Ruby Riot recently spoke with Kayla Braxton on Facebook Live to discuss the impact the Mae Young Classic will have on women’s wrestling and WWE as a whole.

During the interview she called the 32-woman tournament “empowering.”

“A couple years ago, the thought of there being a full tournament just for the Women’s division was basically unheard of,” Riot said.

“It’s an incredible, incredible feeling that we’re actually at the forefront of this,” she added.

Though no competitors have yet been named for the global tournament, anticipation has been high since WWE officially announced it during WrestleMania Week.

In addition to discussing how revolutionary the tournament will be, Ruby talked about her previous match with Asuka and hyped tonight’s triple threat elimination match for the NXT Women’s Championship.

“I think her biggest fear is losing the NXT Women’s Championship, which it rightfully should be, especially after the streak that she’s had,” Riot said.

Watch the rest of the interview below:

How do you feel about the upcoming Mae Young Classic? Any dream matches you’d like to see? Sound off in the comments below.

  • Nathan

    I love Ruby so much ??

  • Shady

    Ruby is awesome, I was very shallow and didn’t see it for her at first but she proved herself. Her wrestling and mic work are both great and she’s slowly becoming the most over babyface in the NXT womens roster

  • Neutral

    I love her so much, she is definitely one of my favorites right now, she just has this energy and presence that others lack and was able do connect with the crowd straight away, and they obviously noticed it since they pushed her so fast. Can´t wait for her winning the NXT title hopefully next year.

  • Mark

    I’m still cringing for her from her first promo. Every time I see her now I can’t help but think of it. It was so embarrassing and cringey.

    • BLKLTR05

      You gotta let it go man. She has grown from it. If we all had that mentality, no one would like Charlotte, Bayley, Sasha or Becky. ALL of their first anythings in NXT were cringey as fuck. People grow and develop. Isn’t that what NXT is for after all?

      • Tim Tate

        I completely agree! Your 1st time on the job isn’t going to be completely perfect! Same here

    • which promo? i wanna see.

  • As long as Kairi doesn’t win I’m good.


      Saying that as if she was horrible or that her winning would be a bad business decision… (not to say that i want her to win or not).

      • Did I say that? I want a total package to win, and if the winner is set to get a huge push on NXT I’d rather someone who has it all, than Asuka #2.


          Total package means English speaking girl? I can’t… Why do you think she’s going to be “Asuka #2” other than the fact that they are both Japanese?

          • It means that you can talk on the mic well, with confidence and be believable.
            As for Kairi, since she’s one if the best wrestlers, they’d most likely rush her to the top and have her beat everyone like Asuka while doing bare minimum on the mic. Not here for it again.

          • Raekon

            Kairi can already speak english.
            Asuka can speak more and better in the meantime but they let her pull the Japanese that “can’t speak english” with her gimmick instead of letting her speak english more in her Matches and Segments.

          • Asuka can’t do it. She has had several interviews for Axxess and what not and she still talks in Japanese for them.


            So you’re not here for something that isn’t necessarily going to happen… Just like assuming she’s going to be booked like Asuka because just like her, she’s one of the best AND Japanese? I mean it’s quite ridiculous…

          • If she wins it’s coming.

    • Shady

      So all the other girls in the tournament are full packages and Kairi isn’t?

      • Precisely

        • Shady

          how’s that? you don’t even know what girls will be part of the tournament

    • Seraphina Rosenhart

      Why don’t you want Kairi to win?

  • My favorite women of NXT after asuka, she is amazing and I love her character so much. So glad WWE hire hee.

  • ?K . A . T ?

    I love Ruby so much, I watched her for a few years as Heidi Lovelace and I’m so proud of how well she is doing in WWE/NXT.

  • BLKLTR05

    I hope that she plays a prominent role in the Mae Young Classic in some way. Make it to the quarter finals and put on some AMAZING showings as we all know she can do. But I don’t want her to win. I want a newcomer to win the classic. None of the girls in NXT should win. That would just be counterproductive IMO.