s Championship for over a year. She would go on to compete in various other promotions including Game Changer Wrestling, and Beyond Wrestling.
Currently the Queens native wrestles in Ring of Honor (ROH) who she signed with in 2017. She won her debut match against Kelly Klein who previously was undefeated for over 500 days.
Karen Q is credited with being “wise above her years”, showing off an old school – technical style.
The 29 year old Masked Luchadora Zeuxis hails from Puetro Rico, and is ready to bring her experience, style and passion to the Mae Young Classic for the first time in her career.
Best known for her work in Consejio Mudial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), Zeuxis is well known throughout the Mexican independents scene, holding the Mexican National Women’s Championship once, the CMLL-Reina International Junior Championship once, and won the Reina World Tag Team Championship titles with three separate partners!
She currently holds the CMLL-Reina International title.
Another NXT rookie hungry for an opportunity to show their stuff is the 5-foot-10, Jessie Elaban.
Elaban joined the WWE Performance Center last May. According to WWE, [Elaban] has been an “athlete her entire life and also excelled at soccer, basketball, track and dance before setting her sights on the squared circle.”
With very little time under her belt at WWE’s PC, and in NXT, Elaban will look to prove that she belongs in a WWE ring, as she goes head to head with the world’s best female wrestlers.
BREAKING NEWS! FORMER WWE CHAMP ENTERS THE MAE YOUNG CLASSIC….Okay so its not “breaking” news, but we are still so excited about it!
That’s right wrestling fans, former WWE Divas Champion, Kaitlyn will be stepping back in a WWE ring to compete in the 2nd Mae Young Classic. This will be her first time appearing for the company since January of 2014.
For those who may not remember Kaitlyn, she was at one time ranked in the top 5 of the Top 50 women’s wrestlers by Pro Wrestling Illustrated, having classic feuds with Eve Torres and most notably AJ Lee.
As stated before, she is a former WWE Diva’s Champion and was considered one of the beacons of hope in, what was at the time, a lackluster Women’s Division.
While being away from the WWE for over four years, Katilyn has competed in the ring fairly recently. In 2017 she worked with Coastal Championship Wrestling and set her return for February 10th, 2018. At their event, Breaking Chains, Katilyn competed under her real name and one in singles action as she defeated Rachael Ellerin.
Still, after 4-years of absence from WWE, how will the former champ adjust to the new world of women’s wrestling? The expectations for the women have drastically changed and have created a different landscape compared to the one that existed when she left. Nevertheless, we are super excited to see how she will do.
We hope you’ve enjoyed out coverage of ALL of the competitors of WWE’s: Mae Young Classic. Be sure to check out the event itself, and stay tuned to the Game Changer Sports Network for complete coverage and results from each round!
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