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WCW Uncensored 1995 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Unsanctioned, Unauthorized, Unbelievable.”

If a tagline ever fit a World Championship Wrestling show, this was it.

Uncensored – WCW’s attempt to bend the rules and present an “extreme” Pay-Per-View with only gimmicked matches, was an experiment in the beginning.

Headlined by a Leather Strap Match between WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan and WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Vader in the midst of a hot feud between Hogan and “A Man Possessed,” Ric Flair, it was enough to salvage for the rest of the malarky.

What malarky? Put in a “Boxer Vs. Wrestler” Match, a “King Of The Road” Match and a “Martial Arts” Match.

Oh and because of recent creative changes, no blood was allowed at all.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 7/15/15: Can’t Fight The Law

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 7/15/15)

Can’t Fight The Law 

– The opening video highlighted Ethan Carter III’s “reign of supreme” last week and how he got himself out of a Title defense against Kurt Angle, culminating in a verbal showdown with Dixie Carter where she said she knew who’d be in charge and EC3 wasn’t it, hyping the reveal of a new power. Tiny little bit of intrigue there.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 7/1/15: EC3 Goes For The Gold

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 7/1/15)

EC3 Goes For The Gold 

– The opening video hyped the Kurt Angle-Ethan Carter III World Heavyweight Championship match. If only this was Slammiversary material. Actually, a lot of this show was what should’ve been Slammiversary. This was undoubtedly the best Impact of the Destination America era in terms of consistent top-to-bottom enjoyment.

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TNA Slammiversary 2015 Reaction

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

TNA Slammiversary 2015This year’s Slammiversary came off hype-wise as a last scramble effort to come up with something with a nostalgic flavor added with a dash of seasoning provided with what is the current TNA roster.

However, what happens when you don’t provide enough seasoning?

The TNA roster is dwindling down to its main players and a lot of notable names are going away – Magnus, James Storm, Gunner, Awesome Kong, Taryn Terrell and Austin Aries so far.

TNA has never given that “sinking ship” vibe, but this felt like a throwaway show in every aspect. People were expected to shell out $40 for a show that didn’t even feature the World Heavyweight Championship or its holder (guy on the poster for pete’s sake), instead resorting to a new, recycled King Of The Mountain Championship – which its “powers” weren’t even explained in detail.

This show was saved by a couple of matches – Austin Aries and Davey Richards and the non-sanctioned match between Magnus and James Storm. It only makes sense that three of the four men in these matches are no longer with the company past Slammiversary, despite the fact that some will appear on the next two taped episodes of Impact. Not to mention the awkwardness of having to be in a live crowd that is watching a show “prior to” something that already technically happened.

For a company struggling financially, this was a half-hearted attempt to gain buys and the majority of this show could’ve been saved for a throwaway Impact. Anyways, let’s run through the card.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 5/15/15: Hardcore War

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 5/15/15)

Hardcore War

– The opening video hyped the 10-man Hardcore War gauntlet match between Team Kurt Angle and Team Eric Young, promising elevated violence, or something like that. This sort of felt randomly strung together, huh?

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 3/20/15: Lashley Vs. Angle

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(Aired 3/20/15)

Lashley Vs. Angle

– You can fault TNA for all their past wrongdoings and chalk their Creative lack of logic to carelessness or just plain stupidity, but there are times that when they get it right, they get it right. The hype for the first-ever meeting between Kurt Angle and Bobby Lashley (for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, no less) was nothing short of brilliant. They made this truly feel like a match worth seeing, from the hype video clips for each man, to the camera shots of them in preparation and from input from the commentary team and other wrestling talent. You had the feeling that all eyes were on this match, as this had implications for the future and the very foundation of TNA as a company. Granted, last week’s Rockstar Spud-Ethan Carter III Hair Vs. Match was a tough act to follow and while this match didn’t match that magic, it excelled in its own little way.

– Despite the annoying Bro-Mans backstage promo that had Robbie E “depressed” over losing to Brooke (Shake it off Robbie, barely anyone watched), TNA did a decent job of toning down said annoyance by keeping the duo to DJ Z and Jesse Godderz, who actually had better chemistry than the Godderz-Robbie E team. Who knew? Angelina Love remains with them, but doesn’t really gain much from this situation either. Shouldn’t she be vying for the Knockouts Championship?

– The Ultimate X Tag Team Championship match between The Wolves, Jesse Godderz/DJ Z and The Great Sanada/Manik was the expected glorified spot fest that it sounded like on paper. While everyone had their moments to shine, The Wolves were the only team that looked like they had a real chance of winning and won the match before the action became stale.

– Austin Aries has always given a good promo and he had purpose being that he had his briefcase in the hands of the Beat Down Clan. Him calling them out was good for this reason. Low-Ki and Samoa Joe representing the BDC also worked here. That said, why on earth would Aries put up his earned World Title briefcase shot to get a shot at a lower Championship that he’d be due a rematch for anyway? The match between him and Joe had some time to turn into something decent, but had “BDC antics” written all over it, with Low-Ki attacking Aries to cause the DQ. Kudos to Taz for the technical hold pointers, which upped the ante in the action’s importance. Aries ended back up with the briefcase, but the moment was quickly and rightfully overshadowed by Spud’s surprise cash-in of his X-Division Title briefcase. That was great, because it gave Spud new direction and a new feud with the BDC. You can even throw Aries into things too.

– Magnus’ brawl-styled clobbering of Bram was a great follow up of last week’s segment. Even Mickie James looked good while beating on him. This raised their personal feud up a notch and felt necessary at this point in their blood rivalry. Only complaint possibly here was that this directly followed the Spud cash-in and we had no time to really digest anything, though this helped helped give the show an “unpredictable” feel, despite being taped a while back.

– The three-way Knockouts Championship match between Awesome Kong, Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell was okay, nothing too special. Why Terrell continues to get the nod over Kim/Kong is beyond us, because she still feels like a vague paper champion. She says she seeks to “validate her reign,” but we still don’t know much about her besides she always ends up winning. She is becoming the Knockouts John Cena. We hope TNA sees this and tries to fix it soon, because the longer she stays Champion, the more damage her character hurts from it this way.

– The James Storm promo put over the no DQ match and his “coin toss” talk was interesting in his own James Storm way. Who can deny the creepy whistle?

– Angle’s comments towards the upcoming match had him put over Lashley as a monster and that he was eager to show he was still one of the best in the business. Good promo.

– The Storm (w/The Revolution)-Matt Hardy No DQ match was a decent weapon fest, as the story was Hardy fighting off all of The Revolution, eventually falling victim to the match rules. Storm’s postmatch promo put over his desire to have Matt join Jeff in the hospital, as we assume happened, with all those brutal shots and camera cutaway. Being that Jeff “returns” next week, it was a good way to set that up.

– The TNA World Heavyweight Championship match between Lashley-Angle was a great match given lots of time for both guys to wear each other down, with Angle’s German suplexes and Lashley’s sudden bursts of energy. That said, it took four Angle Locks to finish Lashley off and the win was a pleasant surprise, as it seemed Lashley had the momentum going with the belt again, but Angle on top of the mountain in TNA opens up some new possibilities.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– Tag Team Championships Destination X Match – The Wolves (Champion) def. Jesse Godderz/DJ Z (w/Angelina Love) and The Great Sanada/Manik to retain 

– Austin Aries def. Samoa Joe (w/Low-Ki) via DQ

– X-Division Championship Match – Rockstar Spud def. Low-Ki Champion) via pinfall to become new Champion; Briefcase Cash-In

– Knockouts Championship – Taryn Terrell def. Gail Kim, Awesome Kong via pinfall to retain 

– No Disqualification Match – James Storm (w/The Revolution) def. Matt Hardy via pinfall

– World Heavyweight Championship Match – Kurt Angle def. Bobby Lashley (Champion) via submission to become new Champion

Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 1/16/15: BDC (Beat Dumb Clan)

 

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(Aired 1/16/15)

BDC (Beat Dumb Clan)

– The opening video that highlighted the chaos, The Revolution, Austin Aries winning the X Division Title, Awesome Kong’s return and the big turns at the end was solid in wrapping up the debut episode in about two minutes.

– The segment where Josh Matthews led things and talked about “intimacy” through cameras or something like that was made to sound like the company was “breaking new ground.” Sure. The new theme song is catchy though.

– The Bobby Roode promo about Eric Young should have had him be irate about being screwed, and he was. He should have been out for blood wanting Eric Young. Perfect.

– The Entourage of MVP, Samoa Joe, Kenny King and Low-Ki makes a good ring presence. MVP is perfect at the bragging heel promo, but it still seems like a random group for what you call a “family.” Are they really on top of the world in TNA? The Beat Down Clan is such a sucky name. The Entourage makes a better name instead. It was also odd to see them not accept Young in the group, being he turned along with Low-Ki and Joe. Young explanation seemed kind of weak, all over not getting a title shot or hospital visits. He sounded like an angry Grandpa. Despite the heel reaction from the crowd, he’s not a convincing heel on the mic. Lashley not coming out upon his music hitting and Angle coming out instead is something TNA does too often. Nevertheless, it told us Lashley wasn’t still fully on board with the BDC. The Angle-BDC confrontation was okay, as Joe marched up to him, got in his face and Angle punched him. Also, why no explanations from Joe or Low-Ki?

– The Joe-Angle match wasn’t like their warrior battles of 2006/2007, but they worked together well as it had its share of technical and physical combat. The Ref bump and Joe playing dirty wasn’t original, but at least it got the BDC already on the win board. And sure enough, the group lived up to their name. Young also joined in, though not with the group. Why not just say he’s in there? Roode making the save was expected and made him look strong.

– Roode’s sit-in-ring promo was angry, passionate and believable, just what Young couldn’t pull off. You could believe he wanted Young’s head on a plate.

– Mike Tenay’s interview with Magnus as a newfound “family man” was heart lifting. Well, not really.

– The backstage segment between Jeremy Borash and Rockstar Spud was pretty good. They have surprisingly good chemistry.

– The Revolution stands like a Ministry of Darkness of sorts. Their roster grows slowly, with a new member, Khoya. Having them out for the Hardys-Wolves match was good to get them on TV. As for that match, it was good in terms of matching the intensity from their past bouts with inventive spots like Jeff Hardy running across the ropes and jumping onto The Wolves on the floor, but the 67 camera cuts to The Revolution was somewhat distracting from the match. Good finish though, as the Hardys won.

– The backstage promo of Bram on “Feast or Fired” was somewhat believable, but what good does staying out of his way do when he has a 1/4 chance of getting fired?

– The backstage segment with Lashley, King and Young was the BDC talking about how great things were and making fun of Young saying he was crazy.

– EC III and Tyrus breaking into the production room and wanting to control the cameras to talk to Borash and challenge him to a match was something different, but the nWo kind of did it before.

– The NO DQ match between Roode and Young was an all-out brawl and the cut away to Lashley’s “silence” was interesting too. This episode seemed to revolve around settling differences and the first hour went by fast. Hasn’t been a case of TNA trying to do too much in two hours. The match was shorter than maybe it should have been, but the finish was believable as Young piledrived Roode onto a steel chair. The postmatch promo with MVP and King had MVP bragging about Lashley and MVP feeding into Young’s anger some more.

– The Austin Aries’ X-Division Championship rematch promo put it over well in terms of the match itself and what it meant for him.

– The promo with Brooke was drama about her relationship with Robbie E. Meh.

– The Beautiful People (w/The Bro-Mans, DJ Z)-Brooke/Taryn Terrell match wasn’t anything memorable besides the ridiculous Bro-Mans entrance. Velvet Sky pinned Brooke pulling on tights. Postmatch, the Awesome Kong beat down on the Beautiful People and DJ Z was more of her dominance, which was good. When Havok came down to the ring and confronted Kong, security tried to separate them. They will go at it in due time. The feud has been good so far.

– EC III’s charisma shined in the backstage segment where he bullied Borash into accepting his challenge for next week’s show.

– The backstage segment with Manik leading producers to James Storm talking to the Revolution introducing his newest disciple, Khoya from India was decent. Gosh, he’s like Bray Wyatt with logic. He said he would show off his power and destruction would be unleashed next week.

– The hype video for Feast or Fired was what you’d expect it to look like. Feast or Fired is just one of those gimmicky matches that just can’t be taken too seriously. The main question here is who will get fired?

– The X-Division Championship match between Low-Ki (w/BDC) and Aries was decent in terms of in-ring action but it was more shenanigans with the BDC on the outside as they cost Aries the title and brought it back to Low-Ki. Why even the title change last week? Granted, the BDC has gold now and is undefeated, but still. The postmatch promo from MVP bringing out Lashley and having the BDC turn on Lashley once he made it known he didn’t want to be with them was good for getting the BDC over and made Lashley a somewhat buyable face. Lashley feuding with any BDC member would be good at the moment. Nevertheless, it might had been good if TNA avoided relying once again on a dominant heel stable a la The Main Event Mafia and Aces and Eights. Not to mention, their “rival” doing it just makes them look like copycats, but thus, this is what we have and it could be worse.

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– Samoa Joe (w/BDC) def. Kurt Angle via pinfall

– Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Match – The Hardys def. The Wolves via pinfall

– No DQ – Eric Young def. Bobby Roode via pinfall

– The Beautiful People (w/Bro-Mans, DJ Z) def. Karyn Terrell/Brooke via pinfall

– X-Division Championship – Low-Ki def. Austin Aries (Champion) to regain Title

Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 1/7/15: Destination Impact

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(Aired 1/7/15)

Destination Impact

– The opening video was good in introducing most of the talent in a hotel setting, as James Storm deemed it “the year of the Revolution” and Bobby Roode gave a tour bus pep talk. Once Roode and Lashley stood toe-to-toe outside the Manhattan Hotel, a brawl ensued. Chaotic as usual, though the crowd ate it up, as the action was all over and it set up the Kurt Angle-MVP match well. Robbie E was also shown on camera before his “return” segment, for those who didn’t catch it.

– The Angle-MVP confrontation came across well on TV, but the loud crowd’s obscene chants had to be edited out and some of what MVP said got chopped up in the process. It was the perfect way to bring Angle back to the roster, though it wasn’t announced who would be new Director of Operations. The street fight more or less kept the energy from the opening brawl and put Angle over. They edited the “M-V-Pussy” chant, but not the “M-V-Penis” one. Sounds about right.

– The MVP-King backstage segment focused on MVP’s anger as he looked for Lashley.

– It’s still crazy that Josh Matthews is now announcing with the company. Him and Taz aren’t strangers to commentary either, going back to their WWE days. Taking over Mike Tenay’s place might be hard, but it helps bring a “new” feeling to the show.

– Ethan Carter III just oozed charisma as we saw in his backstage promo and he can definitely help get Tyrus, or the former Brodus Clay, over.

– Tenay’s interview with James Storm portrayed him as a brainwashing bearded-man – well, TNA’s version of it. Storm said the Revolution was “out for blood,” but not for Titles? How can the Titles be important if even The Revolution doesn’t want them?

– The Revolution-Wolves Tag Team Championship match had its moments, particularly the four consecutive suicide dives by the Wolves. The Hardys were also ringside, to make us remember they exist. They weren’t a distraction here though, though the crowd loved them when they first came out, though they played into the finish. The camerawork was somewhat sloppy as it missed a few kicks at one point. The Revolution retained.

– The hype videos from the previous Lashley-Roode matches throughout the night provided good hype.

– The backstage segment with MVP, King and Lashley maybe planted some seeds of a possible face turn for Lashley down the road as MVP lashed out at him.

– The segment with Jeremy Borash, EC III, Tyrus and Rockstar Spud made EC III look like a star and Borash looked tough for putting up a fight, though the camera missed his slap to Carter. Spud also looked sympathetic here, which was good. It will take some time for Tyrus to ditch the image WWE set him with, as the crowd chanted, “Somebody call my momma,” but TNA is smart to use him as a henchman. Borash was a trooper for taking the beating and having his head shaved.

– The backstage segment with King-MVP continued to play up that MVP might work against Lashley in the future, all the more setting up the big “shocking” heel turns.

– The Austin Aries-Low Ki X-Division Championship match was purely physical, with lots of inventive spots and chops and high-flying maneuvers. Kudos to the X-Division hype video as well. The crowd was evenly divided and Aries came out victorious with a brutal-looking kick that may had knocked out one of Low-Ki’s teeth. Low Ki’s eventual heel turn would overshadow this match by the end, but in the moment, it was great.

– The Knockouts Championship Battle Royal had a lot of action, surely Gail Kim and Havok had a good showing, though Taryn Terrell retained, but it seemed she slipped in at the end out of the background, not exactly “fighting champion” ways. The return of Robbie E was also somewhat newsworthy as we saw before the match. Obviously, the match was overshadowed with the return of Awesome Kong. The feud with Havok should be interesting, but any true TNA fan is looking for another Kim-Kong match. The Knockouts could become must-watch again.

– The Bobby Roode-Bobby Lashley match was built up well throughout the night and went the way of their previous two bouts, initially. The shot of King, MVP and Co. midway through the match took attention away from it and as we saw with the reveal, the focus was never really on the match. The turns themselves of Low Ki, Samoa Joe and Eric Young were executed well in terms of shock value, but it remains to be seen just how it will work long-term. Given that, TNA has found a way to make people want to tune in next week, whether it was the three big heel turns, the return of Kong, or just what EC III will do next.

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– Street Fight – Kurt Angle def. MVP via pinfall

– Tag Team Championships – The Revolution def. The Wolves via pinball to retain 

– X-Division Championship – Austin Aries def. Low-Ki via pinfall to regain

– Knockouts Championship Battle Royal – Taryn Terrell def. Velvet Sky, Angelina Love, Havok, Madison Rayne, and Rebel

– TNA World Heavyweight Championship – Bobby Lashley def. Bobby Roode to regain