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Opinion: Mae Young Classic victor should be awarded vacant NXT Women’s Championship



Earlier today, the first 4 episodes of the Mae Young Classic were released on the WWE Network. These 4 episodes covered the full first round of 32 which will lead up to next Monday, September 4th, when the round of 16, the quarterfinals and semifinals will all be released. This all takes us to the finals being aired live from the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas on September 12th following Smackdown Live.

As of now, the winner of the tournament is to be rewarded with a beautiful trophy and the honor of earning the right to call themselves the victor of the inaugural Mae Young Classic. But what if they were to be rewarded with something else, something they could… defend.

It’s no secret that Asuka vacated her NXT Women’s Title during last week’s tapings. We recently learned that her reign will be recognized as 523 days by WWE which means that episode will air Wednesday, September 6th on the WWE Network. This come two days after the world learns who will be competing in the MYC finals and just 6 days before the final itself. Awarding the victor of the tournament with the title vacated by Asuka not only adds even more of a must see vibe to the match, it also instantly gives the winner something to defend as a top member of the NXT roster.

Before Asuka’s injury was announced, we suggested that she vacate the title to move to the main roster and that the winner of this tournament should be crowned as the new NXT Women’s Champion. That suggestion was met with an almost unanimous positive response. It’s now being rumored that it’s likely to happen which of course means WWE and NXT officials already were looking at this is an option. The only negative I saw on our social media when we suggested this option was that some folks thought these women didn’t deserve the title considering that most of them have not competeted on the NXT roster. While I understand that this is just a case of fans defending hard workers such as Ember Moon who have paid their dues as a part of the roster, you also have to consider a couple of things.

1. Some of the women in this tournament have been doing this for a well over a decade. They’ve paid their dues and then some. It’s not even up for debate.

2. This is a scripted competition.

3. It’s all about what’s going on right now in this day in age. The Mae Young Classic is kind of a big deal to say the least. It only gets bigger by putting a respected title on the line.

4. “Deserve’s got nothing to do with it.” This quote comes from William Munny and is used often by our good friend Dwayne Wolff of Ember Moon, Peyton Royce, Nikki Cross and company being “passed over” for a MYC competitor only gives their respective characters more fuel to add to the fire (not that Nikki Cross ever has or will need that). What I’m trying to say is that it gives them something very valuable to work with storyline wise moving forward.

We’d love to hear what you guys have to say about this situation right here in our comments section or on social media @FightBoothPW.

Dave has been covering Pro Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts for various websites since 2010. He currently runs both FightBooth and FightBoothPW with the help of some lovely and talented people.

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