The winner of the inaugural “Mae Young Classic,” Kairi Sane, recently spoke with NBC Sports about a number of topics. Among these were winning the tournament, Japanese vs. American fans and more.

Below are some highlights from the interview:

Note: The interview was done through a translator

Me: What went through your mind as you stood in the ring as the first-ever winner of the Mae Young Classic?

Kairi: “I was very proud of myself to be there as one of the finalists. It was surprising that I made it so far. I felt nervous, but it was such a happy day for me.”

Kairi Sane is presented the Mae Young Classic trophy: Mae Young Classic Finale, Sept. 12, 2017

Your elbow drop has become world famous, how did you come up with such a unique variation of a move that’s been around forever?

“I’ve been doing this for about six years now and at first the diving elbow drop did not work. I got injured and it wasn’t my finisher at first, but the move was important to me. I wanted to win using my elbow, so now it has become my form. It’s my favorite thing to do when I perform.”

What are some differences between working in front of an American audience as opposed to a Japanese audience?

“I have to say American fans make me happier. I love their reactions. It’s very exciting and fun. It’s as if they’re fighting together with me.”

She also discusses her acting career, and why she wanted to pursue a career in wrestling.

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