Mae Young Classic 2018 Results: Winners, Grades and Highlights from September 19

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2018

Mae Young Classic 2018 Results: Winners, Grades and Highlights from September 19

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    Allysin Kay and Mia Yim
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    WWE moved 205 Live to Wednesday nights, which means "hump day" now contains three hours of wrestling with the cruiserweights, NXT and the Mae Young Classic.

    This week was the third episode of the tournament, and it featured some familiar names from both WWE and MYC past alongside some new talents.

    Former Divas champion Kaitlyn made her return to a WWE ring as the only competitor in the entire tournament to have held a title with the company, so there was more pressure on her than most of the performers to put on a good show.

    Several competitors from last year's tournament and a handful of fresh faces from the independent scene joined her.

    Let's go through each match from the third episode of the 2018 Mae Young Classic.

Kaitlyn vs. Kavita Devi

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    The first match of the night featured two faces familiar to the WWE Universe. Kaitlyn returned to a WWE ring for the first time in four years to battle Kavita Devi, who participated in last year's MYC.

    The former Divas champion offered a handshake as a sign of respect, but Devi refused to make sure the crowd knew she was the heel in this scenario.

    Kaitlyn has kept herself in great shape since leaving the company in 2014, but she showed a bit of expected ring rust. She didn't make any major mistakes, but you could tell she was still getting used to being back in the ring.

    This wasn't a particularly long match, but it allowed both women to show off some of their power moves. Kaitlyn scored the win with a Spear to advance to the second round.


    Grade: C+


    Notes and Highlights

    • Devi is the first female wrestler from India to earn a WWE contract. A few other Indian wrestlers from NXT were at ringside to cheer her on.
    • Devi looked good in this match, but she needs to work on her footwork. She looked a little sloppy at times.
    • The "Welcome back" chants must have made Kaitlyn feel good about returning. The WWE Universe wasn't always kind to her during her first run, so it's nice to see her being shown some respect.

Jinny vs. Toni Storm

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    WWE has already signed Jinny to an NXT UK contract, but the real selling point for this match was the New Zealand-born Toni Storm.

    These two are familiar with each other from their time working for Progress Wrestling, so they came into this bout with a level of established chemistry.

    Storm had the crowd on her side from start to finish, but Jinny may have earned a few fans after delivering a good performance.

    However, Storm was too much for her in this encounter. Last year's MYC semifinalist picked up the victory with a Tiger Driver Powerbomb.


    Grade: B-


    Notes and Highlights

    • The IIconics were shown at ringside cheering on Storm.
    • Storm's attire was inspired by Harley Quinn, just as Cedric Alexander's was on this week's 205 Live. WWE Superstars love Dr. Quinzel.
    • Jinny had some unique offense throughout the match. She is someone to keep an eye on in the UK division.

Karen Q vs. Xia Li

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    Xia Li was eliminated in the first round of last year's tournament by Mercedes Martinez, so she was looking for redemption against Karen Q in the third match of the evening.

    Q was born in the United States, but both women were proudly displaying their Chinese heritage during their pre-match interviews.

    Instead of the usual handshake, they bowed to show their respect for each other before engaging in an exchange of kicks. Then Q slapped Li in the face and threw respect out the window.

    Q missed a frog splash and allowed Li to nail a twisting kick to the back for the pin and the win. With a few more minutes, this could have been a much better match.

    Despite the sign of disrespect earlier, Q and Li bowed to each other and embraced after the bout to show there were no hard feelings.


    Grade: C+


    Notes and Highlights

    • Li's entrance was great. She had good music, and the fan routine she performed was unique to her character.
    • Q showed some nice acrobatic skills when she was in control.
    • Aubrey Edwards made her debut as a WWE official in this match, joining Jessika Carr as one of the only female referees in the company.

Mia Yim vs. Allysin Kay

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    Allysin Kay was introduced to the WWE Universe in the final match of the episode against one of last year's MYC favorites, Mia Yim.

    WWE did a great job establishing a history between them on the indy scene with a video package. It gave us a good idea of who Kay is and why she hates Yim.

    This was a more physical contest than the three previous matches in this episode, which is exactly why WWE chose it to end the show.

    The crowd was fired up for this one, and the women in the ring did not let it down. After putting on a good show, Yim was able to defeat Kay with a boot-to-the-face finisher Michael Cole referred to as Sole Food.


    Grade: A-


    Notes and Highlights

    • Shelton Benjamin was there to support Yim by sitting in the front row. These two have a long history of messing with each other on social media.
    • The way Kay tackled Yim to send her out of the ring was impressive.
    • Yim went for a chop and ended up hitting the ring post. She sold the pain perfectly.
    • They got a "This is awesome" chant after Yim hit a sunset powerbomb.

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