The finals of the Mae Young Classic are here. It’s Shayna Baszler vs Kairi Sane.
The Mae Young Classic was an interesting experience. For the last two weeks, WWE uploaded four new episodes to the WWE Network, taking you through the entire tournament.
Four shows per week was a bit tough to get through. Personally, I would’ve liked two shows per week over four weeks. It would’ve built up better. But they wanted to take a shot at the Netflix way of doing things through binge watching.
While I wouldn’t say that the tournament was a knockout success, I did enjoy it and it felt important, which doesn’t always happen in wrestling today.
The last two women left standing were Shayna Baszler and Kairi Sane. We just re-posted an interview that I did with Baszler over a year and a half ago when she was about to have her second pro wrestling match ever. She’s come a long way in such a short time.
We’ll be back for the WWE Network exclusive airing of the finals, which happens right after Smackdown ends.
They aired some backstage segments of both women walking to the ring. Ronda Rousey and Jessamyn Duke were pumping Shayna up. Ronda’s mean face is so great.
There was a nice video package leading us to where we are now. It’s go time.
Shayna Baszler Vs Kairi Sane
Lillian Garcia introduced both women and rather than have them in their corners, they were both in the center of the ring with the spotlight on them.
Jessika, the referee for the tournament isn’t the referee for this match.
Kairi used Shayna’s submission attempts against her early on, turning them into pin attempts. And then heel Baszler took over. Shayna first moved out of the way of Kairi’s spear and then caught her spear. That was a new one.
Kairi finally hit her spear and Shayna sold it like her appendix burst. Kairi went to the top rope and Shayna caught her and immediately put her in a rear naked. Shayna is still selling her ribs and couldn’t hold onto the choke.
Kairi went to the top to hit her elbow, but Shayna met her up top. They battled up top and Shayna fell backward with her legs still hooked on the rope. Kairi hit her with the double foot stomp.
She then hit the elbow drop to win the match.
— WWE (@WWE) September 13, 2017
Winner: Kairi Sane
Shayna is still selling her ribs. They then hugged it out.
And that was it. They had Ronda Rousey right there in the arena and did nothing with her.