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PWO Audio Exclusive – Glacier Interview

*A Pro Wrestling Opinion Exclusive* 

Check out Nick’s interview with Glacier, as he discusses the pressures of his grand WCW entrance, the “Blood Runs Cold” storyline, his experiences competing in AEW, ROH, CHIKARA, as well as his upcoming match this Saturday, 8/24/19 at “The Spectrum Slam” in St. Louis presented by Dynamo Pro Wrestling, Fighting For Autism and Car Shield.

Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 6/17/15: Summer Brawlin’

WWE NXTBy 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 6/17/15)

Summer Brawlin’

– That Dusty Rhodes tribute video seems to get better and better every time it’s shown.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 6/15/15: MGK Gets KO’d

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 6/15/15)

MGK Gets KO’d

– It was great to see all the Dusty Rhodes love with various throwback segments through the night that played his career highlights. Replaying the 10-bell salute from Money In The Bank was also appropriate. They should’ve stood with the shot longer to see the talent genuinely dancing to Rhodes’ theme song, Vince McMahon particularly.

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WWE Money In The Bank 2015 Reaction

MITB REBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

* Graphic by Emmanuel Gonzalez * 

 

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Don’t take this old adage the wrong way.

As far as this show is concerned, WWE Creative took some daring steps to shake things up in certain areas, while coming up short in others.

Needless to say, if you’re not leaving this show amazed at the Kevin Owens-John Cena rematch or the main event ladder match, what kind of fan are you?

Let’s get into things, shall we?

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WWE FastLane 2015 Reaction

WWE FastLane 2015When it was all said and done, we got everything we expected WrestleMania to look like so far, but nothing was outstandingly memorable here about the way we got there.

Considering it’s the Road to WrestleMania, this should be Creative’s slickest story-churning to date.

Every possible chance to get the fans to stand on their feet and be truly invested in what they were seeing was thrown away on this show and thus, we’re left with the end-result, similar to that of a soggy, sad deli sandwich.

In the end, the result is what you expect, sure – but that’s the best quality you can offer us?

 

 

 

(Aired 2/22/15)

The Breakdown

– The pre-show MizTV segment with Paul Heyman allowed the Miz/Damien Mizdow ongoing conflict to continue as Miz made Mizdow literally sit in the corner. Funny. Heyman also soaked up the heat here and sounded poised and confident of his client’s abilities. Nothing else beyond that besides a tease of Mizdow standing up to Miz. That moment is more likely at Mania.

– The opening hype video was slick and cool, but then again, looked a little too much like Adrian Neville’s titantron montage.

– Maybe one day WWE will go back to individual sets for PPVs. It used to bring an aura of mystique to the shows. How special can a PPV look when it looks like a glorified Raw?

– The Dolph Ziggler/Erick Rowan/Ryback-Seth Rollins/Kane/The Big Show match was what we expected: filler. Cole’s explanation of Ziggler/Ryback/Rowan teaming together as “rebels” left a lot to be desired. Not what you think of when “rebel” comes to mind. The overall action was okay, but the KO finish on Ziggler brought back bad reminders of the Royal Rumble. Regardless, the right team went over as this is hopefully the last we see of the trio. This was also the best time to have Randy Orton make his return as he cleared house of The Authority. Most likely, seeds for an Orton-Rollins Mania match were planted.

– The Dusty Rhodes-Goldust backstage segment carried on the family feud from Dusty’s perspective and tried to paint a sympathetic picture with a bit of a twist at the end.

– The Stardust-Goldust match clearly had more focus on the story than the wrestling itself, if you even want to categorize it as such. Little things told us Stardust was breaking into his own, such as being shirtless with his new ring attire and also playing to the crowd’s “Cody” chants. The finish was odd in that it wasn’t expected and just confused mostly everyone. It didn’t even look as if the Ref’s hands touched the mat, which the announcers also brought into question.

– The hype behind Jon Stewart and Seth Rollins made sense to show, but where does it lead?

– The segment with Stardust attacking Goldust was what needed to happen here. It was good to see him reference his old character and call Goldust “the attitude era never ends but oh it did.” That actually did more than the match did.

– The Tag Team Championship match between The Usos and Tyson Kidd/Cesaro was quite solid down the stretch once the pace quickened. It was a clean victory as well, so as predicted, this makes The Usos the hunters for Mania time. Hopefully, Kidd/Cesaro make the most of their time as Champs.

– The Sting-Triple H face-to-face interaction segment was solid in that it successfully set up their WrestleMania match. WWE is playing the WCW circa 1997 card with Sting and keeping him silent against a heel stable and sporadically appearing. This makes him more intriguing. Will he stay silent though? He should. How much cooler was him pointing the bat at Triple H and then the WrestleMania sign as his “silent” persona?

– The Divas Championship match between Paige and Nikki Bella was the bathroom break affair we were all waiting for. Nikki did it all on her own but still by dirty tricks. Yawn.

– The Intercontinental Championship match between Dean Ambrose and Bad News Barrett had them make the most of the time they had, but it ended before it could really get going. So, Barrett looked like a coward and Ambrose punched his way to a DQ? Who came out of this looking better? Ambrose leaving with the Title belt fits his “loose cannon” character at least. Still kind of lame though, following lackluster results from previous matches.

– What better way to introduce The Undertaker than just to have him come out and be Bray Wyatt instead? Consider everyone trolled. Somewhat. His promo was strong and confirmed what we figured all along, but this has been going on for weeks now. The fans were probably more receptive when they thought it was Taker mainly to see what his reaction would be. They wouldn’t get that here.

– The United States Championship match between Rusev and John Cena took some time to get going but once it did, it was very entertaining. Yes, Rusev won by submission, but he had help from Lana and that is ultimately Cena’s out. Don’t look at this as the finale. That’s still likely to come, with a cheesy stipulation in store.

– The Daniel Bryan-Roman Reigns match was a good match as Bryan carried Reigns well to his best singles match to date. The crowd was very much behind Bryan and a finish like this probably turned the crowd even more – as decisive as it was. Now Bryan has been crushed twice trying to get to WrestleMania. The fans didn’t buy too much into the sportsmanship either. So, this was all just a way to get Reigns more fairly to Mania. Give WWE credit – they’re not backing down from sticking with Reigns, but will their fans stick through to Mania to want to see him fight Lesnar? That’s the true question here.

 

 

 

 

Results

– Kane/The Big Show/Seth Rollins (w/J & J Security) def. Dolph Ziggler/Erick Rowan/Ryback via pinfall

– Goldust def. Stardust via pinfall

– Tag Team Championships – Tyson Kidd/Cesaro (w/Natalya) def. The Usos (w/Naomi) to become new champions 

– Divas Championship – Nikki Bella (w/Brie Bella) def. Paige to retain

– Intercontinental Championship – Bad News Barrett def. Dean Ambrose via DQ to retain

– United States Championship – Rusev (w/Lana) def. John Cena via submission to retain

– Winner Faces Brock Lesnar For WWE World Heavyweight Championship At WrestleMania – Roman Reigns def. Daniel Bryan via pinfall

 

 

Original Predictions Correct: 5/7

Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 2/16/15: Reckless Abandon

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

 

 

 

(Aired 2/16/15)

Reckless Abandon

– Is John Cena the only person who gets his name announced when just coming out for a promo? The promo-turned-brawl with him and Rusev was similar to last week, but the added twist was Cena’s more aggressive nature. While it’s necessary and sure, Cena should seek to overcome an undefeated beast and the “fight to respect” angle is okay, but what about the United States Championship on the line here? Is that at all important? It’s definitely not the focus of this feud and that’s doing a disservice to the Belt and what Rusev has done with it.

– The bit with Dean Ambrose doing a news segment taking a shot against Bad News Barrett came across random, but this feud could be taken so much more seriously, considering it’s for the Intercontinental Championship.

– The Ambrose-Luke Harper match was treated like an evenly matched bout that had Ambrose fight to get his victory, but him on top was predictable with his obsession with getting Barrett to sign a contract before Sunday. Why would he lose here?

– The backstage segment with Big Show, Kane and Triple H put over Kane and Show’s arguments. Show Face turn #457 imminent?

– The latest Bray Wyatt cryptic promo had him explain how his fear turned into pity. Or something like that. Would Undertaker just acknowledge this already?

– The backstage segment with The Rhodes family was okay as Dusty Rhodes motivated them to stand together. A turn was so coming here. You could just smell it.

– The Kofi Kingston/Xavier Woods (w/Big E)-Gold & Stardust match had most focus on Gold & Stardust trying to work together with constant cuts to Dusty Rhodes watching backstage. This paid off with New Day getting the win and Stardust inevitably hitting his finisher on Goldust – full turn? Maybe not, but leading to a match where it will be more set in stone.

– The backstage interview with Roman Reigns was interesting in his approach of the term “public opinion.” His mic work is far better with this more “tweener” character.

– It was good to have Daniel Bryan out to scout the Reigns-Kane match from ringside on commentary as he talked about being surprised by Reign’s comments. Him playing innocent was entertaining, but the Yes! laps seemed a bit forced.

– The Stardust-Dusty Rhodes interaction put over Stardust’s animosity towards his family. Plain and simple.

– The Reigns-Kane match was okay, though more distracted by Bryan’s commentary as solid as it was. Reigns winning by countout was kind of weak.

– The backstage interview with Bryan was more of what he said on commentary. Public opinion.

– The second Wyatt promo was too brief to make anything of.

– The backstage segment with Paige and The Bellas and Rosebuds was a big bowl of WTF soup. Are we supposed to feel sorry for Paige getting her gear stolen or relief for her probably coming out as a fairy for her match later? Plus, you’re telling us she only has one ring attire outfit? Gosh – get some backups, girl!

– The Summer Rae-Paige match told the story of Paige “bouncing back” though it probably accomplished the creation of Internet memes more than anything. Paige won again by tap out. The Bella Twins coming out and exchange between Nikki and Paige was decent hype towards their FastLane match, but why can’t we just focus on athleticism rather than outfits and spray tan?

– The Seth Rollins in-ring promo was par for the course of his usual promos, not bad though. Ziggler’s interruption was good but you had to cringe at the slight sexual references considering the last week Rollins really had. You’d think WWE would want to avoid that road entirely. The match was pretty good but stopped before it could get going, as J & J Security interfered as Ziggler was about to get a three count. The save with Rowan and Ryback getting payback was okay, but keeping these three guys together so long is doing more harm than hurt.

– The announcement for MizTV featuring Paul Heyman on the FastLane pre-show should be interesting to say the least.

– The segment with Triple H addressing Sting was going the usual way until the random surprise appearance by Ric Flair. This was all good as Flair tried to praise Sting up and Triple H gained heat by claiming he was the WWE and pushed Flair to the ground in a rage. Best hype on the show.

– From the looks of The Ascension-Darren Young/Unnamed match that never took place, it was to make The Ascension look good and set up the moment of Titus O’Neil saving his old partner. A PTP reunion to feud with The Ascension sounds interesting. It would also be good to see them back together as they work best together.

– The backstage segment with The Miz and Barrett set things up for the match later. We can believe Miz “has people,” but Barrett? What does he do that’s so big?

– The Damien Mizdow (w/The Miz)-Barrett match carried on the storyline of Miz purposely costing Mizdow the match and just being a Hollywood douche. The spot with Ambrose tying Barrett’s hands to the post to get him to sign the contract was a bit corny, albeit decent way to have Ambrose outsmart Barrett, though Barrett could argue he never consented. JBL asking for Jack Tunney was hilarious.

– The third Wyatt promo was more of the same as he took a hammer to something unseen.

– The Jimmy Uso/Naomi (w/Jey Uso)-Tyson Kidd/Natalya (w/Cesaro) mixed tag was short, but furthered tension between Kidd and Natalya. Natalya and Naomi also worked pretty well together.

– Reigns being ringside for the Bryan-Show match eventually signing autographs and throwing shirts into the crowd was his way of payback. Why Bryan would be enraged at that is beyond us. The front row fans got their money’s worth with that at least. Once Reigns got speared by Show, you had to know Reigns would get revenge and likely cost Bryan the match. The post match Reigns-Bryan brawl was well-done as it just kept going and going. Where was this when we needed it before? Was this too much too late?

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– Dean Ambrose def. Luke Harper via pinfall

– Kofi Kingston/Xavier Woods (w/Big E) def. Gold & Stardust via pinfall

– Roman Reigns def. Kane via countout

– Paige def. Summer Rae via submission 

– Dolph Ziggler def. Seth Rollins (w/J & J Security) via DQ

– Bad News Barrett def. Damien Mizdow (w/The Miz) via pinfall

– Mixed Tag – Jimmy Uso/Naomi def. Tyson Kidd/Natalya (w/Cesaro) via pinfall

– The Big Show def. Daniel Bryan via DQ