Thursday, August 31, 2017
Mae Young Classic: "Episode 2"
Mia Yim vs. Sarah Logan
Easily the match of the show, and probably second best match of the series after two episodes. No tentative offense here, solid, hard-hitting, complicated stuff from both wrestlers. Yim wins with that thing that I don't know what it's called where you sort of do a jawbreaker on your own foot as you drop and pull the opponent down with you. Logan doesn't need the win, she's semi-established in NXT and has a strong future ahead of her.
Rhea Ripley vs. Miranda Salinas
This was a lively match, won by Rpley, a young Australian soccer player, with a full nelson slam. Not a bad match, but nothing that really stood out as exceptional, either.
Matri Bella vs. Rachel Evers
Bella had an in-ring personality, full heel, but not much in the way of moves. Evers, the daughter of Paul Ellering, has the size and lots of in-ring ability to execute a lot of moves, but no real sense of who she is in the ring. or as a character. The result was an uninspiring match that Evers won with a rollup (never a great start) that left me interested in seeing Evers in like 12 to 18 months.
Mercedes Martinez vs. Xia Lee
This never really clicked. Lee's martial arts-based offense translated pretty well, but they didn't seem to be working together, and the finish came out of nowhere. Martinez' heel instincts are uncomfortably strong, opening with a blatantly racist taunt. The submission finish came out of nowhere, but Martinez' combination surfboard and dragon sleeper does look impressive.