Huge Change Made To Winner Of The Mae Young Classic Tournament

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The Mae Young Classic Tournament final took place this past weekend at WWE Evolution and saw Toni Storm come out on top in a highly entertaining match against Io Shirai but even though the two women were able to make quite the statement at the all-women’s pay-per-view The Wrestling Observer has confirmed that this wasn’t the original plan.

Tegan Nox was injured in the second round of the tournament when she went for a suicide dive to the outside in her match with Rhea Ripley and she reportedly broke her leg.

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Nox has been sidelined with an injury over the past year and only made her return to the ring a few weeks before the Mae Young Classic tournament began earlier this year.

Nox was reportedly set to win the entire tournament before her knee injury but WWE was forced to change all the plans for the climax of the tournament which allowed Toni Storm to become the second annual winner of the Classic.

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This means that Nox was supposed to get past Rhea Ripley that night in the tournament but the NXT UK Women’s Champion had just 20 minutes to put together a match with Io Shirai in the following round, and luckily the two women were still able to smash it out of the park and Shirai went on to make it to the final.

It’s unknown as to whether or not there will be a third annual Mae Young Classic next year, but Nox is expected to be sidelined for a number of months even though her Team Kick partner Dakota Kai has been receiving quite the push in her absence on both NXT and NXT UK.