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

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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 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 5/14/16: Epic Confrontations

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 5/14/16)

Epic Confrontations 

– Just when WCWC Pacific Northwest Champion/Legacy Champion Eric Right was on top of the world, The Wrecking Crew was right there to try to bring him back down. On the surface, it made some sense in their book to have Morty Lipschitz to point out the rulebook in that one person couldn’t have two belts, which made him surrender the Pacific Northwest Championship, so that Kassius Koonz could try to dethrone him from the Legacy Championship, the belt he still had. We were supposed to feel sorry for Right, but this guy almost seems to be invincible. That said, the Koonz-Right match for the WCWC Legacy Championship was okay, as it started out more like a brawl before it settled into regular action. Right looked strong in the way that he overcame Jeremy Blanchard’s best interference efforts and with the help of his Granny’s miracle tonic, was able to subdue the Thrill-Billy to a deep sleep. Wonder if Caleb Konley will try to argue his case to get the Title back since he was the previous Champion.

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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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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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