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Notes In Observance – WCWC 4/23/16: The Episodic Centennial

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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 4/23/16)

The Episodic Centennial

– With this being the West Coast Wrestling Connection’s 100th television episode, we’ve gotten a taste of what the Oregon-based promotion has to offer, giving us notable names like Matt Striker, Gangrel and WCWC Pacific Northwest Champion Caleb Konley, as well as pushing their own up-and-comers like Marcus Malone and Kassius Koonz. Plus, what better time to introduce an influx of new talent, like Jeff Boom, the Midnight Marvels and Khash like recent weeks?

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 4/16/16: When Grapplers Collide

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 4/16/16)

When Grapplers Collide

– Matt Striker continues to be a ball with his loudmouth cowardly heel persona with Jeremy Blanchard at his side. This week, we got the continuation of his program with Gangrel, carrying off the stipulation of last week’s loss to Jeff Boom that he’d have to wrestle Gangrel blindfolded. Striker opened things up by aggressively declining the stipulation before being confronted by Gangrel/Boom, the latter whom urged him to “be a man and grow a pair.” Was a good showing for Boom, who possesses the “talk” to back up the “walk.” As far as the match itself, it was more for the comedic spots of Striker eventually eating his words and falling everywhere with the blindfold on before heading backstage. We’re not sure why Greg Romero and Spider Warrior hit the ring to attack Gangrel only to get easily taken out, but it played into the clever heel finish where Blanchard distracted the Referee and Striker hit Gangrel with brass knuckles with the blindfold up, only to put it back on and “feel” his way to Gangrel, pinning the former WCWC Pacific Northwest Champion and earning another bragging right.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 4/9/16: No Sleepers Needed

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 4/9/16)

No Sleepers Needed

– Ever since becoming Lucha Underground’s flagship play-by-play commentator, we’ve forgotten how good of a heel Matt Striker could be in a wrestling role. He just oozes charisma that could make your mother hate him and she doesn’t even have to like pro wrestling. That takes skill. Anyways, Striker in this “Wrecking Crew associate” role is good as far as pushing younger talent like Marcus Malone and (in this episode) Jeff Boom, as they squared off one-on-one style. Striker bragged in a pre-match promo that if he couldn’t beat a guy not in his league like Boom, he’d willingly fight Gangrel next week in a match where he’d be blindfolded. The match itself was okay while it lasted. Boom looked good in his second WCWC showing, bouncing off Striker’s namesake style rather seamlessly. The heel veteran-face rookie dynamic was what made it work. However, all was overshadowed by the finish, where Gangrel distracted Striker enough for Boom to catch him with his cutter finisher to score an upset and make next week’s proposal a cold reality. Not for naught though, because Striker/Blanchard got their heat back by beating down Boom after the bell.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 4/2/16: Championship Implications

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 4/2/16)

Championship Implications 

– As a pleasant surprise, we saw an influx of new WCWC talent on the show. The first ones were the superhero-esque Midnight Marvels tag team who’d take on the well-established top heels of The Wrecking Crew in the form of WCWC Legacy Champion Grappler 3/Kassius Koonz, accompanied by Jeremy Blanchard (who revealed he was cleared to compete once again) and it was on.  A battle also brewed on commentary, as Morty Lipschitz kicked Jeff Akin off the booth and brought in Dr. Goldfarb. They did an entertaining job of bullying Todd Keneley while also expressing they’d get payback against Gangrel/The Grappler with a potential lawsuit. Commentary actually overshadowed the in-ring action. The Las Vegas-bred new team established themselves as keen high-flyers, but the gimmick was too generic and they’re still green in the ring – not to the point where it was bad, but they could certainly improve. As you’d expect with the WC around, G3’s orthopedic boot won them the match.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 3/26/16: Medically Released

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 3/26/16)

Medically Released 

– Caleb Konley continues to light it up as the WCWC Northwest Pacific Champion, resorting to lowly tactics to keep his belt. His show-opening backstage promo put over his concern for “Gentleman Brawler” Eric Right’s sleeper hold as a dangerous move and pushed for it to be illegal in the upcoming Championship match. They got over that this was a heel clearly scared of a legitimate wrestling move that wasn’t actually illegal. The match itself stayed to the tame formula of their past encounter. Liked the little things like Right coming out without his “Mustache Brigade,” showing he was serious this time around. The twist here was even though Konley pushed for the sleeper to be illegal on Right’s end, he did the move himself and almost won, if it wasn’t for Right’s magic tonic, but when that backfired, Konley hit a back leg low-blow out of the Referee’s view to retain his Title. We’d say it ended there, but Right applied the sleeper after the bell and laid Konley out. Guess the feud will continue?

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 3/12/16: The New Generation

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 3/12/16)

The New Generation

– After last week’s stellar introduction to sports agent Kate Carney and her establishment of clientele like The Bonus Boyz (BB) and Ethan HD, they continued to build off that with a backstage promo from Carney/BB where she again reemphasized her point that in this business, it was easier to make money than friends and BB wanted to make a name for themselves. The way Carney carries herself with confidence is impressive and her well-spoken nature definitely has our attention.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 2/13/16: The Vampire Obsession

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 2/13/16)

The Vampire Obsession

– Cheap tricks and shenanigans were the name of the game, stemming from last week’s shocking ending where Mr. Tubbs played a physical factor in costing The Whirlwind Gentlemen the WCWC Tag Team Titles, allowing his boys, “The Rock God” Ricky Gibson and Greg Romero to be the new Champions.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 2/6/16: Who Do You Love?

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 2/6/16)

Who Do You Love?

– This was our first glimpse at “Gentleman Brawler” Eric Right, who came out with his Brawler Brigade (a cavalry of mustachioed youth, if you will) and basked in the spotlight after being gone for a few weeks. He definitely has his own cult following from the West Coast Wrestling Connection faithful and that came through in spades. Think of NXT’s Vaudevillains gimmick, but with its own modern spin. On the other side, we had WCWC Legacy Champion Grappler III defending his gold, with the tall and mighty Kassius Koonz at his side. The Wrecking Crew regarded G3 as a “fighting Champion,” though in actuality, he was a cheating Champion. The in-ring work was decent to a point, with G3 working Right’s head, neck and arms at various points, while Right coined a late comeback that was all for naught thanks to Koonz being a slight physical distraction on the outside, which bided G3 time to take advantage and get the win. Smart way to keep G3 on the winning track and you have to wonder just who’ll take down The Wrecking Crew.

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