Re: Official Indy DVD Thread
Just out of curiosity do you actually buy these DVDs are do download CZW shows in hopes that you will find a good one?
Evolve 4 Review
Brodie Lee (1-1) vs. John Moxley (0-1)
You can tell right off the bat that moving into the Ace Arena was a good idea. The atmosphere and crowd just seemed so much more alive. I really liked this a lot because both played their roles perfectly. Brodie was just a monster that kicked some serious ass and I liked how they had Moxely manage to hang with him just enough so that it wasn’t a squash. I really got the impression that Mox could play a really good face if given the chance.
They beat the hell out of each other for a few minutes before things got a little too out of hand and chairs were brought into the ring. This lead to a double DQ. Good opener as the crowd really enjoyed the brawl all around ringside and the stiff stuff that they did. I really liked what they did with Moxley after the match as it seems to be going somewhere with Moxley trying to adapt to the Evolve style of wrestling.
Chris Dickinson (0-3) vs. Rich Swann (0-0) vs. Ricochet (1-2) vs. Drake Younger (1-0)
Good mix of talent here, with Swann and Ricochet being great high flyers and 2 hard hitters with Drake and Dickinson. This featured some of the best of Dickinson that I’ve seen so far. He finally seemed to move away from the whole, “I’m just gonna yell a lot” thing he had going and started showing a mean streak. Since he was already badly disliked his new heel persona worked out really well. He was also finally booked to look really, really strong in the match.
The action was fast the whole time and didn’t last very long, which was probably for the best. It wasn’t a total spotfest as the way that booked Dickinson certainly is going to lead somewhere.
Tina San Antonio (0-0) vs. Mercedes Martinez (3-0)
Is it weird that I get a strange enjoyment out of watching these squashes? Any ways Martinez ran train, if it lasted more than 2 minutes I would be surprised. Best part had to be the post match where Martinez/Kong was announced for the next show.
Adam Cole (0-1) vs. Johnny Gargano (2-1)
Gargano really has been improving. I remember at the early Evolve shows he was getting criticized for not showing enough character during his matches. I can’t say he has that problem any more. He seemed as big of an asshole before and after the match as he did during it.
This is one of the few matches that I actually liked watching on DVD more than I liked it live. Gargano clearly went into this match thinking that he would go over Cole with ease. He constantly taunted him and didn’t seem to be taking the match seriously at all. Good offense from both guys and the story they told worked. Getting the win as well as the post match gives me the feeling that they have fairly high hopes for Cole.
Jigsaw and Hallowicked (1-0) vs. Aeroform (1-2)
This was a nice undercard spotfest. Didn’t last long and they just never let up until the end once they picked up the pace. It was fun to watch and they didn’t really botch anything. I also liked how well they transitioned from spot to spot. It had a good flow to it that just seemed like one move progressed right into another. No problems with this and it was good for what it was.
Arik Cannon (0-1) vs. Sami Callihan (1-0)
So I imagine before matches that the wrestlers do some planning before their match. The planning for the match most have went something like this. “Hey want to just beat the shit out of each other the whole time?” This was then responded with, “Sure, let’s just beat each other up.” And that’s what they did. It was pretty awesome actually.
The Osirian Portal (0-0) vs. Up in Smoke (1-0)
It ended up being a lot like the previous tag match on the card but I’m going to give this one the slight edge. It was fun and easy to watch and I really liked the way that they flowed from spot to spot. And I was surprised and happy to see that after this match Up in Smoke made a heel turn. It should make things a lot more interesting in the tag division with them claiming to be better than a lot of the Chikara teams.
Chuck Taylor (2-0) vs. Jimmy Jacobs (3-0)
Chuck Taylor’s first of 3 great matches this weekend and probably the match that made me get a huge man crush on Chucky T. I think it was the longest match on the card to this point and they did a fantastic job of wrestling at a fast pace.
I loved some of the spots they had with the unique ringside area. My facial expression on the DVD as Chuck Taylor landed a few feet away from me also brought a smile to my face. It’s good to see that they are treating the Awful Waffle as a true finisher as well.
Bobby Fish (0-3) vs. Bryan Danielson (0-0)
I think they crowd may have doubled in size when Dragon came out, or at least it sounded that way.
I could spend all this time in my review talking about how great Danielson was. It would be pretty easy to do, the man very well might be the best wrestler in the world and he was on his game for this match. But I want to talk about how Bobby Fish gave the performance of his life.
A lot of the match was spent with devastating leg work on Fish. The whole match wasn’t focused on Fish’s legs being hurt but he played off it at the perfect times. I found myself thinking that Fish may have won the match if his leg wasn’t hurt so badly. There were 2 points where Fish hit a great looking counter and it looked like he would be able to get some more offense in but his leg would buckle out from under him.
Hard hitting and I loved the story they had in the ring. In all honesty if they had anyone else in the ring other than Danielson they would have been able to pull off a double switch. Even without that happening the match is right near the top on the best matches of this year and I might venture to say that it was Evolve’s best match so far.
Evolve delivers again. They continue to put on at least one great match every show and the way that their cards flow are fantastic. Nothing ever drags on and I never get bored even during some of the weaker matches on the card. I like what they’re doing with the company.
Last edited by FITZ; 11-20-2010 at 11:03 AM.