Monday, September 4, 2017
May Young Classic: "Episode 3"
The first round of the Mae Young Classic continues, with a mix of action and "action".
Bianca Belair vs. Sage Beckett
Beckett has a "shaman" gimmick, which means basically "Hot Topic emoployee who won't stop telling you about her healing powers". She's decent in the ring, but she lost to Bianca Belair, who's a very established NXT developmental with huge potential and a long braid she uses as a weapon. I'd like to see Belair in the finals, I think.
Santana Garrett vs. Piper Niven
One nice thing about the MYC is that it's featuring a wider array of body types than WWE has ever seen fit to put on television before, at least in the women's division cough cough Killian Dane cough cough. Piper Niven can move impressively for her size, and defeats Santana Garrett, who is basically "Bayley WIth A Cape". I'm impressed they put Niven over, even if it's unliely she'll win.
Ayesha Raymond vs. Toni Storm
Toni Storm has a little Mad Moxxi top hat and an attitude. Ayesha Raymond goes to the same skirt maker as Ember Moon and apparently went to the wrong corner to start the finish, which was Storm rolling up Raymond after a missed high spot. Before the incredibly awkward ending, which involved Raymond coming up with an excuse to move to the corner facing the carmeras, it was solid work, and Storm was super ovr with the Full Sail crowd for some reason.
Dakota Kai vs. Kavita Devi
Dakota Kai is from New Zealand and is invoking Chun Li, at least in her pre-match video. Kavita Devi was trained by Great Khali, who taught her how to not fall down when you get dropkicked. THe slow pace was clearly there to protect Devi, who has size and power and a few impressive moves (including a gorilla press slam, yipes) but no real sense of how to string them together. Which is why Kai won with a Coup De Grace.