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Booking The Territory Podcast – Michael Tarver/Tyrone Evans Interview 2016

Booking The Territory Podcast*A Booking The Territory Podcast Exclusive*

 

Check out a recent episode from our friends at Booking The Territory Podcast, featuring an interview with the returning Michael Tarver/Tyrone Evans, who discusses the recent WWE releases including Wade Barrett and addresses recent comments from Ryback, both of which are his former Nexus stablemates. He also talks about the release of Damien Sandow and his recent music project.

Check out part I and part II of his past interview here.

 

 

 

 

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 5/2/16: Corporate Sibling Rivalry

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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 5/2/16)

Corporate Sibling Rivalry 

– Opening video time… Yup, Mr. Deep Voice Narrator was back, as he broke down Payback’s important occurrences – Vince McMahon deciding Shane/Stephanie McMahon would run Raw, both playing a role in the main event’s decisive winner. Of course, the focus was on typical mcMahon family drama during what’s repeatedly preached as a “new era.” What’s new about this again?

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Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown 4/28/16: The Truth’s Gorgeous

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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 4/28/16)

The Truth’s Gorgeous

– The opening video chronicled the Raw ending where we got more development in the “Is he or isn’t he?” saga that engulfed the rivalry between WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns and AJ Styles and the arrival of his former Bullet Club buddies from New Japan in Karl Anderson/Luke Gallows. Basically, Reigns got laid out by the Phenomenal Forearm after Reigns Superman Punched him when he tried to tell Anderson/Gallows to stop attacking Reigns. Echoing words from Anderson/Gallows of them telling Styles they “only wanted to make sure it was a fair fight” lasted throughout the video.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 4/25/16: Everything’s A Collusion

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 4/25/16)

Everything’s A Collusion 

– WWE’s biggest intrigue remained the question if AJ Styles, the #1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, was in cahoots with New Japan newcomers Luke Gallows/Karl Anderson of the former Bullet Club, which Styles was once a part of. It’s a great way of meshing “smart” storylines within WWE’s realm of sports entertainment superficiality. Gallows/Anderson have attacked Reigns’ cousins, The Usos and then Reigns himself. Styles continued to deny any prior knowledge, while it seemed that Gallows/Anderson were taking advantage of how it all appeared. Storytelling at its best, because otherwise, Styles-Reigns would completely falter. Reigns just won the World Title at WrestleMania and is primed for a long run, while Styles, a relative WWE newcomer, needs some credibility. He’s a guy who can main event off his name alone, but not one to win a World Title just yet. This “Is He? Isn’t He?” storyline is the perfect mask to cover the initial faults of the current biggest program headed into Payback.

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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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WWE Royal Rumble 2016 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns has been most synonymous with the Royal Rumble event for the last three years, whether you love or hate him.

His first appearance in 2014 had him break the record for eliminations in a single match as a heel, with people actually cheering for him to win over the rejected babyface Batista, coming up short as the last man eliminated.

Last year, he was the rejected babyface and won, thrown into a main event picture many fans felt he wasn’t ready for, forcing his character to develop inorganically.

This year, the Rumble match puts the focus solely on Reigns, since he comes in as the defending World Champion and has the belt on the line in the actual match where he’d also be the first entrant. Consider the odds stacked.

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Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown 1/14/16: Triple Main Event

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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 1/14/16)

Triple Main Event 

– The title of this post not only reflects the show’s three main events, but how much the show has picked up since this new three-man announce team has developed. You’ve got Mauro Ranallo – proven play-by-play guy who actually calls moves by their names and references past careers in retrospect to storylines, Byron Saxton – coming into his own as a “babyface voice of the fans,” all combatting with Jerry Lawler – back to full-heel mode, cracking jokes and his classic self, letting us live in the 1990’s once again. These three were on point the entire broadcast and actually make SmackDown something you want to see.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 1/11/16: One Versus All (McMahon Style)

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 1/11/16)

One Versus All (McMahon Style) 

– In case you’d been living under a rock, the opening video reminded us how WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns found himself in the latest bind, now having to defend his Title against 29 others in the Royal Rumble match after outsmarting the McMahon clan when he retained his Title by beating Sheamus with Vince as Special Guest Referee on the previous Raw.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 12/22/15: Holiday Hijinks

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 12/22/15)

Holiday Hijinks

– The WWE World Tag Team Championships match between the Champions, The New Day and The Lucha Dragons started with another New Day promo that centered around renamed Christmas carols. The match involved Kofi Kingston/Big E with Xavier Woods at ringside. Great effort from everyone here in perhaps their best bout to date. The finish was Woods providing enough distraction to help Big E hit the Big Ending. Sin Cara appeared to take a nasty face bump on a suicide dive which will be sure to grace the latest Botchamania reel. Hope he’s okay. Lucha Dragons were solid in the ring and their comeback was believable, but we figured New Day was going over.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 4/30/15: Relevance Score

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

 

 

 

(Aired 4/30/15)

Relevance Score

– What’s a WWE show these days without the likes of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins and Kane bickering? That’s exactly how Smackdown started, not surprisingly. Rollins continued to do a great job of riling Kane up, playing up his alleged jealousy, while Kane vowed to make a man out of the Champ and booked him against Dean Ambrose in the main event. Rollins begging Kane to “do something relevant and prove himself to the Authority” loomed large throughout the show.

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