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Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown Live 2/21/17: Feel The Blow

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/21/17) 

Feel The Blow 

– The opening video recapped last week as new WWE Champion Bray Wyatt had to defend against John Cena and AJ Styles. Also shown was Luke Harper’s attack on Wyatt as revenge, which only created another obstacle for the Champ. Sure enough, he battled through and actually pinned Cena to keep his belt. Autocorrect turned that into “belly.” Do with that what you will. Anyways, The “Era Of Wyatt” was set to continue and his influence was so great that even Royal Rumble Winner Randy Orton refused to face him for the belt come WrestleMania 33. What a loyal disciple. In turn, SmackDown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan determined that a 10-Man Battle Royale would take place to determine who would face Wyatt at Mania. Simple enough and we’ve got a huge main event on our hands.

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Wrestle Talk Podcast – Super Awesome Feat. Shawn Hernandez And AJ Awesome Ep. 169

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at The Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & René, which features Special Guests Shawn Hernandez (Lucha Underground) and AJ Awesome (The AJ Awesome Show).

Discussions include Survivor Series 2017, Kenny Vs. Jericho, Lucha Underground Season Four and much more! 

 

 

 

 

Link Below: 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wrestletalkpodcast/2017/11/16/super-awesome-feat-shawn-hernandez-and-aj-awesome-ep169

Dynamo Pro Wrestling Brings “Thanksgiving Turmoil” To The Concordia-Turners Gymnasium

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*The Following Is A Press Release Sent To Us By Dynamo Pro Wrestling*

 

Dynamo Pro Wrestling is proud to announce an all ages, live, professional wrestling event on Saturday, November 25th, 2017. This professional wrestling event, sponsored by Slackers, Aries Screen Printing, and Computer Specialists, will be held at the Concordia Turners Gymnasium, located at 6432 Gravois Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri. Doors open at 7:00 P.M. with a bell time of 8:00 P.M. Adult tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the event. Tickets for children from five to twelve years old are $5. Tickets for children under five years old are free. Advanced tickets can be purchased at dynamoprowrestling.bigcartel.com. Three big matches have already been signed for this event. The Dynamo Pro Wrestling tag team championships will be defending in a triple threat match as the former champions Keon Option and Justin D’Air and “High Level Enterprise” take on the new Dynamo Pro Wrestling tag team champions “The Agents of Chaos”. After the events of our last event, “Lights Out” Adrian Surge looks for revenge as he takes on “The Heartthrob” Jaden Roller. And, in the main event, the Dynamo Pro Wrestling heavyweight championship will be defended as “The Wind of Destruction” Makaze defends against former Dynamo Pro Wrestling heavyweight champion Brandon Aarons. You will also see such Dynamo Pro Wrestling wrestlers such as “The Filipino Warrior” Elvis Aliaga, C.J. Shine, Jackal, Frodo the Ghost, Aaron Dzinic, and many more. Please come out and experience the best in professional wrestling as Dynamo Pro Wrestling returns to the Concordia Turners Gymnasium.

     Since 2007, Dynamo Pro Wrestling has strived to bring professional wrestling fans of all ages with hard hitting, fast paced, edge of your seat professional wrestling action. For additional information on Dynamo Pro Wrestling, you can check out our website at www.dynamoprowrestling.com, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dynamopro, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DynamoPro. For Concordia Turners Gymnasium venue information, you can check out their website at www.concordiaturners.org or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/concordiaturners.

Review – Chris Jericho/Peter Thomas Fornatale – The Best In The World

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Thrust once more into pro wrestling relevancy with his recent challenge to Kenny Omega slated for New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 12 on Jan. 4, 2018, Chris Jericho’s career stock may be the highest it has ever been.

At this point, it’s like what hasn’t he done?

As he suffered from a popularity decline, he resurrected himself with things like “IT,” “The List,” “Stupid Idiot,” pretentiously expensive scarves and “The Gift Of Jericho” last year. He became the equivalent of a walking meme, even long after the days of “Jericho Invented Everything.”

It will always be argued though that Jericho’s true creative renaissance was between 2008-2013, when he was forced to do different things to get his now-stale character over with the fans and thus, churned out the best promo/ring work of his career.

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PWO Exclusive – Ace Anderson Interview

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*A Pro Wrestling Opinion Exclusive*

 

Check out our interview with Ace Anderson, Ambassador with Fighting For Autism, as the active professional wrestler/mixed martial arts fighter discusses FFA’s 11/11 show with Dynamo Pro Wrestling, influences, incorporation of styles, how to increase autism awareness and much more!

 

 

 

 

Watch Below:

PWO Exclusive – Dynamo Pro Wrestling – Luke Roberts Fall 2017 Update

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*A Pro Wrestling Opinion Exclusive*

 

Check out our latest interview with Dynamo Pro Wrestling’s Luke Roberts, who chats with Nick about the St. Louis, MO-based promotion’s big upcoming show in association with Fighting For Autism, “Fall Chaos” and what’s possibly in store for 2018. 

 

 

 

 

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 2/20/17: The Behemoths Collide

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/20/17)

The Behemoths Collide 

– The opening video recapped WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho’s “Festival Of Friendship” that emanated from Las Vegas. To sum it up, it was a millennial rehash of “This Is Your Life” with a showbiz extravaganza theme to showcase Jericho’s appreciation for his best friend. They did a great job as they drove home the emotion and set up the moment perfectly when Jericho didn’t suspect an attack until it was too late. Loved the closeups on WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens’ sadistic expressions as he betrayed Jericho and was thus, friends no more.

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The Shining Wizards – Episode 338: The Price Of Fame With Ted DiBiase

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Check out the latest from our friends at The Shining Wizards Podcast, which features interviews with “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase and Fundraiser Wrestling’s Jack Victory. 

Also discussed are the last week in wrestling – WWE NXT, WWE SmackDown Live, Impact Wrestling and Lio Rush’s tweet. 

 

 

 

 

Link Below: 

http://www.shiningwizards.com/new/episode-338-the-price-of-fame-with-ted-dibiase/

Dynamo Pro Wrestling And Fighting For Autism Present Charity Professional Wrestling Event

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*The Following Is A Press Release From Dynamo Pro Wrestling*

 

Dynamo Pro Wrestling, in cooperation with Fighting for Autism, are proud to present a family-friendly professional wrestling charity event on Saturday, November 11th, 2017. This professional wrestling event will be held at the Lamborghini Gold Coast – Athletic Centre, located at 49 Lawrence Street in St. Charles, Missouri. Doors open at 6:00 P.M. with a bell time of 8:00 P.M. Ringside tickets are $30, reserved seating tickets are $20, and general admission tickets are $15. Children under the age of six are admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Tickets are available at the Lamborghini Athletic Centre box office or by calling (636) 466-3766. Proceeds from this event will be used to open a new autism therapy center in St. Charles, Missouri. This new center will provide services, support, and resources to the local autism community. In addition, there will be a meet and greet prior to the event where fans will have an opportunity to get autographs and take pictures with the competitors prior to the event.

Dynamo Pro Wrestling will have many of their professional wrestlers at this event, including Dynamo Pro Wrestling heavyweight champion Brandon Aarons, Brandon Espinosa, “Lights Out” Adrian Surge, Jaden Roller, Savanna Stone, and many more. The local mixed martial arts community will be represented by such mixed martial arts competitors as Jared “JDB” Daniels-Block, Steve “The Red Nosed Pitbull” Berger, Jason Powell, Chip Day, Kelly D’ Angelo, “Smashley” Ashley Cummins, “Johnny Irish” Dan O’Connor, Brandon Pearson, Marc Godeker, Adam Marburger, “The Omega Virus”, Kain Royer, “Dangerous” Danny Wright, “Wilde N’ Out”, Phil Lampe, Savin Roberts, Andrew “Mop-Jitsu” Ebers, Mike Clay, Ethan Cage, Kyle Watson, and “The Sin City Psycho” Diamond Roberts. And, in the six-man tag team main event, witness history as the hard-hitting tag team from Georgia, Generation Iron, teams with Matt Gilbert to take on Garrett “The Punisher” Holeve, Scott Lane. and Josh “TKO” Turner, cast member from AMC’s hit television series “The Walking Dead”. Please join us in supporting Dynamo Pro Wrestling and Fighting for Autism in helping to raise money for a new autism support center in St. Charles, Missouri.

Since 2007, Dynamo Pro Wrestling has strived to bring professional wrestling fans of all ages with hard hitting, fast paced, edge of your seat professional wrestling action. For additional information on Dynamo Pro Wrestling, you can check out our website at www.dynamoprowrestling.com, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dynamopro, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DynamoPro.

Fighting for Autism is an international autism awareness and advocacy charitable organization with operations across the US, UK, Ireland and Australia. Fighting for Autism provides various programs and initiatives supporting the autism community while being hyperfocused on a mission to fight to improve the quality of life for all children and families living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder around the world. For additional information, visit their website at http://www.fightingforautism.com.au, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FightingForAutism, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/FightForAutism.

The Lamborghini Gold Coast – Athletic Centre is a multi-purpose indoor training facility for which has over 58,000 square feet of training space for various sports. For information on the Lamborghini Athletic Centre, you can check out their website at www.lamboathletic.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Lamborghini-Gold-Coast-Athletic-Centre-646947422071945, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lamboathletic.

The Shining Wizards – Episode 337: Never Meet Your Heroes

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at The Shining Wizards Podcast, which features discussions on WWE TLC 2017, AJ Styles Vs. Finn Balor, Asuka’s debut, Kurt Angle’s in-ring return, Kane defeating Balor on Raw, Nia Jax’s leave of absence, Chris Jericho-Kenny Omega Twitter war and Ric Flair’s 30 For 30!

 

 

 

 

Link Below: 

http://www.shiningwizards.com/new/episode-337-never-meet-your-heroes/

Wrestle Talk Podcast – Elevated Feat. Brandon Aarons & Ken Dixon Ep. 166

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at the Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & Rene, which features Guests Brandon Aarons (Dynamo Pro Wrestling) and Ken Dixon (Primal Conflict Wrestling). 

As the first graduate of the Dynamo Pro Wrestling Dojo 10 years ago, Aarons has wrestled for many promotions throughout the United States, including Pro Wrestling Epic, Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling, Mid-Missouri Wrestling Alliance, All American Pro Wrestling, Metro East Championship Wrestling, Gateway Elite Wrestling, IWA Mid-South, Dynamo Pro Wrestling, and the National Wrestling Alliance. He was also recognized in the 2011 PWI 500. In 2015, he was recognized as the “Sexiest Male Wrestler.” Over the course of his career, he has won many championships. Presently, he approaches the one year anniversary of winning the Dynamo Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship, defeating Mike Outlaw on November 26th, 2016. Since winning the Dynamo Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship, he has defended the championship in outside promotions throughout the Midwestern United States, including the Global Wrestling Federation, Proving Ground Pro, and Glory Pro Wrestling.

A native of Climax, Georgia, Dixon was trained for professional wrestling by Axl Rotten and Ronnie Zukko. He made his professional wrestling debut in 2013. Since then, he has wrestled for many professional wrestling promotions, including Maryland Championship Wrestling, Primal Conflict Wrestling, Keystone Pro Wrestling, WildKatPro Wrestling, World Xtreme Wrestling, World Wrestling Network, Full Impact Pro Wrestling, the National Wrestling Alliance, Combat Zone Wrestling, Global Force Wrestling and Ring of Honor Wrestling.

Also discussed on the show are AJ playing hooky, Ultima Lucha 3 and Double J fired from Impact!

 

 

 

 

Link Below: 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wrestletalkpodcast/2017/10/26/elevated-feat-brandon-aarons-ken-dixon-ep166

Powerbomb.TV And Smart Mark Video Announce Multi-Year Partnership

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*The Following Is A Press Release From Powerbomb.TV*

 

Smart Mark Video Library to begin appearing on Powerbomb.TV

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania – October 19, 2017 – A lot can happen in the span of twenty years. Today Powerbomb.tv is proud to announce that they have signed a multi-year partnership with Smart Mark Video. This is an incredible partnership, one that truly benefits independent professional wrestling as a whole; fans, performers, and promotions alike.

Twenty years ago, a group of friends came together to form a video production and distribution company based on their shared love of independent professional wrestling. Their goal was simple: help independent wrestling grow by providing promotions professional editing and timely distribution of their content, two things independent wrestling severely lacked at the time. That company, reflecting its fan origins, called themselves Smart Mark Video and, under the leadership of Mike Burns, has built a sterling reputation with fans, promoters, and wrestlers over the last two decades.

Twenty years later, Gerard Durling, the former professional wrestler known as Vin Gerard, and Adam Lash, a video producer and former long-time member of the Smart Mark Video team, co-founded and launched Powerbomb.tv, a streaming service dedicated to promoting the growth and development of independent wrestling on a global scale, giving fans access to wrestling from all over the world. Working with little more than their passion for independent wrestling, Durling and Lash, along with their developer Paul Couture, began Powerbomb.tv as an ambitious plan to help make independent wrestling better.

Smart Mark Video releases will begin releasing on Powerbomb.tv starting November 1st, and more from their deep, comprehensive library will be added every month. Releases will span from Smart Mark’s early years to the present, and will include content never before released in a digital format.

Of this partnership, Powerbomb.tv co-founder Adam Lash said, “Working together just made sense. The truth is, there wouldn’t be a Powerbomb.tv if it weren’t for Smart Mark Video. It not only radically changed the game for independent wrestling in the 90s and 00s, but on a personal level, I spent sixteen years working there helping to shape and grow the company, and that company and the people that I was blessed to work with helped shape what I believe independent wrestling could and should be.”

“From day one the Smart Mark philosophy has been to give back and continually reinvest in to independent wrestling. This is a shared philosophy Powerbomb has, and they want to give back to all independent companies, big and small, like we do. With this deal you will see companies like Absolute Intense Wrestling, Alpha-1, and IWA Mid-South but you will also see companies like Mid American Wrestling, the Future Wrestling Alliance, and companies from the past that paved the way for independent wrestling today” said Mike Burns, co-founder and owner of Smart Mark Video.

“Establishing this partnership with Smart Mark Video really puts in motion our goal to bring independent wrestling together so that fans can enjoy it all in one place. Working together has always been our hope because we all want to see greater opportunities for independent wrestlers and the promotions they work for” said Gerard Durling, co-founder and owner of Powerbomb.tv.

According to Durling and Lash, the partnership with Smart Mark Video would not be possible without the support of Powerbomb.tv’s partners and the fans. This partnership opens up many doors and exciting opportunities for everyone. Both companies expressed that this partnership opens up many doors and exciting opportunities for everyone and they look forward to continuing to grow independent wrestling in 2018 and beyond.

 

WCW Starrcade 1994 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan’s huge signing to World Championship Wrestling in June earlier in the year was a sign that perhaps things would change.

To an extent, that was correct.

Hogan’s arrival brought more money and sponsorships to WCW and his creative pull allowed him to bring in various faces of his past and recreate some magic.

Still, for every feud he had with Ric Flair, there was a Butcher match in the wings. If you told us that he’d be the main event of the biggest show of the year instead of doing the “Loser Must Retire” match there, we would’ve laughed too.

Star power doesn’t always provide a star product. That’s evident up and down through this card, though the quick wits of Bobby “The Brain” Heenan on commentary make it easier to sit through.

WCW tried to pass off “What’s Old Is New Again,” but alas, we just feel like it was done better somewhere else before.

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The Shining Wizards – Episode 336: Collar And Elbow With Al Snow

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at The Shining Wizards Podcast, which features an interview with Al Snow via Skype that almost didn’t happen. Fortunately, after a 24-minute delay, it did and they discussed Extreme Championship Wrestling, The New Rockers, Collar And Elbow Clothing, bullying and more.

After Al, the boys discuss the week in wrestling, covering last week’s WWE SmackDown Live, NXT, Impact Wrestling, WrestlePro, EVOLVE Wrestling, Combat Zone Wrestling, Ring Of Honor Global Wars, WWE Raw and some WWE TLC talk. 

 

 

 

 

Link Below: 

http://www.shiningwizards.com/new/episode-336-collar-and-elbow-with-al-snow/

Wrestle Talk Podcast – BOOM Feat. Team Vision Dojo And Ric Savage Ep. 165

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at the Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & Rene featuring Guests Team Vision Dojo and Ric Savage.

Also discussed are Nia Jax rumors, WWE Champion Jinder Mahal Vs. Brock Lesnar, Kane returning and much more! 

 

 

 

 

Link Below: 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wrestletalkpodcast/2017/10/19/boom-featteam-vision-dojo-and-ric-savage-ep165

Wrestle Talk Podcast – Shane, Stop It! Feat. Lee Montgomery, Billy Hills And Brady Lawrence Ep. 164

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at the Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & Renè, which features Special Guests Lee Montgomery (Cape Championship Wrestling), “Farmer” Billy Hills (Cape Championship Wrestling) and Brady Lawrence (Proving Ground Pro).

Also discussed is what’s wrong with Shane McMahon, Neville’s departure, The Shield’s reunion, Ultima Lucha 3 and other pro wrestling news/rumors. 

 

 

 

 

Link Below: 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wrestletalkpodcast/2017/10/12/shane-stop-it-feat-lee-montgomery-billy-hills-and-brady-lawrence-ep164

Wrestle Talk Podcast – Outlaws And Heroes feat. Mike Outlaw And Sean Vincent Ep. 163

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & René, which features Special Guests Mike Outlaw (National Wrasslin’ League) and Sean Vincent.

Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, Outlaw began his career coming up in the Dynamo Pro Dojo. Since then, he has competed for various North American promotions and over the course of four years, has wrestled many internationally recognized wrestlers upon the likes of “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin, Silas Young and Takaaki Watanabe. 

Vincent, a veteran also known as “The Canadian Hero,” came from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He debuted in 2000 in Gateway Championship Wrestling, where he split his time between wrestling and officiating. This past May, he won Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling’s Bruiser Brody Memorial Battle Royale and currently serves as the promotion’s ambassador. 

 

 

 

 

Link Below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wrestletalkpodcast/2017/10/05/outlaws-and-heros-feat-mike-outlaw-and-sean-vincent-ep-163

Notes In Observance – WCWC 2/18/17: Birthday Brawlin’

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/18/17) 

Birthday Brawlin’

– We’re so happy they finally managed to work in heel Eric Right into the opening montage. Continuity is key, folks.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 2/16/17: That Time In Tijuana

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/16/17)

That Time In Tijuana 

– The opening video recapped last week’s show, particularly the part where TNA World Tag Team Champions, The Broken Hardys, transported themselves into Tijuana, Mexico, in search of their Tag Team Champions. They called it an “expedition of gold.” We’ll go along with it and anything Broken-related. We were reminded of how they hobnobbed with the Spanish elite and led everyone in a chant of “Delete!” and oh hey, that rhymed. Go us. They were hyped (with big white capital letters and dramatic music) to face Psicosis/Super Crazy later on. That just sounds like a dream match at this point.

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WCW Uncensored 1995 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Unsanctioned, Unauthorized, Unbelievable.”

If a tagline ever fit a World Championship Wrestling show, this was it.

Uncensored – WCW’s attempt to bend the rules and present an “extreme” Pay-Per-View with only gimmicked matches, was an experiment in the beginning.

Headlined by a Leather Strap Match between WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan and WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Vader in the midst of a hot feud between Hogan and “A Man Possessed,” Ric Flair, it was enough to salvage for the rest of the malarky.

What malarky? Put in a “Boxer Vs. Wrestler” Match, a “King Of The Road” Match and a “Martial Arts” Match.

Oh and because of recent creative changes, no blood was allowed at all.

More below.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 2/15/17: Boys Among Real Men

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/15/17)

Boys Among Real Men 

– Hangman Page came out, his return still fresh on everyone’s minds. His opponent was in the ring in the form of Matt Sells. What a jobber name that was. Mark Briscoe was also on commentary for what it was worth. Sells was apparently in his hometown and was greeted with a shove into the ring post. One Rite Of Passage later and it was over. Post-match, Page grabbed a noose and ROH World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks came down. Superkick party. They gestured to the stage and ROH World Champion Adam Cole/”The American Nightmare” Cody walked to the ring. Chants of “Cody”/”Welcome home” were rampant. Cody kissed the canvas and played the crowd for a too-sweet with the Champ. He got the streamer treatment and addressed the warm reception before he deceptively turned on the fans for being “11 years too late.” Great heel work as always. Crowd chanted “Dusty” at him. Cody called out Jay Lethal and referred to him as the “Doorman Of ROH.” Lethal stormed out and came onto the apron. Some taunts and saliva later, Lethal charged at Cody, which commenced a beatdown. Bobby Fish came out for the save, an apparent hype for the main event, where he/Lethal would team against Cole/Cody. More of the ROH Cavalry came down, aka Jay White/Alex Shelley/Lio Rush. Not such a bad lead-in to commercial. Apparently that tag main event was set for now. Fish weaved around Cody, but got caught flush with a superkick from Cole. The Cody/Cole dynamic was almost comparable to the now-defunct Jeri-KO. Wonder if that was on purpose. For the first time ever, a man was too-sweeted in the eyes, as Cody did it to Fish. Lethal/Cody were tagged in simultaneously and went at each other’s heads. Lethal Injection on Cole changed the momentum, but it was Cody who was legal. It came to a point where all four men were exhausted and traded forearms. Lethal hit the most underwhelming tope on Cody ever. It was almost like a light nudge. The big story laid in the finish, as Fish had Cole dead in the armbar. Cody was unable to get it broken up, so the Champ had no choice but to tap out. A smart decision, especially based on that they needed to build Fish up as a threat for that World Title shot he gets at Manhattan Mayhem on Mar. 4. Not the most enlightening of matches, but Cody was great here and Hangman does his Hangman thing.

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WCW Halloween Havoc 1992 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

World Championship Wrestling and the early 1990’s are about as gimmicked as professional wrestling could be.

Check out our review of Starrcade 1991 for an example of this.

With this particular event famous for its “Spin The Wheel, Make The Deal” concept (just imagine Raw Roulette for more current readers), Sting and Jake “The Snake” Roberts would settle their longtime feud with 12 possible “unsanctioned” scenarios.

On top of that, WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Rick Rude would “compete” in two matches, Flyin’ Brian-Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat would face off in an exceptional match (by early 90’s standards) and there was a moment between Paul E. Dangerously (or Paul Heyman for those current peeps – how ya doin’?) and Madusa that wouldn’t be forgotten.

Coming from Philadelphia, we got snippets of what “hardcore” would soon look like. This crowd helped to make this show more bearable.

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WCW Starrcade 1991 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Known as World Championship Wrestling’s proverbial “answer to WrestleMania” from the then-World Wrestling Federation, Starrcade was always about making history and was aptly placed where a “payoff” Pay-Per-View should be – the end of December.

It’s only fitting that all the big storylines would come to a halt here, naturally.

Oh wait – not in 1991. Ha. What were you thinking there?

In Ric Flair’s absence, WCW appeared to put a lot of faith in its biggest draw, the blonde-haired, face-painted babyface Sting, as he sought the World Heavyweight Championship.

As an obstacle, he had to go through not only Lex Luger, but as well as a group called The Dangerous Alliance, consistent of members like Rick Rude, “Stunning” Steve Austin (who had blonde hair of his own, that’s how old this show is) and were led by none other than Paul E. Dangerously, who we now know as Paul Heyman.

The melodrama was certainly there and all stages appeared to go towards a big showdown for the Title between Sting and Luger. Nope, you’re not going to get that match straight up at Starrcade. They’re going to “make history” and introduce a concept never heard before – the “Lethal Lottery.”

Come join us for this 1990’s-tastic journey.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 2/15/17: Moustache Mounting

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/15/17)

Moustache Mounting 

– The opening video hyped the first-ever defense of the WWE United Kingdom Championship, as Champion Tyler Bate would battle Trent Seven. Color us stoked.

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Notes In Observance – WWE 205 Live 2/14/17: Blazing Trails

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez 

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/14/17) 

Blazing Trails 

– The opening video recapped last week’s excellent Fatal Five-Way Elimination where it was Gentleman Jack Gallagher who’d go on to become #1 Contender and take on WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville at Fastlane on Mar. 5. It feels like the right time to go with a tease of Gallagher in a “changing of the guard.”

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Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown Live 2/14/17: The Era Of Wyatt

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/14/17)

The Era Of Wyatt 

– The opening video brought us back to the Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View, with highlights of all the matches headed in and the big finishes. The most progressive developments were obviously Luke Harper proving himself in the ring with Randy Orton, Naomi taking home the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship and Bray Wyatt finally being WWE Champion.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 2/13/17: Festival Of Friendship

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/13/17)

Festival Of Friendship

– Raw was in Las Vegas, we had a big WWE Raw Women’s Championship rematch between Champion Charlotte and Bayley and above all else, a “Festival Of Friendship” WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho was throwing for WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens. Add up all the ingredients and figure out where it can possibly go wrong. Exactly. To start the show, out came Commissioner Stephanie McMahon, which meant we got the old-fashioned 20-minute talking promo. Vintage Raw. She “gave” General Manager Mick Foley “the week off” and emasculated him without his presence this time. She went for the classic hometown cheap pop. Lord. Here comes Roman Reigns. Just why? This “Big Dog” nickname sounds so forced and won’t ever catch on. He demanded Braun Strowman, even though he’s guaranteed to face him at Fastlane on Mar. 5., like bro, can’t you wait? Real world exercise – ask your boss for your vacation and then a month before it approaches, demand it right now. See how that works out for you. From Steph’s point of view, why on earth would she oblige? We’re reminded she’s a heel and gets the crowd worked up for the prospect of it happening and then does the “boss” thing and prevents it because “she cares.” Cue the boos. She does announce that Strowman would face Mark Henry later. That sounds nice. She’s the boss, so she threatened Reigns and teased taking away the FL match and subsequent WrestleMania bonus. Reigns only got more aggressive in his stance, which drew WWE Raw Tag Team Champions, Luke Gallows/Karl Anderson. This can’t be good. They sucked up to Steph and suggested a Handicap match. Why wouldn’t she? Anderson sported a Club shirt that had similar fonts to the classic Bullet Club tee. Oh, subtle copying. Cue a mini-“brawl” where Referees have to pull them apart before we go to break. Let’s get to the match portion of things. Not much to write here, as the “numbers game” ran the pace, though Reigns powered in some offense. For some reason, the Champs ignored requests from the Referee to not beatdown their single opponent and were disqualified. Meh. Reigns fought out of the Magic Killer and then walked away. The Tag Champs don’t look any stronger and neither did Reigns. What exactly was this supposed to be?

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TNA Turning Point 2012 Reaction

TNA Turning Point 2012

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

So at the end of it all, Turning Point had no Title changes, but the Main Event picture for the next month became well-defined.

A.J. Styles took the ultimate fall and won’t get a chance to compete for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship until Bound For Glory 2013, while James Storm took the #1 Contender spot.

That said, an above-average card delivered an above-average show. Simple as that.

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Wrestle Talk Podcast – Reffing it up Feat. Jay King and Nick Ridenhour Ep. 160

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at The Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & Rene, as they feature guests Referees Jay King and Nick Ridenhour. 

Topics discussed include The Big Show’s goodbye, WWE going live during the holidays, Enzo Amore on 205 Live, what’s up with Dolph Ziggler and Kenny Omega’s injury. 

 

 

 

 

Link Below: 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wrestletalkpodcast/2017/09/14/reffing-it-up-feat-jay-king-and-nick-ridenhour-ep160

The Shining Wizards – Episode 331: #PrayersUpRicFlairKingoftheRingMoneyMoves

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at The Shining Wizards, as they discuss National Video Game Day and their favorite video games, Global Force Wrestling, Raw, Wrestle Pro and an in-depth look at WWE’s King Of The Ring 2002 Pay-Per-View event.

 

 

 

 

Link Below: 

http://www.shiningwizards.com/new/episode-331-prayersupricflairkingoftheringmoneymoves/

WWE Elimination Chamber 2017 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Back in the Pay-Per-View fold after a year’s absence, the infamous Elimination Chamber was all a part of the blue brand’s WrestleMania build.

With Royal Rumble winner Randy Orton in the wings for a Title shot, six of the best would battle it out to see who he’d face, a few in the first Chamber match of their careers.

On a night where a few undercard talents had their moment, other bouts got lost in the shuffle, but as always, SmackDown delivered when it counted.

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WWE Hell In A Cell 2012 Reaction

WWE Hell In A Cell 2012

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Hell in a Cell will be best remembered as the night Ryback got screwed by the referee.

Also shockingly enough, it will be remembered for Sheamus and The Big Show.

The rest wasn’t all that special despite some quality matches.

There are only three weeks until Survivor Series (as opposed to Hell in a Cell’s six-week build), so things will pick up fast.

When Hell in a cell was said and done, it wasn’t as newsworthy as you’d expect, but some matches delivered.

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TNA Bound For Glory 2012 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Bound For Glory was quite the newsworthy show.

Rob Van Dam, Tara, Chavo Guerrero Jr./Hernandez and Jeff Hardy all became Champions.

Bully Ray didn’t turn on Sting. Devon turned out to be a part of Aces and Eights.

James Storm and Bobby Roode took part in an absolute all-out brawl that arguably stole the show.

There’s plenty of ways TNA can go after this show and with four Championships changing hands, a new direction seems definite.

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The Shining Wizards – Episode 330: Burke And Powers

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at The Shining Wizards Podcast, which features interviews with Comedian KP Burke and Mega Powers. Topics discussed include Raw on Christmas, Backyard Wrestling, Women Of Wrestling, Jeff Jarrett, Global Force Wrestling, The Mae Young Classic and more!

 

 

 

 

Link Below: 

http://www.shiningwizards.com/new/episode-330-burke-and-powers/

Review – AJ Mendez Brooks – Crazy Is My Superpower

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

With the Mae Young Classic Tournament here, it’s evidently the effect that women’s wrestling has now had on World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in recent years.

At one point endlessly endeavored as the “Bathroom Break Segment” where fans would evacuate their seats in drones for the concession stands, female talent (branded “Divas”) in the billion dollar company were more accentuated for their looks than wrestling abilities. That known, matches would last about four minutes to the most.

Even though some female pioneers like Trish Stratus and Lita served as an athletic alternative to the rampant eye candy, WWE still treated the majority of women as an undercard attraction, if at all. Valets in bras and panties. Nothing more.

Just before the “Women’s Revolution” graced us with its presence on NXT with the likes of Sasha Banks, Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Bayley, we had Paige, Kaitlyn and AJ Lee. Somewhere between the “PG Era” (shorter matches and irrelevant hosting gigs) and the “Revolution,” Paige/Kaitlyn/Lee also came up through developmental and scratched and clawed to steal the show.

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Manopera! Episode 47: SummerSlam 2017 Review

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Check out the latest episode of “Manopera: A Wrestling Symposium,” where PWO’s own Nick joins Hosts Chris Butera and “Spaceman” Frank for a discussion of all things SummerSlam 2017 – big matches, frustrating angles, shark cages and all the beach balls you can handle. 

 

 

 

 

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 2/11/17: Chair For A Chair

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/11/17) 

Chair For A Chair 

– We start out with the unfortunate note that Ethan HD/Kate Carney were cut out from the opening montage and their plug for Burger Box disappeared too, so that’s not good. Anyways, Caleb Konley marches to the ring and declares his infinite hate for one Mikey O’Shea, as he promised in a pre-taped promo to squash “the cockroach” for good. Meh. They’ll probably fight again in three weeks. Did O’Shea watch his promo beforehand since he already knew what Konley called him? Also didn’t know O’Shea was from New York, but even so, is being a “New York Cockroach” a redeemable quality? It was noted that Konley won their last two matches, which sounds right. There was a little botch where O’Shea was supposed to catch Konley as he did a cross body to the floor. They covered it well though. Sort of silly to waste a replay on a guy being thrown into the ring post. It’s kind of an everyday occurrence. To answer Konley’s frustrated question of how many times he’ll need to beat O’Shea, approximately 167. Konley brought in a chair, which began a tug of war. O’Shea won it, but the referee came to as he wielded it around. One look at Konley “selling” that he was hit and the bell was rung. Your classic Eddie Guerrero finish. Didn’t they use instant replay on a previous episode though? Couldn’t they just review it? Whatevs. A chair outsmarts O’Shea. Wasn’t much of a match anyways, as they’ve had better encounters in the past.

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Notes In Observance – NJPW English 2/11/17: Manifest Destino

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 2/11/17) 

Manifest Destino 

– The Taka Michinoku-Henare match started things off with a proverbial bang. Michinoku had a variated version of his old WWE entrance music. As commentary sifted through the card, we could tell it could be no less than great. This one was your typical “Young Lion Battles Established Veteran” story, but Henare had all to gain and none to lose. Early mat-based grappling dictated the action as Taka was also under the weather. It was definitely physical, but maybe that’s why it was a bit short. Taka maneuvered a transition to get the pinfall. An anticlimactic finish, but it was what it was with these two. We like the story of Henare showing some frustration after the bell. Gives him some depth.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 2/9/17: The End Of The Wolves

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 2/9/17) 

The End Of The Wolves 

– February 2017 has been a disappointing month for fans of The TNA World Tag Team Champions, The Broken Hardys, but alas, they’ve uncovered something new and crazy for them to explore. We started the show with a peak in the parking lot as the Champs, complete with King Maxel/Queen Rebecca, mainly focused on Maxel’s preferences towards unhealthy carbohydrates. Entertaining as always, there was a hook that “everything would be revealed tonight.” Thank god for that.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 2/8/17: Taking Umbrage To The Umbrella

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 2/8/17) 

Taking Umbrage To The Umbrella 

– The Punishment Damien Martinez/BJ Whitmer-War Machine match carried off past quarrels where a match went to the wayside for the purpose of pointless brawling. At least it gives the four something to do, as Martinez’s future’s the most to gain here. It also helped this episode that Colt Cabana was on commentary in classic boastful heel mode. We also liked the little touch that WM wore face paint. It adds to their look, albeit in a “Braveheart” way. Whitmer seems to get “go away heat” and that continued here as not much action occurred. There was a moment where Hanson performed a spot where he repetitively ran his opponents in the corner, to the point the fans did the rally cries with him. It lasted about a minute, legitimately. There were some consistent double-teams on both ends, including an impressive pop-up powerslam by WM. The finish is where things get silly again, because the four men are so into the brawl, the damn 20-count passes them right by. Countouts in ROH are just ridiculous. The only solace taken here was that Martinez/Hanson could make an intriguing singles match one day. Let’s hope they go that route.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 2/8/17: A Stand Against SAnitY

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/8/17) 

A Stand Against SAnitY 

– Well, nothing quite says “Welcome Back To Full Sail University” like the darkness and haunting realism of SAnitY’s entrance. Look Mom, Mad Max has some new friends. Once they get in the ring, we’re subjected to some subtle hardcore dancing from Alexander Wolfe as we wonder what the hell this group is out for so soon into the show. The silence was broken by upbeat Indian music, as The Bollywood Boyz came out with a cultured toy to raise some fun or something like that. Nah, they’re gonna get their asses kicked. In case you wondered, Eric Young/Nikki (not NXT Women’s Champion) Cross would sit this one out. As the match begins, it’s rather hard to not notice Killian Dain’s rampant back hair. Just imagine a furry bear and translate that to a human being. You’ve met your match. Funnily enough, at that point, the Full Sail faithful break out a “Shave your back!” chant. See, they’re not all that resentful. The bout goes on and it’s basically Dain having his way with the fun-lovers. He powerbombed one on top of the other and hit a senton on both. Just, ouch. On top of it all, he hits that sweet move that transitions from an electric chair to the Michinoku Driver. Wolfe never even tagged in, which goes to show that they accomplished the goal to make Dain look scary, though his back hair already did that. Post-match, Cross screamed for Champion Asuka, because well, she’s crazy. Young bragged about his victory over Tye Dillinger at TakeOver: San Antonio and again claimed that “The Perfect 10” belonged with them and it wasn’t a choice anymore. Right. This is like the friendliest group ever.

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Notes In Observance – WWE 205 Live 2/7/17: Five For Fighting

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 2/7/17)

Five For Fighting 

– With perhaps the most intriguing match to date in the Cruiserweight Division, we were set to see a Fatal Five-Way Elimination main event between “The Premier Athlete” Tony Nese, Cedric Alexander, TJ Perkins, Noam Dar and Gentleman Jack Gallagher to determine WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville’s challenger for Fastlane. It all made sense.

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Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown Live 2/7/17: The Latest Chapter

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 2/7/17) 

The Latest Chapter 

– Announced last week, this was a notable occurrence where the Royal Rumble winner would challenge the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion, nine days removed from said Rumble event. Now, enter Randy Orton and Champion John Cena into these roles and you might have a different reaction to that in 2017. Of course, we’ve all seen their past 34,000 encounters between 2006-2011, so this wasn’t any new territory, but the opening video accomplished an almost-impossible task – it made it feel like important history. We guess all that nostalgic footage also helped out. That was the nature of it all and surely, there was lots of footage at the old video library to rummage through for this piece. Give that Production Employee a cookie, dammit.

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Notes In Observance – Southpaw Regional Wrestling 8/?/86: Doing It For Dewey

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 8/?/1986) 

Doing It For Dewey 

– While the World Wrestling Federation builds to their “Big Event” on the 28th, in smaller territories, the talk of the town’s Southpaw Regional Wrestling’s “Showdown At The Swamp,” (SATS) which takes place Aug. 18 at Municipal Stadium. We got an opening video which was a cool music promo mashup, as “The Banker” Mr. Mackelroy, Impressive Pelvis Wesley, SRW Champion John Johnson, Referee Chip Henderson and Ringside Correspondent Clint Bobski each introduced themselves and what makes them so unique to SRW. It put the Super Bowl Shuffle to shame, maybe even as far as a “shot” at the recent “WrestleRock Rumble.” Even though Co-Host Lance Catamaran didn’t seem pleased when the camera cut to him, it was still a noticeable attempt to have fun. Professional wresting can be so serious these days. Somebody tell that to the WWF please.

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Review – Daniel Bryan/Craig Tello – YES: My Improbable Journey To The Main Event Of WrestleMania

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

 

If anybody from World Wrestling Entertainment has had an up-and-down career in and out of the ring, it’s Daniel Bryan.

Elevated from “Indie Wrestler Comes To WWE” status  in 2010 to an actual main event player in 2014, he went though a journey like none other.

His own “Cinderella Story” occurred between 2013 and WrestleMania XXX where he emerged an Undisputed Champion and married five days later to Brie Bella. It’s literally as perfect as one professional wrestler could dream of, especially one who didn’t fit the “corporate style” of what WWE traditionally spotlights.

How would this all translate in a book? With some help by WWE.com’s Craig Tello, we’d finally get that tell-all where Bryan describes his joyous upbringings and subsequent dream chase, with all the little things in-between.

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Notes In Observance – NJPW English 2/7/17: Gunning For Osaka

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 2/7/17) 

The Breakdown 

– As if you didn’t already know, 2017 was off to a blazing start in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, as IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada outlasted Kenny Omega in that “Six-Star Classic” at Wrestle Kingdom 11 and successfully defended against Minoru Suzuki at the New Beginning In Sapporo. With all the ingredients set and one more show until The New Beginning In Osaka on Feb. 11, we had to hunker down and get through some filler and entertainment mostly by way of fancy tag team matches. The opening video was flashy (and Japanese!) but was right to the point about recent events.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 2/6/17: Wild Samoans

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 2/6/17)

Wild Samoans 

– One week after Samoa Joe’s riveting debut that involved a sideline beatdown of Seth Rollins, it was probably no secret that the angle would be the focus to open the show. It’s funny how the Rollins-Triple H storyline mulls along through the months, but with big happenings, it heats up. At this time, Rollins was likely to miss WrestleMania, which actually put more heat on Joe and rather than ignore that, they used it to their advantage. The opening video delved into all that, with sleek editing that actually brought meaning to Trips’ promo on Rollins last week and set up the moment well for Joe to attack. We’ll guess Joe will be branded as “The Destroyer” from hereon out. The key as always is the followup.

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Notes In Observance – NJPW English 2/5/17: The Paintaker

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 2/5/17)

The Paintaker

– It’s 2017 and New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s all the rage these days, so we figured why not put them in the same review family? Granted, we can only cover the English commentary shows, but by the looks of 2017, there’s quite a few shows already. Where we last left off, we saw the sudden onset of the Suzuki-gun faction, with a fierce return not seen since the days of Nexus. A moment of silence please for that ill-fated group. For an exclamation point, they laid out IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, as the group’s leader, Minoru Suzuki, laid claim that every Title would soon be theirs. How nice. Now, no matter what they say in it, it’ll still be incredibly difficult to understand the video packages per se, but damn, their production skills are sleek AF and a little extra on the side. So flashy and easy to follow. Everything looks damn near epic. Plus, that voiceover guy? Forget about it. We’re hooked. Also liked the onscreen broadcast presentation graphics of all the matches for this show laid out, as it felt quite sports-like. To the first contest – Kushida/Hirai Kawato against El Desperado/Yoshinobu Kanemaru. Obviously, Kushida will stand out off the bat here, but this was a story all about Suzuki-gun’s return momentum and the Chaos representatives with a goal to shut that down immediately. Also oddly enough, Don Callis fits right in with Kevin Kelly on commentary, though he’s got a big chair in Steve Corino’s absence to fill. A lot of attention was paid to Kushida getting in Kanemaru’s face, conveying that it was purely about Championship gold. The heels began aggressively, with Kawato selling like a Champion, undergoing such punishment. They pulled out this cool spot where Kushida German suplexed one opponent while he held the other in a bridge. They certainly established Kawato’s fighting spirit well here. ED’s single-leg half crab was thwarted when he got to the ropes. Close near-falls towards the end on both sides. All you could ask for here. In the end, ED pinned Kawato with a move similar to a spinning blue thunder bomb. Good for an opener and to continue Suzuki-gun’s momentum. Post-match, they attacked the winners outside. Well, damn. 

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 2/4/17: Heavenly, But Not So Gentlemanly

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 2/4/17)

Heavenly, But Not So Gentlemanly

– Caleb Konley came out, recently returned from whatever he worked on prior. Instead of being an honorary Wrecking Crew member, he remained a friendly associate. That’s fine, though. Konley shines better as a solo heel act in WCWC. His opponent was Damian Drake in an odd take on “Hero Vs. Villain.” That “story” will happen no matter who Drake’s opponent is, frankly. This was a confusing pairing if the plan wasn’t to put Konley over in spades. We actually wish we could get some advancement with the vague superhero characters in the Midnight Marvels. What if they ever became heels in a “Hero Becomes The Villain” type of thing? Some touch-and-go mat-based grappling dominated the pace early on. This was more competitive than it had any business being, which we had no problem with. Drake has strong potential as a midcarder down the road if they want to go that route. He pulled off an impressive spinning basement enziguiri. We got back into familiar territory as Konley took Drake’s momentum and swung into his side with a long-winded chop before he struck with the Cradle Shot to get the three count. In essence, Konley gets the win and Drake got to show some endurance, but it seems we type the same things every week. Will they finally be serious about a Drake push? What’s next for Konley to do here?

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