The field for the WWE's all-female tournament, the Mae Young Classic, apparently is taking shape.
Ten names reportedly have been confirmed for the tournament. PW Insider broke the news and is reporting the following individuals will be part of the 32-woman field:
Zhao Xia: the first Chinese female to sign a developmental contract with WWE, Xia reported to the Performance Center in February.
Mary Kate: Known as Rosie LottaLove in TNA, she took a prolonged hiatus from wrestling, during which she lost more than 100 pounds and reinvented herself as Andrea on the independent circuit and in Japan. This Team 3D Academy graduate has been working NXT live events for the past several months.
Bianca Blair: Another mainstay on live NXT events, Blair signed with WWE in April of last year.
Danielle Kamela: A former on-air personality for Fox Sports Arizona and cheerleader for the Arizona Cardinals, Kamela has made a couple of appearances on NXT TV. She was trained by Rikishi before signing with WWE.
Julia Ho: Trained by Brian Kendrick, Ho has modeling experience and is a former amateur MMA fighter.
Kimberly Frankele: Better known as Kimber Lee, the former CHIKARA Grand Champion signed at the same time Ruby Riot did and has been working NXT live events while also making a handful of appearances on NXT TV -- all in losses.
Lacey Evans: This ex-Marine has been on a few episodes of NXT and recently had a name change from her real name, Macey Estrella.
Victoria Gonzales: The daughter of Rudy Boy Gonzales, who is best known for co-running the Texas Wrestling Academy with Shawn Michaels, signed with WWE last year.
Sarah Logan: Known as Crazy Mary Dobson on the indies, she worked live NXT events as Sarah Bridges before being given the Logan surname prior to her debut on NXT TV.
Taynara Melo: A black-belt in judo originally from Brazil.
Tournament matches will be taped at the WWE facility at Full Sail University July 13-14. The matches are expected to be released in a batch on-demand through the WWE Network--unlike last year's Cruiserweight Classic, which was released on a weekly episodic basis. Also, as reported previously, the finals of the Mae Young Classic are slated to air live on the WWE Network on August 29. Jim Ross is expected to be part of the commentary team for the tourney.
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