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Notes In Observance – AML Wrestling LIVE! 1/13/17: Going Hardcore

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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 1/13/17)

Going Hardcore 

– This review will chronicle Episodes #79-85, with the first being the AML Prestige Championship Four-Way Elimination between Cedric Alexander, Jordan Kage, Caprice Coleman and Sean Denny to crown the inaugural Champion. We liked the idea of the Prestige Championship as a means of an Intercontinental Championship of sorts to give upper midcarders a nice accolade. There was plenty of buildup here too, given how everyone in the match won four-ways of their own. The twist here was that this was elimination style, as opposed to the one-fall qualifiers. The contenders also made sense too. Alexander had momentum with THE Tommy Thomas as his manager, Kage had his “Picture Perfect” gimmick going for him, Coleman was probably AML’s most over guy and then Denny had an injury to overcome given to him from AML Tag Team Champions The Heatseekers. All the ingredients here for a thriller. There was a brief production blunder since they gave a “Let’s Hear From The Contestants” graphic without any actual promos to follow. Alexander had a big pop upon his entrance with “Best In The World” chants galore. In swiveling heel fashion, he also trolled a little girl at ringside by pretending to give her a high-five only to pull out at the last second. This Alexander’s awesome. Sean Denny smartly sold his injury as he walked to the ring. Coleman had the biggest reaction and hugged a group of kids by the ring. What a gentleman. As things went underway, Alexander lured the injured Denny to take him on as he mocked his walking stance. He targeted the knee and hit the Lumbar Check to quickly eliminate him. Makes sense after all. It did get a little predictable here, since Coleman was being worked over by Kage/Alexander (two heels), that it’d come down to him/Alexander. Coleman battled back with a nice double huracanrana. The Trinity eliminated Kage as we figured, to leave it down to the final two. At this point, it got ultra-competitive and it worked because of their similar styles. Lots of history to play up on too as they were former partners in the C & C Wrestle Factory. Coleman hit an awesome huracanrana from the canvas to the floor. Alexander landed on his feet off a Leap of Faith attempt. Alexander had the Sky Splitter scouted and went for a brainbuster for a two. Some shenanigans from Thomas and a foreign object slipped into the ring in the finish made it clear that Alexander would emerge victorious. Still great though, as was Alexander’s post-match trolling with the fans, as he literally went around the first row and made them individually say he was the “Best In The World.”

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Notes In Observance – AML Wrestling LIVE! 12/23/16: Beyond Regulation

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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 12/23/16)

Beyond Regulation 

– This round of reviews will chronicle AML Wrestling LIVE’s Episodes #68-72 and an “online exclusive” bout. It has been some time since AML had been around, so we were eager to dive into the pool. The Online Exclusive match between The Regulator and JR Reynolds was the result of Regulator’s (a masked, agile Braun Strowman-esque monster) backstage assault on his former opponents in a tag team called LaBron James. Yes, that’s their names. A constant with these episodes was that the mic audio was hard to pick up with the crowd out there. Luckily, Regulator had a great manager in “THE” Tommy Thomas and we didn’t even need to hear him to get what he said. Reynolds came out as “the next victim” and had a fair, though generic build with a beard, tattooed body and muscles. It was noted to be his debut, as he expected a Regulator squash at the least. Commentator Blake Chadwick noted the improved entranceway, though it looked unspectacular. The match’s story was decent as we saw Regulator dominate early on with a body scissors submission before Reynolds battled back. In fact, this was the most vulnerable Regulator has looked, especially when he almost lost after Reynolds hit a modified frog splash. However, as quickly as that came, the momentum switched again and Regulator hit his double underhook sit-down powerbomb finisher to end it. Might we suggest they name it “Pure Regulation”? Anyways, Thomas’ post-match promo christened his protege a “future Champion” as he bullied around Interviewer Tim Blaze.

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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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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 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! 2/8/16: Red-Chested Physicality And Trophy Justice

Photo courtesy of Eventbrite.

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 2/8/16)

Red-Chested Physicality And Trophy Justice 

– Like the previous episode, we saw more action from the “AML Wrestling LIVE!” taping at the WrestleCade FanFest in Salem-Winston, North Carolina during Thanksgiving Weekend 2015. Even though turkey and stuffing was all the rage then, it’s still entertaining during the brink of winter’s passing. The opening contest featured “The Ring Wrecker” Vordell Walker (think “angry bald badass”) going against Alex Reigns, who was personable, hearty and tattooed. The action began before the bell dinged, both men trading knuckles in the ringside area getting down to business. This was more about the physical than the technical, as both men practically sold their hearts out. Reigns’ tomato-red chest was an awesome visual, no words necessary to tell us how vicious Walker’s stiff chops were. Reigns put in an impressive showing in his AML debut, but a victory wasn’t in the cards, since Walker delivered a hind leg-esque low-blow out of the Referee’s vision. Given the storyline that Walker was in the midst of an attitude change wanting to get back into the Title picture, him winning this way made sense and wins will say more than anything. His post-match promo exuded confidence and a wee bit of jealousy towards the crowd not recognizing him as real talent compared to others like Caprice Coleman. Good stuff.

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