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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 1/13/16: Fabulously Over-The-Top

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 1/13/16)

Fabulously Over-The-Top

– 2015 was the year where NXT officially broke into mainstream as wrestling’s hottest promotion/brand and it has been a “back-to-basics” style of booking mixed with Triple H’s resilient ways of scouting the indies and bringing in popular talent that has done the job. 2015 saw plenty of this and it’s paying off in 2016.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 12/23/15: Seven Months In The Making

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 12/23/15)

Seven Months In The Making

– The opening video highlighted NXT TakeOver: London – no belts changing hands on this night, but still an extraordinary effort with shiny spots and an awesome crowd all night long. This edition of NXT would give us more of that eccentric crowd thankfully.

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WWE NXT TakeOver: London Reaction

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Professional wrestling fans are often vocal and boisterous, but when it comes to professional wrestling fans in the United Kingdom, they simply reach a different level.

The UK faithful have something to do with the loud crowds of WrestleMania and Post-WrestleMania Raws in the last few years and it looks to be a trend for the future.

Taking what has made NXT a brilliant concept (new faces, established stars and exciting storylines) and bringing it to places never imagined before (London, Brooklyn, etc.) has only strengthened it as a brand almost reminiscent of its own wrestling promotion.

In retrospect, TakeOver: London was like an Oreo cookie – chocolatey goodness top and bottom, some vanilla in the middle, but not enough to shake the excellent overall taste.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 12/9/15: Full Sailing To London

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 12/9/15)

Full Sailing To London

– Ah, NXT: the one WWE show you can watch lately without getting your intelligence insulted. Feels refreshing. With this the go-home show for NXT TakeOver: London, it was clear the agenda was to give some finishing touches to that card and there was evidence of that from top to bottom. The first match pitted Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady against Corey Hollis/John Skyler, with the usual fun-loving faces in a mood for absolute retribution. They skipped their SAWFT routine and went straight to business, with an amped up demeanor. Cassady’s facial expressions were perfect and Amore even impressed with his hard strikes, ending the bout with their classic Rocket Launcher finisher. The post-match promo was the real money, as they made it clear that the NXT Tag Team Champions Dash Wilder/Scott Dawson tried to end their careers and they had waited too long for their shot to miss it. The lesson – don’t mess with Enzo’s family. Cassady brought perfect rage at the end, as his face was practically about to explode with it.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 12/2/15: Squash Olympics

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 12/2/15)

Squash Olympics

– In the first of many squash matches to build up key players for NXT TakeOver: London, we had Baron Corbin take on “Perfect 10” Tye Dillinger. For this show, we had a change of heart from Dillinger’s commentary fanboy, Corey Graves, who now claimed he doesn’t like him anymore and needs a new barber. Corbin was in usual destruction mode since he was gearing up for Apollo Crews at TakeOver: London, stemming back from getting attacked by Crews the week after he interfered in Crews’ NXT Championship shot. It all makes sense. It wasn’t a total loss for Dillinger, who worked in quick bursts of last-minute offense to salvage something, but the end result was as expected.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 11/25/15: Vintage Cole

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 11/25/15)

Vintage Cole

– The contract signing segment with NXT Champion Finn Balor, Samoa Joe and Michael Cole (of all people) provided a fiery beginning to the hour, giving us enough to whet our appetites for NXT TakeOver: London on Dec. 16 for its biggest program, appropriately so. For nostalgic purposes, the image of Cole standing in the Full Sail-bred NXT ring was a meme waiting to happen. His “Can I Have Your Attention Please?” opening line can only be met with one word: vintage. In short, he was put in charge of the night by General Manager William Regal, who had successful surgery. This was his only appearance on the show, so it wasn’t a theme by any means. He also gave the news that Regal initially turned down Eva Marie’s request for a NXT Women’s Championship match against Champion Bayley last week, but WWE Corporate insisted the match was official. Full Sail didn’t hold back and showered boos upon any Eva Marie mention. As for the actual contract signing portion, it was Joe who got the focus, which made sense since he needs to go into this match with momentum galore. Baylor also had the chance to speak his two cents, stirring up banter about “friendships and trust,” waiting to get his hands on Joe when the bell rings at TakeOver: London. Joe reached WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens-esque heat by simply coming down to the ring, signing the contract, not making eye contact with Balor and heading back up the ramp. That would’ve been good by itself, but the ramp attack made it even better, as it proved Joe was setting Balor up for a trap, ending with him laying Balor out cold via a Kojita Clutch. There was no denying that Joe was a badass here and the best part of it all – he needed no words, just action. This is how you book Joe to his fullest potential. Not so sure about the 18 instant replays of Joe signing the contract and leaving, but the desired effect was scored anyway. The announcement of Joe fighting Tommaso Ciampa next week was also a welcome one, since it allows Joe to stay hot.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 11/18/15: A Lesson In Respect

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 11/18/15)

A Lesson In Respect 

– The Carmella-Nia Jax match was about Jax having her most tested opponent to date and seeing how she’d fare out. Carmella had the crowd’s support and mounted some offense, but the end result was the same. Didn’t do much to convince us that Jax has more depth than what we’ve already seen.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 11/4/15: Samoan Dropped

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 11/2/15)

Samoan Dropped 

– The opening video excellently hyped the big NXT Championship main event match between Champion Finn Balor and Apollo Crews. For any indy wrestling fan, this was a dream match come true in terms of styles and pace. We had the proper buildup and Crews even got to display some personality via hype video documentaries, so all we needed was the stage.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 10/28/15: Ready, Willing And Gable

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 10/28/15)

Ready, Willing And Gable 

– The Emma-Shazza match was obviously an enhancement contest to build up “Evil Emma” for when she gets her turn at facing the Japanese wrestling powerhouse Asuka, who already barreled through her best friend Dana Brooke at NXT TakeOver: Respect. Loved how Emma was uber-aggresive throughout, looking as vicious as you’d expect. Shazza definitely made an impression with her ring work, which was decent at best, but what on earth kind of ring name is Shazza? Sounds more like an onompaoepia than a convincing name. Her ring attire also screamed “medieval times.” For you gamers, think of Cassandra from the Soul Calibur fighting series. The submission finish was as polished as could be, as Shazza gave some bloodcurdling screams when she was caught in the Emma Lock to end it.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 10/14/15: Here To Be A Champion

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 10/14/15)

Here To Be A Champion

– The opening video was your classic “slow-mo highlight reel” of NXT TakeOver: Respect, showcasing NXT Champion Finn Balor/Samoa Joe winning the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament and the impeccable 30-minute Iron Man match between Sasha Banks and NXT Women’s Champion Bayley. If you haven’t seen this show yet, do yourself a favor: watch it.

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