WWE Sets First All Female Wrestler Pay-Per-View Event ‘Evolution’ (Video)

Stephanie McMahon announces “historic” plans Monday on USA Network’s “Raw”

Last Updated: August 20, 2018 @ 8:55 AM

WWE has set its first-ever all-women wrestler pay-per-view event, “Evolution.” Stephanie McMahon had the honor of making the announcement Monday on “Raw.”

The event is set to take place Oct. 28, 2018 at Long Island, New York’s Nassau Coliseum. Starting at 7 p.m. ET, “Evolution” will air on WWE Network and be available via PPV platforms around the world.

The Raw Women’s Championship, SmackDown Women’s Championship, NXT Women’s Championship, and the finals of the Mae Young Women’s Classic will be on the card, among other matches.

For days, WWE had teased that Stephanie McMahon would return to “Raw” to make a “historic announcement,” which readers can watch below. Until Monday, the WWE chief brand officer hadn’t appeared on-camera on the company’s flagship TV series since May.

Stephanie, the daughter of WWE chairman Vince McMahon, has been a leader of the so-called “Women’s Evolution” going on in WWE and its minor-league system NXT over the last few years. Other recent signs of progress and equality have included the pro-wrestling promotion’s Mae Young Classic, its first all-women Royal Rumble, and the upgrade in name from the “Divas” Division the Women’s Division as we know it now.

That last one also came with a belt upgrade, trading in the butterfly strap for more straightforward “Raw” and “SmackDown Live” Women’s Titles, which are much more similar to the men’s hardware.

Three-hour weekly episodic show “Raw” airs Monday nights starting at 8/7c on USA Network. Its two-hour sister series “SmackDown Live” airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on the same network — you know, until it moves to Fridays on Fox next fall.