Sunday, November 3, 2019

Stephanie McMahon Talks Evolution PPV Not Taking Place, Evolution Now Listed as Retired PPV, Ronda Rousey

Stephanie McMahon Talks Evolution PPV Not Taking Place, Evolution Now Listed as Retired PPV, Ronda Rousey
WWE Evolution was a historic event as the first-ever all-female WWE pay-per-view. It turns out that last year’s big event might have been the first and last.

The WWE Network is now listing Evolution under the “retired” pay-per-view portion of their listings. This is quite a shocking development that Evolution is now featured on the same list as Great Balls Of Fire, Judgement Day, and Over The Edge.

The company did not hold an all-female pay-per-view event this year in spite of such a big move for the Women’s Evolution as three females main evented WrestleMania this year. Now it appears that the Evolution pay-per-view isn’t coming back.

While speaking with Bleacher Report Stephanie McMahon revealed why there was no sequel to Evolution.

"We did consider it. A lot of our focus has been on having this particular match as a part of this PPV in Saudi Arabia," said Stephanie. "More to come on Evolution but it's most likely not going to happen in 2019."

When Stephanie said "this particular match" she was referring to the match between Natalya and Lacey Evans at Crown Jewel. Natalya was victorious in the first women's wrestling match to ever take place in Saudi Arabia.

Stephanie was also asked how important Ronda Rousey was in opening people's eyes and showing that women can draw when promoted in the right way.

"I think Ronda was certainly a part of that, for sure. You can look at Serena and Venus [Williams]. You can look at any number of female athletes who have been making such significant strides in their respective industries, Ronda being absolutely a huge part of that," stated Stephanie. "When you consider the history of what we call the Women's Evolution, starting with that hashtag that trended for three days worldwide in 2015, called #GiveDivasAChance, which was specifically calling for better character development, better storylines, more athleticism from our women which ultimately led to us rebranding the Divas division to the women's division.

"It led to unveiling a new championship belt more akin to the men's but still feminine, announcing that our women would now be called superstars same as the men, which then led to our signing Ronda, our women headlining and maineventing PPVs, including for the first time ever this past April Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch being the first ever women's main event of Wrestlemania at MetLife Stadium in front of over 80,000 people and breaking entertainment revenue records.