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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 11/23/15: Hee Haw

WWE RawBy 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 11/23/15)

Hee Haw

– The opening video highlighted the newsworthy Survivor Series finish, when WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase on Roman Reigns, who’d just beaten Dean Ambrose in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Finals and more specifically, Speared Triple H seemingly for no reason when the guy came out to congratulate him and offer his hand. Either way, Red Rooster’s the new Champion and Reigns was laid out and left in a heap of confetti-stricken grief.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 10/29/15: Ring Of Horror

WWE SmackdownBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 10/29/15)

Ring Of Horror 

– The opening video highlighted how The Wyatt Family recently “stole the souls” of The Undertaker and Kane on consecutive nights in a narrated style that actually came off well, felt very 90’s throwback. It’s a welcome change of pace.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 10/19/15: The Shield Vs. The Wyatt Family 2015

WWE RawBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 10/19/15)

The Shield Vs. The Wyatt Family 2015

– With WWE Creative paying precise attention to the ratings mudslide towards the land of panic, this was a heavily hyped show even as early as last month, with legends like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker rumored to appear. Stone Cold appearing was a surprise since his name was removed from the advertised list last week and we knew he’d be hosting his Podcast with Brock Lesnar as his guest later. That said, it’s amazing these days that Austin’s theme music glass-shatter still produces arguably the biggest crowd pop you’ll ever hear. This was a smart way to open up the show as it must’ve took both diehards and casuals by surprise. Austin can still play off a crowd like no other, embracing the “What?” chants and going with it. All in all, he was out there to introduce a guy who he battled with plenty of times, all in a way to sell Hell In A Cell that coming Sunday, The Undertaker. Given that this was also Texas, we expected a bipartisan reaction for Taker since it was his hometown after all and safe to say, that’s what happened. Never mind that Taker actually cheated with a low blow behind the Referee’s back to win at SummerSlam the last time we saw him. Taker’s line to Lesnar about the depths of hell looking like the gates of Heaven was a strong one and safe to say, we all knew business would go down when Lesnar’s music hit. As usual, Paul Heyman cut a strong sell promo that hyped his client’s streak-breaking moment and how underhanded Taker needed to be to beat him last time. We also liked Taker’s line about how he had nothing to lose since everything was already taken from him. The “mind games” aspect was unique that it teased a fight, with Lesnar looking like the heel coward this time. Still can’t help but feel like this match/feud is kind of just there, when in August, it felt like the hottest thing on WWE TV.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 9/28/15: Believe That It Ain’t Over…

WWE RawBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 9/28/15)

Believe That It Ain’t Over…

– The opening video highlighted Corporate/Demon Kane getting into WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins’ head and literally dragging him into hell. Strange we didn’t see anything from Smackdown that happened with the feud. Guess Rollins got out of hell okay?

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 9/21/15: Raging Paige

WWE RawBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 9/21/15)

Raging Paige 

– Not even two seconds into the show and we got The Wyatt Family sounder. Bray was in all bragging mode, Roman Reigns his subject, who was quick to come out alone to suggest he and Bray fight one-on-one, just like how it started. It was sort of odd that Bray accepted a challenge and ended up getting laid out, which only drew Luke Harper and Braun Strowman to his rescue, which in turn drew out Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton. The “brawl” was entertaining enough to stray from the ordinary, yet restrained enough from being extraordinary. We got a few things here – Strowman was finally vulnerable to a degree, when the face trio cleared him from the ring, though he fell to his feet. Orton drew his “line in the sand” so to speak, which made sense since he was getting revenge on the people who attacked him. We know a six-man tag with these guys is down to happen now, perhaps at the 10/3 WWE Network Live Special at Madison Square Garden? What was odd though was a lack of followup on the tension situation with Chris Jericho, who bumped shoulders with Ambrose on his way out of the ring the night before. Perhaps they pick it up on Smackdown? The crowd chanted pretty loudly for Jericho before Orton came out, which was interesting.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 9/10/15: Fair Warning

WWE SmackdownBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 9/10/15)

Fair Warning 

– The Wyatt Family promo was your usual “evil sermon” from Bray, as he tried to cast doubt upon the Roman Reigns/Dean Ambrose team based on their blinding loyalty and intelligence. He gave a fair warning and reminded us of how they took out Randy Orton on Raw. It also served as a fair warning to Jimmy Uso, who was teaming with both guys to take on The New Day later in the show. This was actually a Wyatt promo with purpose and wasn’t rambling and empty threats like we’ve all come to know Wyatt for.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 8/17/15: The Beast Comes Home

WWE RawBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 8/17/15)

The Beast Comes Home 

– Nothing says “go-home show” like an old fashioned Triple H-Stephanie McMahon opening promo to the show… They plugged WWE SummerSlam on the WWE Network (four hours, mind you) and they ran through the whole card, though someone hit the John Cena-Seth Rollins graphic too soon. Shucks. They hyped Roman Reigns vs Luke Harper, Nikki Bella vs Sasha Banks for later in the show. Seems that announcing matches earlier in the show worked the last time, made sense to do it again here.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 8/10/15: Green Arrow Attacks

WWE RawBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 8/10/15)

Green Arrow Attacks 

– WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins came out and did more bragging about injuring United States Champion John Cena, acknowledging he didn’t hear Cena respond to his challenge. The bit with the “live via satellite” was too cutesy, but fit what Rollins was going for. Cesaro’s interruption to challenge Rollins for the Title was a good moment, since he looked like a star with the suit, glasses and crowd support. Owens interrupting allowed him to pick on Cesaro more, brilliantly drawing heat from the method of the “Cesaro Section Signs Fans,” then drawing out Randy Orton, who made jokes on the heels. Rollins had another instance of talking himself into trouble by saying he didn’t care what The Authority thought, when Triple H picked up on it and booked a triple threat match with Owens-Cesaro-Orton with the winner fighting Rollins for the Title later. Good segment.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 8/6/15: Battle Of The Brutes

WWE SmackdownBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 8/6/15)

Battle Of The Brutes 

– The ever-classy video tribute to Rowdy Roddy Piper started the show off, finishing off the week of dedication in style.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 8/3/15: Champions Survive

WWE RawBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 8/3/15)

Champions Survive

– As always with WWE and paying respects to passing legends, the on-screen tribute to Rowdy Roddy Piper was classy, with all the talent on stage wearing “Hot Rod!” shirts, his music playing out the scene, followed by a great video package.

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