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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 9/24/16: Vampire In Pain

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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 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 8/13/16: Too Many Grapplers

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 8/13/16)

Too Many Grapplers 

– We started it off with a passionate backstage promo from the lewd, tattooed Adam Thornstowe who addressed his opponent Matt Striker that their last match was a classic, but this time he’d take him down. He also hit on the interviewer lady, who seemed to dig it.

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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 7/23/16: Fight Fire With Fire

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 7/23/16)

Fight Fire With Fire

– With a handful of talent deflected over to the West Coast Wrestling Connection’s sister promotion, Paragon Pro Wrestling, this episode marked the end of a two-year tradition in the form of Jeff Akin, as this was revealed to be his last broadcast. With his departure came the on-air debut of Kris Kloss (not Kriss Kross, don’t jump around) as the new play-by-play announcer. With a voice muffled somewhere between The Miz and Joey Styles, he’d take some getting used to. It did help that Morty Lipschitz provided color commentary in contrast to Kloss, who sympathized with the faces.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 7/9/16: Tag Team Supremacy

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 7/9/16)

Tag Team Supremacy 

– On paper, the Cole Layton King-Gangrel match sounded too soon, since they’ve tried to establish CLK and Gangrel’s one of the top WCWC talent. On the other hand, Gangrel had the experience to carry CLK to a respectable effort in the ring. Morty Lipschitz also provided commentary as the voice of The Wrecking Crew and probably to “scout” Gangrel as he pursuits Grappler III’s WCWC Pacific Northwest Championship. The match ended up nothing special, but the finish was smart since they had CLK get himself blatantly disqualified with brass knuckles to get him over as a rule-breaker and commentary did good as they talked him up as this big rich guy who also apparently owns his own stadium. There’s a strong JBL vibe from CLK and we’d love to see what more he could bring down the road. At least the DQ loss saved him from a pinfall loss and also set up the post-match angle where he aimed to take Gangrel out permanently with a neck injury with a chair, but was run off by Jeff Boom/Adam Thornstowe, who’d compete in the main event Fatal Four-Way Elimination Tag to decide the new WCWC Tag Team Champions that would also involve The Bonus Boyz, JJ Garrett/”The Rock God” Ricky Gibson and Marcus Malone/Mikey O’Shea. While it was cool to see Boom/Thornstowe here, it also probably hinted that they wouldn’t win the belts since they’d be in a feud with CLK more or less. Boom/Thornstowe were viable contenders in that match, so it made us wonder who might get the nod.

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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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Notes In Observance – WCWC 6/11/16: By Hook Or By Crook

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 6/11/16)

By Hook Or By Crook

– The opening match between Nick Fame (who we’re still not sure why he has a manservant – some exposition on that would be nice) and Jeff Boom wrote itself on paper with their opposite personalities. Fame has good charisma, but still needs some work in the ring. Boom has established himself as a good worker, but hasn’t had that breakthrough win yet. It’d also be nice if we could get some backstage promos that don’t have the words, “Oh, we’re no strangers to each other.” It’s like everybody are cross-town rivals. Anyways, a decent match with some added intensity and a good choice to have Boom go over cleanly. Fame also builds his repertoire in the ring. Maybe next week will be his time.

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