– Ring of Honor has announced Bobby Fish vs. ROH TV Champion Roderick Strong for the December 18th Final Battle pay-per-view in Philadelphia. Other matches officially announced include War Machine vs. ROH Tag Team Champions Matt Taven and Michael Bennett, plus AJ Styles vs. ROH World Champion Jay Lethal.
– We noted before that EVOLVE was holding a tournament during WWE Royal Rumble weekend in Orlando to crown their first-ever tag team champions. The promotion scheduled their events so fans coming in for the Rumble could attend both shows. EVOLVE has just announced two more tournaments for that weekend – a Second Chance tag team tournament and a Style Battle Round Robin singles tournament. Several stars have been announced for the weekend, as seen below in their full announcement:
EVOLVE will start 2016 with a tripleshot in Florida on January 22nd in Ybor City, January 23rd and 24th in Orlando. Go to the DGUSA.tv Events section for ticket and building info. There will be three tournaments taking place over the course of those three events. Here are the details and format:
-There will be an eight team tournament to determine the first EVOLVE Tag Team Champions. Four first round matches will take place on January 22nd in Ybor City. The semi-finals will take place on January 23rd in Orlando. The finals will take place on January 24th in Orlando.
-There will be a Second Chance Tournament. The four losing teams in the EVOLVE Tag Team Title Tournament on January 22nd will compete in two regular tag team matches on January 23rd. The two winning teams in the Second Chance Tournament on January 23rd will be joined by the two losing teams in the semi-finals of the EVOLVE Tag Team Tournament on January 23rd. These four teams will compete in a Four-Way Elimination Match on January 24th. The winner will get a future EVOLVE Tag Title Match.
-We will provide quality singles matches in Florida on January 22nd-24th. Part of this will come in the form of the Style Battle Round Robin Tournament. The idea is to take four individuals who have unique styles and let them compete to see who will be the breakout star of 2016. Matt Riddle is the first participant.
We can announce now that Harlem & Lancelot Bravado will return to EVOLVE to compete in the EVOLVE Tag Team Tournament. We last saw The Bravado Brothers last January when they teamed with Moose to lose against Ronin. The stipulation was that the losing trio could never team again. The Bravados will be back without Moose. EVOLVE officials decided to include the internationally traveled Bravados since they were the longest reigning DGUSA Open The United Gate Champions. The field now has:
-EVOLVE Champion Timothy Thatcher & Zack Sabre Jr.
-Chris Hero & Tommy End
-Roppongi Vice of Trent Baretta & Rocky Romero
-The Premier Athlete Brand of Caleb Konley & Anthony Nese with So Cal Val
-Johnny Gargano & Drew Galloway
-Harlem & Lancelot Bravado
We will announce the final two teams on Monday.
– The fourth annual WrestleCade event takes place today in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with WrestleCade Champion Matt Hardy facing Jeff Jarrett for the first-time ever. You can get full details on the sold out event, with more than 3,000 tickets sold, at this link. We will have exclusive photos and results later.
More than 100 wrestlers will be appearing at the fanfest including Kevin Nash, Billy Gunn, Arn Anderson, Barry Windham, Tully Blanchard, JJ Dillon, Vader, The Hardys, Bobby Heenan, Glacier, Robbie E, Jimmy Hart, The Nasty Boys, Bill Apter, Road Warrior Animal, The Blue Meanie, 2 Cold Scorpio, Hardcore Holly, The Godfather, Ethan Carter III, Diamond Dallas Page, Vampiro, Buff Bagwell, ODB, The Wolves, Ricky Steamboat, Evan Bourne, Harlem Heat and many others. Below are matches announced so far:
Colt Cabana vs. El Blonco Gordito
King Shane with Queen Taylor vs. Raphael King
Chance Prophet vs. Shawn Shultz
AML Champion Caprice Coleman vs. Ricky Reyes
30-Man Battle Royal
Mysterious Q vs. Papadon
2 Cold Scorpio vs. CW Anderson with Steve Corino
ODB, Tessa Blanchard and Taeler Hendrix vs. Havok, Amber Gallows and Barbi Hayden
John Morrison vs. Sonjay Dutt
Shelton Benjamin vs. Evan Bourne vs. Justin Gabriel
Steel Cage Match: Gunner vs. Luke Hawx
WrestleCade Heavyweight Champion Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Jarrett