Saturday night was clearly all right for fighting. Saturday night
also was a night to make history for WWE.
For the first time, an independent wrestling show was
featured in its entirety on the WWE Network, as Evolve 131, the company’s 10th
anniversary show, aired live on WWE’s system. This was something the company
had touted as a possibility a while back when launching these agreements with promotions
like Evolve, but nothing ever came of it… until Saturday.
Evolve’s 10th Anniversary show had a strong WWE
flavor to it, with several NXT and WWE superstars competing on the show, though
all of them have roots in Evolve, so it wasn’t just some desperate attempt to
juice or WWE-ify the show. Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano, Akira Tozawa, Matt
Riddle, Drew Gulak and others made appearances on the show and added to the
Overall, if you’re a fan of wrestling, then this is worth
checking out, if only because it’s something different. It had a distinct feel
to it, and the product was almost entirely focused on in-ring action.
As someone who isn’t really familiar with Evolve, this will
be more about the action taking place than any backstories or storylines building
up the show. But as an introduction to the promotion, this was a nice effort, and
definitely something worth checking out.
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.