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.”
Roman Reigns Discusses Universal Title Victory Over Brock Lesnar
It may not be the perfect outcome, but it was necessary to take the WWE Universal Title off of Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, especially considering that Lesnar is preparing for a return to the octagon and UFC in the near future, and the fact that Lesnar’s contract has strangleheld WWE for far too long.
Roman Reigns was the guy to do it, and as unpopular as the choice may be, and as unpopular and boring as the Lesnar/Reigns feud been, this was also necessary.
Reigns reflected on his big win at SummerSlam.
Triple H Discusses WWE Signing Matt Riddle
Triple H commented on the recent signing of former UFC star Matt Riddle, who was shown in the crowd during NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV on Saturday night. WWE had been previously hesitant to sign Riddle due to his history related to marijuana use.
“Matt brings a lot to the table” Triple H said, according to Newsweek.
“He’s an amazing athlete, smart in the way he’s adapted and what he did in his MMA career,” Levesque told media in a post-show press conference. “He’s learned a lot on his own in a very brief period of time to get to where he is. I’ve watched him for awhile, his ups and downs, and you know there just comes a time when somebody gets good enough.”
Triple H believes that adding him to WWE, and the NXT roster, will be the next step in his development.
“I think he’s ready to get brought in and be taken the rest of the way. I also think he’s matured as a person.” Triple H continued.
“I think he’s realized where he wants to get in this business as opposed to just being in the business. We think it’s the right time, but only time will tell. He’s a very talented guy and the sky’s the limit. We’ll see what he can do. I feel sometimes people say ‘you bring them in and just go with it.’ It’s not that simple. Not everybody makes it, not everything works. There’s a lot of factors. I believe in him and I believe he has a lot of potential.”
Matt Riddle Signs With WWE
The rumors are true, Matt Riddle is heading to WWE as his appearance in the audience of Saturday night’s NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4, live, at the Barclays Center confirmed. Riddle had been rumored to be heading to the company for the past several weeks.
WWE issued the following statement regarding Riddle:
Matt Riddle, or as he is often referred to by fans, “The King of Bros,” has been announced as the newest Superstar to wave the NXT flag. Fittingly, the news was revealed as he was ringside for tonight’s huge WWE Network special event in Brooklyn.
The former wrestling champion and UFC fighter made a name for himself in the indie circuit, capturing titles such as the EVOLVE Championship and the PROGRESS Atlas Championship.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) August 18, 2018
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