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No, Not That Evolution: WWE Evolution Predictions



WWE Evolution is taking place on Monday (Manila time)—an all-women's PPV being produced by WWE of all promotions, for the first time. We're all all sorts of excited and concerned at the same time for this upcoming WWE PPV. 

Let's just get our concerns out of the way: yes, WWE failed to advertise this PPV as much as it has that other gender-exclusive PPV, and my ex-girlfriend Alexa Bliss was replaced by Alicia Fox because of injury. That said, let's get this show on the road before anyone realizes SmackDown Live reviewer Ricky Publico and I aren't actually women.

RAW Women's Championship Match: Nikki Bella vs. Ronda Rousey (c) 


Ricky's Pick: Ronda Rousey. I mean, why are we even arguing about this? I do appreciate the hype they built around this match. Granted, there were slut-shaming comments made; but I guess that’s part of the drama. Great job on the hype, but I’m not sure if these two are capable of headlining a historic PPV. I hope WWE reconsiders and put this one close to the main event instead. Again, I’m not devaluing either women but deep down, I think we all agree on this one.

Jofer's Pick: "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey. While Nikki Bella might have the numbers advantage in this match thanks to the looming threat of that Twin Magic trickery with lesser Bella Brie, Ronda has destroyed more than one opponent at the same time before. Just ask Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, and Alicia Fox. That said, I think Ronda's going to come out of this match the victor—unless of course another old friend attacks her because of jealousy. Or maybe the other Horsewomen will come out and turn the tide for Rousey in terms of that numbers game? Whatever. One thing's for sure, Ronda's going to be RAW Women's Champion for much longer.

SmackDown Women's Championship Last Woman Standing Match: Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch (c) 


Jofer's Pick: Becky Lynch. I'm repping RAW, not SmackDown Live, but my money's on Becky Balboa because she's been on a pretty awesome streak as a heel at the moment. Hopefully, WWE doesn't screw her over to needlessly put Charlotte over, which in my humble opinion, is a pretty dumb move—like calling this the first ever Last Woman Standing match when we all know it isn't. Or still forcing Charlotte to play the face in this feud, when everyone consistently cheers on Becky like the Stone Cold-esque tweener that she is. I mean, Edge can't even make people boo Becky and everyone loves Edge so much these days!

Ricky's Pick: Becky Lynch. My interest pretty much died down for this one, but I’m still hyped to see this historic match unfold. And for the love of everything holy, place this match at the top of the card, please. This match deserved all the hype it could get and it barely got jack. They definitely have to beat the LED board spot, and that’s already a sick spot to begin with. I do declare that Becky Lynch will retain the title and she’ll probably take it to WrestleMania 35 against Asuka. That’s a huge-ass match I want to see.

NXT Women's Championship Match: Shayna Baszler vs. Kairi Sane (c) 


Ricky's Pick: Kairi Sane. If you think about, Evolution will give us two Mae Young Classic matches for the price of one. The first one will come in the form of a rematch between last year’s finalists and this time, it’s for the NXT Women’s Championship. Time sure is a funny concept. I see Kairi Sane stealing another win from the distracted Shayna Baszler and they will probably end their rivalry at the next NXT TakeOver.

Jofer's Pick: Kairi Sane. This was a difficult pick because a bunch of scenarios just effortlessly ran through my mind when I got to this point. Will Shayna lose this match, turn on a victorious Ronda Rousey later in the night, and move to the main roster to start a long-term feud? Or will Kairi lose this match, so she can move to the main roster to make room for Io Shirai on NXT? Probably neither. I'm still going with Sane because it'll be a cool moment if Shirai wins the Mae Young Classic Finals andoh, my god, Asuka's winning the battle royal, isn't she?

2018 Mae Young Classic Tournament Final Match: Io Shirai vs. Toni Storm


Jofer's Pick: Io Shirai. My friend, Maria Monina, whom I especially consulted for this predictions article, chose Toni Storm to win this match. So if she gets that right and I don't, I'll probably have to deal with the consequences or something—like getting myself tortured by an armbar. That said, I have a thing for the number three and Io plays the third female Japanese import who wears some sort of weird head/face accessoryAsuka has that mask, Kairi has that pirate hatso she has to win this. Either that or she dishonors Japan. Probably.

Ricky's Pick: Io Shirai. The second Mae Young Classic match is this year’s Finals as the returning Toni Storm takes on the legendary Io Shirai. I know, I know. I picked the most predictable winner but c’mon, it’s Io freaking Shirai. I’m sure they’ll give her the rub and let her move to the main roster immediately. That’s right, two hot takes in one paragraph. But really, I just want these two to tear the house down.

Trish Stratus and Lita vs. Alicia Fox and Mickie James (w/ Alexa Bliss) 


Ricky's Pick: Alexa Bliss Alicia Fox and Mickie James. Usually, I’d take the side of the legends but I’m sure Creative will pull a fast one on us and let Fox and James score the pinfall. Besides, it’s not like Lita and Stratus need the win anyway. It’s better to make the future look good, so I’m confident Fox and James will get the last laugh. I’m also predicting that this will open the show, given how the two legends probably have a lot of ring rust to shake off.

Jofer's Pick: Trish Stratus and Lita. As much as I wanted to pick my ex-girlfriend Alexa Bliss (no one tell her) to win this match, she's not even 100% at the moment and will be replaced by Alicia Fox. At least she'll still make an appearance, even if it's a non-wrestling one. There are also rumors that WWE has bigger plans for Trish Stratus and Lita... maybe for the Women's Tag Titles? I'm still hoping for that reveal to happen here. Please, Stephanie McMahon, I beg you!

Women's Battle Royal for a future championship opportunity


Jofer's Pick: Ember Moon. It was a toss-up between Ember Moon and Asuka for me, because they're the only ones portrayed as if they're flying on that poster; but then I remembered Asuka was on SmackDown Live and that I have to be loyal to my brand. Besides, Ember did get a piece of the spotlight on this week's RAW, with Nia Jax seemingly en route to a collision with Tamina for some reason. This needs a bit of NXT and NXT U.K. flavor, though. Dakota Kai kicking everyone in the face would be amazing.

Ricky's Pick: Ember Moon. Y’all thought I was gonna pick Asuka, didn’t you? Well I picked Ember Moon just because. Asuka already won a historic Royal Rumble Match, while Naomi already previously won a Battle Royal of her own. Out of all the participants, Ember Moon is the only one who has the potential to make use of a huge push, even though she hasn't done any noteworthy things since she got called up to the main roster. This is her big break if you ask me.

Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Natalya vs. The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, and Ruby Riott)


Ricky's Pick: The Riott Squad. Meh, not really expecting anything from this one. If they’re looking for a pre-show match, here it is served on a silver platter.

Jofer's Pick: The Riott Squad. As I've mentioned on this week's RAW Review, BaySash is dead, it should remain dead, and the Riott Squad are the perfect girls to bury that weird passive-aggressive pair on the back of everyone's minds. Bayley and Sasha Banks should've fought each other on this PPV instead, to be honest. This was a grand waste of their respective talents.

Well, there you have it. With the exception of one match—really, Ricky? Alicia Fox and Mickie James over Trish Stratus and Lita?—Ricky and I seem to be one mind heading into this weekend's WWE Evolution PPV. That's a pretty good sign for our relationship as reviewers of RAW and SmackDown, but it could also be a testament to how predictable and lacking the matches on this card seem to be storywise. Hopefully, the action will be much better. I mean, with the amount of talent on this first-ever WWE women-exclusive PPV? Highly likely.

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Jofer Serapio (@ShawarmaJoe) reviews WWE RAW for Smark Henry. His favorite professional wrestling shows include NXT, Lucha Underground, WWE, NJPW, Ring of Honor, and (gasp) Impact Wrestling. He pops hard and loud for Samoa Joe, Marty Scurll, Kevin Owens, Drew McIntyre, and Andrade Cien Almas. 







Ricky Publico (@NitPickRick) is a wrestling fan who enjoys watching high flyers and brawlers battle it out in the ring. A known Botchamania binge-watcher, he claims to have memorized the chronological order of Royal Rumble winners, but fails to remember who won in 2004. He writes stories about life and nonsense.


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