Monday, September 4, 2017

Mae Young Classic: "Episode 6"

Still think the pirate thing is a bad idea but it's growing on me.
The second round of the Mae Young Classic kicked off with some incredible matches, with several performers who underwhelmed in the first round showing their stuff with new opponents.

Bianca Belair vs. Kairi Sane

Holy shit, these two left nothing in the back for this one. I was expecting it to be great based on their first round matches, but this was off the charts good. If there's a flaw, it looks like Kairi forgot where the camera was and did her elbow drop off a corner she shouldn't have, but still, she picked up the win. This was super intense, even if they kind of lost the crowd during the second third of the match.

Abbey Laith vs. Rachel Evers

I was a little underwhelmed by both of these performers in the first rwound, but clearly the issue had more to do with their opponents, because these two WENT AT IT in the second round.

I also didn't realize Abbey was indie veteran Kimber Lee, who I knew was one of the women in the Mae Young Classic but had forgotten which one.

Both showed off impressive stuff, including Evers hitting a powerbomb off the top rope. Laith still has more personality in the ring, for obvious reasons, and won with the Alligator Cluth, which sounds like it should be a submission but is just a modified pin. I don't see her using it much once this tournament is over.

Piper Niven vs. Serena Deeb

Deeb showed a little more than she showed in her debut, but Niven showed a LOT more, including a cannonball, an avalanche splash off the second rope, a (missed) top rope splash, and then finally hit the MIchinoku Driver for the win. She's pretty fuckin' amazing, and I'm so glad she won here.

Mercedez Martinez vs. Princessa Sugehit

This was pretty good, but they didn't quite click, and the story of the match kind of fell apart in the last couple of minutes, with Martinez escaping Sugehit's armbar submission to hit the Fisherman's Buster for the three. I'd rather have seen Sugehit advance, but knowing how WWE works, I'm not surprised.

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