Last Monday Night Raw, Women Wrestling fans rejoiced when it was announced that later this year, the WWE will hold their first all Women’s PPV event going by the name Evolution.
Following their interview with Stephanie McMahon, Sky Sports also spoke with WWE EVP of Talent, Live Events, and Creative Triple H to discuss the purpose of the historic event, whether it will be a mainstay program and discusses the possibility of WWE holding more inter-gender wrestling. Highlights of the interview below.
The purpose of Evolution: “To me, it’s what WWE is, the history, the legacy, all the women who come before this. From Mae Young onwards, their legacy lives forever. You’re going to see that in this event, you’ll see the stars of today – Ronda Rousey, Charlotte, Alexa, Carmella, Asuka, Nia Jax and then the next kind of level. I hate to say the future is with NXT because it’s now, they’re global stars which you’re going to see, the Shayna Baszlers, and then you’re going to see the forever, the next generation of superstars of the people competing and the finals of the Mae Young Classic and to me that represents everything from the evolvement of Trish Stratus and Lita. It shows where we are now with the women that steal the show on a night-to-night basis on Raw and Smackdown and NXT, and then it shows the women from five to 10 years from now that will be stealing that show in the future. This is not a one-off, this is the current, this is the status, this is where it’s at, this is the final line on the ‘this is equal’.”
On WWE possibly holding more inter-gender wrestling: ”In my mind the thing I always go back to, I wish in some way this wasn’t even a conversation. If you want equality then the conversation doesn’t happen about equality. To me, do the women need to have their own PPV? No. Can they? Yes. That’s what’s so big about this event. Will we do it again? Probably, I don’t know but the proof point is that we can. Can the women wrestle a guy? Sure. Can you do inter-gender matches? Ronda Rousey and our match at Wrestlemania, sure it can be done. Women don’t need a man in their match to steal the show. They just need an equal platform and opportunity and if the women have it they will work just as hard, if not harder than anybody else to steal that show. Right now, they still have stuff to prove and that’s what this event is. But once they’ve proved it all hopefully the conversation goes away and it’s not seen any different than anything else.”
On if Evolution will be a mainstay program: ”It’s a question to be answered down the road. Do we need to have a women’s only event? No – just like we don’t need a men’s only event or anything else. I think that the opportunity is there whoever is the best, the most prominent box office attraction that is the main event. It doesn’t matter if that’s Raw, Smackdown, NXT, Wrestlemania. So can they have their own event? Can it be a mainstay? Yes, and if our fans want it and it’s the right thing then we’ll give it to them. The WWE universe will dictate to us what the approach is.”
Triple H also discusses the #GiveDivasAChance movement and teases whether any legends would make an appearance at Evolution.
What did you think of the interview? Do you think Evolution should be a mainstay program? Would you like to see more intergender wrestling in the WWE? Let us know in the comments below!