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

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(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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Notes In Observance – AML Wrestling LIVE! 12/23/16: Beyond Regulation

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez 

 

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(Aired 12/23/16)

Beyond Regulation 

– This round of reviews will chronicle AML Wrestling LIVE’s Episodes #68-72 and an “online exclusive” bout. It has been some time since AML had been around, so we were eager to dive into the pool. The Online Exclusive match between The Regulator and JR Reynolds was the result of Regulator’s (a masked, agile Braun Strowman-esque monster) backstage assault on his former opponents in a tag team called LaBron James. Yes, that’s their names. A constant with these episodes was that the mic audio was hard to pick up with the crowd out there. Luckily, Regulator had a great manager in “THE” Tommy Thomas and we didn’t even need to hear him to get what he said. Reynolds came out as “the next victim” and had a fair, though generic build with a beard, tattooed body and muscles. It was noted to be his debut, as he expected a Regulator squash at the least. Commentator Blake Chadwick noted the improved entranceway, though it looked unspectacular. The match’s story was decent as we saw Regulator dominate early on with a body scissors submission before Reynolds battled back. In fact, this was the most vulnerable Regulator has looked, especially when he almost lost after Reynolds hit a modified frog splash. However, as quickly as that came, the momentum switched again and Regulator hit his double underhook sit-down powerbomb finisher to end it. Might we suggest they name it “Pure Regulation”? Anyways, Thomas’ post-match promo christened his protege a “future Champion” as he bullied around Interviewer Tim Blaze.

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Notes In Observance – AML Wrestling LIVE! 8/24/16: For The Third And Final Time

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 8/24/16)

For The Third And Final Time 

– For the upstart North Carolina-based promotion known as America’s Most Liked Wrestling, it’s arguable to say the epicenter of it all lied in the form of AML Wrestling Champion King Shane Williams and his rise to glory at the expense of Vordell Walker (who he beat in a Best-Of-Five Series to get his shot at the belt) and former Champion, Greek God Papadon. With countless wars between the charismatic Papadon and the Jerry Lawler-esque Williams, this was deemed the “third and final time” the two would wage war. It was established to take place in a steel cage for the belt and we heard pre-match promos from each man that fit their characters. Williams was out for blood and wanted Papadon to have no excuses of why he’d lose this time, while Papadon revealed a twist where he personally chose the Referee and referred to him as a “stand-up citizen.” Papadon did a swell job of riling up the fans (the ones that didn’t cheer for him anyway) as he slapped Ring Announcer Tim Blaze across the face before he officially revealed the previously suspended Walker to be the personally chosen official. We liked this immediately because it gave the impression the “stack was decked” against Williams, who now had to combat against the two guys he overcame to get the belt to now keep it in a match that didn’t favor him. It was your classic heel move, yet logical. The in-ring action followed this narrative already laid out for us, as we saw Walker refuse to count for Williams several times and laid a fast count for Papadon to no avail. This helped sell Williams as a true underdog, even when it didn’t seem likely he’d be the guy to go on and represent AML at this year’s WrestleCade V weekend. We also applauded the little things, like the “announcement” that Tracy Myers booked this bout to have no time limit and only winnable by pinfall or submission. We felt the turning point was upon Williams’ kick-out of three powerbombs by Papadon. We also fell for the twist where Papadon shoved Walker and appeared to make Walker walk out (no pun intended), only to come back with the belt and purposely avoid seeing Papadon use it. This was an excellent finish, since it gave Williams the opportunity to win and that was with the way he shoved Papadon into Walker to lay him out and hit the Piledriver and get the three-count from the original official to retain his belt and carry AML through the late summer and into the fall as Champ. Can’t lay it out better than that. That was some of the best storytelling in AML history.

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Notes In Observance – AML Wrestling LIVE! 7/11/16: The Axcellence Of Execution

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 7/11/16)

The Axcellence Of Execution 

– This review covers Episode #66, which featured Team Axcellence against The Geordie Bulldogs, taped back in March at “Never Enough” from Yadkinville, North Carolina. There was a logical story headed in, evidenced by both teams’ back-to-back promos. Basically, TA sought revenge against the team that previously beat them as they looked to be on the road to gold, with AML Tag Team Champions The Heatseekers a clear target. GB played nice “English Punk” heels, as they insulted TA for their “pretty looks” and were eager to beat them once more. The match itself was okay, got better as it went along. As you’d expect, the heels bent the rules wherever possible to fit in some cheap shots and played the crowd nicely. Eventually, TA built up a strong comeback with some slick double-teams and with the crowd on their side, they came to life at the finish, which involved the Russian Leg Sweep Blockbuster. Made sense to brand this as a signature win for TA, as this was something that could propel them into a Title shot against the unstoppable Heatseekers. All in all, good match. Was every spot perfect? No, they could’ve caught each other better on the suicide dives, but that’s pure nit-picking.

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Notes In Observance – AML Wrestling LIVE! 6/21/16: Five More Minutes

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 6/21/16)

Five More Minutes 

– America’s Most Liked Wrestling was back again with two more episodes (#64 and #65) with matches taped back from March’s “Never Enough” event in Yadkinville, North Carolina. The first was The Regulator (The Tommy Thomas’ new insect-esque client) against I.E.D., another masked individual apparently brought out by Thomas in some kind of confused scheme. This was just an impromptu squash with little substance. Regulator seems a bit limited in the ring, but shows good presence. The real show was Thomas on the outside, who spews charisma from left to right. Liked the emphasis placed on Regulator’s shoulder-breaker driver as that was how it ended the first match.

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Notes In Observance – AML Wrestling LIVE! 6/2/16: You Have To Do What You Have To Do

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 6/2/16)

You Have To Do What You Have To Do 

– Filmed back in March at America’s Most Liked Wrestling’s “Never Enough” event from Yadkinville, North Carolina, AML fans were in for a treat – the first-ever match between “The Exclamation Point” Steve Anthony and Damien Wayne. A big episode highlight was Anthony’s heel charisma, who practically had it out of his pores. Decent separate promo exchanges before the match – Anthony overconfidently bragged about his recent New Japan Pro-Wrestling stint and how he was better than Wayne, while Wayne was fixated on his two losses to Zane Dawson, but wouldn’t let it deter him from Anthony. Anthony reminds us of Greek God Papadon in a good way. It’d be awesome to see them team up one day. On the other side, Wayne comes off as a mix between Stone Cold Steve Austin and “American Badass” Undertaker. Anthony’s heel tactics were great, whether it was how he trolled the Referee with the ring ropes multiple times or even chopped him on the chest when he grew frustrated. There was also some solid in-ring storytelling as Anthony dominated the bout from the point where he hit a stun gun on Wayne to knock him to the outside. That said, some bad botches by Anthony soured this one a bit from perfection, namely the huracanrana/springboard moonsault attempts, but his charisma and personality covered it up enough where it wasn’t a complete distraction. A cool moment where Anthony hit a running lariat on Wayne who sat upon a chair on the outside floor. Decent exchanges of near-falls down the stretch, but the finish sort of took us by surprise. Wayne attempted a German Suplex and in the midst of pulling on the Referee, Anthony used his leg to hit a backwards low-blow to steal the contest. Branded as a possible signature win, we’re certainly behind the idea of Anthony getting a Title shot soon. On the other side, Wayne had a little out for the loss with Dawson on his mind. Good post-match promo by Anthony as he made use of the vocal ammo the win provided and Wayne sold the low-blow excellently with the way he staggered. Needless to say, this was Anthony’s best AML effort to date.

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Notes In Observance – AML Wrestling LIVE! 5/17/16: 2 Cold 2 Hold

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 5/17/16)

2 Cold 2 Hold 

– We got a fresh twist on the typical “wrestling legend meets overzealous rookie” storyline, as we’d see 2 Cold Scorpio (of WWE and ECW fame) battle Timmy Lou Retton, wrestling’s “only male gymnast” with a style/build similar to WWE’s Big E. TLR’s backstage promo was quite on point and helped establish him as a confident “olympic heel” who saw 2CS beneath his level. On the other end, 2CS had his usual “funky” swagger and was eager to teach the newcomer a lesson gained from his own personal experiences. The match itself was okay, as the crowd responded to 2CS, but not so much to TLR. The place was also a plodded one, but things came together well enough by the end to allow for some near-fall drama. LTR nearly put 2CS away on two occasions before he fell victim to the Scorpio Splash upon a missed 450 Splash attempt. It seemed the goal here was to show that TLR had impressed the legend enough to have him get his hand raised after the match. 2CS’s post-match promo expressed that same sentiment, though we had our guards up from an expected TLR attack, but it never materialized. Interesting.

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Notes In Observance – AML Wrestling LIVE! 5/5/16: A New Kind Of Throne

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 5/5/16)

A New Kind Of Throne 

– America’s Most Liked Wrestling was back with a batch of new episodes, as this recap will take you through TV episodes #57-60, all from AML’s February “All for The Glory” event held in High Point, North Carolina. We had some good stuff up and down the card, focusing on several notable talent, but why not start from the beginning?

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Notes In Observance – AML Wrestling LIVE! 4/15/16: Walking The Talk

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 4/15/16)

Walking The Talk

– This recap follows episodes #51-54 since #55/56 are simply “best of.” Episode #51 was spearheaded by the Caprice Coleman-Vordell Walker bout. We had some good hype beforehand with a backstage segment that showed some nice interaction between the two. Coleman has some charisma, even if we’re unsure exactly what his character is supposed to be, though it borders on “Black Priest.” Walker on the other hand, has been pushed as a juggernaut heel, seemingly a better role for him. Think of Lashley’s current TNA character if one needs a comparison. It was a good mesh of personalities and with both guys on “hot runs,” something had to give. A little disappointing as far as the match, since the pace was deadly slow and almost sleep-inducing, but there were moments of clever ring psychology and painful-looking technical maneuvers. Also some cool highlights, like Walker’s top rope belly-to-belly suplex and Coleman’s Frankensteiner, but things ended before they reached second gear. We liked the finish though, which was essentially Walker using brass knuckles to get a pinfall before the decision got reversed when he was caught after the object fell off his hands when the Referee raised his hands. Ever the muscleman, Walker took out a table and set it in the corner, also shoving the Referee down. Walker’s spinebuster on Coleman through the table looked vicious, giving Walker some great heat. Owner Tracy Myers being at ringside also made it feel bigger.

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