Evolution took place in October 2018, and was the first time that WWE put on a show without a single man on the card. It was headlined by a Raw Women’s Championship match between Nikki Bella and Ronda Rousey.
The show was very well-received, with the Last Woman Standing match over the SmackDown Women’s Championship between Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair, being one of the best WWE matches of the year.
Current SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley teamed with best friend Sasha Banks and Natalya on the show, as the trio defeated The Riott Squad in a six-woman tag match.
Speaking with CBS Sports about the event, Bayley has revealed that she “threw a fit” when she found out WWE was planning on holding a house show on the same day as the historic pay-per-view:
“It did seem like [Evolution] was a long time coming. I remember the morning of just feeling so, so crazy because of the fact that it was actually happening. It was kind of like a goal a lot of us had when we first came to NXT. I know it was a goal for a lot of girls there like Natalya and the Bella Twins as well. I was actually pretty upset because there was also a live event the same day.
“WWE had a live event somewhere in New York and we were doing the pay-per-view. I was like, ‘Why are they doing a live event when we’re doing a the first-ever women’s pay-per-view? It should be all eyes on us. There should be no fans at other shows. They should be at home watching us,’”
“I had thrown a big fit, and then realized that was what we do all the time. There’s always a live show when there’s a pay-per-view, so I had to calm down a little bit, but I had a lot of pride in the show and everybody in it. It was just such a great day. And to see how many people were so happy for us and how much the company made it a big deal, I was surprised that we didn’t have it the next year.”
As Bayley states, this wasn’t a knock on the women, as WWE almost always holds a house show on the same day as they hold a pay-per-view event.
With regards to Evolution II, it is rumoured that the show will be taking place on August 30, 2020. This would be one week after SummerSlam.