Meiko is coming back for more!
The 2018 Mae Young Classic tournament has concluded with 32 women having been showcased on a global stage. The finals of the tournament took place at WWE 'Evolution' and it was Toni Storm defeating Io Shirai in the finals to become the second-winner of the Mae Young Classic. In the crowd watching that match were the likes of Tegan Nox, NXT U.K. Women's Champion Rhea Ripley and former World Of STARDOM Champion Meiko Satomura who was beaten by Toni Storm in the semifinals of the tournament.
The commentators as well as the fans praised Meiko for her performance in the M.Y.C. and Meiko plans on showing the WWE Universe more of what she can do in 2019. During an interview with Yahoo! Japan, Meiko stated that the level is completely different in WWE and she will cross the ocean to fight in America next year.
(Translation by Instagram user @dartvader_one)
“The level is completely different, I want to be there, I feel I can not stay in Japan forever. When the opportunity arises, of course, I will cross the ocean to fight there next year.” She continued, “I want to have a challenge to challenge the new generation. If I win here it will be the perfect ending of a great year. After that I will give momentum to the WWE re-entry in 2019, continue fighting in Japan and aim for the top of the world."
Satomura was asked for her thoughts on the RAW Women's Champion Ronda Rousey and Meiko stated that it is a realistic goal of hers to battle Ronda and that Ronda has a certain aura about her that no one else has.
“I had never seen a fighter who emitted such an aura,” she said. “I want to fight against her at the top. It's not a dream, it's a realistic goal.”
To hear some opinions on this year's Mae Young Classic tournament, check out the Fightful Select service where Mr. Warren Hayes reviewed the Mae Young Classic and is currently reviewing NXT, 205 Live and NXT U.K.