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.
D.U.F. (Dirty Ugly Fucks)
- Lenny Leonard – Commentator & Ring Announcer
- Mike Kehner - Referee
- Brandon Tolle - Referee
- Frankie Gastenau - Referee
Tag teams and stables
- Akuma's Army
(Gran Akuma, Icarus, and Brodie Lee)
(Flip Kendrick and Louis Lyndon)
- Dark City Fight Club
(Kory Chavis and Jon Davis)
- Up In Smoke
(Cheech and Cloudy)
- Team Lightning
(Hallowicked, Jigsaw, and Mike Quackenbush)
- Jason Harding
- Mike Kehner
- Bryce Remsburg
- Lenny Leonard
List of EVOLVE pay-per-view events
|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|
|DGUSA Open the United Gate Championship||WORLD-1 International|
(Masato Yoshino and Ricochet)
|Cima and Ricochet||March 30, 2012||Miami Beach, Florida|