The first set of tapings for the Mae Young Classic are set for tonight (July 13) and tomorrow (July 14) at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. Below is the full list of all the participants along with a little info on each:
Dakota Kai, a.k.a. Cheree Crowley, Evie is a 29 year old Kiwi professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where she performs in their development territory NXT, under the ring name Dakota Kai. Crowley also wrestled internationally for the American promotions Shimmer Women Athletes and Shine Wrestling as well as for Pro Wrestling Alliance in Sydney, Australia, where she is a former PWWA champion. She also worked for Impact Pro Wrestling in New Zealand, where she is a former three-time IPW Women's Champion.
Serena Deeb is a 31 year old American yoga instructor and professional wrestler. She is best known for her time with World Wrestling Entertainment, appearing on the SmackDown brand and also known for her time with the developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling, under the ring name Serena. Deeb also made appearances for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and Ohio Valley Wrestling, where she was a six-time Women's Champion, Shimmer Women Athletes and Wrestling New Classic, where she is a former one-time WNC Women's Champion.
Vanessa Borne, a.k.a Danielle Kamela is an American cheerleader, dancer, model and professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where she works in their developmental territory NXT under the ring name Vanessa Borne. She was trained by Rikishi and Gangrel at Knokx Pro Entertainment and signed with the WWE on April 12, 2016.
The first ever female Chinese signee to be signed to WWE Zhao Xia has been renamed. She will now be known as Xia Li. Zhao is 5-foot-4, 136 pounds and has trained in martial arts and is the co-founder of her own fitness studio.
Zhao has multiple first-place finishes in various martial arts and fitness competitions, including the Second World Traditional Chinese Wushu Championship, Nike Challenge Competition and First China Throw Down: Battle on the Bund.
Rachel Evers, a.k.a. Rachael Ellering is a familiar face to many WWE fans as she has appeared on NXT many times over the last year. She is also the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer, and current manager of the NXT Tag Team Champions Authors of Pain, Paul Ellering. She has also appeared in matches for TNA Impact Wrestling. She was trained by Lance Storm.
Sage Beckett, a.k.a. MaryKate Duignan Glidewell is a 32 year old American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, performing on their developmental territory NXT under the ring name Sage Beckett. She is known for working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the ring name Rosie Lottalove. She previously retired on June 24, 2012 due to injuries before resuming her career in October 2014 after losing nearly 130 pounds.
Kay Lee Ray
Kay Lee Ray, a.k.a. Kayleigh Rae is a 24 year old Scottish female professional wrestler best known by the stylized ring name Kay Lee Ray. She works primarily on the British independent circuit. Rae was part of TNA British Boot Camp II during October 2014, along with Rampage Brown, El Ligero, Mark Andrews, Nikki Storm, Noam Dar and Kris Travis. She is the current ICW Women's Champion in her first reign.
Tessa Blanchard is a 21 year old, third generation wrestler, the daughter of Tully Blanchard and granddaughter of Joe Blanchard. She made her debut in 2014 and was train by George South, her father Tully, and her step-father Magnum TA.
Toni Storm a.k.a. Toni Rossall is a 21 year old Australian-New Zealand professional wrestler. She is currently signed to Japanese promotion World Wonder Ring Stardom, where she is the reigning SWA World Champion. She is also the current and 1st ever Progress Wrestling Women's Champion.
Marti Belle, a.k.a. Martibel Payano is a 28 year old Dominican American professional wrestler, best known for working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) under the ring name Marti Bell. She is currently working on the American independent circuit under the ring name Marti Belle, for promotions including Evolve, Shimmer Women Athletes, Shine Wrestling and Women Superstars Uncensored (WSU), for which she is a former WSU Spirit Champion and a two–time WSU Tag Team Champion.
Lacey Evans, a.k.a. Macey Estrella is a 27 year old American professional wrestler and former former U.S. Marine and member of the Marine Corps SWAT team. Estrella trained under Tom Caiazzo at the American Premier Wrestling training facility in Statesboro, Georgia. She made her debut for the promotion in 2014.
Santana Garrett is a 29 year old American professional wrestler, valet and model. During her career, Garrett has wrestled in many independent promotions. She also performed in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. She has won many titles, national and international, such as the Shine Championship, the Shine Tag Team Championship or the Wonder of Stardom Championship.
Nicole Savoy a.k.a. Nicole Matthias is a 31 year old American female professional wrestler. She is most know for being a member of Trifecta (w/ Mercedes Martinez & Shayna Baszler) in Shimmer Women Athletes where she is the current Heart of Shimmer Champion.
Ayesha Raymond is 27 year old from London, England. She stands at 6' and was trained by Robbie Brookside, Saraya Knight, Paige and others. She has been active since 2009.
Reina González, a.k.a. Victoria Gonzalez is a 26 year old American wrestler currently signed to NXT. She is the daughter of Texan indie wrestler Ricky Gonzalez known in the ring as "Desperado" and a graduate of Texas A&M, majoring in Journalism. She also tried out for Tough Enough in 2015.
Shayna Baszler is a 36 year old American mixed martial artist and professional wrestler. She currently trains under former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett. Baszler gained recognition for her pseudo-chicken wing submission, the "Shwing." She is a member of the "Trifecta" along with Nicole Savoy and Mercedes Martinez in Shimmer Women Athletes and is widely known as one of the "Four Horsewomen of the UFC"
Piper Niven, a.k.a. Kimberly Benson, is a 26 year old Scottish female wrestler best known by her ring name Viper. She made her debut in wrestling in 2008. She was trained by local wrestling mentor Damian O'Connor and Mikey Whiplash. During October 20, 2014, Niven participated in the TNA British Boot Camp, competing with fellow UK wrestlers Nikki Storm, El Ligero, Noam Dar, Mark Andrews, Kay Lee Ray, Rampage Brown and Kris Travis.
Zeda a.k.a. Julia Ho, is a 30 year old American model, singer, mixed martial artist and professional wrestler. She is an undefeated mixed martial artist, holding a 2-0 record.
Rhea Ripley, a.k.a. Demi Bennett, is a 20 year old Australian wrestler working for the Australian promotion Riot City Wrestling. She has worked also for other Australian promotions such as Professional Wrestling Alliance.
Kavita Devi, a.k.a. Kavita Dalal, is a 34 year old Indian wrestler and weightlifter. She has trained under former WWE World Heavyweight Champ, The Great Khali. Her signing makes her the first female Indian wrestler in WWE history.
Sarah Logan, a.k.a. Sarah Bridges, better known as Crazy Mary Dobson, is a 23 year old American wrestler. She began her wrestling career in 2011, under the ring name Crazy Mary Dobson. She would then wrestle for various independent wrestling organizations across the United States including D1W, WCCW, APWA, UWF, ICW, WxW, JCW, SHIMMER, ROH and several others.
Bianca Belair, a.k.a. Bianca Blair, is a 28 year old American wrestler. She was a track and field player at the University of Tennessee and was named to the SEC's academic honor roll in 2011 and 2012. She was also a CrossFit competitor and powerlifter, having appeared in RX magazine, Femme Rouge magazine, and CrossFit.com.
Abbey Laith, a.k.a. Kimberly Frankele is a 27 year old American wrestler best known for her work on both the American and international independent circuit, as Kimber Lee, most notably as part of The Kimber Bombs alongside Cherry Bomb. Collectively, they have held both the Shine Tag Team Championship and the Shimmer Tag Team Championship at the same time. She has also formerly held the WSU Tag Team Championship along with Annie Social, and the Chikara Grand Championship as Princess Kimber Lee.
Candice LeRae, a.k.a. Candice Gargano, is a 31 year old Canadian-American professional wrestler. She is best known for her work on the American independent circuit, for promotions including Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) and Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW). She is a former one-time PWG World Tag Team Champion with Joey Ryan as The World's Cutest Tag Team. She is married to NXT star Johnny Gargano.
Mia Yim, a.k.a. Stephanie Bell is a 28 year old Korean-American professional wrestler best known for her time in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the ring name Jade, where she is a former one-time TNA Knockouts Champion. She is also known for her work as Mia Yim, having previously worked for national promotions such as Ring of Honor (ROH), and independent promotions such as Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), Shimmer Women Athletes, and Shine Wrestling. In Shine, she has previously held both the Shine Championship and the Shine Tag Team Championship with Leva Bates. In addition, she has wrestled in Japan for Reina Joshi Puroresu.
Miranda is a female American professional wrestler currently working on Booker T's Reality of Wrestling. She has also been featured on WWE, as a member of Adam Rose's Rosebuds entourage.
Renee Michelle is an American female professional wrestler. She made her debut in 2013 and has wrestled for many independent companies including Shine, Booker T's Reality of Wrestling and East Coast Wrestling Association to name a few. She has previously been seen on WWE TV as one of Adam Rose's Rosebuds.
Princesa Sugehit is a 37 year old Mexican luchadora enmascarada, or masked female professional wrestler. She is working for the Mexican professional wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL).
Mercedes Martinez is a 36 year old American professional wrestler, currently performing for Shimmer Women Athletes, as well as numerous independent promotions including World Xtreme Wrestling, Full Impact Pro, and Women Superstars Uncensored. She is the current and three-time WSU Champion, the current two-time Shimmer Champion., WXW Women's champion, nCw Female Champion, and one half of the current Shine Tag Team Champions.
Jazzy Gabert, a.k.a. Marie Kristin Gabert is a 35 year old German professional wrestler and mixed martial artist better known by the ring name Alpha Female. She is best known for working for World Wonder Ring Stardom and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). She is a professional powerful, strongwomen, and bodybuilder wrestler.
Taynara Conti is a 22 year old Brazilian professional wrestler, relatively new to sports-entertainment, having joined WWE last October with no previous in-ring experience. She holds a black-belt judoka and a blue belt in jiu-jitsu.
Kairi Sane, a.k.a. Kaori Housako, is a 28 year old Japanese professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Kairi Hojo. She made her debut in January 2012 for the World Wonder Ring Stardom promotion, where, over the next five years, she became a one-time World of Stardom Champion, three-time Goddess of Stardom Champion and a four-time Artist of Stardom Champion, while also winning the 2015 5★Star GP and 2016 Goddesses of Stardom Tag League.