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Evolve Tag Team Championship

The Evolve Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team championship owned by the Evolve promotion. The inaugural champions were crowned on January 24, 2016, at the end of an eight-team tournament.[3]

Evolve Tag Team Championship
Details
PromotionEvolve
Date establishedNovember 10, 2015[1]
Current champion(s)The Besties In The World
(Davey Vega and Mat Fitchett)
Date wonDecember 7, 2019

Like most professional wrestling championships, the title is won as a result of a scripted match. There have been 12 reigns shared among 11 teams and 19 wrestlers. The Besties In The World (Davey Vega and Mat Fitchett) are the current champions in their first reign.

HistoryEdit

Evolve was founded in 2009 by Dragon Gate USA (DGUSA) booker Gabe Sapolsky, Full Impact Pro (FIP) owner Sal Hamaoui and independent wrestler Davey Richards and held its first event on January 16, 2010.[4][5] On November 25, 2011, Evolve and DGUSA 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.[6] On December 22, 2014, WWNLive, the parent company of both Evolve and DGUSA, announced it was putting DGUSA on hiatus until it could secure more Japanese wrestlers for the promotion's shows.[7] The Open the United Gate Championship continued being defended at Evolve shows until May 30, 2015, when reigning champions Johnny Gargano and Rich Swann retired the title and asked for a new Evolve tag team title to be created in its place.[8] On September 22, Evolve announced that it would start putting more emphasis on the promotion's tag team division and would create the new title, if the experiment turned out successful.[9] On November 10, 2015, Evolve sent out a press release, officially announcing the creation of the Evolve Tag Team Championship.[1]

Championship tournamentEdit

Evolve announced that the inaugural champions would be determined in a tournament taking place over Evolve 53, Evolve 54 and Evolve 55 from January 22 to 24, 2016, in Orlando, Florida.[1] The first three teams participating in the tournament were revealed in the press release announcing the creation of the title.[1] The rest of the teams were announced throughout the rest of November 2015 along with the clarification that the tournament would be contested in a single-elimination format with eight participating teams.[10][11] The first round matches were announced on January 19, 2016.[12] Timothy Thatcher was originally announced for the tournament, but he was forced to pull out due to a staph infection and was replaced by Sami Callihan.[13]

Participating teams
First round
(January 22)
Semifinals
(January 23)
Finals
(January 24)
         
Callihan and Sabre Pin
Hero and End [14]
Hero and End Pin
Roppongi Vice [15]
Roppongi Vice Pin
Carr and Barry [14]
Hero and End Sub
Galloway and Gargano [3]
Nese and Konley Pin
The Bravado Brothers [14]
The Bravado Brothers Sub
Galloway and Gargano [15]
Galloway and Gargano Pin
Gulak and Perkins [14]

Title historyEdit

As of December 11, 2019

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 Drew Galloway and Johnny Gargano January 24, 2016 Evolve 55 Orlando, Florida 1 69 2 Galloway and Gargano defeated Chris Hero and Tommy End in the finals of an eight-team tournament to become the inaugural champions [3]
2 Catch Point
(Drew Gulak and Tracy Williams)
April 2, 2016 Evolve 59 Dallas, Texas 1 105 2 [16]
3 Drew Galloway (2) and Dustin July 16, 2016 Evolve 64 New York City, New York 1 120 1 [17]
4 Catch Point
(Fred Yehi and Tracy Williams (2))
November 13, 2016 Evolve 73 Joppa, Maryland 1 160 3 This was a four-way elimination match, also involving Drew Gulak and Tony Nese, and The Gatekeepers (Blaster McMassive & Flex Rumblecrunch). Chris Hero replaced an injured Drew Galloway [18]
5 Catch Point
(Chris Dickinson and Jaka)
April 22, 2017 Evolve 82 New York City, New York 1 77 2 [19]
6 The Lethal Enforcers
(Anthony Henry and JD Drake)
July 8, 2017 Evolve 88 Charlotte, North Carolina 1 76 3
7 The Troll Boyz
(ACH and Ethan Page)
September 22, 2017 Evolve 92 Livonia, Michigan 1 1 0 [20]
8 Doom Patrol
(Chris Dickinson and Jaka)
September 23, 2017 Evolve 93 Summit, Illinois 2 400 9 Formerly known as Catch Point [21]
9 Street Profits
(Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford)
October 28, 2018 Evolve 114 Ybor City, Florida 1 138 6 [22]
10 The Unwanted
(Eddie Kingston and Joe Gacy)
March 15, 2019 Evolve 123 Melrose, Massachusetts 1 120 2 [23]
11 AR Fox and Leon Ruff July 13, 2019 Evolve 131 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1 147 4 [24]
12 The Besties In The World
(Davey Vega and Mat Fitchett)
December 7, 2019 Evolve 142 Chicago, Illinois 1 4+ 0

Combined reignsEdit

As of December 11, 2019.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Team No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Catch Point/Doom Patrol
(Jaka and Chris Dickinson)
2 11 477
2 Catch Point
(Fred Yehi and Tracy Williams)
1 3 160
3 AR Fox and Leon Ruff 1 4 147
4 Street Profits
(Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford)
1 6 138
5 The Unwanted
(Eddie Kingston and Joe Gacy)
1 2 120
Drew Galloway and Dustin 1 1 120
7 Catch Point
(Drew Gulak and Tracy Williams)
1 2 105
8 The Lethal Enforcers
(Anthony Henry and JD Drake)
1 3 76
9 Drew Galloway and Johnny Gargano 1 2 69
10 The Besties In The World
(Davey Vega and Mat Fitchett)
1 0 4+
11 The Troll Boyz
(ACH and Ethan Page)
1 0 1

By wrestlerEdit

Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Chris Dickinson 2 11 477
Jaka 2 11 477
3 Tracy Williams 2 5 265
4 Drew Galloway 2 3 189
5 Fred Yehi 1 3 160
6 AR Fox 1 4 147
Leon Ruff 1 4 147
8 Angelo Dawkins 1 6 138
Montez Ford 1 6 138
10 Eddie Kingston 1 2 120
Joe Gacy 1 2 120
Dustin 1 1 120
13 Drew Gulak 1 2 105
14 Anthony Henry 1 3 76
JD Drake 1 3 76
16 Johnny Gargano 1 2 69
17 Davey Vega 1 0 4+
Mat Fitchett 1 0 4+
19 ACH 1 0 1
Ethan Page 1 0 1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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