Evolution (10/28/2018): Recap & Results

Ringside Intel brings you live play-by-play and results for tonight’s WWE Evolution (10/28/2018) pay-per-view broadcast. Show starts at 8 pm EST. The first-ever all-women’s pay-per-view event. Tweet and follow @RingsideIntel on Twitter.

WWE Evolution: 7 pm EST

Tag Team Match: Trish Stratus & Lita vs. Alicia Fox & Mickie James

The injured Alexa Bliss introduces Mickie and Fox. Match begins and Lita starts things off against Mickie. Lita has success early as she takes Mickie down and lands shots. Mickie desperately tags Fox, who gets beat up by Lita as well. Trish tags in and her and Lita work together against Mickie and Fox. Fox and Trish are the legal women now. Trish hits a couple snap mares and controls the match as the crowd chants “You still got it!”

Trish calls for Mickie to tag in and she does. The crowd rumbles in anticipation. The two women trade shots as the crowd cheers every shot. Trish hits a Thesz Press. After some back and forth, Trish hits a Frankensteiner for a near-fall. Mickie and Fox regroup with Bliss at ringside. The three of them start to leave but Trish and Lita go after them and bring them back. Lita clocks both Fox and Mickie in the ring and then goes to the top rope.

Bliss interferes behind the ref’s back and Lita is now down, as Mickie goes to work on her. Fox and Mickie cycle tags and cut the ring off, isolating Lita away from her corner. Trish helps Lita get back in it, but Mickie counters with a neckbreaker for a 2-count. Fox tags in and hits a Northern Lights Suplex into a bridge for a 2-count of her own. Lita seizes an opening and spikes Fox with a DDT and then tags Trish.

Trish takes it to the freshly tagged Mickie. Trish plants Mickie with a sitout-slam and gets a close count. Everyone ends up in the ring and Lita nails both Fox and Mickie simultaneously with the Lita-Sault. Trish hits Mickie with Stratusfaction for the finish.

Winners: Trish Stratus & Lita


Nikki & Brie Bella cut a promo on Ronda Rousey and Nikki dedicates the match to Rousey’s mom, for all the adversity she’s faced every time her daughter breaks her word.


Battle Royal (Winner earns a future WWE Championship title-shot)

The IIconics are eliminated first.

Molly Holly is eliminated.

Kelly Kelly is eliminated.

Torrie Wilson is eliminated.

Sonya Deville is eliminated by her best friend Mandy Rose, who betrayed her after they’d worked together throughout the battle royal.

Alundra Blayze is eliminated.

Maria Kanellis is eliminated.

Lana is eliminated.

Mandy Rose is eliminated.

Dana Brooke is eliminated.

Michelle McCool is eliminated.

Naomi is eliminated.

Carmella is eliminated.

Ivory is eliminated.

Asuka is eliminated.

Tamina is eliminated.

It is down to Ember Moon and Nia Jax. The crowd is behind Moon but Jax runs her over with a body-check. Jax ragdolls Moon as the crowd loudly chants Moon’s name. Moon starts to work Jax over the top rope. Suddenly Zelina Vega appears, seemingly having hidden and not been eliminated. Vega dumps them both but they don’t go over. Vega thinks they did and she celebrates prematurely, only to be thrown out by Jax.

Moon takes advantage of Jax’s distraction and tries to get her over and out, but Jax won’t have it. Jax tosses Moon out easily for the victory.

Winner: Nia Jax


Mae Young Classic Finals: Toni Storm vs. Io Shirai

Bell sounds and they lock up. They catch wrestle until they get a clean break and Storm plays some mind games. They exchange some more until Storm levels Shirai with a dropkick for a short count. Shirai tries to shake out the cobwebs. She comes back with a few handsprings and a dropkick of her own. Shirai lets out a primal yell and continues to beat up Storm. Shirai pins but Storm kicks out. Then Shirai puts on a submission hold.

Storm fires back and drops Shirai on her neck with a Germamn suplex. Storm goes to the top rope but Shirai dropkicks her to the floor. Shirai jumps to the top rope and hits a moonsault out onto Storm at ringside. The ref starts to count as both women are laid out on the floor. They end up fighting on the apron and they jockey for position. Storm hits a German Suplex to Shirai on the ring apron and Shirai rolls, lifeless, to the floor.

Back in the ring and Shirai starts to mount an offense but Storm counters with a brutal clothesline. Storm hits the Storm Zero and pins. 1-2-… but Shirai gets her shoulder up. Shirai gets back in it and hits a 619, an homage to her hero Rey Mysterio. Shirai hits a springboard sunset flip for a near-fall. Then she hits double-knees and goes to the top rope. She goes for a moonsault but Storm gets her knees up.

Storm hits the Storm Zero again and gets the 3-count this time. Toni Storm wins the second annual Mae Young Classic tournament.

Winner: Toni Storm


6-Woman Tag Team Match: Sasha Banks, Bayley & Natalya vs. The Riott Squad

Natalya does some classic Hart Foundation moves and then Banks tags in and takes it to Sarah Logan. Bayley tags in and she clears Logan out of the ring with a shot and then goes after her. Bayley runs and slides through the bottom rope with a dropkick out onto Logan on the other side of the ringside area. The rest of the Riott Squad distracts Bayley and Logan takes advantage and attacks Bayley unaware.

Liv Morgan tags in and puts Bayley in a submission. The Riott Squad cycles tags and keeps Bayley isolated in their corner. Bayley tries to get a tag but she gets dragged back. Bayley tries again but she gets dragged back once again. Finally she does tag Banks, who comes in hot. Banks hits a Meteora on Ruby Riott and gets a near-fall. bayley tags in and Banks hits a backstabber on Ruby, who bounces into a Bayley-To-Belly from Bayley. Bayley pins but Morgan saves her.

The Riott Squad ends up throwing Banks into the barricade hard at ringside. Back in the ring and Logan pins but Banks kicks out. The Riott Squad hit some team moves on Banks but Natalya runs in and prevents the pinfall. Natalya gets tossed outside again and Logan batters Banks some more in the ring. Ruby goes to the top rope and Bayley lays on top of Banks to protect her, as Ruby hits a senton off the top rope. Ruby pins but Banks kicks out and Ruby can’t believe it.

Finally Banks tags Natalya and she comes in fired up. Natalya puts Ruby and Logan in a double Sharpshooter. Morgan puts a stop to that. There is a mad scramble and Banks hits Morgan with the Frog Splash for the 3-count.

Winners: Sasha Banks, Bayley & Natalya


NXT Women’s Championship Match: Kairi Sane (c) vs. Shayna Baszler

Bell sounds and Baszler shows a strength advantage early. Sane fires back with some slick techniques to counter that advantage. Baszler grabs a chokehold and Sane counters with a modified stunner. Now Sane is in control as she knocks Baszler to the floor. They battle on the outside now and Baszler throws Sane into the steel ring-steps. Back in the ring and Baszler puts Sane in some nasty-looking holds. Baszler stamps on Sane’s hand.

Sane looks for a quick rollup but Baszler drags her back down with submissions. Sane stuns Baszler with a hard right hand and both women sell as the crowd chants “NXT!” Sane unleashes wild strikes on Baszler in the corner and then connects with a spear. Sane gets fired out and hits her signature neckbreaker. Baszler gets back in it and she yanks Sane’s shoulder nearly out of the socket and then drops her to the floor outside the ring.

Back in the ring and Sane spikes Baszler with a DDT and then goes to the top rope. Baszler rolls outside for a breather. But Sane comes leaping off the turnbuckle out onto her anyways. Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shaffir come out and helps Baszler and Baszler nearly locks up the choke but Sane counters with a pin attempt. Duke cracks Sane with a shot behind the ref’s back and Baszler locks up the choke again, tight.

Sane ends up going unconscious and Baszler is the new NXT Women’s Champion.

Winner: Shayna Baszler (c)


Last Woman Standing Match for the Smackdown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair

Match gets underway and they go back and forth. Becky gains control and starts battering Charlotte with a kendo stick. Then, from opposites sides of the ring, the two women start throwing chairs in the ring, matching each other and trying to outdo one another. Then Charlotte starts dragging out a table, until Becky runs around and clobbers her with a shot off the ring steps. Becky starts to rip Charlotte up with a steel chair.

Back in the ring and Becky sets up a bunch of the chairs and goes for something but Charlotte ends up dropping Becky on the chairs. The ref counts them both down. A table gets set up and Charlotte takes control. She lays Becky on it and goes for a moonsault off the top rope. She overshoots and the table doesn’t break and she just pulls Becky off and tips the table. Charlotte sets the table up again and goes to the top rope once more, with Becky on the table.

This time, Charlotte goes for a Swanton Bomb and nails Becky through the table. The ref counts them down. Charlotte goes out and grabs a ladder from under the ring. Becky grabs Charlotte and scoop-slams her onto the ladder. Charlotte fires back and starts wearing Becky’s knee out with moves on the ladder. Then Charlotte locks up a Figure-8 through the ladder. There are no submission in this match and Becky desperately tries to find a way out.

Becky manages to bash Charlotte’s knee with a chair and the hold is broken. They battle to the outside and both women can barely get to their feet. Becky throws Charlotte into the ring post. The ref counts Charlotte down as Charlotte struggles to get to her feet. Becky starts to leave with the belt but Charlotte comes chasing after her and they brawl into the audience area. They fight their way back to ringside and Charlotte starts stripping the announce table.

Charlotte then sets up a ladder beside the table, but Becky cracks her in the back with the title-belt. Now it’s Becky who lays Charlotte on the announce table. Becky goes to the top of the ladder and lands a legdrop down onto Charlotte, and the table flies apart under the impact. The ref counts them both down. Becky is first up and she maliciously assaults Charlotte with shots and Charlotte asks “Is that all you got?”

Becky piles a bunch of chairs and tables on top of Charlotte and the ref counts, with Charlotte buried under the rubble. Charlotte gets up and Becky cowers in fear as Charlotte charges her and batters her with a kendo stick. Charlotte spears Becky at ringside. She sets up a table out on the floor and lays Becky on it. Charlotte climbs to the top rope but Becky hops up and powerbombs Charlotte down and through the table.

The ref counts. Charlotte nearly makes it up at the 9 but she loses her balance and falls as the 10-count is hit. Becky retains the title.

Winner: Becky Lynch (c)


Raw Women’s Championship Match: Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Nikki Bella (with Brie Bella)

Rousey plays some games with Nikki as she display a grappling advantage early. Brie causes a distraction and Nikki pushes Rousey into the ring post after Rousey pursues Brie. Now Nikki is in control. Nikki punishes Rousey with some holds and shots. Brie finds a chance to slug Rousey while the ref isn’t looking. Nikki continues to apply various holds. Nikki sets Rousey up on the top rope and goes for a superplex. Rousey fights her off but Brie causes some interference.

Rousey ends up going for a flying cross-body but Nikki moves and Rousey hits the canvas. As Nikki looks to close the deal, Rousey comes back and gets Nikki up for her finisher. Brie jumps on the apron and Rousey gets her up to and hits the move on both Bellas simultaneously. Now Rousey unleashes on Nikki with a series of shots and arm-drags. Rousey hits a throw and Nikki rolls outside and tries to retreat. Rousey goes out and brings her back.

Brie cracks Rousey but Rousey grabs her and throws her over the announce table. The crowd chants “Yes!” as Rousey goes into the ring. Nikki suddenly hits an Alabama Slamma for a very near-fall. Rousey charges Nikki, who moves, and she goes shoulder-first into the ring post. Nikki delivers the Rack Attack. She pins. 1-2-… but Rousey kicks out. Nikki goes to the top rope but Rousey goes up and hits her armbar transition off the top and then forces Nikki to tap on the mat.

Winner: Ronda Rousey (c)

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