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  • Killam’s Mae Young Classic Recap & Review – Episode #1: Serena Deeb’s Journey to Redemption, Shayna Baszler Dominates, Jazzy Has Arrived 0 CommentsPosted by Chris Low on August 28, 2017 under Wrestling

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    The first four episodes of the Mae Young Classic have dropped on the WWE Network, featuring all 16 matches of the first round. Wrestlezone’s Mike Killam will be dropping a full recap and review of each episode every day this week Monday through Thursday, starting with episode one below.

    Episode #1

    WWE Hall of Famers Jim Ross and Lita welcome us to the debut episode of the first ever Mae Young Classic.

    KAY LEE RAY vs. PRINCESA SUGEHIT

    A video package informs us that Princesa Sugehit got the “Princesa” in her name because she was the only woman at the gym she trained at. The 21-year veteran is proud to be representing Mexico in this tournament. Kay Lee was described as a high-flying daredevil with a solid base of strikes and submissions as well, with footage shown of her SHIMMER matches.

    A handshake started off our first match as the crowd broke into a “Kay Lee Ray” chant. Sugehit fired off with rapid strikes and went for a series of early pins. Kay Lee stopped a sunset flip and turned it into a Gory Special, but the lucha princess countered into an impressive flip powerbomb. Sugehit went back to the strikes but Kay Lee caught her with a knee to the midsection, followed up with a running Flatliner and immediately transitioned into a Koji Clutch! Princesa slowly fought out of the hold and continued her assault with stiff kicks, throwing in an impressive headscissors takedown for good measure. Kay Lee got her in the Gory Special for a second time, but this time slammed her down hard with a Gory Bomb for a very close nearfall. She climbed the ropes looking for a Swanton Bomb but came up empty, and Sugehit immediately applied an armbar forcing her opponent to tap out.

    Princesa Sugehit def. Kay Lee Ray via submisson at 6:10. 

    KILLAM: A fun opening match that showcased a great deal from both competitors. They got a lot accomplished in a short six-minute window, which is going to be a major test for everyone in the first round. It was clear the crowd expected Kay Lee to win here (I’m a little surprised myself) but they still offered Sugehit a respectful round of applause after the bout. Kay Lee has a tremendous upside as there’s aren’t many women in WWE as well-rounded, with the more advanced submissions, striking combinations, high-flying stuff and that Gory Special/Bomb that nobody else is doing right now.

    SERENA DEEB vs. VANESSA BORNE

    A video package tells us that Borne is a former dancer and NFL cheerleader. She’s playing a traditional Diva-style heel and actually stated that nobody in the Mae Young Classic is as good as her. They mentioned Deeb as a part of the Straight Edge Society with CM Punk and referenced the alcohol use that led to her firing, as well as her seven tours in Japan.

    They jockeyed for position to start things off, with Serena taking her down from behind and firing off with two quick arm drags. She went out to the apron but Borne caught her with a headbutt, as JR referenced her Samoan heritage. Borne brought her opponent back into the ring and went to work in the corner before slowing things down with a side headlock. After a beat Deeb struggled out of the hold with a big back suplex, staying on top of her with a facebuster and gutbuster, but couldn’t pick up the pin. She hit a three-point stance and waited for her opening, but crashed and burned looking for a spear going shoulder first into the ring post. Borne dragged her back to the center and hit a swinging neckbreaker that looked to be the finish, but Serena got her shoulder up just before the three. She fired off with a series of mounted punches and connected with a Samoan Drop, but again Serena kicked out. Borne let the frustration get to her and lost track of what she was doing, and Deeb took advantage flying off the ropes with a spear to pick up the win.

    Serena Deeb def. Vanessa Borne by pinfall at 6:05

    KILLAM: This was okay. Vanessa seems to have a grasp of the fundamentals and didn’t look bad out there. They kept it simple and worked at a slow pace, focussing on Borne’s strength and Samoan offense, which is a smart and easy role to play when you only have about 18 months of experience. She has a ways to go still but you can tell there’s talent and a lot of potential there. Serena played underdog, which was fine as they’re playing up her journey of redemption. 

    SHAYNA BASZLER vs. ZEDA

    The video package gives us a look at Zeda, who says she was bullied all her life and began training in martial arts to become the super hero she always needed growing up. They hyped up Shayna’s lengthy career in MMA, showing Ronda Rousey and Marina Shafir of the Four Horsewomen sitting at ringside.

    Shayna refused to shake her opponent’s hand before the match and shot in looking for the takedown as soon as the bell rang. Zeda came back with her own submission attempts and the two went back and forth looking to catch the other. Zeda went for a front-mounted choke but Baszler powered her straight up into the air, dropped her down almost into a Bubba Bomb and applied a rear naked choke for the quick submission!

    Shayna Baszler def. Zeda via submission at 2:20. 

    KILLAM: This was really fun for all of two minutes that it lasted. They tried to bring in elements of MMA with Baszler looking for takedowns and Zeda even staying on the mat trying to trap her. Definitely different than anything else you’re going to see in the first round. As much as I really wanted to see more of Zeda the quick finish was totally unexpected, came off great and made Shayna look like a dominant force to be reckoned with. 

    ABBEY LAITH vs. JAZZY GABERT

    Jazzy is not here to have fun, she’s here to bring the destruction and destroy little girls. Good lord. Abbey (the former Kimber Lee) noted that her Alligator Clutch was passed down from Mae Young to her trainers, and then on to her, so she feels like she’s carrying on her spirit in this tournament named after the WWE Hall of Famer.

    The reacted immediately to the very sight of Jazzy, who started literally throwing around her opponent like a rag doll as soon as the bell rang. Full Sail loves this woman already. Abbey used her quickness to avoid a few kicks and tried to play some mind games, but it didn’t work out well for her. Jazzy took things to the mat and applied an Anaconda Vice, nearly ripping her opponent’s head off in the process. Laith broke the hold with a headscissors, but the German powerhouse just turned it back into another submission hold. She continued with big shoulders in the corner and fired off with some brutal rights and lefts that looked more effective than Conor McGregor’s. Abbey fought back and the crowd got behind her; Jazzy did not like that one bit and destroyed her with a stiff right hook that you could hear echo around the building. Laith dodged a splash in the corner and got a choke over the top rope to finally give herself some space. She started throwing kicks trying to chop the big redwood down, but couldn’t pick up the pinfall. Jazzy caught her on the top rope but Laith wriggled free and connected with a variety of kicks all over the body including a scissors kick to the face. She went up top a second time and this time got the Swanton Bomb, but it wasn’t enough. Gabert exploded out of the corner with a massive lariat turning her opponent inside out. She looked to put things away with a crucifix powerbomb, but Laith rolled through and got the Alligator Roll to steal the win!

    Abbey Laith def. Jazzy Gabert via pinfall at 7:10. 

    KILLAM: What an awesome main event. The crowd was on fire and loved both these women, reacting perfectly to Jazzy’s brutal Ivan Drago persona and brutal offense, cheering on the NXT underdog to a great victory. Everything Jazzy did looked like it took a year off her opponent’s lifespan, and she got the best reaction out of anyone on this first episode. She’s going to be a massive star, and it’s a shame we won’t get to see more of her throughout the rest of this tournament. 

    FINAL THOUGHTS

    This was an excellent way to kick off the Mae Young Classic and sell people on coming back for more, even if there’s already three more episodes to watch given their choice of distribution model.

    Jim Ross and Lita were solid on commentary, adding insight and backstory to each match without taking away from the in-ring performances. The graphics were sharp, and the video packages before every single match gave you much-needed information so that every bout felt important.

    All eight of the competitors so far shined in their own way working a lot of action and personality into some relatively short matches. When you have to narrow down 32 people to a field of 16 in a very short amount of time, the first thing sacrificed is obviously the length of the matches, which can make it tough to establish new talent and tell any kind of story. So far nobody has let that hold them back. Even Zeda, who was only given about two minutes to work and lost, managed to showcase some impressive skill and a personality that makes me want to see more of her. Nobody came off as a throw-away first round filler, which was something I had complained about during the opening weeks of the Cruiserweight Classic.

    I don’t know that WWE expected Jazzy to be such a break-out star, or she may have been booked differently. Expect her to show up in NXT as quickly as humanly possible. If I had one very minor complaint it’s just we won’t get to see all of these women advance (in particular Kay Lee Ray and Jazzy), but that’s a very good place to be in.

    We’re off to a great start!

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  • World’s Slowest Push-Up Record Might Not Carry Much Weight 0 CommentsPosted by Greg Couch on April 15, 2011 under Golf

    For martial arts expert John Mirrione, the quickest way into the record books may be to do the world’s slowest push-up.

    Mirrione, 45, is on a nine-city campaign to stop bullying in schools and feels the…

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  • Greg Jackson Evangelizes for MMA on Local TV 0 CommentsPosted by Amy K. Nelson on January 19, 2011 under MMA

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    This local TV news interview with mixed martial arts coach Greg Jackson doesn’t break any news for anyone who follows the sport, but it’s interesting for a few reasons anyway.

    For starters, it’s a reminder of how far MMA is from being mainstream: When a local channel (in this case, KRQE in Albuquerque) does a show on MMA, they feel the need to spend a full minute telling the viewers to brace themselves because it’s “not for the faint of heart.” It’s just assumed that most of the viewers will have no idea what MMA is, and will be turned off when they see the footage.

    But once we get that bit of unpleasantness out of the way, the interview is also interesting because Jackson does such an impressive job of portraying MMA as a cerebral exercise, not a violent competition.

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  • 2011: Year of the Heavyweight 0 CommentsPosted by Scott Schroeder on January 12, 2011 under MMA

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    If 2011 goes as planned, we’ll see more good, competitive, high-level mixed martial arts fights than we’ve ever seen in any year of the sport’s existence.

    Strikeforce’s eight-man heavyweight tournament was getting all the headlines last week, but the UFC did a nice job of bouncing back with the news that Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos will coach the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter, that Shane Carwin expects to return in June, and that Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson and Stefan Struve vs. Travis Browne are slated for May.

    Assuming a best-case scenario for both promotions, we’ll have good heavyweight fights from Strikeforce, the UFC or both every month for the next 10 months or so, culminating with the return of Cain Velasquez and the Strikeforce tournament final toward the end of the year. Remember, I started this with an “If”: Looking ahead to fights that we hope to see in the future is always risky business. But below we’ll look at the fights that will make this the year of the heavyweight.

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  • UFC to Announce Formal Intent to Bring Event to New York 0 CommentsPosted by Chris Burke on January 11, 2011 under MMA

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    Madison Square GardenIt looks like the UFC has its New Year’s Resolution.

    Just a few days into 2011, the Nevada-based promotion will formally announce its intent to bring mixed martial arts to New York as soon as possible during a Thursday press conference at Madison Square Garden.

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  • UFC 125 Results: Clay Guida Submits Takanori Gomi 0 CommentsPosted by admin on January 2, 2011 under MMA

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    Clay Guida earned what may have been the biggest win of his mixed martial arts career on Saturday night, forcing the former Pride lightweight champion Takanori Gomi to tap out to a guillotine choke at UFC 125.

    “Anything’s possible,” Guida said afterward. “Gomi, you’re a beast.”

    The win improves Guida’s professional MMA record to 28-11 and showed once again why he’s one of the most popular fighters in the UFC’s lightweight division. Gomi falls to 32-7.

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  • Yasubey Enomoto Wanted to Be a Chef, Not a Fighter 0 CommentsPosted by Matt Steinmetz on December 28, 2010 under MMA

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    TOKYO — Yasubey Enomoto seemingly came from nowhere but quickly made his presence on the Japanese scene as he took out Grabaka boss Sanae Kikuta, Kenta Takagi and Taisuke Okuno in dominating fashion.

    During his preparations for his Dec. 30 welterweight GP final bout with Keita “K-Taro” Nakamura at Sengoku: Soul of Fight, the Swiss prospect spoke candidly with MMA Fighting at Brave Gym in Adachi-ku, Tokyo about training with his brother in a garage in Z?rich, his take on the philosophy of fighting and why he doesn’t consider mixed martial arts to be a real sport.

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  • Randy Couture No Closer to Retirement Decision 0 CommentsPosted by Randy Kim on December 15, 2010 under MMA

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    On Tuesday night, Randy Couture caused a bit of havoc in the mixed martial arts world when the legend posted a message on his Twitter account that seemed to hint he was hanging up his gloves for good.

    Couture wrote: “Thanks to everybody who’s been tweeting about seeing my fights. I must have missed the memo :) I think I’m at the end of it Yall [sic]. It’s time.”

    But fans who read the message as Couture announcing his retirement from the sport may be jumping the gun.

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  • 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Armchair Guide 0 CommentsPosted by Milton Kent on December 7, 2010 under MMA

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    The K-1 World Grand Prix is the most prestigious martial arts tournament on the planet. A time-honored tradition since 1993, only seven men have shared the honor of being crowned the K-1 Grand Prix champion. Who will be crowned the 2010 King of Kings?

    Check out my analysis of the quarterfinalists below.

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  • The MMA Hour With Overeem, ‘Shaolin,’ Quadros, Ratner, Fowlkes 0 CommentsPosted by Yahoo! Sports - NHL News on November 15, 2010 under MMA

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    Monday’s live edition of The MMA Hour will feature five guests from around the mixed martial arts world.

    * We will first be joined in studio by lightweight Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro, who faces Justin Wilcox in the main event of Strikeforce Challengers this Friday night on Showtime.

    * Then, we will talk to Alistair Overeem about his run in the K-1 Grand Prix and when he expects to compete in MMA again.

    * Showtime commentator Stephen Quadros will stop by to preview Friday night’s show and talk about other Strikeforce-related news.

    * Marc Ratner, the UFC’s VP of regulatory affairs, will discuss the organization’s second trip to Germany for UFC 122 and other UFC-related news.

    * And MMA Fighting’s own Ben Fowlkes will help look back at UFC 122 and preview this weekend’s UFC 123 event.

    And of course, we’ll be taking your calls. Give us a shout at: 212-254-0193 or 212-254-0237.

    Watch the show live below beginning at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT. Download previous episodes of The MMA Hour on iTunes here.

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