We are three days away from the first anniversary of Evolution, WWE’s first-ever women’s Pay-Per-View. Another one is not in the cards as of now, due to a particular reason, according to Dave Meltzer.
Dave Meltzer noted on the most recent Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE’s decision to not hold another Evolution PPV was due to Ronda Rousey’s absence where he states that WWE relied on her star power. He said the following:
Unlike last year, when there was an all-women’s PPV, which was one of the company’s best PPV shows of the year to offset that, Evolution was not put on this year’s schedule. It did have less interest than other PPV shows, but not appreciably less. In theory, Becky Lynch is arguably the company’s biggest full-time star, and one year ago at this time she wasn’t. But the company obviously was not going to take the risk of such a show without Ronda Rousey. With that hindsight, of them taking that step last year and the Mania main event, and where things stand in the division now, with hindsight, you really can see how valuable Rousey was to women’s wrestling in WWE.
Rousey hasn’t appeared on WWE TV since WrestleMania. She has been involved in several other projects, including some acting roles. She has also expressed interest in starting a family.
In an interview with TMZ Sports, Triple H suggested it is a matter of when rather than if the former Raw Women’s champion will return to WWE:
Ronda’s doing phenomenal. She’s got the bug for this big time. She’ll be back at some point. She’s just getting a lot done, man.
We will have to wait and see when the return happens and hopefully the steam that the women’s division once had returns as well.