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Notes In Observance – WCWC 9/10/16: Crowbars And Second Chances

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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 9/10/16)

Crowbars And Second Chances 

– In continuity’s interest, we were fans of the opener being the rematch for the WCWC Tag Team Championships between Champions Gangrel/Sinn Bodhi and The Bonus Boyz. You had the instant story of the angry former Champion jock heels on the prowl to get back their old gold from the fairly-new-yet-successful pairing of Gangrel/Bodhi. A big comedy sell for us was Morty Lipschitz on commentary as he sought out “legal help” (restraining order and advice from Judge Judy) against Bodhi. What we couldn’t forgive however, was the odd “sibling switch” they did with the heels. The Referee looked like an idiot in that he couldn’t tell the difference between Sugar Brown and Clutch Kucera when one of them had on a shirt and the other didn’t. That’s a little lazy now. Anyways, some nice back-and-forth action as expected with some good momentum twists towards the end to make it look like it was up for grabs. Since Gangrel/Bodhi just won the belts, we figured they’d hold on to them. That was until Kate Carney came out and laid down a crowbar which ended up being used by BB to regain the belts. Fun turn of events since we’ve seen BB/Carney aligned once before, as maybe it’ll finally become official. Not sure we would’ve had the belts change hands like a hot potato over the course of two weeks though.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 8/20/16: Bounty Hunt

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 8/20/16)

Bounty Hunt

– The Julian Whyt-Marcus Malone match got things off nicely with a mix of athleticism and witty banter from our commentary team of Morty Lipschitz and Kris Kloss. Ever since he debuted, Malone has been a nice addition to the West Coast Wrestling Connection roster and his alliance/tag team with Mikey O’Shea has only helped propel him further. However, he has had so many matches with big names where he comes up short, that it’s hard for us to shake the notion that he’s simply a guy who just can’t win the big one. That said, this match with Whyt took a step in the right direction of improving his image. It wasn’t the prettiest effort on Earth, but we saw what we needed to. On the other side of things, Whyt has become more of a presence lately as well. His pre-taped promo showed ounces of nice mic skills, as he possessed a Kevin Owens-esque delivery. Still not quite sure what Whyt’s gimmick is (or why he spells “White” differently) but he was a good enough foil for Malone to play off of. Nothing too memorable outside of that one high-pitched girl in the crowd who really seems to like Malone. The finish was basic, but did a good job of setting up Malone to win after he hit Kiss The Sky when Whyt missed an attempted moonsault. The follow-up for Malone will be key. Can he keep the wins going? The guy truly needs them.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 6/18/16: Defending Daddy’s Legacy

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 6/18/16)

Defending Daddy’s Legacy 

– Marcus Malone’s an up-and-comer with potential, but he has been so watered down because of his constant losses that whenever he does get a Title shot, we’re never convinced he’ll win. That kind of thought isn’t the best to open with, but that’s what we had this week as Malone had a chance to win the WCWC Pacific Northwest Championship from Champion Grappler III (who has battled an identity crisis to become the “Only Grappler,” which works from an old-school heel standpoint) and the match was pretty easy to think out. The match’s slow pace didn’t help matters as G3 dominated early, but the in-ring story never went anywhere even despite Malone’s late comeback. We did like the “karma” in how G3 originally used a foreign object in his mask to headbutt Malone out cold to win only for WCWC Legacy Champion Eric Right to come out and protest the decision, getting physically involved to loosen the object from G3’s mask to have the decision reversed to Malone. It was seen as “justice,” but Malone did nothing more than get maybe another Title shot. Right looked the best coming out from this.

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

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(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! 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 – WCWC 4/23/16: The Episodic Centennial

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 4/23/16)

The Episodic Centennial

– With this being the West Coast Wrestling Connection’s 100th television episode, we’ve gotten a taste of what the Oregon-based promotion has to offer, giving us notable names like Matt Striker, Gangrel and WCWC Pacific Northwest Champion Caleb Konley, as well as pushing their own up-and-comers like Marcus Malone and Kassius Koonz. Plus, what better time to introduce an influx of new talent, like Jeff Boom, the Midnight Marvels and Khash like recent weeks?

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 4/16/16: When Grapplers Collide

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 4/16/16)

When Grapplers Collide

– Matt Striker continues to be a ball with his loudmouth cowardly heel persona with Jeremy Blanchard at his side. This week, we got the continuation of his program with Gangrel, carrying off the stipulation of last week’s loss to Jeff Boom that he’d have to wrestle Gangrel blindfolded. Striker opened things up by aggressively declining the stipulation before being confronted by Gangrel/Boom, the latter whom urged him to “be a man and grow a pair.” Was a good showing for Boom, who possesses the “talk” to back up the “walk.” As far as the match itself, it was more for the comedic spots of Striker eventually eating his words and falling everywhere with the blindfold on before heading backstage. We’re not sure why Greg Romero and Spider Warrior hit the ring to attack Gangrel only to get easily taken out, but it played into the clever heel finish where Blanchard distracted the Referee and Striker hit Gangrel with brass knuckles with the blindfold up, only to put it back on and “feel” his way to Gangrel, pinning the former WCWC Pacific Northwest Champion and earning another bragging right.

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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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Notes In Observance – WCWC 4/9/16: No Sleepers Needed

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 4/9/16)

No Sleepers Needed

– Ever since becoming Lucha Underground’s flagship play-by-play commentator, we’ve forgotten how good of a heel Matt Striker could be in a wrestling role. He just oozes charisma that could make your mother hate him and she doesn’t even have to like pro wrestling. That takes skill. Anyways, Striker in this “Wrecking Crew associate” role is good as far as pushing younger talent like Marcus Malone and (in this episode) Jeff Boom, as they squared off one-on-one style. Striker bragged in a pre-match promo that if he couldn’t beat a guy not in his league like Boom, he’d willingly fight Gangrel next week in a match where he’d be blindfolded. The match itself was okay while it lasted. Boom looked good in his second WCWC showing, bouncing off Striker’s namesake style rather seamlessly. The heel veteran-face rookie dynamic was what made it work. However, all was overshadowed by the finish, where Gangrel distracted Striker enough for Boom to catch him with his cutter finisher to score an upset and make next week’s proposal a cold reality. Not for naught though, because Striker/Blanchard got their heat back by beating down Boom after the bell.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 4/2/16: Championship Implications

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 4/2/16)

Championship Implications 

– As a pleasant surprise, we saw an influx of new WCWC talent on the show. The first ones were the superhero-esque Midnight Marvels tag team who’d take on the well-established top heels of The Wrecking Crew in the form of WCWC Legacy Champion Grappler 3/Kassius Koonz, accompanied by Jeremy Blanchard (who revealed he was cleared to compete once again) and it was on.  A battle also brewed on commentary, as Morty Lipschitz kicked Jeff Akin off the booth and brought in Dr. Goldfarb. They did an entertaining job of bullying Todd Keneley while also expressing they’d get payback against Gangrel/The Grappler with a potential lawsuit. Commentary actually overshadowed the in-ring action. The Las Vegas-bred new team established themselves as keen high-flyers, but the gimmick was too generic and they’re still green in the ring – not to the point where it was bad, but they could certainly improve. As you’d expect with the WC around, G3’s orthopedic boot won them the match.

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