EVOLVE 12: Fox vs. Callihan (11/5/12) DVD Review By Adam Timmins

Posted: February 4, 2013 in Uncategorized


Jake Manning vs. Caleb Konley vs. Adam PageLarry Dallas and Scott Reed are in Japan, so for some odd reason Johnny Fairplay accompanies Konley to ringside. This was actually a lot better than I expected. Page had another impressive showing, as did Konley – he really needs to ditch Scott Reed and go into the singles divisions. Even Manning looked pretty good here, and indeed picked up the win with a backbreaker/flatliner combo at 7.21. Incidentally, Jay Lethal uses the same move, but Manning’s execution of it is far better.

 Mike Cruz vs. Alex Reynolds – Reynolds teamed with Jon Silver at Evolve 10, while Cruz had a match with Ricochet in DG:USA over Wrestlemania weekend. They have a decent little match; on balance you’d say Cruz is slightly more advanced at the moment. It’s Reynolds who gets the win though, with a bridging O Conner roll at 7.28.

 Low-Ki vs. Jigsaw – I actually switched this one off halfway through, that being triggering by Low-Ki doing his ridiculous “lie on my back like an MMA fighter thing.” Fuck off.  Low-Ki wins at 14.21 with the Ki Krusher. It’s a waste of time watching or reviewing his matches; the result’s a foregone conclusion and no-one gets over as a result of wrestling him. It’s sad to see someone with so much talent waste it; but you can’t legislate for someone being a dick.

Jon Davis vs. Fit Finlay – Surprisingly, this was miles better than Finlay vs. Callihan from EVOLVE 11. One would have expected a real war between these two given Davis size; but instead it turned out to be a gripping mat-based affair, with Finlay working over the leg and Davis working over the arm respectively. You could have a gripe at the fact that a) the finish came out of nowhere, and b) it consisted of Finlay giving Davis a nasty looking tombstone at 23.45 – making you wonder what the point of all the leg work was. But I’m inclined to overlook it, as the match delivered in spades. Davis desperately needed a good outing here after a fairly indifferent 2012 in EVOLVE/DG:USA thus far, and he got it. Finlay’s outings on the indies’ have been a mixed bag; he had a couple of scorchers, but at least one real stinker (Elgin).

Johnny Gargano & Samuray Del Sol vs. Chuck Taylor & Silas Young – Interestingly, Gargano and Young had a feud going in EVOLVE in 2010 where Gargano was supposed to have been responsible for Young falling off the wagon; but said feud pretty much disappeared, until now – but of course now Gargano is the promotions top babyface and Young is teaming with the promotions top heel. Odd. Anyway, this was a fun post-intermission tag match to get everyone going again; Del Sol continues to make progress, and in the past year or so Silas Young has gone from being a journeyman card filler to a guy who deserves a proper run somewhere. The stipulation for this one is that Taylor or Gargano get to pick the stipulation for their singles match if their team wins; and Taylor spikes Gargano with the Awful Waffle at 10.19. Presumably that match will happen in DG:USA as opposed to EVOLVE.

El Generico vs. Ricochet – Low-Ki joins Lenny Leonard on commentary. Obviously these two are incapable of having a bad match, although I wouldn’t quite put this one on a par with their PWG efforts – mainly due to small crowd compared to Reseda. Ricochet hits the 630 senton on Generico at 16.33 to get the victory. After the match, Ricochet challenged Lo-Ki to a match. Brandon accepted, then ran down El Generico on the mic.

Fit Finlay vs. Sami Callihan – obviously this is a rematch from EVOLVE 9, and also their third bout against each other – their wXw match in Germany is included on here as a bonus feature. I found this one extremely disappointing. Their match at EVOLVE 9 went thirty minutes and absolutely flew by; by contrast, this one went 20 minutes and felt a lot longer. It started off quite nicely, with Finlay giving Callihan a good battering; but the pace quickly dropped off, ala Finlay vs. Elgin in ROH. There were also too many false finishes; Callihan shouldn’t be kicking out of the tombstone, and the suspension of disbelief went as soon as he did. Finlay counters the Horsecollar with a crossarmbreaker, and Callihan taps at 20.41.

Overall – a disappointing show for me. I know they had guys missing from the card, but still, only the three-way really delivered.


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