We are less than a month away from the premiere of WWE’s Mae Young Classic!
To help hype up the much anticipated event, the WWE have released several videos of some of the participants of the tournament to share their stories of their wrestling careers and what the Mae Young Classic means to them.
Sage Beckett discusses first finding wrestling through her love of theater. On top of having a love for entertainment, Beckett was an athlete and after attending a show featuring some of ECW’s original alumni, she began her wrestling training at the Team 3D Academy. After having a life-threatening health scare in Japan, Beckett took a two year break from wrestling and was able to get her health together by losing 130 pounds. She calls her greatest strength her stubbornness in that it allows her to never stop trying.
Wrestling veteran Mercedes Martinez reveals that she came into the wrestling business out of boredom. While attending college on a basketball scholarship, she got injured and took on wrestling to help stay in shape. Although she loved wrestling, Martinez says she never wanted to become a wrestler but all that changed after her first match. Martinez calls the transformation of women’s wrestling from when she first started to now ‘amazing’. She adds that being part of the Mae Young Classic vindicates everything she’s worked hard for.
UFC fighter turned pro wrestler Shayna Baszler discusses her MMA career and being part of different milestones in women’s combat sports along with Ronda Rousey. Baszler says one thing fans can expect to see from her during the Mae Young Classic are precise strikes and submissions from anywhere and any moment.
Third generation star Tessa Blanchard recalls for starting to train to at High Spots and telling her family of her career decision. Although her stepfather Magnum T.A was critical at first, he told her that she had ‘it’ and encouraged her to continue to work on her craft. Second generation stars Santana Garrett and Reina González refer to wrestling as the special thing that they would bond over with their respective fathers.
Zeda shares her story of growing up with social anxiety and bullying. She credits MMA and her love for art with helping her overcome these difficulties. Zeda goes on to say that she has fought bigger people throughout her career and wants to show others that no matter what, if you work hard and believe in yourself, you can achieve anything.
Sarah Logan discusses her Kentucky upbringing and growing up watch wrestling with her grandmother. Shortly after graduating from High School, she flew to Japan to begin her wrestling training under Taka Michinoku. She adds that her background will help her in the tournament as she was raised to fight for everything.
Who are you most excited to see on the Mae Young Classic?