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Csonka’s Mae Young Classic Review 9.26.18 (EP.4)

September 26, 2018 | Posted by Larry Csonka
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Csonka’s Mae Young Classic Review 9.26.18 (EP.4)

– Hiroyo Matsumoto defeated Rachel Evers @ 9:45 via pin [***½]
– Taynara Conti defeated Jessie Elaban @ 4:55 via pin []
– Nicole Matthews defeated Isla Dawn @ 7:20 via submission [**]
– Io Shirai defeated Xia Brookside @ 3:15 via pin [**½]

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Rachel Evers vs. Hiroyo Matsumoto: They lock up and battle for position before separating. They cross cross and collide with shoulder tackles and clotheslines. Matsumoto finally takes her down, but Evers battles back, hits a basement dropkick and covers for 2. The gut wrench suplex follows for 2. Evers kicks her in the face but Matsumoto stuns her off the ropes and heads up top and hits the missile dropkick for 2. Matsumoto now tosses Evers across the ring by her hair, and follows with elbows and grounds the action. Matsumoto now lays in chops and Evers fires up but Matsumoto lays the boots to her in the corner. Matsumoto now hits the running knee strike and hits double knees off the ropes for 2. Evers fights off a Saito suplex, and hits a desperation spinebuster. They trade strikes now, lighting each other up, and Evers hits the bicycle kick and cutter; the running senton gets 2. The crowd tries to rally for Evers, but Matsumoto battles back until Evers hits the springboard leg drop for a good near fall. Evers follows with rights, but Matsumoto fires back and hits a lariat for 2. Matsumoto pulls her up but Evers cradles her for 2. Matsumoto cuts her off with a German, Evers pops back up and hits a big boot but Matsumoto levels her with a lariat. Matsumoto now hits a dead lift powerbomb and Saito suplex to put Evers away. Hiroyo Matsumoto defeated Rachel Evers @ 9:45 via pin [***½] This was a very good and hard-hitting opening match, one of the best of the tournament so far, with Evers putting in a really good performance even in a loss.

– Matsumoto moves on to face Toni Storm.

Jessie Elaban vs. Taynara Conti: They lock up and Conti hits a throw. Jessie battles back, hits a back elbow and kicks. The running senton gets 2. Jessie misses the corner attack and Conti starts attacking the arm. Takedown and cover by Conti for 2. Conti stomps on the hand and starts working the arm, grounding Jessie. It’s all Conti as she rolls into an arm bar, manipulating the hand and wrist of Jessie. Jessie escapes, lays in strikes, so Conti attack the hand in the ropes. Jessie fires back with kicks and dropkicks. The corner splash follows, and she covers for 2. Conti fights back with the spinning side slam for the win. Taynara Conti defeated Jessie Elaban @ 4:55 via pin [*½] Jessie is a great and adorable babyface the kind of character that will be assassinated on the main roster; she shows promise at only 18-months into her career. Conti has a great presence already as a heel, but still needs work; if she can put it all together, she has star potential. The match finished oddly and in a very flat fashion, and overall wasn’t very good.

– Conti moves on to face Lacey Lane.

Isla Dawn vs. Nicole Matthews: I’m really happy Matthews got the shot this year. They lock up and Matthews takes her to the corner. They lock up again and dawn backs off Matthews. Matthews slams her down but Dawn trips her up and hits a double stomp and kicks. The running meteora connects for 2. Matthews now trips her to the buckles, and hits a draping neck breaker for 2. Matthews follows with kicks, and follows with a side back breaker. Matthews now lays in chops and then misses a charge. She quickly battles back and cuts off Dawn. Matthews follows with kicks, talks trash, and back she covers for 2. Matthews follows with elbow strikes, adds in knee strikes and kicks. Dawn fires back as Matthews talks trash. Dawn lays in kicks, hits a running knee strike and hits a Saito suplex and fisherman’s suplex for 2. Dawn lays in rights and hits a sloppy Angle slam for 2. Matthews fights off the half and half suplex, and hits a lariat. The crab follows and Dawn fights, but taps. Nicole Matthews defeated Isla Dawn @ 7:20 via submission [**] This was ok, but really lacked energy and had a few off spots that knocked off the overall flow.

– Matthews moves on to face Tegan Nox.

Io Shirai vs. Xia Brookside: Brookside is only 19; Shirai is one of the best in the world. Xia is the daughter of NXT coach Robbie Brookside, who is here and has never seen her perform live. Brookside attacks at the bell with strikes and follows with a head scissors, but Shirai lands on her feet. Shirai takes control and lays in strikes in the corner. She follows with kicks, and hits double knees; the cover gets 2. Shirai now locks on a crossface, and then follows with kicks. Brookside cuts her off with a neck breaker and clothesline. Brookside misses a kick and Shirai hits an uppercut. The running corner knees follow and Shirai heads up top and the moonsault finishes it (she landed with all knees on that one). Io Shirai defeated Xia Brookside @ 3:15 via pin [**½] This was solid overall, basically a squash for Shirai to put her over as a big threat and a star.

– Shirai moves on to face Zeuxis.

– End Scene.

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The final score: review Average
The 411
Episode four of the 2018 Mae Young Classic was an overall solid show, with a very good opening match, and I feel the right people moving on to create some fun looking second round matches. If short on time, make sure to catch Rachel Evers vs. Hiroyo Matsumoto.