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The WWE Mae Young Classic is a professional wrestling tournament featuring 32 female wrestlers from around the world. The first four rounds were taped on July 13 and 14 with the finals airing after Smackdown on September 12, 2017. The winner was Kairi Sane.


  • Ascended Extra:
    • Lacey Evans and Sarah Logan had appeared a couple of times as Jobbers or battle royal participants. Here they got spots in the tournament.
    • Mercedes Martinez had jobbed to Victoria on an episode of Sunday Night Heat way back in the early 2000s.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Kay Lee Ray, Candice Le Rae, Rachel Evers, Santana Garrett and Tessa Blanchard had already competed on NXT as part of Squash Matches. Here they appeared as actual tournament participants.
    • Serena Deeb was previously in WWE back in 2010 as part of CM Punk's Straight Edge Society.
  • Continuity Nod: Serena Deeb's video package referenced her time with the SES.
  • Distaff Counterpart: This was the all-female equivalent to the Cruiserweight Classic and UK Tournaments, which had been all male.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: A lot of developmental female talent who hadn't appeared on NXT yet, or had only made minimal appearances, made their debuts in the tournament. Bianca Bel Air and Vanessa Borne were homegrown debuts, Kairi Sane, Dakota Kai, Abbey Laith and Shayna Baszler were indie women under contract who had yet to debut.
  • Faux Action Girl: Rather obvious on newer girls such as Vanessa Borne.
  • Five-Token Band: Promoted as an international tournament, it featured the following nationalities being represented by females in WWE for the first time: Germany (Jazzy Gilbert), Brazil (Taynara Conti), India (Kavita Devi) and China (Xa Li, Zeda).
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Nixon Newell was slated to compete, but tore her ACL before the tournament. She was replaced with Miranda Salinas.
  • The Hecate Sisters: Notably used with the female broadcasters. Dasha Fuentes - the young model - was the Maiden. Lita - the star from the Ruthless Aggression Era - was the Matron. And Madusa - the veteran from the 80s and 90s - was the Crone.
  • The One Guy: Uniquely for WWE, the commentary team was almost all-female - except for Jim Ross.
  • Sensory Abuse: Kay Lee Ray's theme, though less than her indie themes which all pretty much sounded like this.
  • Stripperiffic: Notably averted with Jessicka Carr - WWE's first full time female referee. If females had refereed in the past, it was usually the talent in sexy versions of the uniform.note  Jessicka wore the same uniform as the males.
  • World of Action Girls: This is notably the first time WWE has ever done an entirely all-female wrestling broadcast.
  • Worthy Opponent: Despite being a heel, Vanessa Borne still shook Serena Deeb's hand.