Johnny Gargano vs. Cedric Alexander
Similar to the actual Crusierweight Classic, the official asks both men about the rules and has them follow the code of honor. Feeling out process picks up quickly with some nice counters and chain wrestling. Superman spear in the ring as these two show some lightning quickness. Alexander gets on the offense with a nice dropkick. Tope suicida to the outside. As much as Evolve has become about the grappling style with Catch Point and Thatcher, this match showed that there’s some of the spot guys who can deliver a fun back and forth match. This was a tremendous showcase of both guys movesets. This got the crowd into the show right away and was a hoot to watch. Series of strikes and kicks. They eventually superkick each other down. Gargano counters a lumbar check into a GargaNo Escape and gets the tapout victory.
Winner (s)/Rating: Johnny Gargano/****
Galloway attacks Gargano after the match, but Page makes the save and takes the chair shots for his friend and former partner. Drew Gulak runs in and dropkicks Galloway. I guess it’s on. Then as the match is about to begin, CHUCK TAYLOR ATTACKS DREW GULAK! HOLY CRAP! Fred Yehi and Tracy Williams run out to stop the madness. Galloway calls Chuck Taylor “Dustin.” We’re using shoot names now. Galloway challenges Catch Point for the Evolve tag team titles later on. Williams calls Evolve their home and asks Gulak if they want to defend it. Gulak agrees, and there we go.
Later on, Ethan Page mentions Gargano and how he needs to forgive him, because he needs a partner and a friend.
After Galloway/Dustin vs Catch Point, Galloway says they broke Evolve’s spirit tonight and they’ll rip out the heart the next night when Galloway defeats Gargano. Galloway says Taylor, EC3, Hero, Rhodes, and himself will all be in the house. Taylor says he’s been in Evolve since day one and buries Gulak for being in CZW. Taylor wants to know where his contract is. He says Chuck Taylor is now dead. Gargano will have his back broken.