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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 11/11/15: Choices And Actions

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 11/11/15)

Choices And Actions

– Coming off the heels of Samoa Joe’s turn (see what we did there?) on NXT Champion Finn Balor last week after Baron Corbin interrupted an NXT Championship match between Balor and Apollo Crews to attack Crews, we had plenty of questions and the ultimate one would be answered: Why, Joe, Why?

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 11/4/15: Samoan Dropped

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 11/2/15)

Samoan Dropped 

– The opening video excellently hyped the big NXT Championship main event match between Champion Finn Balor and Apollo Crews. For any indy wrestling fan, this was a dream match come true in terms of styles and pace. We had the proper buildup and Crews even got to display some personality via hype video documentaries, so all we needed was the stage.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 10/28/15: Ready, Willing And Gable

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 10/28/15)

Ready, Willing And Gable 

– The Emma-Shazza match was obviously an enhancement contest to build up “Evil Emma” for when she gets her turn at facing the Japanese wrestling powerhouse Asuka, who already barreled through her best friend Dana Brooke at NXT TakeOver: Respect. Loved how Emma was uber-aggresive throughout, looking as vicious as you’d expect. Shazza definitely made an impression with her ring work, which was decent at best, but what on earth kind of ring name is Shazza? Sounds more like an onompaoepia than a convincing name. Her ring attire also screamed “medieval times.” For you gamers, think of Cassandra from the Soul Calibur fighting series. The submission finish was as polished as could be, as Shazza gave some bloodcurdling screams when she was caught in the Emma Lock to end it.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 10/21/15: Sorry About Your Damn Luck

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 10/21/15)

Sorry About Your Damn Luck

– The opening video highlighted last week’s NXT Championship Number-One Contender Battle Royale where Apollo Crews emerged victorious, also showing us how Baron Corbin eliminated his former Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament partner Rhyno, and when Tyler Breeze eliminated the guy who eliminated him, Samoa Joe. As we saw on this episode, Crews, Corbin, Rhyno, Joe and Breeze played crucial roles.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 10/14/15: Here To Be A Champion

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 10/14/15)

Here To Be A Champion

– The opening video was your classic “slow-mo highlight reel” of NXT TakeOver: Respect, showcasing NXT Champion Finn Balor/Samoa Joe winning the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament and the impeccable 30-minute Iron Man match between Sasha Banks and NXT Women’s Champion Bayley. If you haven’t seen this show yet, do yourself a favor: watch it.

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WWE NXT TakeOver: Respect Reaction

Courtesy of Cageside Seats website.

Courtesy of Cageside Seats website.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

With a plethora of new signings mixed with already-established NXT mainstays, “Respect” delivered exciting action from top to bottom.

With the show named in honor of the late great “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes – who played an integral part in helping NXT talent “find themselves” within their character – respect was a booming theme throughout the show, right down from the Dusty-inspired stage with his likeness displayed on the LED screen to the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament trophy right next to it.

WWE Creative recently coined the term “Divas Revolution” and elements of that “revolution” witnessed first-hand perhaps the best women’s match to date – the 30-minute Iron Man match for the NXT Women’s Championship between Champion Bayley and Sasha Banks. Women’s wrestling took over the final half hour, fittingly appropriate for a show that delivered in spades.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 9/30/15: A Muscle-Busting Coup De Grace

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 9/30/15)

A Muscle-Busting Coup De Grace 

– Things started with a Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic update since we were a week away from TakeOver: Respect, where the semifinals and finals would take place. We saw Round 2 highlights where Jason Jordan/Chad Gable beat The Hype Bros. at a live event to meet Baron Corbin/Rhyno in the finals, where Scott Dawson/Dash Wilder will also be waiting. Good preview to get us to this hot opener match on paper.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 9/16/15: Birth Of The Iron Woman

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 9/16/15)

Birth Of The Iron Woman

– The Tyler Breeze-Adam Rose-Bull Dempsey segment was originally set up as a Breeze-Rose match, having the  backstory of Breeze beating down Dempsey after a miscommunication led to their loss to Johnny Gargano/Tommaso Ciampa in the first round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament. Rose came out debuting a new “party pooper” gimmick, looking like a disgruntled English hipster with glasses and a vest. It was okay for what it was, perhaps a step above where he was before gimmick-wise. Hey, they’re trying. The Dempsey-Breeze promo exchange was entertaining in furthering their rivalry, with Dempsey looking to get revenge, while Breeze didn’t see him in his league. It kind of tells itself as a story. At the same time, Rose didn’t exactly get lost in the shuffle, wanting to exact his own revenge on both guys for the past and slapped Dempsey pretty hard. Even though he ended up being taken down, he still gained something here. Breeze narrowly escaping trouble was the prefect way to book it, keeping the physicality to a minimum and likely leading to a match next week, from what we saw there. Good segment that actually made everybody looking okay out of it, perhaps even more relevant.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 9/9/15: The Dusty Wars Continue

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 9/9/15)

The Dusty Wars Continue 

– Certainly didn’t expect Carmella to open the show, and the crowd also seemed to be caught off-guard. Her theme music is still a clear ripoff of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.” She served as an opponent for the debuting Peyton Royce, who had an elegant look yet flashed off some flashy skills, as commentary put over the fact that she was an Australian newcomer at the Performance Center. This was actually a decent match, believe it or not, Carmella had one of her better performances, aside from the cutesy moonwalking. Royce more than held her own down. Can’t help but feel this got more time than necessary, but that submission finisher made up for it. Carmella actually looked like a threat here.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 8/26/15: Brooklyn Made

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 8/26/15)

Brooklyn Made

– The opening video chronicled arguably the most successful night of SummerSlam weekend – NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn. In that awesome, slow-mo style, we saw all the newsworthy happenings, ranging from Apollo Crews’ in-ring debut, Triple H’s introduction, the amazing Sasha Banks-Bayley match, Samoa Joe-Baron Corbin and so on and so forth. Still a little ironic that this show takes place after TakeOver while it was taped before the show in actuality.

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