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 RingScoops.com, 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.

LACEY EVANS vs TONI STORM
> 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.

MIA YIM vs SHAYNA BASZLER
> 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.

DAKOTA KAI vs RHEA RIPLEY
> 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!

NICOLE SAVOY vs CANDICE LERAE
> 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.

OVERALL THOUGHTS:
> 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!