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Notes In Observance – WCWC 12/31/16: New Year’s Slammin’ Eve

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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 12/31/16)

New Year’s Slammin’ Eve

– The Christy Olson/Mikey O’Shea/Alexander Hammerstone/WCWC Legacy Champion Grappler III/Jeremy Blanchard/Caleb Konley in-ring segment advanced the Wrecking Crew-Hammerstone/O’Shea/Adam Thornstowe feud without the latter’s presence. This was the babyface’s television return after WC got them suspended. Hammerstone had the advantage of actually being a WC member at one point, so his words were heavy to listen to. The segment’s “twist” was that G3 called in some favors, as he revealed that someone had “unfinished business” with O’Shea and it was none other than the returning Konley. Liked how they tied in things to exactly one year ago, but strange at the same time. Why suddenly bring it up now? At least there was plenty of history between O’Shea/Konley. More on that later. Next week’s hook was also provided when G3 informed Hammerstone he had a surprise for him then. O’Shea was a highlight on the mic too.

– WCWC Tag Team Champions Gangrel/Sinn Bodhi’s backstage promo was your typical “we’ll fight anybody” babyface Champion promo, but with a “Brood” twist, of course. Bodhi was right when he mentioned parts of the basic food groups – strippers, donuts and gold. Disappointingly, Olson wasn’t as scared of them here.

– The WCWC Tag Team Championship match between Julian Whyt/King Khash and Champions Gangrel/Bodhi was one of the show’s more competitive Title matches – the show’s theme with every belt on the line. It was odd that The Bonus Boyz didn’t immediately get their rematch clause, but they’d address that later. Not a bad match, but it didn’t pack the drama of the old Gangrel/Bohdi-BB bouts. They still did good, as Whyt rammed the Timekeeper’s hammer into Gangrel’s throat outside the ring. The heels had the upper hand briefly before the Champs wrestled it away and used their wits to hit their double-team finisher on Whyt as they also used him as a battering ram to take out his partner. In the end, a decisive victory.

– The WCWC Pacific Northwest Championship match between Phlex Walker and Champion G3 wasn’t as great as we hoped. Why’d they change Walker’s theme song to a slow trumpet? It doesn’t fit him. A highlight though, was Commentator Morty Lipschitz’s constant rags on Walker’s blue singlet and hairstyle. They gave Walker a slight out as he had to deal with Blanchard’s attacks on the outside along with G3’s loaded orthopedic boot to lose, but we felt it was better to keep Walker paired with Marcus Malone.

– Kate Carney’s backstage promo gave us the update on BB’s whereabouts, as we learned that she sent them away to come back stronger and reclaim their gold. She soured on management for “taking away their belts” (the ones they cleanly lost), which was good heel logic. Carney knows how to work a promo.

– The Heavenly Bodies’ backstage promo hyped next week’s debut and again, they looked to prove why they were tag team wrestling’s best thing going. Based off their Pro Wrestling Syndicate work, they should fit right in. We also got some shouting, which we guess raised the intensity level. Loved their logo graphic, which was almost a throwback to the 1980’s.

– The “Rock God” Ricky Gibson-Ian Sutton match was a strange clash of “Bluegrass Meets Rock n’ Roll,” but they made it work somehow. Sure, Sutton’s character still borders on a stereotypical dimwitted redneck (he played “air guitar” on Gibson’s arm while he had him in an armbar), but he has improved in the ring and we got to see more of that here. Also liked the attention to continuity as Gibson had a winning streak without Mr. Tubbs’ services. This was pleasantly competitive. Janice the Guitar was the ultimate difference, as Gibson purposely tried to use her as a weapon, to set up a low blow when the Referee was distracted with putting it away. Gibson keeps the wins going. How about that.

– The WCWC Legacy Championship match between Champion Ethan HD and Malone was rightfully competitive to start, but given the loaded “all belts on the line” card, we expected a quick one. We knew Carney got physically involved a couple times, but the clean win for Ethan via the Blackout was a true surprise. We loved it, actually. Did they have Malone and Walker purposefully lose separate Title shots together?

– Konley’s backstage promo hyped the main event as he spoke about his return solely to “settle the score” with O’Shea. We do wish they’d come up with less cliche lines in the backstage promos. Take a drink every time you’ve heard somebody say “settle the score”or “You and I are no strangers.” You’d be drunk in no time.

– The O’Shea-Konley main event picked up on their animosity as O’Shea ran directly into the ring to get attacked by an energetic Konley. Commentary provided good backstory as we learned how Konley/O’Shea were once tag team partners until Konley turned and purposely got himself disqualified in matches. Last year, O’Shea wore a steel cup, which was a way he outsmarted him to defeat him. Again, odd to bring it up a year later when both guys have appeared on the same show numerous times in the year. We’ll let it go though for the sake of telling a story. Good physicality that culminated with a fierce O’Shea spinesbuster. Props to O’Shea for his sharp angry facial expressions. He nearly pinned Konley before we got a run-in from G3, who distracted O’Shea from the apron. Konley used the moment to pin O’Shea using the ropes with his feet to “steal one.” It remains to be seen if Konley is closer to WC than we think, but it’d be a nice twist. Konley could use the “heel rub,” since a face turn’s nowhere on the horizon.

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

  • WCWC Tag Team Championship – Gangrel/Sinn Bodhi (Champions) def. Julian Whyt/King Khash (w/Mr. Tubbs) via pinfall to retain 
  • WCWC Pacific Northwest Championship – Grappler III (Champion) (w/Jeremy Blanchard) def. Phlex Walker via pinfall to retain 
  • “The Rock God” Ricky Gibson def. Ian Sutton via pinfall 
  • WCWC Legacy Championship – Ethan HD (Champion) (w/Kate Carney) def. Marcus Malone via pinfall to retain 
  • Caleb Konley def. Mikey O’Shea via pinfall 
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About Nicholas Jason Lopez

Just a 25 year-old Brooklynite. Nothing more, nothing less. Currently Freelancing for The Bensonhurst Bean website in Brooklyn, he has also been published on sites such as Review Fix, College University of New York Athletic Conference, Dying Scene, Brooklyn News Service, All Media NY, BrooklynFans.com and Yahoo Voices. He has also interned for The Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator based out of Brooklyn, NY.

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