Matt Sydal (Evan Bourne) Suffers Potential Injury In Evolve Return, Austin Theory Loses Evolve Championship

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Matt Sydal (Evan Bourne) Suffers Potential Injury In Evolve Return, Austin Theory Loses Evolve Championship

In a much hyped return to Evolve & his old ring name of Evan Bourne, the high flying superstar Matt Sydal’s night didn’t go as planned.

Early into his match with Leon Ruff due to a move gone wrong, Leon Ruff landed on Sydal’s head and shoulder area, which caused him to suffer numbness in his arm. Fearing a potential neck injury Sydal walked to the back looking frustrated, a referee reportedly ran in the back to see what was happening, only to come back and said he can’t continue. The crowd was rightfully let down. The match was deemed a count out, giving Leon Ruff the victory.

Sydal is still scheduled to wrestle one half the current Evolve Tag Team Champions, AR Fox later today in Brooklyn. This match is up in the air for sure, and hopefully it isn’t as serious as it initially seemed. You never like to see someone suffer an injury in the ring, but unfortunately that is the risk performers take every time they enter the squared circle.

Austin Theory drops the Evolve Championship, NXT Bound

“The Unproven One” Austin Theory was announced to have signed with WWE NXT earlier this year on August 15th, and is the latest talent to move from Evolve to WWE’s Black & Gold brand. He has been reporting to the WWE Performance Center, and with him dropping the Evolve Championship to Josh Briggs, we should be seeing him very soon on Wednesday Nights. Josh Briggs will likely end up in NXT before long, as AR Fox & Timothy Thatcher are the only former Evolve Champions to not have shown up yet. Matt Riddle, Kassius Ohno, Drew McIntyre, Fabian Aichner, and Isiash ‘Swerve’ Scott are all former Evolve Champions.

Theory at 22 years old is a major investment for WWE, a natural talent with a history in body building. Since his debut in 2016, he’s been on a consistent rise, with NXT being his latest destination. Given his youth and pure talent, we could be looking at a future WWE Champion. Theory has competed for WWE, having retained his WWN (World Wrestling Network) championship by defeating Marcel Barthel on day 4 of WrestleMania Axxess in 2018.

His match against Curt Stallion at Evolve 140 tonight is likely to be his send off from the company he’s called home for years now, and I expect to see him debut on NXT TV in early 2020.

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