To order tonight's EVOLVE's iPPV, click the poster below:
In a dark match before the iPPV started, Steel Horse Vachon and Rafi Rex versus Threat and Kory Chavis: Chavis and Threat win when Chavis pinned Rex after a Yakuza Kick.
On the FUW portion of the iPPV:
Match Number One: FUW Flash Title Match. Rocky Santiago versus Lince Dorado for the Flash Title. Dorado defeated Santiago with a rana to retain the title.
Match Number Two: Maxwell Chicago versus Dakota Darsow. Darsow defeated Chicago with a neck breaker.
Match Number Three: Kennedy Kendrick and Johnny Armani versus The James Boys. The James Boys pinned Armani after the Demolition Decapitation.
Fidel Sierra comes to the ring. Sierra mentions the Legends of the Bayfront that will take place on Friday night in St. Petersburg. Sierra calls out Kevin Sullivan. Sullivan wonders why they have to wait until Saturday night in Jacksonville and he attacks Sierra. They fight to the back.
Match Number Four: Cuban Heavyweight Title Match. Sam Shaw versus Wes Brisco. Brisco retains with a rollup.
Match Number Five: Bruiserweight Title Match: Michael Tarver versus Deimos. Tarver retains with the 1.9 Punch.
Match Number Six: Championship versus Championship (FUW Heavyweight Title versus NWA National Title): Bruce Santee versus Kahagas (with Bill Alfonso). Kahagas pinned Santee with a choke slam after Ron Niemi and Navy Seal came to ringside.
After the match, Bruce Santee gets on the mic and says that Kahagas was the better man tonight, but he will have to think about Ron Niemi and Navy Seal. Bruce talks about their match on Friday night in St. Petersburg.
This concludes the FUW portion of the show.
There is a brief intermission to change the ring for Evolve.
Match Number One: John Silver versus Jake Manning (with Chuck Taylor and The Swamp Monster)
They lock up and Manning with a waist lock but Silver with a key lock take down. Manning with a reversal and Silver with a hammer lock. Silver with a drop kick and arm drag into an arm bar. Silver with a rollup for a near fall. Manning pushes Silver and comments on Silverâ€™s height. Manning pushes him again.
Silver with a European uppercut but Manning with a kick to the midsection. Silver counters a hip toss with an arm drag. Silver with a back elbow and Manning goes to the apron. Manning with a shoulder and then he tries to suplex Silver to the floor and he takes him to the apron. Silver and Manning with forearms on the apron.
Silver with a kick to the head when Manning charges at him. Manning with a snap mare on the apron and Silver goes to the floor. Silver returns to the ring before the ten count. Manning suplexes Silver back into the ring with a delayed vertical suplex as the crowd counts to twenty.
Manning gets a near fall. Silver with punches but Manning with a back elbow and elbow drop. Manning gets a near fall. Manning with a reverse chin lock. Taylor reviews Manningâ€™s scout manual while Manning connects with forearms. Manning with an Irish whip but he misses a charge into the corner. Silver with a kick to the head and then he hits an inverted DDT for a near fall. Manning runs Silver into the corner and connects with shoulders.
Manning runs into a knee and then Silver stomps on the shoulder and hits a swanton dive into the corner. Silver tries for a flying back elbow but Manning ducks and then hits a DDT but can only get a two count.
The straps come down for Manning and he tries for a belly-to-back suplex but Silver gets to his feet. Silver with a knee and then he hits back breaker for the three count.
Winner: John Silver
I thought this was a good opener. Manning and Silver had good chemistry in the ring.
After the match, Chuck Taylor takes the mic and he tells Silver to leave. Taylor says that he will beat Colt Cabana tonight and he will beat Johnny Gargano tomorrow to become the Open the Freedom Gate Champion. Then he will challenge the Swamp Monster and give him the first title match after winning.
Match Number Two: Special Attraction Match: Chuck Taylor (with Jake Manning and the Swamp Monster) versus Colt Cabana
Taylor mocks Cabana but Cabana gives it back. Cabana avoids a punch from Taylor and Taylor talks to the Manscout and Monster. Taylor tells Cabana to cut the malarkey. They lock up and Cabana with a side head lock. Cabana with a shoulder tackle and then he marches around the ring and poses in front of Chuck. They lock up again and Cabana with a side head lock and shoulder tackle.
Taylor shows some frustration with his performance so far. They lock up again and Cabana with another side head lock. Cabana goes off the ropes and avoids Taylor and then he takes down Taylor and gets a rollup. Taylor talks to his seconds and Cabana spanks Taylor.
Cabana works on the arm and then he slaps Chuck on the shoulder. Taylor with a wrist lock and Cabana tries to reverse and Cabana frustrates Chuck and gets a near fall. Cabana runs into an elbow from Taylor but Taylor misses a moonsault and lands on his feet. Cabana tells Chuck to stop and he flinches when Colt tries to punch him.
Taylor tries for a cross body but he falls short. Cabana chops Chuck in the corner and then he slaps him in the back. Taylor with an Irish whip and Cabana kicks Taylor. Chuck with a drop kick into the corner and Cabanaâ€™s leg gets caught in the ropes. Taylor pulls on the leg while the referee tries to get Cabana out of the ropes.
Taylor kicks Cabana and punches him. Taylor with a leg sweep and then he applies a spinning toe hold. Taylor gets a near fall and then he punches Cabana in the head. Taylor with a kick to the chest and a forearm to the back. Cabana with a chop but Taylor kicks Cabana in the hamstring.
Chuck with a figure four leg lock and Taylor gets a near fall. Cabana tries to roll over to reverse the hold and eventually he rolls to the apron and then they fall to the floor. Cabana rolls in right before the referee was about to make it to ten. Taylor kicks Cabana and then applies a spinning toe hold. Cabana kicks Taylor to the floor.
Taylor comes off the turnbuckles and Cabana with a chop. Cabana with chops followed by punches and then he goes for the Bionic Elbow and hits it. Taylor with a kick to the leg but Cabana with a leaping butt splash for a near fall. Taylor with a knee to the head.
Cabana with a near fall with an inside cradle when Taylor tries for another figure four leg lock. Cabana applies the figure four and Taylor reverses immediately. Cabana rolls back over and gets a few near falls.
Taylor with a boot to Cabana and then he goes to the turnbuckles for a moonsault but Cabana moves out of the way. Cabana with a back elbow and then he goes to the turnbuckles. Taylor pulls him off and then he applies a single leg crab. Cabana taps out.
After the match, he hugs Swamp Monster.
This was a real fun match to watch. They mixed comedy with some good mat work. Taylor is becoming a star with performances like this.
Match Number Three: The Scene (Kaleb Conley and Scott Reed) versus Mike Cruz and Cheech
Cheech and Konley start things off and Konley with a side head lock. Cheech with a drop kick and head scissors from the turnbuckles. Reed hits Cheech and then Konley hits a discus forearm. Reed attacks Cheech on the floor and then he is rolled back into the ring and Konley gets a near fall. Cheech tags in Cruz.
Cruz with forearms to Reed and Konley. Cruz is sent into the air but Reed but Cruz with a drop kick to Konley and Caleb goes to the floor. Cheech kicks Reed and hits a senton from the apron and then Cruz hits a back senton off Reedâ€™s back. Cruz hits a suicide dive onto Konley.
Cruz rolls Konley back in and Cruz goes up top but Reed slams Cruz off the turnbuckles. Konley with a knee drop and a leaping knee drop for a near fall. Konley sends Cruzâ€™ head into Reedâ€™s boot. Reed and Konley send Cruz to the mat and hit a double elbow drop and Reed gets a near fall.
Cruz with a double leg take down but Reed with a forearm to the back. Konley tags back in and he gets Cruz up for a delayed vertical suplex with Reed chopping Cruz in the chest and back before Konley returns Cruz to the mat. Cruz with chops to Konley followed by a rollup for a near fall.
Konley with a clothesline for a near fall. Reed tags back in and Konley traps the leg. Reed with a kick and back body drop for a near fall. Reed with a forearm to Cruz as Reed keeps Cruz from getting back to his corner. Cruz with a series of kicks ending with an enzuigiri and both men are down.
Cheech and Konley tag in and Cheech with a kick to Caleb and then to Reed. Cheech goes off Reedâ€™s back to hit a rana on Konley. Cheech takes care of Reed in the ring before hitting a flip dive onto Konley. Cheech goes up top and hits a cross body for a near fall.
Cheech with forearms but Konley pushes Reed out of the way. Konley with a spinebuster and then he slingshots Cheech into a power slam. Cruz breaks up the cover. Cruz with a back elbow into the corner followed by kicks. Cheech with a drop kick to the head. Cruz with splash but Reed breaks up the cover.
Reed with a forearm to Cruzâ€™ head and then Reed sends Cheech to the floor. Cruz gets on Reedâ€™s shoulders but Reed drives him to the mat and then they hit the gutbuster into a wheelbarrow suplex on Cruz for the three count.
Winners: The Scene
I really liked this match. All four men worked well in the match. Cruz and Cheech were a good team for what I think was their first time together. Reed and Konley have really turned into a strong team.
Match Number Four: Style Battle Tournametn Match: Tommy Taylor versus Jon Davis
Davis goes for Taylorâ€™s leg but Taylor avoids him. They lock up and Davis backs him into the corner. Davis with a clean break. They lock up again and Taylor backs Davis into the corner. Taylor with a clean break. Taylor with a waist lock but Davis with a standing switch. Taylor with a front face lock and take down for a near fall.
Davis backs Taylor into the corner and Davis with another clean break. They lock up again and Davis goes for the leg and takes Taylor to the mat. Taylor works on the arm and rolls Davis over. Davis with a boot to Taylor and both men return to their feet.
They lock up and Taylor with a side head lock. Taylor with a head butt to the midsection and then he hits a leap frog neck breaker and then he gets to his feet for another neck breaker and gets a near fall. Taylor with an arm bar and he works on Davisâ€™ injured hand. Taylor with an arm bar and he gets a near fall.
They go to a Greco Roman knuckle lock but Taylor with a monkey flip and he floats over and gets a few near falls. Davis bridges to avoid the pinfall. Davis monkey flips Taylor to escape the hold. Taylor with a side head lock but Davis with a shoulder tackle. Davis catches Taylor on a leap frog attempt and hits a power slam and gets a near fall. Davis with a surfboard on Taylor.
Davis with a knee to Taylorâ€™s midsection followed by a forearm to the back. Davis with a kick to the back. Davis with another kick to the back. Davis with a forearm to Taylorâ€™s head followed by a chop. Davis with a knee to the back of the leg followed by a shoulder in the corner.
Davis sends Taylor sternum first into the turnbuckles followed by a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Davis with a slap to the chest and then he head butts Taylor. Davis with an elbow to the back of the neck. Davis with a hard Irish whip to Taylor. Taylor with punches to the upper chest but they have no effect on Davis.
Taylor counters a power slam attempt with a sleeper. Davis is down to his knees but he gets back to his feet and he gets to the ropes. Taylor with a double thrust to the throat but Davis with forearms. Taylor returns fire with forearms of his own. Davis with a back elbow but Taylor with a flying clothesline. Taylor with an elbow drop after a double leg take down and Taylor gets a near fall.
Taylor with a forearm to the back and a kick to the midsection. Taylor with European uppercuts but Davis flips Taylor over his back and then hits a spinebuster. Davis with a Yakuza kick for a near fall. Davis calls for a lariat and Taylor ducks it and hits a tornado DDT and both men are down.
Taylor gets a two count. Taylor sets up for a suplex but Davis blocks it. Taylor avoids a suplex from Davis. Taylor with a drop kick that sends Davis into the turnbuckles but Davis with the POUNCE followed by a spinning sit out power bomb for the three count.
Winner: Jon Davis (2 Points)
After the match, Lenny Leonard goes into the ring to interview Jon Davis. Lenny mentions the pressure that Jon put on himself. Jon says that this was easy. He will win tomorrow and Saturday.
Match Number Five: Style Battle Tournament Match: AR Fox versus Bobby Fish
They lock up and Fish backs Fox into the corner and he gives a clean break. Fish with a waist lock but Fox with a standing switch. Fish with a single leg take down but Fox gets to the ropes. They lock up again and Fox works on the arm and wrist. Fish with a reversal. Fox with a snap mare into a rollup for a near fall. Fish retreats into the ropes.
Fox with a waist lock and a Japanese arm drag and kip up. Fish with a forearm from the apron and then he tries for a slingshot senton but Fox moves. Fish with a drop kick. Fox with a kick to the chest and a drop kick that sends Fish to the floor. Fish kicks Fox off the apron. Fish runs into a boot from Fox and then Fox hits the step up moonsault off the ring post onto Fish.
Fox rolls Fish back into the ring and hits a springboard leg drop for a near fall. Fox with a kick to the back. Fox with an Irish whip and forearm into the corner followed by a snap mare for a near fall. Fox with a slam and then Fish hits a corkscrew split legged moonsault for a near fall.
Fox with a kick and Fish with a punch. Fox with boots to the chest and then he puts Fish over the apron. Fox goes up top and hits a leg drop across Fishâ€™s chest. Fox goes up top for a Frog Splash but he lands on Fishâ€™s knees. Fish with a kick to Foxâ€™s ribs. Fish with a knee to the midsection followed by a snap mare. Fish with a double jump slingshot senton for a near fall.
Fish with a kick to the chest and a second one that sends Fox over the top rope to the floor. Fish goes to the apron and he suplexes Fox back into the ring and gets a near fall. Fish with knees to the midsection followed by an Exploder suplex for a near fall. Fish with a forearm to the back and a kick to the chest. Fish with a knee. Fox avoids a kick and does a matrix followed by an enzuigiri.
Fox gets a near fall. Fish with a punch to the midsection followed by a kick to the back of the leg. Fish with a round kick to the chest and Fox goes down. Fox trips Fish and pulls him to the floor. Fish with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker. Fish hits a moonsault for a near fall.
Fish runs into boots from Fox but Fish with a round kick for a two count. Fox with a rollup for a enar fall. Fish with a gut buster from a firemanâ€™s carry followed by a back heel kick for a near fall. Fish with a slam and then he goes up top but Fox crotches him.
Fox sets for Lo Mein Pain but Fox holds on to the ropes. Fox with an enzuigiri and then Fox with a drop kick to the head that knocks Fish off the turnbuckles. Fox with a springboard 450 splash onto Fish on the floor. Both men struggle to get back into the ring but they both beat the twenty count.
Fox with a running clothesline into the corner and then he skins the cat into a hesitation kick. Fox with a running shooting star press into the corner for a near fall. Fox goes up top and hits a swanton for a near fall because Fox took too long to make the cover. Fox goes to the apron for a springboard move but Fish blocks it and hits a neck breaker followed by a kick to the back of the legs. Fish with a forearm and then he kicks the leg and hits a dragon screw leg whip. Fish runs into an elbow from Fox and Fox hits a springboard cutter but Fox struggles to make the cover so Fish is able to kick out.
Fox tries for Sliced Bread #2 but Fish counters iwht a rollup for a near fall. Fish with a knee bar and Fox taps out.
Winner: Bobby Fish (2 Points)
After the match, Lenny Leonard interviews Bobby Fish and asks him about how Bobby has developed since losing the first match in Evolve history and how he is at .500. Bobby says that it means a lot to be at .500. He says that it has been a long journey. He says that some might not be so excited about being at .500. To be where he was to make it to this point, it is a big deal. He says that he has two more matches so it is his chance to get above .500.
Both of the Style Battle Match were very good matches.
Match Number Six:Shine Preview Match: Sara Del Rey versus Santana Garrett
Del Rey with kicks to Garrett followed by an Irish whip. Garrett with an elbow and rana. Garrett with a handspring back elbow but Del Rey with a boot. Del Rey with a hip toss and then she chokes Garrett in the ropes. Del Rey gets Garrett on her shoulders but Garrett gets to her feet and hits a side Russian leg sweep but Del Rey with a claw and she pushes Garrett to the mat.
Del Rey with a back breaker and gets a near fall. Del Rey with a head butt. Garrett with a rana for a near fall. Del Rey with a back kick and a kick to the back of the head. Del Rey with another kick to the back of the head and then she Irish whip Garrett into the corner and hits a running kick to Garrett.
Del Rey with the Royal Butterfly for the three count.
Winner: Sara Del Rey
After the match, Del Rey gets on the mic and wants to know if this is the best that Shine has to offer. On July 20th, they will be back in this building for the first Shine show. She demands the best. She says that she is the Queen of Wrestling. She wants a challenge that she has never faced before. She says that besides her, the best is Jazz.
This was a good match to get people interested in the Shine Promotion since Del Rey is probably the top female wrestler in the US right now.
Match Number Seven: Four Way Freestyle Match: Johnny Gargano versus Tony Nese versus Alex Reynolds versus Lince Dorado
Nese takes care of Dorado and Reynolds at first but Gargano and Reynolds battle and after criss crossing, Gargano with a drop kick. Gargano with a back slide to Dorado and he rolls up Reynolds for a near fall. Dorado with a springboard corkscrew splash for a near fall on Gargano. Dorado with a drop kick to Gargano.
Dorado gets tripped by Nese and then Nese with a double jump moonsault onto Dorado for a near fall. Reynolds and Nese try for kicks. Nese lands on his feet after a German suplex attempt and then both men with drop kicks. Dorado with a drop kick to Reynolds but Gargano catches Dorado off the ropes.
Nese punches Gargano in the ribs and sends Johnny to the apron but Johnny with a spear on Nese and a suicide dive onto Reynolds. Gargano with a splash onto Dorado followed by one off the apron onto Nese. Garagano with a DDT to Reynolds for a near fall.
Gargano with a chop to Reynolds and then he puts him on the turnbuckles. Reynolds pushes Gargano off. Then he does the same to Dorado. Gargano sends Dorado into Reynolds on the turnbuckles for a drop kick. Dorado tries for a superplex and then Gargano joins in. Nese finishes off the tower of doom move.
Nese gets a near fall on Reynolds. Nese with a forearm to Reynolds but Reynolds with a chop. Nese and Reynolds continue to exchange chops. Nese with a matrix into a back heel kick and a super kick. Dorado with an X Factor to Nese. Dorado with kicks to Gargano but Gargano with a super kick.
Reynolds with a kick to Gargano and Gargano avoids a suplex. Reynolds with a kick and a cutter from a back breaker position. Reynolds with a moonsault for a near fall when Nese German suplexes Reynolds. Dorado breaks up the cover with a double stomp.
Dorado goes to the turnbuckles for a corkscrew splash onto Gargano and Reynolds. Dorado goes up top again and hits a rana on Reynolds. Dorado with kicks to Garganoâ€™s head and he tries for a rana but Gargano counters with a sit out power bomb for a near fall.
Nese with a running drop kick to Garganoâ€™s back. Nese with a back breaker and then he kicks Gargano. Reynolds with a rollup on Nese for a near fall. Reynolds back body drops Nese over the top rope to the floor. Gargano with a kick to Reynolds and then he lawn darts him into the turnbuckles. Gargano hits Hurts Donut on Reynolds. Dorado with a shooting star press onto Gargano while Nese hits a splash on Reynolds for the three count.
Winner: Tony Nese
After the match, Lenny asks Tony about his first win in Evolve. He says that he showed why he is the premier athlete. He asks Johnny how his back is. At Evolve 16, there is an open contract for Jacksonville, so he tells Gargano that he will see him on Saturday.
Match Number Eight: Main Event: El Generico versus Samuray Del Sol
They shake hands before locking up. They lock up and Generico with a waist lock take down into a front face lock but Del Sol gets to the ropes. They lock up again and Generico works on the arm and wrist. Del Sol with a reversal. Generico reverses as well. Del Sol with another reversal into wrist lock. Generico with an arm drag.
They lock up and Generico with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Generico with a leg lariat and he gets a near fall. They lock up again and Generico with a side head lock and take down. Del Sol with a head scissors and Generico escapes. Del Sol with a leg sweep. Generico tries for a leg sweep but Del Sol counters with a rana.
They go for a Greco Roman knuckle lock but Del Sol with kicks and an arm bar. Generico with a chop and Irish whip. Del Sol lands on his feet on a monkey flip attempt and then he drop kicks Generico and Generico goes to the floor.
Generico gets back into the ring. They shake hands again, but not with the same cordiality that they had at the start of the match. Generico with a shoulder tackle and then he chops Del Sol. Del Sol with a single leg take down and then Del Sol walks on his hands and hits a rana. Del Sol bounces off the ropes and connects with a forearm to the back followed by kicks.
Del Sol with an arm drag with an assist from the ropes for a near fall. Del Sol tries for the cross arm breaker but Generico tries to block it. Del Sol applies it but Generico has his foot on the ropes and Del Sol has to release the hold. Del Sol with a snap mare and kick to the back. Del Sol with a slingshot flip dive onto Generico for a near fall.
Del Sol with a running forearm and kick into the corner. Generico with a punch but Del Sol with a forearm. Generico with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker and he gets a near fall. Generico with a chop and kick to the back. Generico with a forearm and he gets a near fall.
Generico with chops to Del Sol and Del Sol with a chop of his own. Generico with a forearm and he gets a near fall. Generico points to the turnbuckles and he hits a split legged moonsault but can only get a two count. Generico with forearms to Del Sol. Del Sol goes to the apron and hits an enzuigiri. Del Sol comes off the turnbuckles with an arm drag that sends Generico to the floor. Del Sol with a dive onto Generico on the floor.
Del Sol sends Generico bac into the ring. Dl Sol with an Asai DDT for a near fall. Del Sol with a Code Red after standing on Genericoâ€™s back. Generico with spinning Blue Thunder Driver for a near fall. Generico sets for the Yakuza kick but Del Sol moves out of the way. Del Sol goes up top but Generico stops him and sets for the turnbuckle brainbuster but Del Sol pushes him off. Generico hits a Michinoku Driver but only gets a two count.
Generico sets for the Yakuza kick and this time he hits it and hits a Dragon suplex but can only get a two count. Generico points to the turnbuckles for the brainbuster but Del Sol with a rollup for a near fall. Del Sol with a jawbreaker. Generico with another Yakuza kick and he hits the top turnbuckle brainbuster for the three count.
Winner: El Generico
After the match, El Generico gets on the mic and he calls out Low Ki and mentions that Low Ki is not here. He says that Low Ki talks and talks. Low Ki says that he is a warrior. He tells Low Ki that he is a World Warrior too. Generico says that unlike Low Ki, he can recognize talent and Del Sol has talent.
Generico tells Del Sol lo siento. He says that he sees a lot of El Generico in Samuray Del Sol. He says that Del Sol is the future of Lucha Libre. He says that Del Sol is tough and has cajones. He thanks Del Sol and he says that if Del Sol wants a rematch, he will give it to him. . . not now.
Del Sol takes the mic and he wants it tomorrow.
Generico says that he has cajones. He thanks everyone.
Christina Von Eerie comes out to the ring and she says that Generico is impressive but she does not seem sincere. If Generico is an international superstar who is loved by everyone. The problem that she has with Generico is that he walks into Evolve and thinks that he can put his stamp on everything. She says that Generico probably thinks that he can walk into Dragon Gate USA and take over things. She says that is not going to happen. She says that Generico has not been paying attention to things because Dragon Gate USA belongs to Mad Blankey.
She has a message for Generico. She tells Generico to listen closely. She slaps Generico and says that is from Tozawa and the rest of Mad Blankey. She slaps him again. She says that Generico isnâ€™t going to do anything to her. She slaps him again. She says that he doesnâ€™t have the balls to do it. She spits in his face. Generico hits Christina with a Yakuza Kick.
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