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Evolve 85 Results: ZSJ vs. Lio Rush, Riddle vs. Cobb & more in Detroit



Here’s a look at the madness that went down last night inside of the Monaghan Knights of Columbus last night in Livonia, Michigan and live on FloSlam at Evolve 85 via @_BonesawisReady

Dominic Garrini vs. Alex Daniels

I love watching both of these guys wrestle live. I’ve seen them a few times and they impress me more and more each time I see them. Garrini is a total shoot badass and Alex Daniels’ Ben Affleck gimmick is one of the most enjoyable gimmicks on the indies. Daniels has a pair of “Gone Girl” trunks that are the best trunks in all of wrestling in my opinion.

These guys were only given roughly under 5 minutes, but they really made the most of it. Both had enough opportunities to showcase their styles and show just how talented they really are. Garrini won via triangle choke.

Honestly, check these guys out at AIW and plenty of other promotions around the country. Don’t surprised when these two are two of the biggest names in the sport in a few years.

Winner: Dominic Garrini

Evolve Tag Title Match
Catch Point (Chris Dickinson & Jaka) vs. Jason Kincaid & Austin Theory

This match got over 15 minutes and was concerned that might be a bit too much, but they really made it work. A lot in part due to the work of Theory and Kincaid. This unlikely duo put on a showcase of their styles here. Dickinson and Jaka were strong as hell here and this match really impressed, just like it did on Saturday night. Catch Point caught the victory with the Death Trap leaving Kincaid laid out in the ring.

Winners: Catch Point

Priscilla Kelly vs. Allysin Kay

In a SHINE Showcase, these two put on a nice match for the time they were allotted. This was the first women’s match in Evolve since September 2010 at Evolve 5. The crowd seemed into this entire match and Priscilla Kelly got her spots in, but Kay was too much for her winning with a lariat.

Winner: Allysin Kay

Donovan Dijak vs. Ethan Page

This match was a big change of pace from the rest of the show. Both got in some light-hearted comedy spots working the crowd. Ethan Page can draw here and pop a crowd from a comedy standpoint on the drop of a dime. He’s one of the most charismatic guys on the indie scene.

They turned it up towards the ending working in some hard spots in the crowd. The crowd was highly entertained by this entire match and so was I. These can seem to do no wrong, despite what style of match they work. Page got the victory with a spinning Dwayne. Great, fun match.

Winner: Ethan Page

Tracy Williams vs. Kyle O’Reilly

I had high expectations for this match, but left with being a little disappointed. This match was hard and quick in speed, but there really was not a lot of story to keep me invested. Williams does that dor me from time to time. He can put on one hell of match, but also let things seem to drag on. Williams won with a crossface. I was really surprised with O’Reilly losing for the second night in a row. I don’t know what they really do with him from here.

Winner: Tracy Williams

Keith Lee vs. Fred Yehi

This was one of my favorite matches of the night. Keith Lee just destroyed Yehi for the first half of this match, hitting a lot of big tosses and suplexes. Finally, Yehi mustered the strength to fight back and at some points overtake Lee. Yehi fought with all he had and just as he seemed like he was about to take the upset, Lee hit him with the Spirit Bomb and a Jackhammer for the win.

I loved the storytelling of this match. With Lee just destroying Yehi only for Fred to pull everything out of the arsenal to take down the big man. Fighting from behind he came so close so many damn times that at points I thought the upset could really happen. But in the end Keith Lee could not be taken out. All in all, great match.

Winner: Keith Lee

WWN Championship Match
Matt Riddle vs. Jeff Cobb

This match went 6 minutes and was exciting all the way through. At one point Cobb threw Riddle in the air to what looked like he was about to hit the ceiling only for him to catch him and hit him with a fisherman buster. As going strike for strike, Riddle submitted Cobb with the Bromission. This match really brought the show back after so many long matches. The time was perfect here and was enjoyable as hell.

Winner: Matt Riddle

Evolve Championship Match
Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Lio Rush

In an intense rematch, these two really delivered. ZSJ absolutely destroyed Rush for the majority of this match working the taped right shoulder. Sabre had a counter for every single thing Rush tried only to continuing manipulating the injured shoulder.

What offense Rush did have, came in spurts until finally gaining the advantage. After a sense of frustration and disbelief by ZSJ, he escaped an intense sleeper hold and took Rush down with an agonizing shoulder submission for the victory.

I loved this match, this weekend truly proved Zack Sabre Jr. as the unbeatable top talent in the company.

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr.

After the match, Keith Lee comes out to challenge Sabre, but is interrupted by Riddle who claims he holds the most prestigious title in the company. While Sabre and Riddle have words, Ethan Page comes out and him and Sabre Jr brawl to the back.

Out comes Catch Point to attack Riddle, but he’s saved by Jason Kincaid. Lee hits a huge dive onto all the guys outside the ring.

He hops back in and challenges Riddle for the WWN Championship, Riddle accepts as the show ends.

image credit – WWNEvolve