Ever since the official announcement of WWE’s Women’s Tournament, later named the Mae Young Classic, women wrestling fans have waited and speculated which of their favorite wrestlers would participate in the 32 woman tournament.

A report from PWInsider has shed some light on some of the names that will partake in the tournament:

  • Bianca Blair – Former cross-fit and track star that was signed by WWE in April 2016
  • Danielle Kamela – Trained by Rikishi‘s Knox Pro school in Arizona, Kamela was an on air personality for Fox Sports Arizona, an Arizona Cardinals cheerleader and a former member of the Phoenix Suns’ dance team before signing a WWE deal. She was in the top 30 finalists for the most recent version of Tough Enough as well.
  • Julia Ho – Canadian model and MMA fighter, who trained with Brian Kendrick before being signed.
  • Kimberly Frankele (formerly known as Kimber Lee) – The former CHIKARA Grand champion.
  • Lacey Evans – Former Marine, who recently debuted on WWE NXT TV.
  •  Mary Kate – The former Rosie LottaLove in Impact Wrestling, was originally trained at the Team 3D Academy, who completely remade herself on the independents and later toured in Japan.
  • Sarah Logan – The former Crazy Mary Dobson, who recently debuted under that name on WWE NXT TV.
  • Taynara Melo – A black-belt judoka from Brazil who was signed last year.
  • Victoria Gonzales – The daughter of Rudy Boy Gonzales Gonzalez played basketball for two seasons at Texas A&M-Kingsville before transferring to Sam Houston State, redshirting one year and playing another before graduating in 2013. She was signed to a WWE developmental deal last year.
  • Zhao Xia – The first Chinese woman to sign a developmental deal with WWE and was brought over as part of a group of Chinese trainees who have been working out in the WWE Performance Center. Xia has trained in martial arts and has had multiple first-place finishes in various martial arts and fitness competitions, including the Second World Traditional Chinese Wushu Championship, the Nike Challenge Competition and First China Throw Down: Battle on the Bund.

In addition to the 32 woman participants representing 17 different countries, it was also previously reported that female referees and commentators (along with WWE Hall of Famer commentator Jim Ross) would be included in the tournament.

The Mae Young Classic tournament will be filmed on July 13th and 14th, 2017 at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida with the special live finale reportedly being set for the end of the summer. The first round of the tournament will be available on VOD in late august while the second round being released in early September.

The WWE Network will also be airing a special preview of the tournament on Sunday August 20th.

What do you think of the current names listed? What other names do you think will be added? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Ollie Roche

    Man I’m so excited! I do think the female referees is a nice touch but not actually necessary.

  • Now where is that Joseph person and other people who told me girls like Zhao and Taynara won’t be in the tournament?
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  • I’m disappointed a little bit. From one side it will be interesting to see new faces but most of them aren’t experienced. I was expecting more polished, more experienced wrestlers like Madison Eagles, Jade, Mercedes Martinez or Santana.

    • #RiotWithRuby

      There are 22 more women to be announced, I’m pretty sure some of the indy vets will be in this. Like Jade is expected to be involved.

  • VonBlade

    Until Candice is confirmed, I’m not massively interested.

  • Rosanna

    Hmm so where Brykers remember when you said that the Mae Young Class tournament wasn’t a place for Cameron to try and showcase what she’s learned? Well lookey here some inexperienced women who hadn’t been training that look but also joining the tournament. So tell me why Cameron can’t join? Someone who was on the main roster for 4-years? Who went down to NXT to train and practice.

    • Bryskers

      Yes, I’m surprised to see a lot of rookies in there, I stand corrected.

      • Rosanna

        Yes. See you can’t judge a book by a cover but I think we all thought it would be experienced women at the tourment.

    • Joseph

      Cause Cameron will be jobbed out in the first round anyways.

  • #RiotWithRuby

    Thea is another name being floated around to participate. Could be a great way to introduce her before she officially starts competing in NXT.

  • I wish it was all Indy stars with solid backgrounds and proven abilities to put on 5 star matches. Some of these girls seem like they will be kind of green.

  • chrissi calvert

    Marti Bell, Mia Yim & Thea Trinidad also confirmed.

  • Luiz Giem

    LOL! All of them are already signed and most of them have already debuted on NXT.

    I’m not mad at this but I clicked on the link hoping to finally read some indy names.

  • Luiz Giem

    BTW, it would be interesting if they let Zhao Xia wrestle against Io Shirai or Kairi Hojo.

    • Gato_wiska

      At CWC they never let the Chinese wrestlers wrestle the Japanese Wrestlers and TJP who was representing Philippines then because those 2 countries have tensions with China.

      • Luiz Giem

        I know, I have that feeling ’cause I know about the political tension between Japan and China.

        I hope that they let Zhao team up with the Japanese girls at some point at least.

  • Haraya

    Waiting for Evie & Nixon Newell

  • Bryskers

    That’s… a lot of rookies.

  • OJ Von Erich

    Bianca Blair though…

    She better be showcasing that hair whip!!!

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  • iOwnThatSonOfABitch

    Mandy Rose…please

    • LaurenYorkStan

      No thanks

      • Wicked Emma

        Why?

        • LaurenYorkStan

          Self explanatory..trash

          • Wicked Emma

            Mandy Rose has improve.

          • LaurenYorkStan

            As a racist? Keep it we have Trump

          • Wicked Emma

            This is the first time I’ve heard about this.

          • LaurenYorkStan

            She literally talked about a black woman’s natural hair and yet to apologize for it
            Pissed in someone’s shower gel, ect

          • John Finnie

            Really?? Spill about the shower

          • LaurenYorkStan

            She pissed in a castemates (Dianna) showergel and that is the real reason why she left because the whole house manly Daria and Mandy was putting her through hell

          • C Mack

            ?damn

          • jxs_

            LMAO! You’re hilarious. Now if they said Maryse it would have been on & poppin’. When are we finally going to see her wrestle full-time again smh.

    • George

      LOL NO

      • Wicked Emma

        Mandy Rose has improved.

        • C Mack

          Yeah. I like Mandy. If she gets really good in the ring, she’ll be pushed mad hard because she’s aesthetically what the WWE loves.

          • Wicked Emma

            I think she will be a huge star.

          • jxs_

            There are about 10 other girls signed just like her that they love more and are better wrestlers lol. Maybe if she waits for them to leave she’ll get that push you speak of.

          • C Mack

            Liv is just about the only homegrown Trish Stratus type I can think of besides Mandy

          • Joseph

            Cause she blonde right???

          • C Mack

            Right. ?

    • Darren C. #Anti-Marks ?

      QUEEN

  • Aye Mate

    Kind of… disappointed.

    • A?.

      It’s just 10 women, lol and you’re already disappointed? Plus, all of them are signed and I don’t know why you are surprised, it was kinda obvious too, there was a reason why they signed so many women in a short period of time.

      • Aye Mate

        I’m disappointed, yeah. Surprised, no. I think this could have been a real exhibition of worldwide talent. I guess it’s the relative inexperience involved; I do understand the strategy in using already signed developmental talent for the tournament; I was just hoping for more of a surprise in regards to big indy/international names being used.

        I’m not discounting that the tournament could still be great – I’m just explaining my initial reaction. Wish nothing but success for all who are involved though.

        • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

          You are right, these girls are inexperienced.

          • Raekon

            Half of them are not.

          • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

            Rosie LottaLove, Crazy Mary Dobson & Kimber Lee are the only ones with experience. Danielle Kamela was already trained but still very inexperienced (still she migh deliver). The rest are new to wrestling. 3 out of 10 are not half ot the list.

          • Raekon

            Victoria worked in the Indies before she entered the wwe aswell and we already know that Lacey is a workhorse that has improved very fast and can go in the ring already. :)

          • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

            Both of them are still inexperienced. I still get what you are saying, they might deliver. I’m hoping this is going to be as good or better than past tournaments.

          • Raekon

            Inexperienced would be the ones that only learned in the Performance Center and that for a few months or a year, Victoria were learning from her father and had competed in the Indies before.
            This is her tough enough Video from two years ago in which you can see her wrestle a bit.

            I’m pretty sure that the tournament will rock by all the names that are about to enter it. :)

          • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

            Let’s hope, there were no inexperienced guys in the previous, that is my only thing.

        • Raekon

          Kimberly (Kimber Lee), Sarah Logan (Crazy Mary Dobson) and Mary Kate (Andrea) are very experienced already and can put up awesome Matches.
          Watched them all in the Independent circuit for years and they never dissappointed. Danielle and Victoria had also some experience Prior to the wwe and we already saw that Lacey can put up good Matches.
          Besides we will be getting another 22 females from the Indies that can go so expect People like Taynara, Zhao,Julia, Danielle and maybe even Bianca to get eliminated early. I think Victoria might advance one round due to her size and Bianca due to her strength but we will see.
          I’m excited about Nixon Newell, Evie, Mia Yim and all the others that are yet to be announced. :)

          • Aye Mate

            Kimber Lee and Crazy Mary Dobson are the only names I’m excited about to be honest.

      • Aye Mate

        Also, I’m probably being pessimistic as, you’re right, it’s only 10 women announced thus far.

  • Windyhawaii

    I don’t Understand why some people are saying they’re disappointed, why is that? I’m genuinely confused btw

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      Only 3 of these girls have been wrestling for a long time. The rest are inexperienced girls who have arround year of experience. For a tournament which success depends on the quality of the peformamces by the girls AND considering these are the first names announced, it’s dissapointing.

      • MyleneCruz

        You haven’t seen what they can do yet though…don’t be a Debbie downer already lets wait it out and see…

      • A?.

        Have you like…watched any of their matches? No? Then don’t judge, and this is just rumored, nothing confirmed. They’re all signed and probably won’t even make it far, y’all always reaching.

        • Wrestling.fan.from.France

          Did you? And like you said, it’s just a rumor and I am expressing my disappointment over this. I developed a valid point here (in response to the question the person above asked). Most are inexperienced girls and pointing it out when here, quality matches are going to define the level of success of the show, is a valid point.

  • LaurenYorkStan

    Lauren York please ?

  • James Rudland

    Would love to see Christina Von Eerie

  • NY

    LITA is rumored to be commentator with JR. I hope it’s true!

    • ssilva872

      Yeah I think that is true and if so I am so happy, since she is clearly my favorite. JR joining her is great since he is the GOAT so what more could I ask for?

      I heard it was three people though so I wonder who the last spot will go to?

      • NY

        It would be great if they had Trish doing it too!

        • ssilva872

          I would love that so much.

      • John Finnie

        Heard it was JR’ Lita’ Rene

        • ssilva872

          I would be very happy with that. Trish should be there with Lita to present the trophy though.

  • Eric

    No comment on this other than the names on this list strike me as people who will be out of the tournament after the first and second rounds. Still need to see who else will be in it.

  • Kvngbalor

    When i heard it would mainly be performance center girls i was disappointed i just knew we were getting 5 star matches and this would put the cruiserweight classic to shame but not now most of them are rookies have only wrestled live events didn’t impress like its just a let down i only see about 3 names im interested in

  • Amazing names, finally they sre using some women’s that we know are in NxT, can’t wait to see how can afford to the division.

  • Oh I thought this was going to have women from the Indies. I guess this makes sense too haha.

  • Matt

    Bianca and Lacey are still newbies, but they’re very good competitors. MaryKate and Kimberly Frankele have enough experience to be among the toughest competitors of the Mae Young Classic and it’s almost confirmed that Evie, Nixon Newell, Kairi Hojo, Mia Yim, Marti Belle, Thea Trinidad and Demi Bennett will be in…hope to see some of Viper, Toni Storm, Mercedes Martinez, Tessa Blanchard and Santana Garrett.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    To see such an amount of rookies here, I am quite dissapointed and scared as well… I have a lot of expectations for this but I hope the only inexperienced girls on the tournament are those mentioned.
    Obviously, I don’t see most of these girls going that far but still.

  • Organization XIII

    Rooting for Bianca! & hoping Thea is in this tournament. Looking forward to both of those women

  • MyleneCruz

    Bianca Blair hell yeah!!!!!!!!! ??

  • Almarpar

    I really want Jinny from progress in this tournament.. hoping for more indies women than p.centre. Looking fwd to seeing blair though.. hopefully viper and lo shairi … even though i know lo cant bcoz of contracts… i can wish

    • Raekon

      I think that Jinni will be in it cause she was in a backstage Segment with ziggler a few weeks ago. :)

  • Monkey Tennis

    Not the most inspiring of lists. Sure, there are still a whole lot of places to fill and it makes some sense to use a few developmental talents to make up the numbers in the early rounds. That way, most of the bigger indy names can all progress through the competition. But on the other hand, you want each and every one of these matches to be, at the very least… good.

    This tournament is arguably putting the biggest single spotlight on (mainstream) women’s wrestling for the last fifty plus years. And with that in mind, it’s gonna be important to make a good impression right from the start. A couple of iffy matches with women too green to be in a ring won’t be the ideal way to kick things off.

  • George
    • A?.

      Keep waiting then

      • Don ?

        ???

    • Darryl lee

      I’m sorry but. It’s best if she stayed away from this tournament.

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      the fact that you said “queen of wrestling”

    • George

      Lol this bitches don’t know what a joke is

    • Wicked Emma

      No

    • Neutral

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      • George

        Damm right what a LEGEND omg

    • C Mack

      ?????I love you

    • jxs_

      Bitch dancing over lifeless Nattie got me in tears right now ???

  • A?.

    Love this list, can’t wait to see how they do! And can’t wait to see who are the rest of the women!

  • Darryl lee

    Still waiting for:
    Taeler hendrix
    Leva bates (even as blue pants)
    Lana austin
    Deonna purazzo
    Kay lee ray
    Viper
    Bea priestley
    Candice lerae
    Nixon newell
    Lo shirai
    Kairi hojo (my pick to win the tournament)
    Santana garret
    Scarlet bordeaux
    Mandi Leon
    Thea Trinidad
    Veda scott.

    I would also like to see some from nxt to participate in this tournament. Or heck, bring some women’s wrestlers from the past.

    • jxs_

      What about Melina?

      • Darryl lee

        Doesn’t she has heat with wwe? Isn’t that why she left or got fired in 2011?

  • ??CHOCOLATEGLOWMAMI??

    I’m soooooo excited for bianca blair

  • KellyKellyisbeast

    Santana better be in this damn tournerment

  • Gato_wiska

    Zhao Xia and Julia Ho have WWE names now. Nicole Zhao and Jocelyn Ho.

    • Lushluke

      Nicole ?

      • C Mack

        Dead af????

  • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

    I hate talking about random nobodies on the indies, so I really don’t have a preference on who I just have to see in this tournament.

  • GlowTime

    These names are a little disappointing. Confirm the Indy talent!

  • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

    I like Bianca already but honestly most of this names are barely trained to wrestle. So many women that can wrestle out there looking for some place to showcase their talent…

    • Lushluke

      Still another 22 ?

      • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

        It doesn’t matter. How many of the guys for the cruiserweight classic or the U.K. Tournament were inexperienced? Why aren’t we striving for the best of the best?

        • Lushluke

          You’re judging before it’s even stated sit down

          • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

            The list of girls leaves a lot to be desired, women with about a year of training. They might have some moves, but don’t expect a classic.

          • Lushluke

            It’s only 10/32 ffs

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    Soooooo…… A bunch of women we already know they signed. Can they give us some names of women who may not be signed and is independent. Those are the ones we want to know. It was pretty much a given that NXT women who are signed would be in the match.

    • Lushluke

      lol it was only 10 of 32 calm down

  • Darren C. #Anti-Marks ?

    I want to warn everyone that Taynara Melo has absolutely no charisma or personality. She’s just going there to embarrass Brazil. I already knew this b*tch and she supports a homophobic, sexist and racist politician here in Brazil.

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      There are plenty of signed wrestlers by WWE that support Trump and people use those words to define him. That shouldn’t effect the way you view their work just because of who they support politically.

      • Darren C. #Anti-Marks ?

        And that makes me dislike them. Ryder is the greatest example of this, I’ve never been a fan of his work, but I’ve always found him extremely hot. Since he has shown support for Trump he has become ugly for me.

  • LoveEvaBella

    Don’t judge them yet we haven’t seen how they perform. Who knows they’re at the same level as the veterans? The PC has done a good job training people so I have faith they’ll deliver good matches. I like the tournament because it has mystery we will see the talents who we haven’t seen yet on NXT TV.

  • iloveTorrie

    Figured they’d use some of the girls already signed, either way I’m hella excited. Especially for Bianca! Now all I need is them to get Hania, Mandy Leon, Keira Hogan, Renne Michelle, and Mila Naniki and I’ll be complete.

    • Joseph

      Mandy is sign to ROH so she won’t be in it.

  • Neutral

    Not trying to be shady but I thought thus tournament was supposed to feature the best athletes around the world so I really don´t understand some of the names there…

  • Wicked Bliss

    I want Candice Larae! The list is promising so far

  • Joseph

    First round isn’t going to be the show stealer its the later rounds that will be.

  • Shane Murray

    Love how your all complaining bout the nxt girls being in it, well that’s the future of the women’s division so use all better take a look?..

    I’m happy for them it’s better than putting them in a random match in nxt were they get no reaction what so ever cause nobody knows who thy are. Take Sonya vs Lacey for example, so random nobody really knew what to do. This way they can show there talent and make a name for themselves

  • C Mack

    There’s still plenty of room. I’m actually excited for Julia Ho because I think she’s unique. Ready for her to be showcased. Not a fan of Lacey at all. Victoria and Mary Kate would be a fun matchup

  • StraightFire

    Lots of rookies :/ hopefully the rest of the names are vets because this is looking a little iffy right now.

  • Glitter Bliss Banks

    Ahhh, didnt think they would throw in some NXT Talents, glad they are though! Been hyped for Binky Blair for months now, from what I have seen on her instagram, she looks like she is gonna go far! Love her character she is developing and her look, she reminds me of a mix of Cameron, Naomi and Jazz! Cannot wait for this!

  • Lushluke

    People stop fucking moaning it’s only 10/32 women announced CALM YO ASS DOWN. I would love Layla return

  • Raekon

    Find it really funny that so many People in the comments are dissappointed talking about “rookies” and “inexperienced Talents”. Most of all since 3 of the announced women were killing it in the Indies for years, another two had some experience Prior to the wwe and the other ones have progressed very well in the year they are down in the Performance Center already.
    Other than that I’m pretty sure that the most inexperienced women will be first round eliminations and that they were only added to gain some more tv experience while losing to more experienced Talents in the Progress.
    I’m personally excited to see all of these women putting up a good fight and showing us how much they improved in their time with wwe while I hope that the ones that entered the wwe with experience won’t be totally watered down due to the moveset restrictions within the Division.
    Can’t wait to see Nixon Newell, evie, Thea, mia, marty, jinni and all the other ones that are yet to be announced. :)

  • GOD STRATUS•

    I don’t know any of em

  • Ev???

    + Thea Evie kairi Nixon Toni jinny mia marti?

  • EYECON

    I need Jade, Marti Belle and Haina the hollowing huntress

  • IceBaby7

    Cheerleader melissa still wrestle?