Last year’s Mae Young Classic was a platform for thirty-two talents from different backgrounds with various levels of experience to display exactly what they bring to the ring. Exposing the world to the likes of Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai, Kairi Sane, Toni Storm, and Shayna Baszler, the 32 entrant tournament was a great way of introducing new and potential signees to the WWE fans, resulting in some really enjoyable matches.
This time around, it seems as though WWE may have outdone themselves, as they’ve brought in some familiar faces, some veterans of US television, and some of the best wrestlers in the world today – one of these names is Meiko Satomura.
Described as “a head-kicking demigod” by WWE.com, Satomura is a 23-year veteran at the top of her game. Also described as “the final boss in Japan”, Meiko is one of the few active joshi talents from the 1990s that is still competing regularly, to an exceptionally high level. Both in Japan and more recently in the UK indie scene, Satomura has built up a reputation as one of the most dangerous and exciting wrestlers out there.
If you’ve seen her before, you’ll know exactly why everybody should be excited about her participating in the Mae Young Classic. If you haven’t, here are five quick reasons why you definitely should be.
Simply put, Meiko Satomura is one of the best wrestlers in the world. Over many years, she has built a reputation as a force within the ring, in promotions such as Stardom, DDT, Sendai Girls, Chikara, and Fight Club Pro (where she is their current champion). Her brutal kicks have now become legendary, and are truly a sight to behold. Trust me, when Meiko enters the ring at Full Sail University, you will be in for a painful yet wonderful experience. Plus, she may also pay a visit or two to NXT before heading back to Japan.
In 2015, Meiko Satomura and fellow Mae Young Classic competitor Io Shirai had a Match of the Year candidate in popular joshi promotion, Stardom. These two pretty much almost killed each other in an epic clash that is without question of the best ever bouts in the promotion’s history. And if WWE see the value of this incredible rematch, there is a chance we will see these two hard-hitters clash once more within the brackets of the Mae Young Classic.
She will probably be the last ever WCW Alumni to make her WWE Debut
Since it’s now been seventeen years since the closure of WCW, it’s fair to say we’ve seen every allumni from the defunct company make their way over to WWE by now. Well, that is except for Meiko Satomura. Yes, the 38 year old veteran actually wrestled for WCW at the age of just 16 in a taped tag team match, which wouldn’t be broadcasted until she was 17, followed by live matches on Nitro. It’s fair to say that once Satomura enters a WWE ring for the very first time, she will be the last of her WCW peers to make this momentous step.
Roundhouses. Axe kicks to the head. Death Valley Bombs. An insane cartwheel knee drop from one side of the ring to the other. Various submissions. Spin kicks. Deadly suplexes. Leg sweeps. Knee strikes. What’s not to love? Unless you’re the one across the ring from her of course.
Being in WWE Will Be Great Exposure for Others
As somebody that has competed against some of the biggest female Japanese wrestlers in history, and is still fighting against the biggest independent talents in Japan and the UK, Meiko’s appearance in WWE is beneficial to all those that have and are working with her.
For a start, Sendai Girls, Meiko’s own promotion, is bound to get a few new fans from this worldwide exposure, fantastic timing considering they have just launched their own streaming service. Then you’ve got all of the joshi legends with history in WWE and WCW that have faced Satomura over the years, people like Aja Kong, Chigusa Nagayo and Akira Hokuto. Perhaps whilst Meiko is in the ring, these legends will be given more recognition they are fully deserving of by the WWE commentators. Of course, the promotions Meiko will work for after the tournament, such as Fight Club Pro, will inevitably get talked about more often too.
What’s good for Meiko is good for everyone.
In basic terms, Meiko Satomura is one of the best wrestlers in the world that isn’t signed to WWE. Throw her into a tournament with a seriously impressive mix of talents from around the world, and the potential for outstanding matches is exceptional. WWE’s willingness to bring in outside talents for appearances like this is one of the many reasons why wrestling in 2018 is so wonderful, and it’s fair to say we are in for one hell of a tournament.
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