Rumors – based in part on the frequency with which Mia Yim was showing up on WWE’s online channels even outside her second run in the Mae Young Classic (MYC) tournament – appear to be true. PWInsider is reporting that Yim’s signing is a done deal and that she officially started with the company on Sept. 16.
The 29 year old, whose real name is Stephanie Bell, began wrestling while attending college in Virginia. Yim appeared on the wrestling radar in 2011 as a valet in Ring of Honor (ROH), which allowed her to work with current WWE coach/producer Sarah Amato. Another connection to the current Performance Center came when she served as Adam Cole’s manager in CZW, frequently getting involved in his matches and even working in an intergender TLC match as part of a storyline.
After a few years working for Shimmer and Gabe Sapolsky-run promotions like Shine and Full Impact Pro, Yim signed with TNA in 2015. She worked in the Dollhouse stable under the name Jade for a feud with Gail Kim, and eventually branched out as an unaffiliated singles act for programs with Maria Kanellis, Madison Rayne, Rosemary and her rival across promotions, Allysin Kay/Sienna.
She had a handful of NXT appearances as an extra or enhancement talent before she was named to the field for the first ever MYC in 2017. Yim made an impression with an opening round win over current Raw Superstar Sarah Logan before being eliminated by eventual finalist Shayna Baszler in round two. She’s back for the 2018 version of the WWE Network series, and has thus far made it to the second round again with a win over Kay (you can find out how she does in round two and beyond with our spoiler reports here and here).
Yim joins a growing WWE women’s roster, including several other MYC entrants whose signing was announced or rumored prior to this year’s show such as Io Shirai, MJ Jenkins and Toni Storm.
Where will the Blasian Baddie fit in? Should be fun finding out.