By Nicholas Jason Lopez
“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent televisions shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
Walking The Talk
– This recap follows episodes #51-54 since #55/56 are simply “best of.” Episode #51 was spearheaded by the Caprice Coleman-Vordell Walker bout. We had some good hype beforehand with a backstage segment that showed some nice interaction between the two. Coleman has some charisma, even if we’re unsure exactly what his character is supposed to be, though it borders on “Black Priest.” Walker on the other hand, has been pushed as a juggernaut heel, seemingly a better role for him. Think of Lashley’s current TNA character if one needs a comparison. It was a good mesh of personalities and with both guys on “hot runs,” something had to give. A little disappointing as far as the match, since the pace was deadly slow and almost sleep-inducing, but there were moments of clever ring psychology and painful-looking technical maneuvers. Also some cool highlights, like Walker’s top rope belly-to-belly suplex and Coleman’s Frankensteiner, but things ended before they reached second gear. We liked the finish though, which was essentially Walker using brass knuckles to get a pinfall before the decision got reversed when he was caught after the object fell off his hands when the Referee raised his hands. Ever the muscleman, Walker took out a table and set it in the corner, also shoving the Referee down. Walker’s spinebuster on Coleman through the table looked vicious, giving Walker some great heat. Owner Tracy Myers being at ringside also made it feel bigger.
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.
Kings Of The Ring
– Continuing with matches taped at WrestleCade FanFest in Winston-Salem, North Carolina from Thanksgiving weekend 2015, we saw some good and bad this week. The opener between Shawn Schultz and Chance Prophet fell flat of any expectations. Emphasis was placed on it being Schultz’s AML Wrestling debut and he didn’t look bad, but there was nothing tangible there. On the other side, we had Prophet who rocked some sick face paint (Insane Clown Posse should take pointers) and a unique, methodical style, but too much of the bout was slow and plodding. No crowd reactions as Prophet applied submissions and Schultz sold them. Also wasn’t sure where Prophet fell on the heel-face scale coming from a first impression. Schultz sold well, but all that build up was for a simple DDT finish? Meh. Commentary sold the lack of reaction as a “stunned crowd” but we just don’t think anybody cared.