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WWE Evolution
WWE Evolution PPV LI Poster.jpg
Promotional poster featuring various WWE wrestlers
Promotion WWE
Brand(s) Raw
SmackDown
NXT
NXT UK
Date October 28, 2018
City Uniondale, New York
Venue Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Tagline(s) WWE's First-Ever All-Women's Event
Theme
song
(s)
"Salute" by Little Mix[1]
Sponsor(s) WWE 2K19[2]
WWE Network event chronology
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WWE Evolution is an upcoming women's professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event, produced by WWE for their Raw, SmackDown, NXT, and NXT UK brands. It will take place on October 28, 2018, at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, in Uniondale, New York.[3] It will be the first WWE pay-per-view to consist solely of women's matches.

All of WWE's women's championships will be defended at the event. It will also feature the final of the 2018 Mae Young Classic tournament.[4]

Production

Background

On the July 23, 2018 episode of Monday Night Raw, Stephanie McMahon announced that for the first time, WWE would hold an all-women's pay-per-view called Evolution.[4][3] Hall of Famers Lita, Trish Stratus, and Beth Phoenix were advertised as taking part in the event. It was also announced that all four of WWE's women's championships would be defended and that the event would host the finals of the 2018 Mae Young Classic.[4]

Storylines

The card will consist of matches resulting from scripted storylines, with results predetermined by WWE on the Raw, SmackDown, NXT, and NXT UK brands.[5][6] Storylines are produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live, NXT, and NXT UK.[7]

On August 18, a match between Alexa Bliss and Trish Stratus was scheduled for Evolution.[8] Then, on September 3, a match between Lita and Mickie James was scheduled for the event; the two last faced each other at the 2006 Survivor Series where James won the WWE Women's Championship from Lita in the latter's retirement match.[9] On the October 8 episode of Raw, a confrontation between the four women occurred. It was then revealed that instead of the two singles matches, Bliss and James would face Stratus and Lita in a tag team match at Evolution.[10]

At NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4, Kairi Sane defeated Shayna Baszler to win the NXT Women's Championship.[11] On the September 26 episode of NXT, a rematch between the two for the title was scheduled for Evolution.[12]

At SummerSlam, Ronda Rousey defeated Alexa Bliss to win the Raw Women's Championship. Following her win, The Bella Twins (Nikki and Brie Bella) celebrated with the new champion.[13] At Super Show-Down, it was announced that a title defense for Rousey was scheduled for Evolution. At that same event, Rousey and The Bella Twins teamed up to defeat The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan).[14] On the following episode of Raw, Rousey and The Bella Twins would again defeat The Riott Squad in a rematch. Following the match, however, The Bella Twins attacked Rousey, turning heel. A title match between Rousey and Nikki was then scheduled for Evolution.[10]

At SummerSlam, Charlotte Flair defeated Becky Lynch and former champion Carmella in a triple threat match to become a two-time SmackDown Women's Champion by pinning Lynch. Following the match, Lynch attacked Flair, turning heel.[13] Lynch then defeated Flair to win the championship at Hell in a Cell.[15] A rematch occurred at Super Show-Down where Flair won by disqualification after Lynch attacked her with the title belt, thus Lynch retained.[14] The two had a rematch on the following episode of SmackDown, but it ended in a double countout, resulting in Lynch again retaining. SmackDown General Manager Paige then announced that the two would have another rematch for the SmackDown Women's Championship at Evolution, but as a last woman standing match.[16]

On the October 15 episode of Raw, it was announced that a battle royal for a women's championship match would also take place at Evolution with various competitors announced to take part, including WWE legends and Hall of Famers.[17]

Matches

No. Matches* Stipulations
1 Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Nikki Bella Singles match for the WWE Raw Women's Championship[18]
2 Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair Last Woman Standing match for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship[19]
3 Kairi Sane (c) vs. Shayna Baszler Singles match for the NXT Women's Championship[20]
4 Rhea Ripley (c) vs. TBD Singles match for the NXT UK Women's Championship[3]
5 Io Shirai vs. Toni Storm 2018 Mae Young Classic tournament final match[21]
6 Trish Stratus and Lita vs. Alexa Bliss and Mickie James Tag team match[22]
7 Historic Women's Battle Royal Battle royal for a women's championship match[23]
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
    *Card subject to change

Announced participants in Historic Women's Battle Royal

As of October 21, 2018. 20 people have been confirmed.

     – Raw
     – SmackDown
     – Free agent
Entrant Date Announced
Tamina October 15, 2018
Billie Kay October 15, 2018
Peyton Royce October 15, 2018
Ember Moon October 15, 2018
Alicia Fox October 15, 2018
Nia Jax October 15, 2018
Dana Brooke October 15, 2018
Asuka October 15, 2018
Mandy Rose October 15, 2018
Sonya Deville October 15, 2018
Carmella October 15, 2018
Lana October 15, 2018
Naomi October 15, 2018
Torrie Wilson October 15, 2018
Michelle McCool October 19, 2018
Alundra Blayze October 19, 2018
Ivory October 19, 2018
Kelly Kelly October 19, 2018
Maria Kanellis October 19, 2018
Molly Holly October 19, 2018

References

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  14. ^ a b Powell, Jason. "Powell's WWE Super Show-Down live review: Undertaker vs. Triple H for the final time, AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe in a no DQ, no count-out match for the WWE Title, The Shield vs. Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre, and Dolph Ziggler, Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte for the Smackdown Women's Title". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  15. ^ Powell, Jason. "Powell's WWE Hell in a Cell 2018 live review: Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman in an HIAC for the WWE Universal Championship with Mick Foley as referee, AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE Title, Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton in an HIAC match". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  16. ^ Keller, Wade (October 9, 2018). "10/9 WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT: Keller's report on fallout from Super Show-down, Becky vs. Charlotte rematch, World Cup matches including return of Big Show". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  17. ^ Powell, Jason. "10/15 Powell's WWE Raw Live TV Review: Seth Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre and Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler in World Cup tournament qualifiers, Ronda Rousey addresses being attacked by The Bellas". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
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