Even though Asuka relinquished her NXT Women's Championship belt, Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer says the next winner of the Mae Young Classic will not receive the title.
NXT general manager William Regal hasn't made a decision on if the winner of the tournament to be the next woman to hold the title, according to Meltzer.
It only makes sense to give the winner of the Mae Young Classic the title, and that's what Regal was thinking of doing, but now it looks like he's changed his mind. Meltzer does believe that things could change, but it doesn't seem likely as of right now.
One thing we do know is that the finals for the Mae Young Classic are now set after Shayna Baszler defeated Mercedes Martinez. Baszler took down Martinez for good with a suplex that she ended up turning into a rear naked choke.
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Baszler is 37 years-old and has a background in mixed martial arts like Ronda Rousey, who is a part of the UFC Four Horsewomen. She was with Strike Force as well as the UFC from 2013 to 2015. Baszler participated in 26 total MMA fights and has a record of 15-11. Baszler just started her wrestling career in 2015 in the independent circuit.
The other Mae Young Classic semifinal match saw Kairi Sane defeat Toni Storm.
Sane helped beat Storm by using a Ricky Steamboat-like dive from the top rope. But the thing that put her over the top was a wicked spinning reverse knife edge and then a cross-legged Boston crab. Then Sane finished Storm off with an elbow drop.
Sane became a star wrestler in the World Wonder Ring Stardom in 2011. She was offered a WWE contract this year that enabled her to participate in the Mae Young Classic.
With semifinals now over, Baszler and Sane will face off in the final on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, after SmackDown Live. Of course, you can watch it on the WWE Network.
While most of the tournament was taped in July, the final on will be live.