With the way that the live tv episodes of WWE’s main roster divisions have been going recently, I was just going to watch the videos that would be posted on their YouTube page after the events. However, the company announced on Twitter that the Monday Night Raw Commissioner and Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon would make a major announcement on this week’s episode of Raw. I immediately hoped that it would be the introduction of the Women’s Tag Team titles. The Women’s division would rise to even greater heights if those titles were formed. But I also had my doubts, since there wasn’t really any hints towards what the announcement would be.
After hearing the announcement, I knew that I made the right choice to watch tonight’s episode. The show began with the Chairman of WWE Vince McMahon, his daughter Stephanie, and the Chief Operating Officer Triple H, who were there to make the announcement. Triple H gave a speech that acknowledged how hard the women have worked since the start of the Women’s Evolution back in 2016 and that they have earned their place within the business. Stephanie talked about how the hashtag #GiveDivasAChance changed the face of wrestling forever. Towards the end of her speech, Stephanie made her announcement, which is the first all-female exclusive pay-per-view (PPV) called Evolution. It will take place on October Sunday, October 28th at 7pm ET from NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New York.
Fans will be able to watch this live on the WWE Network and through other PPV providers all over the world. It will feature matches from the main roster divisions Raw and Smackdown, their developmental brands NXT and NXT UK, and will also host the finals of the second Mae Young Classic event. Hall of Famers, such as Trish Stratus and Lita, are scheduled to appear at the event. I’m hoping that they could have a match against each other or for Trish to take on Sasha Banks. Either one of those two matches would earn the spot of Best Matches in 2018.
You can watch the full announcement below.
There were a few people on Twitter and other wrestling sites saying that this could be seen as some sort of compensation for the women not being able to participate at the Greatest Royal Rumble event that was held in Saudi Arabia a few months ago. Even if this was true, it doesn’t diminish the fact that the women have earned this. What were matches that lasted less than 5 minutes are now 5-star matches and all the women are given a chance. They have proven that they can fight just as hard or even harder than the male superstars and deserve to be seen. The women superstars have put on incredible matches, including some inaugural matches.
As a long-time wrestling fan, I’m overjoyed that this is happening. Gone are the days of ridiculous Bra and Panties matches or outrageous segments like Mae Young giving birth to Mark Henry. No more over-sexualizing the women or giving them short segments during the live shows. They are now longer divas. They are the superstars that will contribute to the wrestling world and deliver many more phenomenal matches. If you aren’t paying attention to the women superstars, you will definitely want to tune in and see just how far they take the division.
Tickets for Evolution will be available Friday, Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. EDT via www.ticketmaster.com, NYCBLIVE.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. You can also subscribe to the WWE Network and obtain your first month FREE! You could use your free month to watch this historic PPV!