On October 28 2018, WWE hosted the first-ever all-women pay-per-view event called Evolution.
The show was headlined by Ronda Rousey defending her Raw Women’s Championship against Nikki Bella and Charlotte Flair challenging long-time rival Becky Lynch in a Last Woman Standing Match for the Lynch’s Smackdown Women’s Championship.
In 2019, there has yet to be an announcement of WWE Evolution II, and many fans are uncertain about whether they will see a female-only event this year.
On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer has speculated that WWE hasn’t held a second Evolution pay-per-view event because of the fact that it could fail without Ronda Rousey:
“I think that there’s a fear that without Ronda [Rousey] then maybe, but whatever reason if they do or don’t do that pay-per-view that is a purely economic business decision either way they go. This is not a moral issue if they don’t do an all-woman pay-per-view, okay?”
“If you want to do it then they want to do it, that’s all. The show was great last year, but just because it was great doesn’t mean you have to do it this year. Obviously, it wasn’t so great business-wise because they didn’t put it on the schedule this year, but the fact that you want to be a champion in women’s sports and you make a deal with Saudi Arabia you don’t have the courage or convictions.”
This comes after WWE tried to persuade the Saudi Arabian government to allow Alexa Bliss and Natalya to compete in the first-ever women’s match in the country during WWE Super ShowDown earlier this year.
Stephanie McMahon has since claimed that we will see women compete on a WWE show in Saudi Arabia in the “near future”.
It has also been reported in the last few days that WWE and FOX want Ronda Rousey on the first Smackdown show on FOX. Perhaps if Rousey does come back to the company, the chances of Evolution II happening will dramatically increase.