The 2018 Mae Young Classic has quite a few stars from the indies. With wrestlers like Mia Yim, Io Shirai, and Deonna Purrazzo, this year’s tournament is stacked with some impressive talent. WWE has just announced another four participants for this year’s MYC, including the recently signed Lacey Lane.
Below is WWE’s official announcement revealing the next four women to be added to the MYC: Lacey Lane, Isla Dawn, Karen Q, and Zeuxis.
As the WWE Universe looks ahead to the second installment of the annual Mae Young Classic, four more names have been revealed for the 32-woman tournament, which takes place later this summer on WWE Network.
The latest confirmed competitors are masked luchadora Zeuxis, NXT UK’s Isla Dawn, new NXT signee and former NCAA basketball champion Lacey Lane, and one of the hottest prospects from the American independent wrestling scene, Karen Q.
A proponent of “Lucha Strong Style,” Zeuxis (pictured above) enters this year’s field with a decade of ring experience and more than 800 matches under her belt. Calling herself “Puerto Rican Power,” Zeuxis boasts a combination of strength and speed, and has frequently ended matches with a top-rope Spanish Fly. She is a multi-time champion in Mexico and Japan, and last September she collected perhaps her most important accolade yet, defeating Princesa Sugehit (a competitor from last year’s Mae Young Classic) in a Mask vs. Mask Match. Will she soon add the Mae Young Classic trophy to her long list of accomplishments?
Scotland’s Isla Dawn turned heads with her recent outing at the WWE U.K. Championship Tournament special on WWE Network. This self-described “modern-day witch” employs a hard-hitting style that draws from her background in kickboxing and dance that has carried her throughout promotions across Europe. Molded by influences as varying as Goldust (her first WWE action figure) and Killian Dain (who saw her act in a play and encouraged her to begin wrestling training), Dawn hopes to put a spell on her competition in this year’s Classic.
Lacey Lane stands to be one of the most well-rounded athletes in the entire Mae Young Classic. The newly signed WWE Performance Center recruit was a member the 2012 NCAA Division II championship basketball team at Shaw University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Deciding to give wrestling a try, Lane studied the mat game under WWE Hall of Famers The Dudley Boyz. Before joining the WWE PC, Lane made waves on the independent scene in both the U.S. and Mexico.
If you want a competitor who’s tough, cunning, energetic, acrobatic and just flat-out entertaining, look no further than Karen Q. The cerebral Chinese American, who graduated with a master’s degree shortly after making her ring debut, blitzes the competition with a dizzying combination of technical wizardry and breathtaking aerial assaults. All the while, she also softens opponents up for the Spring Roll – her take on the Boston Crab – to rearrange spines and claim victories.
Stick with WWE.com in the coming weeks for more updates on this summer’s Mae Young Classic, including more competitor announcements.
As it was revealed on Monday, the finals of the Mae Young Classic will take place at WWE Evolution in October. Could one of these four women make it to the first ever all-women’s PPV?