Posts Tagged ‘2018 Mae Young Classic’

The Wrestling Observer newsletter are reporting that WWE Mae Young Classic tournament entrant Nicole Matthews has been banned from competing in the United States for five years.

Matthews, who hails from British Columbia in Canada, had problems coming over the border into the US recently, and she’s been handed a raw deal by the authorities for problems with her Visa; this follows on from an incident fellow indy star (and Canadian) ‘Speedball’ Mike Bailey experienced a few years ago. He had similar issues with his Visa back in 2016, and his ban runs to 2021.

Meanwhile, Matthews’ woes will continue until 2023, and that will prevent her from working with WWE or for any North American independent company outside it. That, rather sadly, includes Shimmer, a promotion she’d been tied to since 2006.

Matthews beat Isla Dawn in the first round of the 2018 Mae Young Classic before losing to Tegan Nox at the Round of 16 stage.

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Former Impact Wrestling Knockout Chelsea Green, aka Laurel Van Ness, spoke to The Roman Show at the annual Florida Supercon. They sent us these highlights:

Her relationship with Zack Ryder:

“He inspires me. I want to be there (WWE) more now because I want to spend time with him.

“We do try to keep wrestling separate from our relationship. I always wanted to be there no matter what and I want to stay true to that. I worked up kind of the wrestling ladder to get there. I hope we can be there to be together. He does inspire me with my character. Sometimes we sit down and go through different things I can do things with my character because he has been doing it for so long.”

If she knows if she will participate in the Mae Young Classic:

“Not yet. So stay tuned. I think there is so much amazing talent to be uncovered so I am waiting Ill know when you guys know.”

WWE signing Io Shirai and Kairi Sane:

“I knew that they would. I am glad the world opened their eyes to female Japanese stars. I think people for so long paid attention to Mexico, Canada, Australia and England and never Japan. It was kind of crazy. Now, they see how fearless they are.”


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