Women wrestling fans are all anticipating the summer premiere of WWE’s Mae Young Classic Tournament! Tapings for the 32-women tournament are set to take place later this week on July 13th and 14th at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida.

So far, fifteen names have been officially announced for the tournament which include Kairi Sane, Tessa Blanchard, Abbey Laith, Taynara Conti, Jazzy Gabert, Kavita Devi, Toni Storm, Princesa Sugehit, Lacey Evans, Sarah Logan, Bianca BelAir, Piper Niven, Dakota KaiSage Beckett and Rhea Ripley.

In addition to these names, Squared Circle Sirens adds that Mercedes Martinez, Shayna Baszler, Nicole Savoy, Marti Belle, Ayesha Ray, Jessica James, Lei’D Tapa, Miranda, Santana Garrett, Renee Michelle, Barbi Hayden and Deonna Purrazzo are all undergoing medical evaluations for the Mae Young Classic.

The site also reports that new NXT signee Nixon Newell has suffered an ACL knee injury and will no longer partake in the tournament as originally planned.

WWE have now announced that they will be hosting a special Mae Young Classic Parade of Champions this Thursday via Facebook Live at 6:30 pm ET, where the names of the rest of the competitors will be revealed!

Read WWE.com’s briefing to the Mae Young Classic Parade of Champions below:

The WWE Universe can get its first look at the likes of Toni Storm, Princesa Sugehit, Jazzy Gabert, Rhea Ripley and all 32 Mae Young Classic competitors when they take part in the Mae Young Classic Parade of Champions. Watch this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT at Facebook.com/WWE to see who will take part in this historic tournament!.”

The Mae Young Classic begins Monday, August 28th, with the first four episodes available on demand on the WWE Network. The second half of the tournament will be available on demand on Monday, September 4th with the plans of a live finale from Las Vegas on Tuesday, September 12th.

What names do you think will be revealed this Thursday? Who are you rooting for to win the Mae Young Classic tournament? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Username

    “Representing Lithuania: Aksana!”

    Oh, if only.

    • Gavin

      I’m praying.

  • Bryskers

    Very excited to see everyone who will be involved.

    But on a more pessimistic note: Am I the only one being worried about the tournament as a whole? Some of the competitors, the format, etc, it just feels… thrown together. I really want to be excited (And I am to an extent), but I can’t shake the feeling that they are shooting themselves in the foot somehow…

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      Yeah don’t know what you’re talking about

      • Bryskers

        Lots of rookies, the long period of time between the tapings and the actual airing, a bunch of episodes being randomly released at the same time in the short span of two weeks, and the finals being filmed in front of a random and likely uninvested and clueless post-Smackdown crowd? Not causes for concern?

        • MK126

          Im sure these rookies arent gonna make it past the first round and tbh they’ll probably have the rookies face off against each other. Im definitely sure WWE/HHH has made notes of every concern for what may or may not happen. Have some faith that this will be well received by the fans

        • Raekon

          Where did you saw “lots of rookies”?
          Asking because out of the 32 women so far only 5-6 rookies from the Performance center are in.
          The others are all experienced Talent from the Indies or the indy Talent that was already in the performance Center like Sarah Logan, Sage Beckett and so on.

          • Bryskers

            I don’t think there should be any inexperienced girls to begin with. So 6 is already a lot, and the company pushing it. If WWE wants to give their newer girls the opportunity to grow (which is a good thing), then they can put them on NXT. This is what developmental is for after all. I know a lot of people will disagree with this, and won’t think it’s a big deal, but it’s bothering me.

          • Raekon

            Well I’m pretty sure that only 1 or 2 of them will make it past the first round. Even though and to be honest, I would like them to get eliminated in the first round by the other participants. :p

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      I am worried too because I want it to succeed and I know people will be quick to point out any bad thing about the show because they don’t like to see women succeeding.

  • jonmel

    Still hoping for sexy Starr , cheerleader Mellisa , Kay lee ray , candice

    • Jonny

      I think with Star and Melissa being under contract with Lucha Underground then they will not be in this.

  • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

    I’m excited!!!! Watch it be a bunch of people I never heard of tho… but still I’m so ready for this to start.

    • ssilva872

      A lot will be but imo it is always nice to see new people.

      Never know if you will like them as wrestlers.

      I knew pretty much none of the UK guys but now like a handful of them.

  • MK126

    I wonder if they have backup plans for the women just in case someone gets injured (nixon newell ???). I feel like this is definitely going to go very well. They didnt announce the CWC competitors (if i remember correctly) nor give them a parade so im sure WWE knows what they’re doing with this. Their whole mantra of “women revolution” would be completely fucked if this tournament was screwed up

    • Bryskers

      They did a parade for the CWC where they presented each competitors, via Facebook as well. They also taped a “bracketology” where they studied the brackets and went deeper in the competitors backstories.

      • MK126

        Oh really?? I dont remember that tbh but im sure they’ll follow the same format as the CWC. The CWC turned out to be great so im sure after they announce each female we’ll get a “bracketology” and backstory for each female. This would be a perfect way to have the rumored Serena Deeb introduced like TBK

  • Jonny

    I cannot wait but as a Welshman, I’m gutted about Nixon :(.

    • MK126

      I dont know how she got injured. Was she still finishing up indie dates?

      • Jonny

        Not that I know of, she’s been in Orlando for a while I believe just at the Performance Centre.

        • MK126

          I knew she was signed. I just thought she might have had some indie dates to finish up… so how the hell did she injure her ACL?

          • Jonny

            Could just have been a total accident training at the PC. These things happen so easily. Feel so sorry for her but her time will come!

          • MK126

            Yeah its not like she doesnt already have a contract with them and i doubt they’d release her

  • Head

    I was hoping for Kharma but whatevs! Can Shaul Guerrero be on this? As well as Skylar Moon? I want them to have a second chance on WWE!

  • Gavin

    I can’t believe WWE is about to let all of these basic bitches into the tournament and not Shazza.

    • Wicked Emma

      Really?

    • Raekon

      I thought that Shazza already retired?

  • Kvngbalor

    Wow no Candice or Taeler

  • Jonny

    All of the above listed (27 women) plus the additions of Julia Ho and Nicole Zhao takes it to 29 assuming all of those pass their medicals, that leaves 3 empty spaces left TBR.

    Who we thinking? Candice LeRae I’d say will be on there. Kay Lee Ray seems to have been in Orlando permanently recently too…

  • I’m still hoping for some former girlies like Winter or Serena Deeb to make an appearance. As well as this we have Madison Rayne who has left Impact so she should be free, how awesome that would be to see her in the MYC. Lastly I hope Santanna Garret and Mia Yim make an appearence, two hard working women in the indies who have the IT factor to be WWE Superstars

    • Raekon

      Santana was confirmed already. :) I REALLY hope Mia Yim is one of the still to be announced ones.

  • Jamie Byrd

    Saw the list and so happy that some of the girls I wanted in the Mae Young Classic is in it

    Mercedes Martinez
    Marti Belle
    Lei’D Tapa
    Santana Garrett
    Renee Michelle
    Wish Nixon Newell was injured

  • Izzy4lw

    Mercedes Martinez!? Barbi Hayden!? Santana Garrett!?

    Overall this tournament is shaping up to be a who’s who of Indy darlings: between Toni, Kairi, Abbey, Santana, Evie, Mercedes, And Tessa, I’m torn on who I want to take it. My money is still on Toni or Kairi, but Santana may be the most “WWE ready”

    Also I know I say this a lot when it comes to the MAE Young classic, but now with the rumor of Lei’d Tapa being added, that’s three “monsters” for the tournament, and we know at least one of them is currently signed. Someone somewhere thinks the Nia Jax experiment is failing.

  • vdcvt

    Really hoping for Candice to be announced. Ill still watch the tournament but i really do believe wwe would have missed a big opportunity if they dont include her

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    • A?.

      She is in, there was a reason why she appeared in the Battle Royal.

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  • YonceLuvsDivas

    Santana Garrett? Lei’ D Tapa? Marti Belle? #Yesssss Still Mandy Leon, Hania, Veda Scott, Jazz and or Victoria/ Tara and I’ll be even more happy.

    • ssilva872

      I wish Jazz could be in it but she needs to drop the lawsuit first lol..

      • YonceLuvsDivas

        I forgot about that. That lawsuit still going on?

        • ssilva872

          Last I heard. WWE is probably delaying the f*ck out of it (not that they really fear it it is just a smart shady way to cost the other people time/money).

          • YonceLuvsDivas

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  • This is really happening!!! I’m so excited, still waiting for surprises liker returns or somethig and specially that they need to announcement Candice LaRae.

  • ssilva872

    OMG sign Mercedes Martinez! She deserves it so much.

  • Omar J Tahhan

    We got 4 monsters, sweet!

  • Crazy. #RIPMae

    WE NEED CANDICE LERAE!

  • LoveEvaBella

    Please bring back:
    Rosa Mendes
    Ashley Massaro
    Joy Giovanni
    Amy Weber
    Amy Zidian
    Kristal Marshall
    Rebecca DiPietro
    Rochelle Lowen
    Lauren Jones
    Carmella Decesare
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    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      ooop do you have a wwe twitter?

      • LoveEvaBella

        I don’t have.I’ll make one soon :)

        • Crazy. #RIPMae

          Yay! I’m trying to get you to this site lol :) it’s fun

  • LoveEvaBella

    If they will make a comeback story they could bring back Gabi from Tough Enough aka Raquel from TNA this girl is same level like Mandy Rose and Daria.

  • Jonny

    If all of the women mentioned above pass their medicals AND now that Julia Ho (Zeda) and Nicole Zhao (Xia Li) are basically confirmed, that means there’s 29 women confirmed.

    Meaning there’s only 3 more names TBR – who’s your final 3 guys?

    1. Candice LeRae
    2. Mia Yim
    3. Kay Lee Ray?

    • Raekon

      Kay Lee Ray was already confirmed but I would really love to have Mia Yim and Candice LeRae in the tournament for sure. :)

  • Jonny

    WWE.com has just confirmed Ayesha and Kay Lee Ray!

    Also, JR confirmed 3 new names on his podcast last night: Rachel Ellering, Shayna Baszler, Mercedes Martinez.

    ALSO – he revealed that he, Lita and MADUSA are the commentators for the tournament.

  • Raekon

    Nixon Newell is unfortunately out because of a acl injury. However, Kay Lee Ray was announced and Shayna Bazler, Mercedes Martinez were confirmed aswell. :)
    Really excited about this tournament! Just hope they will let the women to go all out and put up awesome matches cause till now all of the announced ones are great Talents!

  • Bruno Santos

    I want blue pants!!!

  • KingsPromise

    Fingers still crossed for Taeler Hendrix.

    • Jonny

      Man I would have loved this but I just don’t see it happening for some reason.

      Would have loved her and Veda to have been apart of this!

  • NY

    Also it’s been a few days , but Madusa a.k.a Alundra Blayze has been added to the commentators table alongside Jim Ross and Amy, Lita Dumas. I’m excited for this tournament! It’s shaping up to be great!