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By Mike Johnson on 2013-12-26 13:42:51
EVOLVE's Gabe Sapolsky issued the following statement via the EVOLVE mailing list to their fan base:

"Davey Richards is an elite talent in the ring. There is no question about his work ethic and ability. However, when we book a talent we look at both in-ring ability and out-of-the-ring character. Although Davey has made an offer that shows a maturity and a desire to make amends, I still have trust issues. There is nothing more important to me than delivering what we advertise. Sometimes, it is impossible due to injury or travel issues, but I was burned too bad in the past with Davey.

However, I have seen your tweets, Facebook messages, emails and overall demand to see Davey Richards wrestle in EVOLVE. I do admit that the idea of Davey Richards, the winner of the first EVOLVE main event, finally returning to take on EVOLVE Champion AR Fox on the 25th card is very intriguing. Fox, who is approaching one-year as champion, has also asked for this match. Fox has been a fighting champion who has given us an unique and exciting title reign. At this point, he deserves to get a match that he wants.

The bottom line is I just don't feel comfortable advertising Davey Richards, especially for a main event title match on EVOLVE 25. So we will go with this compromise. EVOLVE Champion AR Fox will have an open contract at the EVOLVE 25 live iPPV at from Ybor City, FL on January 10th. If Davey wants to show up, he can sign the contract. If not, I'm sure someone else who will be a strong challenger for the title will emerge. The scheduled Roderick Strong vs. Uhaa Nation match will now be for a title shot of their choice in the future.

In closing, I just want to take a moment and thank AR Fox for an amazing year as EVOLVE Champion. Fox has exemplified the athleticism and creativity we hoped the EVOLVE Champion would represent. From impromptu title matches to inventing new moves, Fox has risen to the role of champion. We look forward to his biggest title defense yet at EVOLVE 25. Thank you for reading."


That certainly reads like they expect him to be there but won't advertise him.

The officially advertised matches for EVOLVE's return to Florida next month are:

EVOLVE 25 - January 10th - Ybor City, FL
EVOLVE Title Match: AR Fox Has An Open Contract
FIP champion Trent Baretta defends vs. Anthony Nese with Su Yung
Johnny Gargano & The Bravado Brothers vs. Rich Swann & The Young Bucks
Chris Hero vs. Ricochet
Winner Gets A Title Shot Of Their Choice:
Roderick Strong vs. Uhaa Nation

EVOLVE 26 - January 11th - Orlando FL
FIP Tag Team champions Roderick Strong & Rich Swann vs. The Young Bucks
Chris Hero vs. Anthony Nese
Ricochet vs. Trent Baretta
Chuck Taylor vs. Maxwell Chicago

EVOLVE 27 - January 12th - Jacksonville, FL
DGUSA champ Johnny Gargano vs. Roderick Strong (non-title)
Chris Hero vs. Chuck Taylor
Rich Swann vs. Jon Davis
AR Fox & Ricochet vs. Anthony Nese & TBD with Su Yung.

DGUSA announced the following:

The first item is that our End Of The Year Sale is underway! All merch in the Store is 30% off!!! This includes EVERYTHING except tickets. This means that you can get 30% off DVDs from DGUSA, EVOLVE, PWG, SHINE and more! All Gear is 30% off! All DGUSA, EVOLVE and SHINE iPPVs at On Demand are also 33% off and just $10 each until January 2nd. When you buy an iPPV, you own it to watch as many times as you want. Here are the details of the sale:

-Enter the code "Gargano" in the special instructions when you check out and you will get a 30% refund shortly after you order.
-Shipping and tickets are not included in the 30% discount.
-The code expires on January 2nd at 11:59pm.
-Email us at if you have any questions.



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