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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 17 November 2018

WWE Evolution predictions: Charlotte Flair beats Becky Lynch to win eighth title as Ronda Rousey defeats Nikki Bella

Victories also ahead for Ember Moon in the Battle Royal, Alexa Bliss and Mickie James in a tag team action, while Toni Storm wins the 2018 Mae Young Classic

Ronda Rousey will stand tall and retain the WWE Raw Women's Championship at Evolution on Sunday. Image courtesy of WWE. 
Ronda Rousey will stand tall and retain the WWE Raw Women's Championship at Evolution on Sunday. Image courtesy of WWE. 

Ahead of WWE Evolution on Sunday, WWE's historic first network special made up solely of women's matches, here is a look at the predictions for the event being held at Nassau Veterans Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

The show is available on the WWE Network, which can be be watched via OSN Sports, with the action starting from 4am UAE time on Monday morning.

Ronda Rousey to retain the Raw Women's Championship against Nikki Bella

Rousey has stepped up a gear since this feud with Bella began and her microphone work has been superb.

Bella is a natural heel and this will be a good main event, with the nefarious help of her sibling Brie ensuring that it will be believable that she can hold the advantage over the usually dominant Rousey.

Bella will be in the ascendancy for some time of the match, but this is ending with Rousey forcing her opponent to tap out.

Rousey marches on most probably towards a rivalry with Natalya. This will be her first WWE main event and it is unlikely to be her last.

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Charlotte Flair to win the SmackDown Women's Championship against Becky Lynch in a Last Woman Standing match

This has been a cracking feud and has been one of the best programmes WWE have put together in a long time.

It has been based on the good fashioned rationale of wanting to be the best and about respect, or a lack of it, on one side.

Lynch has been a revelation since her turn at SummerSlam and this writer would like her run as champion to go on.

But, Flair can become a record eight-time champion with a win here and given it is a historic night for the women's division this seems too tempting an opportunity for the WWE to ignore.

The last man standing stipulation has usually been won by the face and it is hard to see the WWE changing that narrative for the first women's staging of the match.

Alexa Bliss and Mickie James to beat Trish Stratus and Lita in a tag match

This was originally planned as two singles matches but has now been moved to a tag match.

This may or may not be down to Bliss having been limited recently by an arm injury and giving her some respite in a tag scenario is sensible.

I see Bliss stealing the pinfall here in controversial fashion to rob Stratus of a victorious return to the ring.

A Bliss v Stratus match can still happen in the future and this can set it up. Having Stratus aggrieved gives her a good reason to remain around the WWE and wanting to get a rematch with her younger rival.

Ember Moon to win the Women's Battle Royal to earn a Championship opportunity

Of the names currently put forward to compete in this match, alongside the returning past Superstars, Ember Moon, Asuka and Nia Jax stand out as the leading contenders.

Predicting a Battle Royal is usually a nightmare but with a title shot on the line it does make things a little clearer.

Winning here could give Asuka some much needed credibility back, while Nia Jax's physical presence means she will always be a factor.

But Moon has done very little on the main roster since her NXT call up, despite looking great on the rare moments she has had a chance to stand out.

Giving her a title shot at Rousey would be fun. She is a good worker and while she won't win the title yet, being given the chance to show what she can do will really boost her profile on Raw.

Bayley, Natalya and Sasha Banks to beat The Riott Squad in a six-woman tag match

A last-minute addition to the card, this could be a lot of fun.

The faces will likely get the win, but this should be a showcase for Ruby Riott to show what she can do with some great opponents.

Either Liv Morgan or Sarah Logan will take the loss to protect Riott, while the faces will look to build momentum.

Kairi Sane to retain the NXT Women's Championship against Shayna Baszler

It was a surprise when Sane won the title as Baszler had been so dominant.

Baszler winning her crown back would not be a surprise, but a call-up to the Raw roster could be imminent so this will most likely be a chance to put over Sane more convincingly before she departs.

Toni Storm to beat Io Shirai to win the 2018 Mae Young Classic

Very difficult to call this. The tournament has been a lot of fun and both women would be creditable winners.

But Storm is on a redemption run after reaching the semi-finals last year and having her win would complete a good narrative.

Shirai is equally plausible, but Storm arguably needs it more so that is the prediction.

A British NXT title match is also due to happen, although that has not been announced at the time of making these predictions.