Sage Beckett, 32, of Ruskin, Fla, 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.
Beckett, formerly the Amazon Andrea, trained at the Dudley Boyz’s Team 3D Academy in Kissimmee, near Orlando. Known prior as Betsy Ruth, Sister Ophelia and Rosie Lottalove, she lost more than 100 pounds to reinvent herself physically, health wise and as a wrestler.
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Beckett, who worked extensively throughout the Florida indies (including CCW, FIP, Ronin, WXW), competed in Japan and appeared on TNA Impact Wrestling. A Shine alum, she was signed by WWE, trained under an outstanding staff at the WWE Performance Center and is now a proud member of the NXT roster.
Opening the vault
Learn more about Sage Beckett via my video interview 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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