Despite the unmitigated success of last year's Evolution PPV, there is a strong chance that the all women's show will not return in 2019.
While there was a lot to like and not like about wrestling in 2018, if we are going to remember it for just one thing, it'll be Evolution. The first ever all women's PPV in WWE history. Not only was it a historical event, but it was arguably the best WWE PPV of the year and featured one of the best matches of 2018. Charlotte Flair versus Becky Lynch in a Last Woman Standing match.
The whole show was such a huge success that most fans just assumed it will now become an annual fixture in WWE's PPV calendar. Some even thought that WWE might even have more than one female only PPV per year. However, on a leaked list of every WWE PPV scheduled to take place in 2019, Evolution is not featured.
That has got fans worried. So worried in fact that Stephanie McMahon was asked about its absence from the calendar during a recent interview with The Atlantic. While she didn't say that it won't be happening, McMahon's answer hasn't exactly filled us with hope either. "We haven't announced any plans yet for Evolution but we have a lot of things in the works right now," she explained.
Directly after Evolution, McMahon ensured fans that it would happen again and that there would be more women's only PPVs. In her defense, that is still a possibility. Plus, she was likely riding high on how good a show it was at the time. If we were in a position of power within WWE and had been asked that question right after the show, we would have assumed it would be happening again too.
No one knows the inner workings of Vince McMahon's mind other than the boss himself. Sometimes we're not entirely convinced that even he knows what is going on in there. The timing of Evolution did make it feel like it was simply a make-good for female Superstars not being allowed to compete at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia a week later. Maybe if women are allowed on those shows going forward, Mr. McMahon feels as if women's only PPVs won't be needed anymore.