Sports Entertainment Preview : WWE Evolution the first ever all female pay per view
On 23rd of July Stephanie McMahon announced on an episode of Monday night raw that on 28th of October WWE would present the first ever women’s only pay-per-view. This is great for the women division and no less than they deserve. The only problem is its not the first women’s only ppv. TNA a long standing rival of WWE have held many women only shows and there are a number of women only promotions out there, most notably Stardom that attracts the likes of Toni Storm and Piper Niven/Viper. All Japan Women promotion has put on some of the best women’s matches you’ll likely see with their first ppv taking place in 1993. As ever though with the McMahons if it didn’t happen in WWE then it didn’t happen full stop!
However this shouldn’t deter you from watching this show. It will be showing on the WWE Network which is available online. You can even get a free month long trial if you are a new subscriber so its worth checking out.
There are some potential great matches lined up already most notably Charlotte Flair challenging Becky Lynch for her Smackdown women’s title in a last women standing match. These two have been having some great matches in recent months since Beckys heel turn and subsequent title win and both are genuinely some of the best performers around. Charlotte is held in such high regard she is often touted as the best female performer in the world. Their series of matches have stolen the show recently and this one should be no different.
Heel turns seem to be a popular thing at the minute as Nikki Bella along with her sister Brie in tow will be taking on Raw Women’s champion Ronda Rousey who they were tag teaming with up until recently when they turned on her a week ago. Rousey who is still only 5 months into her WWE career has been one of the stand out performers of the year and the transition from the MMA world to the sports entertainment world of WWE has been pretty seamless.
The majority of matches on this card have some kind of title on the line. The Raw and Smackdown women’s titles are on the line as well as the NXT (WWE’s developmental brand) also having their main championship on the line which has Kairi Sane taking on Shayner Baszler (one of the 4 horsewomen of the UFC along with Rousey and recent WWE signings Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir) in a rematch of the TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 match. Their matches have been good to watch and true David vs Goliath style match such is the strength of Baszler.
The final of the Mae Young Classic will also be taking place which will see Toni Storm taking on Lo Shirai. Toni is one of the biggest names on the independent scene and was the inaugural Progress Women’s champion.
Trish Stratus and Lita well be taking on Alexa Bliss and Mickie James. This was originally two separate singles matches but has now turned in to a tag match with the two hall of famers in Stratus and Lita taking on current superstars Bliss and James. Lita and Trish have had some memorable matches in their time with WWE and headlined an episode of Raw for the women’s title which really pushed the women’s division at the time.
Announced this week was the match between The Riott squad consisting of Ruby Riott, Sarah Morgan and Liv Morgan taking on Sasha Banks, Bayley and Natalya. There hasn’t really been any build up to this match so it may serve as a break in between the main title matches as to not burn out the crowd.
The women’s Battle Royal will see some of the main roster talent including Asuka, Ember Moon and recently announced Zelina Vega as well as some of the hall of famers in an over the top rope match similar to a Royal Rumble however they all start at the same time rather than coming in at 5 minute intervals. This will see some of the legends from this years Rumble match like Molly Holly and Kelly Kelly but also Alundra Blayze who was a key performer in the 90’s and a driving force behind pushing the women’s division forward at that time.
This should be a great pay-per-view and one I’m looking forward to more than the Crown Jewel show taking place in Saudi Arabia which the WWE are uncomfortably very quiet about despite concerns from the wide spread media as well as some of the members of the roster taking part. This week it was reported that John Cena and Daniel Bryan are reportedly refusing to the work the show.
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