WWE’s first ever all Women’s PPV announced! An NXT main roster call-up confirmed? But don’t worry, not too much has changed, because Roman Reigns is still winning main events.
All Women’s PPV Announced
Raw opened with its entire roster at the top of the entrance ramp, complete with bonus SmackDown women, and Vince McMahon in the ring – who was only there to introduce his daughter, Stephanie, as the person who created women’s rights.
After Triple H told his NXT babies how proud he is of them, Stephanie announced that their women’s equality storyline will culminate in WWE’s first ever all women’s PPV on October 28th, called Evolution where 50 women from Raw, SmackDown and NXT will feature, with all the women’s titles and the Mae Young Classic II finals on the line.
I mean how sexist is that? An all-women’s PPV?! I feel so under-represented as a straight white male. I’ll always have you, Greatest Royal Rumble and your BEAUTIFUL CITY OF JEDDAH…
Interestingly NXT’s Nikki Cross was amongst the celebrating women – who was noticeably absent from Sanity’s debut on SmackDown last month. She’s been wrestling on live events, though, so it seems likely she’ll be officially called up soon – which Nikki herself teased on Twitter:
“Yasssssss GET IN!!!! #Evolution Hehehehheheheheeehhee hehehehehehehehe heeeheeheheeehehe: Red, blue or yellow, Nikki runs around crazy , never know when she pops up!!! Hehehehehehehehehehe”
No One Wants To Walk With Elias
But with all the excited wrestler talk about WOMEN! backstage before their matches, one guy had to lose out – Elias, despite releasing his debut album that day, was interrupted throughout the night every time he tried to sing.
B Team beat Deleters Of Worlds
Like by the Deleters of Worlds, who lost their tag team title rematch to a flukey B Team pin. Bray and Matt went to clap them afterwards, but beat them down instead. I don’t know if this is a heel turn, because I don’t care. Speaking of not caring about a storyline…
Sasha Banks & Bayley beat Jobbers
…Sasha Banks and Bayley are now best friends again, making the last six months rather pointless. They beat two jobbers and hugged lots.
Braun Strowman MITB On The Line
After Braun Strowman congratulated WOMEN!, especially his Mixed Match Challenge partner Alexa Bliss – Kevin Owens made his first appearance since being thrown off the cage at Extreme Rules, showing a bit of his old Prizefighter fire.
Unfortunately, that gave way to Baron Corbin sending out Jinder Mahal to teach Strowman peace and love. A year after Jinder’s push nearly ruined SmackDown, he’s now relegated to comedy jobbing filler.
KO and Baron later got Stephanie to book Owens vs Strowman for SummerSlam – a match we’ve already seen – with the Money in the Bank beefcase on the line. Because she’s also a heel? I’m confused, I thought we were meant to like her this week-WOMEN!
Mickie James beat Natalya
Mickie James cosplayed as the White Ranger next, which was enough to overcome Ronda Rousey’s best friend Natalya with some Alexa Bliss interference.
AOP Vs Titus Worlwide
Elias then got interrupted by the Authors of Pain, who want real competition, not just Titus Worldwide week after week. Which, of course, brought out Titus Worldwide to cut a very wooden promo and then stand tall after a scuffle. Isn’t it weird how this comes just several days after all Titus’ public comments about Hulk Hogan’s WWE ret- RACIS-I MEAN, WOMEN!
Mojo Rawley beat Tyler Breeze
Mojo Rawley quickly beat Tyler Breeze in a pre-show match from 2016.
Finn Balor Vs Drew McIntyre
After some hilarious comedy with Baron Corbin about how short Finn Balor is, The Demon King took on Drew McIntyre in a frantic, heated match – which he nearly had won until Dolph Ziggler interfered.
Finn Balor & Seth Rollins beat Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler
This became even more frantic and heated when Seth Rollins ran down for the save and a tag team match, playas. Seth, as usual, stole the show with an incredible finishing sequence, picking up the win after a Curbstomp on Dolph. They’ll face each other for the Intercontinental title at SummerSlam – which is the second match on the card we’ve already seen!
Ember Moon beat Liv Morgan
Hopefully on the All-Women’s PPV we can expect classics like Ember Moon vs Liv Morgan. The crowd died as soon as the bell rang here.
Elias Finally Performs
Elias finally got to perform a song but then realised he was in (enter hometown here) and walked off.
Roman Reigns beat Bobby Lashley
The main event of Roman Reigns vs Bobby Lashley felt far more important than their Extreme Rules match with something actually being on the line.
And the action was helped considerably by a far more agreeable crowd. All the big finisher kick out spots were used but despite partially turning into his water-based form, Bobby lost to a Reigns spear. Yep, Roman wins, LOL. And to continue the meme, Lashley even shook his hand after.
It’s Roman Now, Then and Forever, people. And that’s depressing no matter how many long overdue women’s division accomplishments WWE announce. This week’s Raw is poor.