Last week’s Raw featured an exhibition that joined WWE Superstars from the past and present and combined Evolution’s two tag team contests into a 10-Woman Tag Team Match. The results remained the same as Sasha Banks, Bayley, Natalya, Trish Stratus and Lita came out on top, beating The Riott Squad, Mickie James and Alicia Fox.
Heading into WWE Evolution, WWE didn’t plan on having Trish and Lita wrestle on Raw since they were going to fly home after the show. WWE officials, however, were very happy with their performance at Evolution and asked them afterward to wrestle at Raw the following night in Charlotte, North Carolina. Trish was so excited from wrestling at Evolution that she agreed.
While Raw aired last night, Trish explained on Instagram why she and Lita agreed to wrestle one night after WWE Evolution (when they didn’t have to).
“The reason we said yes to #RAW,” Stratus wrote, referring to the above image.
“Can’t believe it’s been a week since we got to mix it up with these gals – 3 of my fav in the biz. Not to mention the other trio – keep an eye of these ladies, they’re gonna be fun to watch on the way up…. Y’all know how I feel about the other 2.😍
“And of course travel with and see my girl @liliangarcia for another day!”
This was Trish’s first match on Raw since April 3, 2011, which was the night after WrestleMania XXVII. Teaming with John Morrison, they beat Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero in a Mixed Tag Team Match. Lita had not wrestled on Raw since July 23, 2012, where she pinned Heath Slater in a singles match.
This was Trish and Lita’s final WWE appearance for now, but there are plans for the WWE Hall of Famers to return to action in a few months.
Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com reported last week that there are plans for them to return early next year and compete in a “big tag match” at WrestleMania 35.
“We’ve heard that beginning of next year there are plans for them. There was an early plan for them for WrestleMania. There was talk of Lita and Trish in a big tag match for WrestleMania,” Johnson said (h/t WrestlingNews.co).
WrestleMania 35 takes place on April 7, 2019, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
In this backstage interview with Cathy Kelley at Evolution, Trish and Lita discussed how it felt to return to in-ring action with a victory over James and Fox.
Stratus also posted the following on Instagram one night after wrestling at Evolution:
Last night was everything we worked for. To have so many generations and brands represented in one event devoted entirely to us was was a dream we never would have thought would come true.
To all the women there and to all the women who were not there knowing the blood, sweat and tears were not for nothing, to know there is something about holding onto hope, pursuing a passion and realizing that change can come was everything.
Proud to have been a part of Evolution, especially alongside my greatest foe and friend @machetegirl , facing one of my biggest rivals @themickiejames , and being announced by one of my dearest friends in the business @liliangarcia.
And thank you to the current crop of kick ass ladies for continuing to carve out a deserved place in this industry. 🙌🏼 #wweevolution