2017 Mae Young Classic: Full Field Revealed by WWE

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2017

Wrestler Ryan Reeves, left, known as Ryback, stands over Mark Henry during their match Sunday, April 7, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J., during the WWE Wrestlemania 29 event. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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WWE formally announced the 32-woman field for the Mae Young Classic, which will air on the WWE Network beginning Aug. 28.

The company showcased each one of the competitors in a parade of champions at Full Sail University:

The full list of wrestlers is below:

Mae Young Classic Entrants

  • Shayna Baszler
  • Marti Belle
  • Kairi Sane
  • Mercedes Martinez
  • Nicole Savoy
  • Toni Storm
  • Mia Yim
  • Candice LeRae
  • Sage Beckett
  • Princesa Sugehit
  • Bianca Belair
  • Tessa Blanchard
  • Serena Deeb
  • Vanessa Borne
  • Taynara Conti
  • Kavita Devi
  • Lacey Evans
  • Rachel Evers
  • Jazzy Gabert
  • Santana Garrett
  • Reina Gonzalez
  • Dakota Kai
  • Abbey Laith
  • Xia Li
  • Sarah Logan
  • Renee Michelle
  • Piper Niven
  • Kay Lee Ray
  • Ayesha Raymond
  • Rhea Ripley
  • Miranda Salinas
  • Zeda

The Mae Young Classic comes a little over a year after the Cruiserweight Classic, which was won by T.J. Perkins. Attempting to build on the momentum of the event, WWE established a cruiserweight division, which has arguably failed to retain that momentum.

The Mae Young Classic is a bit different in that WWE is already reaping the rewards of its increased emphasis on women's wrestling.

The tournament will be a great opportunity for WWE to introduce fans to the next generation of female stars in the company, and it comes at a time when NXT's women division is still struggling with depth from the promotions of Carmella, Bayley, Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks, Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Nia Jax to the main roster.

The Mae Young Classic will culminate in a live championship match Sept. 12 at 10 p.m. ET on the WWE Network.

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