Renee Michelle of Washington D.C. is one of the chosen few, competing in the WWE Mae Young Classic, a 32-women wrestling tournament that will broadcast on the WWE Network starting Monday, Aug. 28.
The action starts at 9 a.m. ET.
Michelle, who grew up in Miami, has come a long way since debuting in 2013. Not only is she beautiful but she can bring it in the ring, learning from her training and experiences, especially wrestling in Japan where iconic grappler Chigusa Nagayo took her under her wing.
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Launching her unexpected wrestling career via Duane Gill (Gillberg) and Maryland Championship Wrestling, Michelle is very proud of her Native American heritage, which is symbolized on her ring attire. She is also a college graduate.
Michelle wrestled on the Florida indies including Battling Bombshells, CCW and I Believe in Wrestling. She has also appeared for Shine.
Opening the vault
Learn more about Renee Michelle via my video archives...
WWE Hall of Famers Jim Ross and Lita call the action of the Mae Young Classic. WWE Hall of Famer Alundra Blayze is the backstage interviewer, and your ring announcer is Dasha Fuentes.
Most of the tournament was pre-recorded in July at Full Sail Live at Full Sail University in Winter Park, near Orlando.
The finals will be Sept. 12 at the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
For the complete list of competitors, click this link
For more information on the Classic, click this link
About Mae Young
Johnnie Mae Young, a WWE Hall of Famer, began her professional career in 1939. Already an incredible athlete — she was on her Tulsa, Oklhoma-based high school wrestling team and was a national champion softball player — Young embarked on her chosen livelihood at age 15.
Throughout the 1940s, she blazed a path for future female grapplers everywhere. Aith World War II in its midst, many territories that didn't feature women’s wrestling began to open up those doors, which were kicked down by Young and her contemporaries.
She remained one of the most active and successful female Superstars throughout the next few decades.Young was the first U.S. Women’s Champion, and her lengthy rivalry with the legendary Mildred Burke was one of the most storied of the time. In fact, in 1954, she and Burke were among the first female competitors to tour post-war Japan.
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