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REVIEW: EVOLVE 58

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Johnny Gargano/Drew Galloway (w/Kota Ibushi) def. Anthony Nese and Caleb Konley – Evolve Tag Team Championships

  • Feed immediately for this show sucked, stopping at very short intervals
  • Galloway catching Konley’s suicide dive was awesome
  • Then the stream died, I don’t know who won until half an hour later checking Twitter

Score: Huh?/5

(No Contest) Matt Riddle vs Timothy Thatcher – Evolve Championship

  • It’s weird seeing a UFC kind of match happening in pro wrestling
  • Which also means to me (I don’t care for MMA) this was relatively boring to watch
  • Massive number of Fujiwara Armbars and Cross Armbreakers between these two
  • Match ends with Riddle breaking Thatcher’s arm and is declared a no contest? Why is that a no contest?

Score: 2/5

Marty Scurll def. Fred Yehi

  • First time seeing Marty Scurll, he’s like a steampunk Penguin, I like him
  • He’s a good heel, a lot of real dirty moves, like he’s actually trying to hurt his opponents
  • Them damaging each other’s hands, feet, fingers, toes, it was entertaining
  • How long has it been since I watched someone win with a chicken wing?

Score: 3/5

Sami Callihan def. Ethan Page

  • Always weird seeing someone I know wrestling on TV (went to college with Ethan)
  • It’s great to see Sami hitting his stride again now out of NXT and the shitty Solomon Crowe gimmick
  • Geez, Sami gets red as fuck during a match!
  • Liger Bomb into a submission, interesting combination from Sami
  • I love the sadistic smile Sami had when the crowd started cheering “Fuck him up, Sami, fuck him up!”
  • Always love Ethan’s jumping Diamond Cutter from the apron
  • Weird with a match ending with a running forearm, but a good match nonetheless

Score: 3/5

TJ Perkins def. Ricochet

  • “He’s like a Puma!”, funny exchange with Ricochet (aka Prince Puma, don’t tell anyone, it’s our little secret) and the fans
  • Ricochet never ceases to impress me with his agility
  • Little bit of mudhole stompin’ from Ricochet, nice Texas callout
  • The People’s Moonsault…awesome
  • Lot of really good leg-based submission holds from Perkins
  • Great submission sequence from Perkins to win the match, that was a fun watch
  • Nice little addition promo for TJ Perkins being in the Global Cruiserweight Series

Score: 3.75/5

Zack Sabre Jr. def Will Ospreay

  • I noticed after about five minutes I didn’t write anything yet cause I was paying so much attention to the match, they’re mesmerizing
  • Both men are going to be incredible talents in the future, I wasn’t aware Opsreay’s only 22!
  • Sabre’s submissions never cease to amaze me
  • Ospreay’s reactions to the submissions as well are fantastic!
  • A nice thing about not-WWE shows, people do RKOs aka Diamond Cutters
  • A second-rope Phoenix Splash?!!!
  • Shooting Star into a submission?!
  • Stream starts to lag at the worst times, the match seems about to end
  • And with one of the sickest submissions I’ve ever seen, Sabre wins

Score: 5/5

Chris Hero/Tommy End vs Drew Gulak/Tracy Williams

  • I know he can still move well and wrestles like one of the best, but man Hero looks unhealthy to me
  • A ton of hard hits, holy shit
  • The double knee spot with Hero/End looked brutal
  • The stomp/piledriver combo was awesome
  • Gulak wins with the Dragon Sleeper

Score: 3.5/5

Overall Score: 3.75/5

PAGE UPDATE: WrestleMania Weekend

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Just a heads up, the blog will be 100% wrestling from Friday-Sunday, so any weekly content is taking a backseat this weekend for the madness that will be WrestleMania weekend.

I don’t know if I’ll be posting my “live reviews” of each event I watch, I will at least do NXT Takeover: Dallas and of course WrestleMania, but I’ll also be watching the two EVOLVE shows and likely Shimmer’s show with John and Katelyn (who were on the only posted episode of the Radical Wrestling Podcast if you saw it).

So yeah, this week’s Anime Spotlight (which is going to be Erased) will be getting pushed to next week as I’m pretty much going to have zero time tomorrow to write it up given my job, followed by EVOLVE and NXT tomorrow night.

If you’re a wrestling fan, you’ll enjoy the next three days. If not, uh…SORRY!