Jan. 21, 2013
News and Notes
More information regarding the new wrestling promotion was revealed in a YouTube video featuring former Vice President of Dragon Gate USA and co-owner of EVOLVE Gabe Sapolsky. Here is a transcript of what he said in the video:
Hello wrestling fans. I’m Gabe Sapolsky. I’m here to say the rumors you’ve heard are true. Dragon Gate USA and EVOLVE has merged with Ring of Honor under new ownership. The owner wishes to remain out of the public eye, but I’ve had several meetings with him and I can tell you the one thing you need to know about him: He’s a lifelong and passionate wrestling fan who is full of energy and excitement for what the future has in store for everyone within the company. He’s asked me to make this video to explain and clarify a few things about Evolution of Honor Wrestling.
The first is the roster. I’ve gotten countless calls from former DGUSA/EVOLVE wrestlers about whether they still have jobs, and I’m sure the same can be said about people from ROH. There’s no need to worry; everyone who was a part of those wrestling companies is also under contract with Evolution of Honor Wrestling for the time being. We know the roster is massive, but we’re sure the best will rise to the top. We have to put the wrestlers on notice that they’ll have a chance to impress us, and they better make the most of that opportunity.
However, wrestlers who were mainly associated with Dragon Gate in Japan will be used sparingly. We’ll still have a relationship with the Japanese company, but their talent will be flown in for special appearances.
Also, we’ve reached deals with two of the biggest free agents in pro wrestling. Both DH Smith and John Morrison have been signed to EHW contracts, and everyone here is looking forward to working with them.
Now that the roster is out of the way, it’s time to talk about the debut of Evolution of Honor Wrestling. Evolution of Honor Wrestling will make a major impact with a two-night extravaganza from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City! The shows will take place March 8 and 9, and tickets are on sale now! We’ll announce the cards in the days to come, but we already have some major matches signed.
On the first night, they’ll be a title unification match between the last tag team champions from both companies as the Open the United Gate Champions AR Fox and CIMA will battle ROH World Tag Team Champions Briscoe Brothers to be crowned the first ever EHW Tag Team Champions.
They’ll be another unification match on Night Two, as Open the Freedom Gate Champion Johnny Gargano will go one-on-one with ROH World Champion Kevin Steen to earn the right to be the first ever EHW Champion.
They’ll be more matches announced in the days to come.
Finally, I’m sure you’re all wondering how you’ll be able to watch these shows. Well, the answer is easy. The two-night extravaganza, as well as all EHW shows afterward, will be aired right here on YouTube for free! We’ve reached an agreement with the video streaming company to stream all events live, and then they’ll be added immediately after the show for on demand viewing. The best news is that it is completely free of charge for the viewers! We would like to thank YouTube for the partnership and we’re looking forward to bringing you, the fans, many great shows.
Thank you for watching this video and we’ll be back soon with match announcements!
That's some major news coming out of the new promotion! They're starting off with a bang with the two-night debut.
The Tag Title Unifcation match is a dream match for some people. AR Fox is one of the best young high-flyers in wrestling today and has unlimited potential. He's been impressive in his short career thus far, and he's just scraped the tip of the iceberg of what he's capable of. His tag partner, CIMA, is a Dragon Gate legend. He's held every title in the company throughout his storied career, and is the reigning Open the Dream Gate Champion, Dragon Gate's most prestigious title.
Their opponents are one of the most iconic teams in professional wrestling in the Briscoe Brothers. Jay and Mark were on the first show almost 11 years ago and have become cornerstones of the ROH. They've held the tag team titles eight times. They will look to pick up where they left off and become the first EHW Tag Team Champions.
The action just gets bigger on Night Two with another title unification match. Open the Freedom Gate Champion Johnny Gargano is one of the most inspiring wrestlers in the world. He has one of the biggest hearts in wrestling and never says never. He has overcome the odds time and time again with his amazing in-ring skills. Whether it's high-flying or mat based, Gargano can do it all.
His competitor may be the most evil man in wrestling in Kevin Steen. Steen is a brawler who does whatever he wants when he wants. He and his faction S.C.U.M. mock authority and don't listen to anyone other than themselves. Steen promised to kill ROH and build a company in his own image. He's already accomplished the first goal, and he'll have the opportunity to fulfill his vision by becoming the first ever EHW Champion.
If the first two matches are any indication, this is a company you will not want to miss.