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Impact tag team champions LAX pulled from Evolve

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It wasn’t too long ago that we found out that 2018 was stepping its game up to truly wacky levels by inviting the reigning and defending Impact Wrestling World Tag Team Champions LAX to Evolve, but now we get the cherry on top that they’re going to be wrestling the Evolve Tag Team Champions, NXT’s own Street Profits... twice! come to find out that they’ve been pulled from the show.

Bummer.

But we’ve still got some other matches we can look at, so... Let’s list the announced cards out and break ‘em down, folks.

Evolve 117 (December 15, 6PM Eastern)

  • AR Fox & Leon Ruff vs. LAX (Angel Ortiz & Mike “Santana” Draztik) vs. Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) (c) (Evolve Tag Team Championship)
  • Austin Theory vs. Fabian Aichner (c) (Evolve World Championship)
  • Darby Allin vs. Kassius Ohno

Evolve 118 (December 16, 8PM Eastern)

  • Anthony Henry vs. Kassius Ohno
  • Austin Theory & LAX (Angel Ortiz & Mike “Santana” Draztik) vs. Darby Allin & Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)

So... LAX, also known as EYFBO (or entertaining your f’n balls off, if you weren’t aware) aren’t just wrestling Street Profits once, oh no. They’ve got them twice, once in a trios match adding Evolve’s somewhat-adrift breakout star Darby Allin to Team NXT and one of the most potential-filled future stars on the indies, Austin Theory, to LAX’s side of the ledger, and once in what should be an absolutely wild three-way that adds AR Fox and his protege Leon Ruff, who, if you don’t know him yet, you will soon, because he is excellent.

Of the two, the three-way tag piques my interest a bit more, because I mean holy crap LAX/Profits sounds good by itself but you add Fox and Ruff pinballing around in there and it’s just gotta be a wonderful chaotic masterpiece of a match.

Plus now we know both of Kassius Ohno’s matches and oh my, I think I’m looking forward to both of these even more than having LAX around! First off Darby Allin finally gets his chance to climb the mountain that is the man who was once Evolve’s most stalwart gatekeeper— the most meteoric parts of his rise came after Chris Hero reported to NXT, but now he’s got his chance and it should be an excellent match.

But even more, I’m looking forward to the Anthony Henry match. Henry is a dude who fits the profile of the men Ohno works best with, men like Matt Riddle, Timothy Thatcher, and Zack Sabre, Jr., hard-hitting and harder grappling, and lord I can only hope this one becomes a whole series, because sight unseen I can already tell y’all that this is my favorite match of the weekend.

Let’s not forget Theory/Aichner, either. Austin’s matches have historically been a bit flabby, for a young man as talented as he is he sure loves WWE heel chinlock-based heat segments, but he’s been on a bit of a tear lately, including Evolve 115’s incredible unsanctioned main event against his trainer AR Fox, so I’m looking forward to seeing what he brings against the Italian Roughneck.

There you have it, folks

2018 pro wrestling rolls on as Impact superstars meet WWE-contracted talent twice in one weekend. grinds to a screeching halt as Impact pulls their tag team champions from Evolve. Oh well, excited to check these two sweet Kassius Ohno matches out on Club WWN, Cagesiders?

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