WWE Announces Wife Of Current Champion And Two More New Competitors For The Mae Young Classic

WWE has announced three new competitors for The Mae Young Classic - Hiroyo Matsumoto, Vanessa Kraven and Aerial Monroe, who is married to WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander.

The 2018 MYC takes place in early August to air later this summer on the WWE Network. The finals will air on October 28th at the all-women's WWE Evolution pay-per-view.

WWE now has 26 talents confirmed for the 32-woman tournament - Matsumoto, Kraven, Monroe, Ashley Rayne (Madison Rayne), Priscilla Kelly, Xia Brookside, Meiko Satomura, Toni Storm, Isla Dawn, Zeuxis, Lacey Lane, Karen Q, Mia Yim, Killer Kelly, Mercedes Martinez, Kavita Devi, Kaitlyn, Io Shirai, Rhea Ripley, Kacy Catanzaro, Nicole Matthews, Jinny, Tegan Nox, Deonna Purrazzo, Jessie Elaban and Reina Gonzalez.

Below is WWE's full announcement on the latest three competitors:

Hiroyo Matsumoto, Aerial Monroe and Vanessa Kraven confirmed for Mae Young Classic

You don't need to look any further than the nicknames of the Mae Young Classic's three newest competitors to get a sense of just how rough-and-tumble this year's 32-woman tournament is shaping up to be.

"Lady Destroyer" Hiroyo Matsumoto, "Big Swole" Aerial Monroe and "The Mountain" Vanessa Kraven are the latest athletes to be confirmed for the second-annual Classic, which streams on WWE Network later this summer. The tournament final will take place at the first-ever all-women's pay-per-view, WWE Evolution, on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Hiroyo Matsumoto
Popular Japanese wrestler Hiroyo Matsumoto who is alternatively known as "Lady Destroyer" and "Lady Godzilla" made her professional debut in July 2006. Ranked the 25th best women's wrestler in the world in 2017 by "Pro Wrestling Illustrated," Matsumoto, who is revered for her power and technical proficiency, once held four championships simultaneously. Her signature moves include a dangerous high-angle back suplex that she calls the Rock Drop, as well as variations of powerbombs, gutbusters and missile dropkicks.

Aerial Monroe
Aerial Monroe of Clearwater, Fla., enters the tournament with three years of experience. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Monroe trained for the ring under Cedric Alexander and southern wrestling legend George South and has competed throughout the U.S. independent scene. A charismatic striker, "Big Swole" uses a full arsenal of high-power kicks and her specialty move, Dirty Dancing (a ripcord forearm smash), to pummel opponents.

Vanessa Kraven
Rounding out the new set of competitors is Montreal's Vanessa Kraven. Standing 6-foot-2, "The Mountain" is likely to be one of the Classic's most intimidating and mysterious grapplers. The pigtailed pugilist has dominated competition for more than 14 years, including in Canada's International Wrestling Syndicate (the same organization where Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn cut their teeth) and the U.S.-based SHIMMER Women Athletes and Shine Wrestling, among others. Kraven boasts a wide repertoire of hard-hitting moves, highlighted by her Cliffhanger Chokebomb, which is a two-handed sit-out chokeslam.


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