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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 5/2/16: Corporate Sibling Rivalry

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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 5/2/16)

Corporate Sibling Rivalry 

– Opening video time… Yup, Mr. Deep Voice Narrator was back, as he broke down Payback’s important occurrences – Vince McMahon deciding Shane/Stephanie McMahon would run Raw, both playing a role in the main event’s decisive winner. Of course, the focus was on typical mcMahon family drama during what’s repeatedly preached as a “new era.” What’s new about this again?

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Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown 4/28/16: The Truth’s Gorgeous

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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 4/28/16)

The Truth’s Gorgeous

– The opening video chronicled the Raw ending where we got more development in the “Is he or isn’t he?” saga that engulfed the rivalry between WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns and AJ Styles and the arrival of his former Bullet Club buddies from New Japan in Karl Anderson/Luke Gallows. Basically, Reigns got laid out by the Phenomenal Forearm after Reigns Superman Punched him when he tried to tell Anderson/Gallows to stop attacking Reigns. Echoing words from Anderson/Gallows of them telling Styles they “only wanted to make sure it was a fair fight” lasted throughout the video.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 4/25/16: Everything’s A Collusion

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 4/25/16)

Everything’s A Collusion 

– WWE’s biggest intrigue remained the question if AJ Styles, the #1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, was in cahoots with New Japan newcomers Luke Gallows/Karl Anderson of the former Bullet Club, which Styles was once a part of. It’s a great way of meshing “smart” storylines within WWE’s realm of sports entertainment superficiality. Gallows/Anderson have attacked Reigns’ cousins, The Usos and then Reigns himself. Styles continued to deny any prior knowledge, while it seemed that Gallows/Anderson were taking advantage of how it all appeared. Storytelling at its best, because otherwise, Styles-Reigns would completely falter. Reigns just won the World Title at WrestleMania and is primed for a long run, while Styles, a relative WWE newcomer, needs some credibility. He’s a guy who can main event off his name alone, but not one to win a World Title just yet. This “Is He? Isn’t He?” storyline is the perfect mask to cover the initial faults of the current biggest program headed into Payback.

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WWE WrestleMania 32 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Branded as a “seven-hour spectacle” that actually went a half hour longer, this WrestleMania definitely provided the entertainment factor coming from AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas with several noteworthy moments – a broken WWE event attendance record, both Shane McMahon and The Rock’s return, Shaquille O’Neal, the rebirth of the WWE Women’s Championship (retirement of the Divas Championship) to name some.

As it goes with most Manias, some stars were created, but other matches gave us unspectacular finishes and questionable booking decisions.

More on that below.

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Manopera! Episode 15: ‘Mania Week Part 2 – WrestleMania 32 SuperShow

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Check out the latest episode of “Manopera!” as PWO’s head honcho Nick guest-stars to discuss the second half of WrestleMania weekend and “Raw After Mania” with Hosts Chris and “Spaceman” Frank. 

 

 

 

 

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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 3/21/16: “This Is Boring”

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 3/21/16)

“This Is Boring” 

– So far, this year’s WrestleMania has been immensely lackluster. Blame a lack of star power, but whatever storylines we’ve been given feature glaring logic gaps and all-around foolishness. WWE still boasts the biggest pro wrestling roster and nothing to show for it. You can call this year Wrestle-MEH-nia. You know they’re out of ideas for Raw when they take the majority of what happened on the previous week’s SmackDown, like the exact same opening video, that focused on Roman Reigns’ vicious attack on WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H three weeks after Hunter did the same to him.

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WWE Roadblock Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

The risk you run with putting on a WWE Network Live Special so close to WrestleMania 32 (less than three weeks actually) and selling the show as the chance to “shake up WrestleMania profoundly,” there’s a good chance what they sell likely won’t happen.

After all, why jeopardize everything built up so far? That’s the problem. Mania never had a solid build to this point besides for a confirmed Hell In A Cell match between Shane McMahon and The Undertaker with WWE control on the line, one that has made little sense besides the usual McMahon family overtones.

That aside, Roadblock stemmed from Toronto and looked like a glorified house show, with almost every belt on the line for no good reason and that made it even harder to believe anything would change here, but that’s not to say the show didn’t deliver quality-wise.

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

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 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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