Fearing that ratings might be disappointingly low for this weekend’s inaugural Evolution pay-per-view, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) announced today that four matches featuring male Superstars® have been added to the card.
Describing the last-minute change as “historic,” WWE revealed that Evolution will be headlined by The Undertaker squaring off against John Cena “for the first time ever.”
WWE is promoting the men’s matches “bonus content,” although the bouts have been scheduled for the final 90 minutes of the event, thereby essentially pushing the women’s matches to the midcard and below.
Other matches announced today for Sunday’s event:
- DX (Shawn Michaels and Hunter Hearst Helmsley) vs. Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson for the NXT Tag Team Championships
- Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose in a barbed-wire, light-tube-log-cabins, 10,000-thumbtack crocodile death match
- Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair
- (Time Permitting) Kenny Omega vs. Ricochet
Some critics have described the change as regressive and patriarchal; “This is completely contrary to the original mandate of the all-women event,” said one female wrestler, who asked to be identified only as Santina M.