Best Match of the night:
Wow, this one is as tough as ever. Just about every match tonight brought it. I don’t even think that’s an exaggeration (and besides, why would I, I have no skin in the game).
I’d probably choose either or both of the semifinal matches, if I was truly pressed to do so. But with these episodes, you’d have been fine just randomly picking out of a hat. They were all that good.
Worst match of the night:
Not tonight, my friends.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Let’s go Abbey
Let’s go Candice
Let’s go Piper
Let’s go Toni
Star of the Night
A tip of the hat to all involved, but the stars tonight are the two women who are now heading for a clash in Las Vegas. Kairi Sane and Shayna Baszler are your finalists, and on Tuesday, may the best woman win.
Spot of the Night:
Candice goes for a suicide dive through the ropes to the outside, which wound up turning into a DDT onto the entrance ramp. Awesome looking move.
Awesome sequence between Piper and Toni, where they were on their backs, bridging/getting counted, and basically they mirrored one another. Finally, while bridging with their heads, they smiled and shook hands and got back to a standing position. If you missed it, I strongly recommend you go watch.
Kairi Sane and her flying cross body, off the top turnbuckle all the way to the outside. She hit her face on the ramp during the landing, and I wonder if that’s when she suffered the concussion she was rumored to have suffered during the tournament
Jobber of the Night:
Not a one.
Upset of the Night:
None of note
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Candice, going for Miss LaRae’s Wild Ride, had Shayna Baszler reverse it in mid-air, locking in her choke submission for the win. It’s here, because it was neat happening in mid-air. It was also sold well, when you consider the proximity to the ropes, Candice could have theoretically escaped by just touching the bottom rope. Also, because Baszler would not release the hold for a good long while after LaRae had actually tapped. If anyone had thoughts that Baszler wasn’t going to be positioned as the heel, this match erased all doubts.
Botch of the night:
Nothing worth commenting on.
Commentary of the night:
Let’s see if Toni will pay the Piper in this match.
LOL Moment of the night:
None. No laughing now.
To help confirm how big a deal the Mae Young Classic should be, Hunter and Stephanie were both there for the Semifinal round, presenting the two finalists with congratulatory flowers after the matches.
This is a tough one-on one hand, it was more like sports entertainment, but on the other, it flew in the face of what the entire tournament has been thus far. That was, the lack of sportsmanship Shayna Baszler displated toward Candice LeRae post-match. I get it, establish her as a heel and all that…but it was I believe the first match in the whole tournament that we saw no post match handshake or hug.
The buildup to the MMA and NXT Horsewomen clashing continues. They’ve been going at it from across the aisle, now they met up outside during an interview segment, with Rousey telling Charlotte-“name the time and place”. Place your bets, it’s going down at one of the next two big tentpole events.
After the final bell:
Well, it took a bit to get there, but we have our final two. Kairi Sane and Shayna Baszler will tangle in Las Vegas for the big Mae Young Classic trophy.
A year ago, I was opining that the women’s roster of NXT was bare, following the brand split and draft. It’s taken a year to recover, and it’s still a bit thin. If WWE keeps even half of the Mae Young competitors around, it got a whole lot better. There has been some serious talent involved. Only surprised it took WWE this long to bring some of these women in and get them on TV.
And, last but not least. If you were debating watching, and had not tuned in (but were curious enough to read this), then I implore you to go, open the WWE Network, and watch each of the episodes. It has been a really good tournament, showcasing some amazing new talents. Assuming even some stick around, the future could be incredibly bright for the women in WWE, across each and every brand. Don’t take my word for it though-watch the tournament and you will believe.
Mercedes Martinez takes care of Abbey Laith
Shayna Baszler takes care of Candice LeRae
Piper Niven succumbs to Toni Storm
Kairi Sane takes care of Dakota Kai
Shayna Baszler submits Mercedes Martinez
Kairi Sane pins Toni Storm