Meiko Satomura def. Lacey Lane in a Quarterfinal Match
As well as Lane has done in the tournament up to this point, this was a total mismatch on paper. Lane is still relatively new to the business, whereas Satomura has been wrestling for over two decades. That's not to say mismatches such as this one are a bad thing (we saw a few earlier on in the tourney), but the outcome was never in doubt. Nevertheless, Lane had her best showing yet and looked good in defeat against the experienced veteran.
Io Shirai def. Deonna Purrazzo in a Quarterfinal Match
Purrazzo can not be praised enough for her technical abilities and I'm so happy the rest of the world is getting to find that out too through her performances in the Mae Young Classic. This was a very competitive and fun match for the time it was allotted where both women put forth a hell of an effort. Although Purrazzo won't be advancing to the semifinals, I hope she continues to be spotlighted on NXT TV.
Rhea Ripley def. Tegan Nox in a Quarterfinal Match by Referee Stoppage
This was incredibly heartbreaking to watch. Of course, Nox was forced to miss last year's Mae Young Classic due to injury and likely would have made it to the semifinals/finals this year if she wasn't hurt here. Meanwhile, I can't say much about the match itself because it didn't last long at all because it abruptly ended as result of Nox's injury. Here's wishing her a speedy recovery and only the best upon her return to the ring.
Toni Storm def. Mia Yim in a Quarterfinal Match
Storm and Yim are honestly among my favorite women's wrestlers in the world right now and I was thrilled that this lived up to the hype in being absolutely excellent. Even with only eight minutes to work with, Storm and Yim went all out and pulled everything out of their respective arsenals in an attempt to put the other away. Yim in particular deserves credit for truly shining in this year's tournament and it's fantastic that she actually earned a contract with the company because of it. Personally, Storm is my pick to win it all, but you can't go wrong with the other three, either.
Of course, the Nox injury is hard to sit through. Not because it's gruesome or anything along those lines, but rather because it's so sad to see her suffer another injury after already spending a year on the shelf with an injury to the other knee. Despite that, this was a very good episode of the Mae Young Classic with two top-tier matches and a nice opener. The semifinals are set for next week and we'll find out who's advancing to WWE Evolution on next week's show.
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