If you've been watching the past couple weeks of WWE programming, then you could be forgiven that you are completely unaware that a historic first-ever women’s PPV was taking place this Sunday. I suppose that is a microcosm of how women are still viewed. They still aren’t nearly as important as the men. Looking at the card, it’s not difficult to see why. When we think of the first ever historic women’s PPV, I’m sure we were all expecting clashes of women from the past facing women of today, intriguing title matches, and a PPV that feels especially important. Despite that, WWE has botched the booking of this PPV and clearly rushed it, primarily due to the fact that they have been promoting Crown Jewel at the same time, which is far more important... Because you know, money!!!
What we get out of it is essentially a sadly, unforgettable PPV that isn’t horrible on its surface, but leaves a lot to be desired. Let’s get into the specifics of each match.
“Historic” Women’s Battle Royal For Future Women’s Championship Opportunity
The only reason why I put quotation marks around the word “historic” is because that is what WWE is calling this. Make no mistake about it. There is nothing historic about this battle royal. WWE made a big deal out of the battle royal for women at WrestleMania this year by calling it the first ever WrestleMania women’s battle royal. The only difference is that this battle royal will have retired superstars just for name recognition. There’s nothing special or unique about this battle royal, and the only way WWE knows how to book these kinds of matches is to have all of the participants come out and have a practice battle royal one week before. The winner gets a future opportunity, and I’d think that we need to build to a challenger for the winner of the Smackdown Women’s Championship match since we can all assume that feud will end there. That means the easy answer is Asuka. Don’t count out Ember Moon for the RAW brand, though.
2018 Mae Young Classic Final: Io Shirai vs. Toni Storm
This one really could go either way, and I would certainly not be upset to see Shirai win the Mae Young Classic. That said, it is pretty clear that WWE is all-in with Storm if you go by the way Michael Cole has put her over throughout the MYC. Two of the greatest women's wrestlers in the world, I expect this match to steal the show or come a close second to the SmackDown main event. Storm with a victory would be a great challenger for Shayna Baszler (who I think picks up the NXT title on Sunday) and top face of the NXT women's division. Shirai will have plenty of big wins and moments ahead of her, too. This will probably be match of the night in terms of overall in-ring performance.
Winner: Toni Storm
Sasha Banks, Bayley and Natayla vs. The Riott Squad
I’d really love it if something unexpected happened in this match. Like if the Riott Squad split up and somebody turned face. Maybe one of the faces turns heel. Basically anything that’s not just one of these teams winning and it leading to nothing. But if it does just go to a regular ending, I’m guessing Nattie, Sasha, and Bayley win. Why would they give it to the Riott Squad unless they have some kind of plan?
Winners: Bayley, Sasha Banks & Natalya
NXT Women’s Championship Match: Kairi Sane (c) vs. Shayna Baszler
These two met in the finals of the inaugural Mae Young Classic, and while Sane was a total underdog there, she pulled out a win. Shayna Baszler took the loss to heart and took training seriously, and was able to not only win the NXT Women’s Championship in record time, but defeat Sane in their second match. In the third match, Baszler had the match won but slipped up, and Sane got a surprise roll-up win to take the championship. Now they’re on match four, evenly matched even though they’re very very different, and we can count on almost any match result to be a satisfying continuation of a story that could go on for years. I’d like to see Kairi retain, and Baszler move up to make room for Bianca Belair at the very top of the NXT women’s division. It seems like Baszler already did just about everything she can as a heel champion in NXT, so I think that outcome is pretty likely. Plus WWE may have some kind of plan for the MMA Horsewomen (I kind of hope they don’t).
Winner: Kairi Sane
Trish Stratus & Lita vs. Mickie James & Alicia Fox
This was originally announce as Lita vs. Mickie & Trish vs. Alexa, but on October 8th was changed to a tag match. According to reports, the plan was reportedly always for it to be a tag team match, and that WWE only announced the Stratus vs. Bliss match to boost ticket sales early on, since they didn’t want to announce the Ronda Rousey vs. Nikki Bella match until they shot the angle for it. Who knows if it’s true or not, but it sounds like something WWE would do. There are also reports that Trish Stratus & Lita didn’t want singles matches, and wanted to team on the show. Again, who knows the real story, but I have to say that I think the change to a tag match is a smart call and welcomed change. It allows Lita & Trish to play the hits, for both of them to renew rivalries with Mickie, and for Trish & Alexa to still have their face off and interactions. I see Lita & Trish taking this one to give the fans a feel good moment, likely pinning Mickie to set up more rumored tags with Lita & Trish on big shows. And of course since I had this all complete, it has been changed to Trish Stratus & Lita vs. Alicia Fox & Mickie James w/Alexa Bliss, which was the speculation following the angle on Monday’s Raw. Trish & Lita should still win, but Foxy gets to be pinned.
Winners: Trish & Lita
Last Woman Standing Match For The Smackdown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
Becky Lynch is one of the hottest and best acts going in the company right now, and they can’t seem to do much wrong. Having Flair puff out her chest and win this match instead of leaning into the Becky run would be a very large wrong. Becky should win this. Becky should hold the belt at least until WrestleMania, and Charlotte should have to take a long hard journey to get back to it. I’m 100% sure that Becky should win this match. I’m like 80% sure that Becky will win this match. I think she will, but I’m less certain. I hope she does.
Winner: Becky Lynch
Raw Women’s Championship Match: Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Nikki Bella
I get why this match had to happen, and I think it will probably be pretty good. Unfortunately there’s no suspense involved, because I know Ronda’s definitely winning. They’ve never let her lose, and there’s no sign they’re about to start. So it is what it is. But I also wouldn't put it past WWE to have some Brie interference costs Ronda the title so they can keep the feud going with a rematch.
Winner: Ronda Rousey