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Notes In Observance – WCWC 1/21/17: Feeling The Blackout

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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 1/21/17)

Feeling The Blackout 

– The WCWC Legacy Championship match between Champion Ethan HD and “Mr. Adrenaline” Adrian Matthews had some build when Matthews earned the right after he beat “The Rock God” Ricky Gibson last week. Matthews had an early advantage as he sent the Champ out of the ring after being spit on. Ethan answered with a body slam on the cold concrete. We cracked up at Commentator Morty Lipschitz’s claim that the Referee “should be disqualified” when he kicked the ropes as he noticed Ethan using them for leverage. Carney provided some outside physicality, as Lipschitz dismissed it as “waking him up.” Hilarious. After a superplex by Matthews, Carney brought in a chair, which was set down by Matthews. Ethan tried to take advantage but got clotheslined to the canvas as Matthews climbed to the top. Carney shoved Matthews off the top rope for the disqualification finish. Sigh. We say this though – when heels get themselves disqualified to retain Titles, why do they get upset that they lost the match? Anyways, Matthews chased Carney backstage and Ethan threatened the Referee with a chair. He put put it down and made like he’d walk away, only to come back and land a Blackout, as the Referee’s face landed on the chair. That was actually awesome. For extra heel points, he lightly kicked the Referee’s head afterwards. If not for the fact we question why he’d be mad in the first place since he retained anyway, still good for shock value alone.

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Powerbomb.TV Break The Barrier 2017 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

May 15, 1999 was a historical day for independent wrestling as the former ECW Arena hosted an event called “Break The Barrier.”

BTB I was put together by Al Isaacs, Remy Arteaga and Barbi Bistrowitz of “Scoopswrestling.com,” as a way to showcase the best independent wrestlers as the card represented 12 different promotions.

Talent like “Lightning” Mike Quackenbush, Lou Marconi, Joey Matthews, Christian York and Nick Gage appeared and made names for themselves.

History repeated itself this year on Jun. 11 in Old Forge, PA., as Powerbomb.TV – a streaming service that provides 267 hours of content from 41 promotions as of press time – hosted “Break The Barrier 2017” in a similar supercard that included the likes of Colt Cabana, John Silver, Dasher Hatfield, Ophidian and Desean Pratt.

With Bryce Remsburg back and forth between commentary, pre-show duties and officiating, the broadcast had a CHIKARA-esque feel with a logical edginess.

Without much further ado, we’ll assess just how “Broken” this “Barrier” was nowadays.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 1/14/17: Presence Of Mind

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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 1/14/17)

Presence Of Mind 

– The Gallo-Ian Sutton match served its purpose as a misguided glorified squash to further establish The Wrecking Crew’s newest “pet.” Maybe literally. Think of Gallo like a more muscular version of Rick Steiner’s “barking dog” gimmick. It worked in a sense since WCWC Pacific Northwest Champion Grappler III was with him at ringside. We also liked the idea of Sutton as his opponent because he could use a rub from some offense put in. The downward side of Sutton’s stereotypical redneck gimmick’s exactly that – it’s limiting. Luckily, Sutton showed more depth to his in-ring skills and actually put in a few decent shots that had Gallo reeling. The pulverizing party didn’t last long, as Gallo took control after a mighty powerslam to earn his way to victory. Sutton’s one-match win streak would remain that. G3’s post-match promo was fine, as it reminded us of the impending tag match where Gallo/Caleb Konley would battle Mikey O’Shea/Alexander Hammerstone next week and G3 would be handcuffed to the ropes. This was the heels marveling over their high victory chances.

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Notes In Observance – AML Wrestling LIVE! 1/13/17: Going Hardcore

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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 1/13/17)

Going Hardcore 

– This review will chronicle Episodes #79-85, with the first being the AML Prestige Championship Four-Way Elimination between Cedric Alexander, Jordan Kage, Caprice Coleman and Sean Denny to crown the inaugural Champion. We liked the idea of the Prestige Championship as a means of an Intercontinental Championship of sorts to give upper midcarders a nice accolade. There was plenty of buildup here too, given how everyone in the match won four-ways of their own. The twist here was that this was elimination style, as opposed to the one-fall qualifiers. The contenders also made sense too. Alexander had momentum with THE Tommy Thomas as his manager, Kage had his “Picture Perfect” gimmick going for him, Coleman was probably AML’s most over guy and then Denny had an injury to overcome given to him from AML Tag Team Champions The Heatseekers. All the ingredients here for a thriller. There was a brief production blunder since they gave a “Let’s Hear From The Contestants” graphic without any actual promos to follow. Alexander had a big pop upon his entrance with “Best In The World” chants galore. In swiveling heel fashion, he also trolled a little girl at ringside by pretending to give her a high-five only to pull out at the last second. This Alexander’s awesome. Sean Denny smartly sold his injury as he walked to the ring. Coleman had the biggest reaction and hugged a group of kids by the ring. What a gentleman. As things went underway, Alexander lured the injured Denny to take him on as he mocked his walking stance. He targeted the knee and hit the Lumbar Check to quickly eliminate him. Makes sense after all. It did get a little predictable here, since Coleman was being worked over by Kage/Alexander (two heels), that it’d come down to him/Alexander. Coleman battled back with a nice double huracanrana. The Trinity eliminated Kage as we figured, to leave it down to the final two. At this point, it got ultra-competitive and it worked because of their similar styles. Lots of history to play up on too as they were former partners in the C & C Wrestle Factory. Coleman hit an awesome huracanrana from the canvas to the floor. Alexander landed on his feet off a Leap of Faith attempt. Alexander had the Sky Splitter scouted and went for a brainbuster for a two. Some shenanigans from Thomas and a foreign object slipped into the ring in the finish made it clear that Alexander would emerge victorious. Still great though, as was Alexander’s post-match trolling with the fans, as he literally went around the first row and made them individually say he was the “Best In The World.”

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June 11th: Powerbomb.TV Hosts Indie Wrestling Festival In Northeast PA

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*Courtesy Of Powerbomb.TV*

 

Break The Barrier was a professional wrestling supercard held at Viking Hall, better known as the ECW Arena, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 15, 1999. The event was organized by the founders of Scoopswrestling.com, Al Isaacs, Remy Arteaga and Barbi Bistrowitz, and brought together some of the top independent wrestlers from around the country.

Powerbomb.TV presents
Break the Barrier 2017:
Independent Wrestling Festival
Streaming LIVE!

On Sunday June 11th, Powerbomb.TV will host “Break the Barrier 2017” – an independent wrestling festival – starting at 3:00PM at the GSW Arena in Old Forge, PA (conveniently located between Philadelphia and New York City). The event will also stream live through Powerbomb.TV.

Tickets are on sale now for $15 and if you’re a Powerbomb.TV Subscriber, you can reserve your ticket for free!
https://www.powerbomb.tv/gettickets

Confirmed Promotions participating in “Break the Barrier 2017” include C*4 Wrestling in Canada, Cara Lucha Promociones in Mexico, IWRG in Mexico, Georgia Premier Wrestling, Deep South Championship Wrestling, Grand Slam Wrestling, Tier 1 Wrestling and Top Rope Promotions.

Already confirmed for Sunday, June 11th:

Tiger & Puma vs Guerrero Maya Jr & Triton (CMLL)
Joey Janela vs Buxx Belmar (C*4 Wrestling)
Colt Cabana vs Orange Cassidy
Plus: Chuck Taylor, Fly Warrior, Jigsaw and more to be announced soon!
Bryce Remsburg & Joe Sposto will be providing live commentary to Powerbomb.TV

Powerbomb.tv is an independent wrestling video streaming network available on Web and Mobile Devices featuring over 30 promotions and 165 events. The company plans to launch on Roku and Apple TV for their Grand Opening event on Sunday, June 11th.

Start your 10-day free trial today by visiting
https://www.powerbomb.tv

 

Notes In Observance – WCWC 1/7/17: Heavenly Surprises

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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 1/7/17)

Heavenly Surprises 

– The Heavenly Bodies-Northwest Express match opened 2017’s first telecast (as commentary made it known throughout the opening minutes) with HB’s debut. The good thing was that they hyped this out from about two to three weeks prior. It probably also helped us that we remember HB from Pro Wrestling Syndicate where they tore it down as associates of “Shining” Edward Jackson. Gosh, was it really that long ago? It was also good to see that they’ve decided to stick with Phlex Walker/Marcus Malone as a team, despite their matching color scheme looking a little Men On A Mission-esque. The heels garnered immediate heat even before the match as they prepared to lock up, only to leave the ring and jaw with fans. Disappointingly, the first commercial break came before we saw anything more than collar-and-elbow tie-ups and arm rest holds. We also loved how commentary played up on the fact that it’s hard to tell off the bat who was Desirable Dustin and Gigolo Justin before they pointed it out. The heels tried to evacuate the premises mid-match, which was met with chops galore. Justin hit a nice rolling lariat off the apron onto Walker before he shoved him into the steel steps. Both HB members were in the ring as Malone got the hot tag. A collision course spot sent the HB bumping into each other headfirst. As NE geared up for some sort of variation of the Doomsday Device, Justin put a stop to that and set up the team’s sick finisher, The Pearly Gates. The wheelbarrow cutter double-team was more than enough for them to score the pin. A nice dip in the water and it made us want more.

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Wrestle Kingdom 11 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Jan. 4, professional wrestling and the Tokyo Dome have been a longtime polyamorous relationship, to the point where it has become tradition.

After last year’s Wrestle Kingdom 10 when Shinsuke Nakamura and WWE World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles stole the show, New Japan Pro Wrestling began to make a global buzz.

With the likes of Bullet Club, Chaos and Los Ingobernables de Japon (LIJ) all in a power struggle, many Titles were up for grabs.

WK has become a haven for big moments and unlikely chances for Champions to retain their belts.

Wrestle Kingdom 11 would be right up there with the greats for a main event that actually dragged “Six Stars” out of one Dave Meltzer.

How did the show fare by our standards? Find out below.

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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.

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Notes In Observance – Southpaw Regional Wrestling 2/?/87: Lethal Preparation

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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 2/?/87)

Lethal Preparation 

– Always eager to add new promotions to our ever-present lineup, PWO’s proud to announce beginning coverage of Southpaw Regional Wrestling – a renegade southern promotion that has truly come to recognition by now. SRW airs weekly on WMOB and is #12 in the television ratings. Look out, #11. You’ve got some stiff competition.

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Notes In Observance – AML Wrestling 12/29/16: Honor And Prestige

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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 12/29/16)

Honor And Prestige 

– This episodes highlights Episodes #73-78 and the majority focused on AML Wrestling’s Prestige Championship Tournament, set up similarly to Lucha Underground’s Battle Of The Bulls. Four separate Fatal Four-Ways where each winner would face off in their own Fatal Four-Way with that winner being the new Prestige Champion. It’s hard to tell right away where the belt falls on the talent spectrum, but it appears to be the upper midcard. Not a bad idea, since we could use more gold around these parts. The AML Wrestling Prestige Championship Tournament Qualifying match between Matt Sigmon, Elliott Russell, Sean Denny and Brandon Scott had a cool angle of seeing The Heatseekers compete against each other while you also had Scott of Team Axcellence and Denny from The Geordie Bulldogs, who were in a feud with The Heatseekers. Backstage promos came from Team Axellence (who pushed being in the Tourney together and how one was better than the other), The Heatseekers (who also spoke about the Tourney, as Sigmon was unaware that Russell was also in it) and GB (as Mark Denny thought he was in the Tournament instead of his partner) in a nice mix. They made plenty use of the “Tag Team Flavor.” Rightfully so. We liked how Sigmon tried to intimidate Mark Denny before the bell as he asked how his neck was, a direct reference to The Heatseekers’ attack. The match’s tag-in format killed a little buzz for us, since you had to know that The Heatseekers would obviously stick together. Formulaic action until we got a standoff between The Heatseekers, as Russell shoved Sigmon, but then hugged him, an obvious “troll” moment. The hug set up Denny’s flawless double missile dropkick. Scott hit the Scottbuster on Russell for a near-fall. In the end, Denny spit mist into Rusell’s eyes and scooped him up in a school boy to pin him. Denny’s advancement brings some tag team legitimacy to the Finals. The magic came with The Heatseekers’ brutal chair attack on Denny’s ankle as they slammed his ankle in between the chair numerous times. Denny sold the injuries brilliantly as he covered his face and even sped his breathing up, while other officials and even Owner Tracy Myers checked on him. Logical way to advance the GB-Heatseekers feud and one has to question Denny’s condition and perhaps the scenario where Mark steps in for him. Mark’s post-match promo was great, as he kept it serious (as opposed to his jokey self) and professed revenge for his brother and wanted the AML Wrestling Tag Team Championships.

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