That WWE was considering a different release plan for their upcoming 32 woman Mae Young Classic tournament show on WWE Network isn’t news, but a report from PWInsider provides a new level of detail on how the planned Video On Demand (VOD) rollout will work.
As already announced, most of the action will be taped July 13 - 14 at Full Sail Live in Winter Park, Florida. Originally, the episodes filmed there were all going to be made available on the streaming service the week of SummerSlam, but officials feared they’d be overshadowed by all the other content at that time, and have instead decided to release round one during the last week of August and round two during the first week of September.
The report says WWE is still planning to hold a live finale on Sept. 12. If the tournament format is similar to last year’s Cruiserweight Classic, that show would feature the semi-finals and finals (as well as some non-tourney “showcase” matches), meaning the third quarterfinal round would likely be released with the early September episodes.
Insider speculates the finale could occur in Las Vegas since the only WWE event currently scheduled for Tuesday the 12th is a SmackDown taping in Sin City - but that’s not confirmed.
We’re still waiting for information on who’s definitely going to make up the field, but with taping a little more than a month away, we should start getting word about that soon.
Process your excitement by letting us know what you think about the VOD release strategy, Cagesiders.