5/30 Evolve 43 iPPV results: Drew Galloway vs. Biff Busick for the DGUSA Open The Freedom Gate Championship, titles retired, Davey Richards vs. Caleb Konley, Chris Hero vs. Trevor Lee
Evolve 43 iPPV
Woodside, Queens, New York at LaBoom Nightclub
Report by Dot Net Member Kyle A. Petrano
The Bell time was schedule for 6PM Eastern but due to the FTW show beforehand the show start time was delayed till 6:45 PM. The lighting was terrible, as the event was at bar night club. They used strobe lights and multi color lights throughout the show, and I'm curious as to how it transferred onto IPPV.
Due to the show being at nightclub, it's hard to tell how full the building actually was. The lighting definitely made the crowd seem much bigger than it actually was, but they went crazy all night long. Evolve really stressed "thank you to TNA Impact Wrestling" throughout the entire show. I find it weird how many thanks they were getting.
Premier Athlete Brand opened the show. So Cal Val open delivered a promo about losing the tag titles at Evolve 42. She tried to recruit Roderick Strong, saying he was watching because he was on his flight to New York and she said she left him a key to her hotel room to talk business.
1. Rey Horus over Anthony Nese. Very good, very entertaining match. The crowd was into the entire match. It was a very good idea to have two men who can go start off the show to wake up the New York crowd. I had a great laugh when I heard the referee's name was Adam West. Anthony Nese and Caleb Konley had a disagreement after the match.
2. Davey Richards defeated Caleb Konley. Davey grabbed the mic and cut a promo about wanting an Evolve Championship. He popped the crowd when he told SoCal that if she wanted to talk she should take off her top and she could talk all night long. All I can say this match was epic. Great match. Davey Richards is probably one of the best wrestlers to watch live. I have seen a lot of Caleb Konley and it's nice see how much he as improved over the years.
3. T.J. Perkins over Mike Bailey. This was an MMA style match. I was very disappointed in T.J. Perkins. It seemed like he kind of mailed it in compared to his usual standards. Mike Bailey exceeded my expectations. He came out in karate uniform, but by the end of match what can I say I'm fan now. He performed a freaking standing Red Arrow.
4. Chris Hero defeated Trevor Lee. Amazing match. So far, this was the match of the night. There was an amazing finish. Hero did a lot to put over Lee. He hit him with three elbows then a pile driver and then a tombstone piledriver for the finish. Post match, Hero faked a post match attack and instead raised his hand.
5. Johnny Gargano and Rich Swann defeated Drew Gulak and Tracey Williams to retain the Open the United Gate Tag Titles. A very fun tag team title match. It was really cool how these teams have totally opposites style and how well it gelled into one hell of a match. Swann cut a post match promo about how awesome facing men like that is. Gargano cut a promo saying Dragon Gate USA is the past and they vacated Dragon Gate USA United Gate Championships. He said they retired the titles, and they said they want a new title made called the Evolve Tag Team Championships.
6. Drew Galloway defeated Biff Busick to retain the DGUSA Open The Freedom Gate Championship. Great main event. They brawled into crowd and broke someone's chair. I'm glad for the poor fan that this came at the end of the show. This was my match of the night. I loved the ending to the match. Galloway cut a post match promo about his match tomorrow night at Evolve 44 with Roderick Strong. Gargano came out and asked Galloway to retire the DGUSA Open Freedom Gate Championship, but Galloway told him to kiss his ass. He offered Gargano a rematch, which I am very excited for, then Galloway made his exit. Gargano cut a promo on "All Ego" Ethan Page for their match on Sunday Evolve 44, and thanked the crowd for coming.
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