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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. It will be the first pay-per-view in WWE history to be comprised entirely of women's matches.

All of WWE's women's championships will be defended at the event. It will also feature the finals of the 2018 Mae Young Classic tournament. The event was announced on the July 23, 2018 edition of Raw.

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. 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.

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. Storylines are produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live, NXT, and NXT UK.

On August 18, a match between Alexa Bliss and Trish Stratus was scheduled for Evolution. 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. 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.

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

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. 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). 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.

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. Lynch then defeated Flair to win the championship at Hell in a Cell. A rematch occurred at Super Show-Down where Flair won by disqualification after Lynch attacked her with the title belt, thus Lynch retained. 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.

Match Preview

Ronda Rousey vs. Nikki BellaPreview
Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte FlairPreview
Kairi Sane (c) vs. Shayna BaszlerPreview
Toni Storm vs. Io ShiraiPreview
Trish Stratus & Lita vs. Alexa Bliss & Mickie JamesPreview

Matches

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.

Other on-screen talent

Commentators
Pre-show
Interviewers
Ring announcer
Referees

See also

DVD release

  • Amazon [ Evolution 2018 on DVD]

External links

Evolution 2018 previews

Ronda Rousey v Nikki BellaBecky Lynch v Charlotte FlairKairi Sane v Shayna BaszlerToni Storm vs. Io ShiraiTrish Stratus & Lita vs. Alexa Bliss & Mickie James

Evolution
2018
2018 World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-views

NXT TakeOver: PhiladelphiaRoyal RumbleElimination ChamberFastlaneNXT TakeOver: New OrleansWrestleManiaGreatest Royal RumbleBacklashNXT TakeOver: Chicago IIMoney in the BankExtreme RulesNXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IVSummerSlamHell in a CellSuper Show-DownEvolutionCrown JewelNXT TakeOver: WarGames IISurvivor SeriesTLC: Tables, Ladders, & Chairs