Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 12/14/16: Women Of Honor 2016

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 12/14/16)

Women Of Honor 2016 

– The Deonna Purrazzo-Candice LeRae match began with a pre-taped sit-down Purrazzo promo from that put her over for her great reputation and pro wrestling obsession. LeRae’s pre-taped sit-down promo put herself over as cheerful yet strong. She was finally in Ring Of Honor after 15 years. After the “feel out” process, LeRae hit a nice suicide dive and then a double stomp on Purrazzo’s neck to gain momentum. LeRae continued with a few pumphandle German suplexes. Purrazzo countered with a Fujiwara armbar, before LeRae broke the hold at the ropes. LeRae had her own submission with an Octopus variation, but Purrazzo kicked out and locked in the armbar again to win. A fine match where both ladies worked hard. It would be cool if ROH got with the program and actually utilized a Women’s Division or at least made WOH a tournament.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 12/14/16: A Worldwide Documentary

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(Aired 12/14/16)

A Worldwide Documentary 

– The opening video highlighted Angelico’s airborne return as he sought revenge against Lucha Underground Champion Johnny Mundo, who beat Sexy Star for the Title with help from his Worldwide Underground mates, one of which (“Darewolf” PJ Black) lost to Sexy Star after, which earned her a rematch (and bypass the Battle Of The Bulls Tournament) in a steel cage. Also shown was snippets of the Drago-Kobra Moon storyline.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 12/14/16: Four To Play

WWE NXTBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 12/14/16)

Four To Play 

– The opening video recapped last week’s big rematch for the NXT Championship in Osaka, Japan between Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe. “The King Of Strong Style” had a loyal home country following and after a grueling contest, he got back his gold with a Kinshasa for the history books. We saw the hype that went down, as Joe immediately sought his rematch clause, so much so, that five days later in Melbourne, Australia, we’d see them duke it out again for the Title in a Steel Cage match. We assumed this would be the main event.

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WWE Tribute To The Troops 2016 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Genrally, WWE’s annual “Tribute To The Troops” is holiday filler with little storyline impact.

2016’s was somewhat different, as they took advantage of Raw’s Roadblock: End Of The Line Pay-Per-View four days away and shaped the main event around it, also in a way that allowed the “patriotic faithful” theme to stay relevant.

Did it need to be two hours though? Add to that Raw’s three hours, SmackDown Live’s two hours and 205 Live’s one hour just two days before, that was a lot to watch.

Either scenario, no going back now.

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Notes In Observance – WWE 205 Live 12/13/16: Still Feeling Lucky

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 12/13/16)

Still Feeling Lucky 

– The opening video recapped last week when WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann successfully defended against Brian Kendrick in their rematch. There was some accidental physicality between the “good friends” of TJ Perkins/Swann, as we ended with Swann laid out with a superkick meant for Kendrick. As we know, we’ll get a Triple-Threat for the Title at Roadblock: End Of The Line. One has to assume that we’ll get more build. The main event would be Swann-Perkins.

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Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown Live 12/13/16: Legendary Contendership

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(Aired 12/13/16)

Legendary Contendership 

– The General Manager Daniel Bryan/Commissioner Shane McMahon/James Ellsworth opening backstage segment was good and bad news. We saw Ellsworth “sick” and it left Bryan/Shane no choice but to postpone his World Title shot and search for a new #1 Contender. Ellsworth was also reprimanded for his interference in last week’s WWE Intercontinental Championship match.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 12/12/16: Making History

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(Aired 12/12/16)

Making History 

– The opening WWE Raw Tag Team Championship Triple-Threat match between Champions Big E/Kofi Kingston, Luke Gallows/Karl Anderson and Cesaro/Sheamus was a welcome change, especially with the energetic Philadelphia crowd. They dug The New Day and there was a different feel since at midnight, they’d tie Demolition’s 478-day reign. An obstacle was made for them – the two biggest threats to their Titles. They cut a pre-match promo that got the crowd on their side, especially when Xavier Woods dedicated the night to his apparent late Grandma, which began a “Grandma” chant. That transitioned to the actual match. Gallows/Anderson were easy to root against and Cesaro/Sheamus had the unique dynamic with the “Boo/Yay” difference. We also saw a celebration room prepped backstage, complete with a Booty-O’s punch bowl, because why not? Plenty of heavy action that highlighted everyone and great near-falls as it developed. Gallows/Anderson almost won on a Boot Of Doom, but Cesaro literally dove onto the pin at the last second to stop it. Cesaro hit an offensive tear, got a pop for the Big Swing and had the sharpshooter applied. The finish was a well-done way to have ND “steal” the pin, but in a way that wasn’t cheap and spread disappointment on Cesaro/Sheamus at not getting the job done. Kingston hit Trouble In Paradise on Sheamus, while Cesaro was held down by Big E from stopping the pin. Good energy in that opener and we took a glance at the celebration room, which had Bob Backlund and Darren Young in there, along with extras.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 12/10/16: The War Gets Settled

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 12/10/16)

The War Gets Settled 

– The “Rock God” Ricky Gibson-Spyder Warrior match felt routine, but had a unique angle of no Mr. Tubbs at ringside. Despite that, it still felt seen before. It was portrayed early as an even affair before Gibson’s experience got him the advantage with long rest holds to break Warrior down. Gibson also showed nice confidence, as he posed over Warrior several times. While they gave Warrior some credibility in that he had the first Power Ballad attempt scouted (probably didn’t help that Gibson shouted the move’s name right before), but fell victim to the second. This was the most interesting thing they did with Gibson in months, as we’re left to wonder what the possible fallout might’ve been between him and Tubbs. Commentary made sure to raise it on viewer’s minds.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 12/8/16: A Twisted Fate

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(Aired 12/8/16)

A Twisted Fate 

– The opening video recapped when Ethan Carter III defeated Eli Drake to become the new TNA World Heavyweight Championship #1 Contender (and silenced Drake for the rest of 2016), which blended into a sleek “promo clash” as they dipped in separate soundbites from TNA World Heavyweight Champion Eddie Edwards and EC3 that pushed the big Title match. Edwards showed confidence aplenty as he claimed to be “the man” that EC3 used to be and needed to be beat, while EC3 put the belt over more than anything and that after the bell rang, friendship aside, he’d “choke his ass out.”

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 12/7/16: By Honor, For Honor

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 12/7/16)

By Honor, For Honor

– If anybody hoped for meaningful post-Final Battle television, look elsewhere. However, since already here, why not stay awhile? We’ll keep you comfortable. Anyways, the Cheeseburger/Will Ferrara-Tempura Boyz match was throwaway material, but some decent action involved. Joey “Diesel” Daddiego (The House Of Truth’s former J. Diesel) was on commentary and put over Ferrara/Cheeseburger as hard workers in the dojo. Daddiego used to come off like a mini-Batista, but now that he talked, he was like a hybrid of Taz and Nunzio. At least Cheeseburger continues to grow in popularity. That shouldn’t be hard. The guy’s freakin’ name’s Cheeseburger. Fast-paced action as you’d expect. TB hit a nice codebreaker/German suplex combo before they won with a superkick/package piledriver combo on Cheeseburger. TB seem cool, though we still don’t know much about them besides their tasty name. Cheeseburgers and Tempura. Yummy. The post-match angle with Prince Nana and Donovan Dijak continued the inevitable Nana/Dijak split, as the manager demanded his client to “get this wet” and make easy work of Ferrara. Dijak showed brief hesitation before he picked Ferrara up and slammed him down twice. That prompted Daddiego to leave the booth and confront Dijak, as he challenged him to a match. Sure, why not?

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 12/7/16: The Battle Of The Bulls Commences

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(Aired 12/7/16)

The Battle Of The Bulls Commences 

– The opening video recapped Lucha Underground Champion Johnny Mundo’s journey to become Champion, as he uncrowned Sexy Star with help from Taya and his Worldwide Underground “bandmates.” We were also shown the moment where Angelico returned and vowed revenge against Mundo, to which the Champ apparently had a restraining order put forth. The “Ultimate Opportunity” Best-Of-Five Series between Cage and Texano was also shown where last left off, Texano staved off elimination and was still down two matches to one.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 12/7/16: Nakamura Comes Home

WWE NXTBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 12/7/16)

Nakamura Comes Home 

– The opening video hyped the huge rematch in Osaka, Japan for the NXT Championship between Champion Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura. It promised to be a “hard-hitting affair” and why wouldn’t it be?

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Notes In Observance – WWE 205 Live 12/6/16: Chaos In The Title Picture

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(Aired 12/6/16)

Chaos In The Title Picture 

– The opening video recapped WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann’s spectacular victory over Brian Kendrick to become Champ last week on the series premiere. The inspirational music was a big plus, yet the random crowd shots didn’t fit the moment per se. It was as if they were plucked out of context on another show. That said, Swann should make an excitable champion and bring the best out of Kendrick in chase mode as a heel.

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Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown Live 12/6/16: Drunk Off Chin And Juice

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(Aired 12/6/16)

Drunk Off Chin And Juice 

– The opening video replayed James Ellsworth’s betrayal of Dean Ambrose, as he tipped over a ladder with him on it and caused him to land through two tables outside, which helped WWE World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles retain. As we learned on the post-TLC Talking Smack, Ellsworth planned to challenge Styles for the belt and pawned off the idea of an angry Ambrose as an obstacle. The dynamic would be interesting this time since Ellsworth was on his own.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 12/5/16: Tussle In Texas

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(Aired 12/5/16)

Tussle In Texas 

– The opening video recapped last week, where the main highlight was WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns’ clean victory over WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens to earn a Universal Title shot at Roadblock: End Of The Line on Dec. 18. Also in that drama was the rift between Owens and his “best friend” Chris Jericho, as Owens denounced Jericho. We also were reminded that Seth Rollins threw Jericho around the arena parking lot to get his own revenge. Side note – the voiceover narrator sounded like a robot. Do we need to make Raw any more sleep-inducing?

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WWE TLC 2016 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Two weeks after Survivor Series and two days after Ring Of Honor’s Final Battle, it was easy to view WWE’s TLC with Pay-Per-View fatigue.

Honestly, such is the story of 2016.

Thanks to the “Land Of Opportunity” mindset and the ability to make the most of the little things, the SmackDown Live brand took the TLC branding to a “new extreme,” if you will.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 12/3/16: Thornstowe’s Surprise

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(Aired 12/3/16)

Thornstowe’s Surprise 

– The Alexander Hammerstone/Mikey O’Shea-Matt Striker/”Big Jack” Cunningham match started the show with a blaze, reliant upon the big reveal of Hammerstone as Adam Thornstowe’s “surprise” for The Wrecking Crew. Prior to the reveal, O’Shea came out charging towards WCWC Pacific Northwest Champion Grappler III, which made sense given that he was injured by his hands. Thank goodness Hammerstone was the surprise and not O’Shea, because boy, that would’ve been lousy. We like Hammerstone in this “new era” as he takes on his former allies. He always had something special that was untapped and this babyface run could be what he needs. That also seemed to be the first time we heard a genuine pop from the WCWC faithful. It was also funny since Hammerstone was recently featured on that “Best Of 2016” episode, so his return had to be a hot rumor. Speaking of returns, Commentator Kris Kloss was back and better than ever next to Commentator Morty Lipschitz. A nice change of pace from the usual start, as we figured this would be something saved for the main event. As far as the match, not much to write home about besides for Hammerstone’s routine bodyslam on Cunningham, before G3/Jeremy Blanchard attacked him, to cause the match to be thrown out. The brawl was what it was, though we laughed that the Referee mistakenly ruled the match a “No Disqualification.” Shouldn’t that be a DQ win for the babyfaces? Lipschitz’s over-the-top angry reaction to Hammerstone’s return was priceless and logical, since he could use his lawyer skills to find some wrongful legality in the situation. We also learned from Broadcast Journalist Christy Olson that this would build to a Six-Man No Disqualification match between O’Shea/Thornstowe/Hammerstone against Cunningham/Striker/G3 for next week.

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ROH Final Battle 2016 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Ring Of Honor’s Final Battle signifies both the end and new beginnings.

While we initially saw this as counterproductive to host an annual “payoff”-themed Pay-Per-View typically saved for December’s last week on the month’s second day, you couldn’t knock this card.

It’s funny, since ROH didn’t hammer home the hype until the final two weeks of television, but alas, it came together enough for the in-ring action and events to bring it full circle.

We had Jushin “Thunder” Liger, Cody, hell, even Broken Matt Hardy made a cameo appearance.

A fitting main event too, as we’d see Kyle O’Reilly get his last shot (seemingly) against ROH World Champion Adam Cole.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 12/1/16: The Decayed Crusade

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(Aired 12/1/16)

The Decayed Crusade 

– The opening video put over The DCC, as they took out Broken Matt Hardy and gave him amnesia upon a wild backstage brawl. We relived the journey by Matt’s family to jog his memory back, as they tried everything from footage, hypnotism and the Lake Of Reincarnation to no avail. Finally, it took Matt begging “the seven deities” to give him a sign before lightning struck him down and to Reby’s delight, Broken Matt was back. Those few weeks of Ice Cream Social/Engineer/Peach Cobbler Matt were fun, but the return was key to the next step in the war (should we call it that?) against The DCC.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 11/30/16: Final Words

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 11/30/16)

Final Words 

– The Lio Rush-Jonathan Gresham match was random, but could’ve been used as Final Battle hype anyway, since Rush would be on one of the teams in the Finals of the Six-Man Championship Tournament to take place there. Sadly, that was never mentioned on commentary (with even Alex Shelley on the call) as instead, they let the two guys simply wrestle a great match and follow it up with an angle where The Motor City Machine Guns looked to “form the brigade” as a way to combat Bullet Club’s ruthless ways. Gresham and Rush exchanged exceptional chain wrestling, with collar-and-elbow tie-ups and headscissor takedowns galore. Admittedly, some of it came off more choreographed than organic, but we appreciated the effort. Gresham also hit a memorable second rope moonsault to the floor, albeit Rush barely covered him on the fall. Some good near-falls down the stretch, as Rush went on to hit a total of three Rush Hours and a Rushing Elbow to get the win. It was enough for us to be interested if they were to fight again. Shelley was also pretty good on commentary, though nothing overly memorable. Certainly no Austin Aries. The post-match promo segment saw MCMG put over Rush/Gresham as the future. Obviously, this must mean that Rush/Gresham could be potential recruits for this “Honor Brigade.”

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 11/30/16: Armbreaker Hotel

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(Aired 11/30/16)

Armbreaker Hotel 

– The opening video hyped the Gauntlet match where Pentagon Dark would face all members of The Black Lotus Triad, with the catch that it wasn’t over until he faced all four members. This stemmed back from when BLT debuted in Aztec Warfare III with an attack on Pentagon, revenge from when he broke Black Lotus’ arm at Ultima Lucha Dos. At least there was lengthy history. Since this was the only storyline featured, we assumed this would magically take up the whole hour.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 11/30/16: Not Perfect Enough

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(Aired 11/30/16)

Not Perfect Enough 

Raw and SmackDown Live went back to the States, but NXT stood North Of The Border, as the action took place in Ottawa for the hour. Anyways, the NXT Women’s Champion Asuka-Nicole Matthews match was another formulaic squash to remind us that nobody can stand up to the Champ. Matthews had some regional notoriety from Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling amongst other places, but flaunted nothing more than a fierce forearm or two. In terms of character, Asuka remained in the grey area, with her gestures pointed towards overconfidence more than crowd-pandering. We got a kick out of the part where she kicked Matthews, who keeled over before a big one could be delivered. An Asuka Lock later and Matthews was history. The overconfidence contemned as she posed directly over Matthews and “kicked the dirt.” Now, that’s hardcore.

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Notes In Observance – WWE 205 Live 11/29/16: A Life-Changing Kick

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(Aired 11/29/16)

A Life-Changing Kick 

– The Cruiserweight Division has been a blessing and a curse for WWE, dependent upon where you look. If you followed the Cruiserweight Classic, the style was presented as excitable aerials with innovative technical maneuvers. It went over with the people and the Tourney was a nice introduction. Then we get to Raw, where the same six men partook in spotfests. Generic storylines breed generic wrestling, which breeds generic interest. That said, the opening video was similar to the CWC with stock footage of the slow-motion fancy spots, because it’s 205 Live, don’t you know. Yup, we won’t blink. The opening theme reminded us of the opening verse of New Politics’ “Yeah Yeah Yeah,” but that’s a compliment if anything. We also had the commentary team of Mauro Ranallo, Corey Graves and Austin Aries. Whoever decided that, go and buy that person a drink. Stat.

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Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown Live 11/29/16: Proven Loyalty

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(Aired 11/29/16)

Proven Loyalty 

– The opening contract signing segment for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship match for TLC between Alexa Bliss and Champion Becky Lynch was a good start, as the events were also shown throughout the episode. Renee Young initially mediated, but was a ploy for Bliss to lay in some early insults, eventually hurled towards the Champ. The exchange here was strong, as Bliss continued to deliver her case that Lynch had “dumb Irish luck,” while Lynch argued that she earned everything she got so far. Lynch dipped into the Bad Pun Sea, but luckily they switched it up before eyes could roll. The physicality only made this out to be a typical contract signing segment, but was necessary. Lynch got revenge for Bliss’ attack last week as she initiated the brawl, but it was Bliss who stood tall, since she pushed Lynch off the top rope and through the table. Hey, if it worked for Sheamus in 2010…

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 11/28/16: Woo-men’s Wrestling

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(Aired 11/28/16)

Woo-men’s Wrestling 

– The opening video recapped last week’s main event WWE Universal Championship match where Champion Kevin Owens successfully defended against Seth Rollins in a No Disqualification match, with Chris Jericho’s help, donned in a Sin Cara mask and Shinsuke Nakamura hoodie, to spite General Manager Mic Foley’s rules that he’d be banned from ringside. Add an apron powerbomb by Owens and Rollins was done. The KO Show continues.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 11/24/16: A Broken Thanksgiving

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(Aired 11/24/16)

A Broken Thanksgiving 

– The opening video recapped last week’s events when TNA World Heavyweight Champion Eddie Edwards challenged The DCC and was joined by Jeff Hardy, one half of the TNA World Tag Team Champions. The faces begged management for the match and got their wish in No Disqualification rules. We all remember that classic – Kingston took a fireman’s carry onto the top of two seated chairs, Bram took Edwards out with a Brighter Side Of Suffering off the apron through a table and Hardy was taken out by James Storm with a Last Call superkick as the DCC emerged victorious.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 11/23/16: Nard And Feathered

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 11/23/16)

Nard And Feathered 

– The Silas Young-Kyle O’Reilly match was a good time for both to face each other as Final Battle looms. O’Reilly was penciled in as the definite challenger for whomever was ROH World Champion by then, given the winner between ROH World Champion Adam Cole and Jay Lethal. We also appreciated the effort to put Young over as someone in primed position to one day be atop the card, evidenced by how close he came to beating Cole on Sep. 22 for the Title. Sort of a slow bout to start, with basic chain/technical wrestling with a couple of standoffs. Expected in the “feeling out” process. Young got some momentum as he threw O’Reilly aggressively into the barricades. O’Reilly was put over by commentary for his keen predator-esque mindset that focused on the target of different body parts in a match. They traded stiff forearms as Cole came down to join commentary to badmouth Cole as a coward. Young kicked out of a power maneuver, which prompted O’Reilly to lock in his armbar. Young escaped and nearly hit Misery, but ended up in the Brainbuster to lose the match. A fine match with an added emphasis to showcase Young’s toughness (he didn’t tap out) and keep O’Reilly hot. Young’s post-match promo used his great ability to pick on the fans as a device to hype his FB encounter with Jushin “Thunder” Liger. A fan in a Liger outfit made it all possible. That said, we would’ve had a mention of the Young-Liger match much sooner than after this bout.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 11/23/16: Crutch Time

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(Aired 11/23/16)

Crutch Time 

– The opening video recapped Aztec Warfare III where we saw Sexy Star emerge the new Lucha Underground Champion. We were also reminded of Lucha Underground Gift Of The Gods Champion Johnny Mundo’s promise to “cash in” on whoever won the match (if it wasn’t him) the next week. Also shown was the “emotional” Dante Fox-Killshot program and The Black Lotus Triad’s attack on Pentagon Dark. As you’d imagine, this episode would revolve around this ensemble.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 11/23/16: The Cool Kids Get Eclipsed

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(Aired 11/23/16)

The Cool Kids Get Eclipsed 

– The opening video reviewed the glitz of TakeOver: Toronto, when NXT visited the Great White North. Upon the highlights were Paul Ellering in a shark cage, Shane Thorne’s impressive senton off the structure onto The Authors Of Pain, Bobby Roode’s defeat of Tye Dillinger, #DIY’s impeccable win over The Revival to become new NXT Tag Team Champions, Asuka’s successful defense of the NXT Women’s Championship over Mickie James and finally, Samoa Joe’s regain of the NXT Championship over Shinsuke Nakamura.

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Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown Live 11/22/16: Mountie-Bred Madness

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(Aired 11/22/16)

Mountie-Bred Madness 

– The opening video highlighted Survivor Series, where Team Blue emerged victorious over Team Raw with the “stakes higher than ever.” We saw the bickering between WWE World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose cost the team an elimination. Another highlight was James Ellsworth’s “revenge” against Braun Strowman as he held down the big man’s feet and prevented him from beating an in-ring count. Of course, Ellsworth was thrown off the stage and through a table, but it counted. The biggest story though – Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton were the sole survivors, as they defeated WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 11/21/16: Diss And Make Up

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 11/21/16)

Diss And Make Up 

– The opening video nicely recapped the forgettable five-and-a-half-hour spectacle that was Survivor Series. Primarily, Goldberg’s manhandling of Brock Lesnar in his 12-year awaited in-ring return was at the forefront. It was stillshot city of a monumental upset.

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The RSN Wrestling Podcast – Legends

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*An RSN Wrestling Podcast Exclusive* 

 

Check out a recent episode of The RSN Wrestling Podcast, where “Big Guy” Rich, “Mastermind” Sal and PWO’s own Nick break down the topic of legends in professional wrestling through various eras, whether it was “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker and more!

 

 

 

 

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The RSN Wrestling Podcast – SHOOT OUT!

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*An RSN Wrestling Podcast Exclusive* 

 

Check out a recent episode of The RSN Wrestling Podcast, where “Big Guy” Rich, “The Mastermind” Sal and PWO’s own break down various topics from the whole calendar year of 2016, whether it was Bullet Club, WWE, Ring Of Honor, TNA and more. 

“The Shootout” is a “No Holds Barred,” unfiltered edition of the show, as it goes to two hours of madness!

 

 

 

 

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WWE Survivor Series 2016 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez 

 

If WWE in 2016 has taught us anything, it’s that content outweighs logic.

After an hour and 51 minute pre-show came a three hour and 26-minute Pay-Per-View for a total of five hours and 27 minutes of air time.

Nothing screamed “filler” like interbranded 10-man elimination tag matches, with little consequences. Three of them, to be exact.

It’s like watching the World Series between two teams you don’t like. There’s no emotional investment besides the ones who’re directly involved.

Luckily, the best build ironically went to Goldberg-Brock Lesnar, the personification of the overhyped “Fantasy Warfare Just Got Real” catchphrase.

In this case, some things should stay fantasy.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 11/19/16: Deja Vu

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 11/19/16)

Deja Vu 

– The opening in-ring segment with Commentator Jeff Akin, Marcus Malone and Adam Thornstowe immediate followed up last week. In fact, Malone interrupted Akin’s pre-show open, as he made it clear that he wanted revenge against The Wrecking Crew, who put his partner, Mikey O’Shea, through a table. This was a welcome cue for Thornstowe to come out and announce his past problems with WC and proposed a team with Malone. There was also a Bullet Club reference, because why not? All in all, it was fast and made sense.

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WWE NXT TakeOver: Toronto Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

NXT found its way “North Of The Border,” but didn’t lose any luster.

Like we’ve come to expect from the TakeOver specials, we had a solid card with some spectacles ready to deliver, which also included Mickie James’ return and a couple of hot rematches for the NXT Tag Team Championship and NXT Championship.

By night’s end, we wouldn’t call it a “Perfect 10,” but it was close.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 11/17/16: Taste Of Chaos

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(Aired 11/17/16)

Taste Of Chaos 

– The opening video solidly recapped last week’s events, when we saw DCC’s evolution, as they vowed to take everything through control and chaos. They even gave Broken Matt Hardy amnesia. Those fools. Anyways, the trio shifted from “masked businessmen” to “businessmen” when we saw them unmask after an attack on TNA World Heavyweight Champion Eddie Edwards after he successfully defended against Eli Drake. They were revealed to be Kingston (Eddie Kingston of CHIKARA and Pro Wrestling Syndicate fame), Bram and James Storm. We saw potential in DCC as Broken Hardy Universe villains, but with those names, they might actually have something cool on their hands.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 11/16/16: Good Ribbing

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 11/16/16)

Good Ribbing 

– The opening video highlighted the big ROH World Television Championship main event to take place  between Hangman Page and Champion Bobby Fish. We saw a separate promo clash where Page took pride in his attack on Fish’s ribs and looked for the final key in Bullet Club to have all of the ROH gold. Fish wasn’t intimidated and eager to show Page that he simply was on another level. They did a good job with this match build, as this was one of the better storylines.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 11/16/16: Aztec Warfare III

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 11/16/16)

Aztec Warfare III

– Aztec Warfare time’s typically exciting in the Lucha Underground universe. The match, which lasts the whole episode and is the promotion’s pinfall/submission-only elimination equivalent of the Royal Rumble, came at the right time. While the first one set the standard and gave Prince Puma his breakthrough moment, the second one faltered as Lucha Underground Champion Matanza Cueto debuted and destroyed everybody. This time around, Matanza still stood as Champion, but had many contenders in his way. He was slated to start as #1 to defend his belt. The opening cutscene with Lucha Underground Gift Of The Gods Champion Johnny Mundo, Taya and Dario Cueto was a good set-up. Mundo’s narcissism was so strong that he had Taya tape a documentary. Mundo had #12 and bragged to Cueto that he’d win the belt and look to become the first-ever man to hold the LUG/GOTG Championships simultaneously. He revealed his backup plan was to cash in his LUG Championship shot next week. Cueto delivered his best “screw you” to that as he changed Mundo’s number to two and told him it was “Put Up Or Shut Up” time. Made sense for Cueto to do that since Mundo stood a big threat to his brother and we didn’t mind it happening to the rudo Mundo. It was funny when he told Taya to turn the camera off afterwards.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 11/16/16: A Shot At Vengeance

WWE NXTBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 11/16/16)

A Shot At Vengeance 

– The Liv Morgan-Peyton Royce match was the latest installment in the chronicles of the NXT undercard, which you can gladly call its Women’s Division. Forever a “work in progress,” there has been an attempt to build things with the “Aussie Mean Girls” pair of Billie Kay/Royce, coupled with Liv Morgan – a blonde tomboy Jersey Girl – and Ember Moon – a Mortal Kombat-esque athlete who racks up wins. While Moon has been built on her own, we’ve seen Morgan entangled in a feud lately with the AMG. Where we last left off, we saw Morgan cost Kay a match, as Aliyah upset her. The aggressive start made sense given the feud’s context. Royce delivered a nice tarantula-like submission in the ropes, even though we were entirely distracted with her ring attire that screamed “The Riddler.” The memories stopped there until the finish, when we saw Kay physically assault Morgan before she could make Royce submit. The crowd chanted for Aliyah, who came out and it looked like the heels would enjoy another beatdown. This set the stage for Moon to come down and make the ultimate difference, as she single-handedly took down the AMG before her and Morgan hit stereo dropkicks. We like the idea of Moon to physically get her hands dirty with the rest of the division, but we had enjoyed her solo push and wished they kept her separate from this storyline.

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Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown Live 11/15/16: #900

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 11/15/16)

#900

– It was nice to see SmackDown Live’s 900th episode fall during the Survivor Series go-home week. In the realm of tradition and nostalgia for the blue brand, there was also a purpose. The opening video nicely “relived” various highlights from past talent like Eddie Guerrero, King Booker, Edge, JBL, Booker T and Stone Cold Steve Austin. The DX Bus explosion was shown as was the infamous Gore by Rhyno that took Chris Jericho through the original oval set. It seamlessly transitioned into current storylines where we saw hype for the WWE Intercontinental Championship match between Champion Dolph Ziggler and The Miz, the return of Edge in “The Cutting Edge” and a “Date With The Deadman,” The Undertaker. How lovely. Certainly beats Raw.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 11/14/16: On The Same Page

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 11/14/16)

On The Same Page 

– With this the go-home show before Survivor Series, we expected to see “strange bedfellows” as the prominent theme, but could only imagine how much of the show it’d consume. Anyways, the opening segment with General Manager Mick Foley, Commissioner Stephanie McMahon, Seth Rollins, WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Chris Jericho, WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens, WWE Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, The Shining Stars, Cesaro, Sheamus, Enzo Amore, Big Cass, Sasha Banks, WWE Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte, Bayley, Nia Jax and Alicia Fox was packed, but set the show off right. Steph hyped the appearance of SmackDown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan and SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon for later in a “Survivor Series Summit” and addressed how she wanted everyone to work well together or there’d be changes. Foley booked Cesaro/Sheamus against Owens/Reigns. Steph booked Rollins/Strowman/Jericho against ND. Foley booked Banks/Charlotte against Jax/Fox. At least we had stuff to look forward to, but damn.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 11/12/16: Kiss The Table

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 11/12/16)

Kiss The Table 

– The WCWC Legacy Championship match between Champion Ethan HD and Gangrel was warranted from The Vampire Warrior’s previous Non-Title victory over the Champ. This was an easy story to tell, since Ethan stuck to his cowardly ways when he didn’t have the upper hand. Carney also proved to be a managerial force, as she distracted Gangrel atop the apron and also threw glitter in his face. The commentary team couldn’t hold themselves back from a vampire joke. Also, it was mentioned that Kris Kloss would return in December. We wonder if this is now a running joke. Some good bumps and near-falls as the contest progressed, particularly where Ethan hit his 450 Splash and when Gangrel back dropped him into the top turnbuckle. Unfortunately, it was Carney who intervened one too many times for Gangrel to overcome, as she allowed Ethan to hit the Blackout when she was dragged into the ring for her client to retain. Another match with the same story. Not to say it wasn’t good though.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 11/10/16: The Reveal

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 11/10/16)

The Reveal 

– The opening in-ring segment with Ethan Carter III, Eli Drake, TNA World Heavyweight Champion Eddie Edwards, The Miracle, Maria and Moose was standard as far as what we’ve seen on the mic from all involved here, with the mission to push specific programs. Of course, we knew that Drake would challenge Edwards for the belt later as per his “Bound For Gold” briefcase. We also had Miracle and EC3 in a clash over who was rightful to challenge for the belt next. Everybody spent a good minute to put themselves over before Moose came down to commence the physicality. In the end, it was apparent this was used to hype the match to follow.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 11/9/16: All Hail The New Kingdom

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 11/9/16)

All Hail The New Kingdom 

– The Toru Yano-“Unbreakable” Michael Elgin match was odd to say the least. Between Yano’s comedic cheap tactics and Elgin’s serious demeanor, something didn’t gel here. There was a subtle backstory that Elgin looked to get revenge on a countout loss against Yano in the G1 Climax Tournament that cost him two points, but this bout was more about hijinks, turnbuckle pad headshots and general silliness for us to care. It also seemed weird for Referee Todd Sinclair to simply let it go on and not even reprimand Elgin or Yano for their actions. Some decent near-falls towards the end, but even those were anticlimactic. Elgin’s win with use of the exposed steel, lariat and Elgin Bomb was fine for his “revenge” angle, but forgettable. A time killer if there ever was one.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 11/9/16: Gravest Consequences

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 11/9/16)

Gravest Consequences 

– The opening video featured the Son Of Havoc/Mascarita Sagrada-Famous B/Dr. Wagner, Jr. feud that led to a “Believer’s Backlash” match where any weapon was legal as well as Prince Puma’s challenge for Mil Muertes in Grave Consequences. This seemed to be the culmination of their feud that rechristened this season. Let the fun begin.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 11/9/16: Mighty Penmanship

WWE NXTBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 11/9/16)

Mighty Penmanship 

– The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament Semifinal match between #DIY and The Authors Of Pain already had a different feel since it came from the Palladium Arena in California. The live event environments certainly help the matches feel more special. That said, this was easily AOP’s best effort to date thanks to the energetic fight brought by #DIY. It wasn’t all the faces though, as there was a cool spot where AOP caught Johnny Gargano on a suicide dive attempt and then bombarded him at Tommaso Ciampa when he tried to do the same. We also saw Paul Ellering get physically involved again as he bashed Gargano’s head into the apron. Another highlight was where Gargano countered a powerslam into a DDT, which led to the hot tag to Ciampa. Easily the best moment was Ciampa’s German Suplex on Razar, a feat in of itself. Razar battled back with a double fallaway slam for a near-fall. The faces had one of their own as they countered the double powerbomb into huracanranas. The finish was key and made sense, since we saw #DIY have the match won only to deal with Ellering on the apron and also set up NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival’s interference to cost them the match directly. AOP kept their undefeated strike alive and advance to the finals.

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Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown Live 11/8/16: Going Chinternational

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 11/8/16)

Going Chinternational 

– Since we seen Team Raw get along badly yesterday, this was about where Team SmackDown Live stood. In another edition of a Glasgow, Scotland WWE show, the opening in-ring segment with WWE World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles, Baron Corbin, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Dean Ambrose, James Ellsworth and SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon was fine as the show start. We also might add that the addition of Tom Phillips to commentary to make it a four-man booth is simply overkill. Styles assuming he was team captain fit his personality. Corbin not wanting to be involved fit his “Lone Wolf” character. The Wyatts coming down for blood also fit them. Ambrose/Ellsworth served their purpose as the only babyfaces involved until Shane came down and booked a Six-Man Tag between Ambrose/Corbin/Ellsworth and Wyatt/Orton/Harper to “get some issues out of the way.” It was the same “gotta get on the same page” angle we seen with Team Raw. That said, the idea of Ellsworth as the “mascot” should be fun, especially with Styles’ forever disapproval.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 11/7/16: The Best Of The Best

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 11/7/16)

The Best Of The Best 

– With Survivor Series within close range, it was time to establish Team Raw’s “The Best Of The Best” Team, which included WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho and WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns. The opening video looked at last week when Reigns successfully defended against Jericho and was “saved” from a Jeri-KO beatdown by his former Shield partner Seth Rollins as they stared each other down across the ring.

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