ZWrestleTalk's newest writer Jordi Jack Creed discusses the freshest team in EVOLVE.
EVOLVE are a company best known for three reasons. Their working relationship with the WWE which allows the biggest company in the world to poach EVOLVE talent for their NXT brand, their history as the U.S branch of Dragon Gate, and their displays of great technical wrestling. The latter of these three options is best on display in the stable known as Catch Point.
The term stable isn't really one that can do Catch Point justice. They aren't a stable, they're a team, they don't go about their time in a typical stable manner. Catch Point is a group of skilled individual wrestlers who can all work a similar style, one that echo's the early 20th century style of wrestling, very technical and gold based, wrestling at it's purest routes. This style is also where they borrow the name Catch Point from, but not only is it a style, for these five men it is a mentality that they all share. This mentality gives them an urge to constantly better themselves and each other, whether that's by competiting against each other or against the best the independent circuit has to offer. Winning is everything to these men, and as a cohesive unite their main drive is to win for, against, and with each other.
What also seperates Catch Point from your average stable is the lack of a determined leader or a wrestler that transcends the rest of the group. Although Drew Gulak is often seen by fans as the main mouthpiece, the group itself is a collective, all members are on a level plain and this is most noticeable when you consider the fact that four of the five members have/had an opportunity against Timothy Thatcher for the EVOLVE Championship at consecutive events. Each member is world title material, and each has the potential to be a top guy on their own. This makes the fact that they choose to work as a unit in order to better each other a lot more admirable. They don't need each other to succeed, but they choose to work together so that they don't just succeed, but instead outclass the competition.
The team mentality and feel of the group is such a fresh change from the usual stable system where a group of wrestlers work with almost a pack mentality, with a definite leader using the rest of the group for their own gain. The idea that they work together but are also willing to do whatever it takes to beat each other without hesitation makes for some amazing viewing. The combination of The American Grappler Drew Gulak, Hot Sauce Tracey Williams, Former UFC competitor Matt Riddle, Filipino Sensation TJ Perkins and the up and coming wrestling prowess of Fred Yehi (Who's last name is so fun to hear read out excitedly by the EVOLVE commentary team) is one I really do enjoy watching, whether it's cohesively attacking the EVOLVE champion or stating their case against each other as to who deserves the world title match the most, I believe we really need more collectives like Catch Point in the wrestling world, and with two of their members having competed and still in the WWE Cruiserweight Classic. I'm excited to see whether they will make the transition as a team to a larger stage. So a bigger audience can be exposed to my favorite thing in the Indies. Until that happens (if it happens) I seriously suggest to anyone unfamiliar with the group up until now to watch the CWC matches featuring TJ Perkins and Drew Gulak, and to search the other members up on YouTube and watch some of their matches.
Also, go to the WWN Live YouTube channel and check out their video on the Thatcher Crisis and any other videos related to the team. I've been Jordi Jack Creed and this has been my introduction to Catch Point.
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