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‘Last Bask’: Keith Lee to say goodbye to Evolve at May 20th Detroit show



Keith Lee will be making his last appearance for Evolve on May 20th in Livonia, Michigan — just miles outside of Detroit.

Having become a staple for the promotion since making his debut against Chris Hero (NXT’s Kassius Ohno) in early 2017, Lee would make a name for himself as one of the most must see attractions in all of independent wrestling. Coincidentally, Lee would enter an NXT ring for the first time at WrestleMania Axxess against Ohno, before dropping his WWN title to Austin Theory the following day, thus all but confirming the speculation — Keith Lee had signed with WWE.

A report came out yesterday via PWTorch that Lee will indeed be heading to NXT after finishing up his final independent dates. That means his match against Matt Riddle in the Detroit area on May 20th will be the last of his dates with Evolve.

The match is being advertised as “The Final War,” for Riddle’s Evolve Championship. There will be no rope breaks allowed for either competitor in what will serve as the main event of the Evolve 105.

This will be the third time Riddle and Lee have hooked up in singles competition under the Evolve banner. As WWN Champion, Riddle successfully defended his belt against Lee at Evolve 87 in New York City. He would then drop the title to Lee in a Last Man Standing match at Evolve 94 just months later in the same building. The proverbial roof had to be rebuilt after the conclusion of both matches, as you would expect.

After saying goodbye to Evolve fans in Michigan on May 20th, Lee will wrestle one last time for PWG in Reseda on May 25th in an event named ‘Bask in his Glory’— a tribute to his catchphrase.

If you’re interested in being in the house for Lee’s final Evolve show, you can purchase tickets here.

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Here is the full card for Evolve 105: The Final War as it stands today:

Evolve Championship Match (The Final War — No Rope Breaks)
Matt Riddle (c) vs. Keith Lee

Grudge Match
Tracy Williams vs. Odison

The Present vs. The Future Match #1 (Non-Title)
WWN Champion Austin Theory w/ Priscilla Kelly vs. Trey Miguel

The Present vs. The Future Match #2
DJZ vs. Zachary Wentz

The Present vs. The Future Match #3
AR Fox vs. Myron Reed

Shane Strickland has also been booked to wrestle on this show.

Dave has been covering Pro Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts for various websites since 2010. He currently runs both FightBooth and FightBoothPW with the help of some lovely and talented people.