It’s almost time to make a little history.
On Sunday night, the first ever all-women’s pay-per-view, WWE Evolution, will be held at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The show will be filled with women from the past, present, and future, with seven matches officially on the card.
Here I will go through each match and offer my predictions and a few thoughts.
NXT UK Women’s Championship *NXT UK TAPING SPOILERS AHEAD*
There have been a lot of conflicting rumors surrounding this title match. Some have mentioned champion Rhea Ripley defending her belt against Isla Dawn, while others have said that match had already taken place at NXT UK tapings. However, as of this writing, there has been no official match announcement from WWE.
The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, & Liv Morgan) vs. Sasha Banks, Bayley, & Natalya
Here we have the most recent match announced for the card. Banks, Bayley, and Natalya have had their problems with the Riott Squad for the past couple of weeks now, with Nattie recruiting the Boss N’ Hug Connection as back up after Ronda Rousey turned her focus to the Bella Twins.
Outside of the matches, there hasn’t been any storyline progression to really make anyone invested in this feud. While it would probably be easy to pick the good guys in this one, I’m going with the Riott Squad. It makes more sense to put your money on the well-established team compared to the makeshift one. They’ve been on somewhat of a roll lately and I don’t see it stopping here.
Hopefully this leads to a bigger push for Riott, Logan, and Morgan down the road.
Winners: The Riott Squad
Historic Women’s Battle Royal
Ahh yes, the old “We really don’t know what to do with all of you, so let’s just throw you all into a battle royal!” bit. But wait, the winner gets a championship opportunity down the line, so that makes it better, right?! No, because in my opinion, this is another example of lazy booking.
All of these women—both from the past and present—deserve better than to be thrown into yet another battle royal. You know it’s bad when even they shared their displeasure on social media. But alas, it’s still going to happen whether we all want it to or not.
The obvious choice here would be Nia Jax because she would be the hardest out. However, I’m going with another member of the RAW women’s division: Ember Moon. Since her call up on the RAW after WrestleMania this year, she hasn’t really done much and has been kept out of the title picture. I think now is going to be her time to shine and show the world what she’s capable of. Some might want to see a past member of the roster win just for nostalgia’s sake, but I believe it should to go to a member of the active roster.
The Shenom will prevail and get the title shot that she rightfully deserves.
Winner: Ember Moon
Trish Stratus & Lita vs. Alicia Fox & Mickie James w/ Alexa Bliss
What first started out as two separate matches has now become one. Bliss and James tried to challenge Stratus to a tag match, as if they didn’t realize who she would pick. Enter the one and only, Lita, to even the odds and make this a true tag match playa!
But the bigger story surrounding this match is the health of Bliss. It’s been reported that she either suffered a broken nose or concussion at a recent house show, and has now been officially ruled out of WWE Evolution. Alicia Fox has been named her replacement after she attacked Stratus and Lita on RAW this past week. Even if Bliss was cleared to compete, I didn’t see her team winning. This match just feels like it’s a nostalgia trip and was made for the veterans to win. Stratus and Lita will get a huge pop, they’ll show off their signature moves, Lita will attempt a dangerous spot that will makes us all hold our breath, and they will come away victorious. Oh, happy day!
Winner: Trish Stratus & Lita
Mae Young Classic Finals: Io Shirai vs. Toni Storm
Now this is a match that I’m really looking forward to. Shirai and Storm outlasted 32 other women in the second annual tournament to punch their ticket to WWE Evolution.
Both one of them could win this one and not many people would be upset by it. They are both at the top of their game right now and I expect them to put on one of the best matches of the night.
With that being said, I believe that Storm will win here because WWE has been heavily pushing her throughout the whole tournament. Also, Shirai winning would certainly cause people to wonder why a Japanese woman has won the tournament two years in a row.
While it could go either way, the Rockstar avenges her semifinal exit last year and wins it all this time around.
Winner: Toni Storm
NXT Women’s Championship: Kairi Sane (c.) vs. Shayna Baszler
Speaking of the Mae Young Classic, we get to witness another rematch from last year’s finals as Sane battles Baszler once again.
Baszler has been one of the company’s best heels for a while now, and seems laser-focused since losing the belt to Sane at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 4. All of these promos and video packages make her seem more dangerous than ever before, while Sane seems a little overconfident.
I think Baszler might have a trick or two up her sleeve, especially with NXT signing fellow Four Horsewomen members, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir. Will they interfere at some point in the match? Who knows, but regardless, I think Baszler will reclaim her spot at the top of the NXT women’s division.
The Queen of Spades will rule once again.
Winner: Shayna Baszler
RAW Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey (c.) vs. Nikki Bella
Sometimes the best way to build up a feud is to get personal, and boy did this one get real personal.
The Bella Twins turned on their former friend because they wanted their time in the spotlight, but I don’t think turning on Rousey of all people was the smartest idea.
Since then, they have been engaged in a war of words that has gotten to the point of bringing up past exes and even Rousey’s own mother. Could it be a little too personal? Yes, but that’s what makes these kinds of feuds believable.
I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a fan of the Bellas, but they sure know how to generate heat. To many fans they represent the “divas” of the past, something that doesn’t fit in with what a women’s wrestler is today. That is why I think Rousey retains her title here; while putting the title on Bella would generate nuclear heat, it’s not the kind the company wants.
“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey dismantles Bella and continues her dominant start with WWE.
Winner: Ronda Rousey
Last Woman Standing Match for the SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c.) vs. Charlotte Flair
Finally, we come to what has been one of the best feuds WWE has had in a while. The best friends turned bitter rivals now get to battle it out in the first ever Last Woman Standing match…that totally didn’t happen after Asuka and Nikki Cross did it first, but I digress.
Rather than forcing this to be a clear-cut face vs. heel feud, WWE let the fans decide who they wanted to cheer for. Both women had valid points and a general hatred for one another, so just let them beat the snot out of each other and allow the fans to enjoy it.
Lynch has done a fantastic job since turning at SummerSlam, and has really thrived in her new role. She was tired of living in Flair’s shadow and decided to take the spotlight for herself. This has rocketed her to the top of the company, and they would be crazy to take the belt off her so soon. In my opinion, it would hurt Lynch more if she loses to Flair here.
The champ proves why she’s the best and, by hook or by crook, retains the title.
Winner: Becky Lynch