If you didn’t know, the WWE have just concluded a historic tournament, The Mae Young Classic, and after a grueling few rounds, The Pirate Princess, Kairi Sane came out on top of The Queen of Spades, Shayna Baszler, in a fairly gripping finale contest. The well travelled, and very popular, Sane came out on top following a beautiful Insane Elbow, making for a beautiful moment, and a great end to a great tournament. That tournament win etched her name in history as the inaugural winner of this competition, she also got great trophy and a kick-start to her career in the WWE. But wrestling is all about thinking ahead, so what’s next for the Japanese sensation?
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Thankfully, we didn’t have to wait long for our answer. The Game, Triple H—who is responsible for the Cruiserweight Classic, U.K Championship Tournament and now the Mae Young Classic—announced that she will challenge for the NXT Women’s Championship at NXT Takeover: Houston, the night before Survivor Series. This clears up a lot of speculation that surrounded the WWE heading into this tournament, as there was word that the winner could just be presented the title belt. Given all the work that the women in NXT do, that would have been disrespectful to them, and in the end, the right decision was made.
While that makes it clear that the WWE have big plans in store for Sane, it doesn’t tell us much about the other competitors from the tournament, and their future in the WWE, as there are several women like Candice LeRae, Toni Storm, the Runner-Up Shayna Baszler, Dakota Kai, and Mercedes Martinez that certainly deserve to stick around in NXT, so we hope to have answers on that in the very near future.
Aside from the fates of the other women from the competition, there is one more question that needs to be answered. Who will be battling Kairi Sane for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship? There are a lot of options, and with the event not being until Nov.18, 2017, NXT will have quite a long time to figure that one out, but you have to assume that Ember Moon, Nikki Cross, or Ruby Riot will be the front runners. The WWE may surprise us all and go for someone that just competed in the Mae Young Classic, or an up and comer from the NXT women's division, but the safe money is on one of those three women.
So what do you think of this idea? Should Sane have been handed the title after winning the MYC or is this a good move? And who do you think should be the challenger for the new Japanese sensation in WWE come Nov. 18, 2017, in Houston, Texas?