Inside the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, the first-ever all-women’s pay-per-view, WWE Evolution, is set to go down on Sunday night. It will be a historic night for WWE as some of the best females superstars from the past and present will get the stage all to themselves, a moment that they all have long deserved.
While there are some incredible matches on tap and this is shaping up to be a night you won’t want to miss, there is also some left to be desired from the card, which only features two singles matches featuring current WWE main roster superstars. Some of the biggest names of the current women’s revolution are in multi-woman matches, including a multi-brand battle royal that will be on the show.
Let’s take a look at the matches that have been announced at this time. Evolution will run just as the regular monthly PPV showings with a kickoff show at 6 p.m. ET before the main card starts one hour later at 7 p.m. CBS Sports will be previewing Evolution all week, so be sure to stick with us.
Spoiler warning: One of the matches already set for Evolution contains results from the 2018 Mae Young Classic, which is currently airing on the WWE Network. Also, the inaugural NXT UK women’s champion has already been crowned.
2018 WWE Evolution matches
Raw Women’s Championship — Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Nikki Bella: Rousey and the Bellas seemed to be getting along just fine, right up until the Raw following Super Showdown where the Nikki & Brie turned on Rousey after another successful match as a six-woman pairing. The Bellas viciously attacked the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion while celebrating the victory, and the rumored main event all along for this show has come to fruition.
SmackDown Women’s Championship — Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (Last Woman Standing Match): This rivalry reached new heights on SmackDown where Flair speared Lynch through the video board at the top of the stage following a double countout finish. Because it keeps escalating, Lynch and Flair will make history at Evolution when they compete in the first-ever Last Woman Standing Match.
Trish Stratus & Lita vs. Alexa Bliss & Mickie James: Stratus and Bliss were scheduled to go head-to-head in singles action, as were Lita and James. But the company decided to randomly pair these ladies up here for a tag match instead, which should still be entertaining nonetheless.
Sasha Banks, Bayley & Natalya vs. The Riott Squad: This match quickly developed two weeks before the show on Raw and was added to the Evolution card before the go-home episode on Monday night. It’s a good way to get three deserving women in Banks, Bayley and Natalya on the show, but it leaves us wanting more all things considered.
NXT Women’s Championship — Kairi Sane (c) vs. Shayna Baszler: On the Sept. 26 edition of NXT, Sane and Baszler stood face-to-face in the ring and the champ informed the challenger and former titleholder that she can have her contractually-obligated rematch … but she will have to wait until Evolution. Back at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, Sane defeated Baszler for the NXT women’s championship in somewhat of a stunning outcome given the dominant run the former champion was on at the time.
Io Shirai vs. Toni Storm (2018 Mae Young Classic final): Two of the best in-ring female workers in the world were able to navigate their way through this year’s Mae Young Classic, and at Evolution, they’ll aim to become the second winner of the annual tournament. No matter who comes out victorious, though, both of these women have bright futures with the company.
Battle Royal: So as to give as many women as possible the spotlight on this historic evening, a battle royal was revealed for the card. Officially announced to participate in the match are: Tamina Snuka, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Ember Moon, Alicia Fox, Nia Jax, Dana Brooke, Asuka, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Carmella, Lana, Naomi, Torrie Wilson, Michelle McCool, Madusa, Molly Holly, Ivory, Kelly Kelly and Maria Kanellis.
NXT UK Women’s Championship — Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Jinny: During the inaugural tapings, Ripley was crowned the first NXT U.K. women’s champion. The likely first opponent for her would have been Storm, but she’s tied up with the Mae Young Classic final. So in this spot challenging for the title, it wouldn’t hurt to showcase the talents of Jinny in a title match.
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