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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 8/1/16: Like A (Certified) Boss

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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 8/1/16)

Like A (Certified) Boss

– Things started with a blockbuster debut for the new Raw brand, highlighted with Finn Balor as he outlasted Roman Reigns after he won a previous Fatal Four-Way to earn the spot at SummerSlam to fight Seth Rollins to crown the first-ever WWE Universal Champion and with WWE Women’s Champion Sasha Banks as she beat Charlotte to end her 300-plus day reign. Mark this a new era, as we looked forward to seeing how Raw would follow their first episode, as it was the better show last week.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 7/11/16: Rollins The Reporter

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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 7/11/16)

Rollins The Reporter

– We applauded the Battle Royale opener to decide who’d challenge WWE United States Champion The Miz at Battleground that featured the likes of Darren Young, Apollo Crews, The Usos, The Dudley Boyz, The Vaudevillains, The Ascension, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin, Alberto Del Rio, The Golden Truth and Jack Swagger. It switched things up and also gave us Young’s long-awaited “re-debut,” who now had Bob Backlund at ringside. Thankfully, Crews also got a televised entrance and even Corbin was pushed like a beast here to the end. Miz’s pre-taped promo was well-delivered and he stood on commentary, even if he messed up a few lines. The finish was okay, just wasn’t a fan of how Young was the winner mainly for how he stood in the background as Crews/Corbin went over the top rope together. Perhaps it wasn’t the planned finish? Crews looked like he tried to hold on, but fell with Corbin. Luckily, the crowd bought into it and they chanted for Young as he and Backlund celebrated in the ring. Young was later hyped for a SmackDown appearance on MizTV, so that could also be fun.

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Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown 7/7/16: Scarf Hold

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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 7/7/16)

Scarf Hold 

– Just like last week, we had a cutesy promo mashup package to start things off, as Chris Jericho sought his lost scarf and mentioned that Sami Zayn would get “it” later in the main event. Zayn’s response promo questioned the result if he actually beat him. We also had an encounter between Seth Rollins and Jey Uso (actually didn’t know which Uso it was until he dropped his name) in the parking lot, as Rollins made a joke that the Uso family fell apart and insulted Jey’s father Rikishi for his posterior-esque career. Just like that, Jey challenged Rollins and it was on. Say what you want, but two matches were announced in one minute, so we had something to look forward. Will they keep these when SmackDown goes live?

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And The Slammy Goes To…

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By Anthony Zevoteck

 

The end of 2015 is upon us and that means one thing: the Slammy Awards have arrived.

A nearly 20 year tradition, WWE’s show of celebrating “the best of the best” has always been my favorite just out of seeing if who I like get a “golden grappler,” also making Raw more fun simultaneously.

This piece explores my hopes for 2015 Slammy winners.

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Booking The Territory Podcast – James Beard Interview – Pt. II

Booking The Territory Podcast*A Booking The Territory Podcast Exclusive*

 

Check out the latest episode from our friends at Booking The Territory Podcast, involving part two of an interview with James Beard – Referee of World Class Championship Wrestling, who discusses the art of refereeing, Gary Hart and shares more stories. 

Afterwards, Hosts Mike Mills and Doc Turner are joined by Felix Olmedo from Pipebomb Radio to take fans’ questions from Facebook and Twitter and discuss WWE’s recent SummerSlam event. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fans Perspective – Episode 9 – WWE SummerSlam

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From our friends at BoNe yard Productions, check out their most recent episode of “Fans Perspective,” which involves a discussion with hosts Mike Greco and Steve Hatch about the history of WWE’s SummerSlam event.

 

 

 

 

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WWE SummerSlam 2015 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

WWE deserved a lot of credit for building up this four-hour long, Brooklyn-bred edition of SummerSlam.

You had the pure marquee matches (Seth Rollins-John Cena “Title For Title,” Brock Lesnar-The Undertaker “The Rematch Too Big For WrestleMania,” etc.), a sure-fire Tag Team spotfest, celebrity involvement (Jon Stewart, Stephen Amell) and much more.

It’s not to say the entertainment factor didn’t strike us with the desired reaction, it’s just an example of how shoddy overbooking can override what would otherwise be fun on its own.

Let’s get to all of that stuff below.

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WWE SummerSlam 2015 Preview/Predictions

SUMMERSLAMBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

If you ask any wrestling fan, it’s not summer until SummerSlam.

In a year that has pushed new stars into the limelight, we’ve gotten a SummerSlam card that’s more revved up than years past, even getting an extra hour, all taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

It’s an excellent weekend to be a Brooklyn wrestling fan on many fronts, aside from the NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn show just the day before.

It’s a loaded show, so let’s get right to things.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 8/20/15: Last Stop Before Brooklyn

WWE SmackdownBy 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 8/20/15)

Last Stop Before Brooklyn 

– The WWE Intercontinental Champion Ryback-Big Show match carried off of Raw when Show turned down a fight with Ryback when he challenged him to step into the ring after defeating The Miz. Interesting that Miz isn’t on commentary in this instance, not even remotely involved in the finish either. There were some hard hits before culminating in a clothesline spot that took both men into the barricade, knocking out the camera feed too, for a cool, maybe unplanned effect, but also leaning for the always-lame double countout finish. Either way, we knew not much would happen because of the triple threat at SummerSlam, but at least it was a different way to start the show off.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 8/17/15: The Beast Comes Home

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 8/17/15)

The Beast Comes Home 

– Nothing says “go-home show” like an old fashioned Triple H-Stephanie McMahon opening promo to the show… They plugged WWE SummerSlam on the WWE Network (four hours, mind you) and they ran through the whole card, though someone hit the John Cena-Seth Rollins graphic too soon. Shucks. They hyped Roman Reigns vs Luke Harper, Nikki Bella vs Sasha Banks for later in the show. Seems that announcing matches earlier in the show worked the last time, made sense to do it again here.

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