WWE Mae Young Classic competitor Tegan Nox, 23, from Wales injured her left leg during TV tapings for the second annual event at Full Sail Live at Full Sail University in Winter Park, near Orlando.
Wrestling photographer Nick Maybery and I took some photos, which are posted at the bottom of the story.
In her match with Rhea Ripley on Thursday, Aug. 9, Nox attempted a suicide dive onto Ripley, standing outside the ring. When Nox landed, she injured her left leg. She returned to the ring in excruciating pain. Nestled on the bottom turnbuckle, she clutched her left knee.
Medical personnel quickly checked her. She did not want to quit and tried to continue, but the pain got the best of her, and medical staff stopped the match.
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Even with the setback, an inspiring Nox proved her grit and determination. It reminded me when Triple H, who runs the Mae Young Classic, tore his quad in a match but still continued.
Nox refused a stretcher, so medical helped her to the dressing room, where she was then taken to a nearby hospital.
Kudos to the fans, very respectful. The crowd stood silent as medical attended to her, and then they chanted for her while giving her a standing ovation as she left the ring area.
WWE’s newest referee Aubrey Edwards, who is part of NXT, worked the match and did an admirable job tending to the situation.
Triple H as Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Paul Levesque later updated the audience on the status of Nox and believes she will return better than ever.
Fans applauded and cheered loudly.
This was not the first Mae Young Classic disappointment for Nox. An injury to her other leg (ACL) last year, prior to the event, sidelined her from competing in the inaugural version. Wearing a brace on her right leg, she did compete this year, wrestling on both days of Classic TV tapings.
Under WWE contract, Nox is part of NXT, training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando.
2018 WWE Mae Young Classic
Info and When to Watch
The single-elimination tournament will continue each Wednesday night until only two competitors remain. The finalists will then battle for the Mae Young Classic trophy at WWE Evolution, the first-ever all-women’s pay-per-view, on Sunday, Oct. 28, live on WWE Network.
Calling the action of this year’s Mae Young Classic will be Michael Cole, WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix and Renee Young, marking the first time in WWE history that two women are in the announce booth. Phoenix, a three-time WWE Women’s Champion and former Divas Champion, most recently lent her insight at the announce desk as part of this year’s Mixed Match Challenge.
Joining them as part of the Mae Young Classic broadcast team will be Cathy Kelley and Shadia Bseiso, who will conduct backstage interviews with competitors throughout the tournament. Hailing from Jordan, Bseiso is the first woman from the Middle East to be recruited into WWE’s developmental system, training at the WWE Performance Center. Kayla Braxton will serve as the tournament’s ring announcer.
The WWE Universe won’t have to wait until Sept. 5, however, to get an in-depth look at the Mae Young Classic field of competitors. Before the tournament action kicks off, WWE Network will present Mae Young Classic 2018 Bracketology on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 9/8 C, hosted by Phoenix and the voice of NXT, Mauro Ranallo.
Check out the full list of competitors below, and don’t miss a second of the action when WWE’s groundbreaking women’s tournament returns to WWE Network on Sept. 5.
Io Shirai (Japan)
Tegan Nox (Wales)
Kacy Catanzaro (U.S.)
Toni Storm (Australia)
Ashley Rayne (U.S.)
Kavita Devi (India)
Meiko Satomura (Japan)
Rhea Ripley (Australia)
Deonna Purrazzo (U.S.)
Reina González (U.S.)
Lacey Lane (U.S.)
Jessica Elaban (U.S.)
Nicole Matthews (Canada)
MJ Jenkins (U.S.)
Karen Q (U.S.)
Mia Yim (U.S.)
Mercedes Martinez (U.S.)
Allysin Kay (U.S.)
Hiroyo Matsumoto (Japan)
Xia Li (China)
Isla Dawn (Scotland)
Aerial Monroe (U.S.)
Rachel Evers (U.S.)
Priscilla Kelly (U.S.)
Killer Kelly (Portugal)
Vanessa Kraven (Canada)
Xia Brookside (England)
Taynara Conti (Brazil)
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