WWE Evolution Predictions And Match Card: Toni Storm Wins The Mae Young Classic
By Mat Elfring on
WWE's first all-women's PPV, Evolution, is over, and you can see the winners here. It took place at NYCB Live in New York, and the event consisted of competitors from Smackdown, Raw, NXT, and the Mae Young Classic, and three titles will be on the line.
As of this writing, there are only seven matches on the card, one of which is a battle royal featuring 21 superstars vying for an opportunity for a future championship match (here are the participants). The biggest matches to watch that Sunday evening are all three championship contests. NXT superstar and former UFC fighter Shayna Blaszler takes on the pirate princess Kairi Sane for her NXT Women's Championship. Speaking of UFC fighters, WWE Universal Champion Ronda Rousey battles the returning Nikki Bella for the title. Finally, Charlotte Flair gets her rematch for the Smackdown Women's Championship against Becky Lynch, but this time around, it will be a Last Woman Standing Match, so it will more than likely be brutal.
As one of GameSpot's resident wrestling fans, I have quite a few opinions about who will come out on top by the time Evolution ends, and if you've been following these predictions pieces, then you know I'm rooting for Becky Lynch. Check out the full match card below and my predictions for the PPV.
Evolution Match Card:
- Sasha Banks, Bayley & Natalya vs. The Riott Squad
- Women's Battle Royal
- Toni Storm vs. Io Shirai (Mae Young Classic 2018 Finals)
- Kairi Sane (c) vs. Shayna Baszler
- Trish Stratus & Lita vs. Alicia Fox & Mickie James
- Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (Last Woman Standing Match)
- Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Nikki Bella
Make sure to come back to GameSpot on Sunday for live coverage of the event.
Sasha Banks, Bayley & Natalya vs. The Riott Squad
The Riott Squad has been bullying the women of Raw since they came over to the Monday night show during the last Superstar Shake-Up. Now, buddies Sasha Banks and Bayley will work together with Natalya to take them down. Since coming to Raw, there's been a solid build for the Riott Squad--when there's room for them on the show because Raw's women division is pretty stacked. In order to keep that going--and it should, because the show could use more dominant heels--Riott Squad needs the win.
Prediction: Riott Squad wins
Women's Battle Royal
(Winner gets future championship match)
Instead of booking another Smackdown match, as Evolution is really Raw-heavy, WWE is putting many of its women in a battle royal. As of this writing, there are 21 competitors involved in the match, and there are a few notable names to keep track of. The first is Ember Moon, who has been fantastic since debuting on Raw, and she is headed places. Also, Tamina has returned to action on television, and there is a chance she could have a title run in the future. However, I'm giving this win to Asuka, who has essentially been nerfed since Charlotte ended her winning streak. Asuka needs to be rebuilt, and this is the perfect place to start.
- Nia Jax
- Ember Moon
- Dana Brooke
- Billie Kay
- Peyton Royce
- Mandy Rose
- Sonya Deville
- Torrie Wilson
- Michelle McCool
- Alundra Blayze
- Molly Holly
- Kelly Kelly
- Maria Kanellis
- Zelina Vega
Prediction: Asuka wins
Toni Storm vs. Io Shirai (Mae Young Classic 2018 Finals)
The 2nd annual Mae Young Classic finale will be on the card for Evolution. This is a huge moment for both competitors, as last year's finalists are also on the card for the PPV, fighting for the NXT Women's Championship. This is going to be a fantastic match, and one that's almost too tough to call, as I'm a big fan of both of their work. However, I'm giving a slight advantage and the win to Storm, as her offense may be too hard-hitting for Shirai.
Prediction: Storm wins
Kairi Sane (c) vs. Shayna Baszler
(NXT Women's Championship)
If you're not watching NXT, then get yourself prepared for what will likely be the match of the night. This rivalry goes back to the 2017 Mae Young Classic, where Sane bested Baszler in the finals. Since the Pirate Princess won the NXT Championship, Baszler has been determined to end Sane's reign. I think Baszler is going to come out on top, but no, Sane won't be headed to the main roster afterwards. This rivalry will continue for some time.
Prediction: Baszler wins
Trish Stratus & Lita vs. Alexa Bliss & Mickie James
Due to a recent injury, Alexa Bliss cannot compete at Evolution, and she will be replace by Alicia Fox, who will now team with Mickie James to take on Lita and Trish Stratus. However, that's not going to change much. I still think Stratus and Lita will get the win for the same exact reasons as below.
Prediction: Stratus & Lita win
Original prediction below:
WWE is bringing back a few stars from the past for this show, and two of them are up against Alexa Bliss and Mickie James. Who could forget James and Stratus' rivalry from 2005? It is one of the top women's rivalries in the company's history--right behind Stratus and Lita. That fire has been reignited as both Lita and Stratus have had enough of Bliss and James' tough-talk. This is going to be a fantastic match. James and Bliss have been an extremely entertaining team, but the only real problem with the match is that it does nothing for them, win or lose, as Lita and Stratus more than likely won't be coming back full time. Regardless, I'm giving the win to Stratus and Lita just so the returning legends can have a moment of glory for a division they were the cornerstones of at one time.
Prediction: Stratus & Lita win
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (Last Woman Standing Match)
(Smackdown Women's Championship)
The Lynch/Flair rivalry has been fire on Smackdown. Lynch's heel turn has been exactly what she needed. The now cocky, arrogant Lynch has given her character new life, and finally--after losing numerous opportunities at PPVs--Lynch has the championship. Her title reign is still relatively new, and because I'm extremely predictable, I'm giving the win to Lynch, as I'm thinking the Last Woman Standing stipulation will work to her advantage.
Prediction: Lynch wins
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Nikki Bella
(Raw Women's Championship)
The main event of the evening is none other than Ronda Rousey vs. Nikki Bella. Rousey engaged in a war of words with both of the Bella Twins recently, and now, Nikki will take on the former UFC Champion for her WWE Raw title. There will more than likely be some shenanigans on Nikki's part, with her twin sister Brie getting involved. However, when all is said and done, Rousey will retain her championship and move on to her next victim.
Prediction: Rousey wins