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Notes In Observance – WCWC 6/4/16: A Brisco Bombshell

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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 6/4/16)

A Brisco Bombshell

– Even though he seems to be who West Coast Wrestling Connection lugs out for anybody’s debut matchup, it says a lot about how great Ethan HD continues to look in the process. This episode’s marquee factor was in Wes Brisco’s WCWC debut (who already had a lot of work to do to shake off the “Aces And Eights” TNA stink) and that was handled nicely. These two meshed well in the ring and like you’d expect Kate Carney to, she was a factor early on. Ethan had new, slower theme music, which took us by surprise. Brisco’s covered in tattoos from the torso down, which could be distracting given his ring attire, but it also made him stand out in a good way. We never doubted the result, even if Ethan had one good near-fall. The clear story was Brisco’s big comeback to overcome Carney and beat Ethan on his first night. The Brisco Bomb also came off well as a go-to finisher.

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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

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(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

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(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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Photo courtesy of Eventbrite.

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 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 – WCWC 4/30/16: A Paragon of Innovation

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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 4/30/16)

A Paragon Of Innovation

– West Coast Wrestling Connection television episode #101 ushered in a new era of sorts, one with featured talent from Paragon Pro Wrestling, peppered up and down this card. The first example took place in the opening contest, a two-on-one handicap between The Midnight Marvels – everybody’s favorite squared circle superheroes, as they battled the monster in Drew Donovan (simply going by Donovan) here. Donovan, a PPW talent, came off as a Ryback-esque character in terms of gimmick, promo style and build. Also for our hearing pleasure, Morty Lipschitz replaced Todd Keneley on commentary. MM briefly teamed up to take Donovan off his feet with double missile dropkicks, but their offensive arsenal was soon ransacked, as the monster took over and made quick work of them, pinning them simultaneously. The post-match interaction where Gangrel attacked Donovan when he tried to administer more punishment upon the masked do-gooders and hit him with an Impaler DDT was logical and effective. Should be an interesting feud, as it seems “The Vampire Warrior” will defend his WCWC turf against the muscular newcomer.

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

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent televisions shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(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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