Former NXT’er Callihan returning to EVOLVE

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

Sami Callihan
Sami Callihan - Evolve Wrestling


There has recently been talk of NXT wrestlers appearing on EVOLVE shows. In the case of Sami Callihan, that is unnecessary, as the former Solomon Crowe left NXT earlier this month and is now returning to EVOLVE Wrestling.

SamiCallihanEvolveWWNLive announced Thursday that Callihan will return to an EVOLVE ring on January 23 and 24 in Orlando, Florida as part of Royal Rumble Weekend.

There is also an EVOLVE show on Jan. 22, but Callihan is not booked for that show.

The show on Jan. 22 will begin the EVOLVE Tag Tournament. The full line-up for the weekend is below.

EVOLVE 53 – Jan. 22 in Ybor City

– First Round EVOLVE Tag Title tournament matches.

  • “NXT & TNA” Johnny Gargano & Drew Galloway
  • RPG Vice (Trent Baretta & Rocky Romero)
  • PAB (Anthony Nese & Caleb Konley w/So Cal Val)
  • EVOLVE champion Timothy Thatcher & Zack Sabre, Jr.
  • Chris Hero & Tommy End
  • The Bravado Brothers
  • Drew Gulak & T.J. Perkins
  • Team Tremendous (Dan Barry & Bill Car)

– Style Battle Tournament begins with Round Robin format. The four wrestlers included are:

  • Matt Riddle
  • Three more TBA

EVOLVE 54 – Jan. 23 in Orlando

  • Semi-finals of EVOLVE Tag Title tournament
  • Second Chance Tag Tournament begins with losing teams from E53

EVOLVE 55 – Jan. 24 in Orlando

  • Finals of EVOLVE Tag Title tournament
  • Winners of Second Chance tournament and losers of EVOLVE Tag Title semi-finals meet in four-team match to determine future Tag Title shot

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