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Reason why NXT talent wasn’t around for initial WWE Evolution announcement

WWE Evolution was announced way back in July on an episode of Monday Night Raw. Stephanie McMahon revealed to the world that the company would host its very first all-female PPV event in October.

The event would feature four title matches, the finals of the 2018 Mae Young Classic, and 50+ female superstars from Raw, SmackDown, NXT, and NXT UK. While the NXT UK Women’s Championship has been taken off the card, the brand’s women are still expected to make an appearance in the Battle Royal.

Shayna Baszler was a guest on the Breaking Kayfabe Podcast earlier this week and revealed that the women of NXT were supposed to be at Raw for the announcement of WWE Evolution.

They pulled aside the girls the Monday morning of the announcement and were going to fly us to Raw since they wanted NXT representation. We were suppose to be on the stage when Stephanie was making the announcement.

We hustled to get to the jet, not a commercial plane. We packed our bags, and since it’s a big to do, I had to get the title shined up, race to the airport which was a 30-40 minute drive and when we got there we found out the flight was delayed, and we’re sitting there and it just keeps getting delayed.

So we finally board and we’re told it will take another 30 min. to fuel up the plane. We know the segment will be the first one, so we decide to do our makeup and get our gear on right there since we’ll need to get off and go straight to TV since it will be the first segment on Raw.

So during the walk through the pilot, who was hired by WWE, we’re told he hits his head on a crossbeam of the plane and split open his head and had to get stitches. All this time, we were in contact with the WWE and they finally said it’s not gonna happen, so I had to watch it on TV.

It’s tough to hear that the women of NXT had to miss one of the biggest moments of their lives because of a delay and a complete accident.

  • Kristopher Robinson