(Ethan, you likely found this review after your latest Twitter search. Just thought I’d say hi before getting to the match review.)
Page is coming off winning his feud with Darby Allin and a number of other singles victories at the end of last year. Page has also attacked Sabre on numerous occasions and could almost be considered a favorite given what Evolve has been building.
Page gets quite the amount of heel heat from the Chicago crowd. No feeling out process in this one as they go back and forth with strikes before ending up on the outside of the ring and continuing to each other rather hard. They keep things interesting on the floor and don’t resort to walk and brawl. Page hits a backbreaker and then a powerbomb into the apron as the challenger focuses on Sabre’s back. RKEgo only gets two. I’m almost glad the Gatekeepers weren’t around to interfere because this turned into a pretty intense brawl. This probably featured the fewest holds of any Sabre match I’ve seen. Powerslam from the middle rope leads to a two count for Sabre. Page counters a triangle choke into the Spinning Dwayne and gets another close two count. Sabre hits a series of elbows to the head and then connects on four Penalty Kicks before pinning Page and retaining.
It’ll be interesting to see how the match placement of the two singles titles motivate Sabre and Riddle. I’d say putting this in the semi-main event is questionable because there’s a pretty significant grudge here and there isn’t that in the main event. Not sure where Page goes from here but Sabre’s reign has featured some excellent bouts. I think Page has been solid and good in almost everything I’ve seen him do, particularly with younger wrestlers, but this was Page at his best. He was on point, and this was definitely my favorite Ethan Page singles match ever.
Winner (s)/Rating: STILL Evolve Champion-Zack Sabre Jr./****