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WWE Royal Rumble 2017 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

While January begins with a countdown from ten to one, wrestling fans most associate the month with the same countdown towards another festivity – the Royal Rumble.

Given the “Big Four” treatment, equivalent in 2017 to a NXT TakeOver event the day before, a two-hour pre-show and a five-and-a-half-hour Pay-Per-View, it was treated as a huge deal.

It probably also helped that it emanated from San Antonio’s Alamodome, with a house count of 52,020. It was practically WrestleMania without being it.

Given the Rumble’s star power of Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman, The Big Show, Goldberg and The Undertaker, there was an unpredictability headed in that severely lacked the previous few years.

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Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown Live 1/17/17: Merch Stand Mayhem

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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 1/17/17)

Merch Stand Mayhem 

– The opening video hyped up the big Steel Cage Match main event for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship between Champion Alexa Bliss and Becky Lynch. Primarily, the focus was on Bliss’ repeated attempts to flee, but the bout’s basis would be that all paths were now closed off thanks to the cage. We were eager to give it a shot. Especially loved that this would be the closer.

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WWE Survivor Series 2016 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez 

 

If WWE in 2016 has taught us anything, it’s that content outweighs logic.

After an hour and 51 minute pre-show came a three hour and 26-minute Pay-Per-View for a total of five hours and 27 minutes of air time.

Nothing screamed “filler” like interbranded 10-man elimination tag matches, with little consequences. Three of them, to be exact.

It’s like watching the World Series between two teams you don’t like. There’s no emotional investment besides the ones who’re directly involved.

Luckily, the best build ironically went to Goldberg-Brock Lesnar, the personification of the overhyped “Fantasy Warfare Just Got Real” catchphrase.

In this case, some things should stay fantasy.

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WWE Hell In A Cell 2016 Reaction

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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With yet another Pay-Per-View in the bag, we were left underwhelmed and disappointed by Raw’s Hell In A Cell.

In a show that boasted three main events, three HIAC bouts and the first time a women’s match took place in the structure and main-evented a PPV, there was history made.

In the end though, nobody would rank these HIAC matches among the greatest.

The show ranged from terrible to great, dependent on where you looked.

Luckily, there was some change in directions as some belts changed hands.

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Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown Live 10/25/16: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em…

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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 10/25/16)

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em…

– The opening video built up the main event of Dean Ambrose-WWE World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles with the catch that if Ambrose won, he’d be #1 Contender for the World Title. They also glossed over James Ellsworth’s two wins over Styles with Ambrose’s help and how it’d all factor into things. It was another cool instance where a bout came from a “Talking Smack” segment. Only SD Live hypes their own post-show. None of that happens on Raw, but we guess three hours is enough to suffer through for most.

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WWE No Mercy 2016 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

In an unprecedented period where we had five pro wrestling pay-per-views between Sept. 11 and Oct. 11 between WWE, Ring Of Honor and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, we were exhausted by Oct. 9 when No Mercy rolled around.

Luckily, if you look at that nice poster to the side, SmackDown Live had been headlined by the excellent heel duo of WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz/Maryse as he was engaged in a “Title Vs. Career” feud with Dolph Ziggler.

That feud would become synonymous with this show for reasons we’ll explore below.

It also helped that we had a Triple-Threat main event for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship between Champion AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose and John Cena that actually opened the show for a change.

Cool on the surface, but that brought us to the problem – one disorganized card.

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WWE Clash Of Champions 2016 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

After SmackDown set the standard for brand-exlcusive Pay-Per-Views with Backlash, it was time for Raw (the supposed “A-Show”) to deliver.

Unfortunately, a three-hour show marred by overbooking and convoluted logic has only proven that Raw has been dreadful.

If anybody needs an example of what an “eh” show will deliver, look at Clash Of Champions.

On paper, things looked salvageable, but like we thought, Raw’s flaws overtook what would’ve been great and turned it into what could’ve been.

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WWE Backlash 2016 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Like it or not, WWE’s new 19-a-year Pay-Per-View schedule is upon us.

While six-hour marathons like SummerSlam don’t make it sound delightful, the idea that we could get shows like Backlash gives us hope.

You knew the draft truly set in when we got the first-ever SmackDown Live-Exclusive PPV on Sep. 11.

With some things promised like the crownings of the inaugural WWE SmackDown Women’s and WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions and a few shiners like the WWE Intercontinental Championship match between Champion The Miz and Dolph Ziggler and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Champion Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles, we had much to look forward to.

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WWE SummerSlam 2016 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Within the “New Era” has been an attempt by WWE to showcase new talent on the precipice of an ever-growing content generator known as the WWE Network, where fans can not only tune in to live Pay-Per-Views (seven of more which were announced to be added to the already-stacked yearly 12 to make an absurd 19) but go back and watch almost everything WWE has ever produced.

That said, sometimes more new content isn’t necessarily the best scenario.

If you count the two-hour pre-show, SummerSlam clocked in and six hours and three minutes with 13 matches.

On a stacked Supercard, only a third of it was deemed excellent. The rest of it couldn’t have been more filler if we tried.

SummerSlam was the personification of having too much of a good thing and not knowing how to properly utilize it.

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WWE Battleground 2016 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

In many ways, Battleground personified the end of the modern era in WWE as we knew it.

With the last quarrels left to settle before the official WWE Brand Split took place, this marked the final time Raw and SmackDown superstars would appear in the same ring together.

The same rule was also in play for the main event, which put The Shield’s former members in an anticipated triple threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship for the first and last time.

Washington D.C. was primed for a long night and came to life when they needed to, but with nothing truly groundbreaking outside of a Sami Zayn-Kevin Owens classic, a notable Women’s Division debut and Randy Orton’s return, this Battleground left us with a slight case of trenchfoot, ready for the new era to truly take over already.

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