Catch Point (Drew Gulak & TJ Perkins) vs Drew Galloway & Johnny Gargano
EVOLVE Tag Team Title Tournament First Round Match
The Orpheum, Ybor City, Florida, United States
(reviewed 05/31/2016) Oh my god, TJ Perkins’ gear here is the goofiest, and I love it. Galloway comes out by himself here and states that Gargano still hasn’t arrived yet, as he’s coming from an NXT show earlier in the night, but before Galloway can say what he’s going to do with Gargano gone, Ethan Page comes out to the ring. Page, who’s feuded with Gargano lately in a series of matches I completely missed (purposefully), offers to team with Galloway here tonight and give his spot up to Gargano when he’s able to make it, but Galloway turns him down, citing Gargano’s problems with the Canadian, and he takes it to TJP and Gulak on his own. He has a pretty good time of it, doing what he does best in tossing around smaller men. The numbers game eventually catches up to him, though, and Gulak wears him down with some effective dropkicks and limbwork. I really like Catch Point’s teamwork here, as more than anything, it just makes them look like a cohesive unit who know how to operate together to deal maximum damage. Eventually, Galloway makes a solo comeback moments before Gargano makes his way to the ring and tags in, steamrolling over Catch Point with all his big signatures. He and Galloway keep trying to hit double-team moves on their opponents, but either Gulak or TJP will wriggle free or save the other, and it’s a nice bit of storytelling, getting the point across that Catch Point are much more experienced as a team together. Really, it’s kind of annoying as the match breaks down into a tornado tag, but the struggle to isolate one man and work him over long enough to win before your opponent goes after your partner is really enjoyable here, and it feels like a main event tag. Eventually, TJP and Gargano are both taken out on the outside, and in the ring, Galloway hits a pair of Future Shock DDTs but doesn’t go for the pin. After the second one, Gulak tries to fight back with some strikes, but there’s no power behind his strikes and he’s dead on his feet. Galloway lays him out with a boot to the face and a third Future Shock DDT for the win. Kind of gimmicky with the “Gargano’s not here” story, and it’s hardly the most exciting thing in the world, but I quite like this match. It’s a simple little main event tag that clearly lays out concepts and ideas and plays them out in a satisfactory manner. Can’t ask for much else.