EVOLVE 11 is all set to pop off TONIGHT (Fri., April 13, 2012) from Toronto, ONT, Canada, at 7 p.m. ET, live on internet pay-per-view (iPPV).
CagesideSeats.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, match-by-match coverage of EVOLVE 11 below, beginning with the first match of the evening and right on through to the main event.
The co-main event sees WWE, TNA and Ring of Honor (ROH) veteran Low Ki taking on El Generico in what should be an excellent match-up. The event is headlined by a rematch of last year's brutal war between Fit Finlay and Sami Callihan. Callihan has been kicking up dust lately in EVOLVE's bigger brother, Dragon Gate USA, by being embroiled in a bitter feud with Extreme Championship Wrestling original Sabu.
Finlay and Callihan collided at EVOLVE 9 with the veteran coming up victorious but "The New Horror" has come into his own since then. It will be interesting to see how the rematch goes down.
EVOLVE presents a no-frills approach to professional wrestling. If you're interested in high level with minimal soap opera antics, this show should suit you nicely.
And remember, you can follow along with us by ordering the iPPV yourself right here. If you're sick and tired of not seeing enough professional wrestling on RAW or on WWE pay-per-views, here's a chance to get a show chock-full of it for only a fraction of the cost.
Full results and match coverage after the jump.
EVOLVE 11 RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG
Dave "Fit" Finlay def. Sami Callihan
Low Ki def. El Generico
Johnny Gargano vs. AR Fox
Chuck Taylor def. Samuray Del Sol and Johnny Gargano
Super Smash Brothers def. The Gentlemen's Club
Mike Rollins def. Ashley Sixx
Alex Reynolds def. John Silver
Josh Alexander def. MK McKinnan
Sergio here, folks. Let's get this started.
Already some news for the show as Gabe Sapolsky announced his Twitter AR Fox and Scott Reed of The Scene were not going to wrestle tonight. No replacements were named but Sapolsky promised a big match for the Open the Freedom Gate Champion and promised to deliver.
WE ARE LIVE~!
Sound is terrible so far, can barely understand the ring announcer. The Super Smasher Brothers hit the ring and start cutting a promo. They want to earn a million points in EVOLVE. They're calling out Chuck Taylor's mystery team. Who is it?
Taylor makes his way to the ring with Drew Gulak and Jake Manning and labels themselves The Gentlemen's Club. Here we go.
Super Smash Brothers vs. The Gentlemen's Club
Uno and Manning start off and battle to a standstill so they tag each of their partners in. Dos and Gulak start arm locks but Dos gets the upper hand and nails him with a dropkick. A headbutt to the gut from Gulak gets him back in control and he tags in Manning. They attempt to double-team Dos but he counters and sends the new team to the outside. He tags in Uno and they set up stereo suicide dives but The Club dodge out of the way.
Back in with Uno and Manning. Mannings slaps Dos across the face and then runs away, allowing his partner to sneak in a cheap shot and they take control.
The Gentlemen's Club doing a good job of cutting off the ring and keeping Uno from tagging his partner in. Irish whip from Gulak but Uno hangs onto the ropes and elbows his opponent. Manning jumps into the ring to attack but Uno sidesteps him and Manning spills out. Uno is just about to tag out but Manning, from the outside, pulls Dos off the apon! Nefarious!
Uno takes more punishment but then is finally able to tag out. Manning gets tagged in as well but eats a cross body splash from Dos off the top rope. A Lionsault takes Gulak out and he rolls onto the apron. Dos climbs to the top again and hits a DDT onto Gulak onto the apron!
Dos back inside the ring and he ducks under a clothesline from Manning and then kips back up. Uno with a huge right hand and Super Smash Brothers hit a double-team Backstabber for two.
The fan favorites are in control but Dos misses a top rope stomp as Manning rolls out and hits a modified STO. Nearly a three count! Lots of action right now, it's hard to keep up!
The Gentlemen's Club spills to the outside and Dos hops onto the ropes, pulls them apart which allows the, ahem, heftier Uno to dive to the outside!
Back inside the ring, Super Smash Brothers with dual forearm smashes and Manning slumps in the corner. Release German suplex on Gulak onto his partner! Uno sets Gulak up in a Gory Special and Dos hits a cutter from the top! Three count! Nice!
Winners: Super Smash Brothers via pinfall
Chuck Taylor is a sore loser after the match.
MK McKinnan vs. Josh Alexander
Both are making their EVOLVE debut. Some arm wrench counters to start. McKinnan nails Alexander with a hard shot in the counter and goes for a springboard move but messes up and falls to the mat. Alexander starts pounding on him.
The English McKinnan takes some punishment but delivers a hard chop and runs to the ropes. Alexander follows and nails him with shoulder to the gut and then hits a Northern Lights suplex for two. More punishment dishes out by Alexander who hits a stalling suplex for two.
They trade forearms and McKinnan pulls off a little flip counter but misses with a kick. He spins around and nails a kick to the gut. Alexander to the outside and McKinnan follows him with a rolling suicide dive. That looks nice.
Back inside and McKinnan nails his opponent with a rolling knee strike in the corner but a huge elbow but Alexander back in control. Seconds later, he hooks the Briton's arms and nails a devastating Tiger Driver for the win.
Winner: Alexander via pinfall
Mike Rollins vs. Ashley Sixx
Rollins using his size and strength advantage early. Rollins counters an irish whip into an airplane spin and then nails Sixx with a huge right. Sixx in the corner and Rollins gets to the second turnbuckle, nailing punch after punch.
They're on the outside and Sixx takes advantage after a Russian leg sweep into the apron. He rolls Rollins in and gets a two count. They're trading shots but Sixx hits a big dropkick, putting Rollins on his back. Two count for Sixx.
Sixx chopping but Rollins is barely fazed and hits his own, knocking Sixx to the mat. Pin attempt, two count. Powerbomb counter for Rollins for two. Rollins spends too much time jawing with the referee and allows Sixx to recover.
The smaller wrestler sets up a top rope move and and sends Rollins crashing down with a hurricanrana. Rollins sits up with a scream. He gets kicked down. Another sit up, another scream, another kick. Rollins starts to sit up again and lets out a little yelp but stays down. Sixx off the rope and goes for a senton but Rollins sits up.
Both back on their feet, huge slap across the face from Sixx. Rollins looks pissed. Sixx steps back, nails a huge jumping knee. He bounces off the ropes but eats a huge boot. High impact move from Rollins, the Psycho Mike Driver and he picks up the win.
Alex Reynolds vs. Josh Silver
Lots of back and forth in the opening minutes. Counter after reversal after counter after reversal. It all ends with a double kip up, of course.
Reynolds with a headlock and he's sent to the ropes but hangs on. It happens again. Reynolds tries to whip his opponent but it's reversed and Silver slams him in the gut. Huge dropkick from Silver and he begins booting Reynolds in the corner.
Reynolds tries to turn the tide with a top rope move but Silver dodges and continues his onslaught. Huge running knee from Silver for two. Axe handles to Reynolds on the mat but one misses and Reynolds is able to take control. Huge elbow in the corner is followed up by an even bigger running knee which has Silver reeling.
Silver is draped across the middle rope and Reynolds goes to the outside and nails him with a huge dropkick. Another knee back inside the ring gets Reynolds a two count. Silver begins to strike back but a kick is caught and countered into a backbreaker/inverse lariat maneuver for two.
Modified chin lock from Reynolds but Silver flips his opponent onto the mat. Reynolds continues the attack but a whip reversal turns Silver back in control. A huge lariat and kick get Silver a two count. Chinbreaker from Reynolds and they start trading forearm shots.
Silver flips out of a German suplex and nails Reynolds with a double knee stomp on the chest for two. Silver is able to nearly slap on a crossface of sorts but his opponent rolls out. Silver slaps it on again and Reynolds is forced to grab the ropes. Silver to the top but is thrown off. He rolls through but Reynolds nails him with a huge move for two.
Reynolds to the top but misses huge on a moonsault. Silver nails a boot the head in the corner and then tosses his opponent into the opposite corner. Wheelbarrow German suplex for two! Superkick from Silver is caught but he nails an enziguri. Silver wastes too much time and Reynolds is able to hit a big elbow and then tosses Silver neck-first onto the top rope. Backbreaker seals the deal. Pretty good match.
Winner by pinfall: Reynolds via pinfall
Reynolds cuts a short promo after the match.
Samuray Del Sol vs. Chuck Taylor
Before the match gets started, Johnny Gargano hits the ring and grabs a mic. He's pretty raw over Taylor's betrayal in Miami. Says he stuck up for Taylor when DGUSA officials thought he sucked and his physique was terrible. Says he stuck up for Taylor when the boys in the back said Taylor was selfish and only wanted to put himself over.
Gargano offers to make the match a three-way dance! It's on!
Sumuray Del Sol vs. Chuck Taylor vs. Johnny Gargano
Well, I guess this is par for the course as far as Sapolsky's big surprises go. Decent match but ... you know. Anyway, Gargano immediately goes after Taylor who dives outside. Del Sol gets a quick two on Gargano. The DGUSA champion quickly gets control, hits an STO onto the turnbuckle. Gargano goes after Taylor again but gets hit as he tries to roll back in.
Del Sol uses the opportunity to deliver some punishment to Taylor. Some really nice work from the EVOLVE debutee. He sends Taylor to the outside but gets speared by Gargano who then dives to the outside onto his former partner.
Fast-paced action from all three men and it ends up being Del Sol and Taylor in the ring. The newcomer flips out of a maneuver from Taylor, ducks a clotheslines from Gargano and then is thrown by the DGUSA champ into Taylor, nailing him with a dropkick.
Taylor recovers and sends Gargano to the corner. Del Sol attempts a hurricanrana but Gargano hangs on and powerbombs the masked wrestler onto Gargano. Del Sol is sent to the outside but headstands on the apron and manages to get to on Taylor's shoulders. Hurricanrana! Taylor rolls to the outside and twisting splash from Del Sol! Gargano looks to dive himself but he eats a kick from Del Sol.
Back inside, Gargano is able to counter a Del Sol move into a slam and looks to set up the finish but Taylor tosses his former partner to the outside and gets the pin himself! Del Sol is eliminated!
Now down to Taylor and Gargano, they begin brawling around the ringside area. Gargano is taking it to Taylor but "The Kentucky Gentleman" nails Gargano with a belly to back suplex onto the apron. Remember, the DGUSA champion is coming off a back injury he suffered at the last EVOLVE show. Taylor, of course, begins attacking the spinal cord before eventually slapping on a body scissors submission.
Hold released and Taylor is just stomping the hell out of Gargano's back. Bodyslam from the rulebreaker. Another. Taylor slaps on a chinlock while also digging his knee into his opponent's back. Gargano starts to fight back but eats a knee. He's still not out! He hits a rolling kick and sends Taylor to the outside and lands a plancha. Rolling senton from the apron onto Taylor before rolling him back inside the ring. Springboard from the apron into a knee in the corner.
Gargano off the ropes but gets booted in the gut. Taylor goes for a move but his opponent counters into a powerbomb and nearly slaps on a submission. Taylor makes it to the ropes and then starts to make his way backstage. Gargano catches up, attacks and sends his opponent back inside the ring. He attempts to go for the same spear through the ropes he nailed on Del Sol earlier into the match but Taylor catches him in the Randy Orton draped DDT position. He flips Gargano over and hits a backbreaker.
Moonsault misses from Taylor and Gargano nails a dropkick in the corner. Lawn dart into the second turnbuckle and then a superkicks gets two.
They start trading counters back and forth before Gargano is able to slap on a hold but Taylor is able to roll through and slaps on a Boston crab. Eventually the champion grabs the bottom rope, breaking the hold. Taylor slapping Gargano on the mat and is met with spit. The champion can barely stand but he's trading forearms with his former partner.
Taylor bounces off the ropes, gets nailed with a superkick! Gargano off the ropes, HE gets hit with a superkick! Another big boot from Taylor stops a roaring elbow but Gargano eats it and nails the move anyway! They're both down!
Back on their feet, Taylor counters a Hurts Donut and slaps on a half crab! Gargano nearly reaches the ropes but is dragged back to the center. "Please don't tap" chant starts but Gargano is fading. Arm is raised once, it falls. Twice, it falls. The third time... GARGANO IS OUT! Okay, that match was really good. Still miss seeing AR Fox, though.
Winner: Taylor via technical submission by way of half Boston Crab
Post-match, Taylor says, "The Gentlemen's Club loves to win... YES WE DO!"
We're back, folks.
Adam Page vs. Caleb Konley w/ Larry Dallas
Page with the early advantage. Hits some armdrags and Konley mockingly claps. Konley slides out of the ring and Page gives chase. Back inside, Konley tries to take advantage of the situation but Page maintains control. Konley gets dumped to the outside and Page hits a shooting star press off the apron onto his opponent!
Back inside and Page goes to the top. He misses the splash but lands on his feet. He rushes Konley but gets armdragged into the corner. Konley takes over. Huge backbreaker gets a two count for The Scene tag team member. A couple of near falls follow.
Page starts to build some momentum but goes high risk and ends up getting racked on the top turnbuckle. Konley climbs up, latches onto his opponent and hits a superplex for two. Konley lifts Page up but the EVOLVE newcomer flips out and nearly sneaks a pin in. The tide begins to turn as Page hits a powerslam for two.
Elbows from Page until one is blocked. Konley sweeps the leg, Johnny and follows it up with a diving clotheslines. A senton gets a two count for the tag team specialist. Page is able to regain the advantage and gets a firearm's carry into a neckbreaker for two. Page sets up a piledriver but Konley spins out and hits a HUGE left hand before slamming him down. Konley slaps on the O Face, a modified Liontamer-type submission which forces Page to tap.
Winner: Konley via submission by way of O Face
It's co-main event time!
El Generico vs. Low Ki
Um, where the heck is The Bouncing Souls? Low Ki gets his own entrance music. Lame.
They lock up. Low Ki with a wrist lock until Generico makes it to the corner. Low Ki feints a strike. They lock up again, Generico with a front headlock. Low Ki also makes it to the corner for the break. Generico also feints a strike but Low Ki doesn't flinch. HUGE chop from Generico. Awesome.
Low Ki gets a headlock. Generico gets to the ropes and Low Ki breaks the hold before nailing his opponent with an ever bigger chop. Low Ki in control, latching on a chinlock onto his masked opponent. Generico is able to turn around and shove Low Ki into the corner to break the hold and the Generic Luchador gives his opponent a shove.
The former ROH champion gets his opponent to the mat and begins paintbrushing the back of his head. They scramble and Generico gets to his feet. Low Ki offers to allow Generico back to the mat. Okay, I get the whole MMA Lite argument. This is straight out of an MMA fight and sort of lame in a pro wrestling setting. Come on, guys, WRESTLE.
Generico follows Low Ki down and nearly gets caught in a submission but escapes. They're back on their feet and Low Ki is sent to the ropes. Generico bounces off the ropes, tries to hit a springboard splash but misses. He gets to his feet and flattens Low Ki with a leg lariat. They're both on their feet, trading chops until Low Ki hits a brainbuster for two.
Inverse triangle choke from Low Ki until Generico gets to the ropes. Huge chop from Low Ki and Generico answers back with a kick. The former Senshi hits an even bigger kick and sends Generico to the outside. Low Ki follows and hits another big kick. Generico tries to get some breathing room but Low Ki is in hot pursuit. Generico's head is slammed onto the apron and he's rolled in for a two count.
Bodylock from "The World Warrior." Generico once again breaks the hold thanks to the ropes. They're trading nasty freakin' chops again. Good gravy, their chests are going to be red tomorrow. Generico with an elbow. Low Ki answers back with a mule kick. He rears back for a running elbow but Generico pulls the top rope down and the former Kaval spills to the outside! Plancha from the masked warrior!
He rolls Low Ki back in, climbs to the top rope and hits a cross body splash for two. Low Ki tries to fight back with some elbow but he misses a kick and eats a Blue Thunder powerbomb for two. The crowd is firmly behind their countryman. He sets up Low Ki for the Yazkua kick in the corner but Low Ki sticks his boot up just in time! He bounces off the ropes and Generico tries to scoop him up but the former ROH champ slaps on a choke submission. Generico powers through and grabs the ropes.
Low Ki immediately jumps on Generico's back again and tries to slap on the hold for a second time but Generico fights it off and counters into a Falcon Arrow for a 2.999!
Generico misses the corner Yazkua Kick and is holding his knee. Low Ki on his feet and delivers a big kick to his opponent's chest. Another kick and Generico can barely answer back with a chop. A third kick drops the Generic Luchador to his knees. A fourth kick and a pin! 1... 2... KICK OUT!
Low Ki sets up his running double knee in the corner and Generico dodges and Low Ki misses badly! Corner Yakuza kick! He gets Low Ki up for a top rope brainbustaaaaa! NO! His knee gives out! They both spill to the mat and Low Ki climbs back up and HOLY MOTHER OF GOD HITS A DOUBLE STOMP ONTO GENERICO'S BACK AS HE'S DOUBLED OVER!
Winner: Low Ki via pinfall
Low Ki gets on the mic after the match. "You know, Generico... you're not really as good as you think you are." Ouch.
Sami Callihan vs. Fit Finlay
Callihan shoving Finlay to start. Finlay bullies his opponent into the corner but they can't stop shoving each other. They're basically brawling and holy crap, FINLAY BURIED A HEADBUTT INTO CALLIHAN'S SKULL!
The last wrestler standing in the ECW Arena is a bloody mess as Finlay begins to brutalize him. They're on the outside and Finlay is laying it on thick. Back inside the ring, it's more of the same. Finlay makes his way back outside and drapes Callihan from the inside out and slams his head on the apron.
Callihan tries to answer back with a chop but it just seems to piss the "Belfast Bruiser" off. He picks Callihan up and slams his back into the ringpost. Finlay rolls in to break the count and Callihan tries to mount a comeback but it's quickly squashed. Finlay putting an old school beating on his opponent, laying in thick chops in the corner. He drops the youngster down and begins twisting his knee until Callihan counters with a sleeper hold. They're battling back and forth on the mat. Callihan winds up on top of Finlay's back and starts delivering vicious forearms to the side of his opponent's head.
"The New Horror" almost gets in the driver's seat but Finlay reverses a wristlock and sends his opponent crashing into the turnbuckles. Some elbows and punches to the back of Finlay's head finally do put Callihan in control. Devastating knee submission is made worse when Callihan slams into the mat. He follows it up with a half Boston crab. Finlay fights it off and they're back to their feet. A huge elbow from the Irishman drops Callihan to the mat. An chest-first irish whip to the turnbuckle does the same. And then another.
Finlay whips Callihan to the corner again and charges in but misses. A kick to the skull gets a two count for the "Callihan Death Machine." Finlay out on the apron and Callihan bounces off the turnbuckle, hitting a lariat which drops his opponent onto the floor. Suicide dive from Callihan! The veteran gets back inside the ring as his opponent begins to climb to the top rope. Finlay gets to his feet and shoves Callihan off and he pancakes on the hard floor.
Finlay follows him out and delivers a boot before sending him back inside the ring. Bodyslam from Finlay and he sets it up so the back of Callihan's knee catches the rope. And he does it again! Finlay working over the knee really hard now. He slams it against the ringpost and then slaps on a modified half Boston crab. Finlay puts his damn foot on the back of his opponent's head! Callihan nearly passes out but doesn't allow his arm to fall on the third raise. He grabs the ropes and the hold is broken.
Callihan is set up on the top rope and eats a headbutt. The Irishman looking to hit a superplex but Callihan floats over and goes for a powerbomb. Finlay hangs on and lands some punches but "The New Horror" slips out and hits a superkick to Finlay's hamstring! The veteran collapses in a heap and Callihan looks to attack the leg some more. Finlay straight muscles his opponent off and he spills onto the ring announcer's table. Finlay hits the Celtic Cross and there's a kick out at one! A second Celtic Cross! No pin! A THIRD! KICK OUT AT TWO!
Finlay sets up a Tombstone piledriver but Callihan wiggles out. Lariat from the veteran and then hits the Tombstone for a two count. Finlay looks to set up another piledriver but Callihan floats over and bounces off the ropes, delivering a vicious Yazuka kick to his opponent's ribs. Both back to their feet, Finlay answers back with a boot. They both take a step back, DOUBLE YAKUZA KICKS!
Both men begin to stir and finally get to their feet. DOUBLE YAKUZA KICK AGAIN! Both men are nearly dead on the mat. They answer the count... DOUBLE YAKUZA KICK FOR A THIRD TIME!
They begin kicking each other before they even get to their feet and Callihan tries to slap on the Stretch Muffler to further aggravate Finlay's ailing hamstring. Finlay answers back with boots to the head, Callihan tries again but Finlay counters into an armbar!. Callihan desperately tries to get to the ropes but he can't make it! He taps!
Winner: Finlay via submission by way of cross armbreaker
Finlay tells Callihan to stop worrying about all his feuds and to focus and concentrate on his wrestling abilities. He says Callihan has what it takes and is tough. He tells him to get to feet. Callihan does but doesn't respond to what Finlay had to say.
AND THAT'S ALL FOLKS!
Pretty good show, I can definitely think of worse ways to spend $15 and a few hours on a Friday night. Besides, the night is still young!
LET'S PARTY, CAGESIDERS!