From wrestling stable theme song to the name of an all-women’s PPV. What a time to be alive.
Ever since the “Women’s Revolution” in WWE kicked off, history has been made on a consistent basis for the ladies. Charlotte took on Sasha Banks in the first ever women’s Hell in a Cell match. Asuka claimed victory as a part of the inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble.
Carmella won the first…well, second Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder match by retrieving the white briefcase (on her own, this time). And now, another major moment in WWE women’s wrestling is about to happen – WWE Evolution will be the first ever all-women’s event for the company. All the major women’s championships will be defended and fantasy matchups will become a reality.
Before October 28 rolls around, let’s take an inside look at the amazing lineup for WWE Evolution.
Sasha Banks, Bayley and Natalya vs. The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan) (6-Woman Tag Team Match)
Predictions & Winners: The Riott Squad have been running wild for a while now. They certainly don’t have the most impressive win-loss record, but they’ve made quite the impact nonetheless. That wild and hardcore bunch have earned the ire of Bayley, Sasha Banks, and Natalya. It’s pretty wild to think that just a few months ago, Bayley and Banks were at each other’s throats. I figured they were on a collision course for a major grudge match at this event, but it seems plans have changed. So now they’re teaming up together with Natalya to engage in some stable warfare.
So this is how I picture things going down – the babyface trio will run wild on Ruby and her stablemates at first. Eventually, the squad will get back into shape and battle back. After a few grueling moments that’ll see Natalya get beat down relentlessly, she’ll finally get the hot tag to Banks. Banks will put hands all over The Riott Squad, then Bayley will tag in and get a piece of the action. During a brief moment of confusion though, I envision Banks and Bayley getting into a moment where either one of them accidentally hurts the other. This moment will lead to both women reigniting their Summer feud, which is something Natalya won’t be able to contain. Because of this, The Riott Squad will get the win amid all that near-end match confusion.
Alundra Blayze vs. Asuka vs. Billie Kay vs. Carmella vs. Dana Brooke vs. Ember Moon vs. Ivory vs. Kelly Kelly vs. Lana vs. Mandy Rose vs. Maria Kanellis vs. Michelle McCool vs. Molly Holly vs. Naomi vs. Nia Jax vs. Peyton Royce vs. Sonya Deville vs. Tamina vs. Torrie Wilson vs. Zelina Vega (Historic Women’s Battle Royal for a Future Women’s Championship Opportunity)
Predictions & Winner: Ever since Evolution got announced, its been made clear to fans that a huge gathering of female wrestlers will be on hand to compete. And a good majority of them will be a part of this Historic Women’s Battle Royal. Now right away, there’s a bunch of nobodies we can easily mark off the list entitled “Potential Winner” – Dana Brooke, and Tamina. Then there’s a few other options that could possibly be the surprise victor of this match – Billie Kay, Carmella, Lana, Mandy Rose, Naomi, Peyton Royce, Sonya Deville, and the returning Torrie Wilson. Some of the other lady legends could make for a nice surprise winner as well.
The final selection of leftover competitors are the ones who have the biggest chance at victory – Asuka, Ember Moon, and Nia Jax. All three women are the strongest out of the entire pack and are most likely to hand out plenty of eliminations. Asuka’s a bit lower on the totem pole in comparison to Ember and Nia – her SD Live run has relegated her to being a dancing buffoon alongside Naomi. That brings our winning picks down to Ember Moon and Nia Jax. I reckon that WWE wants to showcase a future star of the Women’s division as the winner of this bout. Nia Jax already had her chance at the top, so I think Ember Moon will be the one to win and get her time in the spotlight.
Kairi Sane (c) vs. Shayna Baszler (NXT Women’s Championship)
Predictions & Winner: Kairi Sane is three things – the “Pirate Princess,” the wielder of the most gorgeous looking flying elbow drop, and the current NXT Women’s Champion. She bested Shayna Baszler at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 in one of the most hotly contested women’s matches of 2018. Shayna has kept her aim on the woman that not only took her championship away, but also the individual that defeated her to win the 2017 Mae Young Classic. To say this feud has been hot-blooded would be an understatement.
Out of all the women’s title matches being contested onto this show, I get the feeling that this one will steal the show. Anytime NXT gets the PPV/Saturday TakeOver special spot, their roster knocks it out of the park. Anyone who’s ever watched Kairi and Shayna go at it knows just how amazing their in-ring chemistry can be. I’m envisioning Kairi going on to hold the NXT Women’s Championship for a long time (maybe until the TakeOver special before the 2019 Royal Rumble, even!). I’m going to have to side with Kairi here! Afterwards, I can see Kairi engaging with some other worthy NXT challengers (Nikki Cross, Bianca Belair, Candice LeRae, Lacey Evans etc.).
Trish Stratus and Lita vs. Mickie James and Alicia Fox (with Alexa Bliss)
Predictions & Winners: Well, this is quite the development! At first, Alexa Bliss was slated to take on Trish Stratus. And Mickie James was set to face Lita in a rematch of their Unforgiven 2006 meeting. Then it was revealed that Alexa Bliss suffered an injury and is now unable to compete at this event. I guess the allure of putting two legendary women’s rivals together as a dream team was too hard to ignore. Now Trish and Lita will partner up to take on Mickie and Alicia Fox. This match may not enter dream match territory, but it still delivers on Evolution’s promise of giving fans Hall of Fame talent from the women’s division.
The end result to this one shouldn’t be in question, folks. It’s pretty clear to me and everyone else that this rare tag team occurrence is being put together to showcase Trish and Lita. Now don’t get me wrong – Mickie’s very talented in her own right (Alicia not so much…). I’m sure they’ll put up a good fight and get their time to shine. But ultimately, Trish and Lita will be the ones popping the crowd with their nostalgic offense. Both ladies have been put on a high pedestal and it would be beyond stupid to hand them the loss here. So don’t be surprised to see Trish and Lita’s hands raised at the conclusion of this bout.
Toni Storm vs. Io Shirai (Mae Young Classic 2018 Finals)
Predictions & Winner: Another year has gone by and that means another WWE tournament is nearing its conclusion. The 2018 Mae Young Classic brought together a new collection of world-class female athletes. And of course, that resulted in a high number of fine matches being contested all the while. After the smoke from some intense competition finally cleared, only two women managed to make it to the finals – Toni Storm and Io Shirai. Now this here is a match that is sure to vie for MOTN honors (the NXT Women’s Championship match also has a high chance of taking that distinction). And to think – the ladies who competed in the finals of last year’s Mae Young Classic will be facing each other again during this event. Life sure is funny…
Anyways, there’s a lot of things to consider here. Toni Storm is a ready-made star for the NXT UK brand, which means she’ll become that brand’s Women’s Champion sooner rather than later. As for Io, her situation is quite similar to that of Asuka and Kairi Sane’s – she’s a Japanese import who brings with her a wealth of in-ring skills and hype (which she’s fulfilled, thankfully).
I think the NXT brand will be pushing Io just as hard as they have with Sane after her Mae Young Classic victory. Toni seems like she’ll thrive over in the UK and stake her claim there instead. I say all of that to say this – Io is the one who’ll be winning this one. In order to build her up even more for her stay in NXT, she’ll need this win to solidify her top position even more. Toni will be okay – she’ll be the Queen of the NXT UK mountain after this hotly-contested bout.
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (Last Woman Standing Match for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship)
Predictions & Winner: Anyone peep Charlotte and Becky Lynch mimicking Rhyno and Chris Jericho’s entrance ramp spear spot? Pretty cool nod to a past SmackDown OMG moment. Anyways, I’m so here for this feud! Becky’s transformed into a straight savage who’s tired of being the good ol’ irish lass. And Charlotte has ignited a fire inside of herself that’s pushed her to go even harder than before. Their last match resulted in a double countout, so it only makes sense for both women to settle their beef in a grander fashion. Paige also feels the same way, which is why she’s booked Becky and Charlotte in WWE’s first ever Last Woman Standing Match.
This bout may end up being the one that gets the hottest reaction. Fans have reacted positively to this hot feud thanks to the change in character dynamic between Becky and Charlotte. I’m sure we’ll witness a collection of wild, jaw dropping moments during the entirety of this grudge match. Both women’s finishers are submission-based, but I’m sure they’ll pull out a bunch of other efficient moves in their arsenal. Weapons will play a a big part in this match and tables will certainly be smashed through. I feel as if the mayhem that’ll erupt during this LWS match will result in Becky retaining the title by the skin of her teeth. I’m predicting an ending reminiscent of Chris Jericho vs. Triple H from Fully Loaded 2000.
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Nikki Bella (with Brie Bella) (WWE Raw Women’s Championship)
Predictions & Winner: Sigh…who asked for this? Nobody! I feared the worst when it looked as if Nikki and Ronda had a slight disagreement during Super Show-Down. It was all too clear that the wheels were starting to turn for their rumored matchup. And then it happened – the Bella Twins assaulted Ronda on Raw. And then a collective groan could be heard around the world. The match no one asked for has now been booked for Evolution. A dream match according to WWE and not one single soul outside of the company.
Was there truly no one else that WWE could pit against Ronda? A competitive matchup against Ember Moon or Natalya would have been fresh. Pitting Ronda against Bayley and Sasha Banks in a Triple Threat Match for the title is infinitely more interesting than the matchup we’re getting now. And this option is unrealistic, but getting a returning Jazz to feud with Ronda could have been a pleasant surprise. But instead. we’re getting another unwanted Bella match on a major PPV. It’s hard for me to categorize Nikki Bella as a serious threat to a former MMA practitioner. WWE’s going to try their hardest to convince us otherwise, but we’re all smarter than that. Ronda’s retaining here, without a doubt.