– It was a hectic week as Roman Reigns revealed his leukemia returned and WWE finally decided to keep Crown Jewel going. With everything that happened, it is understandable that fans might not even know the Evolution pay per view is Sunday as RAW and SmackDown barely hyped the historic show.
The internal reaction from WWE employees is that the promotion never saw the show as a big deal according to comments from Dave Meltzer during the Wrestling Observer Radio. He continued that Stephanie McMahon made the announcement months ago on RAW as a way to brag and also to remove any heat since she did travel to Saudi Arabia for Crown Jewel. In Saudi Arabia, women do not have equal rights like men. Female superstars were not allowed to compete during the Greatest Royal Rumble or even be backstage. After females appeared in a taped video package to promote the WWE Network, it angered several officials in Saudi Arabia.
– Speaking of Evolution, WWE has been practicing RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Nikki Bella for several weeks as they are believed to be the main event. This is nothing new as WWE has been careful how they book Rousey. They typically go over all her promos and have her matches rehearsed several times before the big day as they want to keep the character strong. Also, Rousey is getting help from Paul Heyman; as she trust his abilities as he has been a fan of the former UFC champion for years.
Catch Evolution tomorrow at 7 PM EST. WrestleNewz will have play by play coverage and below is the final card, which underwent some major changes in the past 24 hours.
RAW Women’s Championship: Nikki Bella vs. Ronda Rousey
Last Woman Standing Match for the SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch
NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler vs. Kairi Sane
2018 Mae Young Classic Finals: Toni Storm vs. Io Shirai
Battle Royal for a Future Title Shot: Zelina Vega, Torrie Wilson, Asuka, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Lana, Carmella, Naomi, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Ember Moon, Nia Jax, Dana Brooke, Alicia Fox, Tamina Snuka, Michelle McCool, Kelly Kelly, Maria Kanellis, Molly Holly, Ivory and Alundra Blayze
Mickie James & Alicia Fox vs. Lita & Trish Stratus
Natalya, Bayley and Sasha Banks vs. The Riott Squad