It has been a long time coming, but Sunday night finally marked the first ever all-female WWE PPV, Evolution. Returning stars who paved the way coupled with the wrestlers of today that have followed in their footsteps and finished the job. All three of WWE's Women's Championships were on the line too so, as you can imagine, there was a lot of ground to cover. Read on and relive what was an extremely successful Evolution. Hopefully, the first of many.
Trish Stratus's music opening WWE Evolution probably wasn't what fans were expecting. It certainly got fans off their feet, though. It also took the pressure off Stratus and Lita as fans were just happy to see them. The two of them took a while to get into the swing of things, but once they did it was like they hadn't missed a step, especially Stratus. The atmosphere in the arena was electric when Mickie James stepped into the ring with her, a moment most thought they would never see again. James ate a Stratusfaction and then both she and Alica Fox suffered a moonsault from Lita, earning the returning Hall Of Famers the win.
Before any of the evening's Women's Championship matches was the battle royal. A bout to decide a future number one contender to either the Raw or SmackDown Women's Title. There were some big names in this one from both the past and present. Ivory, Alundra Blayze, Naomi, The Iiconics, all mixing it up. Some clashes we never thought we'd see, even if they were very brief ones. A big deal was made out of the biggest women in the match, Nia Jax and Tamina. In fact, it was the former who went on to win the whole thing, saving her friend Ember Moon for last. Next up for Jax, presumably Ronda Rousey. Unless she chooses to take on the SmackDown Women's Champion, of course.
If you have been keeping up with this year's Mae Young Classic, you'll know exactly how talented the two finalists are. Toni Storm and Io Shirai's semi-finals earlier this week were two of the most physical matches you could ever hope to see. Both women wanted to win more than anything, and it made for the most fitting final. The match might not have had the same name value as others on the card, but it will have caught the attention of anyone watching. At just 21 years old, the future is extremely bright for eventual winner Storm. A feud between her and Rhea Ripley in NXT UK please WWE?
The NXT Women's Title had never been defended on the main roster before Evolution. If Vince McMahon was watching on Sunday night, it might be more often from now on. Shayna Baszler versus Kairi Sane was the perfect advert for how good the women's division is down at Full Sail right now. These women know each other extremely well and that showed in this match. Sane looked more violent than ever as she attempted to counteract the viciousness of The Queen Of Spades. Sadly for Sane, she lost the title, and even worse it was down to dirty tactics. Baszler's fellow horsewomen, Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke, hopped the barrier and got involved. Thanks to their interference, Baszler is now the only two-time Women's Champion in NXT history.
Only the best match on the card was going to top Sane versus Baszler, so it's a good job it came straight after. Charlotte Flair versus Becky Lynch in a last woman standing match. The rivalry between these two has been so good that it has left fans wondering what more they could possibly do. Well, watch this match and find out. As both women threw steel chair after steel chair into the ring, you knew this one wasn't going to be pretty. By the time both women went crashing through an announce table, you could see the bruises and welts all over their bodies. Lynch had to put Flair through yet another table to keep her down for a ten count, though. In fact, she had to powerbomb her through it from the turnbuckle to the floor outside the ring. What a match.
Keep expecting little from Ronda Rousey matches, and she will keep blowing us away. Yes, that clearly does include one on one affairs with Nikki Bella. The Raw Women's Title match may have had to follow two terrific bouts, but it delivered in every way that it needed to. Brie Bella's presence at ringside was something of an equalizer for her sister. Her constant interference allowed Nikki to continually punish Rousey. It would have taken an army of Bellas to stop The Rowdy One, though. Rousey dragged Bella from the top rope straight into her patented armbar. Just like everyone else, Bella tapped instantly.