By Nicholas Jason Lopez
2016 was possibly professional wrestling’s most newsworthy year.
Whether it was “Broken” Matt Hardy, Chris Jericho’s transformation into a walking meme, Goldberg’s unexpected return or the Cruiserweight Classic, everywhere you looked, there was something to talk about.
For all those moments however, came some head shakers.
With the unenviable task to cover every single 2016 episode of Raw, SmackDown (even before it was “Live”), NXT, Impact Wrestling and Pay-Per-View/Live Specials (all 29), we’ve seen things that cannot be forgotten.
We’re here to bring them to light.
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By Anthony Zevoteck
Randomly, one Wednesday this past May, WWE shook the wrestling community when Shane and Stephanie McMahon both announced via social media there’d be a roster split to create two completely different shows with Raw and SmackDown.
The news was coupled with another announcement that SmackDown would be moved to Tuesdays and to air live, which would start Jul. 19.
Expectedly, the double bombshell was met with equal cheers and jeers from WWE fans alike. For longtime fans, this wasn’t new territory, as WWE had once split the roster before in 2002 upon a sudden influx of talent from the defunct World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling promotions. It was also due to the fact that at the time, four hours of weekly television time was too little to establish new talent and called for a difference between shows.
“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
A Running Champion
– The thing about Smackdown that sucks is that it’s starting to feel like a throwaway show with repetitive matches and recaps. Besides the first segment, this was utter filler that could’ve easily been missed. The main event, which had a fair amount of build, was quickly given a DQ result. WWE needs to think of a better way to showcase Smackdown, because it’s all a condensed version of Raw with subtle progress. Fans are dependent upon Raw as “must-see” TV of the week because that’s where all the big angles happen. The most Smackdown can offer is longer quality matches of what we see on Raw, but even that’s been on a shortage as of late. At the least, the opening video highlighted the talk of the week: Brock Lesnar wreaking havoc on both a Cadillac and J & J Security.