A few years ago, just down the road from the Nassau Coliseum, Sasha Banks and Bayley had a match in Brooklyn that helped turn the Women’s Evolution from a spark to a supernova.
At WWE Evolution, The Boss and The Huggable One fulfilled the promise of that match, teaming with Natalya — a standard-bearer for WWE’s past and present — to defeat The Riott Squad in a thrilling Six-Woman Tag Team Match.
The match wasn’t borne out of some long-standing grudge — The Riott Squad essentially targeted Natalya in recent weeks, and The Queen of Harts brought in some backup — but on a night as historic as Evolution, bragging rights clearly counted for a lot: Banks, Natalya and Bayley came roaring out of the gate, and it took a canny bit of timing from Sarah Logan to give the Squad their first leg up when she baseball-slid The Huggable One ribs-first into the ring post.
From there, The Riott Squad kicked into overdrive and delivered one of their best performances since their debut. The dastardly trio tagged in and out in short bursts to keep each other fresh while, on the other side, a combination of chicanery and the comparative freshness of The Riott Squad seemingly left Sasha, Bayley & Natalya with one or more team members out of action at a time.
The Squad also cannily exploited their opponents’ histories, with Liv Morgan (the stealth MVP of the match) bull-rushing Sasha Banks into Bayley to break up a potential pinfall in an apparent attempt to reignite old tensions between The Boss and The Huggable One. The effort didn’t work: Bayley later covered the prone Banks and took the brunt of an airborne attack from Ruby Riott.
It took a long time for Sasha, Bayley & Natalya to get on The Riott Squad’s level, but when they did, the end came fast and furious: After dispatching Ruby and Logan with a double Sharpshooter, Natalya caught Morgan on the turnbuckle with a cascading powerbomb.
Bayley quickly tagged in to follow up with a “Macho Man” elbow drop, and Banks put the cherry on top with a Guerrero-esque Frog Splash for the win.
Sasha Banks, Bayley & Natalya take on Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan & Liv Morgan in a high-octane Six-Woman Tag Team Match