www.corkscrew630.com/movies. Jack was hard-pressed to narrow his choice of favorites to a few moves. "The rocket stardust is definitely a favorite. I stood on my partners shoulders and did a Phoenix Splash off of them. The corkscrew 630 is incredible, and fans really seem to pop for the standing 450," he said. Evans was the first person to ever do a moonsault with two full rotations, off of a cage in Ring of Honor. "The 720 moonsault off the cage at ROH, Ted and I had talked about doing it for awhile, and when I saw the cage I knew I could do it. I got to be the first to pull it off." It was that match, held on November 1st 2003, that made people really stand up and take notice of the 21 year old. Dubbed the "Scramble Cage Match" Evans teamed with Ted Hart as "The Hart Foundation 2003." They faced The Backseat Boyz, The SAT's, The Carnage Crew and Special K. Reports say that the match stole the show. "That was honest to God one of the most fun matches I have ever had. It was like a rollercoaster, I knew it was a good match. Everything worked out fantastic and the teams were great to work with. I was especially impressed with the SAT's and the Backseat Boyz. Loc and Devito were great too but Devito hits hard with his belt. It was a great match." Unfortunately what happened after the match overshadowed it and left the wrestling world buzzing as Ted Hart did a series of backflips. "It got crazy, I don't know what happened. After the 720 moonsault, I hurt my knee so I had no idea what was going on until the fans started chanting 'Teddy.' I've wrestled with him for years and he has always done backflips and such. I feel bad for him because I know he didn't directly mean to insult anyone that is the sort of stuff he does." Jack limped to the back, where he and Ted were separated and Evans got into his own altercation, an argument with ROH Champion Samoa Joe. According to Evans, Internet reports of what happened were greatly exaggerated. "When I walked to the back, I was limping and some girl called me a 'fag' out of the blue. I was trying to be humble, being the new guy and all but that set me off and I turned around and said 'What did you say slut?' That was when Samoa Joe came over and it escalated. I don't think he had heard her comment, he just thought I was being a jerk. Joe and I got into an argument, Ted was gone by that point and Joe and I were face to face arguing. I wasn't going to back down because in my mind I was defending myself. Rob and Gabe were right there, so we didn't come to blows, and Rob sided with me in terms of the comment. I was glad he did that. Ted ran over and pushed Joe and I apart and that set Joe off. So that escalated the heat about everything. I wanted to talk to Joe after but I never got a chance." He did try to be respectful of the rest of the locker room, making sure to thank his opponents in the match. Jack shared his thoughts on the repercussions that have stemmed from the night. A war of words has escalated among some wrestlers and Hart, who is still one of the most talked about wrestlers on the Internet. "I fully enjoyed working for Ring of Honor, I am sad things went the way they did. They are probably the top promotion in America right now. The whole thing would have died out quicker if some people hadn't started making comments, but there is other heat involved in those comments. Everything got blown out of proportion," he said. Evans did talk to Rob Feinstein after and ROH has expressed interest in bringing him back and he would like to wrestle for them again. In the meantime, it was recently announced that Major League Wrestling was re-launching in January and moving its base of operations from Florida to New York, working the exact circuit as ROH. Evans is scheduled to be a big part of the promotion as a part of "The Hart Foundation 2K3" with Hart and "The Stampede Bulldogs" TJ Wilson and Harry Smith. "Court Bauer has been really good to me so I will be happy to work for MLW. I don't want to see a big feud between ROH and MLW because they two great promotions," Evans explained. Presently taking bookings in North America through Dave Penzer's www.inyourfacebookings.com, in the future Jack wants to travel overseas to Japan, and also considers it a possibility to head south to Mexico. There are a lot of stars that fly like Jack and he would relish the opportunity to face some of them. "The new Toryumon promotions graduates are excellent, and I've heard of guys like Venum Black in Mexico and Dragon Kid in Japan, they are both super flyers and I would love to work those guys. America is my home, I want to stay on that indy scene but for sure I want to head to Japan." As to whether he would like to pursue a career in the WWE, Evans would like the opportunity but doesn't feel that he is ready to take the physical toil of being on the road 315 days a year. Calgary fans were thrilled on November 14th when Jack rushed to the ring along with Ted and hit Duke Durrango with a Corkscrew 630, which is a twisting 450. On November 28th, Jack and Ted faced TJ Wilson and Duke Durrango in a hard hitting tag match. Duke and TJ got the win, but the issue was far from settled and the two teams will face off again December 12th. Evans plans to thrill fans once again in what should be a fantastic match, despite some tension between two of the participants. On the 28th, Ted punched Wilson hard enough to knock his front tooth out. "The match against TJ and Duke is going to be crazy. Stampede Kid got a Stampede tooth knocked out last time, straight up. So there is a lot of tension for that match, anyone in the area should definitely come down and check it out." For more information on Stampede Wrestling visit www.stampedewrestling.com Jack Evans is a guest on Ringside Manner, along with Ted Hart. Jason Clevett lives in Calgary, but has visited Jack's hometown of Seattle, Washington and can see why Jack loves both cities. You can e-mail him at j_clevett@hotmail.com " />

 

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Jack Evans soars on indy scene
By JASON CLEVETT -- SLAM! Wrestling


Seattle's "Corkscrew" Jack Evans.

Also big influences on Evans are Japanese stars Hayabusa and the Great Sasuke, as well as his hero Blitzkreig, who wrestled briefly in WCW. Growing up as a wrestling fan he had always been attracted to the high flyers but those three men were who he emulated as he developed his high flying style. But some criticize that he is too much of a flyer and risks injury. Others feel that if he had to mat-wrestle he wouldn't be able to carry his own. Evans is honest about the fact that he does concentrate on the high spots and is working on altering his style.

"I do tend to get overly spotty and bumping, that is my specialty. I'm no Chris Benoit, but I do know how to wrestle. I am trying to work on being less spotty. When training I am working on more basic stuff rather then always practicing flips," he said.

Evans also works hard to avoid injury. "I do a lot of stretching which keeps me flexible. That is how I can take the kinds of crazy bumps that I do. I am trying to take care of myself as much as I can. I really practice the high flying a lot, so when I hit a moonsault for example, I land in a way to not injure my knees. I don't want to be like The Great Muta, whose knees are shot. I try to perfect the landing above all else because I want to make sure I can always do it. A lot of high flyers get injured and I want to try and work as safe as possible."

Being an American citizen, Evans is lucky as he has the opportunity to earn a living in the U.S. through other means while building his reputation. His situation was the reverse of many Canadian wrestlers as most of his training and early career was spent in Calgary.

"I did a lot of flying back and forth, but when I was up here for Matrats they took good care of us, we had a place to stay and such. I was in Tacoma for the last six months to rehab because I broke my ankle but now I am back in Calgary working for Stampede, as well as seeing where else I can get booked."

Truly considered an innovator of flying around the ring, Evans has floored fans with his dizzying array of moves, many of which can be seen at www.corkscrew630.com/movies. Jack was hard-pressed to narrow his choice of favorites to a few moves.

"The rocket stardust is definitely a favorite. I stood on my partners shoulders and did a Phoenix Splash off of them. The corkscrew 630 is incredible, and fans really seem to pop for the standing 450," he said. Evans was the first person to ever do a moonsault with two full rotations, off of a cage in Ring of Honor. "The 720 moonsault off the cage at ROH, Ted and I had talked about doing it for awhile, and when I saw the cage I knew I could do it. I got to be the first to pull it off."

It was that match, held on November 1st 2003, that made people really stand up and take notice of the 21 year old. Dubbed the "Scramble Cage Match" Evans teamed with Ted Hart as "The Hart Foundation 2003." They faced The Backseat Boyz, The SAT's, The Carnage Crew and Special K. Reports say that the match stole the show.

"That was honest to God one of the most fun matches I have ever had. It was like a rollercoaster, I knew it was a good match. Everything worked out fantastic and the teams were great to work with. I was especially impressed with the SAT's and the Backseat Boyz. Loc and Devito were great too but Devito hits hard with his belt. It was a great match."

Unfortunately what happened after the match overshadowed it and left the wrestling world buzzing as Ted Hart did a series of backflips.

"It got crazy, I don't know what happened. After the 720 moonsault, I hurt my knee so I had no idea what was going on until the fans started chanting 'Teddy.' I've wrestled with him for years and he has always done backflips and such. I feel bad for him because I know he didn't directly mean to insult anyone that is the sort of stuff he does."

Jack limped to the back, where he and Ted were separated and Evans got into his own altercation, an argument with ROH Champion Samoa Joe. According to Evans, Internet reports of what happened were greatly exaggerated.

"When I walked to the back, I was limping and some girl called me a 'fag' out of the blue. I was trying to be humble, being the new guy and all but that set me off and I turned around and said 'What did you say slut?' That was when Samoa Joe came over and it escalated. I don't think he had heard her comment, he just thought I was being a jerk. Joe and I got into an argument, Ted was gone by that point and Joe and I were face to face arguing. I wasn't going to back down because in my mind I was defending myself. Rob and Gabe were right there, so we didn't come to blows, and Rob sided with me in terms of the comment. I was glad he did that. Ted ran over and pushed Joe and I apart and that set Joe off. So that escalated the heat about everything. I wanted to talk to Joe after but I never got a chance." He did try to be respectful of the rest of the locker room, making sure to thank his opponents in the match.

Jack shared his thoughts on the repercussions that have stemmed from the night. A war of words has escalated among some wrestlers and Hart, who is still one of the most talked about wrestlers on the Internet.

"I fully enjoyed working for Ring of Honor, I am sad things went the way they did. They are probably the top promotion in America right now. The whole thing would have died out quicker if some people hadn't started making comments, but there is other heat involved in those comments. Everything got blown out of proportion," he said. Evans did talk to Rob Feinstein after and ROH has expressed interest in bringing him back and he would like to wrestle for them again. In the meantime, it was recently announced that Major League Wrestling was re-launching in January and moving its base of operations from Florida to New York, working the exact circuit as ROH. Evans is scheduled to be a big part of the promotion as a part of "The Hart Foundation 2K3" with Hart and "The Stampede Bulldogs" TJ Wilson and Harry Smith.

"Court Bauer has been really good to me so I will be happy to work for MLW. I don't want to see a big feud between ROH and MLW because they two great promotions," Evans explained.

Presently taking bookings in North America through Dave Penzer's www.inyourfacebookings.com, in the future Jack wants to travel overseas to Japan, and also considers it a possibility to head south to Mexico. There are a lot of stars that fly like Jack and he would relish the opportunity to face some of them.

"The new Toryumon promotions graduates are excellent, and I've heard of guys like Venum Black in Mexico and Dragon Kid in Japan, they are both super flyers and I would love to work those guys. America is my home, I want to stay on that indy scene but for sure I want to head to Japan." As to whether he would like to pursue a career in the WWE, Evans would like the opportunity but doesn't feel that he is ready to take the physical toil of being on the road 315 days a year.

Calgary fans were thrilled on November 14th when Jack rushed to the ring along with Ted and hit Duke Durrango with a Corkscrew 630, which is a twisting 450. On November 28th, Jack and Ted faced TJ Wilson and Duke Durrango in a hard hitting tag match. Duke and TJ got the win, but the issue was far from settled and the two teams will face off again December 12th. Evans plans to thrill fans once again in what should be a fantastic match, despite some tension between two of the participants. On the 28th, Ted punched Wilson hard enough to knock his front tooth out.

"The match against TJ and Duke is going to be crazy. Stampede Kid got a Stampede tooth knocked out last time, straight up. So there is a lot of tension for that match, anyone in the area should definitely come down and check it out."

For more information on Stampede Wrestling visit www.stampedewrestling.com Jack Evans is a guest on Ringside Manner, along with Ted Hart.

Jason Clevett lives in Calgary, but has visited Jack's hometown of Seattle, Washington and can see why Jack loves both cities. You can e-mail him at j_clevett@hotmail.com