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WWE Evolution Preview

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The divas revolution to the women’s revolution to now the evolution of the revolution.

Yes, that has been the transition of women’s wresting in the WWE.

WWE adding matches such as Money in the Bank, Hell in a Cell and the Royal Rumble in the playbook for the women’s division has been a tremendous success so far as the blossoming division continues to gain traction as we motor ahead to the end of 2018.

However, the year isn’t over as WWE Evolution will take place tonight at NYCB Live in Long Island, New York. NYCB is formerly the Nassau Coliseum, a venue that has held many events over the years and has great history with the organization. WWE Evolution will be the first ever all women event, a revolutionary concept. With a card like this, WWE is experimenting with possibly putting someone like a Ronda Rousey in a main event match at WrestleMania to close out the show as soon as next year. So a show such as this will be a good measuring stick to see how that could possibly play out.

As of this writing, there were some tickets available for the event on Ticketmaster, but it appears to have sold relatively well and is meeting company expectations, which is an obvious good sign for the women’s revolution.

The Evolution card will need to exceed company expectations, however, in order to really make WWE content with their decision on having this event maybe even as a yearly thing. With their Saudi Arabia trip excluding the women, this appeared to be a “favor” or a trade off in light of that event in April.

Here’s your match card for Evolution.

*Note the card is subject to change as well as pre-show matches to be added in all likelihood*

 

Sasha Banks, Bayley & Natalya vs. The Riott Squad – 

It is very hard to fill up an all women’s event when there really hasn’t been too much going on in the division outside of a few main story lines. So, we’re going to see a match we would normally view on Monday Night Raw in this six person match.

The one thing here we should all expect is for each particpant in the match to go all out. Banks, Bayley and Ruby Riott have put their tremendous skill sets on display before. Natalya is a given to shine when in the spotlight. Expect Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan to put on the performance of a lifetime in a scenario like this. With everyone giving their all, it won’t play out like a typical Monday Night Raw filler match.

It will mean something.

Riott Squad will pick up the victory.

 

Toni Storm vs. Io Shirai (Mae Young Classic Finals) – 

The final of the Mae Young Classic in 2017 consisted of Shayna Baszler against Kairi Sane. Those two are now squaring off in a heated feud for the NXT title on this very same match card. So, Storm and Shirai are both on the path to success as they face one another in the second ever Mae Young Classic final.

With this match being on the first ever all women’s event, both competitors just like everyone else throughout the night will be looking to steal the show.

Storm will defeat Shirai here to win the tournament, she seems like the logical choice to emerge victorious due to her indy scene popularity and overall skillset in the ring. Not to take anything away from Shirai, Storm just has that edge.

 

Trish Stratus & Lita vs. Alicia Fox & Mickie James – 

Alexa Bliss had been originally scheduled to participate in the match. However, Bliss suffered a concussion at a WWE live event last weekend and was noticeably absent on Raw this past Monday. Alicia Fox brawled alongside Mickie James in the locker room with Trish Stratus and Lita. This means Foxy be the substitute since Bliss can’t compete. However, Bliss appears to be still accompanying the duo at ringside for the match.

Didn’t really matter who ended up facing Trish and Lita, you know they’re going to get some Stratusfaction, 100% Stratusfied.

Trish and Lita pick up the victory.

 

NXT UK Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley vs. TBD – 

As stated prior to the break down of the match card, it is subject to change and there will be changes. As of this writing, there is no opponent for Rhea Ripley yet, who will be defending her NXT UK Women’s title. Expect some sort of surprise appearance here whether it be a legend or somebody who wasn’t expected to be participating in the event.

 

NXT Women’s Champion Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler – 

Out of all the matches on the card, THIS is the one I can’t wait to see in person. I witnessed their match at NXT Takeover Brooklyn in person and it was such a great match. Baszler has so much to prove here since Sane has now beat her twice in big matches, gives this match an even bigger fight feel than any of their previous ones. Sane’s popularity continues to rise as her in-ring skills have turned doubters into believers. Same can be said for Baszler, who could be the most feared woman in the company besides her friend Ronda Rousey.

Expect a tough and hard fought contest that will bring the magic of NXT to a “main roster” branded event.

Sane will retain and expect Baszler on the main roster really soon, possibly by the end of November.

 

Women’s Battle Royal Match (for a future Women’s Championship opportunity) – 

So many options here to choose from. Plenty of legends including Michelle McCool, Alundra Blayze and Molly Holly are expected to compete alongside the present day women on the roster.

It’s a real tough call but going to have to pick Nia Jax to win. She never received her well deserved rematch and she is by far going to be the toughest to get out of that ring. Tamina could get her out of there, but it is highly unlikely. Unless we have a surprise Kharma return, Jax all the way to victory.

 

Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Nikki Bella – 

This will be the main event of the show, but it really shouldn’t only because of the stakes in the Charlotte and Becky feud. Rousey will be dealing with a Bella onslaught the entire match, because you know Brie will be involved. My curiosity lies into wondering how long will this match go? Will there be some type of pre match assault in order to weaken Rousey and allow Nikki to get maybe 10 or so minutes of offense in? It would be logically the best way for this match to go because it does need to be a three hour show or so.

Rousey will retain here via the armbar, it’s just how we get to that point is what could turn this match from a middle of the road match to a real main event. With Rousey trending upward with her in-ring work, don’t be surprised to see a really good match here, especially against an experienced Nikki Bella.

 

SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (Last Woman Standing Match) – 

The true main event of Evolution, Charlotte and Becky Lynch are going to tear the house down in a match where ANYTHING goes. Even though Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler is the match I can’t wait to see, this is going to steal the show. Becky Lynch is over like rover and Charlotte is possibly the best in-ring performer there has ever been in the women’s division. Many people would say Sasha Banks vs. Bayley at NXT Takeover could be the best women’s match of all-time, this could potentially overtake it.

Becky Lynch will retain the title here, prompting Charlotte to go into a funk if you will, leading to her eventual Royal Rumble match victory to set up her vs. Ronda Rousey for WrestleMania. It makes the most sense and it is the match you want to see. Book it.

 

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