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WWE announces first all-women pay-per-view event, 'Evolution'

Aaron Oster
Contact ReporterFor The Baltimore Sun

WWE kicked off Raw on Monday night by having Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H announce the first pay-per-view event that will feature exclusively women's wrestling.

The PPV, called “Evolution,” will take place Oct. 28 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.. It will include not just women from Raw and Smackdown, but also wrestlers from the past, as well as NXT and NXT UK. Trish Stratus and Lita have already been confirmed to appear on the show, and the finals of the Mae Young Classic will also be held at the event.

“Three years ago, our fans demanded a change with the hashtag, #GiveDivasAChance, and an evolution started,” WWE executive vice president Paul “Triple H” Levesque said in a release. “Since that time, our female Superstars have overdelivered in every opportunity presented to them, and I expect nothing different during our first-ever all-women’s pay-per-view event.”

“This historic event marks another milestone in WWE’s women’s evolution,” WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon said. “The spotlight just got brighter for these athletic, talented women, who will once again showcase to the world that they can break down barriers and blaze their own trails.”

While much of what's been done in women's wrestling has seemed to lead to this point, it wouldn't be surprising if the reception from the “Greatest Royal Rumble” was what finally sparked this idea to come to fruition. The WWE received backlash for not including any women on the card in Saudi Arabia in April.

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