EVOLVE held two big shows this past weekend with full reviews for EVOLVE 56 & 57 found on the site, links below. Both the World title and Tag Team titles were retained with the stand out matches being Chris Hero vs. Tracey Williams and Chris Hero vs. Matt Riddle. However, the major news from the weekend came during an appearance by NXT General Manager William Regal who said he was there to scout for WWE and that qualifying matches for the much-anticipated Global Cruiserweight Open would be taking place at EVOLVE in the near future.
EVOLVE will now be looking towards Dallas as they promote their two next shows and the WWN Mercury Rising Supershow. The cards for all 3 shows have not been completed, but listed below are the matches that have been signed:
EVOLVE 58 (4/1 – Dallas, TX):
• USA vs. Europe Series Match #1: Ricochet vs. Will Ospreay
• USA vs. Europe Series Match #2: Timothy Thatcher vs. Marty Scurll
• USA vs. Europe Series Match #3 – Best In The World Challenge Series – The Fighter: Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Matt Riddle
• USA vs. Europe Series Match #4: TJ Perkins vs. Tommy End
• EVOLVE Tag Team Title Match: Johnny Gargano & Drew Galloway (c) vs. Drew Gulak & Tracy Williams
EVOLVE 59 (4/2 – Dallas, TX):
• Best In The World Challenge Series – The Flyer: Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Will Ospreay
• Tag Team Challenge Match: Chris Hero & Tommy End vs. Drew Gulak & Tracy Williams
• Special Attraction Match: Ricochet vs. TJ Perkins
• Special Challenge Match #1: Sami Callihan vs. Ethan Page
• Special Challenge Match #2: Marty Scurll vs. Fred Yehi
WWN Supershow Mercury Rising (4/2 – Dallas, TX):
• EVOLVE Championship Match: Timothy Thatcher (c) vs. Sami Callihan
• Best In The World Challenge Series – The Rival: Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Chris Hero
• SHINE Championship Match: Taylor Made (c) w/ So Cal Val & Andrea vs. Ivelisse
• Days of Future Past Six Man Tag Team Match: TJ Perkins, Kota Ibushi, and Johnny Gargano vs. Will Ospreay, Marty Scurll & Tommy End
• FIP World Heavyweight Title Fatal Four Way Match: Caleb Konley (c) vs. Maxwell Chicago vs. Gary Jay vs. Jason Cade
• Ethan Page vs. Anthony Nese w/ So Cal Val & Andrea
As noted in the EVOLVE 56 review, Speedball Mike Bailey was unable to make the EVOLVE shows at the last minute due to visa problems. It is now being said that his visa problems are very serious, with him being unable to come in to the US for a number of years. If the story is true the loss of Mike Bailey would be a major blow to the independent and his career. His stock was on a massive upward trend; here’s hoping the matter somehow gets resolved. There is an EVOLVE 57 review HERE from @SenorLARIATO
ROH has begun building its card for its annual Supercard of Honor. This year will be different however, as it will now be a two day event. Below are the current matches set for the Dallas shows with more to come:
Supercard of Honor (4/1 – Dallas, TX), Day 1:
• ROH World Title Match: Jay Lethal (c) w/Truth Martini & Taeler Hendrix vs. Lio Rush
• The Young Bucks vs. The Motor City Machine Guns
• ACH vs. Adam Cole
• The Briscoes & War Machine vs. ANX, Silas Young, and The Beer City Bruiser
• Roderick Strong vs. Moose w/Stokely Hathaway
• Kyle O’Reilly vs. Matt Sydal
Supercard of Honor (4/2 – Dallas, TX), Day 2:
• No Holds Barred: Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly
• 2 Out Of 3 Falls Match: Bobby Fish vs. Roderick Strong
• 4 Corner Survival #1 Contenders Match: The Addiction vs. The Briscoes vs. The Motor City Machine Guns vs. The Young Bucks
• ANX vs. Matt Sydal & ACH
Lio Rush won the annual Top Prospect Tournament after a great series of matches. The winner usually receives an ROH TV Title match, but this year the winner is receiving a World Title opportunity since the TV Champion Tomohiro Ishii wrestles full time for New Japan Pro Wrestling. Moving forward TV title matches may become rarity for audiences until an ROH competitor wins the gold back.
SHIMMER has announced a tournament will take place at their Dallas premier show to crown an inaugural Heart of Shimmer Champion. The show will be on April 2nd, with the competitors listed below:
SHIMMER 80: Heart of SHIMMER Tournament Competitors –
• Jessica Havok
• Leva Bates
• Nicole Savoy
• Kimber Lee
• Candice LeRae
• Heidi Lovelace
• Nicole Matthews
• Veda Scott
• Crazy Mary Dobson
• Cherry Bomb
• Cheerleader Melissa
Lucha Underground has already begun their tapings for season 3. This is notable because a number of competitors regularly utilized by Lucha have been having major difficulties with their partner company AAA. If difficulties between the roster and AAA persist than Lucha Underground can either ignore the AAA problems and book the talent or cut out a number of big stars. This matter is developing as of right now with more to come in the future.
AAW (one of the few promotions not booking in Dallas during Wrestlemania weekend) will be holding their 12 Year Anniversary Show (Epic) on April 9th. The matches booked thus far are listed below:
• AAW Heavyweight Title Match: Sami Callihan (c) vs. Tommaso Ciampa
• AAW Tag Team Title Match: The Hooligans (c) vs. Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett
• Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Timothy Thatcher
• Jessica Havok vs. Kimber Lee vs. Heidi Lovelace vs. Candice LeRae
• Andrew Everett, Johny Gargano, Trevor Lee, Chris Hero, Shane Hollister and Zero Gravity have all been signed for the event
This past weekend AAW held its Homecoming Show before a near sellout crowd in Berwyn, IL. Sami Callihan and Ricochet were said to have had a great match along with a great encounter between AR Fox & Davey Vega for the Heritage Title. Mick Foley was in attendance for the show in a segment where he supported Colt Cabana and his partner.
CHIKARA Pro continued its historic booking this past weekend with its Secret of Ooze show. In the main event Princess Kimber Lee successfully defended the CHIKARA Grand Championship against Heidi Lovelace. Feedback from the show was very positive, with Kimber and Heidi possibly becoming the first female combo in history to battle it out for the main title of wrestling promotion.
PWG held All Star Weekend XII a couple of weeks ago, where Zack Sabre Jr. captured the PWG World Title from Roderick Strong. Both nights received positive reviews from live attendees, and the Young Bucks vs. Matt Sydal & Ricochet main event from night one was said to be an absolute spectacle in highflying ability. The next PWG event has not been announced as of yet, but one can only guess that it may be their annual DDT4 tournament.
AIW held two shows this month with Fullest House and Gauntlet for the Gold. The latter featured first time AIW appearances for Zack Sabre Jr. and Pentagon Jr. who came out to massive cheers before a packed house. The wrestler that had everyone talking however was the underrated heel work of Alex Shelly who not only proposed to Candice LeRae during their match, but also called out Johnny Gargano, so long as Gargano was not too busy “washing Gabe Sapolsky’s car”.
The next event for AIW will be Girls Night Out 17 on April 30th in Cleveland, OH. Gail Kim has already been booked for the show.