Various News: Bob Backlund’s Autobiography, EVOLVE


— Here is the card for this weekend’s Beyond Wrestling: Point Of No Return event…

Chapter III: Eddie Edwards & Roderick Strong vs. Biff Busick & Drew Gulak

First Time Ever: Kevin Steen vs. Chris Dickinson

First Time Ever: Michael Elgin vs. JT Dunn

First Time Ever: Chuck Taylor vs. Eric Corvis

Non-Title Match: ROH Television Champion Matt Taven with Kasey Ray vs. Aaron Epic

Stipulation To Be Determined: Nicholas Kaye vs. Anthony Stone

Elimination Four-Way: Johnny Cockstrong vs. Dan Barry vs. Jaka vs. Usurper

“Winners Take All” Four-Way Tag Team Scramble: Abnormalz (AR Fox & Black Baron) vs. Fusion Dance (ACH & Shynron) vs. M1nute Men (Devin Blaze & Tommy Trainwreck) vs. Da Hoodz (Davey Cash & Kris Pyro)

More information on the show at this link.

— Bob Backlund’s autobiography, “The All-American Kid: Lessons and Stories on Life from Wrestling Legend Bob Backlund” will be released on March 14th, 2014. Here is the official promotional material for the book…

Bob Backlund began life as a poor farm boy in the little village of Princeton, Minnesota, with a population of just over 2,000 people. He was a below-average student with a lackluster work ethic and a bad attitude, who hung with the wrong crowd and made a lot of bad choices. He was a kid whose life was headed for disaster—until a local coach took interest in him, suggested that he take up amateur wrestling, and offered to work with him if he promised to stay out of trouble.

It was in North Dakota that Bob Backlund had the first of several chance encounters that would shape his destiny. While working out at the YMCA gymnasium in Fargo, North Dakota, where he wrestled for North Dakota State, Backlund met a well-known professional wrestler, “Superstar” Billy Graham. The men talked, and at Graham’s suggestion, Backlund was inspired to pursue a career in professional wrestling.

Less than five years from that day, on February 20, 1978, Backlund would find himself halfway across the country, standing in the middle of the ring at Madison Square Garden with his hand raised in victory as the newly crowned World Wide Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Champion. The man Backlund pinned for the championship that night was none other than Superstar Billy Graham.

With interviews from “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, and The Iron Sheik, as well as Vince McMahon, the president and CEO of the WWE, The All-American Kid tells the incredible story and career of Bob Backlund, one of the most famous wrestlers since the inception of the sport. From his rough upbringing and rise to fame to his failed run for Congress and revived career, Bob Backlund has traveled the world, learning and seeing more than most people will in a lifetime.

— EVOLVE sent out the following today…

We do have an important note regarding the iPPVs of the EVOLVE 23 and EVOLVE 24 cards. It looks like these will be live to VOD events and will be available shortly after each show takes place. We are trying to take some measures to make these live iPPVs, but we need to be 100% sure before we do that. Right now, it looks like the only way to see it live is to be there in person.


September 21st, 2013

8pm Belltime

Guzman Sports Lounge

1618 Weirfield Street

Ridgewood, NY

EVOLVE Title Match: AR Fox defends vs. Anthony Nese with Mr. A & Su Yung

Bonus Tag Team Main Event: Johnny Gargano & Trent Baretta vs. Rich Swann & Ricochet

Four Way Elimination Match #1: Josh Alexander vs. Biff Busick vs. Maxwell Chicago vs. Andrew Everett

Four Way Elimination Match #2: Lince Dorado vs. Drew Gulak vs. Shane Strickland vs. Mr. Touchdown

The Young Bucks Tag Team Invitational Night 1 With:

-Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy

-Jigsaw & The Shard

-The Bravado Brothers

-Dos Ben Dejos

Plus More To Be Signed With 1/2 of the Open The United Gate Champions Matt Jackson, Caleb Konley, Brian XL and others to be announced.


September 22nd, 2013

7pm Belltime

The Brooklyn Lyceum

227 4th Ave.

Brooklyn, NY

Evolution’s End – The Final Chapter – Evolve rules inside the ring – anything goes outside the ring: AR Fox vs. Ricochet

Grudge Match – Stipulation To Be Determined At EVOLVE 23: Open The Freedom Gate Champion Johnny Gargano vs. Rich Swann

Style Battle Finals And Consolation Freestyle Match With:

-Andrew Everett

-Biff Busick

-Drew Gulak

-Josh Alexander

-Lince Dorado

-Maxwell Chicago

-Mr. Touchdown

-Shane Strickland

EVOLVE Style Battle Finals: Winner Of Four Way Elimination Match #1 At EVOLVE 23 vs. Winner Of Four Way Elimination Match #2 At EVOLVE 23

Six Way Freestyle: All Competitors Eliminated In Four Way Elimination Matches

The Young Bucks Tag Team Invitational Night 2 With:

-Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy

-Jigsaw & The Shard

-The Bravado Brothers

-Dos Ben Dejos

Plus more to be signed with Matt Jackson of The Young Bucks, Anthony Nese with Mr. A & Su Yung, Trent Baretta, Caleb Konley and others!

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