Style Battle Preview; High Stakes Involved, Colt Cabana To EVOLVE
The new WWNLive.com Email Magazine is here just in time for the EVOLVE tripleshot this Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Florida. All three cards will be broadcast on live iPPV with three pricing options.
-EVOLVE 14: Generico vs. Del Sol on Thursday, June 28th
-EVOLVE 15: Gargano vs. Taylor on Friday, June 29th
-EVOLVE 16: Style Battle Finals on Saturday, June 30th
These are the most unique iPPVs in WWNLive.com history because they are all double headers with Florida Underground Wrestling. You will get to see both the EVOLVE and FUW cards for one iPPV price. All three iPPVs will start at 7:30pm EST. with the FUW show. EVOLVE will then follow after a brief intermission, most likely around 8:45-9:00pm EST. The iPPV on June 29th will also feature FUW’s Legends Of The Bayfront ceremony with Ron Simmon, Kevin Sullivan, Mike Graham and many more of Florida’s most historical figures.
With three shows there are a lot of issues going into this weekend for EVOLVE. We break some of them down with three articles. First, we preview the Style Battle Tournament, which will take place over the course of all three EVOLVE cards. We also have a look at Colt Cabana’s EVOLVE debut with some quotes from the man himself. Finally, we look at how Chuck Taylor might make a mockery over the fact that legends will be in attendance for his Open The Freedom Gate Title Match vs. Johnny Gargano this Friday.
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Style Battle Preview
2nd annual tourney set for this weekend
What style of wrestling is the most effective? We’ll find out in Florida with the Style Battle tournament. The second edition of this annual tourney has a whole new format and look.
Last year at EVOLVE 8, eight competitors fought in a single elimination, one night tournament. AR Fox, representing high-flying wrestling, stood tall as the winner. This year, EVOLVE is taking advantage of the tripleshot to make the tournament more intensive.
There will be four competitors, each representing a distinct style of wrestling. They will all wrestle each other in a round robin tournament over the course of the tripleshot.
The winner of each match will get 2 points, the loser will be deducted a point and a double countout or DQ will result in 0 points. There will be no time limits in any matches so draws will not be possible. In the event of a tie on the final day at EVOLVE 16, there will be a sudden death playoff. All Style Battle matches will count towards each individual’s Record in EVOLVE.
Each participant this year has high stakes in their personal careers. Here is your Style Battle preview with a look at each competitor:
AR Fox (High-Flying): The returning Style Battle Champion has had an up-and-down 2012. He became sidetracked in a vicious and violent feud against Sami Callihan, which saw him win the Evolution’s End blowoff match at EVOLVE 12. This momentum shot Fox to an Open The Freedom Gate Title Match against Johnny Gargano at EVOLVE 13. After falling short, this exciting, young competitor is now back to square one. What’s next for Fox? His next climb to the top could start with another Style Battle victory.
Bobby Fish (Puroresu Junior Heavyweight): Fish’s story is one of the most unique in EVOLVE history. He has given the promotion some of its most memorable matches, but was left with a terrible Record. However, Fish has turned things around and is now just one win below .500. A clean sweep in Style Battle will finally give Fish a winning Record. Fish, a veteran of the Japanese JR. heavyweight style, will use these skills to try to win Stye Battle. After more than two years, can Fish finally break the .500 plateau? It should be noted that at last year’s Style Battle Fish defeated Austin Aries in an absolute classic and only lost in the 2nd round because he had to wrestle again almost immediately. This won’t be the case this year with the round robin format.
Jon Davis (Heavyweight): Davis put it on all the line on his Twitter a few weeks ago. Davis must win or he will walk away. The stakes don’t get any bigger than that. We urge you to go to Davis’ Twitter @JonDavis817 and read Davis’ words for yourself. Davis has the size and strength advantage in this tournament. However, he lost to AR Fox at last year’s Style Battle and he lost to Fish earlier this year. Davis has some hard work ahead of him.
Tommy Taylor (European): Taylor is a very interesting story. He was just gaining a reputation when he had to retire almost two years ago with a torn rotator cuff, ACL replacement, PCL and Meniscus repair. Now this technical expert is on the comeback trail. Nothing would put him back on the map like winning Style Battle. If you are unfamiliar with Taylor here is a video of one of his first training sessions back from injury.
As you can see, all four participants need to win this tournament. This will create an intense competition, which will carry over on all three EVOLVE cards. You can watch the entire tournament at www.WWNLive.com on iPPV as it happens.
Here’s the lineups (click each link for building and ticket info)
June 28th – Ybor City, FL
-AR Fox vs. Bobby Fish
-Jon Davis vs. Tommy Taylor
June 29th – St. Petersburg, FL
-AR Fox vs. Jon Davis
-Bobby Fish vs. Tommy Taylor
June 30th – Jacksonville, FL
-AR Fox vs. Tommy Taylor
-Bobby Fish vs. Jon Davis
It’s Colt Cabana!!!
he needs no introduction
Colt Cabana has done something we haven’t seen since the days of Bruiser Brody. He has proven that you can independently make yourself a brand and an international star.
The popular Cabana will make his EVOLVE debut this Thursday in Ybor City, FL and this Friday in St. Petersburg, FL.
“There was a point in my career where I wrestled every week in Florida,” Cabana said. “It’s been over three years since I’ve been back. I can’t wait to see all those who supported me then, come back and support me as I enter a different era of my career. I’m excited to return to Florida and debut for EVOLVE.”
Cabana, adept at the European style of wrestling, will immediately test his skills against one of EVOLVE’s best. He is set to face the man on top of the Leaderboard, Chuck Taylor, in his EVOLVE debut this Thursday.
“Chuck Taylor’s witty,” Cabana said. “Chuck Taylor’s funny. Chuck Taylor’s got a very playful side to him. I don’t think he’s used to being challenged in all three of these scenarios. We can see what tricks we pull out of our respective bags, but I think he needs to remember my bag of tricks is a little deeper than his.”
Cabana will bring his skills to the broadcast booth as color commentary at both EVOLVE cards and then at Dragon Gate USA on July 29th in Chicago. In fact, Cabana has lined up a very special day for his hometown of Chicago on July 29th.
Last week saw the 100th episode of Cabana’s Art Of Wrestling podcast (available on iTunes and www.WeLoveColt.com). Cabana has built this podcast into a media empire. He will have a special live taping of the Art Of Wrestling on July 29th.
Fans will be welcome to attend the live taping of the Art Of Wrestling on July 29th at Challenger’s Comics at 3pm, which is just four blocks from The Congress Theater where the DGUSA show will take place at 7pm. This special one hour taping will include guests El Generico, Akira Tozawa and comedian Marty Derosa. As an added bonus, the first 100 people who come with DGUSA tickets for that night will get an exclusive, free DGUSA button.
Cabana is an athlete with many skills. He has done what few others have by paving his path independently. This is what EVOLVE is all about.
Legendary Eyes On Title Match
Taylor to make a mockery of it?
The animosity between Johnny Gargano and Chuck Taylor has been growing for quite some time. It will reach a boiling point when they collide for the Open The Freedom Gate Title at EVOLVE 15 this Friday in St. Petersburg, FL.
It is only fitting that this epic title match will take place in St. Petersburg. Many of the greatest Champions in Florida wrestling history will be in attendance that night for Florida Underground Wrestling’s Legends Of The Bayfront ceremony.
Gargano vs. Taylor
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Former WCW Champion Ron Simmons heads a list that includes title holders like Gerald Brisco, Mike Graham, Kevin Sullivan, Hector Guerrero, Ron Bass, Barry Darsow and others. All the legends in attendance this Friday account for over 100 title reigns ranging from the NWA territories to international championships.
“I have to admit it’s a lot of pressure,” Open The Freedom Gate Champion Johnny Gargano said. “All those men know what it takes to be a great champion. They’ll be watching me to see if I have what it takes.”
The Open The Freedom Gate Title has been in existence for only 2 1/2 years. It has seen memorable title reigns from BxB Hulk and YAMATO and incredible title defenses. Gargano is the third Champion. His goal is to increase the prestige of the title.
“There will be a lot of history in the building that night,” Gargano said. “Heck, some of the greatest title matches ever have taken place in the Tampa/St. Pete area. I want to add to that tradition. As much as I don’t like Chuck Taylor, he is a dangerous challenger, but I know I will impress and give everyone something they will remember.”
Chuck Taylor, who has proven his skills by being on top of the EVOLVE Leaderboard, is taking a different approach to the match. Taylor has made Gargano submit to his half crab in a non-title three way and pinned Gargano in a tag match earlier this year. He isn’t impressed with the current or past champions.
“If I have to beat Gargano again to finally get the Freedom Gate belt I will,” Taylor said. “I don’t like him. He screwed things up with Ronin and I should have won the title last November in Philadelphia anyway. He’s probably all concerned with impressing the legends. I’ll win the belt and then have an impromptu match with The Swamp Monster with the finger poke of doom so all these legends can watch him be crowned the new champion. Ladies and gentlemen, your new Open The Freedom Gate Champion- The Swamp Monster!”
Those words have sent chills down the spines of EVOLVE and Dragon Gate USA officials. Taylor has had Gargano’s number recently. These former partners know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They have each grown into very different personalities. The hatred is there. Is it possible Taylor will win the Open The Freedom Gate Title and hand it over to The Swamp Monster in front of the greatest champions in Florida wrestling history? We’ll find out this Friday on live iPPV.
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