Evolution was the best WWE pay-per-view of the year.
If that feels familiar, it's because it opened up this very piece for Hell In A Cell last month. In spite of unthinkable factors that have impacted the company over the past few months, the post-SummerSlam spell has resulted in something of a hot streak creatively - or at least whatever masquerades as one in 2018 anyway.
In fact, the only thing that stood in the way of Evolution reaching rarified air as a perfect pay-per-view was every mention of the next one.
The chorus of boos that enveloped the Crown Jewel graphic during the broadcast were telling not just of the wider audience's attitude towards the event but the general emotion of this particular Nassau Coliseum crowd - they were willing to buy into company propaganda but only for forces of good rather than evil.
And this show was a force of good.
Historic performers over-delivered on basement expectations. Wrestlers only known for their Network presence fought and won as supershow superstars. The main eventers wrestled f*cking honest-to-goodness main events, not pretend positions pontificated on for patronising plaudits.
Yes, Evolution was the best WWE pay-per-view of the year. But then one only had to listen to any promo during the night to realise why. It had to be...
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