Finally, this much-needed day in WWE history arrived.
The first-ever all-women's pay-per-view had high hopes, but low expectations after the WWE focused their build up on Crown Jewel instead.
Evolution didn't get much shine in the weeks prior, but on the night, the ladies delivered on of the best WWE pay-per-views in recent memory.
With Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch primed to have a breakout match, Evolution also saw plenty of legends return to the company and mingle with today's talent.
So let's get into what was a fantastic, must-see event.
Trish Stratus & Lita Vs Mickie James & Alicia Fox
The crowd was hot for Trish Stratus from the moment she was introduced and it didn't look like the Canadian legend had missed a step. There was some sloppy spots in this match where Mickie James was often found waiting for Lita to either hit her cue or pull of her moves at a reasonable rate.
There is no doubt that Lita is not up to the pace required to do this anymore on a regular basis, but she did pull of a fantastic moonsault just prior to grabbing the win. In amongst the slop, Alicia Fox was meant to break up the pin following Trish hitting Stratusfaction on James, but she was clearly late and it was painful for the crowd to witness.
Result - Trish Stratus & Lita win via pinfall
This was nothing more than a feel-good match and it was designed to get the crowd hot. It did just that. Some of the action was really sloppy and the botch between the ref and Fox was really something terrible, but there was plenty of memorable moments to make this a decent start.
Score - 6.5/10
Women's battle royal
Alundra Blayze, Ivory, Molly Holly, Torrie Wilson, Maria Kanellis, Michelle McCool, Kelly Kelly, Asuka, Nia Jax, Carmella, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose, Tamina, Lana, Naomi, Zelina Vega, Ember Moon, Iiconics
Iiconics cut great promo on the legends and are the first eliminated, then Sonya Deville and Many Rose team up for several eliminations before Rose gets rid of Deville. Carmella and Ivory paused for a dance break, a quadruple suplex, face offs between Asuka and Ember Moon as well as Nia Jax and Tamina. Jax and Moon were the final two before Vega slid back in and tried to get a sneaky win, but Jax would throw her out on to Tamina. Moon tried to capitalise, but a big slam from Jax made it easy for her to pick up the win.
Result - Nia Jax wins
This was crying out for an Ember Moon win and the crowd certainly thought so, too. It was a fantastic performance from Moon and one she desperately needed. Jax winning sets up the rematch with Rousey she never got because of Bliss' cash-in, but she also has a Teen Choice award nomination that some fans are speculating the WWE want to capitalise on.
Mae Young Classic Final - Io Shiai Vs Toni Storm
Toni Storm had the better of the early exchanges but Shirai showed regular flashes of her insane high-flying ability. Storm nailed a German Suplex in the ring and then one on the apron while Shirai hit a springboard dropkick and a Moonsault to the outside. After Shirai looked for her Moonsualt to get the win, Storm got her knees up before hit Strong Zero for the win.
Result - Storm wins via pinfall
This was clearly a moment that meant to the world to Storm and she performed that way throughout. Shirai did as well, meaning the culmination of this affair had extra emotion and both of these women look destined for huge futures in the WWE. The only issue with this match was the fact that it could have had some more time.
Score - 8/10
Sasha Banks, Bayley & Natalya Vs The Riott Squad
Natalya and Liv Morgan kick things off before Nattie makes the tag to Sasha and they hit a sweet Hart Attack on Morgan in tribute to Natalya's late father Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart and Bret Hart. Sasha Banks and Bayley hit their finishers back-to-back on Ruby Riott before the pin is broken and Banks has a bad botch when attempting a dive to the outside and the Riott Squad took control, getting plenty of near falls on all three opponents.
Nattie makes her way into the match and takes control which sees her hit a powerbomb on Liv Morgan, followed by a Randy Savage Elbow Drop from Bayley and then an Eddie Guerrero Frog Splash from Banks for the win. Fun match for what it was.
Result - Natalya, Sasha Banks & Bayley win via pinfall
Considering this bout had no stakes and we've seen variations of these performers squaring off before, this match turned out to be pretty fun. With nice nods to their heroes of yesteryear, the babyfaces got the victory that, really, the Riott Squad could have done with. Liv Morgan has, arguably, her best outing yet and the pace at the climax of this bout was pretty entertaining.
Score - 7/10
NXT title - Kairi Sane (c) Vs Shayna Baszler
Baszler controlled a lot of the match and worked on the champion's hand and arm. Sane fought back with an amazing cross body from the top rope to the outside and went for her top-rope elbow on multiple occasions.
However, interference from both Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, Baszler's stablemates in the Four Horsewomen of MMA. After a kick to the face, Sane fell back into Baszler's sleeper and eventually passed out in the ring.
Result - Shayna Baszler wins via submission
With the introduction of the Four Horsewomen, Baszler had to get the win in order to get the group off on the right foot in WWE. The dynamic between The Queen of Spades and The Pirate Princess will always deliver and it felt like we had some great near falls in this one and fans really didn't know who was going to win. Very entertainng.
Score - 8.5/10
SD Live title - Becky Lynch (c) Vs Charlotte Flair, Last Woman Standing Match
After trading some stiff blows in the ring to begin with, Lynch finds a kendo stick and begins to wear out her former friend. Both ladies fill the ring with chairs and exchange shots on each other as the action really breaks down. Charlotte attempts to moonsault Charlotte through a table from the top tope, but it doesn't break, so she has to settle for a Swanton Bomb instead. She then locks on a Figure Eight through a ladder that leaves Lynch barely able to stand before the action heads into the stands with Lynch looking to make a quick getaway.
As they come back to ringside, Charlotte is looking to put Lynch through an announce table, but Lynch strikes her with the title belt and climbs the ladder to hit a leg drop on Flair through the table. After covering The Queen in chairs and ringside furniture, Charlotte answers the count and hits a spear at ringside. But, as she attempts a moonsault from the top rope through a table to the outside, Lynch cuts her off and powerbombs her from the turnbuckle instead. Charlotte is nearly up to her feet at nine, but she can't quite make it and Becky retains.
Result - Becky Lynch wins
I'm not exaggerating at all when I say this was, quite possibly, the greatest ever women's match. It had everything and the action perfectly complemented the story. The emotion that poured from every spot had fans on the edge of their seat and it had all the hallmarks of the fantastic blood feud between Johnny Gargano and Tomasso Ciampa. It was a masterpiece that fans could not call and it will stand right next to Bayley and Sasha Banks NXT TakeOver effort as the pinnacle of women's wrestling in WWE.
Raw Women's title - Ronda Rousey (c) Vs Nikki Bella
After a hot start where Rousey seemed to be toying with Nikki Bella, some outside interference from Brie appeared to throw Ronda off and Nikki proceeded to dominate for the next 10 minutes or so with a combination of mat-based wrestling and submission holds. Eventually, Rousey gets both Bellas on her shoulder to hit her signature move, but Nikki keeps battling back in the match and even manages to hit her finish, but Rousey kicks out at two. After disposing of Brie at ringside, Rousey finally locks in the armbar for the quick tap out victory.
Result - Ronda Rousey wins via submission
This was fine for what it was, but there are some questions. Why was Nikki Bella of all people decided to be the first superstar to really trouble and humanise Rousey? We like Nikki as much as the next guys, but a full-timer with title aspirations might have been a wiser choice. Rousey seems to improve with every outing and is adding to her repertoire, but Bella deserves a lot of credit for reminding fans what she can do inside the squared circle here. Unfortunately, following Charlotte and Becky was an impossible task.
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