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Tessa Blanchard among five more entrants confirmed for WWE Mae Young Classic


One week since the first announcements and with three to go before the Mae Young Classic tapes, we’ve got five more names for the tournament, spanning the same range from top indie women to unknowns.

  • Tessa Blanchard: A third generation superstar, the daughter of legendary Four Horsemen original Tully Blanchard and well-known to regular viewers of NXT and the indies alike, Tessa’s pedigree doesn’t outstrip her achievements. In three short years she’s made splashes just about everywhere she’s gone and is one half of the current Shimmer Tag Team Champions alongside Vanessa Kraven, as well as holding various minor women’s championships across the scene. Perhaps her most notable feud to date has been her long-running series against fellow legacy Rachael Ellering.
  • Abbey Laith: More familiar to us as Kimber Lee, Abbey is arguably the most decorated of our five superstars here, having been the first woman to hold the Chikara Grand Championship, as well as being a long-tenured tag team champion everywhere from Shine to Shimmer to WSU. Trained at the CZW Dojo by Drew Gulak and a part of his original campaign to better his working environment in the Combat Zone, she once German suplexed JT Dunn twenty times in a row.
  • Taynara Conti: Representing Brazil and with no pro wrestling experience before signing with WWE last year, Conti nonetheless has a judo background that should serve her well in the squared circle, having earned a black belt in that discipline as well as a blue belt in jiu-jitsu, and narrowly missing the cut to compete in the 2016 Olympics.
  • Jazzy Gabbert: Better known to followers of the international independent scene as Germany’s Alpha Female, Gabbert has been wrestling for sixteen years and picked up the accolades to show for it, being a former Pro-Wrestling:EVE Champion and World of Stardom Champion as well as having won both the Artist of Stardom trios and Goddesses of Stardom tag championships as part of Kimura Monster-gun. As her ringname suggests she works a hard-striking powerhouse style and has gone 1-1 in pro MMA fights to date.
  • Kavita Devi: Representing India, Devi was trained by Great Khali from a background of powerlifting and the Indian sport of kabaddi and is a key player in his Continental Wrestling Entertainment promotion as Hard KD.

There you have it, folks

These five join Toni Storm, Lacey Evans, Princesa Sugehit, and Sarah Logan, leaving us with nine of our total thirty-two entrants in the Mae Young Classic. Getting excited yet?

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