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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 3/28/16: Bombs Away

WWE RawBy 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 3/28/16)

Bombs Away 

– With a hyped-up Brooklyn crowd, the show got off to the right start with the hot opening segment with Shane McMahon and The Undertaker. Again, while this whole feud/storyline severely lacks strong logic, it does hold a certain entertainment factor to it that can’t be denied. Say what you want. You’re looking forward to this match. That said, their exchange on the mic was entertaining, with Shane proclaiming he was fighting to win to bring change, while Taker was fighting not to lose. Also some nice jabs at Taker’s legacy tarnished two Manias ago. They amped it up by having Shane walk down the ramp and into Taker’s face, to which Taker called Shane his daddy’s bitch, which started the memorable physical exchange. Didn’t think they’d take a chance with Shane’s signature elbow drop through the announce table, but they did it and the crowd went bonkers. This feud actually needed that “aha” moment to get people even more excited and gave us a taste of what could potentially come at Mania.

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Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown 3/24/16: A Beastly Edition

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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 3/24/16)

A Beastly Edition 

– The opening match between WWE Divas Champion Charlotte and Sasha Banks benefited from the Boston setting for “The Boss” as the crowd seemed more revved up here than in any other segment. Becky Lynch sitting on commentary also helped push the big triple-threat WWE Divas Championship match as did Charlotte’s “Woo Revolution” pre-match promo. The in-ring action was entertaining throughout, though Lynch’s perspective on commentary was a little confusing. She stated that she’d simply be happy to take part in WrestleMania, win or lose. Why wouldn’t she have her eyes fully set on the Championship? That said, the finish was welcome since it involved physicality from all three ladies, giving Banks the lucky win and then they all hit their finishers on each other, but Banks and Lynch hit their moves on Charlotte separately. The main image was Charlotte being laid out.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 3/14/16: Changing Of The Guard

WWE RawBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 3/14/16)

Changing Of The Guard 

– The idea of WWE World Tag Team Champions, The New Day, turning babyface isn’t bad. Their growing popularity is hard to ignore and they’re three guys being themselves and having fun, nothing forced. That said, they’re turning without “officially” doing it, simply feuding with other heels, The League Of Nations stable. They played babyfaces at Roadblock when they successfully defended against Sheamus/Rusev, but when they came out with their Booty-O’s box and their trombone on Raw, they still drew heat at first. However, the idea of naturally seeing people you don’t like going against people you don’t like even more, you’ll root for the more liked team. Also liked the little backstory of social media bickering and New Day wanting to prove themselves, with Xavier Woods taking part in the match to argue against being called a “Cheerleader.” Did JBL really compare LON to The Four Horsemen? Now, that’s a stretch. Anyways, New Day played for cheers and the action was fine for what it was, but nothing was particularly good or memorable until the end, where New Day used a heelish tactic by having Kofi Kingston distract the Referee on the apron so Woods could score a school boy pin pulling the tights. The money part of it and what’ll make it pay off was the well-done post-match beatdown on New Day by LON, which made the Champs look sympathetic and put big heat on LON. Even liked the little moments where LON humiliated New Day by pulling on each guy’s gear and using it in their attacks.

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Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown 3/10/16: Time To Go Wyatt Hunting

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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 3/10/16)

Time To Go Wyatt Hunting 

– With a lot of WrestleMania’s build on the back burner to Roadblock, at least it was a treat to see some main roster attention paid to the Sami Zayn-WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens feud. Both Owens and Zayn were introduced as guests on MizTV on this show. Did get a kick out of the interaction between Zayn and Miz, as Miz inquired about Zayn’s side of the rivalry and then “directed” him to cut to the chase. Zayn’s side of things were well-covered, as he explained how him and Owens were essentially brothers and it was Owens who turned on him out of jealousy that he received his big break first. Owens’ portion of the segment had him try to portray himself as the victim and that what he did wasn’t personal, but that Zayn made it personal when he eliminated him at the Royal Rumble. They bickered until Zayn challenged Owens to come to the ring, to which Owens complied, but backed out last moment. Neville interrupted and he made it known to Owens that they had unfinished business. Since this is SmackDown, you know what that means – brief scuffle between the segment participants and an impromptu tag…

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 3/7/16: R.I.P. Y2AJ

WWE RawBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 3/7/16)

R.I.P. Y2AJ

– The opening video chronicled Vince McMahon’s promo last week on Raw where he’d confidently recognize Shane McMahon as someone who’d lose everything if he lost to The Undertaker at Hell In The Cell at WrestleMania. Taker made it clear Shane’s blood would be on Vince’s hands, with nice archival footage of Taker wreaking HIAC havoc. Not sure why they dragged out a short segment for a three-minute video because it didn’t have the emotional impact for it but either way, it’s Raw from Chicago, so let’s get to it.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 2/29/16: The League Of Authority

WWE RawBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 2/29/16)

The League Of Authority 

– The opening video highlighted WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H’s walloping of Roman Reigns at the end of last week’s Raw in a bloody assault, the Champion christening himself as the almighty, untouchable authoritative law in WWE.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 2/22/16: Here Comes The Money

WWE RawBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 2/22/16)

Here Comes The Money

– One night after Fastlane, the opening video highlighted the triple-threat main event between Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Brock Lesnar, with the winner moving on to face WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H at WrestleMania. As you’d imagine, the video showed us suplexes, low blows, brotherly teamwork, two announce table powerbombs, steel chairs and an asylum-crumbling spear from Reigns to win. Despite WWE’s keen editing team’s attempts, the crowd wasn’t all that enthusiastic to the victory.

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WWE Fastlane 2016 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Another year, another chance for Roman Reigns to get into the WrestleMania main event and another year where he wins said chance.

Last year, it was against a heavy fan favorite in Daniel Bryan to take on the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at the time, Brock Lesnar. Fans were so into Bryan’s return that they actually forced Mania plans to change again, with Reigns needing to beat him to get to Mania and be bought as a “main-eventer.”

This year, we have Reigns (who already had a World Title run) gunning for the same position, only Triple H is Champion, Lesnar’s in his way as is his “brother” Dean Ambrose, the heavy fan favorite.

Predictable booking squandered all a great main event could offer and despite some good matches, an odd final few segments/matches won’t leave Fastlane 2016 in the “classic shows” conversations.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 2/15/16: Friendship Reigns Supreme

WWE RawBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 2/15/16)

Friendship Reigns Supreme 

– The opening video showcased the events of last week’s Raw – WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose’s toughness, Brock Lesnar’s utter destruction and Roman Reigns simply hanging in the background, while others tried to throw stones in the fire that is the “brotherhood.”

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 2/8/16: Thank You, Daniel Bryan

WWE RawBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 2/8/16)

Thank You, Daniel Bryan

– With the road to WrestleMania set to full-gear drive, we were hit with news earlier in the day by various outlets that spoke of Daniel Bryan retiring at age 34, but all of us hoped it was a last-second swerve to get fans hyped for Fastlane or WrestleMania but as we came to find out, it was indeed true. If they were going to do it, it had to be done in Seattle, Washington, not far from Aberdeen where Bryan hails from. It was awfully strange to suddenly hear Bryan references galore, as it seemed like WWE was avoiding bringing him up entirely due to concussions, but this was the night to let the Yes Movement enjoy its revival. Also liked the little additions to the opening montage.

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