WWN Championship: Matt Riddle (c) vs. Kyle O’Reilly (Evolve 84- May 20, 2017)

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I thought they might go for mat based holds to start since this is more of a babyface versus babyface match, but they more for submissions to start. They exchange forearms after being fairly even on the mat. O’Reilly focuses on Riddle’s arm. Some nice combinations of arm work along with some patented kicks. Riddle comes back with a series of right hands and then hits Bro 2 Sleep. Right into a German suplex and bridge for two. O’Reilly locks in a guillotine despite resistance from Riddle. Fishermen suplex sends both men down. O’Reilly’s offense is very much on point throughout, and you’ve got to help WWE is able to channel this skillset into something interesting. Riddle hits a powerbomb, but that gets turned into a triangle choke. That was pretty great. Series of elbows by O’Reilly. O’Reilly locks in the guillotine again. Riddle hits a jumping tombstone. Bromission. O’Reilly taps.

It’s a shame Evolve had to blow off this match so early because this could have meant something on a Wrestlemania weekend or at least with more build. O’Reilly is on his way to WWE and you can’t blame Evolve for at least wanting to present this. This reminded me of the recent CWF title match with both guys battling and neither man really getting a sustained control segment.

Winner (s)/Rating: STILL WWN Champion- Matt Riddle/****1/2


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