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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 11/9/16: Mighty Penmanship

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 11/9/16)

Mighty Penmanship 

– The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament Semifinal match between #DIY and The Authors Of Pain already had a different feel since it came from the Palladium Arena in California. The live event environments certainly help the matches feel more special. That said, this was easily AOP’s best effort to date thanks to the energetic fight brought by #DIY. It wasn’t all the faces though, as there was a cool spot where AOP caught Johnny Gargano on a suicide dive attempt and then bombarded him at Tommaso Ciampa when he tried to do the same. We also saw Paul Ellering get physically involved again as he bashed Gargano’s head into the apron. Another highlight was where Gargano countered a powerslam into a DDT, which led to the hot tag to Ciampa. Easily the best moment was Ciampa’s German Suplex on Razar, a feat in of itself. Razar battled back with a double fallaway slam for a near-fall. The faces had one of their own as they countered the double powerbomb into huracanranas. The finish was key and made sense, since we saw #DIY have the match won only to deal with Ellering on the apron and also set up NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival’s interference to cost them the match directly. AOP kept their undefeated strike alive and advance to the finals.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 11/2/16: Bruised And Scarred

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 11/2/16)

Bruised And Scarred 

– To our delight (on the surface), this episode completely revolved around the Quarterfinal Round of the Second Annual Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament. For a nice touch, three of these four matches came from a live San Jose event for a unique experience. The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament Quarterfinal match between Austin Aries/Roderick Strong and TM61 took a sucky situation with Aries’ broken eye bone injury (as he revealed in a promo where he took off sunglasses to reveal it while in street clothes and managed to get heat on himself as he unconvincingly tried to get over how bad he wanted to compete) and with NXT General Manager William Regal’s help, turned it into a Strong-Shane Thorne match to determine which team would advance. There was a good dynamic between the two, as Strong used speed and strength to dominate early on. Sick spot where he dropped Thorne in the corner from the top rope, a la WWE Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte and Sasha Banks at SummerSlam. Back and forth stuff, as Thorne hit a double foot stomp in the corner like Alberto Del Rio, which spawned “Si!” chants. Strong laid into Thorne with a swift array of maneuvers, but it only led to a near-fall. Strong also kicked out of the Falcon Arrow. The finish was well-done, as we saw Aries’ attempt to distract the Referee fail to get Strong the win, as Strong got rolled up in a quick pin shortly after to eliminate him/Aries from the tourney. This decision made sense, since we got to see Strong do his thing in the ring (will always be the best thing to do with him, still haven’t even gotten a promo yet) and TM61 has more to gain out of the Dusty Classic than Aries/Strong at this point.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 10/19/16: Champion’s Address

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 10/19/16)

Champion’s Address

– The opening video reminded us of the huge brawl to end last week’s show when NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura returned to cast vengeance upon Samoa Joe, who purposely sidelined him in an attempt to get back the NXT Championship. To the point where he annihilated various talent in demand of either Nakamura or the Title from NXT General Manager William Regal, Joe had this coming to him. A smart way to drag out television time.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 10/12/16: Joe Gets What He Wants

WWE NXTBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 10/12/16)

Joe Gets What He Wants 

– Another week of NXT TV was here and the good thing was that we’d finally get Sanity’s long-awaited debut and the first match of “The Glorious 10” pair of Tye Dillinger/Bobby Roode. It’d also happen under the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament First Round. This was a smart way to blend programs. Needless to say, Sanity’s entrance was unique, yet left us unsettled. This was reliant upon flashlights in the dark, smoke, brick walls and heavy metal music as four denim-jacket clad figures stood with masks. Two of them were revealed as Alexander Wolfe/Sawyer Fulton. It had been a while since we seen them, so we were all for this. They were big in stature and powerful, so smart idea. A man and woman remained masked outside for the match. The duo worked over Dillinger extensively as they mauled him to no limit. Roode watched from afar and wanted no part of them, to the point where he teased a step-in, but walked away, as Dillinger reached out for help. It became apparent that Roode had no interest in a team with Dillinger and was only concerned about himself. Then again, at the same time, we wouldn’t to step in against those guys either. Their finisher was like a Magic Killer variation as they turned Dillinger over for a powerslam to get the win. The reveals of Eric Young/Nikki Glenncross as the last two members was well-done, especially on EY’s part. The crowd let loose a “Holy shit!” chant and rightfully so. We’ll see what promos they give us to establish who they are, but so far, this was a hot debut. Their entrance and look almost rivals The Wyatt Family.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 5/11/16: The Day The Music Died

WWE NXTBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 5/11/16)

The Day The Music Died 

– This show had purpose from the first second, as the opening video hyped Finn Balor’s first appearance since he lost his NXT Championship to Champion Samoa Joe at a live event in Lowell, Massachusetts. Oh snap.

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Booking The Territory Podcast – Eric Young Interview

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Check out a recent episode from our friends at Booking The Territory Podcast, which features an interview with past TNA and current NXT star Eric Young, who discusses many stories about Impact Wrestling and touches up on NXT

Afterwards, Hosts Mike Mills, Doc Turner and Wildkat Sports and Entertainment’s Hardbody Harper discuss recent wrestling events, like WWE Payback, the Raw that followed and TNA news. 

 

 

 

 

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 5/4/16: Guaranteed Change

WWE NXTBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 5/4/16)

Guaranteed Change 

– Needless to say, this show’s natural exclamation point came on Eric Young’s NXT debut, as he crashed NXT Champion Samoa Joe’s Full Sail University homecoming promo. This was initially hyped as Joe’s first appearance live since beating Finn Balor for the belt at an NXT live event and that part didn’t disappoint. Joe had an extra swagger in his step and expressed that he was a man who stood by his word and now that he was Champ, it was now “The Era Of Joe” and anybody who disagreed would get beaten/choked out. Perfect cue for Young to walk out, unannounced upon underwhelming theme music. The crowd completely dug this for a mark-out moment. Even though his look and mannerisms felt like he crossed right over from TNA, his “World-Class Maniac” character was the best work of his career and thus, didn’t feel out of place here. We liked that Young directly established that both of them were already familiar with each other and his talk of “change,” pointing to Joe’s belt saying he “collects those.” For great heat, Joe immediately left the ring and said that EY didn’t belong in the same ring as him and next time, he’d kick his ass. We didn’t think it’d become the night’s main event, but for what it was, it was a great setup. By golly, it feels like we’re watching TNA circa 2015.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 4/26/16: Sacrifice 2016

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 4/26/16)

Sacrifice 2016

– With this Sacrifice-themed edition, there was plenty to go down. Firstly, smart to open with the TNA World Heavyweight Championship match between Champion Galloway and Tyrus. This had more flexibility as a first match and allowed the full story to be told. Tyrus was on point as far as taunting Galloway to come out and defend his big word, all the while targeting Galloway’s injured ribs whenever possible, even unraveling the tape to expose them. Galloway sold the hell out of the injuries and it helped cement his comeback as the match went on. Rockstar Spud on Tyrus’ side also proved to be another obstacle for Galloway to overcome. All in all, this was a good way to get Tyrus’ Title shot he won at Bound For Glory out of the way while giving Galloway someone credible to his list of defeated names. Tyrus didn’t lose much either because he was portrayed as on Galloway’s level and also got to kick out of the Claymore Kick before eventually falling to the Future Shock DDT. Another week, another hearty defense for Galloway, as he presumably sets the stage for Lashley.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 4/19/16: Hale And Hardy

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 4/19/16)

Hale And Hardy 

– Only in TNA would you have a ladder match where the winner controls the division also include Champion of said division. Anyways, the match involved Gail Kim, Madison Rayne, Velvet Sky, Marti Bell, Rebel, Maria and Knockouts Champion Jade. If Jade won this, couldn’t she simply book herself not to defend the belt ever? We did like the fact that commentary addressed this logic hole later in the match by having The Pope say that every Champion had to defend their belt every 30 days, no exceptions. It was also cool to see Rosemary play a factor by attacking Kim and having her Decay buddies escort her out, an apparent kidnapping. Of course, Maria loved this. The powerbomb by Marti Bell was pretty, but not replay worthy. Maria and a kendo stick reigned supreme and before long, she assumed control of the Knockouts. Are we back to the “glory days” of a Knockouts authority figure a la Brooke Hogan? Good god, we hope not.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 4/12/16: Hardy Family Tradition

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 4/12/16)

Hardy Family Tradition

– The Hardy brothers continue to lead the show along with TNA World Heavyweight Champion Drew Galloway and with Tyrus creeping along in the background with a Title shot anytime of his choosing that he has to declare. It’s all building to a point. In a time where TNA is running on borrowed time with guys like Bobby Roode and TNA King Of The Mountain Champion Eric Young, they’re making the most of it by focusing on other talent. The opening video highlighted last week’s Galloway-Matt Hardy match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, showing how Jeff “evened the score” so his brother couldn’t cheat his way back to the gold.

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