Sometimes, events in the world of pro wrestling work out so neatly, you might almost suspect they were predetermined. Yesterday, Alexa Bliss told British reflection-themed tabloid The Mirror that she would like to face WWE Hall-of-Famer Trish Stratus in a match at the upcoming all-women Evolution PPV. Later that night, a graphic was shown at NXT Takeover Brooklyn advertising that very match. What a coincidence!
Here’s what Bliss said before the match was announced, asked who she’d like to wrestle at the PPV:
Trish Stratus, because I watched her when I was growing up and was one person I would love to get in the ring with. I always watched her and think it would be fun to be in the ring with her.
Will she still think it’s fun when on the receiving end of a Trish Kick or a Stratusfaction? WWE made things official:
As if WWE Evolution, the groundbreaking all-women’s pay-per-view, wasn’t already historic enough, Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss will face seven-time Women’s Champion Trish Stratus in what is sure to be a match for the ages.
The Goddess, who is set to defend her Raw Women’s Championship against Ronda Rousey at SummerSlam, will battle the WWE Hall of Famer for the first time at the pay-per-view event set for Sunday, Oct. 28, at 7 ET/4 PT. Not only will this be Bliss and Stratus’ first match against each other, but it will also mark Stratus’ first match since competing in the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble Match earlier this year.
WWE Evolution will stream live on WWE Network, featuring women’s championship matches from Raw, SmackDown LIVE, NXT and NXT UK, as well as the final of the second annual Mae Young Classic 2018.
A match at Evolution will be Stratus’s first since competing in the Royal Rumble in January, and her first singles match since defeating Lita at Unforgiven in 2006, her “retirement” match. A 7-time Women’s Champion, now a mother of two, Stratus stands as one of the few remaining elite stars from the Attitude Era who can still wrestle a high-caliber match two-decades later.
This YouTube video of Stratus’s Rumble Return has more than 3.5 million views.
Fans who watched Stratus’s appearance at the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble, however, are still waiting for her to get her revenge on Sasha Banks, whose surprise elimination of Trish capped off a show-stealing heelish performance which has yet to be paid off. Is it too early to hope for Evolution in October to set up a storyline between Banks and Stratus for WrestleMania (or Evolution 2, since Sasha may need to wrap up her feud with Bayley at Mania)? Well, if Alexa Bliss is already looking to October while she’s defending her Raw Women’s Championship against Ronda Rousey tonight at SummerSlam, it should be fair game.