Evolve Championship

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Evolve Championship
Details
PromotionEvolve
Date establishedSeptember 8, 2012[1]
Current champion(s)Josh Briggs
Date wonNovember 9, 2019
Other name(s)
Evolve World Championship[2]

The Evolve Championship is a professional wrestling championship owned by the Evolve promotion. The inaugural champion was crowned on April 5, 2013, when AR Fox defeated Sami Callihan in the finals of an eight-man tournament.[3]

Like most professional wrestling championships, the title is won as a result of a scripted match. There have been nine reigns shared among nine wrestlers. Josh Briggs is the current champion in his first reign.[6]

History[edit]

Evolve was founded in 2009 by Dragon Gate USA booker Gabe Sapolsky, Full Impact Pro (FIP) owner Sal Hamaoui and independent wrestler Davey Richards and held its first event on January 16, 2010.[7][8] Originally, Evolve had no championships, instead putting emphasis on each wrestler's win/loss record.[9] On November 25, 2011, Evolve and Dragon Gate USA announced the unification of the two promotions, which would result in Evolve recognizing the Open the Freedom Gate and Open the United Gate Championships as its top two titles.[10] However, on September 8, 2012, Evolve announced that the promotion would be introducing its first own title, the Evolve Championship.[1] The title was defended outside of the United States for the first time on August 29, 2014, when champion Drew Galloway retained against Johnny Moss at a British Championship Wrestling (BCW) event in Kilmarnock, Scotland.[11] Following multiple successful international championship defenses by Galloway, he dubbed the title the Evolve World Championship on January 9, 2015, at Evolve 36.[2] However, with some exceptions,[12][13] the promotion mainly continued referring to the title as simply the Evolve Championship.[14][15][16][17] During Galloway's record-breaking reign, the title was defended internationally in Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Australia.[18] During the subsequent Timothy Thatcher title reign, the title was also defended in Germany.[19] Thatcher went on to break Galloway's record for the longest reign in the title's history, holding it for 596 days, before losing it to Zack Sabre Jr. on February 25, 2017.[20]

Championship tournament[edit]

On February 8, 2013, Evolve announced that the inaugural Evolve Champion would be determined in a single-elimination tournament on April 5, 2013.[9] Based on their win/loss records, number one seed Chuck Taylor and number two seed Ricochet earned automatic spots in the semifinals of the tournament, while number three and four seeds AR Fox and Jon Davis earned spots in the first round of the tournament.[21] The second first round match was a four-way match made up of Rich Swann, Samuray del Sol, Sami Callihan and Jigsaw, seeds five to eight, respectively.[21] The entire tournament took place during the Evolve 19 internet pay-per-view (iPPV) in Secaucus, New Jersey. In their first round matches, AR Fox advanced with a disqualification win over Jon Davis, while Sami Callihan submitted Samuray del Sol to win the four-way match.[3] In the semifinals, both the number one and number two seeds were eliminated, when Callihan submitted Chuck Taylor and Fox pinned Ricochet.[3] In the end, Fox pinned Callihan in the finals to win the tournament and become the inaugural Evolve Champion.[3]

  First round Semifinals Finals
                           
 
  1 Chuck Taylor Sub  
    7 Sami Callihan 8:37[22]  
5
6
8
Rich Swann
Samuray del Sol
Jigsaw
Sub
  7 Sami Callihan [22]  
    7 Sami Callihan Pin
  3 AR Fox 19:11[22]
   
 
2 Ricochet Pin
    3 AR Fox 12:54[22]  
3 AR Fox DQ
  4 Jon Davis [22]  

Title history[edit]

Names[edit]

Name Years
Evolve Championship April 2013 – present
Evolve World Championship January 2015, sporadically

Reigns[edit]

As of February 28, 2020

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Defenses Number of successful defenses
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Defenses
1 AR Fox April 5, 2013 Evolve 19 Secaucus, NJ 1 324 8 Fox defeated Sami Callihan in the finals of an eight-man tournament to become the inaugural champion. [3]
2 Chris Hero February 23, 2014 Way of the Ronin 2014 Brooklyn, NY 1 166 2 [23]
3 Drew Galloway August 8, 2014 Evolve 31 Tampa, FL 1 336 20 Title sporadically referred to as the "Evolve World Championship" during this reign [24]
4 Timothy Thatcher July 10, 2015 Evolve 45 Tampa, FL 1 596 22 This match was also contested for the Open the Freedom Gate Championship. [25]
5 Zack Sabre Jr. February 25, 2017 Evolve 79 New York City, NY 1 404 13 [20]
6 Matt Riddle April 5, 2018 Evolve 102 Kenner, LA 1 121 5 [6][26]
7 Shane Strickland August 4, 2018 Evolve 108 Philadelphia, PA 1 85 2 [27]
8 Fabian Aichner October 28, 2018 Evolve 114 Ybor City, FL 1 48 1 [28]
9 Austin Theory December 15, 2018 Evolve 117 New York City, NY 1 329 12 This was a three-way match, also including Roderick Strong.
10 Josh Briggs November 9, 2019 Evolve 139 New York City, NY 1 111+ 3 [29]

Combined reigns[edit]

As of February 28, 2020.

Inaugural champion AR Fox
Record longest reigning champion Timothy Thatcher
Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Timothy Thatcher 1 22 596
2 Zack Sabre Jr. 1 13 404
3 Drew Galloway 1 20 336
4 Austin Theory 1 12 329
5 AR Fox 1 8 324
6 Chris Hero 1 2 166
7 Matt Riddle 1 5 121
8 Josh Briggs 1 3 111+
9 Shane Strickland 1 2 85
10 Fabian Aichner 1 1 48

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Trionfo, Richard (January 9, 2015). "Evolve 36 report: Strong versus Galloway; Gargano faces a swerve; Ronin returns tomorrow night; and more". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
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