EVOLVE 12: Fox vs. Callihan
Caleb Konley vs. Adam Page vs. Jake Manning **
Alex Reynolds vs. Mike Cruz **1/2
Low Ki vs. Jigsaw **1/2
Fit Finlay vs. Jon Davis ***
Johnny Gargano & Samuray Del Sol vs. Chuck Taylor & Silas Young **1/2
Ricochet vs. El Generico ***1/2
AR Fox vs. Sami Callihan ****1/4
This was a mediocre show until the last two great matches. Make no mistake, there was no bad matches in low and midcard, but everything seemed unspectacular because of the rough venue and a lack of better crowd reactions. The 3-Way opener was decent, Reynolds/Cruz and Low Ki/Jigsaw were two really good matches, but needed few more exciting minutes to enter the *** territory, in order to justify the extremely careful and methodic wrestling before the finishing sequences (especially the Low Ki/Jigsaw match).
Finlay and Davis had a grappling/scientific clinic, the work was very defensive and methodical here, plenty of mat based games. The match was much more even, because Davis is bigger and tougher than Callihan, so if you expect an extended squash, you'll be disappointed. Some people liked this, some didn't, but I think the match was great, I really appreciate slow paced matches with a lot of tactics and careful wrestling. Plus, the match ended very realistically. The tag team match was good, but nothing special, while Generico and Ricochet had one helluva bout. Very competitive match, and Low Ki on commentary was great in explaining his character, the story of the match (and wrestling in general) and what EVOLVE is all about (or should be).
The main event is even better on a re-watch. I like the match gimmick, and it really felt like a feud ender. Sami was as intense as always, but Fox was the star here – he was working the crowd very well, and his high-flying shit was breath taking. Some moves were batshit crazy and dangerous. His selling was on and off, but it didn't bother me for some reason. Excellent main event, MOTYC.