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Mae Young Classic 2018 Semi-Final Round Match
Toni Storm vs. Meiko Satomura
The match begins with Satomura and Storm doing a little work on each others arms, Satomura takes Storm down with a headlock. Storm gets free and she applies a headlock to Satomura, Satomura gets free and she holds Storm down. The competitors separate and Storm reapplies the headlock to Satomura, Satomura gets free and Storm drops her with a kick to the face for a near fall. Storm keeps Satomura down while kicking and stomping away on her, Storm then hits Satomura with a few headbutts. Storm then hits Satomura with a snap suplex for a near fall, Satomura fights back and she destroys Storm with a plethora of kicks. Satomura would then apply a modified figure four leg lock to Storm, Satomura transitions to a trailer hitch and Storm gets to the ropes.
Satomura continues attacking Storm with kicks to the legs, Satomura corners Storm before landing a running forearm strike. Storm fights back and Satomura drills her with a spinning heel kick, Storm surprises Satomura with a roll up before applying an STF to her. Satomura eventually gets to the ropes to break the submission hold, Storm then nails a cornered Satomura with a running butt smash followed by a fisherman suplex for a near fall. Storm knocks Satomura out of the ring and she takes her out with a suicide dive, Storm gets Satomura in the ring before landing a shining wizard for a near fall. Storm follows that up by kicking away at an angry Satomura, Satomura gets up and she hits Storm with a knee strike followed by a DDT. Satomura follows that up by nailing Storm with a handstand double knee strike, Satomura hits Storm with a death valley driver for a near fall.
Satomura goes for a knee strike and Storm counters with a release German suplex, Storm then hits Satomura with a Storm Zero for a near fall. Storm goes for another Storm Zero and Satomura escapes to land some kicks for a near fall, Satomura then hits Storm with a Scorpio Kick for another near fall. Satomura goes for a death valley driver and Storm counters with another Storm Zero for the three count.
Winner: Toni Storm
After the match, Kairi Sane presents some flowers to Toni Storm, while Triple H embraces Meiko Satomura on the stage.
- Toni Storm is interviewed after the match, Storm talks about beating a legend in Meiko Satomura and says he is living her dream.
Mae Young Classic 2018 Semi-Final Round Match
Io Shirai vs. Rhea Ripley
The match begins with Ripley shoving Shirai to the mat a few times, Shirai fights back and Ripley quickly drops her for a near fall. Ripley keeps Shirai down while attacking her with strikes, Ripley holds Shirai down while squeezing on her midsection. Shirai gets free and Ripley kicks her right in the back, Ripley starts focusing her attack on the back of Shirai. Ripley applies a modified abdominal stretch to a downed Shirai, Shirai fights back and Ripley assaults her with a series of strikes before applying the body scissors. Ripley releases that hold and she nails Shirai with a drop kick for a near fall, Ripley follows that up by landing a delayed vertical suplex for a near fall. Ripley reapplies a body scissors to a downed Shirai, Shirai attacks Ripley with a plethora of strikes to get free.
Shirai shocks Ripley with a hurricaran for a near fall, Shirai then uses a drop kick to knock Ripley out of the ring. Shirai follows that up by taking Ripley out with a suicide dive, Ripley recovers and she slams Shirai on the arena floor. Shirai gets back in the ring and Ripley attacks her injured back with a ton of strikes, Shirai and Ripley have a striking exchange until Shirai knocks Ripley into the ropes with some uppercuts. Shirai then hits Ripley with a 619 followed by a missile drop kick for a near fall, Shirai goes back to the top rope and Ripley crotches her. Ripley meets Shirai on the ropes and she nails Shirai with a superplex for a near fall, Ripley for her finisher and Shirai escapes to send Ripley into the ring post. Shirai then hits Ripley with a running double knee strike followed by a moonsault for the three count.
Winner: Io Shirai
After the match, Triple H embraces Rhea Ripley on the stage before Kairi Sane presents Io Shirai with some flowers.
- Io Shirai is interviewed after the match, who thanks everybody before saying she’ll win the 2018 Mae Young Classic.
- Toni Storm & Io Shirai have a face off on the stage as Triple H, Sara Amato and Kairi Sane look on.