WWE Evolution was the first-ever all-female pay-per-view in the company’s history and plenty of people were paying attention to the event. When Stephanie McMahon initially announced the event during her speech on Raw, she claimed that over 50 women would be competing on the show — but that number fell short by over a dozen. However, the original plan was to have way more women compete on the show.
The entire NXT Women’s Roster was brought in for WWE Evolution and while some were seen in the audience, the only 2 who got to be a part of the action (other than those already booked in matches) were Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke during the NXT Women’s Title match.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that all of the NXT Women’s roster was planned to be on the WWE Evolution event but those plans were obviously changed. This is why in the weeks leading to the event they dropped the line advertising 50 women performing on the show.
WWE Evolution was still an action-packed show with plenty of notable moments. Therefore, the women of NXT weren’t missed too much. But it’s hard to miss something when you’re not sure how things would have panned out. Regardless, there’s always opportunities for those ladies to perform in future all-female pay-per-views if WWE Evolution becomes an annual event — they just won’t be performing on the first-ever event of its kind.