Today The Wrap reported that EVOLVE Wrestling’s 10th Anniversary show was set to be streamed on the WWE Network.
This was later confirmed by WWE themselves, with Vince McMahon’s promotion sharing the news that the show on July 13th will be broadcast live on the WWE’s streaming service.
— WWE (@WWE) June 26, 2019
NXT Champion Adam Cole, Matt Riddle, Akira Tozawa and Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak have been confirmed for the show already. WWE.com‘s article had the following to say on the matter:
As first reported by The Wrap, WWE today announced that EVOLVE Wrestling’s 10th Anniversary Celebration will stream live around the world on WWE Network on Saturday, July 13, at 8 ET/5 PT from 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pa.
EVOLVE’s 10th Anniversary Celebration will feature the return of EVOLVE alumni, as Adam Cole will defend the NXT Championship against WWE Superstar Akira Tozawa, and WWE Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak will face NXT Superstar Matt Riddle. In addition, EVOLVE’s 10th Anniversary Celebration will feature NXT Superstars Arturo Ruas and Babatunde, EVOLVE Champion Austin Theory, EVOLVE Tag Team Champions Joe Gacy and Eddie Kingston, WWN Champion JD Drake and many more. Additional matches will be announced in the near future.
“EVOLVE was the birthplace for many current WWE and NXT Superstars, so it is only fitting that their 10th Anniversary Celebration will be showcased live on WWE Network,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events & Creative.
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What makes this interesting is that July 13 is not only the day of EVOLVE Wrestling’s 10th-anniversary show, but also the date that AEW has selected for their Fight for the Fallen event.
This is not the first time that WWE has seemingly gone head-to-head with All Elite Wrestling. The company decided to hold the second NXT UK Takeover event in Cardiff the same day as the new promotion’s All Out special.
EVOLVE 131 will be the first non-WWE event to stream on the WWE Network. It was reported last month that several major changes were coming to the streaming service, including the broadcasting of independent shows. Perhaps this is the start of said changes.
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