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WWE Extreme Rules 2019 Preview/Predictions

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

The main roster has been in a place of recovery in recent weeks after the announcement of both Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff as Executive Directors of Raw and SmackDown respectively.

Although Bischoff is expected to begin his role after this event, it has been said that Heyman had his “fingerprints all over” Raw the last two weeks. The first week was complete with Corey Graves swearing on air, a stage explosion/pyro angle and logical storyline developments, a key aspect to Heyman’s creative skills.

This most recent Raw episode felt like more of the same filler we had previously, yet SmackDown was the better show, so who knows if Heyman had his way with the blue brand just prior to Bischoff’s beginning?

Extreme Rules is being looked forward to by many, only because it will mean the end of one era (hopefully the dreadful Wild Card) and the start of a more meaningful one. Enthusiasm is dead with the current main roster product and if anybody knows what to do to rejuvenate it, it might as well be Heyman and Bischoff at this point.

Let the games begin.

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WWE Stomping Grounds 2019 Preview/Predictions

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

Stomping Grounds (Or Stomping Ground? We had to literally look at the poster to remind ourselves) comes at a time when main roster television has become uninspired at best. Is it just Lesser Super Showdown aka Less Than And Not Equal To WrestleMania?

It only made sense that last night, the WWE app accidentally let out a notification that the show was “about to begin,” clearly meant for tomorrow night. It was quite a “universal” problem (wink, wink).

We almost wanted it to happen yesterday, just so we can get it over and done with already.

The Wild Card rule continues to drag down Raw and SmackDown in quality and has made both shows feel the same. We have started to forget who is on which show now. What’s the point of a brand split then?

This probably has to do a little bit with SmackDown’s move to Fox in October. Maybe Creative has saved their best stuff for then, but it’s a chore these days to watch. Give us something. Anything.

Outside of the imaginatively hilarious and outlandish Bray Wyatt vignettes, the storylines have become immensely repetitive – Shane McMahon says stuff, Drew McIntyre is angry, Sami Zayn loses, Alexa Bliss is a disgruntled Starbucks customer, R-Truth loses the 24/7 Championship and wins it back (although not this week), Ricochet may or may not win his match and Baron Corbin is simply terrible.

You have not missed much outside of the aforementioned. Shame.

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WWE Money In The Bank 2019 Preview/Predictions

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

The poster of this event is a microcosm of the problems that plague the main roster – the illusion that two’s better than one.

In a panicked reaction to low ratings, Vince McMahon introduced (in a half-assed manner, mind you) the “Wild Card Rule,” where four superstars from Raw could appear on SmackDown and vice versa. McMahon messed up the promo to explain it and then managed to break his own made-up rule as five superstars from SmackDown appeared on that very Raw.

Since its forgettable introduction, it has actually made Raw and SmackDown feel like the same show, with Elias, Roman Reigns, Shane McMahon, The Miz and The Usos being most of the “Wild Cards.”

We’ll get into the bigger problems later, but Money In The Bank comes at a time when the main roster needs unpredictability and luckily, the briefcase holders can contribute a bit of that to their respective Title pictures.

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WWE WrestleMania 35 Preview/Predictions

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

NXT TakeOver: New York (or TakeOver: Brooklyn V?) came, conquered and impressed everyone in all its glory.

300-pound Heavyweight Hanson performed a handspring back elbow and a top rope senton to the floor, Velveteen Dream was the GODDAMN STATUE OF LIBERTY and the main event between Johnny Gargano and Adam Cole delivered more wows than a summer blockbuster.

To be frank – WrestleMania will pale in comparison to its NXT counterpart and that’s to put it nicely, despite the fact that Mania will run more than twice the amount of time and contain more than three times as many matches.

Below are our predictions to shape Mania into a halfway decent show. If you’ve followed the Raw side (without falling asleep), the build has been abysmal while SmackDown has held themselves together better thanks to Kofi Kingston’s journey, but there are still some flaws here and there.

Let’s get to it.

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WWE NXT Takeover: New York Preview/Predictions

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

It has become yearly tradition that NXT trumps the main roster and this time around on professional wrestling’s biggest weekend, it’s set to happen again.

Two nights before WrestleMania graces New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, NXT “takes over” Brooklyn’s Barclays Center (yet again) and if history’s doomed to repeat itself (again), we’re in for a treat.

Compared to WrestleMania’s overbooked 15-match extravaganza, TakeOver’s refined to five simple bouts.

We’ll give our preview and predictions below.

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Through Tweets – WWE SmackDown Live 2/19/19

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Follow Nick on Twitter @NickJasonLopez as he Live-Tweets Raw and SmackDown Live! Below are just some of his thoughts on tonight’s show:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes In Observance – NJPW English 1/5/17: New Year’s Dash 2017

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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 1/5/17)

New Year’s Dash 2017 

– The Six-Man Tag between Kyle O’Reilly/Ricochet/David Finlay and Jushin “Thunder” Liger/Tiger Mask/Henare set New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s version of “Raw After Mania” off to a hot start. The commentary team of Kevin Kelly/Steve Corino superbly painted storyline pictures to mix with the action. Here, they relied upon the fact that O’Reilly/Ricochet/Finlay were all losers at Wrestle Kingdom 11 (which included six Title changes, mind you) and looked to bounce back. Given the caliber of talent involved, it was expected that the action would be quick. Ricochet and Liger had a cool exchange, even if Ricochet slipped up in the corner. Commentary hyped up Henare and put him over as a young lion that had the privilege to train with two legends like Liger/TM. In many ways, that’d build someone’s career and it was smart of them to point that out. Liger’s tilt-a-whirl backbreaker on O’Reilly looked downright cruel. Another fun spot was where Henare had the Boston Crab locked in on Finlay and didn’t let go, even when subjected to Ricochet’s fierce kicks. The highlight of everything was the triple submission spot, as it wasn’t long before Finlay secured the pin for his team. All in all, it set out what it meant to – let O’Reilly/Ricochet/Finlay get back on track and Henare’s in-ring abilities were a focus. The post-match sportsmanship was nice, even with the added detail that cameras followed Finlay as he went to embrace his mom up in the crowd. Awwww. 

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Wrestle Kingdom 11 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Jan. 4, professional wrestling and the Tokyo Dome have been a longtime polyamorous relationship, to the point where it has become tradition.

After last year’s Wrestle Kingdom 10 when Shinsuke Nakamura and WWE World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles stole the show, New Japan Pro Wrestling began to make a global buzz.

With the likes of Bullet Club, Chaos and Los Ingobernables de Japon (LIJ) all in a power struggle, many Titles were up for grabs.

WK has become a haven for big moments and unlikely chances for Champions to retain their belts.

Wrestle Kingdom 11 would be right up there with the greats for a main event that actually dragged “Six Stars” out of one Dave Meltzer.

How did the show fare by our standards? Find out below.

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Notes In Observance – PWS Wrestling 2/22/15: Who Does Number Two Work For?

Pro Wrestling Syndicate“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

(Aired 2/22/15)

Who Does Number Two Work For?

– The chemistry between Sam Roberts, Katarina Leigh and David Adams has gotten tighter over the weeks and they do a good job of discussing the storylines and other aspects of the characters. They all bring something different to the table and it just works.

– The PWS World Tag Team Championships match between The Handicapped Heroes (w/Hush) and The Reynolds Brothers was quite solid. The promo by the Handicapped Heroes put over themselves and Hush, who was deaf and in the PWS Training Facility. They played the inspirational team here, as it seemed the crowd was for them the whole match. Nonetheless, Reynolds Brothers added another team to their defeated list, continuing their great build as serious Tag Champs.

– The Suicidal Six-Way Title match with The Amazing Red, Lifeguard Mike Del, Brian XL, Ricochet, Shynron and Tony Nese was the best six-way to date on the show, as everybody more or less had “highlight reel”-esque moments and anybody had a shot at winning. A bit lengthier than usual worked out for everyone. It’d be nice to feature these matches more often as it has become a PWS staple.

– Highlights were shown of the match between Kevin Matthews and Brian Myers and the controversial ending. Comments from both men were hyped for next week. Good progress.

– The interview with Matt Macintosh in front of a “government facility” previewed a video package of Macintosh abducting Habib From The Car Wash and taking him to his home country of Pakistan. Him walking around the Pakistan streets aimlessly was just strange, even as he washed cars and a camel. It didn’t really progress anything.

– A video package recapped Dan Maff’s rise to be number one contender despite not being cleared to compete, pinning PWS Champion Fallah Bahh clean and with the random insertions of fire in the package,we’re reminded of what he does to save lives and kept him  topic of conversation. Comments from him and Bahh were hyped for next week, which also progresses their eventual showdown.

– Hyping the AJ Styles-Rob Van Dam match with Special Guest Referee Jerry Lynn as a “surprise main event” was cool for the show we were watching, but considering who’s in the match, wouldn’t hype from last week have helped more? Viewers definitely would’ve tuned in if they heard of this. Considering the ending though, it makes sense to not hype it. That was bitterly disappointing to end the match like that, but the moment did decently set up Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson of the Bullet Club to help Styles before Tommy Dreamer helped the ECW Originals clean house. This may lead to a six-man in the near future perhaps.

– The “wrap up” video package that featured Mario Bokara, Lifeguard Mike Del, Team Espana, The Aesthetic Enterprise and Chris Payne retained the humorous feel this segment is known for while progressing storylines and providing insight into characters. Bokara giving Adams a swirly for being upset at being number two in the PWS Rankings made sense and Beefcake Charlie’s drawings gave us a glimpse into his “hopeful yet hopeless” character. Team Espana still appear insanely one-dimensional kicking anything on the ground like a soccer ball. It was also nice to see Payne not refer to Tessa Blanchard for once.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– World Tag Team Championships – The Reynolds Brothers (Champions) def. The Handicapped Heroes to retain

– Suicidal Six-Way Championship – The Amazing Red def. Lifeguard Mike Del, Shynron, Brian XL, Tony Nese and Ricochet to retain

– Special Main Event – AJ Styles and Rob Van Dam to a Draw; 20-minute Time Limit Exceeded