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Evolve Wrestling (stylized as EVOLVE) is a United States of America professional wrestling promotion based in the Northeast founded in 2010 by former Ring of Honor Booker and current Dragon Gate USA vice president, Gabe Sapolsky, Full Impact Pro owner Sal Hamaoui, and independent wrestler Davey Richards. The company features a roster of Independent circuit wrestlers from all over the country, as well as Puroresu. The promotion has a close working relationship with Dragon Gate USA.


In 2009, Gabe Sapolsky announced a new wrestling promotion via some viral videos featuring one of the company's competitors, Davey Richards. Since then, more videos have been produced accessed from the website, promoting more talents, as well as featuring some blogs written by the wrestlers about their feelings regarding the company. The first show, Evolve 1 "Richards vs. Ibushi", was held on January 16, 2010 in Rahway, New Jersey at Rahway Recreational Center. During interviews with wrestling newsletter Figure 4 Weekly on its radio show, Sapolsky told editor, Bryan Alvarez, that Evolve would have stronger emphasis on rules, and would not limit anyone based on their own respective style of wrestling in favor of showcasing the talent's individual strengths and covering up their weaknesses. On January 29, 2010, Sapolsky announced that Evolve would no longer be booking Davey Richards as he had signed a new contract with Ring of Honor.

The concept of the promotion is to be the company's emphasis on the wrestlers' win-loss records. They have divided the company into two divisions: a singles wrestlers and tag teams. As per the website, some wrestlers would need to earn their way onto the roster by winning a qualifying match. But that since has been dropped.

On November 25, 2011, Evolve and Dragon Gate USA announced the unification of the two promotions. Evolve and Dragon Gate USA will still promote separate events, but the two share rosters, including stables, and Evolve recognizes Dragon Gate USA's Open the Freedom Gate Championship and Open the United Gate Championship as its top two championships.

In February, 2013, Evolve announced that they would be holding a tournament to crown the first Evolve Champion as they were doing away with the records system at that time. The tournament will be held in Secaucus, New Jersey at WrestleCon. Evolve used the records of the talent to determine the seedings in the tournament. The top two being Chuck Taylor (10-5) and Ricochet (5-2), they were given byes to the second round. A.R. Fox (7-6) will take on the #4 seed which is too be determined. The winner of that match will take on Ricochet. The winner of Four Way Freestyle match involving Samuray Del Sol (2-3), Sami Callihan (3-7), and two others to be determined. The winner of that match will take on Chuck Taylor in the second round.


The company's roster is split into several units, with the majority of the wrestlers aligned with one faction or another.

Mad Blankey

D.U.F. (Dirty Ugly Fucks)

Veteran Army

World-1 International

The Jimmyz

The Scene

  • Caleb Konley
  • Scott Reed


Notable alumni


  • Lenny Leonard – Commentator & Ring Announcer
  • Mike Kehner - Referee
  • Brandon Tolle - Referee
  • Frankie Gastenau - Referee

Tag teams and stables


List of EVOLVE pay-per-view events

Pay-Per-View name Date aired City
EVOLVE 1 : Ibushi vs Richards January 16, 2010 Rahway, New Jersey
EVOLVE 2 : Hero vs Hidaka March 13, 2010 Rahway, New Jersey
EVOLVE 3: Rise or Fall May 1, 2010 Rahway, New Jersey
EVOLVE 4: Danielson vs Fish July 23, 2010 Union City, New Jersey
EVOLVE 5: Danielson vs Sawa Sept. 11, 2010 Rahway, New Jersey
EVOLVE 6: Aries vs Taylor Nov. 20, 2010 Union City, New Jersey
EVOLVE 7: Aries vs Moxley April 19, 2011 Manhattan, New York
EVOLVE 8: Style Battle May 20, 2011 Union City, New Jersey
EVOLVE 9: Gargano vs Taylor July 26, 2011 Manhattan, New York
EVOLVE 10: A Tribute To The Arena January 14, 2012 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
EVOLVE 11: Finlay vs. Callihan April 13, 2012 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
EVOLVE 12: Fox vs. Callihan May 11, 2012 Charlotte, North Carolina
EVOLVE 13: Gargano vs. Fox May 12, 2012 Concord, North Carolina
EVOLVE 14: Generico vs. del Sol June 28, 2012 Ybor City, Florida
EVOLVE 15: Gargano vs. Taylor June 29, 2012 St. Petersburg, Florida
EVOLVE 16: Style Battle Finals June 30, 2012 Jacksonville, Florida
EVOLVE 17: Generico vs. del Sol III September 8, 2012 Voorhees, New Jersey
EVOLVE 18: Gargano vs. Callihan December 8, 2012 Voorhees, New Jersey
EVOLVE 19 April 5, 2013 Secaucus, New Jersey


Current champions

Championship Champion(s) Previous Date Won Location
Evolve Championship Timothy Thatcher Drew Galloway July 10, 2015 Tampa, Florida
Evolve Tag Team Championship Drew Galloway & Johnny Gargano n/a January 24, 2016 Orlando, Florida
DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Championship Johnny Gargano YAMATO November 13, 2011 Manhattan, New York

Defunct championships

Championship Champion(s) Previous Date Won Location
DGUSA Open the United Gate Championship WORLD-1 International
(Masato Yoshino and Ricochet)
Cima and Ricochet March 30, 2012 Miami Beach, Florida

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