WWE has been covered in controversy lately because of their Saudi Arabia special event, Crown Jewel, and now another pay-per-view of theirs has come under fire, Evolution. Where Crown Jewel is causing controversy because of its location, given the controversy surrounding the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Turkey, Evolution is causing a stir because of the seemingly lack of effort by the WWE in booking the event. The company's first-ever all-women's pay-per-view is just over a week away, and the WWE has only booked four matches and a battle royal. On average, the WWE has their pay-per-views fully booked at least two weeks out before the event.
Where the WWE has clearly taken great strides in showcasing their women superstars over the last couple of years — with first-ever contests like the all-women's Royal Rumble Match, a Hell in a Cell bout, and two Money in the Bank Ladder contests — many critics feel they have simply dropped the ball when it comes to the booking and the buildup to Evolution, as Raw and SmackDown only have one more episode left a piece before the event.
Below is the card thus far for Evolution, as documented on the official WWE website.
- Battle royal
- NXT Women's Champion Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler
- Trish Stratus and Lita vs. Alexa Bliss and Mickie James
- SmackDown Women's champion Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (Last Woman Standing match)
- Raw Women's champion Ronda Rousey vs. Nikki Bella
"What Evolution largely lacks is 'the story,' which is missing from many matches on the card that have simply been put together without a solid background as to why they're happening. Even many of WWE's female stars have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment with being relegated to a battle royal that comes across as a lazy way to get more female stars on the show. With Raw concentrating so heavily on rivalries like Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns and SmackDown doing the same with AJ Styles' WWE title run, plus WWE's hyper-focused push of big money shows like Super Show-Down and Crown Jewel, its focus on Evolution has fallen by the wayside."With WWE Evolution just over a week away, fans are wondering what they are going to get beyond the small card that's been announced, as it seems that most of the talent will be in a battle royal.