EVOLVE Weekend Heavy On Grudge Matches
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EVOLVE 82 features an absolutely stacked lineup. In the main event, Matt Riddle puts his WWN Championship on the line for the first time when he takes on former rival Timothy Thatcher. Thatcher held the EVOLVE Championship for almost 600 days before dropping the belt to Zack Sabre Jr. at EVOLVE 79. Riddle captured the WWN title beating five other men -- including Thatcher -- at the WWN Supershow.
Sabre will face Drew Galloway in a special challenge match. Galloway -- a former champion in his own right -- will look to leave his mark on EVOLVE for good after a campaign of trying reshape the promotion in his image. Sabre's title won't be on the line against Galloway, but it will be the following day, so surviving the matchup in good health will be of primary importance.
At EVOLVE 81, Darby Allin and Ethan Page took their rivalry to new heights, battling in a wild no holds barred match. Page unloaded his arsenal at Allin, including throwing him out of the ring into the chairs at ringside, throwing him from the top rope through two tables on the floor and brutalizing him with tables, ladders and chairs. Still, Allin survived, and after a splash from the top of a ladder through Page and a table, he got the victory that has eluded him since joining EVOLVE.
Things between the two aren't settled, though, and at EVOLVE 82 they will face off in a Last Man Standing match that could see extreme levels of brutality.
Since joining Catch Point, Jaka and Chris Dickinson have established themselves as an elite tag team in the promotion. Unfortunately, the tag titles have been held by their Catch Point teammates Fred Yehi and Tracy Williams, making for a stressful situation.
Catch Point is about competition, though, and the match has finally been made. Dickinson and Jaka will throw down with their teammates for the tag titles.
Also at the event, Kyle O'Reilly returns to EVOLVE for the first time since November 2010. He'll take on one of the most dangerous men on the EVOLVE roster, and the man who made a huge splash on #MoreThanMania weekend: Keith Lee. ACH also will be in action, taking on 19-year-old phenom Austin Theory.
Sabre's title will be on the line in the main event of EVOLVE 83 when he faces off with "The Man of the Hour" Lio Rush. Rush returned to EVOLVE over #MoreThanMania weekend, facing off with Lee and also winning a four-way match. His speed, kicks and aerial attacks pose a huge threat for Sabre, a man with no shortage of challengers.
Galloway and Riddle have been battling for months. Galloway offered Riddle the opportunity to join him in his mission to "save EVOLVE from itself" and was met with a kick to the neck. An injured Galloway was sidelined shortly after and blamed Riddle for his condition. Upon his return, Galloway has targeted Riddle and the two have gone to war on multiple occasions. Now, they will meet in an I Quit match to settle their feud once and for all.
O'Reilly's return to EVOLVE continues when he takes on FIP world heavyweight champion Fred Yehi, Allin brings his wild style into a match with Keith Lee, ACH takes on Jaka and Ethan Page meets Austin Theory, all on Sunday at EVOLVE 83.
EVOLVE 82WATCH HERE - Saturday, April 22, 2017
- Matt Riddle (c) vs. Timothy Thatcher for the WWN Championship
- Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Drew Galloway in a non-title match
- Darby Allin vs. Ethan Page in a Last Man Standing match
- Tracy Williams & Fred Yehi (c) vs. Chris Dickinson & Jaka for the EVOLVE Tag Team Championship
- Keith Lee vs. Kyle O'Reilly
- ACH vs. Austin Theory
EVOLVE 83WATCH HERE - Sunday, April 23, 2017
- Zack Sabre Jr. (c) vs. Lio Rush for the EVOLVE Championship
- Drew Galloway vs. Matt Riddle in an I Quit match
- Kyle O'Reilly vs. Fred Yehi
- Darby Allin vs. Keith Lee
- ACH vs. Jaka
- Ethan Page vs. Austin Theory