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-WWN issued a statement in the latest WWN Alerts about LAX being pulled off of both Evolve dates this month. The statement said that Impact officials had LAX relay the news to Evolve management that they had been pulled from Evolve 117 on Dec. 15 and Evolve 118 on Dec. 16. The statement indicated that the match had been booked to avoid any political issues where LAX would have to lose in their announced matches, but Impact Wrestling waited until the matches were announce to pull them from the shows. As a result, Evolve announced it will no longer book Evolve contracted talent.
Radican’s Analysis: Impact Wrestling has not issued any statement about pulling LAX from their events yet, but this seems to be poor form on their part to not even contact WWN management directly to let them know that the tag team was being pulled from both Evolve events. Situations like this just hurt the fans. LAX is an amazing tag team and seeing them against the Street Profits on two nights would have been incredible, but unfortunately it looks like Impact allowed politics to get in the way of a good time even when every precaution was taken to ensure LAX didn’t lose on either night.
-Roderick Strong tweeted out a challenge today to Fabian Aichner for the Evolve Championship on Dec. 15. You can see his tweet below:
Thought of the day- NXT Superstars holding #EVOLVE titles? Well there are no bigger Superstars than the #UndisputedERA and I’ve won just about every @WWNLive title but the #EVOLVE title. So Maybe Dec. 15th I come to La Boom and #ShocktheSystem? #OurERA
— Roderick Strong (@roderickstrong) December 1, 2018
PWTorch has confirmed Fabian Aichner will defend the Evolve Championship against Roderick Strong on Dec. 15. Evolve management was said to have been pleased to be able to put this match together with an NXT talent after recently having LAX pulled from both Evolve events this month.
Update: Roderick Strong’s role at Evolve on Dec. 15 has not been confirmed yet. I apologize for the error.
Radican’s Analysis: It is huge for Evolve to get Strong, who has such a high profile on NXT TV and PPV and is part of the top faction in NXT in Undisputed Era. This will help the company get some interest in their upcoming shows. Losing LAX was a blow, but having Roderick Strong headline a show definitely softens that blow.