Welcome to the first ever all-Women PPV, Evolution. This was amazing moment to have this PPV because the ladies have put on some of the best matches in the WWE over the last few years. Some people online and even ex-WWE talent think this is a result of them doing the Crown Jewel PPV. Whether it’s true or not, let’s not take away from this moment. Was the PPV perfect? Of course not, but let’s remember this is the first of hopefully many. Evolution saw three championships defended. Ronda Rousey put up her Raw Women’s Championship Against Nikki Bella. In a Last Standing Match, Charlotte Flair challenged her former best friend, Becky Lynch for the SmackDown Women’s title. Last, but not least Kairi Sane defended her NXT Championship against Shayna Baszler.
We had a battle royal with the winner getting a future championship match. We saw the return of Trish Stratus & Lita to face Mickie James & Alicia Fox. Of course, Alexa Bliss wasn’t cleared as she suffered a concussion. Let’s see how things turned out.
We started the evening off with the tag match featuring the two Hall-Of-Famers. They all went at it for the first few minutes until wanted Mickie James for old times sake. They traded strikes on each other, Stratus hit the Thesz Press, but James got the advantage. After taking advantage of Trish, she finally was able to tag in Lita. Bliss, James & Foxx tried to leave, but Trish & Lita cut them off. Foxx accidentally kicked James, then Lita goes for the moonsault, but Bliss interfered. In the end, Lita hit the Twist of Fate followed by her patented moonsault. Trish hit the Stratus-faction on Mickie James for the win. Winners: Lita & Trish Stratus
Match Rating: 3/5- It was great to see Lita & Trish once again.
This was the battle royal to determine who would get a future Women’s Championship match. The IIconics came down to the ring talking trash to the ladies. The ladies quickly eliminated Billie Kay & Peyton Royce immediately. The new ladies surrounded the ones from the past. Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose eliminated Molly Holly, Kelly Kelly and Torrie Wilson. As Deville celebrated, Mandy Rose eliminated her friend. Nia Jax eliminated Alundra Blayze, Maria Kanellis, but Ember Moon was the superstar of the battle royal as she eliminated five ladies. In the end, Jax eliminated Moon to earn the opportunity. Winner: Nia Jax
We had the Finals of the Mae Young Classic. Toni Storm took on Io Shirai to determine who would win the 2nd annual Mae Young Classic. This tournament the last two years show you how the ladies are some of the best in the world. These ladies started out with several counters and they showed some amazing athletic ability. Everything picked up when Shirai hit Storm with the 619. Shirai springboards into a sunset flip, but Storm kicks out. Shirai continues her assault on Storm by hitting the corner double knees. Afterwards, Shirai goes up top to attempt a moonsault, but Storm got her knees up. Toni Storm hit the Storm Zero for the second time in the match for the win. Mae Young Classic Winner: Toni Storm
Match Rating: 3.75/5
This was the 6-Women Tag match as the Riott Squad took on Sasha Banks, Bayley & Natalya. Honestly, I’m upset that Sasha Banks and Natalya couldn’t get a more meaningful match. This match was much better than expected and Ruby Riott got a chance to be a star. Natalya put a double sharpshooter on Riott & Logan. Morgan snuck in the ring and hit the Codebreaker on her for a nearfall. Natalya rebounded and hit her with the powerbomb. Bayley hit the Macho Man elbow and Sasha Banks hit the Frog Splash for the win. Winners; Bayley, Natalya & Sasha Banks
Match Rating: 3.25/5
Kairi Sane put up her NXT Women’s Championship against former champ. Shayna Baszler. Remember these two were in the finals of the inaugural Mae Young Classic. They have put on some really good matches and have traded the title. Like their other matches, Baszler was the aggressor and Sane continued to be the fighting champion she is. Baszler worked on the arm of Sane, but they continued to show more offense than any of their previous matches. These two fought outside as Sane back body dropped Baszler into the crowd after tossing her into the barricade. Jessamyn Duke grabbed Sane from the crowd, but she drops her with a spinning back fist. The Marina Shafir gets on the apron but Sane drops her also. Sane gets kicked in the head by Duke as she’s near the ropes, Sane falls into the Clutch and passed out. Winner and New NXT Women’s Champ: Shayna Baszler
Match Rating: 3.75/5
We had the Last Woman Standing match as Becky Lynch defended the SmackDown Women’s title against Charlotte Flair. This has been one of, if not the best feud this year in the WWE. If you didn’t watch this match, you missed a damn good one. Honestly, doing a review of this match wouldn’t do this match service as it’s been talked about as a match of the year candidate. This match had emotions, wrestling, great spots and just violence. It seemed like Charlotte was about to reclaim the title in a crazy spot where she applied the Figure 8 on Lynch with the help of a ladder. Lynch almost retained the belt after hitting a big leg drop from the ladder through the announce table. Lynch finally retained the title after hitting the powerbomb through the announce table. Winner and Still SmackDown Women’s Title: Becky Lynch
Match Rating: 4.5/5- AWESOME MATCH!!!
We had the main event as Ronda Rousey defended her Raw Women’s title against Nikki Bella. As expected, Brie Bella was heavily involved in this match. With the help of Brie, Nikki got in a good amount of offense and she took it to the outside also. Nikki also was showing signs of her injured neck during the match. Crazy spot in the match saw Rousey hit a Double Samoan Drop on both Bellas, which got a great reaction. Rousey got in some good offense, but Nikki once again got the advantage in the match. Nikki got a nearfall after hitting the Rack Attack. In the end, Rousey rolled Nikki up with the armbar to win the match. Winner and Still Raw Women’s Champ: Ronda Rousey
Match Rating: 3/5- Great gesture seeing all the ladies waiting on the stage for Rousey.
Overall Rating: 6.5/10- This was a very successful PPV, which I enjoyed very much. We got a match of the year candidate out of the Becky Lynch/Charlotte Flair match. Below are my top 3 matches of the night.
- Becky Lynch© vs. Charlotte Flair
- Toni Storm vs. Io Shirai
- Kairi Sane© vs. Shayna Baszler
What did you think about the PPV? What was your favorite match of the night? What did you think about seeing the legends? Leave a comment below.