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Backstage update on the Mae Young Classic, how WWE will release the episodes & when the finals will air

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According to, a preview special for the 32-woman tournament will air on the WWE Network on August 20th. In the final week of August, the entire first round of the tournament will be released via on-demand so fans can binge-watch the episodes. The second round of the tournament will then be released during the first week of September.

WWE originally discussed releasing it during SummerSlam week, but changed their minds because they didn’t want the tournament overshadowed by everything going on SummerSlam weekend. NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III airs on August 19th and then SummerSlam airs the following night on August 20th.

The finals of the Mae Young Classic are set to air live on the WWE Network on September 12th. WWE is scheduled to tape SmackDown Live in Las Vegas on the same night, so it is possible that the finals will air live from Las Vegas. All rounds of the Mae Young Classic, excluding the finals, are set to tape on July 13th and July 14th at Full Sail University.

  • D2K

    They better let Kairi Hojo use her top-rope elbow………… >:(