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WWE Royal Rumble 2017 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez


While January begins with a countdown from ten to one, wrestling fans most associate the month with the same countdown towards another festivity – the Royal Rumble.

Given the “Big Four” treatment, equivalent in 2017 to a NXT TakeOver event the day before, a two-hour pre-show and a five-and-a-half-hour Pay-Per-View, it was treated as a huge deal.

It probably also helped that it emanated from San Antonio’s Alamodome, with a house count of 52,020. It was practically WrestleMania without being it.

Given the Rumble’s star power of Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman, The Big Show, Goldberg and The Undertaker, there was an unpredictability headed in that severely lacked the previous few years.

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WWE Hell In A Cell 2016 Reaction

By Nicholas Jason Lopez


Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

With yet another Pay-Per-View in the bag, we were left underwhelmed and disappointed by Raw’s Hell In A Cell.

In a show that boasted three main events, three HIAC bouts and the first time a women’s match took place in the structure and main-evented a PPV, there was history made.

In the end though, nobody would rank these HIAC matches among the greatest.

The show ranged from terrible to great, dependent on where you looked.

Luckily, there was some change in directions as some belts changed hands.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 10/5/16: A Run Around The Bases

Image provided courtesy of Ring Of Honor.

Image provided courtesy of Ring Of Honor.

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 10/5/16)

A Run Around The Bases 

– One con to post-Ring Of Honor Pay-Per-View television is that it’s mostly throwaway. The pro was that at least the in-ring content was good enough to entertain you for an hour. Anyways, this week and next week’s shows would come from this year’s “Field Of Honor” show that took place in August at MCU Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 3/28/16: Bombs Away

WWE RawBy 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 3/28/16)

Bombs Away 

– With a hyped-up Brooklyn crowd, the show got off to the right start with the hot opening segment with Shane McMahon and The Undertaker. Again, while this whole feud/storyline severely lacks strong logic, it does hold a certain entertainment factor to it that can’t be denied. Say what you want. You’re looking forward to this match. That said, their exchange on the mic was entertaining, with Shane proclaiming he was fighting to win to bring change, while Taker was fighting not to lose. Also some nice jabs at Taker’s legacy tarnished two Manias ago. They amped it up by having Shane walk down the ramp and into Taker’s face, to which Taker called Shane his daddy’s bitch, which started the memorable physical exchange. Didn’t think they’d take a chance with Shane’s signature elbow drop through the announce table, but they did it and the crowd went bonkers. This feud actually needed that “aha” moment to get people even more excited and gave us a taste of what could potentially come at Mania.

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Top 20 Of 2015

Top 20 Of 2015By Nicholas Jason Lopez

*Graphic by Angel Ancantara*


2015 certainly had unmemorable moments – a Global Force Wrestling invasion, a “Divas Revolution,” a ridiculous love rectangle, tater tot promos, among others.

However, we also saw fantastic ones – a Money In The Bank Briefcase Cash-In during the WrestleMania main event, a revamped Undertaker-Brock Lesnar feud, “four horsewomen,” John Cena’s United States Open Challenge, TNA World Title Series and that’s scratching the surface.

Below’s our list of the top 20 moments of 2015.

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Worst 10 Of 2015

PWO Worst 2015By Nicholas Jason Lopez

*Graphic by Angel Alcantara*


As we all know, not all pro wrestling storylines ideas are gems. There were times this couldn’t be more true in 2015.

Whether it was the overhyped, underwhelming “invasion” of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) by Global Force Wrestling (GFW) or the debacle that was the Slammiversary 2015 Pay-Per-View, there were countless moments that we’ll revisit so you can shake your head yet again.

Pro wrestling fans are plenty of things, but stupid isn’t one of them.

Check out our list of the “Worst” 10 moments of 2015.

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Heeeey, We Want More New Day

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Anthony Zevoteck



The New Day as we know today weren’t always about over-the-top twerking, unicorn magic and trombone solos.

Would you believe there was a time when they were resented by the WWE fans and had “go-away heat” as babyfaces?

It took some work to get from point A to point B but it has been done nevertheless and it’s time to celebrate the feat.

The feisty trio of Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods came to fruition on Jul. 21, 2014, but they officially adopted the “New Day” moniker on Nov. 3 that year.

To that point, all three guys had some main roster success, the most notable of the three being Kingston, who wowed us with his energetic, high-flying athleticism from his WWE-ECW days right on to reigns with the Intercontinental Championship, WWE World Tag Team Championships and the WWE United States Championship.

A close second was Big E, who was already the second-ever NXT Champion and an established Intercontinental Champion since debuting as Dolph Ziggler’s bodyguard in a major storyline in 2012.

Woods was newest to the spotlight, but had a following from his TNA days and swept fans with his solid in-ring skills and emphasis on intelligence, part of what was used to spark the “idea” of him offering to form the stable with Big E/Kingston.

At the time, the three had no momentum separately and appeared to be destined as Main Event and Superstars material until an inevitable release, but once fans got to see the spark of New Day’s wave of positivity and sleek in-ring chemistry, they had some hope.

On paper, New Day was a great pairing. Kingston was the high-flyer, Big E the muscle and Woods the smart, versatile one. Their spots were cool and won fans over by the end of matches.

There was one problem though.

Somewhere along the way though in early 2015, New Day’s positive gospel-esque gimmick was shot down by fans and critics alike. An early sign was at Royal Rumble 2015 when all New Day members were booed during their entrances when a babyface reaction was expected. Nobody wanted to cheer three happy guys with no personalities. It didn’t feel real. It wasn’t believable.

Fans booed anything New Day-related and feared the team winning the Championships, even turning the team’s trademark rhythmic clap into a “New… Day Sucks!” chant that began to catch on for the wrong reasons.

This appeared to be another case of Vince McMahon stubbornly sticking to his ideological guns, but with the rising popularity of heel tag team Tyson Kidd/Cesaro came the perfect opportunity to pull off a double turn during their rivalry and it worked out when New Day won their first Tag Team Championships via Kingston pulling on the tights at Extreme Rules 2015.

New Day began to cheat in other people’s matches and adopted self-righteous attitudes, emphasizing their positivity in a condescending manner. The fans’ anger was finally embraced and the trio began to think outside of the box with entertaining promos that both busted guts and insulted fans all in one.

Woods began to trash-talk at ringside during their matches, shouting terms like “Tricep Meat!” and all hell broke loose when a trombone was brought into the act, going full comedic. It was a smart move and one needed in the worse way.

After all, when a babyface gimmick doesn’t work, give it the old heel turn and more than likely, you’re in for a success.

Everything’s going fine for the “unicorns” that are constantly involved in some of the best Raw/Smackdown matches and there’s no reason this has to stop anytime soon. Continue to showcase the excellent in-ring and mic skills of this young group and it gives you heels that can be used at any spot on the show.

Their one-year anniversary was celebrated recently on Raw with a “country music jamboree” that proved to be another in a continuing line of wonderful segments that also included a Thanksgiving “potluck dinner” on Smackdown where we saw a surprise appearance by The Gobbledy Gooker. Is it possible for these guys to have a bad match or segment? Quite simply, no.

What’ll the future hold for The New Day?

Let’s start by saying that more gold’s the answer. A possible new Intercontinental or United States Championship run by Kingston would allow Big E/Woods the opportunity to control the tag team division while Kingston feuds with the likes of Neville, Cesaro (upon his return), and Ziggler. Think of the greatness that’d come from that.

They’ve recently been featured in major storylines, aligning with the newly formed League Of Nations, but they should have even more of a presence at the top of the card.

Why can’t a clash with The Usos for the Tag Team Titles main event a Smackdown? You can even put that high up on the Raw card sometime in the third hour.

For the team to truly be taken seriously though down the road, because this group holds potential WWE World Heavyweight Champions, they must drop the comedic aspect of the gimmick. While that’s hard to write, because I honestly laugh uncontrollably every time Big E dances with a ridiculous facial expression and shouts “Booty,” the World Champion should be a confident, serious individual.

The laughter must go away one day. Trust me, it’ll be worth it.

For now though, it’s hard not to feel the power of positivity as I hold my finger to my forehead unicorn style while gyrating my hips whenever the group graces my television weekly.

You fellow readers should join me in recognition of a positive influence on wrestling that’ll hopefully entertain us for years to come and be the true springboard for the careers of Kingston, Big E and Woods, who haven’t even touched their prime yet.

Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 9/24/15: Split Personalities

WWE SmackdownBy 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 9/24/15)

Split Personalities 

– The opening video highlighted WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins defeating Sting after losing his WWE United States Championship to John Cena just prior, leading to masked Kane’s return, tombstone pildriving the Champ. We saw the events of Raw, where Corporate Kane returned from vacation and had no recollections of the night before, while ending the night dragging Rollins “to hell” (or underneath the ring, which we’ve never quite understood either…) as the demon.

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WWE SummerSlam 1988 Reaction

Courtesy of Wikipedia.

Courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez


Much like the inaugural WrestleMania did three years prior, WWE stormed Madison Square Garden with a night of highs, lows and much in-betweens with the first SummerSlam event.

The magic laid in a “surprise” moment of Ultimate Warrior beating Honky Tonk Man in a mere 30 seconds to win the Intercontinental Championship and Miss Elizabeth wearing a bikini bottom to distract the heels in the main event.

In terms of actual memorable wrestling contests, not quite as magical, despite a strong opener, which ultimately disappointed.

We’ll get to all of that fun stuff below.

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