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Notes In Observance – WCWC 8/6/16: The Ol’ Switcheroo

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 8/6/16)

The Ol’ Switcheroo

– Last time we saw Matt Striker in a West Coast Wrestling Connection ring, he rubbed elbows with the likes of The Wrecking Crew to become a true despicable heel. This time around, Striker was around for pure comedy, as him and Ian Sutton had one of the strangest opens to a WCWC show in a long time. Striker did succeed in his mocking antics of the ring announcer and the dance-off bit with the Referee was chucklesome, but Sutton didn’t really get over from this. The most we remember from this match was a ringside child fan riding Striker like a horse and toy bow and arrows, before Striker pinned Sutton by surprise and Sutton responded by hog-tying Striker. What exactly was the goal here?

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 7/30/16: Banned From Ringside

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 7/30/16)

Banned From Ringside 

– We were off to a good start with the “Rock God” Ricky Gibson-“Adrenaline” Adrian Matthews opener. This was Matthews’ second match with the company and looked to gather more momentum at Gibson’s expense, who commentary had mentioned was on a slump. Interesting that they also speculated Greg Romero’s absence had something to do with the losing streak. Matthews also appeared smart in that he was aware of Tubbs’ tactics even before the bout, as he warned Tubbs not to get involved in his pre-match promo. A big plus of the hour was the great chemistry by Morty Lipschitz/Kris Kloss on commentary, as Lipschitz continuously denied any wrongdoings by the heels (particularly Tubbs), much to Kloss’ dissatisfaction. The action was good in the ring too, as Gibson-Matthews meshed well. Matthews put in a more memorable performance for sure and the win surely helped him out. The finish was fine too, as it showed Tubbs trying to help Gibson out with the cane and how it backfired when Gibson got the cane dropkicked into his face and that led to Matthews’ finisher. Make that two straight losses for Gibson, as we wonder if he’ll separate from Tubbs anytime soon.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 6/25/16: Bunkhouse Brawlin’

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 6/25/16)

Bunkhouse Brawlin’

– With the West Coast Wrestling Connection Tag Team Championships up for vacancy, it was time for some revamping. It was decided that four teams would battle in a four-way elimination tag team turmoil match to decide the new Champs. Before that, those four teams would be qualified over this show and next week’s. Emphasis on tag team wrestling is never a bad thing. Good lead-in to the opener Qualifying match between Julian Whyte/King Khash and Marcus Malone/Mikey O’Shea. Liked that there were two sides to the bout in that while O’Shea/Malone were the heavy crowd favorites, Whyte had a good debut as Khash’s cousin, who also happened to speak English, as he could bridge that language barrier that has limited Khash. Also kudos to Malone/O’Shea for their selection of Story Of The Year’s “The Antidote” as their theme. Good in-ring story, as the heels displayed smart strategy with the isolation of O’Shea from Malone, but it only built even better to the hot tag. Nice finish as Malone hit his Kiss The Sky finisher (sick btw) to seal the victory deal.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 6/18/16: Defending Daddy’s Legacy

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 6/18/16)

Defending Daddy’s Legacy 

– Marcus Malone’s an up-and-comer with potential, but he has been so watered down because of his constant losses that whenever he does get a Title shot, we’re never convinced he’ll win. That kind of thought isn’t the best to open with, but that’s what we had this week as Malone had a chance to win the WCWC Pacific Northwest Championship from Champion Grappler III (who has battled an identity crisis to become the “Only Grappler,” which works from an old-school heel standpoint) and the match was pretty easy to think out. The match’s slow pace didn’t help matters as G3 dominated early, but the in-ring story never went anywhere even despite Malone’s late comeback. We did like the “karma” in how G3 originally used a foreign object in his mask to headbutt Malone out cold to win only for WCWC Legacy Champion Eric Right to come out and protest the decision, getting physically involved to loosen the object from G3’s mask to have the decision reversed to Malone. It was seen as “justice,” but Malone did nothing more than get maybe another Title shot. Right looked the best coming out from this.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 6/4/16: A Brisco Bombshell

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 6/4/16)

A Brisco Bombshell

– Even though he seems to be who West Coast Wrestling Connection lugs out for anybody’s debut matchup, it says a lot about how great Ethan HD continues to look in the process. This episode’s marquee factor was in Wes Brisco’s WCWC debut (who already had a lot of work to do to shake off the “Aces And Eights” TNA stink) and that was handled nicely. These two meshed well in the ring and like you’d expect Kate Carney to, she was a factor early on. Ethan had new, slower theme music, which took us by surprise. Brisco’s covered in tattoos from the torso down, which could be distracting given his ring attire, but it also made him stand out in a good way. We never doubted the result, even if Ethan had one good near-fall. The clear story was Brisco’s big comeback to overcome Carney and beat Ethan on his first night. The Brisco Bomb also came off well as a go-to finisher.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 5/28/16: Time To Get Weird

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 5/28/16)

Time To Get Weird 

– The opening tag team match between The Shadows and The Midnight Marvels had the feel of a Marvels squash victory, but unraveled into something else entirely. The idea of the match came off like a wildly melodramatic off-Broadway rendition of “Spider-Man: The Musical,” as two masked superheroes battled three figures dressed in all black. We’ve never thought of The Shadow was more than a jobber, so the idea of a group with that pushed gimmick can be risky. We had thought the match had gone on far too long for a face squash victory, as the heels dominated throughout. There was a hot tag to Spyder Warrior, but the momentum didn’t last long and thanks to the outside factor of Miss Shadows, the heels actually won this. As far as their mission to “expand the sun,” well, we’re not so sure about that, but it could keep the Marvels busy for a while. At the same time, it probably hurts their image when they can’t even beat the lowly Shadows squad. That’s a somber show start if there was ever any. It could get cool if say, The Shadows “possess” Lemon Drop or something like that. Time will tell.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 5/21/16: Killin’ And Thrillin’

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 5/21/16)

Killin’ And Thrillin’ 

– The opening in-ring segment with The Wrecking Crew did a good job as it set perspective on the heel faction’s goal to overturn their recent rut and hyped the main event to determine a new WCWC Pacific Northwest Champion as we learned that Grappler III would compete. Also liked that he “renamed” himself The Grappler since he alleged he put the original on the shelf.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 5/7/16: Gotta Save Granny

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 5/7/16)

Gotta Save Granny 

– A couple shows past the episodic centennial mark, business rolls on at West Coast Wrestling Connection and if we know anything, heels will be heels and faces will eventually overcome. That seemed to be this episode’s theme, which was a relief for a company that relies a bit much on the run-in finish for cheap heel wins. That said, parts of this episode strayed from the usual formula, but we’re not sure if it was smart how they got to the end.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 4/30/16: A Paragon of Innovation

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 4/30/16)

A Paragon Of Innovation

– West Coast Wrestling Connection television episode #101 ushered in a new era of sorts, one with featured talent from Paragon Pro Wrestling, peppered up and down this card. The first example took place in the opening contest, a two-on-one handicap between The Midnight Marvels – everybody’s favorite squared circle superheroes, as they battled the monster in Drew Donovan (simply going by Donovan) here. Donovan, a PPW talent, came off as a Ryback-esque character in terms of gimmick, promo style and build. Also for our hearing pleasure, Morty Lipschitz replaced Todd Keneley on commentary. MM briefly teamed up to take Donovan off his feet with double missile dropkicks, but their offensive arsenal was soon ransacked, as the monster took over and made quick work of them, pinning them simultaneously. The post-match interaction where Gangrel attacked Donovan when he tried to administer more punishment upon the masked do-gooders and hit him with an Impaler DDT was logical and effective. Should be an interesting feud, as it seems “The Vampire Warrior” will defend his WCWC turf against the muscular newcomer.

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

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(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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