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Notes In Observance – WCWC 2/4/17: Heavenly, But Not So Gentlemanly

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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 2/4/17)

Heavenly, But Not So Gentlemanly

– Caleb Konley came out, recently returned from whatever he worked on prior. Instead of being an honorary Wrecking Crew member, he remained a friendly associate. That’s fine, though. Konley shines better as a solo heel act in WCWC. His opponent was Damian Drake in an odd take on “Hero Vs. Villain.” That “story” will happen no matter who Drake’s opponent is, frankly. This was a confusing pairing if the plan wasn’t to put Konley over in spades. We actually wish we could get some advancement with the vague superhero characters in the Midnight Marvels. What if they ever became heels in a “Hero Becomes The Villain” type of thing? Some touch-and-go mat-based grappling dominated the pace early on. This was more competitive than it had any business being, which we had no problem with. Drake has strong potential as a midcarder down the road if they want to go that route. He pulled off an impressive spinning basement enziguiri. We got back into familiar territory as Konley took Drake’s momentum and swung into his side with a long-winded chop before he struck with the Cradle Shot to get the three count. In essence, Konley gets the win and Drake got to show some endurance, but it seems we type the same things every week. Will they finally be serious about a Drake push? What’s next for Konley to do here?

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 12/24/16: The Christmas Eve Serial Thriller

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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 12/24/16)

The Christmas Eve Serial Thriller 

– The Northwest Express-King Khash/Julian Whyt match was predictable based off previous angles. The biggest development we got was the Phlex Walker/Marcus Malone duo name. Good sign that they intend to go far with them, since Malone’s team with Mikey O’Shea had potential, but never achieved much. Bad fashion seemed to be the match’s topic, as it ranged from Walker’s odd shiny grey sleeves-only attire to Mr. Tubbs’ bright orange orange shoes he wore with his suit. At least it helped that Malone matched Walker’s orange and blue colors. The action was tame, though Tubbs interjected at one point with his cane. They had Malone take punishment from the heels to set up a “hot tag” to Walker, but there was no smooth transition to the finish, it sort of just happened. We liked that Walker got the pinfall as it keeps his “newbie” momentum going. It also doesn’t hurt to get NWE off to the right foot with a victory.

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

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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 12/10/16)

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 – WCWC 12/3/16: Thornstowe’s Surprise

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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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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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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Notes In Observance – WCWC 11/5/16: Respect Goes Out The Window

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 11/5/16)

Respect Goes Out The Window 

– As the weeks continue, there has been an up in production value. Now, it has spread to the show’s theme song and montage. It was changed to Muse’s “Uprising.” It feels empty, guess we’ll have to get used to it. We liked the old West Coast Wrestling Connection theme as it hit hard and gave you the feel of what it all was about. The only thing about that was that a lot of talent featured in that montage were outdated, so this was probably to fix that problem. We’ll see how we feel about it by next week, if it’s still the theme.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 10/22/16: Ladder Lads

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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 10/22/16)

Ladder Lads 

– Little did we know that the Oct. 22nd would bring drastic broadcast format changes for one West Coast Wrestling Connection. On one hand, we were thrilled at the sleekness in production that brought new “type-in and erase” style text upon the wrestler’s entrances and pre-match promos that were now in the center of the screen rather than picture-in-picture. On the other, we saw Jeff Akin’s return to commentary and Kris Kloss’ absence. We had began to warm up to Kloss, who played the babyface announcer to a tee and had better chemistry with Commentator Morty Lipschitz. Hard to tell if it was a one-episode thing, but with new ads too (they took The Whirlwind Gentlemen out of the “Beds And Furniture 4 Less” commercial), maybe it was a sign of things to come.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 10/15/16: Lethal Weapons

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 10/15/16)

Lethal Weapons 

– Ah, West Coast Wrestling Connection. We applaud your progressive ways and slow build of new talent, but your tendency to overbook with cheap finishes hinders any momentum. You get a marquee match here and there, but it’s the general problem that stops us from completely loving you. Anyways, the atmosphere “works” because of the comedic-yet-informative commentary style by Morty Lipschitz/Kris Kloss. We’d see WCWC’s prime conflict come into play with the WCWC Pacific Northwest Championship match between Champion Adam Thornstowe and Grappler III. This was some great heel work, as we saw G3 come out and accuse Thornstowe of dodging him because of the rib injuries he had, even though him and The Wrecking Crew were solely responsible for it last week. G3 brought up his rematch clause and convinced Thornstowe to take him on. Classic red flag. Anyways, Thornstowe came out with bandaged ribs and sold that injury beautifully, as the heels (Jeremy Blanchard was a presence at ringside) zeroed in on it throughout the match. Eventually, the bandage fell apart and came off, shortly before the Champ sparked a late comeback. The finish saw Thornstowe kick Blanchard off the apron as he attempted to go for his frog splash and landed on G3’s loaded orthopedic boot to knock him out cold. Just like that, G3 was back as Champ and Thornstowe was on the outs again. A fine heel moment that’ll get G3 over to the moon, but we think this was a mistake. Thornstowe just got the belt after a long struggle and “overcame the hurdle” with the Title win. WCWC does this too much, where they build up the face challengers to finally beat the heel Champions and then they lose the belt quicker than they won it. Sometimes, it makes us even forget who the Champions are because it happens so frequently. Let’s hope all isn’t lost on Thornstowe, who has impressed us lately.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 10/1/16: Day of Reckoning

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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 10/1/16)

Day Of Reckoning 

– With the WCWC Tag Team Champions The Bonus Boyz in a wait to get their hands on Gangrel/Sinn Bodhi in an unsanctioned No Holds Barred match, we had some time to kill. On top of the “No Contact Clause” placed on both teams, the Champs had to worry about the potential loss of their belts as they took on everybody’s favorite superhero jobbers, The Midnight Marvels. Luckily, MM had a goal in mind and were more serious in tone in their pre-taped promo. They were out for revenge for what the Champs did last time. The biggest twist here was Kate Carney with the Champs as we seen their alliance apparently reignited. This was actually a more even contest than anticipated and that was a pleasant surprise. Damien Drake did a cool Tope Con Hilo to lead into the episode’s first commercial break. The Champs took the momentum back and almost got the win right there, but Drake sparked a late comeback that almost changed the course of history. It was all for naught though, because BB simply overpowered MM in the final minute. Jocks still on top, as they hugged sleeves and ate dweebs. Easy way to keep the Champs strong as they head into this match with Gangrel/Bodhi. We were surprised not to see the crazed duo on the show to at least taunt the heels from afar.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 9/24/16: Vampire In Pain

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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 9/24/16)

Vampire In Pain 

– The JJ Garrett-Owen Travers match was a great opener, all things considered. After Travers lost in his West Coast Wrestling Connection debut, this seemed to be an “all or nothing” scenario. Luckily, he had the right opponent in Garrett who could always bounce back from a loss. Garrett pranced around like the pretty boy he is while he donned a hilarious “King Of Swag Style” shirt. Travers killed it on the mic again with his pre-taped promo. This guy exudes energy and WCWC has a big star on their hands potentially. Commentator Morty Lipschitz made it known he didn’t care about the match, as he was still upset at last week’s events when he was humiliated when he couldn’t handle Eric Right’s magic tonic. There was a cool cliffhanger early on where Garrett practically German Suplexed Travers out of his soul. Understatement to say he sold that well. The “story” only got better from there as Travers fought back hard with some excitable aerial kicks and got the crowd incredibly into it, as they were amped for the Big Splash finish as Travers pinned Garrett. Haven’t seen the crowd amped like that in a while. To be fair, this was a bigger crowd than usual for a taping, but the energy carries to the television viewer too. Also liked the added “replay” feature so we could get a second look at Travers’ journey to the “W” side of things.

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