REVIEW: Mae Young Classic Episode Six

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The Mae Young Classic features 32 of the most talented female professional wrestlers from all over the globe.  Those 32 women will compete in a tournament on WWE Network.  This is a review of the Mae Young Classic on, reviewing each episode individually.

Our review of the Mae Young Classic continues on with Episode Six, featuring Toni Storm, Lacey Evans, Mia Yim, Shayna Baszler, Dakota Kai, Rhea Ripley, Nicole Savoy, and Candice LeRae.

> I just can’t get into the persona of Lacey Evans.  Its too hokey for me, and her appearance also just gets in the way of me appreciating what she does in the ring, sadly.  The match wasn’t bad, it had some back and forth action between the two, nothing too special.  Toni Storm picks up the victory.

> Both women here have deep martial arts backgrounds, but the advantage will go to Mia Yim as far as pro wrestling experience.  Neither were afraid to strike, and neither were afraid to be on the receiving end of a strike.  Baszler’s ability to turn any situation into a submission hold is really strong.  Mia gets caught into a choke, and taps out, Baszler is the winner.  Good stuff.

> I’m torn between these two, I love them both.  What a vicious spot on the outside with Ripley ramming Dakota into the apron face first!  Dakota has a nice range of offense in her toolbox.  Dakota gets the win after nailing an impressive double foot stomp from the top rope while Ripley was in the Tree of Woe!

> This match is straight out of Bart Kaptizke’s booking at AWS, as both women are veterans of that SoCal promotion.  Good story told here with Savoy being the stronger of the two, and LeRae having to use her quickness to get the advantage.  I personally thought this match ran a little too long, just a tad.  LeRae connects with the Wild Ride for the win.

> While the crowd isn’t as strong in this episode, they’re still more into it than the opening around episodes.  This round of the tournament had plenty of action in it that was enjoyable to watch.  I think the MVPs of this episode are Shayna Baszler, Dakota Kai and Candice LeRae.  All of them need to be signed.  The funny thing is each time I go into a Baszler match, I think “she’s only there because of her friendship with you know who!” and each time I get persuaded otherwise by her performance.  I don’t mean to come off like an ass with that.  Baszler is an amazing performer, and her performances turn my head each time.  She is constantly showing why she deserves to be in the position she’s in.

I will be back with a review of Episode Seven after I watch it, stay tuned folks!

Tommy earned degrees in Liberal Arts, Multimedia, and Communications from MSJC & CSUSB. Experienced in management, marketing, and graphic design. Former journalist at Coyote Chronicle (2016-2017), and On-Air Talent on Coyote Radio.

Former Play by Play Commentator for Jesse Hernandez’s Empire Wrestling Federation (2010-2016). In 2016, Tommy stepped down as the lead play by play commentator for EWF. He joins the broadcast team when needed.

His other duties during his time in professional wrestling include operating various promotion’s websites, playing theme songs at events, running scoreboard technology for Wrestling Cares Association, marketing consulting, and DVD production for many Southern California promotions.

Tommy’s most active role at present time is being a communications consultant at Jesse Hernandez’s School of Hard Knocks. Duties with this role include teaching pro wrestling students the importance of verbal and non-verbal communication in the industry, and coaching with public speaking.