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WWE announced another 5 competitors for the Mae Young Classic tournament. They are: Zatara, Xia Li, MJ Jenkins, Allysin Kay and Rachel Evers. Zatara is a masked luchadora who has won titles throughout South America. Li competed in last year’s MYC and was one of the first Chinese WWE recruits. Jenkins has been in the game for 7 years and once trained under the Dudley Boyz. Kay stands at 5 feet 10 inches tall and has competed all over the world. Evers trained under Lance Storm, is the daughter of Paul Ellering, and also competed in last year’s MYC.

These five join: Hiroyo Matsumoto, Aerial Monroe, Vanessa Kraven, Ashley Rayne, Priscilla Kelly, Xia Brookside, Toni Storm, Meiko Satomura, Zeuxis, Isla Dawn, Lacey Lane, Karen Q, Mercedes Martinez, Mia Yim, Killer Kelly, Crystal, Kavita Devi, Kaitlyn, Io Shirai, Rhea Ripley, Kacy Catanzaro, Nicole Matthews, Jinny, Tegan Nox, Deonna Purrazzo, Jessie Elaban and Reina Gonzalez.

While the tournament is set to be taped in early August, no airdate has been set yet.

Check out the announcement below:

Zatara, Xia Li, MJ Jenkins, Allysin Kay and Rachel Evers enter Mae Young Classic

The 2018 Mae Young Classic continues to add elite female competitors from around the globe, with the latest batch of athletes including a top prospect from South America, a returning martial arts expert from China, one of WWE NXT’s most buzzed-about new signees, a world-traveled brawler from Detroit and a second-generation grappler who’s preparing for her second chance at the Classic trophy.

Zatara, Xia Li, MJ Jenkins, Allysin Kay and Rachel Evers are the newest confirmed competitors for this year’s event, which kicks off on WWE Network later this summer. The single-elimination, 32-woman tournament will conclude with its Finals on Sunday, Oct. 28, at WWE Evolution, the first-ever all-women’s pay-per-view.

Known for her hyper-aggressive in-ring style, Zatara (pictured above) of Santiago, Chile, enters the tournament with a ruthless reputation. Debuting in February 2008, the masked luchadora has captured titles throughout South America and counts wrestling in Mexico City’s world-famous Arena Mexico as one of her proudest accomplishments. Believing “the end justifies her means,” the opportunistic 26-year-old often finishes off opponents with a running knee strike to the back of the head.

Xia Li

China’s Xia Li, one of the first Chinese athletes recruited by WWE, made her in-ring debut at last year’s Mae Young Classic. A lifelong combat-sport athlete, Li was a top-flight competitor in the Chinese martial art of wushu before joining the WWE Performance Center in January 2017. Li leveraged her unique skillset in her high-pressure debut in the inaugural Classic, unleashing a torrent of strikes against Mercedes Martinez that belied Li’s relatively limited sports-entertainment experience.

MJ Jenkins

Newly recruited to the WWE Performance Center, Brooklyn’s MJ Jenkins looks to make a splash in her WWE Network debut at the Mae Young Classic. Formerly an independent wrestler who earned her reputation throughout the Northeast, Florida and the Dominican Republic, Jenkins is a seasoned competitor of seven years and trained under such luminaries as WWE Hall of Famers The Dudley Boyz and Johnny Rodz.

Allysin Kay

Guaranteed to be one of the biggest bruisers in the field, 5-foot-10 Allysin Kay has been a force to be reckoned with inside the squared circle for nearly a decade. A native of Detroit, Kay’s wrath has been felt in countries like China, India, Mexico, England and Japan, where she once shared a dojo apartment with Sarah Logan and WWE PC coach Serena Deeb. Priding herself on being able to toss competition like lawn darts, Kay relies on a ferocious discus lariat to end many of her matches.

Rachel Evers

Returning for her second Mae Young Classic, “The One Woman Minnesota Wrecking Crew” Rachel Evers brings world-class strength and a Hall of Fame pedigree to the proceedings. The daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Paul Ellering and a protégé of Lance Storm, Evers medaled in powerlifting before pursuing sports-entertainment. She puts her strength to good use inside the ring, whether demolishing foes with fallaway powerbombs or an innovative modified spinebuster she calls the Graveyard Smash.

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