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Figure Four Weekly 9/4/2017: Women's wrestling takes another step forward with Mae Young Classic


With everything but the final now having aired, the Mae Young Classic has again challenged whether women's wrestling occupies enough of the current WWE landscape.

The matches went about as well as could be expected. There were few bad ones, a handful of standouts, and a ton of pretty good matches. The 32-competitor field showcased female wrestlers of varying skill sets -- from one participant having their literal first professional match (Xia Li) to veterans finally getting their first chance in a WWE ring after lengthy careers.

Like with the Cruiserweight Classic, that diverse lineup of talent was one of the more fun aspects of the tournament. The initial round provided a quick first look at the participants as everyone tried hard to make the most of their limited time.

Some of those wrestlers were more ready than others, but there were highlight performances from some who haven't even become regulars on NXT television yet. Bianca Belair in particular looked like a future star and Taynara Conti showed a ton of potential.

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