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Notes In Observance – WCWC 1/21/17: Feeling The Blackout

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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 1/21/17)

Feeling The Blackout 

– The WCWC Legacy Championship match between Champion Ethan HD and “Mr. Adrenaline” Adrian Matthews had some build when Matthews earned the right after he beat “The Rock God” Ricky Gibson last week. Matthews had an early advantage as he sent the Champ out of the ring after being spit on. Ethan answered with a body slam on the cold concrete. We cracked up at Commentator Morty Lipschitz’s claim that the Referee “should be disqualified” when he kicked the ropes as he noticed Ethan using them for leverage. Carney provided some outside physicality, as Lipschitz dismissed it as “waking him up.” Hilarious. After a superplex by Matthews, Carney brought in a chair, which was set down by Matthews. Ethan tried to take advantage but got clotheslined to the canvas as Matthews climbed to the top. Carney shoved Matthews off the top rope for the disqualification finish. Sigh. We say this though – when heels get themselves disqualified to retain Titles, why do they get upset that they lost the match? Anyways, Matthews chased Carney backstage and Ethan threatened the Referee with a chair. He put put it down and made like he’d walk away, only to come back and land a Blackout, as the Referee’s face landed on the chair. That was actually awesome. For extra heel points, he lightly kicked the Referee’s head afterwards. If not for the fact we question why he’d be mad in the first place since he retained anyway, still good for shock value alone.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 1/14/17: Presence Of Mind

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 1/14/17)

Presence Of Mind 

– The Gallo-Ian Sutton match served its purpose as a misguided glorified squash to further establish The Wrecking Crew’s newest “pet.” Maybe literally. Think of Gallo like a more muscular version of Rick Steiner’s “barking dog” gimmick. It worked in a sense since WCWC Pacific Northwest Champion Grappler III was with him at ringside. We also liked the idea of Sutton as his opponent because he could use a rub from some offense put in. The downward side of Sutton’s stereotypical redneck gimmick’s exactly that – it’s limiting. Luckily, Sutton showed more depth to his in-ring skills and actually put in a few decent shots that had Gallo reeling. The pulverizing party didn’t last long, as Gallo took control after a mighty powerslam to earn his way to victory. Sutton’s one-match win streak would remain that. G3’s post-match promo was fine, as it reminded us of the impending tag match where Gallo/Caleb Konley would battle Mikey O’Shea/Alexander Hammerstone next week and G3 would be handcuffed to the ropes. This was the heels marveling over their high victory chances.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 1/7/17: Heavenly Surprises

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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 1/7/17)

Heavenly Surprises 

– The Heavenly Bodies-Northwest Express match opened 2017’s first telecast (as commentary made it known throughout the opening minutes) with HB’s debut. The good thing was that they hyped this out from about two to three weeks prior. It probably also helped us that we remember HB from Pro Wrestling Syndicate where they tore it down as associates of “Shining” Edward Jackson. Gosh, was it really that long ago? It was also good to see that they’ve decided to stick with Phlex Walker/Marcus Malone as a team, despite their matching color scheme looking a little Men On A Mission-esque. The heels garnered immediate heat even before the match as they prepared to lock up, only to leave the ring and jaw with fans. Disappointingly, the first commercial break came before we saw anything more than collar-and-elbow tie-ups and arm rest holds. We also loved how commentary played up on the fact that it’s hard to tell off the bat who was Desirable Dustin and Gigolo Justin before they pointed it out. The heels tried to evacuate the premises mid-match, which was met with chops galore. Justin hit a nice rolling lariat off the apron onto Walker before he shoved him into the steel steps. Both HB members were in the ring as Malone got the hot tag. A collision course spot sent the HB bumping into each other headfirst. As NE geared up for some sort of variation of the Doomsday Device, Justin put a stop to that and set up the team’s sick finisher, The Pearly Gates. The wheelbarrow cutter double-team was more than enough for them to score the pin. A nice dip in the water and it made us want more.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 12/31/16: New Year’s Slammin’ Eve

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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 12/31/16)

New Year’s Slammin’ Eve

– The Christy Olson/Mikey O’Shea/Alexander Hammerstone/WCWC Legacy Champion Grappler III/Jeremy Blanchard/Caleb Konley in-ring segment advanced the Wrecking Crew-Hammerstone/O’Shea/Adam Thornstowe feud without the latter’s presence. This was the babyface’s television return after WC got them suspended. Hammerstone had the advantage of actually being a WC member at one point, so his words were heavy to listen to. The segment’s “twist” was that G3 called in some favors, as he revealed that someone had “unfinished business” with O’Shea and it was none other than the returning Konley. Liked how they tied in things to exactly one year ago, but strange at the same time. Why suddenly bring it up now? At least there was plenty of history between O’Shea/Konley. More on that later. Next week’s hook was also provided when G3 informed Hammerstone he had a surprise for him then. O’Shea was a highlight on the mic too.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 12/17/16: The Wrong Day To Pick A Fight

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 12/17/16)

The Wrong Day To Pick A Fight 

– The WCWC Pacific Northwest Championship match between Champion Grappler III and Adrian “The Adrenaline” Matthews had the right idea. We liked G3’s pre-match promo, as he told us that Alexander Hammerstone, Adam Thornstowe and Mikey O’Shea were suspended by the Athletic State Commission for their actions and wouldn’t be there. The crowd heckled G3, which was fun to see. Their jeers drowned him out at one point. Given The Wrecking Crew’s affiliation with Commentator Morty Lipschitz (their lawyer), it was the logical route. Did he make good on his promise to prevent another Hammerstone appearance? As far as the match, it went how we expected. G3 worked him over, while Jeremy Blanchard repeatedly interfered on the outside. Commentary also spoke of a “streak” that Matthews rode headed in. It would’ve helped to actually mention some names that he beat on this “streak.” Better selling point. Matthews outmuscled Blanchard as he punched him off the apron and unleashed an array of momentum to set up a senton, but missed. It was there where G3 kicked him with his loaded orthopedic boot to retain. The kick looked like it barely connected, but it was what it was.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 12/10/16: The War Gets Settled

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 12/10/16)

The War Gets Settled 

– The “Rock God” Ricky Gibson-Spyder Warrior match felt routine, but had a unique angle of no Mr. Tubbs at ringside. Despite that, it still felt seen before. It was portrayed early as an even affair before Gibson’s experience got him the advantage with long rest holds to break Warrior down. Gibson also showed nice confidence, as he posed over Warrior several times. While they gave Warrior some credibility in that he had the first Power Ballad attempt scouted (probably didn’t help that Gibson shouted the move’s name right before), but fell victim to the second. This was the most interesting thing they did with Gibson in months, as we’re left to wonder what the possible fallout might’ve been between him and Tubbs. Commentary made sure to raise it on viewer’s minds.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 12/3/16: Thornstowe’s Surprise

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 12/3/16)

Thornstowe’s Surprise 

– The Alexander Hammerstone/Mikey O’Shea-Matt Striker/”Big Jack” Cunningham match started the show with a blaze, reliant upon the big reveal of Hammerstone as Adam Thornstowe’s “surprise” for The Wrecking Crew. Prior to the reveal, O’Shea came out charging towards WCWC Pacific Northwest Champion Grappler III, which made sense given that he was injured by his hands. Thank goodness Hammerstone was the surprise and not O’Shea, because boy, that would’ve been lousy. We like Hammerstone in this “new era” as he takes on his former allies. He always had something special that was untapped and this babyface run could be what he needs. That also seemed to be the first time we heard a genuine pop from the WCWC faithful. It was also funny since Hammerstone was recently featured on that “Best Of 2016” episode, so his return had to be a hot rumor. Speaking of returns, Commentator Kris Kloss was back and better than ever next to Commentator Morty Lipschitz. A nice change of pace from the usual start, as we figured this would be something saved for the main event. As far as the match, not much to write home about besides for Hammerstone’s routine bodyslam on Cunningham, before G3/Jeremy Blanchard attacked him, to cause the match to be thrown out. The brawl was what it was, though we laughed that the Referee mistakenly ruled the match a “No Disqualification.” Shouldn’t that be a DQ win for the babyfaces? Lipschitz’s over-the-top angry reaction to Hammerstone’s return was priceless and logical, since he could use his lawyer skills to find some wrongful legality in the situation. We also learned from Broadcast Journalist Christy Olson that this would build to a Six-Man No Disqualification match between O’Shea/Thornstowe/Hammerstone against Cunningham/Striker/G3 for next week.

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

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(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

 

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(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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