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Notes In Observance – WCWC 10/15/16: Lethal Weapons

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 10/15/16)

Lethal Weapons 

– Ah, West Coast Wrestling Connection. We applaud your progressive ways and slow build of new talent, but your tendency to overbook with cheap finishes hinders any momentum. You get a marquee match here and there, but it’s the general problem that stops us from completely loving you. Anyways, the atmosphere “works” because of the comedic-yet-informative commentary style by Morty Lipschitz/Kris Kloss. We’d see WCWC’s prime conflict come into play with the WCWC Pacific Northwest Championship match between Champion Adam Thornstowe and Grappler III. This was some great heel work, as we saw G3 come out and accuse Thornstowe of dodging him because of the rib injuries he had, even though him and The Wrecking Crew were solely responsible for it last week. G3 brought up his rematch clause and convinced Thornstowe to take him on. Classic red flag. Anyways, Thornstowe came out with bandaged ribs and sold that injury beautifully, as the heels (Jeremy Blanchard was a presence at ringside) zeroed in on it throughout the match. Eventually, the bandage fell apart and came off, shortly before the Champ sparked a late comeback. The finish saw Thornstowe kick Blanchard off the apron as he attempted to go for his frog splash and landed on G3’s loaded orthopedic boot to knock him out cold. Just like that, G3 was back as Champ and Thornstowe was on the outs again. A fine heel moment that’ll get G3 over to the moon, but we think this was a mistake. Thornstowe just got the belt after a long struggle and “overcame the hurdle” with the Title win. WCWC does this too much, where they build up the face challengers to finally beat the heel Champions and then they lose the belt quicker than they won it. Sometimes, it makes us even forget who the Champions are because it happens so frequently. Let’s hope all isn’t lost on Thornstowe, who has impressed us lately.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 10/1/16: Day of Reckoning

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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 10/1/16)

Day Of Reckoning 

– With the WCWC Tag Team Champions The Bonus Boyz in a wait to get their hands on Gangrel/Sinn Bodhi in an unsanctioned No Holds Barred match, we had some time to kill. On top of the “No Contact Clause” placed on both teams, the Champs had to worry about the potential loss of their belts as they took on everybody’s favorite superhero jobbers, The Midnight Marvels. Luckily, MM had a goal in mind and were more serious in tone in their pre-taped promo. They were out for revenge for what the Champs did last time. The biggest twist here was Kate Carney with the Champs as we seen their alliance apparently reignited. This was actually a more even contest than anticipated and that was a pleasant surprise. Damien Drake did a cool Tope Con Hilo to lead into the episode’s first commercial break. The Champs took the momentum back and almost got the win right there, but Drake sparked a late comeback that almost changed the course of history. It was all for naught though, because BB simply overpowered MM in the final minute. Jocks still on top, as they hugged sleeves and ate dweebs. Easy way to keep the Champs strong as they head into this match with Gangrel/Bodhi. We were surprised not to see the crazed duo on the show to at least taunt the heels from afar.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 9/24/16: Vampire In Pain

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 9/24/16)

Vampire In Pain 

– The JJ Garrett-Owen Travers match was a great opener, all things considered. After Travers lost in his West Coast Wrestling Connection debut, this seemed to be an “all or nothing” scenario. Luckily, he had the right opponent in Garrett who could always bounce back from a loss. Garrett pranced around like the pretty boy he is while he donned a hilarious “King Of Swag Style” shirt. Travers killed it on the mic again with his pre-taped promo. This guy exudes energy and WCWC has a big star on their hands potentially. Commentator Morty Lipschitz made it known he didn’t care about the match, as he was still upset at last week’s events when he was humiliated when he couldn’t handle Eric Right’s magic tonic. There was a cool cliffhanger early on where Garrett practically German Suplexed Travers out of his soul. Understatement to say he sold that well. The “story” only got better from there as Travers fought back hard with some excitable aerial kicks and got the crowd incredibly into it, as they were amped for the Big Splash finish as Travers pinned Garrett. Haven’t seen the crowd amped like that in a while. To be fair, this was a bigger crowd than usual for a taping, but the energy carries to the television viewer too. Also liked the added “replay” feature so we could get a second look at Travers’ journey to the “W” side of things.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 9/17/16: Doing A Solid

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 9/17/16)

Doing A Solid 

– The opener between Darin Corbin and “Adrenaline” Adrian Matthews was good for what it was, as the relative newcomer took on the feisty redhead. As always, Corbin was gold with the way he played off the crowd and sold the perfect heel facial expressions. On the other hand, Matthews was dry on the mic, but has thankfully improved in the ring. The two kept things interesting throughout, as we saw a pompous Corbin have Matthews beaten with a facebuster, but purposefully lifted his head off the mat to continue the punishment. This was Matthews’ opening to score the upset and that happened a minute later on a small package pin. Corbin got nice heat with the Ginger Snap for retaliation, which then drew out the team of Marcus Malone/Mikey O’Shea to make the save. We liked how it turned out since Matthews got the win and the rub from the company’s ultimate “good guy” team.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 8/27/16: Insane Clown Posse

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 8/27/16)

Insane Clown Posse

– We began the night with a backstage promo from hard-lucked “Gentleman Brawler” Eric Right, as he had a message for WCWC Legacy Champion Ethan HD and his backhanded ways of keeping his Title. This was his time to again make a challenge for another convoluted stipulation bout, this time it being a “Coal Miner’s Glove on a Pole” match. We knew this was popular in the territories way back when, but we were a little fearsome on how it’d come across in modern-day West Coast Wrestling Connection. If anybody could make it work though, it’d be these two. We always like when Right amps his aggression past “gentleman” status, but it seems to be a bit too normal now. It should feel like a big thing when it happens. Now it’s just kind of “eh.”

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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 7/16/16: #FollowThat

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 7/16/16)

#FollowThat

– Social media swag was the mission objective of the backstage promo with Ethan HD/Kate Carney, as this hyped the WCWC Legacy Championship match to come where Champion Eric Right would defend against Ethan HD after the two went to a 15-minute draw last time out. Right, who nursed an injured arm, barely escaped with the Title and now had to face Ethan again, who lacked uncertainty as he was eager and confident as far as his chances. Carney as usual was great as she yelled at Pat Kelley for his introduction of her and then Ethan promised a “Plan B.” We’d see that in full fruition later on, but a nice foreshadow here.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 7/2/16: Arm Strong

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 7/2/16)

Arm Strong 

– The Tag Team Qualifier opener between “The Rock God” Ricky Gibson/JJ Garrett and Azul Angel/Ian Sutton was an obvious move to get Mr. Tubbs’ latest tag scramble of clients into the fatal four-way that will also feature Marcus Malone/Mikey O’Shea and The Bonus Boyz. Did find it interesting there was more talk about Greg Romero’s disappearance, since it makes us think perhaps a return/babyface run in his future? Anyways, the Angel/Sutton team was about as mismatched as you could get (a hillbilly and a luchador? Make your own joke here)and the in-ring action was mediocre to average as the most interesting aspect of it was seeing how Garrett/Gibson interacted and it worked for the most part, as “opposites attract.” Doubt anybody was shocked to see Gibson get the pinfall with the Power Ballad.

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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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