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WWE Mae Young Classic Round One Review: Io Shirai shines in her WWE debut

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  • Show: WWE Mae Young Classic 
  • Location: Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida 
  • Date: Wednesday September 26, 2018 
  • Review by: Amin Ajani

Hiroyo Matsumoto def. Rachel Evers – Round One of the Mae Young Classic 

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2/4

Evers got a very good reaction when she came out and has great star potential. The match started with some aggressive chain wrestling. Evers and Matsumoto exchanged shoulder tackles. Evers delivered a basement dropkick for a near fall. Evers delivered a gutwrench suplex for a near fall. Matsumoto delivered a flying missile dropkick for a near fall.  Matsumoto placed Evers between the ropes and delivered strikes and followed up with a running splash. Matsumoto delivered a jumping double knees for a near fall. Evers caught Matsumoto coming off the ropes and delivered a spine buster. Evers and Matsumoto exchanged forearm strikes. Evers delivered a bicycle kick, a neck breaker and followed up with a running senton for a near fall. Evers delivered an STO and followed up with a jumping spinning leg drop for a near fall. Matsumoto delivered slaps and followed up with a running clothesline for a near fall. Matsumoto delivered a back elbow and followed up with a German suplex but Evers no sold it as the crowd cheered. Evers charged, delivered a bicycle kick but Matsumoto delivered a clothesline. Evers went for a shoulder breaker but Matsumoto countered by delivering a power bomb. Finish of the match came when Matsumoto delivered a Rock Drop for the win. 

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a great match and one of my favourite from round one as both Evers and Matsumoto worked really hard. Evers has a great confidence and her in-ring movement is very good. Was really fun to see Matsumoto compete in a WWE ring as she has great facial reactions and her ring technique is superb.)

Taynara Conti defeated Jessie Elaban – Round One of the Mae Young Classic

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️

The match started with some chain wrestling. Jessie delivered a back elbow, a head kick, a PK and followed up with a running back senton for a near fall. Conti delivered an STO for a near fall. Conti applied a wrist lock and then worked over the arm of Jessie who made a comeback by delivering forearms. Jessie delivered a slingshot, back-to-back dropkicks, a running forearm into the corner and followed up with an axe kick for a near fall. Finish of the match came when Conti delivered a spinning slam for the win. 

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a fine match between two NXT stars who aren’t showcased on NXT TV.)

Nicole Matthews def. Isla Dawn via Submission – Round One of the Mae Young Classic 

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️ 1/4

The match started with some chain wrestling. Dawn delivered a running double knees for a near fall. Matthews delivered a neck breaker in-between the ropes for a near fall. Matthews delivered strikes from the ring apron for a near fall. Dawn delivered leg kicks and followed up with a running knee. Dawn delivered a bicycle kick, a side suplex and followed up with a Fisherman’s suplex for a near fall. Dawn delivered an Olympic Slam (looked a little sloppy) for a near fall. Dawn delivered a knee strike but Matthews delivered a clothesline. Matthews then applied the Liontamer as Dawn tapped out. 

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a slow placed but a good hard hitting match as both Dawn and Matthews worked hard.)

Io Shirai def. Xia Brookside – Round One of the Mae Young Classic 

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

My favourite wrestler the Pirate Princess Kairi Sane was looking very cute and lovely sitting ringside and so was Robbie Brookside (the father of Xia.) Io Shirai came out and has such an amazing presence. Brookside delivered strikes, a head scissors but Shirai landed on her feet. Shirai delivered a running back elbow and followed up with strikes in the corner. Shirai delivered a slingshot double knees to Brookside into the turnbuckle. Brookside went for a strikes but Shirai countered into a crossface and had a smile on her face. Brookside delivered a jaw breaker and a face buster to Shirai who responded by delivering an uppercut. Shirai delivered a running double knees to Brookside into the corner and then called for her finisher as the crowd chanted “Io.” Showing everyone why she’s nicknamed the “Genius of the Sky” Io Shirai climbed the turnbuckle and delivered the most beautiful looking Asai Moonsault to Brookside for the win. 

(Amin’s Analysis: Xia Brookside is 19-year old, is already a great wrestler and will become a huge superstars. This was the Io Shirai show as she simply amazing and was such a joy to see my favourite wrestler finally compete inside a WWE ring. Shirai ring movement is flawless, her facial reactions are awesome and has amazing charisma. Shirai is also so cute, adorable and has the most beautiful smile.) 

-Overall: Evers and Matsumoto had the best match of the night but the highlight of round one was finally getting the chance to see my favourite wrestler the “Genius of the Sky” Io Shirai (who’s my pick to win the Mae Young Classic) compete inside a WWE ring. 


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