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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 3/21/16: “This Is Boring”

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 3/21/16)

“This Is Boring” 

– So far, this year’s WrestleMania has been immensely lackluster. Blame a lack of star power, but whatever storylines we’ve been given feature glaring logic gaps and all-around foolishness. WWE still boasts the biggest pro wrestling roster and nothing to show for it. You can call this year Wrestle-MEH-nia. You know they’re out of ideas for Raw when they take the majority of what happened on the previous week’s SmackDown, like the exact same opening video, that focused on Roman Reigns’ vicious attack on WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H three weeks after Hunter did the same to him.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 3/7/16: R.I.P. Y2AJ

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 3/7/16)

R.I.P. Y2AJ

– The opening video chronicled Vince McMahon’s promo last week on Raw where he’d confidently recognize Shane McMahon as someone who’d lose everything if he lost to The Undertaker at Hell In The Cell at WrestleMania. Taker made it clear Shane’s blood would be on Vince’s hands, with nice archival footage of Taker wreaking HIAC havoc. Not sure why they dragged out a short segment for a three-minute video because it didn’t have the emotional impact for it but either way, it’s Raw from Chicago, so let’s get to it.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 2/22/16: Here Comes The Money

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 2/22/16)

Here Comes The Money

– One night after Fastlane, the opening video highlighted the triple-threat main event between Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Brock Lesnar, with the winner moving on to face WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H at WrestleMania. As you’d imagine, the video showed us suplexes, low blows, brotherly teamwork, two announce table powerbombs, steel chairs and an asylum-crumbling spear from Reigns to win. Despite WWE’s keen editing team’s attempts, the crowd wasn’t all that enthusiastic to the victory.

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WWE Fastlane 2016 Reaction

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Another year, another chance for Roman Reigns to get into the WrestleMania main event and another year where he wins said chance.

Last year, it was against a heavy fan favorite in Daniel Bryan to take on the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at the time, Brock Lesnar. Fans were so into Bryan’s return that they actually forced Mania plans to change again, with Reigns needing to beat him to get to Mania and be bought as a “main-eventer.”

This year, we have Reigns (who already had a World Title run) gunning for the same position, only Triple H is Champion, Lesnar’s in his way as is his “brother” Dean Ambrose, the heavy fan favorite.

Predictable booking squandered all a great main event could offer and despite some good matches, an odd final few segments/matches won’t leave Fastlane 2016 in the “classic shows” conversations.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 2/15/16: Friendship Reigns Supreme

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 2/15/16)

Friendship Reigns Supreme 

– The opening video showcased the events of last week’s Raw – WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose’s toughness, Brock Lesnar’s utter destruction and Roman Reigns simply hanging in the background, while others tried to throw stones in the fire that is the “brotherhood.”

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 2/8/16: Thank You, Daniel Bryan

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 2/8/16)

Thank You, Daniel Bryan

– With the road to WrestleMania set to full-gear drive, we were hit with news earlier in the day by various outlets that spoke of Daniel Bryan retiring at age 34, but all of us hoped it was a last-second swerve to get fans hyped for Fastlane or WrestleMania but as we came to find out, it was indeed true. If they were going to do it, it had to be done in Seattle, Washington, not far from Aberdeen where Bryan hails from. It was awfully strange to suddenly hear Bryan references galore, as it seemed like WWE was avoiding bringing him up entirely due to concussions, but this was the night to let the Yes Movement enjoy its revival. Also liked the little additions to the opening montage.

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Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown 2/4/16: Accidents Happen

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/4/16)

Accidents Happen

– With Roman Reigns and WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose being two-thirds of the Fastlane main event with Brock Lesnar to determine the #1 Contender to face WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H at WrestleMania, there appeared to be an attempt to show slight ripples in the Ambrose/Reigns relationship, while also establishing their always-tight chemistry. We opened up with a Reigns-Rusev match that was nothing special though we applauded commentary getting Rusev & Co. over as one of the factors behind Reigns losing his Title at the Royal Rumble while Reigns/Ambrose powerbombed Rusev through the announce table recently as well and it at least built some interest in the bout. The DQ finish was bland, but as we saw with many SmackDowns, designed to have a tag main event. Will they ever make a planned SmackDown main event? Is WWE not aware how many times they do this? The Ambrose-Reigns interaction (Ambrose accidentally taking out Reigns with an apron-to-floor elbow drop) was set up to show that accidents happen, but made us wonder if this would affect their relationship going forward. Got a kick out of Jerry Lawler spinning things by saying Ambrose purposely took down Reigns.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 2/1/16: United They Stand

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 2/1/16)

United They Stand

– The opening in-ring segment with Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman and WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose was likely designed to explore the wrinkle of a Lesnar-Ambrose interaction and it was what we expected, yet something about it felt empty. At least it was nice to not have Roman Reigns open the show for a change. We also dug the new red “Suplex City” shirts, since it makes it appear as if the highway sign is smeared with blood. Ambrose did look tough for interrupting Heyman and standing in Lesnar’s face, telling him he wanted to go to Suplex City all for the belt. Heyman also addressed the Wyatts, so that makes us think maybe Bray Wyatt does something to take Lesnar out of the picture.

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Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown 1/28/16: The Teddy Long Classic

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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 1/28/16)

The Teddy Long Classic 

– The opening video showcased the Royal Rumble match and how Roman Reigns came in with “ultimate odds” and dealt with The League Of Nations and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H returning to squash his late comeback hopes. We also saw how Dean Ambrose, Reigns and Brock Lesnar were announced as the FastLane main event on Raw, with the winner taking on Triple H at WrestleMania.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 1/25/16: Impress The Authority

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 1/25/16)

Impress The Authority 

– In case you resided under a rock since Sunday night, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H made his main roster return as Royal Rumble match entrant #30, throwing Roman Reigns over the top rope to end his Title reign (which at least lasted longer the second time around) and eliminated Dean Ambrose to start his own reign. The opening video recapped all of this, even showing the lengths that Vince McMahon went to “stack the deck” against Reigns, sending the League Of Nations to take him out during the match on top of starting the Rumble as the first entrant.

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