WWE’s history-making all women’s PPV event is finally upon us!
This event didn’t come about just from the current locker room’s dedication and constant growth and improvement, but from the hard work of all the female superstars that have ever set foot in the ring.
Everything about this PPV revolves around the women of the company. Starting from the refs, to the matches, and even the announce team held down by WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix & the incomparable Renee Young.
The show will feature superstars from all eras of women’s wrestling, including the Attitude Era, the Divas era, right though the Women’s Revolution to today culminating in the namesake, Evolution.
Here are my predictions for how the event will play out inside Nassau Stadium in Uniondale, NY:
NXT UK Women’s Championship — Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Isla Dawn
Winner: Rhea Ripley
WWE just recently crowned Ripley the first ever NXT UK Women’s Champ, so I highly doubt the first title defense for the belt will be a loss by the title holder. Expect this to be a great match, but for the fans to not get into it much as most probably aren’t too familiar with either wrestler yet.
Sasha Banks, Bayley & Natalya vs. The Riott Squad
Winner: Sasha Banks, Bayley & Natalya
This feud, if you want to call it that, hasn’t taken off like the creative team thought it might. With the constantly pestering Riott Squad continuing to attack a veteran like Natalya and pester Bayley, it was only a matter of time before Sasha Banks got involved setting up this match. Seems like creative is also having a tough time figuring out what to do with the entire Riott Squad due to the fact they are constantly involved in three women tag matches at each PPV, while only leader Ruby Riott seems to be getting an actual singles push.
Io Shirai vs. Toni Storm (2018 Mae Young Classic final)
Winner: Toni Storm
I’ll be honest, I haven’t watched much of this year’s M.Y. Classic, but I did consistently root for Kacy Catanzaro because of my love for American Ninja Warrior. So my prediction here is honestly based off a fact that really has no real meaning at all. Current NXT Women’s Champion & fellow former indy Japanese superstar Kairi Zane won the first event last year, so I’m willing to bet that lightening will not strike twice and my money is on the Australian superstar signed under NXT UK.
Battle Royal (Winner gets guaranteed title opportunity)
Winner: Lana, Ember Moon, or Mandy Rose
Firstly, there’s no way I could’ve just picked one winner when there’s 20 superstars in the match. However, there’s a method to my madness here. Usually in these types of matches, the obvious favorites tend to either get out early or suffer defeat near the end. Also, these matches give fan favorites a chance to shine, and maybe even start a push for them. Lana, without even wrestling on TV much, is arguably one of the most over women superstars on the main roster, well, because she’s gorgeous and she’s married to fellow fan favorite Rusev. So she gets a double push!
Ember Moon was a fan favorite in NXT and matched that with the in-ring expertise that made her NXT Women’s Champion. She has yet to get a real push so far on the main roster, and with the steam she’s picked up in the past month with some impressive wins, this might be the time to get her going.
Mandy Rose is my dark-horse in the match. While she, along with her real life and TV BFF Sonya Deville both had success in NXT and early with Paige on the main roster, she hasn’t gotten much of any positive TV time. Similar to Lana, she is adored by the WWE Universe (and Corey Graves) for her appearance, but she’s also got potential to be a serious contender if given the chance.
Trish Stratus & Lita vs. Alexa Bliss & Mickie James
Winner: Trish & Lita (Obviously)
Alexa is arguably the best overall women’s superstar in the company, period. She’s got it all. Mickie James is a future Hall of Famer in her own right and has had a great career. I have to get all that out first because there is NO way Trish and Lita come out of retirement to lose this match. Everyone has been waiting to see if they’ve still got a full match in them ever since the royal rumble earlier this year. This match will be great, granted they can return to some resemblance of their former selves and not hurt themselves or their opponents. (Looking at you Brie Bella)
SmackDown Women’s Championship — Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (Last Woman Standing Match)
Winner: Becky Lynch
I think back when this feud first started and Becky finally won the title, Charlotte would’ve won this match. But after how great of a heel Becky has become and how much the WWE Universe has loved seeing her be such a hard-ass, she should take this match. This match should be the longest of the night by far, and probably the most entertaining and suspenseful. I’m expecting this match to be an A+, and further cement Becky with her fellow Horsewomen as a consistent 5-star match competitor.
Raw Women’s Championship — Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Nikki Bella
Winner: Ronda Rousey
Ronda will lose eventually, but it most definitely wouldn’t be against Nikki Bella. Bella has been a great champion in the past, and speaks the true on how important her and her sister have been to the women’s revolution. But at this point they both seem to be at the tail end of their careers, and I don’t see them moving away from their cash cow that is Ronda as champion. If they do, it will only be to add one last achievement to Nikki’s resumé, but then I’d expect her to lose it right away in the rematch.