WWE Women’s Tournament: Former TNA, SHIMMER, Stardom Stars Drawing Interest


The WWE Women’s Tournament could feature some well-known talents from the female pro wrestling scene, including former TNA Knockouts.

During WrestleMania 33 weekend, the WWE Women’s Tournament became official. It will be a 32-woman event, similar to last summer’s Cruiserweight Classic. The taping will reportedly take place on July 13 and 14 — which WWE hasn’t confirmed — as well as the competitors that will be involved. This situation may be developing, however.

According to PW Insider Elite, WWE is eyeing talents from multiple, top women’s wrestling promotions. This includes SHIMMER and Stardom, the latter of which is located in Japan.

It’s not noted who WWE wants from SHIMMER, but for Stardom, they are eyeing Evie and Nixon Newell. Evie has appeared on NXT before, facing Nia Jax in her debut match in 2015.

An interesting wrinkle may be who else WWE wants. They’re eyeing former TNA stars Jade and Marti Belle, who worked together in the Dollhouse stable on Impact Wrestling. They both departed the company earlier this year.

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Like the Cruiserweight Classic, WWE is seemingly going for some of the top names. They most notably signed Zack Sabre Jr. and Kota Ibushi for the tournament in 2016, and gave them sizeable pushes to the semifinals, even though neither chose to join WWE on an official deal afterward. However, the tournament also featured stars like Brian Kendrick, Tajiri, TJ Perkins, Gran Metalik, Jack Gallagher and Cedric Alexander.

As for other potential members of the tournament, what if WWE brings in Candice LeRae? She made a surprise appearance in the No. 1 Contenders Battle Royal for the NXT Women’s Championship on WWE NXT, which could be a sign of things to come. This would be a top get for the Women’s tournament, bringing in one of the most credible names not signed with a major wrestling company.

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Things are still developing for WWE Women’s Tournament. But, for whenever more details are revealed, it should provide the latest spark to programming, taking over the back-end of the summer.