A six-man tag was set up for later on, but plenty that involves good ol’ Gargano happened before! As a champion, a man always has a plentiful amount of men chasing behind them for the opportunity to clench on to the gold, and when you’re Johnny Gargano? It’s probably a bit worse. Everyone wants to topple the great Hero of DGUSA, and now? Johnny has three men in particular in the front of the line.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Roderick Strong would be incapable of competing at the EVOLVE tripleshot, and a new contender would be found in a FRAY between Chuck Taylor, Lince Dorado, Uhaa Nation, Caleb Konley and Jon Davis. Uhaa Nation prevailed, and at EVOLVE 27, Johnny will be taking on the Dragon Gate regular.
Following a match later, Ricochet defeated Chris Hero in a phenomenal bout before he mentioned the current Open the Freedom Gate champion; stating he was ducking him. Ricochet wants his title shot, and he wants it in New Orleans at Wrestlecon.
Johnny’s match (and all that occurred afterward) soon followed, and detailed results from PWInsider are below the cut. Words don’t do it justice: It’s certainly a bout to watch.
Swann and Gargano start things off and Gargano decides to tag in Harlem because him and Swann are friends. Swann says that the Super Kick Party is in the house. They lock up and Harlem with a clean break. They lock up again and Harlem with a take down and front face lock but Swann with a hammer lock and he gets a near fall. Harlem with a near fall and he retreats into the ropes.
Harlem wants a test of strength but Swann with a chop and Harlem goes to the mat. Swann with a side head lock. Swann with a drop kick and Gargano hits Swann from behind and all six men are in the ring and then they all go to the floor. Nick gets sent into the ring post by Harlem. Swann and Gargano fight by the stage and Swann slams Gargano’s head into the stage but Gargano sends Swann into the stage and dedicates the beat down to a fan.
Gargano chokes Swann with a cord and he says that he is doing this for the children. Swann chops Gargano. Matt hits Harlem with a chair while Gargano sends Swann into the stage again. The Bucks and Swann with a triple dive to the floor and connect with the Bravados and Gargano.
The Bucks and Harlem are in the ring. Harlem with a forearm to Matt and an Exploder to Nick onto Matt. Harlem with a forearm to Matt and he chokes him with his head band. The Bravados with a double back elbow and a double elbow drop to Matt. Lance with a reverse chin lock but Matt with elbows. Lance pulls Matt down by the hair. Gargano tags back in and he uses his boots to rake the eyes. Gargano with a snap mare and drop kick to the back of the head.
Gargano with a crucifix for a near fall. Matt with a boot to Johnny. Matt with a spear to Johnny and Swann with a springboard drop kick to Lance and Johnny. Swann with a rana to Gargano. Matt with a baseball slide to the Bravados. Swann with a plancha onto the Bravados. Nick with a springboard swanton onto everyone.
Gargano chokes Swann and then he tells Swann that he loves him and then he drop kicks him and hits a uranage and gets a near fall. Gargano with boots to the head. Gargano kicks Swann in the corner. Harlem with a suplex for a near fall. Harlem with a boot to the head. Harlem with double sledges to the back. Lance tags in and he slams Swann a few times for a near fall. Lance knocks the Jacksons off the apron and Harlem tags in and connects with an elbow.
Swann chops Gargano but Gargano with a rolling kick for a near fall. Harlem with a splash to the back. Lance tags in and they hit a double flap jack on Swann and Lance gets a near fall. Harlem tags in and they try for a double suplex but Swann blocks it. Swann hits a handspring double cutter. Nick tags in and he hits a drop kick that knocks Lance and Gargano off the apron.
Nick with clotheslines to the Bravados across the corner for about 30 to 45 seconds. Nick with a clothesline and bulldog combination on the Bucks. . Nick with a shoulder to Harlem followed by a slingshot X Factor for a near fall.
Nick with an enzuigiri to knock Lance off the apron. Matt with an Asai DDT to Harlmen for a near fall. Swann with a chop and Gargano with a shoulder to Swann followed by a slingshot DDT for a near fall. Swann with chops to Lance and Garagano. Lance with a German suplex and Harlem with a slingshot Stunner. Gargano with a lawn dart for a near fall.
The Bravados send the Jacksons to the floor as all three men work over Swann. Lance with an Irish whip and Gargano is sent to the apron along with Harlem. The Jacksons with super kicks to Harlem and Gargano.Swann with a standing rana followed by an elbow drop and splash from the top turnbuckle but the Jacksons. Swann with a standing 450 splash but the cover is broken up.
Gargano with a super kick followed by one from Nick. Lance with a lariat and Swann with an enzuigiri. Swann and Gargano fight on the apron and Gargano rakes the eyes. Swann with a slap and then they Jacksons with a double super kick to Gargano. They hit a triple super kick on Harlem. Swann with a flip piledriver to Lance and then the Jacksons hit More Bang for Your Buck on Harlem for the three count.
Winners: Nick Jackson, Matt Jackson, and Rich Swann
After the match, Matt gets on the mic and he says that from the Tokyo Dome to Evolve, they are the best tag team on the planet. He says that it was a fluke when the Bravados beat them for the title. Matt says the titles are coming back.
Gargano attacks Swann and then the Bravados pull out the Jacksons.
Roderick Strong makes his way to the ring to make the save for his tag team partner. Strong holds Gargano’s title belt and Gargano returns to the ring to get it back but Strong chops him.
Uhaa Nation comes to the ring and Roderick says that on February 23rd, he wants a title shot at the DGUSA show. He says that while he likes Uhaa, he hopes that Johnny wins because he wants to kick the s*** out of Gargano.