Hey there, Sunday night was the historic WWE Evolution event and it had a few rather interesting takeaways and thought-provoking moments that I’d like to shed some light on, so here we go.
Nia Jax Is #1 Contender
Despite what most wanted upon the conclusion of the battle royal – Ember Moon winning the match – Nia Jax won the battle royal to earn a future Raw Women’s Championship match against Ronda Rousey. I’m puzzled as to why they went in this direction, as we’ve already seen that match. Granted we didn’t really receive proper closure during their initial encounter, since Alexa Bliss cashed in during the clash, so I guess we’ll see what they do this time around with Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey.
Split Teased Between Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville
To start off the battle royal Sunday night, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville were working well as a unit, eliminating a couple participants. That was until Mandy Rose pushed Sonya Deville off the apron resulting in her elimination. Perhaps it’s just the typical circumstance during a battle royal – team member A eliminates team member B and both later laugh it off and make up the very next day – or they are possibly planning a singles push for one of the two (or both, I guess). In this case…well, the Mandy Rose’ singles push is inevitable. Definitely. She fits the WWE mold and will eventually be pushed accordingly I would assume. Maybe Sunday night was the start? If it indeed was, good grief, hopefully the company works on a new theme song for her in the process.
R-Truth & Carmella Mesh Well Together
Say what you will about R-Truth and Carmella individually, but as a tandem they click. It’s by no means perfect, at times, in fact, can be cringeworthy, it’s not going to be a home run every single time, but they look comfortable with each other and work well together. We seen more interaction between the two during the kickoff show Sunday night when R-Truth claimed he was a part of the battle royal and would face Carmella for the title after he won it. It was a funny little bit, I guess. All in all, Carmella seems content in her new role and R-Truth looks happy to be back. I dislike their dance break crap, but other than that, their run together thus far has been moderately good.
New NXT Women’s Champion
My belief was that Kairi Sane would retain the title and elevate the NXT women’s division while Shayna Baszler moved up to the main roster, but I was evidently wrong. Shayna Baszler defeated Kairi Sane to reclaim the NXT Women’s Championship with help from fellow Horsewomen Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke. Looks like there’s another chapter in the Kairi Sane and Shayna Baszler story with the two others now involved. Looking forward to whatever is next.
Mae Young Classic Finals
My money was on Io Shirai. I thought for sure she would won. However, she obviously didn’t, but I am not complaining, the winner of this years tournament Toni Storm is great, I absolutely love her. She’s incredible, and so is Io Shirai. I wish they had a lengthy match, they truly deserved it, but it was good for what it was. Hopefully WWE treats these women well and books them appropriately for as long as they are around.
Becky Lynch Is a Star
Of course, we always knew Becky Lynch was a great wrestler and dearly loved by the fans, but as I stated in a previous article – rather you like her or not, rather you prefer her as a babyface or as a heel, cheer or boo her, whatever – she’s been doing a splendid job in her new role with a new attitude. She’s carrying herself like the champion she is, she’s kicking ass and taking names, however the hell you want to put it. It’s fresh, it’s new. It’s something to look forward to every Tuesday. Sunday night, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair competed in a Last Women Standing Match, which – aside from referee Mike Chioda mistakenly counting while Charlotte Flair was clearly on her feet and ever so subtly kicking a chair over to Becky Lynch – was fantastic. They told a great story. I wonder what is next for the Lass Kicker. Will she continue with Charlotte Flair or is that book closed for now? I initially thought it was time to move away from that, but after witnessing their match Sunday night in particular, I’m intrigued. I’d be okay with the continuation of this feud. Whatever that booking decision may be (prolong the rivalry or put it to rest).
Ronda Rousey Humanized
Ronda Rousey faced Nikki Bella in the main event of Evolution for the Raw Women’s Championship and as expected, retained. Here’s the thing, though – in my opinion, it lasted too long. It wasn’t the worst match you’re ever going to see, it was actually surprisingly decent to say the least, but the amount of time they were given was completely unnecessary. Ronda Rousey should’ve beaten Nikki Bella in under 5 minutes. I mean, in kayfabe, she humbles an entire male security team almost on a weekly basis. If she can wreck those dudes simultaneously, Nikki Bella should be no issue. That’s just my two cents regarding that topic.