Background: – In April 2018, the WWE announced a second Mae Young Classic tournament, following up on the 2017 tournament.
On June 22, 2018 the WWE confirmed the tournament would once again be 32 competitors, with the event being held at Full Sail University. On July 12, 2018 the first two competitors for the 2018 tournament were announced as Kaitlyn and Rhea Ripley.The finals will be held as part of the WWE Evolution pay-per-view on October 28, 2018, at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
On August 8, it was announced that the show would air every Wednesday on the WWE Network immediately after WWE NXT, beginning September 5. The show will be announced by Beth Phoenix, Renee Young, and Michael Cole. In addition, the week prior to the first episode.