We still don’t officially know who will make up the bulk of the 32 woman field, but we got some key pieces of information about the first ever Mae Young Classic (MYC) women’s tournament this morning (June 26).
Most importantly - when we’ll get to watch it. The first four episodes will be released on WWE Network Monday, Aug. 28, with the next four following a week later on Sept. 4.
A live final match will air at 10PM on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from Las Vegas. SmackDown is not yet announced for Sin City that night, but it’s likely they’ll be out West since the blue brand does have a confirmed date in Hawaii the next day (Sept. 13). I’m assuming a television filming will be announced for Vegas that night and the Mae Young winner will either be crowned instead of or before 205 Live, but that is not made clear in WWE’s announcement.
At eight episodes plus a finale, the MYC will one episode shorter than last Summer’s Cruiserweight Classic (CWC). The women’s tournament will get a Bracketology special to kick it off, similar to the one presented before the CWC, premiering after SummerSlam on Sunday, Aug. 20.
Also revealed today was Jim Ross’ announcing partner for the series - Hall of Famer Lita. The four-time Women’s champion has been involved on-and-off behind-the-scenes as a producer and agent and on-camera as a host for several years now. This will be her first major assignment as color commentator.
Nine women have been confirmed for the tournament - Toni Storm, Princesa Sugehit, Lacey Evans, Sarah Logan, Tessa Blanchard, Abbey Laith, Kavita Devi, Jazzy Gabert and Taynara Conti - and qualifying matches will be airing on NXT over the next month. Expect several more announcements regarding the field over the coming days as we get closer to the July 13 - 14 taping.