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The show opened with a recap of last year's tournament, which segued into a video of this year's competitors.
Michael Cole, Beth Phoenix, and Renee Young are the commentary team.
Tegan Nox defeated Zatara in a first round match
In her pre-match video package, the masked Zatara said she was the first Chilean wrestler in WWE history. Nox's video had plenty of footage from PROGRESS.
Nox was the crowd favorite as they exchanged holds early. Nox got the best of her at the start. Zatara reached out for a handshake, but she betrayed Nox by booting her in the gut.
Zatara began working on the knee that Nox injured before last year's tournament. Nox tried to shake it off during her comeback, the highlight of which was a diving crossbody off the top rope. Nox kicked out after a running double knees in the corner and picked up the win with a Shining Wizard!
A good, solid match to kick off the tournament. Nox will face the winner of the Isla Dawn vs. Nicole Matthews first round match.
Ember Moon and Alexa Bliss were shown applauding in the audience.
Rhea Ripley defeated MJ Jenkins in a first round match
Ripley said she made a fool out of herself last year, but this is the darker version of her.
Ripley refused the pre-match handshake -- and it was on. Jenkins was moving and grooving until she was on the apron and went to jump back in the ring, with Ripley dropkicking her and sending her crashing and burning onto the mats outside the ring. Ripley dominated Jenkins, who did a great job selling. Ripley used the abdominal stretch and dug her elbow right into the ribs.
Jenkins screamed to the heavens as she started her comeback. She hit a high kick and this time connected with the springboard dropkick on Ripley for a two count. Jenkins seemed primed for another big move, but Ripley hit a pumphandle powerbomb for the pin.
Ripley will face the winner of Kacy Catanzaro vs. Reina Gonzalez.
Lacey Lane defeated Vanessa Kraven in a first round match
Lio Rush was shown ringside before this match.
Lane is the hometown favorite. She's from Winter Park, Florida and has been in wrestling for two years. Kraven, however, is six feet tall and a 14-year veteran from Montreal. She's competed all over Canada, Japan, and the United States.
Lane may be a foot (or so) shorter, but she can get her foot high, as she kicked Kraven right in the head. She also used an ugly looking multiple-springboard move, but it still did the trick. They ended up outside the ring, but that was for the worse. Kraven caught Lane and hung her upside down from the top rope. Kraven stalked Lane around the ring, using chops and an over-the-shoulder backbreaker.
Lane tried to fight back and kicked out after a Black Hole Slam, which got the crowd chanting for her. Kraven missed a cannonball splash (that she had hit earlier) and got upset when Lane used a crucifix pin for the win.
Kraven couldn't believe it and neither could the Full Sail crowd. Lane will now face the winner of Taynara Conti vs. Jessie Elaban.
Shadia Bseiso interviewed Natalya, who was really happy to be here and said she was rooting for both Mia Yim and Io Shirai to win.
Meiko Satomura defeated Killer Kelly in a first round match
Want to know how long Satomura has been wrestling? In 1996 and 1997 she lost matches on WCW television, including to Toshie Uematsu on Nitro. Funaki and Tye Dillinger watched from ringside for the main event. Killer Kelly has been wrestling two years but has already competed for NXT UK, Rev Pro, Pro Wrestling EVE, and wXw.
Kelly used her superior speed, but once Satomura got her hands on her, she was twisted like a pretzel. Satomura locked on a single-legged crab and turned that into the best looking STF you've seen on WWE TV in 13 years. Kelly was used as a kick pad, as Satomura kicked her in every exposed inch of her body. Kelly came back with a suplex and went for a pump kick, but Satomura used an uppercut. Satomura also used a handspring into a double knee drop.
Kelly got the nearest of near falls with a Perfect Plex, which inspired a "This is Awesome" chant. Satomura was tired of the games and hit a nice looking Death Valley Driver for the pin.
Satomura will face the winner of Ashley Rayne vs. Mercedes Martinez.
So, that does it from night one of the Mae Young Classic. Thank you for reading and I'll see you again next week!