Tossing Salt Presents:
WWE Evolution PPV
Thoughts & Predictions
October 26, 2018
Coming up this Sunday on the WWE Network is the first ever (for WWE anyways) All Woman Pay-Per-View extravaganza, WWE Evolution. It’s been a long time coming, my friends and I am jacked to see what the women of WWE past and present can do. I’m still waiting to hear an announcement of some sort that Lisa Marie Varon, aka Victoria, will be a part of the show, but nothing yet. But we do have the current WWE Women as well as Hall of Famers Ivory, Lita, Trish and Madusa working the event so that’s a big plus. And of course, being a WWE special event broadcast, that means it’s time to look at the matches and do some channeling of Sister Cleo and make a few predictions. So are you ready? The Kick-Off show will start at 6:00pm on Sunday night. The pay-per-view starts at 7:00pm. And we start… right now!
WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair: Last Woman Standing Match.
Once again,Charlotte and Becky get to make history as they compete in the first ever “Last Woman Standing” match for the Smackdown Women’s Championship. It should be a really good match and in my opinion, should close the show as the main event. As for the match itself, there is no reason for Becky to lose the title yet. She’s only been the champion a short amount of time and is just getting warmed up. Listen to the fans. Becky has found that place that few others (Edge comes to mind) dare to venture, where she’s a “heel”, but the fans love her even more for it because she’s justified in her actions. Charlotte will and should come just thisclose to capturing the title, but when the dust settles and the smoke clears, the last woman standing should be Becky Lynch.
Winner and STILL Smackdown Women’s Champion: Becky Lynch
WWE Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Nikki Bella.
I get why WWE wants this match and to have Nikki and Brie up against Rousey. But really? Really? Really? Look for a lot of stalling and crazy antics and tactics by both Bellas and maybe even a little “Twin Magic” attempt before all is said and done. But when the games are over and it gets serious and Ronda manages to get locked on to Nikki and do her thing, the end will be short and sweet in coming. Nikki taps and Ronda stays champion.
Winner and STILL RAW Women’s Champion: Ronda Rousey
WWE NXT Women’s Champion Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler
Have you seen the matches down in NXT between these two ladies? Simply off the charts to be sure. I think we will see at least one title change at this event and this one probably will be the match where it happens. A title switch here and then a rematch at the next Takeover event before Sane makes her move up to the main roster. She is definitely ready. Both of these women are actually. Look for an epic fight and at the end, it’ll be Baszler winning the match and taking home the gold.
Winner and NEW NXT Women’s Champion: Shayna Baszler
Lita & Trish Stratus vs. Alexa Bliss & Mickie James.
There are some questions as to if Alexa will be medically cleared to compete at this event due to some kind of injury suffered at a recent house show, so there is a possibility that she may be replaced by Alicia Fox for this match. Given the battle between Fox & Mickie versus Trish & Lita at RAW this past Monday, that makes the most sense. But be it Alicia or Alexa, it won’t change things at the end. Lita and Trish are not coming back to lose and this will be the “feel good” moment of the night for the fans as well. Stratusfaction followed by a Twist of Fate and moonsault. Lita and Trish take home the win.
Winners: Lita & Trish Stratus
2018 Mae Young Classic tournament final: Io Shirai vs. Toni Storm.
I’m not very familiar with either of these ladies as I haven’t really been following the Mae Young Classic event very closely, but I have heard some good things about both of them and it could easily go either way. For some reason, I’m just feeling Toni Storm more here. It’s what my gut says and this gut never lies. Well, except for guys and personal relationships, but that’s a story for another day. Storm wins.
Winner: Toni Storm
WWE NXT UK Champion Rhea Ripley defends her title.
Do we even know who Ripley will be wrestling against? As of right now, Friday morning, I haven’t heard anything. Let me go check one more time. Okay, still no opponent listed. I know that Ripley defeated Toni Storm to win the title in a tournament final and that she lost to Io Shirai in the semi-finals of the Mae Young Classic, but both of those women are competing against each other and I can’t see them doing double-duty. I guess any woman in NXT would work as a challenger so let’s hope that maybe we see Nikki Cross. That would be cool. But Ripley just won the belt in August and this is her first major title defense that I’m aware of so let’s just go with she keeps the belt. No reason really, but she will.
Winner and STILL NXT UK Champion: Rhea Ripley
The Riott Squad vs. Sasha Banks & Bayley & Natalya.
It’s time for Natayla to do her semi-annual heel turn. She’s been a face too long. Or will Sasha be the one to walk out on her partners and turn bad girl? I guess in the end, it doesn’t really matter. Someone will walk out and leave. And the Riott Squad will take home a big win.
Winners: The Riott Squad
Battle Royal for a future Championship Match featuring Tamina, The IIconics, Alicia Fox, Nia Jax, Zelina Vega, Torrie Wilson, Alundra Blayze, Lana, Carmella, Mandy Rose, Asuka, Sonya Deville, Nia Jax, Michelle McCool, Ivory, Molly Holly, Maria Kanellis, Kelly Kelly and more.
A little historical note here: This will be Alundra Blayze’s (Madusa) first wrestling match since WCW back in 2000. Eighteen years since she last competed and she’s still relatively young and in amazing physical shape. So how will this go? There are two ways for WWE to do this and while I expect the first, I’d much prefer the latter. They can have a typical Battle Royal and have a current star who needs to get that big push and win, like Asuka for example or even Carmella. Current favorite wins and gets title shot at future episode of RAW or Smackdown. Yawn! Or here’s the other way. A legend, like for example, Blayze or Molly Holly or Ivory or Victoria (if she’s there) wins. Then we get a story to tell and it’s the former star trying to make that one last grab at the golden ring taking on the current champion who brushes her off as a “has been” and “never was”. Blayze would be the best, especially with her history with the WWE Women’s Title and looking for a shot at redemption. She had a background in MMA, is a former AWA, WCW and WWF Women’s Champion and as I mentioned before, hasn’t wrestled in 18 years, but is still relatively young, in great shape and has all that experience and knowledge to use. Then she can get her shot, tell a great story, come just this close, and then move on to being a manager / mentor for the other women. She has experience as a manager with Buddy Rose / Doug Somers in the AWA and as part of the Dangerous Alliance in WCW so that’s not a stretch for her in any way, shape or form. Like I said though, WWE will probably go the safe (boring) way and give the win to a current star and regular (Go Asuka!), but my pick will be for the great story and that means the winner is Alundra Blayze.
Winner: Alundra Blayze
And there you go. Thoughts, comments and any predictions are welcome and appreciated. Will you be watching WWE Evolution this upcoming Sunday night? Who do you think will have their arms raised? Who will win? Who will lose? Tell me what you think. And with that, I’m out of here. Time to go get ready for work. Until the next time, my friends, have a great one. Take care and thanks for reading. I’ll see you at the matches.