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Still no signs of Evolution 2

Earlier this summer, WWE threw a celebration for the anniversary of Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, and Charlotte Flair moving from NXT to the main roster. It prompted a round of speculation might be getting an announcement about the long-awaited sequel to 2018’s Evolution.

It didn’t come, but then when we first heard about a second WWE PPV in August, there was talk of Evolution 2 getting that spot. The Aug. 30 event turned out to Payback, and we haven’t heard much else about another women-only PPV show since.

During her appearance on the Sept. 2 edition of D-Von Dudley’s Table Talk podcast (quote via 411mania), Sasha Banks indicated there hasn’t been any mention of it backstage, either:

“I mean, have I heard any rumblings [about Evolution 2]? No, I haven’t. Can we start some rumblings? Start the hashtag, #Evolution2. Let’s do it, let’s manifest that. Let’s put it out there.”

There’s obviously a market for another Evolution, or it wouldn’t continue to come up on the rumor mill and in interviews with WWE talent & executives. If you factor in the talented and deep NXT roster, there’s plenty of wrestlers to fill up a card. And the public relations & marketing value would seem to be as high as ever, after this year’s #SpeakingOut movement called attention to how much of a boy’s club wrestling remains. It could be a strategic play, too, considering the criticism AEW continues to take for their women’s scene.

But as of now, there are no signs of it on the horizon. WWE’s 2020 PPV schedule remains in flux, however, and 2021 will likely require some audibles, too.

Keep hope alive.

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