By Nicholas Jason Lopez
“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
– One week after Samoa Joe’s riveting debut that involved a sideline beatdown of Seth Rollins, it was probably no secret that the angle would be the focus to open the show. It’s funny how the Rollins-Triple H storyline mulls along through the months, but with big happenings, it heats up. At this time, Rollins was likely to miss WrestleMania, which actually put more heat on Joe and rather than ignore that, they used it to their advantage. The opening video delved into all that, with sleek editing that actually brought meaning to Trips’ promo on Rollins last week and set up the moment well for Joe to attack. We’ll guess Joe will be branded as “The Destroyer” from hereon out. The key as always is the followup.
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.
– Given that the Royal Rumble was won by a SmackDown guy (that’s Randy Orton, The Wyatt Family-Friendly version in case you didn’t know), the opening video gladly reminded us of all that jazz. WWE took it upon themselves to quote various media outlets with the most generic sentences on planet Earth. We’ll give an example. “That was a Rumble!” – Forbes. No kidding. You’d also be crazy if they didn’t sprinkle in footage of the epic rematch between WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena and AJ Styles where history was made and such. However, the Rumble madness is over and thanks to WWE’s killer Pay-Per-View schedule, we’ve got Elimination Chamber in a mere two weeks.
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With Elimination Chamber all said and done in the record books, it’ll go down in WWE history as a show not remembered by its namesake, but rather one match.
Yes – NXT Champion Kevin Owens cleanly pinning WWE United States Champion John Cena after 20 minutes of grueling back-and-forth action that shattered already-high expectations for Owens’ in-ring main roster debut.
That’s what we’ll walk away from this night with carrying the most relevancy.
Let’s get through the rest of the card now, why don’t we?
Give WWE credit where it’s due.
Coming out of the gates of Payback with another “Network-exclusive” PPV just two weeks later was a risk of talent overexposure, but quite frankly, WWE shelled out a card even better than its predecessor.
NXT Champion Kevin Owens marched into the main roster by laying out John Cena, stepping on his prestigious United States Championship in the process. Add that with his mic work that gets better by the segment and stand off with Samoa Joe, he’s damn near broken the Internet. If that didn’t, the announcement of him against Cena on this show probably did. The entire community will hold their collective breaths on this one, but it’s arguably the real seller of the card.
As for the rest of it, it’s what we’d consider above-average on paper, though nothing mind-blowing, and we’ll get to that slightly below.