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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 3/2/16: Past Meets The Present

WWE NXTBy 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 3/2/16)

Past Meets The Present 

– The opening video hyped the big NXT Champion Finn Balor-Neville main event, high flying against death-defying. How much better could it get?

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 2/24/16: New Personas

WWE NXTBy 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 2/24/16)

New Personas 

– American Alpha continue their “onward and upwards” push, this time outlasting the former NXT Tag Team Champions in Blake/Murphy after 10 minutes. AA were their usual dose of suplex and amateur-esque finesse, while Blake/Murphy provided decent foils. The main story (like with most AA matches) was Chad Gable selling hard for the hot tag, having it pulled away from him numerous times before finally getting it, and then Jason Jordan takes over the final minutes, culminating in Grand Amplitude.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 1/20/16: Set To Battle

WWE NXTBy 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 1/20/16)

Set To Battle 

– This wasn’t a newsworthy edition of NXT by any means, but this was cleverly booked “placeholder” TV. The idea was to set things up for future storylines – Samoa Joe, Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn will battle next week for the #1 Contender spot for the NXT Championship, a claim all three want as their own. Much of this episode was dedicated to showcasing the three men each doing what they do best – wrestling. On the other side of the coin, we saw Carmella get further established and Apollo Crews pick up some unfinished business.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 1/13/16: Fabulously Over-The-Top

WWE NXTBy 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 1/13/16)

Fabulously Over-The-Top

– 2015 was the year where NXT officially broke into mainstream as wrestling’s hottest promotion/brand and it has been a “back-to-basics” style of booking mixed with Triple H’s resilient ways of scouting the indies and bringing in popular talent that has done the job. 2015 saw plenty of this and it’s paying off in 2016.

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Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown 12/31/15: New Year’s Revolutions

WWE SmackdownBy 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 12/31/15)

New Year’s Revolutions

– The opening video highlighted Vince McMahon getting arrested by the New York Police Department after WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns shoved him to the ground when he made semi-racist remarks about how he exploited his older relatives for money. Reigns saved John Cena from a League Of Nations beatdown when McMahon suddenly dropped the bomb that he’d defend his Title on the following week with himself as the special guest referee.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 12/23/15: Seven Months In The Making

WWE NXTBy 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 12/23/15)

Seven Months In The Making

– The opening video highlighted NXT TakeOver: London – no belts changing hands on this night, but still an extraordinary effort with shiny spots and an awesome crowd all night long. This edition of NXT would give us more of that eccentric crowd thankfully.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 12/17/15: Intercontinental Conflicts

WWE SmackdownBy 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 12/17/15)

Intercontinental Conflicts

– The opening video chronicled the newsworthy Raw that ended with Roman Reigns overcoming Stephanie McMahon, Vince McMahon, Sheamus and The League Of Nations to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion with his job on the line. The question was how Smackdown would follow up a hot Raw.

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WWE NXT TakeOver: London Reaction

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Professional wrestling fans are often vocal and boisterous, but when it comes to professional wrestling fans in the United Kingdom, they simply reach a different level.

The UK faithful have something to do with the loud crowds of WrestleMania and Post-WrestleMania Raws in the last few years and it looks to be a trend for the future.

Taking what has made NXT a brilliant concept (new faces, established stars and exciting storylines) and bringing it to places never imagined before (London, Brooklyn, etc.) has only strengthened it as a brand almost reminiscent of its own wrestling promotion.

In retrospect, TakeOver: London was like an Oreo cookie – chocolatey goodness top and bottom, some vanilla in the middle, but not enough to shake the excellent overall taste.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 12/10/15: Go Home, You’re Drunk

WWE SmackdownBy 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 12/10/15)

Go Home, You’re Drunk 

– The Roman Reigns-WWE United States Champion Alberto Del Rio match exemplified all the recent overexposed stable warfare, with the one-on-one bout turning into an all-out brawl once the LON members dragged Del Rio out of the ring after he was Superman Punched. Not sure what this does to push the Sheamus-Reigns feud, but okay. Rusev got Superman Punched off the apron for his troubles. An eight-man tag match involving these guys would end the show. Sigh. Again?

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 12/9/15: Full Sailing To London

WWE NXTBy 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 12/9/15)

Full Sailing To London

– Ah, NXT: the one WWE show you can watch lately without getting your intelligence insulted. Feels refreshing. With this the go-home show for NXT TakeOver: London, it was clear the agenda was to give some finishing touches to that card and there was evidence of that from top to bottom. The first match pitted Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady against Corey Hollis/John Skyler, with the usual fun-loving faces in a mood for absolute retribution. They skipped their SAWFT routine and went straight to business, with an amped up demeanor. Cassady’s facial expressions were perfect and Amore even impressed with his hard strikes, ending the bout with their classic Rocket Launcher finisher. The post-match promo was the real money, as they made it clear that the NXT Tag Team Champions Dash Wilder/Scott Dawson tried to end their careers and they had waited too long for their shot to miss it. The lesson – don’t mess with Enzo’s family. Cassady brought perfect rage at the end, as his face was practically about to explode with it.

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