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MAE YOUNG CLASSIC TAPING
AUGUST 9, 2018
WINTER PARK, FLA. AT FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY
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Kayla Braxton introduced commentators Renee Young and Beth Phoenix. Michael Cole announced second round matches as the remaining 16 wrestlers stood with Phoenix and faced off with one another on the stage. Braxton announced a 20-minute match time limit.
(1) Toni Storm pinned Hiroyo Matsumoto.
(2) Rhea Ripley pinned Kacy Catanzaro.
(3) Lacey Lane pinned Taynara Conti.
(4) Meiki Satomura pinned Mercedes Martinez.
Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, and Marina Shafir were shown in the crowd.
(5) Io Shirai pinned Zeuxis.
Ricochet was shown in the crowd.
(6) Deonna Purrazzo submitted Xia Li.
(7) Tegan Nox pinned Nicole Matthews.
(8) Mia Yim submitted Kaitlyn.
(A) Rachel Evers pinned Karen Q.
Michael Cole announced quarterfinal matches as the remaining 8 wrestlers stood with Beth Phoenix and faced off with one another on the stage. Kayla Braxton announced a 25-minute match time limit.
(9) Meiko Satomura pinned Lacey Lane.
(10) Io Shirai pinned Deonna Purrazzo.
(11) Toni Storm pinned Mia Yim.
(12) Rhea Ripley defeated Tegan Nox via referee stoppage. Early in the match Official Aubrey Edwards threw up the “X” after Nox hurt her left knee diving to the outside (she’d been wearing a brace on her right knee). Nox continued, but soon collapsed. Edwards had to call for the bell and award the victory to Ripley as Nox was tended to and helped to the back.
(B) The team of Xia Brookside, Jessie Elaban, & MJ Jenkins defeated the team of Reina Gonzalez, Allysin Kay, & Vanessa Kraven when Brookside pinned Kay after Gonzalez and Kraven abandoned their partner.
Cedric Alexander was shown in the crowd.
(13) The team of Aerial Monroe & Candice LeRae defeated the team of Jinny & Killer Kelly when Monroe pinned Kelly. The victors danced with Cedric Alexander’s young daughter in celebration.
Triple H entered met by “Please sign Mia” chants. He concisely quipped, “Okay. That’s it now, though; I did it, and now you’re done with it.” He insisted Tegan Nox’ injury would be but a bump in the road for the wrestler, and went on to thank and hype the crowd while lauding the sacrifices of all the Mae Young Classic II participants.
Kayla Braxton announced a 30-minute match time limit.
(14) Toni Storm pinned Meiko Satomura.
Kairi Sane presented Toni Storm with a bouquet of roses. On the stage, Triple H bowed to Meiko Satomura. Storm expressed disbelief at having defeated Satomura, and said she is living her girlhood dream because of the support of her fans and fellow wrestlers. Triple H congratulated Storm on the stage.
(15) Io Shirai pinned Rhea Ripley. Ripley entered feigning a limp to mock her fallen quarterfinal opponent Tegan Nox. Michael Cole could be seen standing up at the commentary desk for the duration of the match.
Kairi Sane presented Io Shirai with a bouquet of roses. On the stage, Triple H greeted Rhea Ripley with some private words before embracing her. Shirai vowed to win the finals of the Mae Young Classic II at WWE Evolution. Triple H and Sara Del Rey congratulated Shirai on the stage. Toni Storm emerged, and embraced Shirai. The finalists posed with Triple H, Del Rey, and Sane as the event came to a close.