Above and below are new videos from WWE to promote the EVOLVE 10th Anniversary Celebration that airs on the WWE Network on Saturday night, featuring Akira Tozawa vs. WWE NXT Champion Adam Cole, WWE Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak vs. Matt Riddle, and more.
Aleister Black talks about his history with EVOLVE in the video above, and EC3 talks about the top indie promotion in the video below.
“EVOLVE is important to me because it was one of the first companies in the United States that put a lot of eggs in my basket, they put a lot of faith and trust in me. EVOLVE allowed me to work with some of the highest caliber athletes around the world, and it helped shape me in my path of becoming a WWE Superstar because a lot of the stars, even if you look now, a lot of the stars that are in NXT, current NXT, walked that same route that I did and they did EVOLVE before ever becoming a NXT or WWE Superstar,” Black said.
Black was also asked about how he was influenced by the caliber of talent in EVOLVE. He said, “Well, it’s sink or swim. If you want to be the best you have to compete against the best, and not everyone can compete against the best. So, whether I was good enough, it was really testing me. I would be put in there with guys like Kassius Ohno or Zack Sabre Jr., and it’d be like, ‘Alright, show us what you’ve got.’ And it was sink or swim.”
EC3 was asked to describe his time with EVOLVE. He recalled the feud with Drew McIntyre and referenced his time with Impact Wrestling. “My time at EVOLVE, I’m notorious for making an impact and in EVOLVE, I made an impact. At that time in my career, I was reinventing myself in a different company, was on top of my game, on top of the company, and then this working relationship with WWE and EVOLVE came about. At the same time, Drew is reinventing himself. He was on top of EVOLVE. With the EVOLVE and WWE partnership, I was able to take a microphone and just let loose. It was a cathartic experience, so telling my story to the fans, and using that forum for EVOLVE, and we had a couple of good matches. I believe we fought in the streets of Ybor City and Tampa. It’s a great place to make a name for yourself, especially with the WWE eyes watching you,” EC3 said.