Evolve 75 12/11/16 Live Results and Review
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EVOLVE 75 is taking place live from Melrose,MA as part of a one-two combination from FloSlam sports following Beyond Wrestling’s “Overnight Sensation”. The event features the presumed resolution of Drew Gulak and Tracy Williams in the clash of former Catch Point partners,Matt Riddle taking on Ricochet and the legendary Dick Togo squaring off against Ethan Page, plus much more.
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Fred Yehi vs. Jeff Cobb
Tracy Williams comes down with Yehi, supporting his tag team partner.Yehi tells Cobb that he’s in big trouble before the two lock up. Yehi holds a brief waist lock before Cobb locks in a side headlock that Yehi broke by grabbing the ropes. Cobb shows off his amatuer wrestling background by taking Yehi down with a rolling waist lock that Yehi was able to slip out of. Yehi is able to apply a sleeper with a leg lock, but Cobb broke it by twisting Yehi’s hand. Cobb countered a front face lock by lifting Yehi in the air. Yehi turned to strikes but despite saying that Cobb was in trouble he ate a dropkick after he charged Cobb. Cobb hits a standing moonsault but missed a standing shooting star press, allowing Yehi to take command after hitting a dropkick to Cobb’s head, while belting out that Cobb is a dead man. Yehi applied another sleeper, only to be snap mared off before the two collided and floored each other. Yehi evades a jackhammer and surprisingly hits two German suplexes, but the third attempt was shaken off by Cobb. Cobb dodged a right elbow by Yehi and hit Tour of the Islands for the win. Nice opener here, Yehi showed a great deal of strength in this one and Cobb continues to impressive in EVOLVE. Cobb signals for the belt, clearly targeting Thatcher before he left the ring.
Drew Gulak came down to the ring and said that a loss like this one is exactly the reason while Catch Point failed. Yehi grabbed the mic and said he felt no shame in losing to Jeff Cobb and that he holds two WWN titles, whereas Gulak holds none. Gulak said that the only title he cares about is the WWN title and that he will beat Williams later, proving that Catch Point is dead. Williams then got on the mic and challenged Gulak to add a stipulation for their match later in the night. If Gulak wins, all of Catch Point will not be able to participate in the WWN tournament. If Williams wins, Gulak is out. Williams accepted and Gulak slapped him before leaving, insisting that Williams will always be his protege.
Winner: Jeff Cobb
Darby Allin & Peter Kaasa vs. Jaka & Chris Dickinson
If Dickinson and Jaka win, they both earn EVOLVE contracts. Kaasa takes it to both men to start the match, sending both men to the floor before hitting a flipping plancha on both men. Allin and Jaka are in the ring to follow, with Allin using his speed to avoid Jaka and bringing the larger man to the floor with a springboard coffin drop before tagging out. Jaka briefly seemed to overpower Kaasa, but Allin and tagged in before he could take advantage. Jaka lifted Allin to the corner and Dickson tagged it. With Allin focused on Dickson, Jaka clipped Allin’s knee before leaving the ring, allowing Dickson to work Allin over. Jaka quickly came back in and ran through Allin with a shoulder block. Dickinson hoisted Allin up for gorilla press slam before kicking Kaasa and changed places with Jaka without a tag. Dickinson came back in and taunted Allin, who slapped him in response and lived to regret it. Allin’s knee issues became a factor, collapsing after he was whipped into the corner. Dickson connected with a clothesline to Allin in the corner, but Allin got his foot up before the second. Allin was able to squirm out and tag out to Kaasa who hit a missile dropkick on Dickinson before connecting with a German on Jaka. Kaasa almost stole this one alone, but Jaka broke up the pin attempt. Jaka and Dickinson double superplex Kaasa, but he gets up first and avoids a charging Jaka, sending him to the floor. After hitting a frankensteiner on Dickinson he tagged out to Allin. Jaka suplex Kaasa on the arena floor as Dickinson caught Allin’s coffin drop attempt, punishing him with a German suplex. Jaka and Dickinson hit a Doomsday Device variation for the pinfall victory.Good action, even if the outcome seemed obvious. Jaka and Dickinson proved that they deserved contracts, but so did Kaasa and Allin. Good show by all four men.
Dickinson and jaka were presented with WWN contracts by Trevin Adams. EVOLVE contracts. As Adams asked the two how they felt, Larry Dallas came to the ring. Dallas asked the two if they deserved the contracts. He derided them for being previously unsigned and unknown. As Dickinson grabbed Dallas by the suit, Dallas reminded everyone that he is not a WWN employee and just a citizen who can not be attacked. Dickinson then told Dallas that this is just the beginning and the start of something special.
Winner: Chris Dickinson and Jaka
Dick Togo vs. Ethan Page
Page came out with one Gatekeeper as he did at EVOLVE 74 to a chorus of boos. I know he’s a heel, but I miss his old music. Lenny Leonard recapped Page and Togo’s matches at EVOLVE 74 as the legendary Dick Togo came down to the ring. Crowd started “Togo’s Gonna Kill you” chants. Page mocked him and got on his knees to fight him, allowing Togo to take it to him right away. Page escaped an armbar by lifting Togo to the top rope, only to be taking down to the mat by a flying Togo. A drop toe hold later, Togo went back to a wrist lock, only to have Page escape with a well placed right hand. Page followed with another right and then a boot to Togo’s face, struggling to get Togo up for a suplex before being able to hold him for quite a while in the air before slamming to the mat. Togo was able to gain control and land a senton from the apron to the inside, but Page used his strength to place him back on the top rope, this time connecting with an iconoclasm, securing a two count. Page mocked Togo and then went for a successful backbreaker. Togo escaped a sleeper and after Page hit consecutive right, Togo gave him the finger and floored him with a clothesline. Togo’s crucifix only got a two count, but he locked in a crossface that Page powered out of. Togo blocked another iconoclasm attempt but rebuffed a tornado DDT attempt. Togo backdropped a charging Page to the outside before hitting a baseball slide and then a tornado DDT on the floor by first sliding under the bottom rope. Back inside, Page blocked Togo’s senton and had his own RKEGO reversed by Togo who hit a cutter of his own. Togo hit a leaping tornado DDT from the top, but was not able to score the three count. He followed up with a pedigree before going to the top and missing a senton. Page succesfully hit the RKEGO this time, but Togo was able to kick out. The two exchanged rights before Togo hit a dropkick and a superkick. Togo went for one more kick, but that proved to be too many as Page reversed into the Spinning Dwayne and winning the match via pinfall. Page asked for the mic right after the match and ordering the Gatekeeper to attack Togo, leaving his henchman to get pedigreed and sentoned. Classic bad guy not watching the good guy die situation. Page grabbed the Gatekeeper and they headed to the back upset.
Winner: Dick Togo
Chris Hero vs. DUSTIN
DUSTIN came out first and Hero followed, wearing sweet Atlanta Hawks throwback gear that DUSTIN apparently didn’t like, as he attacked Hero before the Knockout Artist could enter the ring. The two took turns taking each other out on the arena floor, with Hero punishing DUSTIN with knife-edged chops and right hands. On the inside Hero stayed in control, hitting a standing senton that earned him a two count. DUSTIN finally created space, dodged a turnbuckle splash, connecting with an enziguri that sent Hero to the outside. DUSTIN now returned the favor from earlier, punishing Hero with chops and kicks. Hero connected with a right hand, but DUSTIN slipped into the ring first and kicked Hero as he entered. The paced slowed down as DUSTIN took over, jawing at his opponent as he peppered him with rights, kicks and chops. Hero elbowed a charging DUSTIN, who stopped short a second time before getting a boot to the face, oly for Hero to floor him with a right hand. Hero reversed a suplex attempt in a suplex of his own and went for the pin, but only got a count of two. DUSTIN hit two DDTs and went for his own pin, but that wasn’t enough either. DUSTIN connected with repeated chops before hitting soul food, knocking Hero outside and following up with a tope that took Hero out again. Quickly back inside Hero went for a victory roll, but DUSTIN reversed it, although holding the second rope did not help him earn the victory. Hero almost hit the referee with a rolling elbow and DUSTIN used the confusion to low blow Hero, but still wasn’t able to get the three count. Hero hit the rolling elbow before hitting two piledrivers before pinning DUSTIN for the win. Good strikefest between these two, DUSTIN did well to stand toe to toe with Hero in that department. Also, I wish DUSTIN didn’t legally require that his name be written in caps, it’s obnoxious.
Winner: Chris Hero
Ricochet vs. Matt Riddle
Riddle comes out first. He is announced as a former UFC fighter. When does that stop being referenced? Is it like Wade Barrett being a bare-knuckled fighter? But I digress. Riddle connected with a dropkick to start immediately. Ricochet recovered and hit a tilt a whirl backbreaker for a near fall. Ricochet stayed in control, hitting a soccer kick before getting a one count. He then hoisted Riddle up across his back before slamming Riddle’s head into the turnbuckle. Riddle hit consecutive rights, but Ricochet was able to weather those and went for the People’s Moonsault, only for Riddle to reverse it into an armbar before hitting a deadlift German suplex. Riddle then hit a quartet of gutwrench suplexes, following up with a senton, but again only getting a two count. Ricochet absorbed three kicks to the cheat before countering a springboard attempt with a dropkick. Ricochet then missed a springboard knee, but was able to trip Riddle up and scored with a 619 before hitting a shooting star press. Riddle blocked a Regalplex attempt with elbows to the head. Ricochet blocked Bro 2 Sleep attempt and was floored with an enziguri for his efforts. Riddle and Ricochet exchanged a series of stiff strikes until Riddle locked in a guillotine choke that Ricochet escaped with a Northern lights suplex/suplex combination. Ricochet went to the top and hit a shooting star press, shocked when he didn’t earn the three count. Riddle countered the Benedriller into the Bro 2 Sleep followed by a jumping tombstone that only earned him a two count. Riddle then locked in the Bromission and Ricochet was forced to tap out. This was an exciting match between the two, the end being particularly entertaining. Definitely the match of the night so far. Ricochet got a standing ovation from the crowd after the match and he took a bow before leaving.
Winner: Matt Riddle
Drew Gulak vs. Tracy Williams
Fast pace to start with both men exchanging quick near falls before Williams arm dragged Gulak off the top, doing the same off of a springboard. The two then traded forearms to the chest before Williams dropped Gulak to the outside, following up with a tope suicida. Back inside Gulak kicked out of a pin attempt and Williams applied a modified chinlock, using Gulak’s own arm. Gulak was able to reverse but Williams kept on him and the former leader of Catch Point escaped a crossface by rolling out of the ring, pacing around as he gained his composure. Gulak walked into a suplex and then fell victim to William’s applying arm lock, which he escaped by rolling into a pin attempt. Willliams stayed in control until Gulak suplexed him into the corner and springboarded to connect with boots two times before Williams telegraphed the third one. Very slow pace with Williams in control again, chopping Gulak as often as he pleased. Gulak reversed a superplex attempt into a power slam off the second rope, showing considerable strength. Gulak kicked Williams repeatedly until Williams rolled to the outside, with his former partner following him there. They traded strikes on the outside, with Williams reversing Gulak’s bodyslam attempts, eventually hitting a dragon screw before wedging Gulak’s right leg in the barricade, kicking it for added effect. Williams then rolled Gulak to the inside and leapt off the top with a senton splash, but only scored a two count. Williams’s attack focused on the leg, as Gulak really sold the injury. Gulak blocked another suplex attempt and then dropped Williams over the top to the outside.
A hobbled Gulak somehow managed to hit a tope suicida before tossing Williams back inside. Hot Sauce quickly dropkicked him to the outside, eventually rolling Gulak back inside where the two exchanged strikes util Williams floored him with a clothesline. Fred Yehi and Matt Riddle came down to ringside as Gulak took control and worked on Hot Sauce’s knee before slamming him into the ropes twice and then cinching in a chinlock. Gulak twisted Williams into a pretzel, only escaping by grabbing the ropes. Gulak went for a pin but Williams bridged out of the attempt and both men got back to a standing position. Williams hit a slam of his own against the ropes, followed by a suplex and then a sti out powerbomb, still only getting a two count. Both men were slow to get to their feet and after a brief exchange, Williams locked in an ankle lock, but Gulak was able to break the hold by grabbing the ropes. He rolled to the outside, but was greeting by Williams leaping off the top rope with a cross body that sent Gulak into the barricade.
Back inside, Gulak tried to block a Williams splash from the top, only for Williams to apply a figure four that Gulak was able to turn over. Williams tried to suplex Gulak to the outside from the apron, but only managed to bring him over the ropes. Gulak escape the suplex and then hit a release suplex on the apron before collapsing on the floor himself, drained of energy from the move. Williams narrowly avoided being counted out and Gulak rewarded him with a powerbomb for a two count, quickly transitioning into a high angle Boston crab. He released the hold and then tried to apply the Gu-Lock, but Williams was able to reach the ropes. Williams fought his way out of the conrer and then perched on the second rope, DDTing Gulak on to the top turnbuckle and hitting a brainbuster before locking in a crossface that Gulak escaped by reaching the ropes. Williams hit two freight train clotheslines in the corners before placing Gulak on the top rope, climbing up to the tippy tope and going for a superplex. Gulak headbutted him off and flew off the top, connecting with a diving clothesline. After a few strikes, Gulak got the dragon sleeper on the middle of the ring, but Williams escaped and locked in another crossface that Gulak, forcing Gulak to tap.
Gulak grabbed a mic after the match and said that Williams proved he was right about Catch Point being a philosophy. He then said that Catch Point is what it is because of the members of the group are excellent wrestler and competitors. Gulak and Williams exchanged Catch Point hand before all the men showed each other respect. Dickinson and Jaka came down to the ring and said that they wanted to join Catch Point and Gulak deffered the decision to Williams. Williams dropped the mic and extended the Catch Point handshake to Dickinson and Jaka. Gulak ended by saying that he is sure that the winner of the WWN tournament will be a member of Catch Point. Cue group pose to end the show.
Winner: Tracy Williams
Final Reaction: B+/B
This show was set up to be stronger than the show the night before, especially with the Williams/Gulak match, but the even the added stakes didn’t really eliminate the obvious ending here. Gulak is with WWE and winning, especially with the added stipulation, would make no sense whatsoever. The match was what it needed to be and showed how far Williams has come. The end with Dickinson and Jaka joining Catch Point defintely adds a new wrinkle and Gulak’s passing of the torch to Williams was a nice moment here. It’s impossible not to compare shows when they are back to back and EVOLVE 74 had a bit more suprise and emotion, while this show built for EVOLVE’s future.