Two women to join broadcast booth for Mae Young Classic tournament


For the first time ever, two women will be in the commentary booth calling the action for the Mae Young Classic tournament.

WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix and Renee Young will be joining the voice of WWE Michael Cole to call all the action of this year’s Mae Young Classic tournament. Apart from Phoenix and Young, the ring announcer will be Kayla Braxton while taking charge of backstage interviews are Cathy Kelley and Shadia Bseiso. Bseiso is the first Arab female to sign a WWE deal and while she is training to be a wrestler, she has worked in television for several years in her home country.

The news was revealed by ESPN.COM and Michael Cole, interviewed for the article, said that when he was put in charge of all the announcers, his main goal was to have a full-time female commentator on one of the main shows. “That is still my goal today and it led to, for the first time, having two women in the announcing booth for the Mae Young Classic. It blows me away that this is happening because as little as two years ago I would not have seen this happening.”

A bracketology special on the WWE Network hosted by Mauro Ranallo and Beth Phoenix will air on August 29 at 9PM EST while the tournament will kick off on September 5 immediately following NXT at 9PM EST. Episodes will continue to run every Wednesday in the same time slot.