Meiko Satomura def. Lacey Lane
Io Shirai def. Deonna Purrazzo
Rhea Ripley def. Tegan Nox
Toni Storm def. Mia Yim
Meiko Satomura vs Lacey Lane
Lacey Lane has had a great run for a rookie, but there was no way she was going to beat Satomura, surely.
She gave it a good go. After a blow for blow exchange, Satomura held her hand out for Lane to shake, but Lane slapped it away. Satomura rewarded her with a kick to the gut.
Lane might have only had the smallest of chances, but she gave it everything. She wasn’t just fielding offence from Satomura, she was giving out plenty of her own, to a point. She even got a couple of pin attempts.
A big kick to the face failed to finish Lane off and she managed to get her hands together in the armbar then get to the ropes to break the hold.
Lane’s best chance came from a cross-body from the top, but Satomura kicked out and two and a half.
Meiko Satomura delivered a Death Valley driver and got the pin.
Lane bowed to Satomura after the match and the two hugged. She might be out of the tournament, but Lacey Lane should have a bright future.
Io Shirai vs Deonna Purrazzo
I would have been happy to see this in the finals, but I guess the quarters will have to do. It was such an enjoyable watch, Io Shirai is beautiful to watch, and I love Purrazzo’s style too. They did a bit of the more gymnastic stuff at the start of the match, just a touch of one-upmanship, but it was fun.
There’s no safety net in Io Shirai’s suicide dive, with the angle she impacts at, if her opponent isn’t there it’s going to hurt. Purrazzo was there though and hit the ramp pretty hard as a result.
They settled into a very even match. Purrazzo got the armbar in, but Shirai twisted them over and put Purrazzo’s shoulders on the mat to make her break it. Deonna Purrazzo did the same to Shirai’s submission hold. Shirai’s 619, followed up with a missile dropkick, should have been enough to put Purrazzo away, but she kicked out.
Purrazzo pulled Shirai off the turnbuckle the first time she went up for the moonsault. But three suplexes and an armbar later, she still couldn’t get a result. Shirai’s crossface was similarly unsuccessful.
A knee to the head and double knees in the corner put Purrazzo Io Shirai didn’t hit the Asai moonsault perfectly, but she got enough to get the pin.
After the match, the two women hugged in a show of respect. I love the shows of respect.
Tegan Nox vs Rhea Ripley
Straight to the point. Tegan Nox seriously injured her leg in this match. It happened on a suicide dive right at the beginning of the match. She landed awkwardly and that was that. It was her ‘good’ left leg, not the one she’s had surgery on. It was immediately obvious something was wrong as she hobbled over to the steps and pounded on them in frustration. The ref checked on her but she pulled herself back up into the ring.
Ripley picked her up and dropped her face-first into the mat and tried for a quick cover. For some reason, Nox kicked out. She was insistent that she carry on but you could see the ref throwing the X that signifies a legitimate injury.
The ref forced Nox to speak to the doctor but she insisted again that she continue. The medic stayed right by the ring. She was clearly in a lot of pain and trying not to put any weight on the leg.
They exchanged chops for a while then Nox took a dropkick from Ripley and just laid crying on the mat. Finally, the ref stopped the match.
They showed an awful lot of her crying and being helped out of the ring. It was extremely hard to watch. The crowd gave her a great ovation and even Michael Cole was visibly shaken. It’s always tough to see wrestlers get injured, but when they’ve only just come back from a big one, and go out with another big one it’s beyond horrible. Here’s hoping for a good recovery for Tegan Nox.
Mia Yim vs Toni Storm
This was another great match, although the crowd were still somewhat subdued at the start following Nox’ injury.
Mia Yim’s hand was still bandaged, Storm didn’t target it too much early on though. It was a very submission based match, especially from Yim, which gave it a slower feel than some of the other matches.
Storm kicked Yim’s injured hand, then both women went down from a headbutt.
An exchange strikes was ended by a suplex from Storm. Yim countered Storm Zero with a suplex of her own.
Storm blocked Seoul Food and grabbed Yim by the injured hand, suplexed her, then delivered the Storm Zero for the win.
The semi-final matches for the Mae Young Classic 2018 are;
Meiko Satomura vs Toni Storm
Io Shirai vs Rhea Ripley