JC’s Top Rope Report: Booking WWE Evolution
So unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last two weeks, you know by now that the WWE is booking their first all women’s PPV called Evolution for October 28. And if you have been watching WWE TV then you know all about it. That’s because they are forcing every single one of their male characters to go out of their way and talk about it. I really hope that doesn’t keep happening for the next two months because if it does then I’m not going to want to watch the show.
While it is great that the WWE is booking an all women’s PPV, they also need to go about it the right way. They have to get people to care about it. And they have to put on a good show from a wrestling perspective. They can’t have matches like Lana vs Zelina Vega from Smackdown this past Tuesday. They need to have matches that show the women can wrestle just as well as the men. And that means putting on the best wrestling matches possible. And the WWE has the women on the roster to pull that off.
They have talked about having over 50 women on the show. That’s a lot. I’m putting a “Legends” Pre Show Battle Royal on the first hour to get women of the past on the show.
Asuka vs Kairi Sane
I would pretty much consider this a showcase match with these two. Asuka is not currently being used on Smackdown in the build up to SummerSlam and is coming off two straight losses to Carmella. She might have been the biggest victim from the SuperStar Shakeup. Kairi Sane is fighting for the NXT Women’s Title at Takeover but I have a feeling she isn’t going to win it. So why not just let these two have the opening match and go for a solid 15 minutes? They are two very good wrestlers who can get the crowd fired up at the start of the show.
Carmella, Zelina Vega, The IIconics, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose vs Naomi, Lana, Laycool and The Bella Twins
Okay, time to bring it down a little bit here. This match isn’t going to be a wrestling classic. But it gets a handful of women on the card. You have the nostalgia of Laycool and I would like to see a segment with them and the IIconics. Carmella should NOT be the Smackdown Live Women’s Champion going into this show. The Title matches should be about the best possible matches that can be put together. And while I think Carmella is a good character, her wrestling isn’t up to Championship standards. The antics of her and the IIconics makes this somewhat watchable and there is history with Nikki and Carmella.
Mae Young Classic Final: Io Shirai vs Kaitlyn
If Io Shirai is not in the Final match then someone in the WWE screwed up. I was originally going to put Toni Storm in the Finals, but I have a feeling she is involved in the WWE NXT Women’s match. The last spot is really up for grabs but I have a feeling the WWE would want to put a familiar face in the final to get some people interested and that would be Kaitlyn.
NXT UK Women’s Championship: Toni Storm vs Killer Kelly
Toni Storm will be in this match. After that? It’s probably anyone’s guess. I went with Killer Kelly since she was used on the UK Show back in June.
Last Woman Standing: Sasha Banks vs Bayley
Okay, do we really think that Sasha Banks and Bayley are going to be friends this entire time? Of course I have been saying that all year and the WWE continues to prove me wrong with this. This feud should honestly be done by this point and Sasha Banks should be the top heel on RAW, challenging Ronda Rousey here for the RAW Women’s Title. But I fully expect Sasha to prove that this whole teaming with Bayley thing has been a lie and she turns on her. She can lay out Bayley some time in the next month and have her do a stretcher job. Bayley comes back a few weeks later and we are on. These two can go out and beat the crap out of each other and probably have the match of the night.
Ember Moon, Natalya, Nia Jax and Dana Brooke vs The Riott Squad and Alicia Fox
When I first started making this card, I had Natalya vs Ronda Rousey in the main event with Natty challenging Ronda. But I scrapped that because there is no way Natalya is main eventing this show. So I teamed her with the rest of the faces on RAW in the “get everyone on the show” type of way. Hopefully Ruby will be back by this so she can carry the workload in the match and Alicia Fox fits in with the craziness that is the Riott Squad. These women are in a tough spot following Sasha/Bayley but someone has to do it.
NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler (c) vs Candice LeRae
I know these two just fought on NXT, but this would still be the match that I would make in this spot. Candice is the natural underdog babyface to go up against the classic heel that is Shayna. I think out of all the women currently in NXT Candice should be the one to take the Title off Shayna.
Mickie James vs Trish Stratus
Both women talked about wanting to do this match already on social media. It is probably one of the best women’s feuds in the history of the WWE and you know these two have good chemistry in the ring. And you know they will work their butts off to have a good match on this show. I would book it and place it here. I thought about putting it between both Title matches but I think that would take away from the match a bit.
RAW Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey (c) vs Alexa Bliss
If Ronda is the Champion at this point, I don’t think this is the main event. When Ronda wins the RAW Women’s Title, she is more than likely holding it until Wrestlemania. I’m still confident Ronda wins the Title at SummerSlam. I don’t think they can hold off on the chase for another two months if she loses. They would have to jump through loops as well to have Ronda lose. You would probably have Natalya turn on her. But I think that feud gets held off until the fall. So I have Ronda win the Title at SummerSlam. Maybe you have Ronda break Alexa’s arm. That way you can have Alexa hold off on her rematch until this show. Maybe you do Ronda/Nia again at Hell In A Cell to fill time. Alexa is going to be in this Title match. If they do go the Ronda/Natty route, I could see a potential Mickie/Alexa vs Trish/Lita match.
Smackdown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair (c) vs Becky Lynch- Two Out Of Three Falls
These two deserve the main event of this show. They can probably put on the best wrestling match and they obviously have great chemistry together. So here is how I get there. Charlotte wins the Title at SummerSlam. Becky and her shake hands afterwards. Becky asks Charlotte for a Title shot over the next few weeks. But Carmella says she is invoking her rematch clause at Hell In A Cell. Charlotte wins there. Becky asks for her Title shot again and beats Asuka to get it at Evolution. In the build up, you turn Charlotte heel. You have Charlotte say that for too long Becky was riding her coattails and she has shown time and time again that Becky needs her to get to the top. Becky calls BS, and says Charlotte always got preferential treatment and she had to fight her way to the top, unlike Charlotte. I’d have Becky win here. If they do Survivor Series like they did last year, a Charlotte win means we are doing Charlotte/Ronda at Survivor Series. That’s the Mania match. Plus I’m convinced Charlotte is winning the Rumble so she can’t be Champ. This takes care of that.
So what do you guys think? Do you like this card? Drop me a line here or on Twitter and let me know!
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