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WWE Evolution results and recap: Breaking down the first all women’s WWE pay-per-view event

WWE Evolution results and recap: Breaking down the first all women's WWE pay-per-view event
Ronda Rousey vs. Nikki Bella at WWE Evolution. Pic credit: WWE

The WWE held their WWE Evolution all women’s pay-per-view tonight and it featured stars from yesterday and today in action. There were three title matches as well as the finals of the Mae Young tournament and a battle royal to determine the number one contender.

Here is a look at all the results from WWE Evolution.

Trish Stratus and Lita vs. Mickie James and Alicia Fox

WWE Evolution opened with two of the most popular female wrestlers of the last 20 years in action, as Trish Stratus and Lita came out of retirement for this tag team match.

This match has a lot of history as Mickie James opened her career in the WWE with a feud with Trish and Lita ended her career with a match against Mickie.

Alexa Bliss was supposed to be in the match but suffered a concussion last weekend and had to pull out. Bliss was still at ringside and interfered on occasion.

However, she was not a real threat as Lita hit her moonsault on both Fox and James and then Stratus hit James with the Chick Kick for the win in 10 minutes.

Winners: Tris Stratus and Lita

WWE Evolution Women’s Battle Royal

The winner of this battle royal gets a shot at the WWE women’s’ championship on her specific show. Not only are current WWE stars in the match, but there are also legends from WWE history involved as well.

The women include Naomi, Dana Brooke, Michelle McCool, Torrie Wilson, Sonya Deville, Alundra Blayze, Ivory, Asuka, Carmella, Molly Holly, Zelina Vega, Ember Moon, Kelly Kelly, Mandy Rose, Tamina, Maria Kanellis, Lana, Nia Jax, Billie Kay, and Peyton Royce.

The match was surprisingly good for a battle royal. When it looked like it would come down to Nia Jax and Ember Moon, Zelina Vega slipped back in after pretending to get eliminated earlier and then was quickly thrown out by Nia.

Nia ended up eliminating Moon and earned the future title shot.

Winner: Nia Jax

Mae Young Finals: Toni Storm vs. Io Shirai

This is the winner of the Mae Young Finals and had a chance to steal the show.

While the two got 10 minutes, it felt like they could have gone on longer, but they put on a great match as expected.

Shirai hit a beautiful moonsault but ended up landing on the knees of Storm who then hit Storm Zero and picked up the win.

Triple H and Stephanie McMahon (as well as Sara Amato, the former Sara Del Rey) came to the ring to give Storm the trophy. Storm will be competing in WWE NXT UK.

Winner: Toni Storm

Sasha Banks, Bayley and Natalya vs. Riott Squad

Sasha Banks and Bayley have been feuding with the Riott Squad since the dawn of time it seems.

This match was a hard fought match and could set the tone for the rumored WWE women’s tag team titles. The end came after Natalya hit Liv Morgan with a powerbomb, Bayley hit the flying elbow drop (in honor of the Macho Man Randy Savage) and Sasha Banks hit the Frog Splash (in honor of Eddie Guerrero) for the win.

Winners: Sasha Banks, Bayley and Natalya

NXT Women’s Championship: Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler

These two women had an amazing title match at the last WWE NXT TakeOver event. Expect more of the same in this one.

The match was hard fought, with Baszler as the hard-nosed butt kicker and Sane as the plucky never-say-die babyface.

However, there was a huge difference here. Ronda Rousey’s UFC friends were at ringside. The Four Horsewomen of the UFC then interfered for Baszler, as Jessamyn Duke took a shot as Sane and then Marina Shafir jumped on the apron to distract her.

This allowed Baszler to lock in the Kirifuda Clutch and Sane passed out in the hold to give Baszler her second title reign.

Could Ronda Rousey turn heel and join her Four Horsewomen in running rampant in the women’s division or could they come hunting for Rousey next?

Winner: Shayna Baszler

WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair

This WWE Evolution match is a Last Woman Standing match. As usual, more fans seem to be cheering for Becky Lynch than Charlotte Flair.

This will probably be the best match on the entire pay-per-view.

As expected, there was no doubt that it would steal the show but this might be a candidate for the best WWE pay-per-view match of the year.

The fight went for 28 minutes and Becky Lynch and Charlotte went all out and turned in an amazing and hard-fought match. This could have main-evented any pay-per-view, WWE Evolution or not.

Becky ended up winning when she powerbombed Charlotte through a table and Charlotte was down and out. This match proves that Becky Lynch has always deserved to be at the top.

Winner: Becky Lynch

WWE Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey vs. Nikki Bella

There is no way these two can follow up that last match.

As expected, Nikki Bella needed to get help from Brie Bella in the match. However, the interesting thing here is that there were cheers for Nikki in the crowd, which does not look good for Rousey.

Of course, cheating is the only way someone like Nikki Bella could ever look credible against Ronda Rousey, so it worked for the match.

However, as expected, there was no way this match could have matched up to Becky vs. Charlotte so they went in the other direction of a babyface fighting the odds of cheating heels. It worked when described like that.

Ronda Rousey overcame the interference and locked in her armbar, forcing Nikki Bella to tap out.

Winner: Ronda Rousey

The entire locker room came out to the cheers of the crowd to end WWE Evolution.

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