Women Front & Center (and Alone) in Historic WWE Event

Thursday, October 25, 2018 10:00 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 10:00 PM UTC

World Wrestling Entertainment's first-ever all-female pay-per-view is Sunday, featuring Hall of Famers and today's top stars, with several championships on the line. Let's find some ways to cash your tickets.

<h2 style="text-align:center">WWE Evolution</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Sunday, 7 p.m. ET; Uniondale, New York (PPV)</h2><p>Women's professional wrestling has come a long way since the days of the Fabulous Moolah and Mae Young, who began their careers when black-and-white television was the norm. For that matter, it has come a long way since 10 years ago when pillow fights were sometimes a segment on a WWE card. At least those were in color.</p><p>On Sunday at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the women's division will be the only one that matters.</p><p>The pay-per-view is, fittingly, called Evolution. All women, all the time. From preliminary matches to the main event. The stage is all theirs. No pillows necessary.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><br />Ronda Rousey (-900) vs. Nikki Bella (+500)</h2><p>If you saw our preview of Super Show-Down, you might have noticed that we alluded to a heel turn by the Bellas. It didn't happen at that event but it did happen on the following edition of "Raw" on Oct. 8. (Hey, we're not always right but we try. And talk about a big payout if you could have found odds on it!) After teaming to beat the Riott Squad, the Bellas attacked Rousey.</p><p>[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"https://www.youtube.com/embed/uLnpodMG5PM", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]</p><p>Now the baddest woman on the planet is seeking revenge, starting with this defense of her Raw Women's Championship against Nikki ... or will it be Bree? ... or will it be both? With identical twins there's always the possibility of an in-match switch. Not that Rousey couldn't handle either one, or both simultaneously, given her MMA background. The new rivalry has quickly become personal. The Bellas tried getting in Rousey's head by saying she was a disappointment to her mother because she failed to become an Olympic champion. That's nothing compared to the salvo Rousey fired a week earlier. After the Bellas talked about breaking down doors in the industry, Rousey referenced Nikki's relationship with one of the sport's biggest stars: "The only door you ever knocked down was a door to John Cena's bedroom. And he eventually threw you out of that exact same door."</p><p>It was Rousey's finest moment with a microphone in a WWE ring. Without a microphone she isn't too bad, either, going undefeated in 24 singles matches since joining the organization. Nikki is, let's say, a little more experienced, with some 562 matches, 60 percent of which she has won. But what have you done for me lately? Nikki's last PPV singles victory was against Carmella at TLC 2016, while Rousey beat Alexa Bliss at Hell In A Cell 2018. Rousey is on a roll and is <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/" title="Live Sports Betting Odds">the rightful favorite</a> at <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4579&amp;book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">5Dimes</a>, but Nikki's experience can't be discounted. Nor can the person in her corner who looks just like her. You got that, sister? <strong>Pick: Bella.</strong></p><h2 style="text-align:center"><br />Becky Lynch (-185) vs. Charlotte Flair (+145)</h2><p>These former best friends go at it again, this time in a Last Woman Standing match with Lynch's SmackDown Women's Championship at stake. The match is over when one wrestler is unable to answer the referee's 10 count; pinfalls and submissions are meaningless. Lynch won the title from Flair at Hell In A Cell in September and has retained the belt twice against her, once via the disqualification rule and another in a match that ended in a double count-out. Lynch's latest shenanigans occurred when Flair was speaking to a group of new women wrestlers at the WWE Performance Center. Lynch's interruption led to a fight between the two, after which Flair accused Lynch of disrespecting how far the women's division has come. This match should settle the feud but -- in terms of your <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/more-sports/" title="Free Sports Picks">wrestling picks</a> -- in a very unsettling way for the champ. <strong>Pick: Flair.</strong></p><h2 style="text-align:center"><br />Trish Stratus and Lita (-390) vs. Alexa Bliss and Mickie James (+270)</h2><p>Hall of Famers and former tag-team partners Stratus (Class of 2013) and Lita (2014) are reunited to face a long-time foe in James and relatively a fresh talent in Bliss. The original plan called for two singles matches -- Stratus vs. Bliss and Lita vs. James -- but after a confrontation between the four on Oct. 8 it was changed to a tag-team bout. The last time James and Lita competed against each other was at Survivor Series 2006, in which James won the WWE Women's Championship in Lita's retirement match. James and Bliss have been doing a lot of yapping leading up to this match; of course, you can't spell Bliss with a "B" and an "S." Time for less talking and more action. <strong>Pick: Stratus-Lita.</strong></p><h2 style="text-align:center"><br />Battle Royal</h2><p>Twenty-one participants had been confirmed at press time, all hoping for a title shot that goes to the winner. Former stars returning to the squared circle include Molly Holly, Ivory, Alundra Blayze, Michelle McCool and Torrie Wilson. Odds at <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4579&amp;book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">5Dimes</a> have been released for five current wrestlers: Ember Moon (+300) vs. Field (-420); Asuka (+300) vs. Field (-420); Nia Jax (+475) vs. Field (-825); Carmella (+700) vs. Field (-1500); and Naomi (+475) vs. Field (-825). By night's end, one of them will have the rest seeing red. <strong>Pick: Ember Moon.</strong></p><h2 style="text-align:center"><br />Around the Ring</h2><p><strong>Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Natalya vs. The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, and Ruby Riott):</strong> The Riott Squad can wreak havoc like few other women's teams, and they won't be stopped from doing so Sunday.</p><p><strong>Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler:</strong> Sane will walk into the ring the same way she'll walk out of it, as the NXT women's champion.</p><p><strong>Io Shirai vs. Toni Storm:</strong> Storm made her pro debut a couple weeks before her 14th birthday, and on Sunday she'll win the Mae Young Classic tournament final -- less than two weeks after turning 23.</p>
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