11th Oct2018

‘Mae Young Classic 2018′ – Episode 6 Review

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s Mae Young Classic review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the second half of the second round here, so let’s see if we can get any more great wrestling like we did in last week’s main event.

Match #1: Io Shirai beat Zeuxis – Second-Round Match

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Just like it’s a bad idea to try to lecture Neil deGrasse Tyson about astrophysics, it’s unwise to take to the air against The Genius of the Sky. Zeuxis found this out in her duel with Io Shirai. Although Zeuxis controlled much of the action thanks to a punishing attack that included targeting Shirai’s shoulder and dumping Shirai on her head with a nasty Michinoku Driver, the luchadora erred when she took to the top rope. Zeuxis’ first misjudged a moonsault (Shirai’s preferred method for finishing off opponents) and wound up eating nothing but canvas. She rebounded enough to go for her signature top-rope maneuver, La Dulzura, moments later, but The Genius of the Sky countered with a hurricanrana that sent Zeuxis flying. Shirai then rammed her knees into the back of Zeuxis’ head like a battering ram before connecting with a moonsault of her own to claim the pinfall and secure her spot in the Quarterfinals.

Nathan’s Take: 2.5 out of 5 - This was a nice little match to open the card. This one went from move to move with at a frenzied pace, but felt like a bag of Doritos, rather than a plate of nachos, if you catch my drift… Tokyo Drift. I loved the moves they did and it is really cool to see women get to impress just like the men, but that also goes the other way when I want to see the women pace their matches better.

Match #2: Deonna Purrazzo beat Xia Li – Second-Round Match

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Xia Li’s self-described “spicy” style of combat is known to create pain for her opponents, but this week it was Deonna Purrazzo’s submission prowess that blew up the Scoville scale. This battle of NXT Superstars saw Purrazzo soften up Li’s left arm and shoulder in preparation for the Fujiwara Armbar. Li reversed The Virtuosa’s first attempt at the hold by rolling up Purrazzo for a near-fall. When the action returned to a standing base, Li used her educated feet to keep Purrazzo off-kilter. Her enthusiasm got the best of her, however, when she sprang off the turnbuckles at Purrazzo. In one smooth motion, The Virtuosa dodged the attack and swept Li into the Fujiwara Armbar. Purrazzo then amplified the hold by pulling Li’s other arm like a lever, almost causing Li’s elbows to touch behind her back. The painful twist did the job, and Li submitted. With the win, Purrazzo now moves on to face Io Shirai in the Quarterfinals.

Nathan’s Take: 3 out of 5 - This was a smarter match that favored Purrazzo, who has become a well-rounded athlete who can handle any challenge. I don’t mean to take any credit away from Xia, who worked hard here, but Purrazzo was the star here. I enjoyed the transitions from hold to hold and they really felt natural and crisp. This was a safe, yet enthralling little bout that kept the momentum of the card going.

Match #3: Tegan Nox beat Nicole Matthews – Second-Round Match

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Nicole Matthews is a cagey ring general, but all the veteran knowhow in the world couldn’t prepare her for the utter unpredictability of Tegan Nox’s Shining Wizard. Matthews seemed to have Nox’s number at various points in the match — for example, when she nailed Nox with a forearm blow as Nox soared through the ropes for a suicide dive. However, when Matthews went for a modified Boston Crab (the same move she used to defeat Isla Dawn in round one), Nox spun free, staggered Matthews with a headbutt and crushed her with a topsy-turvy cannonball. In the blink of an eye, Nox followed up with a Shining Wizard to crumble the double-tough Canadian and take the win. Nox now looks ahead to a Quarterfinal battle against the brooding Rhea Ripley.

Nathan’s Take: 2.5 out of 5 - There were lots of fun moments here, but the various pieces of this match felt less than the complete puzzle. The moves were exciting, but didn’t really lead to any-thing but a period of rest, or at least it felt that way. I liked the way they sold each other’s moves, which also kept the continuity going strong. I sound like I work for an anti-cancer foundation. Over-all, this was a fun match, but nothing more.

Match #4: Main Event – Mia Yim beat Kaitlyn – Second-Round Match

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It’s going to take more than a bad hand and the powerful opposition of Kaitlyn to stop Mia Yim. The Blasian Baddie, whose hand was bandaged after being injured in the First Round, pulled out the victory against the former Divas Champion in a gritty battle. The fight went back and forth, with each woman employing a targeted strategy: Yim focused her strikes on Kaitlyn’s leg, while Kaitlyn concentrated on twisting and torquing Yim’s hand and wrist. Both competitors unloaded their heaviest artillery late in the match. Kaitlyn tasted Sole Food, Yim’s foot-to-face signature move, but she kicked out. In an equally amazing act of resilience, Yim stayed alive after Kaitlyn mowed her down with the Spear. Even more incredibly, Yim had the wherewithal to slip on a kneebar moments later. With her legs twisted into a pretzel and with nowhere to go, Kaitlyn tapped out. Now that she’s eliminated the WWE veteran from the tournament, The Blasian Baddie prepares to meet Toni Storm in the Quarterfinals.

Nathan’s Take: 3 out of 5 - This was a simple main event that was based on Yim wearing down the former Diva’s Champion with submission maneuvers. Both of these women did well here and looked like consummate athletes. They kept the action taut and lean, which was a good change of pace from the previous three bouts on this card. This was a pretty good way to end the card.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a good card with good wrestling. Should I say good a third time? Good. This tournament has been consistently good the whole way through, with last week’s main event as the best part so far.

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