EVOLVE Rankings: Big Shakeup Ahead Of EVOLVE 90 & 91
EVOLVE Rankings: Big Shakeup Ahead Of EVOLVE 90 & 91
Aug 9, 2017
Throwing back to the early days of EVOLVE, FloSlam now provides monthly rankings ahead of and following the promotion's shows. With another big weekend staring us in the face, it's time for the latest edition of the rankings
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Let's take a run through the first rankings ahead of this weekend's shows at EVOLVE 90 and 91 to see who lies where in the promotion. And remember, you can click on any photo to open that wrestler's bio with listings of upcoming matches, current storylines, photos, videos, and more.
At the last set of EVOLVE shows, Sabre continued his impressive run as EVOLVE champion, including scoring a win over Timothy Thatcher in a No DQ Match. With that performance and his win over Matt Riddle in their champion vs. champion showdown, he has the No. 1 spot on lockdown. Sabre will not be competing at EVOLVE 90 and 91 as he is tied up with the NJPW G1.
In a world without Zack Sabre Jr., Riddle would easily be EVOLVE's top dog. The WWN champ has wins over Keith Lee and just about every other top name in EVOLVE. He was out of action at EVOLVE 88 and 89 but returns for some huge matchups this coming weekend when he takes on Lio Rush in a non-title bout and defends his title in a four-way match against WALTER, Tracy Williams, and Keith Lee.
Don't forget, Keith Lee holds a win over Zack Sabre Jr. the night before Sabre won the EVOLVE championship. Sabre hasn't lost since, while Lee has been a bit hit or miss against the cream of the EVOLVE crop. He has dominated Ethan Page at recent events, but at EVOLVE 89, Lee and Tracy Williams battled to a no-contest when they couldn't help but engage in a brawl that required the locker room to empty before the match even got underway. He'll have a chance to settle the score with Williams and to get some revenge on Matt Riddle -- who recently defeated Lee in an absolute war. If he captures the WWN Championship in a match that includes those two men and PROGRESS Atlas champ WALTER, that could combine with the win over Sabre to jump Lee to the No. 1 spot.
Williams has a five-match winning streak includes victories over Darby Allin, ACH, Jeff Cobb, Kyle O'Reilly, Jason Kincaid, and Catch Point teammate Chris Dickinson. His decision to bring in Stokely Hathaway as Catch Point manager appears to be paying off in a major way. His recent no-contest against Lee will be settled in the upcoming WWN Championship four-way.
This spot has been held by Chris Dickinson and Jaka for months. They were EVOLVE's dominant tag team and were on the verge up jumping up higher in the rankings when James Drake and Anthony Henry upset them at EVOLVE 88. What really cemented Drake and Henry at No. 5 was beating Dickinson and Jaka and The Ugly Ducklings in a wild three-way bout the following night at EVOLVE 89. They've got the straps, and they'll be looking to keep things on lockdown going forward.
Things were rough for a bit for Thatcher, the former near 600-day EVOLVE titleholder. After he lost the championship to Sabre, he seemed to have a crisis of confidence. He wasn't able to beat Sabre in their rematch at EVOLVE 88 but did hand over the title in admirable fashion after the No DQ Match. He's still one of the most dangerous men on the EVOLVE roster and will look to continue building toward another shot at an EVOLVE title.
Yehi is a constant in WWN promotions and is having one of the best in-ring years of any indie wrestler on the planet with fantastic match after fantastic match. He came up short in his shot at Zack Sabre Jr. and the EVOLVE championship at EVOLVE 89, but he is still on a very solid run over recent months. The FIP World Heavyweight Championship holder will look to continue building on that in the coming months.
There was a fall for Dickinson and Jaka when they lost the tag straps, but their success prior to last weekend was so impressive they have held on to a top 10 spot. They're heading into a truly big weekend. First they face ACH and Ethan Page, who are being forced into the match because of their behavior in their singles match at EVOLVE 89. After that clash, the former champs take on South Pacific Power Trip, the amazing team of TK Cooper and Travis Banks. The two teams met in a fantastic match at the WWN Supershow on WrestleMania weekend. A pair of wins and it'll be hard to not bump these two back up the list.
Ethan Page has been on a bad run lately. He needs to turn things around, but he's still a top talent and was dominant early in the year. His less-than-focused attitude against ACH at EVOLVE 89 was likely a result of frustration boiling over. We'll see how he handles his punishment this coming weekend and how he moves forward.
ACH is clinging on to a spot in the top 10. He has been displeased by placement early in the card, and that hasn't helped him much in the ring. He put in a good effort against Fred Yehi at EVOLVE 88, but then ACH and Ethan Page goofed around for a match and got themselves fined. He needs to find some fire, and he needs to do it in a hurry.