EVOLVE 1: Richards vs. Ibushi
Rahway, NJ- January 16, 2010
Overall Throughts: It’s been a long time since I watched this show but for fun thought I check it out again for old times sake. A very solid show from top to bottom and they did a great job of establishing what the promotion and characters were about from the start and this event flowed like water. Consistent undercard followed by an epic main event. Hard to believe that this promotion has only been around 2 years.
Bobby Fish vs. Kyle O’Reilly- Very Good, Shoot Style match and still holds up great.
Chucky T vs. Cheech Hernandez- Solid short match
Arik Cannon vs. Ricochet- Skinny Long Haired Ricochet FTW! Fun short match with a lot of action packed into four minutes.
Dark City Fight Club vs. Aeroform- Really good match that played up the stylistic differences between the teams.
Mercedes Martinez vs. Niya- Squash
Brad Allen vs. Silas Young- Very strong match here, one of the best matches of the show IMO
Ken Doane vs. Jimmy Jacobs- Didn’t remember this being that good but it was, however the restart bought it down a bit.
Johnny Gargano vs. Chris Dickinson- Really good match probably on par with Allen/Young, just this was shorter.
TJP vs. Munenori Sawa- Another really good, if not great match. Only thing that hurt this match was lack of selling.
Team Frightening vs. Akuma’s Army- Typical CHIKARA Trios match, which is good because I like the particular workers in this match.
Davey Richards vs. Kota Ibushi-
Absolutely fantastic main event and continuing a trend of excellent matches for DR at the time, Davey/Ibushi tore this shit up.
EVOLVE 2: Hero vs. Hidaka
March 13, 2010- Rahway, NJ
Overall Thoughts: For me this show is probably just under EVOLVE 1, if that. Again very consistent show with a great main event, though not as good as Richards/Ibushi.
Brad Allen vs. Chris Dickinson- Really good opener that builds up Allen as a major player in EVOLVE.
Gran Akuma vs. Brodie Lee- Short match to build up Akuma
Up in Smoke vs. Aeroform- Fun short match
Ken Doane vs. Caleb Konley- Pretty bland match
Hallowicked vs. Kyle O’Reilly- Very good match between these guys with lots of back and forth
Ricochet vs. Chucky T- You can definitely see the chemistry these two have and it showed again here, good match.
Bobby Fish vs. Claudio Castagnoli- Great match between these two that established Claudio as a force while continuing to build Fish as an underdog.
Mercedes Martinez vs. Sumie Sakai- This match was pretty horrid, Sakai was so off MM couldn’t even salvage it.
Jimmy Jacobs vs. Johnny Gargano- Good short match between these guys.
QuackSaw vs. Incoherence vs. Osirian Portal vs. Colony- Fun CHIKARA style match that got a lot of time.
Chris Hero vs. Ikuto Hidaka- Really good main event that showcased a much more technical, grounded style completely different from Richards/Ibushi but great in its own way. Hero controlled the pace well while Hidaka provided the big spots.
EVOLVE 3: Rise or Fall
May 1, 2010- Rahway, NJ
Overall Thoughts: This show didn’t have the atmosphere of the two shows prior, this felt more throwaway but regardless it was still a good consistent show, which by this point was the EVOLVE standard. Some stuff stood out but then again nothing was bad although the undercard did drag a bit. Claudio was the star of the main event and O’Reilly/TJP and Hero/Fish were the best matches of the show bar none.
Sami Callihan vs. Adam Cole- Short solid opener but they squeezed in a lot.
Johnny Gargano vs. Ricochet- Great match with a crappy finish.
Mercedes Martinez vs. Brittany Savage- Squash
Aeroform vs. Up In Smoke vs. Team Beyond- Fun, spotty undercard match
Drake Younger vs. Jon Moxley- Good match but it left you wanting more and Moxley was pretty tame.
Chris Hero vs. Bobby Fish- Absolutely fantastic storytelling, a really great match that made you root for Fish even more
Brodie Lee vs. Gran Akuma vs. Chris Dickinson vs. Hallowicked- Pretty by the numbers 4 Way match.
TJP vs. Kyle O’Reilly- Really great match, a wrestling clinic between these two definitely one of the more overlooked matches of 2010
Jimmy Jacobs vs. Brad Allen- Very good match with a nice finish to keep Allen strong while giving Jacobs the win.
Chucky T vs. Claudio Castagnoli- Solid main event; while CT got the win Claudio put on a star making performance here he was on his game in this match. Probably the weakest main event at that point in EVOLVE, however Claudio was awesome.