Taynara Conti def. Jessie Elaban in a First-Round Match

Jessie Elaban vs. Taynara Conti - First-Round Match: Mae Young Classic, Sept. 26, 2018

Jessie Elaban makes her WWE Network debut against fellow NXT Superstar and returning Classic competitor Taynara Conti. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

After being eliminated in the First Round of last year’s Mae Young Classic, Brazilian Superstar Taynara Conti refused to let the same fate befall her this year in her showdown with fellow NXT standout Jessie Elaban.

The future is no doubt very bright for Elaban who, in her WWE Network debut, used her size advantage and raw athleticism to keep Conti guessing. What she couldn’t match was Conti’s mean streak. The self-proclaimed “Real Black Belt of NXT” used extreme tactics to inflict pain on Elaban, and at one point even ran the webbing of Jessie’s fingers across the top rope. Elaban rebounded and connected with an axe kick to Conti’s back, but Conti, a decorated judo player, blocked a subsequent suplex attempt. She then spun Jessie into the "Tayogoshi" (a judo throw/side slam) to claim the win and earn passage to a Second-Round Match against Lacey Lane.

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