Blog Archives

Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 2/23/16: Lockdown 2016

TNA Impact WrestlingBy 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 2/23/16)

Lockdown 2016

– Greetings, readers… if you’ve stumbled upon this charming piece of literature, then allow us to tell you all about TNA’s annual “every match in a steel cage” event called Lockdown, a former Pay-Per-View now forever destined for straight-to-TV goodness. Normally, TNA’s the butt of wrestling jokes (at times still is) but ever since the TNA World Title Series transitioned into the show’s move to Pop TV, the show has picked up in quality, led by TNA World Heavyweight Champion “Big Money” Matt Hardy and his “brand” of his wife Reby, his baby son Maxel and Tyrus. This year’s show heavily focused on the main event for the World Title that’d pit Hardy against Ethan Carter III, as we saw dominate the opening video.

Read the rest of this entry

Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 2/16/16: Uncaged Redemption

TNA Impact WrestlingBy 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 2/16/16)

Uncaged Redemption

– The opening video did a decent recap on some of the bigger storylines, like Ethan Carter III stemming back renegade-style to gain revenge on the Matt Hardy Brand, also hyping the TNA World Tag Team Championships match between the Champions, The Wolves and Decay, happening in Monster’s Ball.

Read the rest of this entry

Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 2/9/16: Back In The UK

TNA Impact WrestlingBy 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 2/9/16)

Back In The UK 

– TNA always seems to bring their A-game when traveling 4000 miles overseas to the United Kingdom. Anybody who remembers the classic Ethan Carter III-Rockstar Spud “Hair Vs. Hair” match can attest that this crowd brings something US crowds lack. The opening video did a good job of wrapping up several ongoing storylines in 90 seconds – Beer Money’s reunion tour, the new X-Division Champion Trevor Lee/Gregory Shane Helms alliance, the formation of the American Horror Story-esque tag team Decay (Abyss/Crazzy Steve/Rosemary) and more.

Read the rest of this entry

Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 1/26/16: Brother Vs. Brother

TNA Impact WrestlingBy 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 1/26/16)

Brother Vs. Brother

– “Big Money” Matt Hardy possibly had his career moment with his latest heel turn and following promo to close out last week’s show upon winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. As always, follow-up’s key. They addressed Jeff Hardy’s thoughts on it, who was purposely recommended to go to the hospital by Matt and his wife Reby before the match so he wouldn’t intervene in their plans. We liked how the show started with Jeff being approached backstage by cameras and addressing how Matt wouldn’t return his calls or texts and needed answers. Of course it was a little silly that in the midst of a serious search for explanations, he felt the urge to go paint his face first. This was a slick lead-in to the opening video which showcased Matt’s turn by resorting to low-blows, extreme Twists Of Fates and a hammer to finally become new Champion, turning Ethan Carter III babyface in the process, also gaining EC3’s former bodyguard, Tyrus.

Read the rest of this entry

Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 1/19/16: One Last Time

TNA Impact WrestlingBy 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 1/19/16)

One Last Time

– The opening video showed how Matt Hardy was undefeated through the TNA World Title Series until he met with TNA World Heavyweight Champion Ethan Carter III and lost. Desperate for another chance, he put his own career on the line if he lost again. EC3 upped the ante and made it a Last Man Standing match. On this show, we’d get the big-time bout with these two potentially writing Matt’s final chapter. Little did we know what they were really setting up…

Read the rest of this entry

Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 1/12/16: First Stop On The Farewell Tour

TNA Impact WrestlingBy 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 1/12/16)

First Stop On the Farewell Tour

– The opening video provided fair hype on recent storylines – TNA World Heavyweight Champion Ethan Carter III getting his groove back by defeating Lashley and Matt Hardy in one night to end the TNA World Title Series on top. Another big focus was the first match of Kurt Angle’s esteemed “farewell tour,” as he’d battle Drew Galloway.

Read the rest of this entry

TNA One Night Only: Live! Reaction

Photo courtesy of YouTube.

Photo courtesy of YouTube.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Known for their filler-esque themed cards and subtle-to-mild hype, it takes a lot for one to look at a “One Night Only” show with excitement.

However, TNA in 2016 actually took time to dedicate reasons to hype a live version of “ONO,” including Kurt Angle being in action, “The Miracle” Mike Bennett’s in-ring debut and the marquee factor – a sudden, but enjoyable Beer Money reunion, thrusting James Storm into a storyline from his big return after a brief swim in NXT waters.

Despite a few highlights, this show reminded us why TNA cannot handle live capabilities, making silly mistakes in production and on commentary.

TNA has tried to make some good news, but like always, it always ends up bad.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 1/8/16)

The Breakdown

– The opening video hyped the night’s matches and occurrences, particularly focusing on the Beer Money-Bram/Eric Young, three-way tag, Lashley-Tyrus and #1 Contender Knockouts Gauntlet matches.

Read the rest of this entry

Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 1/5/16: More Than Your Cheap Pop

TNA Impact WrestlingBy 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 1/5/16)

More Than Your Cheap Pop

– The opening video discussed the primed athletes being determined to be TNA World Heavyweight Champion, hyping the TNA World Title Series’ final four – Lashley, Matt Hardy, Ethan Carter III and Eric Young.

Read the rest of this entry

Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 7/22/15: 200th Episode Extravaganza

Image provided courtesy of Ring Of Honor.

Image provided courtesy of Ring Of Honor.

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 7/22/15)

200th Episode Extravaganza 

– With it being the 200th TV episode and go-home show for the Death Before Dishonor iPPV, it made sense for there to be a bold dash of nostalgia and hype, with a fair nod to the past, as matches were shown on TV of past events like The Addiction beating reDRagon for the Tag Team Championships on 4/25/15, Extreme Cage Warfare on 7/26/13, Donovan Dijak-Will Ferrera in the Finals of the Top Prospects Tournament (3/7/15), Tag Wars 2014, Hanson-AJ Styles (11/22/14) and Lance Storm-Mike Bennett (8/4/12).

Read the rest of this entry