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After months and months of waiting if the WWE would create a women’s tournament in the same style of the critically acclaimed Cruiserwieght Classic of last fall, we finally have an answer.

In a press conference with SmackDown Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss, RAW Women’s Champion Bayley and NXT Women’s Champion Asuka, WWE COO Triple H announced the news that a women’s tournament will happen this summer. On his Twitter, the COO elaborated that 32 women from 17 countries will compete in this tourney.

Very little details have broke on the exact details but this is shaping up to another blockbuster year for women’s wrestling! Who do you think will be in the tourney? Do you already have a winner in mind? What women of the past could possibly be added to the tourney? Let the speculation begin and sound off in the comments!

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  • Gabriella Panajotova

    Does the winner get a contract?

    • Number One

      She better! The more the merrier!

  • #TearTheWeavesDownFromTheSky

    I love how they brought out each female champion. Really solidifying their importance. So excited to see all these women and get to see them on a platform they’re not usually displayed on.

  • Lookie cookie how Alicia is at the bottom with all the top girls. She’s coming yall.

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      scream coming to job for the newer girls

  • ?too litty?

    If they bring in another women’s title, I say they create a third brand (not counting NXT). Something like ECW almost. But the third brand could have the U.K. Championship, The New Women’s Championship (if they were to go down the route of that being the reward), Their own main title, and tag titles which could be another tourney. Just a thought since their adding all these titles.

  • Jonny

    Cannot wait!!!

  • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

    Its going to be fire!

  • Bev.duo

    I wonder what is the prize? Contracts? Belt? Women’s show??!

    • ThePeaceVibe.

      Maybe if the tournament gets good reviews, and goes over well they will make a show. I would LOVE it.

  • Cathy Kelley.

    Omg, I’m so excited for this, been waiting so long. I wonder if they will get their own division like the CWC.

  • howie_ruhl

    It’s a stretch but I hope Shirai gets involved with this and wins.

  • LaurenYorkStan
  • LaurenYorkStan

    Thea better be involved too

  • Gail-Rollins Fan

    I wonder if that will include currently signed talent from the main roster or NXT. It would almost have to because there’s not that many “big” names left on the indies that aren’t currently signed to WWE or TNA. Santana Garrett, Kay Lee Ray, Mia Yim, Tessa Blanchard, and Deonna Purazzo are the only ones that come to mind, and they’ve all wrestled for NXT at least once.

    • KaiKai

      why do they have to be big names to enter? For all we know WWE could be scouting girls we never even heard of….which is partly the point of this tournament to see women we haven’t seen news off of majorly here

    • Izzy4lw

      There’s also joshi names that may have been signed for the tournament ala Kairi, Io Shirai, Mayu Iwatani, and we can perhaps see Ivelisse return; then there’s Evie who has reportedly been signed but hasn’t shown up so she could be a signee for the tournament, not to mention Toni Storm, Jinny, Candice LeRae, Solo Darling, and Taya Valkyrie could also be contenders. I do think some wwe/nxt women may appear to fill the ranks, but I’m hoping it’s only their mid card women (unless they really want to build up the eventual winner and have her upset a 4HW or something)

      Either way, I’m excited to see women come in and kill it!

      • Gail-Rollins Fan

        Ivelisse and Taya are under contract with Lucha Underground aren’t they?

        • Joseph

          Yes they are so they can’t be on WWE TV.

        • Izzy4lw

          Oh damn I didn’t realize that! I know ivelisse has taken other bookings recently, but didn’t think it would stop her from tv which it probably would. Either way, I think there’s still enough ladies to make a splash! Oh I also forgot Shanna from Portugal.

  • MK126

    I love how Ember and the Iconic Duo are also on the poster! Bring on the talent!

  • Phenomenally AWESOME

    Maryse is in the pic!!!!!! If Queen maryse goes for the SD women’s title in the future…# https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9ac99be18c37afa5a947fbe74d5ba9d8bdb1553f1a0633874cfd817a12f8e2d7.jpg
    I’m definitely ready to see to this, there are some great women wrestlers out there waiting to get some shine.

    • howie_ruhl

      I would actually love this. She’s not the best wrestler but she’s definitely one of the better characters on the roster. Her having a go at the belt would spice up the division’s dynamic a bit.

  • Can’t wait. Hope this girl wins it
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BOSu8ccgFI8/

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      YASSSS QUEEN

    • Jesus’s brother

      Trash

  • Phenomenally AWESOME

    Just a question, would you guys watch a weekly wresting show just dedicated to WWE women? Sorta like 205 live

    • lol this is a website dedicated solely to women’s wrestling. do you think anyone here is going to say no to that question?

      • KaiKai

        You might be surprised…..cause some talent out there are ones most DON’T want to see and would cringe at the thought of seeing them in this kind of show lol

        • I don’t think a single active woman in WWE right now is cringeworthy though. Some of them still have a ways to go, but at minimum they can hang in the ring.

          • Justin Trenton #NotMyPresident

            I agree, that’s what’s so impressive about this era of women. In the past each era had a few good wrestlers. This era everyone is either decent or great. Now is the perfect time to give the woman a 1 hour weekly show.

      • Maddox

        Good reply ????, like who isn’t going to say no

    • Joseph

      Probably not cause they don’t have a opening to taped or do a live women’s wrestling show every week.

    • Geek God

      Hell yeah, plus I’d continue watching raw smackdown & nxt

  • conan_kun

    I understand why Paige isn’t in the graphic, but Emma, Mickie and Tamina didn’t in the graphic when even Maryse and Lana who never wrestle on main roster looks bizarre. If they didn’t let Emma return within next 2 Raw after Wrestlemania, mean that they have completely give up hope on her.

    • Gato_wiska

      it is just a place holder. Those women wont be on this tournament.

    • ThePeaceVibe.

      I wouldn’t mind if Lana competed in the tournament considering that report she’s training while Rusev is injured.

  • I feel like a contract isn’t enough of a reward for the winner because we all know they’ll probably sign like half the girls that participate in the tourney.

    • Not any different than Diva Search or Tough Enough lol.
      But they should be promised title shots of their choosing like NXT winners

      • Geek God

        Signing half of the girls is always standard, So it would be nice if the final 2 compete in the 1st ever ladder match with a briefcase guaranteeing them a wwe contract and title shot

      • Justin Trenton #NotMyPresident

        If they do get a weekly one hour show out of this, they definitely should give that show its own title.

  • Gato_wiska

    The signed women are only placeholders. This tournament mostly will only use Indie women, Nxt women and former divas.

  • Gato_wiska

    For sure we will Have Luchadoras from Mexico, Joshis from Japan and women from Indies…. I have a weird Idea.

    I want to see a Fighting Cholita from Bolivia to compete on this tournament.

  • Jamal

    Awesome news

    • Lushluke

      Or Paige and Sasha

      • Sasha’s next to Charlotte on the bottom row. And Paige… Well, she’s still injured (I’ll be nice and leave it at that).

    • PYM #TheRoadTo5

      There’s no Emma Tamina or Mickie either… but there’s Summer Rae.

      • YonceLuvsDivas

        Summer Rae is at the end next to Billow Kay.

        • PYM #TheRoadTo5

          I know. I said Summer is there but Emma Tamina and Mickie aren’t.

          • YonceLuvsDivas

            Hmmm I so didn’t notice that. Now thia bothers me. Why are they promoting next women before main roster talent. If anything they should be on the poster since they are known more. Asuka I’ll let slide. But Billie Kay and Peyton though?

          • PYM #TheRoadTo5

            yeah I know… Mickie should definitely be featured on that poster instead of Summer Rae.

          • YonceLuvsDivas

            That I agree because Mickie has been on tv. Summer has yet to return.

      • Crazy. #RIPMae

        omg Mickie leaving after Mania keep it

        • PYM #TheRoadTo5

          :O why do you say that???

        • PYM #TheRoadTo5

          mickie has signed a 3 year deal so……. what?

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            girl I didn’t know that just like you didn’t know that obviously

          • PYM #TheRoadTo5

            I know she signed a multi year contract.. and those are usually 3 years.

  • Lushluke

    Go on maryse

  • Hm so they said 17 countries. Let’s see one person at least who could fill each gap.
    USA – Santana
    Canada – Nicole Matthews
    Puerto Rico – Ivelisse
    Australia – Shazza McKenzie
    New Zealand – Evie
    Brazil – Taynara Melo
    Japan – Kairi Hojo
    Dominican Republic – Marti Belle
    UK – Jinny
    China – Nicole Zhao
    Tonga – Lei’D Tapa
    Mexico – Hamada
    That’s all I can think of atm. Which other countries come to your minds?

    • Germany – Alpha Female

      • I was thinking but I wasn’t sure if she’d be the one considered.

    • Gato_wiska

      Cruiser weight Classic lets the American immigrant wrestlers represent their heritage country instead of US. I remember TJ Perkins represented Philippines instead of California.

      So I guess Deonna Purrazo can represent Italy. Aliyah can represent the middle east instead of Canada.

      • I dont think Aliyah would be there but it could be that way.

      • Jorge Hernandez Moran

        I would love for Black Rose to represent Puerto Rico she’s badass

      • Middle East probably don’t want that trash representing them.

    • Joseph

      They aren’t putting someone like Taynara Melo in the tournament she is very new to wrestling and hasn’t even wrestled a match yet.

    • Joseph

      Taynara Melo and Nicole Zhao aren’t going to be in it.

      • are you a psychic?

        • Joseph

          Are you serious? If you do some research Taynara Melo and Nicole Zhao are new to wrestling they have no matches under their belt. WWE will not risk somebody getting hurt and getting a lawsuit from it.

          • They have both signed over 5 months ago and the tournament starts in a few more months, they will absolutely be prepared for it. That’s the best way to introduce NXT talent as well.

          • Izzy4lw

            Portugal would give us “the perfect athlete Shanna” and I think WWE would be remiss to miss out on giving us Toni Storm (new zealand) or Candice LeRae (USA)

            Also if we’re discussing countries, then Alpha Female from Germany.

          • I totally forgot about Shanna, haven’t seen her on the radar recently, but she’d be a great addition, as well as Toni and Candice. I’m so ready.

          • Joseph

            5 months isn’t enough are you nuts? This is Pro-Wrestling you need way more time in the ring. Why waste two spots on females with no experiences and risking hurting someone and themselves .

          • It clearly is, you don’t need to wait two years just to have your first match, you clearly haven’t been checking for NXT people at all.

          • Welchy

            5 months isn’t enough. You should have at least 9 or more.

          • duh, they have 5 now and by the time tournament starts they’ll get there

          • Welchy

            But you said it was tho? Ijs

          • Macey and Bianca debuted both after 4 months of training, it clearly is more than enough. But 8/9 is even better.

          • Welchy

            Just because they did it doesn’t mean it’s enough sis

          • clearly it was bc they wrestled sis

          • Joseph

            Huge differences between working a NXT Florida house show and a Major Women’s tournament.

          • Welchy

            And they SHOULDNT have. Sis

          • Joseph

            But Macey has Indie experiences plus she use to do amateur wrestling in High School and also College.

          • Booking 101

            They will only get to showcase their in ring skills, since this is a tournament. No one is ready to go in a ring a perform at a high level with probably not even a full year of experience, much less a few months.

            This tournament is suppose to follow the success of the previous tournaments, they can’t have girls who have been doing this for a few months. What are they going to do in a ring? If they lucky, they won’t embarress themselves

            Absolutely agree with your line of thinking

          • Joseph

            Yea exactly.

    • LaurenYorkStan

      Evilisse can not

    • #BrieForPeace ?

      Portugal – Shanna

    • Juri Han

      I have a question and could you answer please :) ? Ummm .. all theses women who are in the poster are officially going to compete in that tournament? I feel like lost :(

      • No, new women will be in the tournament!

        • Juri Han

          Oh , too bad :(
          I was getting VERY excited ..

    • Jose Antonio Atienza Lat
    • Jose Antonio Atienza Lat

      Philippines: Two Philippine Female Wrestlers Scouted By WWE

      Feb 1, 2017: Last Sunday WWE talent scouts were in attendance at Philippine Wrestling Revolution’s show in Quezon City, Philippines.

      During the show they scouted the entire roster including two females in attendance, Crystal and Robynn, the only two females in the promotion.

      Crystal made her wrestling debut in 2016 taking on Peter Versoza during her in ring debut. Her arsenal of strikes, submissions, and high flying moves proved that she is more than just a pretty face. Before stwpping inside the ring she was a ring announcer and backstage interviewer for the promotion.

      Robynn also made her debut in 2016 and has competed in several intergender matches since.

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    I need Santana Garret, Hania, Mandy Leon, Victoria, Melina, Veda Scott, Raquel(TE/TNA), Marti Bell, Jade and Jazz all to be in this tournament!

    • IceBaby7

      yeah you not getting all of them….expect more japanese independant ladies, an australian/new zealander, and a luchadore……

      • YonceLuvsDivas

        I expect to see some of that. But the ones I’ve listed can very well be in the tournament. Not everybody in the men’s tournament was actually from the country they represent.

      • B J

        Whose the New Zealander?

      • BlaamLaambb

        LOL but you sound funny

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    I guess Eva is really gone. But I’m curious as to why Emma isn’t in the pic. Paige I understand because of her current situation and I know they want that to die down before they do anything with her.

  • Bellatrix Lestrange

    I can’t wait.

  • Bellatrix Lestrange

    Deonna Purazzo, Toni Storm, Nixon Newell, Mandy Leon , Taylor Hendrix. Candace Lerae Amber Gallows, Ivelisse.

  • Bryskers

    About time.

    I hope Kairi Hojo and Candice LeRae will be part of it.

  • CheerleaderMelissaFan

    Here’s to hoping they give Cheerleader Melissa a call!

    I’ll be starting a prayer circle.

  • The Paparazzi Prince (MIMQ)

    Victoria and Melina need to be in as former wwe wrestlers

    • I was thinking that it should have a couple of veterans in there from WWE

    • ThePeaceVibe.

      Yes please! I wouldn’t mind if they put Katie Lea in it so WWE fans who weren’t watching TNA could see what she is about.

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  • Radic

    Names I can see involved:
    Io Shirai, Kairi Hojo, Nixon Newell, Evie, Veda Scott, Deonna Purrazzo, Rachael Ellering, Tessa Blanchard, Nicole Matthews.

    Other names I’d like to see involved:
    Lufisto, Santana Garrett, Mia Yim, Candice LeRae, Mercedes Martinez, Cheerleader Melissa, Ivelisse, Saraya Knight.

  • I know this isn’t on topic but what happened to Mandy ? she look really promising then disappeared also can’t wait for this tournament

    • LaurenYorkStan

      Released

      • hitesh khanna

        what??? mandy rose is not released.. she was at axxessmania yesterday and is still active on twitter as a nxt superstar

        • LaurenYorkStan

          Who is he?

    • JaayR01

      She’s still in NXT. Last week Triple H mentioned that after this NXT takeover that Mandy along with Daria, Macey and other newer talent would be more utilized on TV.

      • Awesome news thanks hope she has continued to improve she could be a big star

      • ThePeaceVibe.

        Thankfully! I really was getting behind Mandy, and I think she will go really far.

  • Gato_wiska
    • Booking 101

      Don’t know her work but if she is going to perform like she did a couple of months ago on SD, she can stay home.

      I’m expecting quality wrestling and don’t need people embarrasing themselves in that ring

      • Gato_wiska

        we need jobbers you know

        • Booking 101

          So being a jobber means you have an excuse to do a bad job in the ring.?

          I’m sure they can find girls that can go in the ring and be the ones to lose first in the tournament.

    • PYM #TheRoadTo5

      ew keep it

  • Geek God

    Gail Kim
    Kelly Kelly
    Victoria
    Melina
    Maria
    That is all

    • Booking 101

      Thumbs up to everyone except Kelly and Maria. If you want to make sure this tournament is a hit, it needs to reach a certain level of in ring quality that I’ve never seen them provide when they were active wrestlers, much less after so much away from the bussiness (Kelly) and being a manager (Maria)

      • Joseph

        Yea no Kelly and Maria.

    • Jesus’s brother

      Kelly and Maria no

    • Cilla

      Gail, Victoria, and Melina yes.

      • Geek God

        ????????? yeah i don’t care for the other 2 women i just wanted to see them get squashed

  • Crazy. #RIPMae

    Kairi Hojo will win. But I’m excited to see how everything plays out.

  • Marshy

    This women wrestling tournament needs our support and the women who will take part in the WWE Women’s Tournament to show that women are not second rate class citizens of professional wrestling, so that future women wrestlers won’t be treated like they are second rate class citizens and they can be equal to their male counterparts.

  • I hope former divas & possibly knockouts take part, it sounds lit.

  • Mitchell Roberts

    They used a really unflattering photo of Lana in the graphic omg

  • Booking 101

    This is excellent news. Great way to give the spotlight to some extraordinary talent that is all around the world.

    I’m expecting the same level of talent and match quality that happened on CWC and the United Kingdom tournament. So they better make sure all of the woman involved are at a decent level to make this tournament a success.

    If they start putting girls with the minimum level of training, then I predict this can turn into a disaster and get crapped on very bad by the fans. Don’t make the same mistakes you’ve made in the past, I’m counting on you Triple H :D

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      Truly! No newbies should be allowed here, in order for this to be a hit, they need to focus on showcasing great in-ring talents.

  • Gato_wiska

    I want Manami Toyota in the tournament. She will be retiring on November. Make her a final 4 finalist in the tournament and putover a younger talent.

    • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

      That would be purrrrfect

    • Aye Mate

      It would be a pretty ribbon to Toyota’s already esteemed, glittering career to affiliate with WWE just once before she departs for good.

  • John Finnie

    I’m sitting waiting on the day someone in a position to bring it to the mainstream attention calls out Stephanie for her lack of support in equality for woman

    This should be good

    • KingsPromise

      I’m not sure what calling out Stephanie will do. AJ has already done it and it was a thing for a second, but what did Stephanie do? She kept doing her, she kept making money, and she remained unbothered. Her stance on things suck and she takes credit for things where it isn’t always due, but at the end of the day she seems like the most unbothered rich bitch so someone calling her out will make the internet lit for about an afternoon and then it will all go right back to sleep.

      • John Finnie

        As I said someone high in the media AN was only know to wwe universe

    • Justin Trenton #NotMyPresident

      I wonder how much she could really do. She doesn’t have the power to change everything over night. Even if she did try that, it would not be accepted well. Change that works is gradual. They did it the right way by starting at NXT. Training the women. Giving them ring time on NXT, then finally trying it on the MR. I don’t expect miracles from Stephanie. The reality is that the WWE is a male dominated sport. The women have come a long way. In fact, they’ve moved along as fast as they can. The change has been gradual, which feels organic.

      • John Finnie

        She could do a lot more than she has let’s say that

  • Buffyrocks

    Prediction: I think this will be for the NXT Women’s Championship. I’ve a feeling Asuka will retain tonight and they will send her to the main roster (eventually) undefeated. This tournament will give us a new champion without ending Asuka’s streak.

    Thoughts?

  • I cannot wait for this! I’d be happy if they introduced another belt for the women on the main roster. If they’re expanding the division after this tourney, then I can totally picture there being a lower level belt– kinda like the Intercontinental Title or the US Title..this of course would be held by the winner of this tourney. I’ve always toyed around with the idea of a “featherweight title” for lower weight superstars like Bliss, Sasha, Emma, Summer…

  • vdcvt

    I seriously would be so excited if Candice LeRae was in this. Definitely would be awesome to see her wrestle

  • Vince Martin

    Mickie, Tamina, Emma, Eva and Paige missing in the pic above

  • QueenSableBomb

    This will be so amazing! It’ll be a good way to get new eyes on wrestling from other countries, and a good way to let women around the world shine! I’m just sad we have to wait so long!

  • ILoveMelina(Real ILM)Yiorgos
  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    Amazing news! Literally cannot wait for this to happen.
    Now, I hear about some people’s wanting girls like Victoria or Melina, that’s not the point of this show. The point here is to showcase new talents to the WWE Universe and possibly look for the next star(s) of tomorrow.
    Not interested in seeing ANY former WWE Female Superstar at all.

  • I want Sara Del Rey to be in the tournament!!!!

    • Jesus’s brother

      Delusional

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  • GlowTime

    Santana Garrett, Ivelisse, Sexy Star & Thea Trinidad please ?

  • Finally the dream come true! I’m so happy about this, something that the Women’s deserve. Thank You Triple H, always my favorite COO.

  • ??? ????

    Hmmmm lets see

    Germany- The Alpha Female
    Japan – Kairi Hojo, Io Shirai.
    Mexico – Chika Tormenta, Ayako Hamada
    Brazil – Raqual
    USA – Santana Garrett, Veda Scott, Mercedes Marteniz, Shayna Baszler, Taeler Hendrix, Victoria, Melina, Havok.
    Canada – Nicole Mathews, Lufisto, Vanessa Kraven,
    Britain – Jinny, Winter, Liberty.
    Ireland – Riha O’Rilly
    Scotland – Kay Lee Ray
    Greece – Blue Nikita
    India – Davi Kavita
    China – Karen Q
    South Korea – Mia Yim
    Dominican Republic – Marti Belle
    Portegal – Shanna
    Australia – Demi Bennet, Kellyanne, Shazza
    New Zeland – Evie

  • ?K . A . T ?

    Candice LeRae pretty pleasssseeee <3