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

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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 then bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

(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 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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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 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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

(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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