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    Tuesday, October 30, 2018

    New Daryll B. Blog Dropping! Sports Entertainment Edition: WWE's Mae Young Classic and Evolution

    Welcome AfroNerd Followers and New Look-e-Loos! I'm Daryll B. and for today's blog(s), I'm going to delve into the WWE's Mae Young Classic and Evolution events. Both events are all women wrestling events featuring some of the best talent within and without the company. For a long time, (this is an understatement) wrestling hasn't had the best look when it comes to women. Spearheaded by Paul Levesque (Triple H) and his wife Stephanie McMahon, the 2nd Annual MYC and this first all women PPV Evolution are supposed to be a giant leap forward for the company in terms of image. Before I begin with this year's event, I'm going to post up what I wrote about last year's Mae Young Classic as a preview:

    As you guys and gals know, I've been consumed with the Mae Young Classic that the WWE has been airing on their network since SummerSlam. A women's single elimination tournament with 32 entrants in the vein of the Cruiserweight Classic that aired last year. Last night, we witnessed the semifinal matches in which we determined our finalists Shayna Baszler and Kairi Sane. But what of the other 30 competitors? Well leave it to a blerd like me to classify them on their showings. Why? Because I can! LOL and I'm going to do it Janet Jackson songs too!

    First up, I have the "Because of Love" crew: These youngsters to the business are green but show hints of something that'll grow into something if they stick with this. Vanessa Borne, Xia Li, Renee Michelle, Nicole Savoy, Kavita Devi & Miranda Salinas all showed flashes of talent and with them, I hope to see them 5 years down the line with more seasoning and witness what flourishes. I like Savoy's gumption and Li is athletic but remember Borne folks. She got almost the complete package in the Jacqueline mode.

    Next I have "The Pleasure Principle" gals: These wrestlers I didn't know well but seeing them go in the ring, gives me great hope for the future. Zeda, Sarah Logan, Jazzy Gabert, Ayesha Raymond, Reina González & Taynara Conti. WHOA! A variety of styles and all could go in the ring. Made for interesting watching I must admit. Gabert is an absolute German  monster and you can see Logan is a future All-American babyface but Conti... wow. She could be the Brazilian "evil" Trish Stratus.

    My "Control" Women: Sage Beckett, Marti Belle, Kay Lee Ray, Serena Deeb, Princesa Sugehit, & Dakota Kai I watch a lot of wrestling so to see these stars of Shimmer, WSU, Women of Honor, Wrestlicious, YouTube & Streaming sites FINALLY in a WWE ring, had me marking out like nobody's business. The amount of punishment and selling that Ray and Kai can do is almost Rob Van Dam like. And to see Sage Beckett and Serena back in the ring again after their journeys is just as awe-inspiring as some of the folks in my next bracket.

    Rhythm Nation are the ones that BUILT this energy. The gals to which all the buzz started and continues to actually create this tournament. Tessa Blanchard, Candice LeRae, Santana Garrett, Abbey Laith, Mia Yim & Mercedes Martinez. Whether it is by these names or by others, these gals have rocked Women's Wrestling for the past decade. I now WWE are hustling to sign some of these gals (that they haven't already) but let me take this time to honor the GOAT Mercedes Martinez. She's Ric Flair of the Women's scene. She's the one that I thought was going to be Sting and not see her go in a WWE ring during her prime. I am glad I was wrong and I hope the next group I list paid attention to her work ethic along with her  professionalism because I have high hopes.

    My "Go Deep" wrestlers could also be "If" depending on how you look at it. We can call these gals up now and bolster/refreshen/deepen the WWE Women's scene on all three shows. Toni Storm, Rachel Evers, Piper Niven, Rhea Ripley, Bianca Belair & Lacey Evans. There was no one, I repeat, NO ONE who had bigger cheers than Ripley during this tournament. She was the Cedric Alexander of this tournament. The one because of the crowd's reaction may be hot shotted up to the big shows. But those who follow me on twitter already know that the one I see as a star now is Belair. Natural heel. Ruthless aggression streak. S-T-A-R. And I don't know Storm's contractual status with Japan BUT she's Alexa Bliss, if Bliss was trained through Strong Style. US casual fans aren't ready...

    So now we down to 2: Kairi Sane, Japanese/international superstar that is a natural babyface and the WWE has wanted for years. Risk taking, high-flying striker. Probably no sweeter gal in the ring as far as disposition goes. Shayna Baszler, MMA striker/grappler. Been a part of two stables for her training: Ronda Rousey's Four Horsemen and Mercedes Martinez's Trifecta. She's literally choked out all in her way. Good Luck Ladies for on September 12th, there can be only one winner of the Mae Young Classic!

    Thanks For Reading. Until Next Time, Keep Fantasizing!

    That was last year. As wrestling fans know, Kairi Sane won the first Mae Young Classic in a great match over Shayna Baszler and both wrestlers are currently feuding over the NXT Women's Title (this will come up later). Rhea Ripley is the current NXT UK Women's Champion. Toni Storm is currently a member of that roster along with Kay Lee Ray and Dakota Kai, who's a part of both NXT factions. Vanessa Borne, Xia Li, Bianca Belair, Lacey Evans, Taynara Conti, Renee Michelle, Reina Gonzalez, Candace LaRae, Kavita Devi and now Mia Yim (more on this later too) are a part of the NXT roster. Serena Deeb and Sage Beckett are trainers in their development center and Sarah Logan is on the main WWE RAW roster. That shows how much WWE has used this talent to change the image/quality of the women's division forever.

    As for the others, Abbey Laith aka Kimber Lee is doing her thing with Stardom, Chikara, AAW  and WWR wrestling along with Jazzy Gabert and Rachel Evers. Marti Belle is along with wrestling for AAW and SHIMMER, doing TV for her native Dominican Republic. Zeda has been wrestling and modeling. Piper Niven is currently rocking the European Wrestling scene, while Nicole Savoy is doing the same over here. Santana Garrett is with WOW and their "superheroes" division. Tessa Blanchard is Women's Champion at Impact Wrestling, arguably the 2nd biggest North American wrestling company. And as far as Mercedes Martinez goes? Stay Tuned (evil laughter)...

    There was everything I had for the 2017 Edition.... Thx For Reading My Set-Up for 2018. Coming Up in 3, 2.....
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