WWE revealed four more participants for the Mae Young Classic II, adding more international stars, a newly signed competitor, and an indie darling.
The latest confirmed competitors are masked luchadora Zeuxis, NXT UK’s Isla Dawn, new NXT signee Lacey Lane, and Ring of Honor, Woman of Honor wrestler Karen Q.
Here’s what WWE had to say about each woman:
Zeuxis: proponent of “Lucha Strong Style,” Zeuxis enters this year’s field with a decade of ring experience and more than 800 matches under her belt. Calling herself “Puerto Rican Power,” Zeuxis boasts a combination of strength and speed, and has frequently ended matches with a top-rope Spanish Fly. She is a multi-time champion in Mexico and Japan, and last September she collected perhaps her most important accolade yet, defeating Princesa Sugehit (a competitor from last year’s Mae Young Classic) in a Mask vs. Mask Match.
Isla Dawn: Scotland’s Isla Dawn turned heads with her recent outing at the WWE U.K. Championship Tournament special on WWE Network. This self-described “modern-day witch” employs a hard-hitting style that draws from her background in kickboxing and dance that has carried her throughout promotions across Europe. Molded by influences as varying as Goldust (her first WWE action figure) and Killian Dain (who saw her act in a play and encouraged her to begin wrestling training), Dawn hopes to put a spell on her competition in this year’s Classic.
Lacey Lane: Lacey Lane stands to be one of the most well-rounded athletes in the entire Mae Young Classic. The newly signed WWE Performance Center recruit was a member the 2012 NCAA Division II championship basketball team at Shaw University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Deciding to give wrestling a try, Lane studied the mat game under WWE Hall of Famers The Dudley Boyz. Before joining the WWE PC, Lane made waves on the independent scene in both the U.S. and Mexico.
Karen Q: If you want a competitor who’s tough, cunning, energetic, acrobatic and just flat-out entertaining, look no further than Karen Q. The cerebral Chinese American, who graduated with a master’s degree shortly after making her ring debut, blitzes the competition with a dizzying combination of technical wizardry and breathtaking aerial assaults. All the while, she also softens opponents up for the Spring Roll – her take on the Boston Crab – to rearrange spines and claim victories.
These women join previously announced competitors:
- Mercedes Martinez
- Mia Yim
- Kavita Devi
- Killer Kelly
- Deonna Purrazzo
- Tegan Knox
- Jessica Elaban
- Reina González
- Rhea Ripley
- Io Shirai
- Nicole Matthews
- Kacy Catanzaro
Mae Young Classic II tapings will take place on Wednesday, August 8th and Thursday, August 9th from Full Sail Live in Orlando, Florida.
WWE will be revealing more participants in the coming weeks.
What do you think of these four competitors? Who do you want to see them face off against? Are you excited? Sound off in the comments below.