Evolve 58, April 1st:
Evolve Tag Team Championship
Drew Galloway & Johnny Gargano defeated Anthony Nese & Caleb Konley
Galloway caught a Konley dive and slammed him on the apron. Gargano was worked over by PAB until Galloway got the hot tag. PAB put together some great double team. We had some really creative sequences. One example, Galloway popped up from the tree of woe to German suplex Konley from the turnbuckle. As Galloway did it, Nese went coast to coast with a dropkick and Gargano caught Nese with a slingshot DDT. Nese & Konley hit a pumphandle/neckbreaker combo for a great near fall. Nese tried to use a rope, in reference to Johnny Gargano’s past Wrestlemania weekend, but Ethan Page stole the rope away from Nese. The finish came when Galloway dropped Konley into the Garga-No Escape. Konley tapped, but the referee signaled for the match to continue. Everyone stood around in confusion. Then Galloway tagged in and made Konley tap again. Apparently ending the match. Galloway then brought a fan into the ring to reenact the finish properly, which was pretty funny. As a result of this Nese & Konley can never team again.
Timothy Thatcher vs Matt Riddle
This was an awesome match ruined by a completely bizarre finish. This was a superb may based wrestling match with Thatcher working over the legs. Both guy exchanged slaps and fought for the advantage. There were some amazing counters as both guys went in and out of armbars and Fujiwara armbars until all of a sudden the bell rang, Thatcher hit the floor, Gabe came running out and the match was ruled a no contest because Thatcher got “injured” I think. The finish made absolutely no sense and was a complete joke. If they didn’t want either guy to lose, why even have the match. Not a good start to this show.
Marty Scurll defeated Fred Yehi
This was the Evolve debut of Scurll and he had one hell of a showing. As did Yehi. Yehi hit some impressive suplexes and stomped on the limbs of Scurll. Scurll is an absolute star. He should be on someone TV show. The finish of this saw both guys have their fingers attacked viciously, with Yehi getting the better on his way to locking in the Chickenwing for the submission win. The Chickenwing got a huge pop. This was a good start to the weekend for Scurll.
Sami Callihan defeated Ethan Page
This was a really good match with Callihan bringing out a grittier side to Page. Page looked to be in great shape here too. Callihan tried to brawl, but Page got the better of it. Callihan was able to match all the physicality of Callihan, who was as intense as ever. There were some good near falls with both guys hitting Liger Bombs. Page survived the Stretch Muffler. Callihan countered a Package Piledriver and nailed Page with the falling forearm to get the win. Really solid match.
TJ Perkins defeated Ricochet
This was a huge win for TJP and what a match it was. This was superb, with the story being Perkins going after the knee to ground Ricochet. Ricochet was spectacular here. No matter how much you see him, he still mesmerises. Perkins kept going back to the knee to cut off Ricochet. Ricochet put together some amazing combos of moves. Perkins was so silky smooth while getting into holds. Ricochet landed on his feet after a 450 attempt and hurt his knee. Perkins then locked in the TJP lock, the move he won his matches on the last weekend with to get the submission win. A great story throughout the match that played into the finish.
After the match, Stokeley Hathaway, manager of Moose in ROH hit the ring and announced that TJP had signed with him and his “Dream Team”. He then said that TJP needed to be part of the Cruiserweight Series.
Zack Sabre Jr defeated Will Ospreay
Mind blowing next level pro wrestling. This may have stolen the the entire weekend. Easily one of the best matches of the year. Insane innovation that had the entire crowd going nuts. Just go out of your way to see this match. Some of the sequences in this were beyond awesome. And they somehow managed to do it in the smoothest way possible and not one foot put wrong. Sabre won with the whacky hold he has been winning in Evolve with lately. There’s no point in trying to recap this, just go and watch it.
Drew Gulak & Tracy Williams defeated Tommy End & Chris Hero
This was an incredibly brutal and physical main event with all four guys just beating the hell out of each other. Williams was worked over for a time. End was worked over Keith submission by Catch Point. The end of this saw some fantastic team work from Hero and End. Gulak & Williams worked together with submission holds. End hit some amazing strike combos that were almost quicker than the eye could see. Williams took a ton of punishment and kept coming back for more. Hero & End hit a spike piledriver to take Williams out. Gulak then escaped a double team to lock End in a Dragon Sleeper to get the win for Catch Point. This was a great main event, but it was never going to top the previous match.
After a shaky start, this show picked up. The last three matches were all especially great. Sabre vs Ospreay is must-see.