The WWE has announced a historic all-women’s pay-per-view event, set to feature at least 50 female competitors, marking a first for the global pro-graps company.
The event, named WWE Evolution, is set to take place on Sunday October 28th (October 29th, Australian time) from the 14,500-seat capacity Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York.
WWE chief operating officer Triple H and his wife, the on-screen commissioner of Monday Night RAW Stephanie McMahon, made the announcement at the top of the company’s flagship TV show a short time ago.
Tonight on @WWE #Raw @VinceMcMahon @StephMcMahon and @TripleH announced the first ever all-women’s exclusive pay-per-view. #Evolution, will take place Sunday, October 28, 7 pm ET from NYCB LIVE, home of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New York & stream live on @WWENetwork pic.twitter.com/yYnzTFOwgx
— WWE Public Relations (@WWEPR) July 24, 2018
— WWE (@WWE) July 24, 2018
Per the announcement, the live event – which will be broadcast in Australia via the company’s Netflix-style WWE Network streaming platform, is set to feature 50 women’s competitors from across generations both current and past, and will feature defences of the Raw Women’s Championship (currently held by Alexa Bliss), the Smackdown Women’s Championship (currently held by Carmella) the NXT Women’s Championship (currently held by the extremely intimidating ex-MMA fighter Shayna Baszler), and a championship match from the burgeoning NXT UK brand (the roster of which includes Gold Coast-born Toni Storm).
The event will also feature the finals of the company’s upcoming Mae Young Classic tournament, which features independent wrestlers sourced from around the globe and up-and-coming wrestlers signed to the WWE’s developmental system, including 21-year-old Adelaide phenom Rhea Ripley.
Rumours of an all-women’s event have persisted ever since the company travelled to Saudi Arabia earlier this year for the deeply controversial Greatest Royal Rumble event; a show women were barred from competing in due to restrictive local custom.
WWE’s official announcement for the event currently advertises “every” woman performer contracted by the company, which includes the likes of Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Asuka, and Hall of Famers Lita and Trish Stratus, among others.
The historic event will come a mere handful of weeks after the company takes over the MCG in Melbourne for Super Showdown, which the company hopes will attract a crowd of 70,000+.
Hell yeah, women’s wrestling. Hell yeah indeed.