Former Shine and Impact Knockouts champion Mia Yim, is heading to her second Mae Young Classic tournament later this year and is focusing on making an impression in her 2nd run with WWE’s annual women’s tournament.
“I feel like the game has been upped,” Yim said, according to TV Insider. “There was a lot of good women last year, but now this year they are bringing in girls like Meiko Satomura.”
“There are a lot of good girls in this year’s competition. I’m actually happy for that people may think they know what to expect, considering what I did last year. I learned so much new stuff… I don’t want to be specific with it. I’m hoping people underestimate me and have an expectation of me from last year, so I can surprise them that much more.”
“Thank God I had Shayna [Baszler] and Jess (Duke) helping me around,” Yim said. “Taking me to the gym, making sure I was on top of my PT and being around me when I felt like I was alone. Having them here, making me laugh… Both of them made sure all my business was handled. Even helping me take care of my dog. It really made us a family.”
As far as her expectations, Yim is hoping to land in the Finals and hoping to square off against Io Shirai.
“I’d love to go to the finals of the Mae Young Classic facing Io Shirai,” she revealed. “We wrestled each other in California, and it was awesome. When I started wrestling I looked up to the Shirai sisters. I finally got to meet Mio earlier this year… I wrestled Io two, three years ago. I feel like both of us have improved our game greatly. So wrestling her again this time around would be good.”
NWA Legend Dick Slater Passes Away
National Wrestling Alliance legend, and decorated champion, Dick Slater has passed away at the age of 67, according to post that paid tribute to Slater made my NWA.
The National Wrestling Alliance sends its deepest sympathies and condolences to the family, friends and fans of Dick Slater.
— NWA (@nwa) October 18, 2018
Slater wrestled professionally from 1972 to 1996 for promotions including NWA and WCW, where he finished his career. Slater was a 4 time Georgia Heavyweight Champion, 2-time NWA Macon Heavyweight Champion, NWA United States Champion, NWA Mid-Atlantic Champion, 2-time NWA TV Champion, 2-time NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion, and NWA Brass Knuckles Champion.
Sami Callihan Signs New Deal With Impact Wrestling
Impact Wrestling has inked Sami Callihan to a new deal, according to a report from PW Insider.
Callahan, who also works for promotions such as Major League Wrestling and Lucha Underground, has found a good niche under the Impact Wrestling banner. A future X-Division Championship match between Brian Cage and Callihan was setup at the recent Bound for Glory PPV.
Sean Waltman Discusses NJPW Talent Upset, Heading to WWE
Former WWE superstar and current podcast host Sean Waltman chimed in on the rumors regarding NJPW talent being upset regarding the new management regime, and how many of them are planning a jump to WWE.
“Let morale go down in your company and see how quickly that forward momentum comes to a halt” Waltman said on the latest episode of his podcast. “There can be a mass exodus to WWE in a second. WWE will cherry pick every single one of the guys you have.”
“Vince will take every one of their guys,” Waltman warned. “And the climate that wrestling is in right now, yeah. Keep talking down to your talent and see what happens.”
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