The list of names confirmed for this summer’s Mae Young Classic continues to grow as WWE’s Twitter feed for New Zealand announced Thursday that Evie will be participating in the tournament.
The 29-year-old New Zealand wrestler will be known as Dakota Kai in WWE.
— WWE New Zealand (@WWENZ) June 29, 2017
She also changed her Twitter account to reflect the name change.
— Dakota Kai 🌺 イーヴィー (@DakotaKai_WWE) June 24, 2017
News of Evie signing a contract with WWE was reported last December by Dave Meltzer in the Wresting Observer Newsletter. She reported to the WWE Performance Center a few weeks ago and wrestled her first match at Thursday’s NXT live event in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Working as a babyface, she teamed with Ruby Riot and Lacey Evans in a match Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose and Taynara Conti.
— Nerd Ferguson (@NerdxFerguson) June 30, 2017
Evie has been one of the standouts of the women’s wrestling scene outside of WWE, including appearances for Stardom in Japan over the last few years. She also appeared on an episode of NXT in October 2015 in a match against Nia Jax. The match was Jax’s first on television.