|Lita will co-helm the broadcast booth for the Mae Young classic|
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As for the new competitors, Bianca BelAir and Vanessa Borne qualified for the tournament via preliminary matches to air on NXT television over the next few weeks. Both women are raw signees to the Performance Center with little to no independent wrestling experience. BelAir competed in track and field in college and has powerlifting experience. Borne trained with Rikishi and Gangrel and actually has a few non-WWE matches under her belt. Still, both women are incredibly inexperienced and will probably be fodder in the first round. They join Princesa Sugehit, Toni Storm, Lacey Evans, Sarah Logan, Jazzy Gabert, Abbey Laith, Tessa Blanchard, Taynara Conti, and Kavita Devi as confirmed entrants. Shayna Baszler is more than likely going to be confirmed sooner rather than later after her name was leaked in a Becky Lynch interview with the Hindustan Times.
As for the initial news, it's a bit disheartening that the tournament is being released as binge content rather than serially live like the Cruiserweight Classic was. Additionally, Ross and Lita wasn't my first pairing. I would've gone with an all-women's team of Renee Young and Veda Scott. Both of them have broadcast experience, and at least Scott would be familiar with most if not all of the field. Competitor knowledge is but one concern for this team. Lita's performance on pre-show panels wasn't the best, and Ross, despite having a strong showing during the WrestleMania main event, has had a shaky history himself lately. Either way, as long as the field is filled up with premiere talent, the trappings shouldn't hold them back too much, hopefully.