WWE Evolution 2018
Uniondale, New York
October 28, 2018
A video package opens the show focusing on the Divas division becoming the Women’s division in WWE, narrated by Stephanie McMahon describing it as a “hope.”
We hear from Bayley, Sasha Banks, Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Nikki Bella, Carmella, Brie Bella, Natalya, Ronda Rousey and Stephanie McMahon.
Lzzy Hale and Nita Strauss open the show tonight playing live.
Trish Stratus is out first to kick off the first match of the night.
Big reactions for Trish and Lita tonight.
Alexa Bliss walks out next with a mic in hand. Alexa says it might be past Trish and Lita’s bed time. She introduces the “true pioneers” of the WWE women’s division.
Mickie James and Alicia Fox are out next.
We start with Lita and Mickie James. Lita with a hurcanrana early on Mickie. Alicia Fox gets the tag, who was touted as the longest tenured female talent on the roster. Lita tosses Fox around the ring and catches her with a clothesline in the corner. Trish gets the tag as Fox is already upset slapping the corner. Trish with a hip toss on Fox. Trish with a snapmare. Mickie gets the tag. Commentary talks about the rich history between these two. Trish and Mickie exchange elbows. Trish with the Lou Thesz Press and rights. Mickie avoids Trish’s flip up huricanrana takedown sitting on the top turnbuckle. They exchange shots up top. Trish jumps up and connects with a top rope huricanrana for a two count. Tag to Lita. Mickie and Fox bail. Trish and Lita catch up to Mickie and Fox, who are trying to leave. Lita tries going up top, but Alexa Bliss jumps in and pulls her off the top. The referee didn’t see it. Mickie with a shot to Trish in the corner. Lita with a huricanrana takedown with help from Trish. Mickie responds with a neckbreaker. Tag to Trish who connects with two big takedowns and a sitdown powerbomb for a two count. Stratusfaction off the ropes on Mickie. Fox barely breaks it up. Lita with Twist of Fate on Fox. Lita with a moonsault over Mickie and Fox. Trish catches Mickie with the kick to the head. Trish gets the pinfall on Mickie.
Backstage, The Bella Twins are asked about Ronda Rousey. Nikki said tonight is about celebrating the women’s evolution. She is dedicating her match to Ronda’s mother.
We hear from Asuka, Kelly Kelly, Lilian Garcia and Sasha Banks about tonight.
The IIconics are quickly tossed out of the ring to start the match.
Peyton Royce is eliminated.
Billie Kay is eliminated.
Big brawl breaks out inside the ring when The IIconics are tossed out.
Molly Holly is eliminated.
Rose and Deville tossed out Molly. They kick Kelly Kelly out next.
Kelly Kelly is eliminated.
Rose and Deville get Torrie on the ring apron. Rose with a running knee to toss her out.
Torrie Wilson is eliminated.
Rose then tosses Deville out of the ring! Deville can’t believe it.
Sonya Deville is eliminated.
Nia Jax tosses Alundra Blayze over the top rope easily.
Alundra Blayze is eliminated.
Maria with a Bronco Buster to Tamina in the corner. Jax headbutts Maria out.
Maria Kanellis is eliminated.
Tamina catches Zelina Vega with a superkick and a samoan drop on Naomi. Tamina and Jax start to face off. They do a Roman Reigns roar and start clearing house on others. Tamina grabs Lana and tosses her out of the ring.
Lana is eliminated.
Jax with a big scoop slam on Tamina. Carmella calls for a dance break. We see R-Truth dancing from the crowd. Ivory joins Carmella with the dance break. Rose tries to eliminate Ivory, but Ivory hangs on over the ring apron. Carmella tosses Rose out.
Mandy Rose is eliminated.
Dana Brooke is tossed out by Ember Moon, hitting the ring apron hard.
Dana Brooke is eliminated.
Michelle McCool is working over Carmella in the corner. McCool catches Moon with a big boot. Moon tosses her over the top rope and she hits the floor.
Michelle McCool is eliminated.
Tamina tosses Naomi over the top rope.
Naomi is eliminated.
Carmella with kicks to Moon in the corner. Jax is trying to toss Tamina over. Moon with an elbow that catches Carmella sending her to the floor.
Carmella is eliminated.
Ivory, Tamina Snuka, Nia Jax, Ember Moon and Asuka are the final five. Asuka tosses Ivory to the ring apron and then hits the ropes tossing her to the outside.
Ivory is eliminated.
We are down to Ember Moon, Nia Jax, Tamina Snuka and Asuka. NXT chants when Asuka and Moon face off. Moon tosses out Asuka!
Asuka is eliminated.
Tamina plants Moon. Tamina with a superkick to Jax. Moon tosses out Tamina.
Tamina Snuka is eliminated.
We are down to Moon and Jax. Moon is trying to pull Jax over the top rope, hanging on. Zelina Vega jumps back in. She was never eliminated! Zelina thinks she eliminated Jax and Moon, but both hang on. Jax lifts Vega up and into Tamina on the floor.
Zelina Vega is eliminated.
Jax turns around and takes a dropkick from Moon. Moon hits a clothesline, but Jax hangs on. Jax hangs on with another clothesline by Moon. Jax plants Moon. Jax quickly picks up Moon and tosses her over the top rope easily to win the Battle Royal.
Ember Moon is eliminated.
Jax immediately starts to celebrate and fight back tears.
After the match, we see The Rock’s mother (Nia’s aunt) sitting at ringside. Charly Caruso is inside the ring and talks with Nia about making history. Nia says this means so much to her and her family. Her focus is now on the RAW Women’s Championship. Caruso asks who she would rather face: Ronda Rousey or Nikki Bella? Nia wishes the best of luck to both. “Whoever wins I hope they enjoy the moment, because it won’t last long.”
A video package runs focusing on the 2018 Mae Young Classic tournament.
Jessika Carr will be the referee for this match tonight.
Storm with a low dropkick early on Shirai for a two count. Shirai has Storm on the mat in a modified full nelson submission early. Storm tries to roll out and Shirai keeps it locked on. Storm breaks free and connects with a suplex dumping Shirai on her head. Storm is up top. Shirai is up, springboards off the top rope and kicks Storm off the top turnbuckle. Shirai jumps up and connects with a top turnbuckle moonsault on Storm to the outside! Storm with a german suplex on Shirai over the ring apron! Back inside, Storm and Shirai exchange elbows. Shirai gets the better of Storm. Storm levels Shirai with a clothesline. Storm connects with the Storm Zero (double underhook into a powerbomb) for a two count. Shirai with 619 to Storm against the ropes. Huge sunset flip springboarding off the top rope and getting a close two count on Storm. Storm gets her knees up when Shirai attempts a moonsault. Storm Zero connects. Storm gets the pinfall.
After the match, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and Sara Amato present Toni Storm with the Mae Young Classic trophy and flowers.
We hear from Alundra Blayze on what it was like to be part of previous wrestling events where the women never received any sort of billing.
We start with Natalya and Liv Morgan. Liv slaps Natalya hard and drops her over the ring. Tag to Sasha Banks with a jumping clothesline as Natalya holds her as a tribute to The Anvil. Sarah Logan gets the tag and eats a dropkick from Banks early. Banks tosses her to the corner, tags in Bayley and Bayley connects with a high knee. Banks follows up with double knees. Bayley with a stunner to Morgan over the second rope from the ring apron. Logan gets Bayley wrapped around the steel ring post with a baseball slide. Tag to Morgan who kicks Bayley in the ribs. Tag back to Logan who keeps Bayley grounded. Tag to Ruby Riott who is knocked out, but then trips up Bayley. Ruby catapults Bayley up and Bayley catches Morgan. Bayley tosses Logan out. Logan with a clothesline to Natayla. Morgan prevents Bayley from tagging out as Ruby gets the tag. Bayley catches both with kicks. Bayley drops Morgan off the top rope. Hot tag to Banks. Banks clears house including a big dropkick to Ruby. Banks catches Ruby with a knee from the ring apron. Banks with double knees off the top rope for a two count. Banks catches Ruby with a knee. Ruby with a kick to the face. Tag to Bayley. Banks with a backstabber. Bayley to Belly. Banks is knocked into Bayley by Morgan to break up the pinfall. Tag to Morgan. Banks is back in with the tag. Banks tries to flip over the top rope, but gets caught up in the top rope. The Riott Squad then launches her into the metal barricade. Back inside, Morgan with a pinfall attempt and gets a two count. Logan drops Ruby over Banks. Natalya jumps in and is tossed out. Tag to Morgan who kicks Banks in the head. Tag to Ruby who goes up top. Bayley lays over Banks. Ruby connects hitting Bayley. Ruby hooks the leg of Banks and gets a two count. Frequent tags with The Riott Squad. Natalya has the hot tag as Morgan is legal. Ruby tags herself in as Natalya plants Morgan face first. Morgan tags herself in as she drops Ruby over Logan. Natalya is going for a double Sharpshooter. Natalya turns them over and has it locked in. Morgan takes out Natalya and gets a close two count. Bayley tags herself in and hits a flying elbow. Bayley leaps out taking out Ruby and Logan. Banks has the tag. Banks with a frog splash off the top on Morgan for the win.
We hear from Stephanie McMahon, Molly Holly, Alicia Fox and Nia Jax.
We get ring introductions for the champion Sane and challenger Baszler.
Sane with a modified stunner early that sends Baszler flying back into the ropes. Sane with a running and sliding clothesline against the ropes. Baszler rolls to the ring apron and Sane connects with a jumping stomp to the chest. Sane with a huge slap to Baszler. Baszler tosses Sane into the steel steps at ringside and then they return to the ring. Baszler drops her boots over the hand of Sane! Baszler with a snap and release armbar on Sane. Baszler and Sane exchange forearm shots in the middle of the ring. Baszler with a running knee that catches Sane, but Sane responds with a quick back hand. Loud “NXT” chant. Sane with a modified Boston Crap submission. Baszler easily breaks free. Sane catches Baszler with a big spear. Sane with a running neckbreaker that connects on Baszler. Sane plants Baszler near the corner. She is favoring her left arm. Baszler cuts off Sane from going up top and holds her by her left arm over the ring apron! Sane with a huge cross body off the top turnbuckle taking out Baszler! Baszler immediately responds sending Sane into the barricade. Jessamyn Duke tries to interfere and Sane catches her with a shot. Marina Shafir tries to interfere and Sane kicks her away. This distracts Sane allowing Baszler to lock in her rear naked choke. Sane flips back to get Baszler’s shoulders down for a close two count. Duke with a kick to the face of Sane. The referee doesn’t see this. Sane falls back into Baszler applying the rear naked choke. Sane is trying to fight out kicking her legs and throwing punches. Sane is fading. Sane is out. The referee calls for the bell.
We hear from Ember Moon, Ata Johnson (The Rock’s mother), Vickie Guerrero and Maryse about what a show like Evolution means for women’s wrestling.
A video package runs focusing on Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair tonight.
We get ring introductions for the champion Lynch and challenger Flair.
Loud cheering for Becky tonight. Loud and negative reaction for Charlotte.
The bell rings and here we go. Loud “LETS GO BECKY” chant. Becky with a shove early as she avoids chops from Charlotte. Charlotte pushes Becky down to the mat. The referee immediately starts the count given the stipulation tonight. Becky drops a quick leg, mocks the Flair strut, drops an elbow and then another leg drop over Charlotte. Becky drops Charlotte to the mat off the corner with force. Becky has a kendo stick and starts cracking it across the body of Charlotte at ringside. Michael Cole reminds us this is perfectly legal in a Last Woman Standing match. Charlotte and Becky start tossing tons of steel chairs inside the ring. A loud “ECW” chant breaks out. Charlotte finds a table and Becky jumps off the steel steps catching Charlotte with a right hand. Back inside, Becky dumps Charlotte over the mount of steel chairs in the ring. The referee gets to 6 when Charlotte is back up. Charlotte with a back suplex on Becky over the chairs! The referee begins the count. Charlotte rolls out at 8 as Becky gets to her feet. Becky catches Charlotte with a boot to the face sending her flying off the ring apron. Becky is setting up the table inside the ring. Back inside, Becky plants Charlotte again over the chairs. Becky is going up top and Charlotte trips her up. Charlotte has Becky over the table. Charlotte goes up top, attempts a moonsault, catches Becky on the way down, but the table doesn’t break! Both women are down as the referee starts the count. Charlotte is up first at 6 as she props the table back up. Becky is up at 8. Charlotte bounces the face of Becky off the table, puts her back on and goes back up top. This time Charlotte with a senton flip and lands over Becky crashing through the table! The referee begins the count. Both women are up at 9 and then fall back down, with Charlotte rolling out of the ring. Becky has a ladder inside the ring and scoop slams Charlotte over it! Becky picks up Charlotte at the 4 count. Charlotte with a chop block, pulls Becky to the ladder and wraps up her legs in it. Charlotte with stomps to the knee of Becky. Charlotte locks on the Figure Four and bridges into Figure Eight! Becky is tapping out, but it doesn’t apply to this match. Becky grabs a steel chair and breaks it up. On the outside, Becky sends Charlotte into the steps. Becky sends Charlotte into the post as well. Becky grabs her title and starts walking into the crowd. Charlotte catches up with her and throws chops. Becky and Charlotte exchange shots. Back at ringside, Charlotte is clearing off an announce table. Charlotte sets up the ladder. Becky hits Charlotte with her title and puts her over the announce table. Becky climbs up the ladder, jumps and connects with a leg drop on Charlotte crashing through the table! The referee starts the count, but Becky breaks it up with a big boot to Charlotte. Becky is stacking announce table chairs, steel chairs and parts of the broken table over Charlotte. Charlotte fights out to beat the count. Charlotte has the kendo stick and unloads on Becky. Charlotte levels Becky with a big spear on the floor. Charlotte puts Becky on another table on the other side of the floor near the ring. Becky jumps up, goes under Charlotte and powerbombs her through the table! The referee begins the count. Charlotte can’t answer the 10 count.
After the match, the audience lets out a loud roaring cheer for Becky Lynch retaining her title. We get a replay featuring all the highlights from the title match.
We get a plug for Crown Jewel again this Friday. Loud booing from the crowd.
A video package runs focusing on Ronda Rousey vs. Nikki Bella.
We get ring introductions for the champion Rousey and challenger Nikki.
Rousey with a takedown right away on Nikki. Another takedown. We get a distraction from Brie at ringside allowing Nikki to send Rousey face first into the steel ring post. Brie then tosses Rousey off the post with a distraction by Nikki inside the ring. Nikki tosses Rousey back inside and Rousey quickly kicks out. Back on the outside, Nikki tosses Rousey against the steel barricade. Rousey again kicks out when they return inside. Rousey kicks Nikki away. Commentary is trying to imply that Rousey is in trouble. Another distraction from Brie allows Nikki to rough up Rousey in the corner. Nikki with an abdominal stretch submission applied on Rousey. Nikki breaks it up and props Rousey up on the top turnbuckle. Brie nearly interferes again, but backs off. This allows Nikki to connect with a kick to the head. Rousey fights off Nikki again, jumps, Nikki moves and Rousey lands with a thud inside the ring. Nikki attempts a baseball slide, Rousey moves and Nikki immediately favors her neck. Rousey rolls through and gets Nikki on her shoulders. Brie jumps up on the ring apron. Rousey walks forward and props Brie up on her shoulders. Rousey drops both Nikki and Brie back on the mat. Rousey with a big kick that sends Nikki flying to the corner. Rousey with strikes to Nikki in the corner. Rousey with a series of judo tosses. Rousey with a slap to Nikki in the corner. Rousey tosses Nikki over her head. Nikki bails and Rousey tosses her back inside. Brie with a right hand to Rousey. Rousey grabs Brie. Rousey tosses Brie over the announce table. Back inside, Nikki with an Alabama Slam on Rousey for a close two count. Nikki sends Rousey shoulder first into the corner. Nikki with the Rack Attack, hooks the leg and Rousey kicks out. Nikki is sitting up on the top turnbuckle. Rousey counters and pulls her down in a small package rolling through to her feet. Rousey has the arm of Nikki and applies the armbar. Nikki taps out.
Backstage, we see Nia Jax watching. Jax is the next up for a title shot.
The entire WWE women’s locker room is on stage. They embrace Rousey and celebrate the historic night tonight at the Nassau Coliseum.
A video package runs showing highlights from tonight’s first-ever women’s event.