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Mercedes Martinez def. Abbey Laith in a Quarterfinal Match

Abbey Laith vs. Mercedes Martinez - Quarterfinal Match: Mae Young Classic, Sept. 4, 2017

Seattle striker Abbey Laith exchanges fire with the no-nonsense Mercedes Martinez. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

ORLANDO, Fla. — NXT’s Abbey Laith promised to “save herself” in the Mae Young Classic, but unfortunately for her, that agenda simply didn’t mesh with Mercedes Martinez, who set her sights on achieving legendary status in the tournament.

The Latina Sensation blistered Laith with big chops at the start, but the ballerina-turned-brawler bounced back and showed off some of her dance pedigree when she performed a split while simultaneously delivering a jawbreaker to Martinez.  

Renowned for her fearlessness, the self-proclaimed “Crown Jewel of NXT” took a huge risk next, leaping from the top rope onto Martinez on the floor. The scintillating plancha leveled Martinez and brought Full Sail University to its feet, and a subsequent German suplex by Laith nearly caused Martinez’s elimination from the tournament.

Laith then attempted the Alligator Clutch, the same move that gained her victories in the first two rounds, but Martinez demonstrated her wherewithal by rolling through the hold, slapping Laith in the face and then dropping her with the fisherman buster for the victory.

 

Shayna Baszler def. Candice LeRae in a Quarterfinal Match

Candice LeRae vs. Shayna Baszler - Quarterfinal Match: Mae Young Classic, Sept. 4, 2017

Candice LeRae courageously battles the destroyer of the Mae Young Classic, Shayna Baszler. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Shayna Baszler continues to prove that she’s a bad, bad woman, as she showed in her most malicious display yet in the Quarterfinals at the expense of the ever-popular Candice LeRae

Despite Baszler’s daunting reputation, the daring LeRae fought heroically as she tried to take down The Queen of Spades. She flew through the air with a tope suicida-turned-DDT onto the floor and later, against all odds, trapped Baszler in the Gargano Escape, the submission hold made famous by LeRae’s husband, Johnny Gargano.

For a moment, it almost seemed possible that LeRae would force Baszler to submit. The tough-as-nails former UFC fighter didn’t, however, so LeRae ascended the turnbuckles. Baszler gave chase, and though LeRae ripped her off the ropes with Miss LeRae’s Wild Ride, Baszler countered the finishing maneuver mid-air, switching it into a rear-naked choke on LeRae.

LeRae tapped out quickly, but Baszler maintained the hold, even after the bell sounded. She finally released the submission, but as LeRae’s husband, Johnny Gargano, ran in to check on her, Baszler added insult to injury, lightly kicking at the foot of the supine and reeling LeRae.

Moving on to the Semifinals, Baszler gets set to face one of the few women in the Classic that she admits to respecting, one of her mentors inside the ring, Mercedes Martinez.

 

Toni Storm def. Piper Niven in a Quarterfinal Match

Piper Niven vs. Toni Storm- Quarterfinal Match: Mae Young Classic, Sept. 4, 2017

Good friends Piper Niven and Toni Storm put it all on the line in a high-impact duel. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Piper Niven and Toni Storm put their friendship aside as they fought for a chance at the Semifinals, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t take a moment to pay respect to each other’s ability. After an athletic exchange of holds in which both women used neck bridges to avoid being pinned, Scotland’s Niven and Australia’s Storm performed neck bridges simultaneously and then shook hands — a lighthearted moment that preceded a forceful showdown.

The next time Storm went to bridge, Niven brought the full brunt of her weight down upon her for a near-fall. Niven also drilled Storm with a Michinoku Driver, a move that helped Niven win previous tournament matches, but Storm amazingly kicked out. Left with no other option, Niven seemed to apologize to Storm before attempting a Vader Bomb off the ropes. The break in concentration might have been what hampered Niven, as Storm managed to scramble to her feet and German suplex the super-heavyweight Niven off the middle turnbuckle.

Storm then used every bit of energy she had left to hit a top-rope leg drop for the three-count and move one match closer to the Finals.

 

Kairi Sane def. Dakota Kai in a Quarterfinal Match

Kairi Sane vs. Dakota Kai - Quarterfinal Match: Mae Young Classic, Sept. 4, 2017

Two of the Mae Young Classic's most dynamic athletes face off in a thrilling Quarterfinal Match. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

The action was fast-paced and unrelenting as Kairi Sane and Dakota Kai, two of NXT’s most highly touted new signees, did battle in the final match of the Quarterfinal Round. From scientific mat wrestling to brutally high-impact strikes, Sane and Kai seemed to match each other move for move.

Sane dropped Kai with a spear, and Kai returned fire with one of her trademark, smile-altering big boots. The Pirate Princess soared with forearm smashes, so Kai put Sane down with a big roundhouse kick.

Kai then sprinted around the ring to line up her running yakuza kick, but Sane slipped out of the way, rearranged Kai with an Alabama slam and set sail with the Diving Elbow to defeat the double-tough New Zealander and continue her journey in the tournament.

With her Mae Young Classic experience over, Kai showed grace in defeat, congratulating Sane, who now prepares for a Semifinal Match against Toni Storm.