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WWE Evolution Recap & Review

WWE Evolution

Original Air Date: October 28, 2018
Event Date: October 28, 2018
aired live on the WWE Network

City: Uniondale, NY
Venue: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Commentary: Michael Cole, Renee Young, Beth Phoenix
Spanish Commentary (ringside): Marcelo Rodriguez, Carlos Cabrera
German Commentary (ringside): Calvin Knie, Carsten Schaefer
Portuguese Commentary: Marco Alfaro, Roberto Figueroa
Russian Commentary: Moti Margolin, Zhan Pomerantsev
Japanese Commentary: Shun Yamaguchi, Funaki
Hindi Commentary: Obaid Kadwani, Shez Sardar
French Commentary: Ray Rougeau, Jean Brassard
Mandarin Commentary: Meng Ai, Sean Deng
Ring Announcer: Lilian Garcia (1, 2), Kayla Braxton (3, 5), Jojo (4, 6, 7)

Brand: RAW, SmackDown, NXT
Theme Song: “Salute” by Little Mix
Attendance: 10,900


Female superstars talk about what led up to Evolution and what it means to them.

Ring Area
Nita Strauss and Lizzy Hale open the show with a song.


Match 1
Trish Stratus & Lita vs Alicia Fox & Mickie James w/ Alexa Bliss
(referee: Darrick Moore)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Trish Stratus pins Mickie James after the Chick Kick
Time: 11:01

Match Thoughts
Good match. Trish and Mickie definitely had the best match-up in this match. The crowd was super into them, and they worked well together. Everyone looked good, really, and this was a fun opening, crowd-pleasing match. No real surprises here.


Kayla Braxton welcomes the Bella Twins. Nikki and Bella say tonight is about honoring the women’s evolution, and Nikki is dedicating her match tonight to Ronda Rousey’s mother.

Asuka, Kelly Kelly, Lilian Garcia, and Sasha Banks talk about Evolution.


Match 2
20 Woman Battle Royal
Naomi vs Michelle McCool vs Sonya Deville vs Alundra Blayze vs Carmella vs Zelina Vega vs Kelly Kelly vs Tamina vs Ember Moon vs Lana vs Maria Kanellis vs Mandy Rose vs Molly Holly vs Dana Brooke vs Nia Jax vs Ivory vs Asuka vs Torrie Wilson vs Billie Kay vs Peyton Royce
(outside referees: Rod Zapata, Aubrey Edwards, Jason Ayers, Shawn Bennett; stipulation: the winner will receive a future title shot; at ringside: Jimmy Uso, R-Truth, Mike Kanellis, The Miz, Maryse)

Show/Hide Results

Winner: Nia Jax
Time: 16:23

Elimination OrderWrestlerEliminationsTime OutEliminated By
1Peyton Royce00:12Alundra Blayze, Maria Kanellis, Ivory, Kelly Kelly, Torrie Wilson, Michelle McCool, Molly Holly
2Billie Kay00:13Alundra Blayze, Maria Kanellis, Ivory, Kelly Kelly, Torrie Wilson, Michelle McCool, Molly Holly
3Molly Holly21:35Sonya Deville
4Kelly Kelly22:09Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose
5Torrie Wilson22:51Mandy Rose
6Sonya Deville23:00Mandy Rose
7Alundra Blayze23:32Nia Jax
8Maria Kanellis24:24Nia Jax
10Mandy Rose37:46Carmella
11Dana Brooke08:18Ember Moon
12Michelle McCool29:09Ember Moon
14Carmella110:27Ember Moon
16Asuka112:17Ember Moon
17Tamina213:31Ember Moon
18Zelina Vega015:44Nia Jax
19Ember Moon516:23Nia Jax
WinnerNia Jax4

Match Thoughts
This was a lot of fun. I kind of wanted a bigger surprise as far as the winner goes, but there were a lot moments that made me smile here. Ivory, Ember Moon, and Zelina Vega were standouts for me, and I really liked the moments in the middle of the match when Tamina and Nia Jax fought each other and everyone else.


Ring Area
Charly Caruso enters the ring and congratulates Nia Jax. Nia says she has her sights set on the RAW Women’s Title, but she doesn’t care who is the champ. They won’t be champ for long.

Toni Storm and Io Shirai are both looking to fulfill their dreams by winning this year’s Mae Young Classic.


Match 3
Mae Young Classic 2018 Final Match
Toni Storm vs Io Shirai
(referee: Jessika Carr; at ringside: Rhea Ripley, Meiko Satomura, Taynara Conti, Tegan Nox)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Toni Storm wins via pinfall after Storm Zero
Time: 10:05

Match Thoughts
Great match! I was a little sad because I wanted both women to win, but I was thrilled with how this match turned out. I think Storm had a better tournament than Shirai, but this was easily one of the best matches in this year’s Mae Young Classic. Both women looked strong, Shirai hit her high-flying moves perfectly, and everything about this was great. I really enjoyed how it built up from extended sequences of grappling, to some power moves, to some flying, to some huge moves towards the end.


Ring Area
After the match, the winner of this year’s Mae Young Classic is presented with her trophy by Triple H, and he, Stephanie McMahon, and Sara Amato congratulate both women.

Alundra Blayze, Naomi, and Eve Torres talk about Evolution.


Match 4
Riott Squad vs Sasha Banks & Natalya & Bayley
(referee: Shawn Bennett; at ringside: Finn Balor)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Sasha Banks pins Liv Morgan after a frog splash
Time: 13:40

Match Thoughts
Very good match, but it also got to be very frustrating. The Riott Squad looked as good as I’ve ever seen them. They were tagging constantly and were a few steps ahead of their opponents for 95% of this match. I know WWE probably wanted to send people home happy, but man, I really want the Riott Squad to get a big win somewhere. The finish itself made sense, but for Riott Squad to be so good throughout the entire match and not come up with the win felt a little cheap. But, of course, I’m not complaining about the match itself, just the choice of the finish. Everything leading up to that was very, very good.


Stephanie McMahon, Molly Holly, Alicia Fox, and Nia Jax talk about Evolution.


Match 5
NXT Women’s Title Match
Shayna Baszler vs Kairi Sane (NXT Women’s Champ)
(referee: Jessika Carr; at ringside: Lacey Evans, Candice LeRae, Bianca Belair, Jessamyn Duke, Marina Shafir)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Shayna Baszler wins via submission with the Kirifuda Clutch (and some distractions from Marina Shafir and Jassamyn Duke) and becomes a two-time NXT Women’s Champ
Time: 12:29

Match Thoughts
Great match. Baszler has improved immensely over the last year, and this was probably the best match Sane and Baszler have had against each other. There were some shenanigans towards the end of the match, and it worked well for what they were going for. If got me pretty hot.

As for the action leading up to the finish, it was great. Baszler picked apart Sane for a lot of the match, focusing her attack on Sane’s left arm. The moves and holds she put on Sane looked brutal, and it made me pull for Sane even more. Sane fought back though, and she used strikes and dives to believably put Baszler on the ropes. It was a close match, and they even revisited the finish of their last title match as the excitement was building towards the end of the bout.


Ember Moon, Ata Johnson, Vickie Guerrero, and Maryse talk about Evolution.

A look at the feud between Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair.


Match 6
Last Woman Standing SmackDown Women’s Title Match
Charlotte Flair vs Becky Lynch (SD Women’s Champ)
(referee: Mike Chioda)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Becky Lynch wins when Charlotte can’t meet the ten count after a powerbomb from the ropes through a table on the floor
Time: 28:39

Match Thoughts
Great match. Both women took and dealt a beating. Weapons were used, tables were broken, and ladders were fallen off of. The emotion felt real throughout the match, and there were some really great moments. This was a great highlight of a great feud. The only bad part? It wasn’t the final match of the night.


A look at the feud between Ronda Rousey and the Bellas.


Match 7
RAW Women’s Title Match
Nikki Bella w/ Brie Bella vs Ronda Rousey (RAW Women’s Champ)
(referee: Rod Zapata)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Ronda Rousey wins via submission with an arm bar
Time: 14:08

Match Thoughts
Good match. Nikki dominated the first half of the match which was weird, but Brie helped so it sort of made sense. Once Rousey started to take over it was more entertaining. Ultimately, this match went about like I think most people expected. It was good, but I think Becky versus Charlotte was better. The SmackDown title should have closed the show.


Show Impressions
This was a good show. Other than the first and last matches being just good not great, every other match was very entertaining for one reason or another. I might have gotten a little emotional a few times throughout the night.

Match of the Night
Becky Lynch vs Charlotte
I think the emotion put this one over the top for me. The NXT title match was also great, and the Mae Young Finals might have been the best wrestling match of the night.



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