NXT’s Rhea Ripley will make her second appearance in the Mae Young Classic, competing alongside 31 other women on the WWE Network later this year.
Coming on the heels of WWE’s announcement that one-time Divas Champion Kaitlyn will compete in the Mae Young Classic, Ripley’s hometown newspaper, The Advertiser in Adelaide, South Australia, reported today that the 21-year-old WWE Performance Center recruit will also take part in the international tournament.
— Sean Fewster (@SeanFewster) July 12, 2018
Signed to the WWE Performance Center last year, Ripley entered the first Mae Young Classic as the youngest competitor in the field.
In her first-ever match for WWE, the 5-foot-7 powerhouse defeated American wrestler Miranda Salinas with a full-nelson slam in the First Round before falling to New Zealand’s Dakota Kai in a closely fought match in the Second Round.
The hard-hitting Ripley, who began wrestling as a teenager and competed in Japan before joining NXT, is considered one of the strongest women in the WWE Performance Center weight room.
In addition to a wide arsenal of power moves, Ripley boasts striking ability, which can be traced back to her extensive background in soccer.
The Mae Young Classic will be taped on August 8 and 9 at Full Sail Live in Orlando, Florida. According to WWE.com, the 32-woman tournament will premiere on the WWE Network “later this summer.”