10 Mae Young Classic Superstars WWE needs to sign
WWE's latest tournament special is reaching its conclusion tonight as Shayna Baszler and Kairi Sane will face-off in the finals of the Mae Young Classic following SmackDown Live.
To warm up for the finals, a six-woman tag team match aired last night, followed by a message from Triple H about the pride he has in the women who competed in the tournament.
Addressing the fans chanting "please sign Jazzy", he joked that WWE has budgets and he can't sign all of the women, which of course invites the question: which ones should they sign?
The Cruiserweight Classic saw nearly all of the competitors brought into the company at some point over the course of the next year and we've seen some of the men from the United Kingdom Championship tournament signed as well.
Since that is the trend, we should expect at least a remotely similar hiring spree to take place with the women who impressed WWE the most and who folks like Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H see a lot of potential in going forward.
In fact, over a dozen women out of the field of 32 are actually already on the NXT roster in some capacity, such as Dakota Kai, Bianca Belair, Taynara Conti and Abbey Laith.
However, that still leaves just shy of two-thirds of the participants not in WWE, but there are plenty of women who had to have shown off exactly the type of talent WWE should be scouting for.
In the interest of fairness, let's limit ourselves to just another one-third of the list by showcasing 10 picks WWE should be giving out contracts to in the coming weeks, in no particular order.
#1 Shayna Baszler
Baszler can't be in the finals and not be someone they prioritize. That makes zero sense.
Lots of buzz in the Cruiserweight Classic surrounded Kota Ibushi and Zack Sabre Jr, who were two of the biggest stars and made it very close to the end, but didn't sign with WWE.
Here's the kicker, though: neither of them was in the actual final, which was contested by Gran Metalik and TJ Perkins — both of whom can be seen on 205 Live.
Kairi Sane is already signed to WWE, so there's no determining factor of which one of the two winning the tournament being able to secure that final contract or anything in that regard, which wouldn't make sense anyway since people who were eliminated in the first round have had positions in the company for months.
There's also the promise of a Four Horsewomen of NXT vs. Four Horsewomen of MMA match, possibly at WrestleMania, which could be the absolute biggest thing the company can put together as far as women's division attractions.
WWE can't let that opportunity pass them up and signing Baszler to a contract to secure her in the family would be a major step in solidifying those plans.
Baszler is a popular name who brings some legitimacy to the ring, so unless some kind of contractual problems get in the way, she's a definite to sign.