EVOLVE Wrestling promoter Gabe Sapolsky recently spoke with Sports Illustrated’s “Extra Mustard” blog about a number of topics. Below are some of the highlights from the interview.
On EVOLVE’s relationship with WWE:
“We’re in unchartered waters with WWE. The WWE relationship has made for a very exciting time, which makes everything very unpredictable, so we’re taking it one day at a time. The relationship with WWE originally started with a few discussions,” explained Sapolsky. “We’re still in the getting-to-know each other phase, and they’re very careful about what they go into. They do their research, they don’t just jump into anything, and they did their research on us.”
On Daniel Bryan’s influence on his career:
“Bryan made my career as a booker. He was the ace pitcher, he was the Tom Brady, and he made me. I always recognized that and appreciated it. Bryan had a lot of special moments, but the one that stands out for me is the match he had against Shingo at Dragon Gate USA. That really gave us a shot in the arm and gave new life to the promotion in 2010.”
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