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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 6/15/16: The Challenge

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 6/15/16)

The Challenge 

– Just like NXT does on the show that follows every TakeOver, they did the fancy “slow-motion highlight” video package to start the show as they glossed over everything “The End” would be renowned for – Andrade “Cien” Almas’ debut as he defeated Tye Dillinger, the shocking turnabout of events as American Alpha lost the NXT Tag Team Championships in their first defense in a thriller to The Revival for them to become the first-ever two-time Tag Champs, a burly team led by Paul Ellering laid out AA in their first appearance, Shinsuke Nakamura outlasted Austin Aries in the night’s best match (a battle for global supremacy, if you will), NXT Women’s Champion Asuka put down Nia Jax and lastly, NXT Champion Samoa Joe decisively defeated Finn Balor in an intense steel cage match. Yup, t’was a night that signaled anything but “The End.”

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 5/4/16: Guaranteed Change

WWE NXTBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 5/4/16)

Guaranteed Change 

– Needless to say, this show’s natural exclamation point came on Eric Young’s NXT debut, as he crashed NXT Champion Samoa Joe’s Full Sail University homecoming promo. This was initially hyped as Joe’s first appearance live since beating Finn Balor for the belt at an NXT live event and that part didn’t disappoint. Joe had an extra swagger in his step and expressed that he was a man who stood by his word and now that he was Champ, it was now “The Era Of Joe” and anybody who disagreed would get beaten/choked out. Perfect cue for Young to walk out, unannounced upon underwhelming theme music. The crowd completely dug this for a mark-out moment. Even though his look and mannerisms felt like he crossed right over from TNA, his “World-Class Maniac” character was the best work of his career and thus, didn’t feel out of place here. We liked that Young directly established that both of them were already familiar with each other and his talk of “change,” pointing to Joe’s belt saying he “collects those.” For great heat, Joe immediately left the ring and said that EY didn’t belong in the same ring as him and next time, he’d kick his ass. We didn’t think it’d become the night’s main event, but for what it was, it was a great setup. By golly, it feels like we’re watching TNA circa 2015.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 4/13/16: The Perfect 10 Meets An 11

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 4/13/16)

The Perfect 10 Meets An 11

– General Manager William Regal’s promo set the tone for the show, as he announced key moments like Tommaso Ciampa/Johnny Gargano vs. The Vaudevillains, an appearance from Bayley and of course, the NXT TV debut of Shinsuke Nakamura. Should be an entertaining hour.

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Notes In Observance – PWS Wrestling 9/9/15: The Dirtiest Martini In The Bar

Pro Wrestling SyndicateBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 9/9/15)

The Dirtiest Martini In The Bar 

– The opening video chronicled the much-hyped three-way hardcore PWS Championship rematch where Dan Maff finally completed his personal comeback and emerged the new Champion, in a match chock-full of chairs, blood, barbed wire, staple guns, a 2×4, thumbtacks, tables and a defining Burning Hammer through a door. It’s the era of Maff indeed. Would’ve been nice to have some follow-up promos on this since it was the only time mentioned in the show, but perhaps it’s for the future.

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Notes In Observance – PWS Wrestling 7/8/15: Swerve City

Pro Wrestling SyndicateBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 7/8/15)

Swerve City 

– The Tri-Force match between Eddie Kingston, The Lifeguard Mike Del and The Abominable CPA was an interesting dynamic to say the least, as it featured two big heel egos taking on the awkward accountant. It was also nice to see Nikos Rikos back on the show, as he’d been absent, making himself known as quite the hustler in a short time. Made sense for him to come out, cut a heel promo and sell his match spot to Lifeguard, but at the same time, we have to wonder just when we’ll see him in true action. His character has already been built as a hustler. It’d be nice to see more of his in-ring skills. Also, looking at a guy like Eddie Kingston, he has so much more potential to be tapped into in PWS, we just hope he’s at the top of the card sooner or later. The match was mainly all about CPA, with nice nods to video games with his moveset, which eventually had a helping hand in his victory. For what it was, Kingston’s facial expression holding the clip-on tie after getting pinned with a small package was priceless. As for where it stood with the rest of the show, the match felt insignificant. This was more of a way to remind us of CPA, which worked in that regard.

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Notes In Observance – PWS Wrestling 3/1/15: Youth Vs. Legends

Pro Wrestling Syndicate“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

(Aired 3/1/15)

Youth Vs. Legends

– Great call to make up for last week’s “technical difficulties” that ended the episode earlier than it should’ve. For one additional comment on the AJ Styles-Rob Van Dam match, the broadcast team played up Lynn’s history with RVD, but they also could’ve played up his history with Styles, who arguably put TNA on the map in its early run with their numerous matches.

– The Colt Cabana promo video was random but interesting. Sort of wrapped up Cabana’s “comedian TV host” personality/character.

– Interesting to also have Dan Maff appear in the production studio segment with Sam Roberts, though he appeared somewhat heelish joining in the bullying of David Adams, unless that’s the cool thing to do in PWS these days. Could be the latter.

– The First Round of the Television Title Tournament match between Eddie Kingston and Chris Payne was better than previous bouts while it lasted, but the finish was decent and Payne was the right guy to go over. It’s good to also note the camera quality seemed much improved on the hard camera compared to recent shows. The postmatch attack by Kingston on Blanchard was also well-done and a great way to step up their rivalry. The commentary was also good, but sounded strangely monotone for the moment with little urgency in their voices.

– Good to see the Monster’s Island vignette featured again. We need to remember they are not human and bullets cannot stop them apparently.

– The Payne promo was really good and it made sense for him to be angry and want to make a tables match with Kingston.

– The Heavenly Bodies (w/”Shining” Edward Jackson)-Rock N’ Roll Express match was an interesting dynamic in the “heel youth vs face legend” way and it wasn’t a great match by any means, but The Heavenly Bodies could use the rub of a win against these guys and they did it using heel tactics like you’d expect. Nothing memorable, but the end result was the important factor.

– It was also cool to see Mick Foley making appearances on vignettes as PWS General Manager. He needs more of a “TV presence” in the position though. Why not have him appear in the production studio segments as well?

– The Sabu-John Hennigan match had its moments of glory. The stuff with the genie and man-serpent was maybe more of a distraction than anything else, but the broadcast team did a great job of explaining how it enhances Sabu’s character and compared the two men’s strategies brilliantly. Hennigan winning was interesting booking considering the fans seemed more for Sabu. The sportsmanship was cool, but expected. This was another example of youth beating out experience, perhaps the theme of the show here.

– The Kevin Matthews promo had him say his beef with Brian Myers was far from over. Being that their Singapore came match was quite entertaining, there are no complaints about this program resuming. Keep the good matches coming. Matthews also has good mic skills, so promos almost come easy to him, which obviously helps.

– They replayed last week’s “wrap up” segment, which actually made sense to do with some little additions added in with appearances by CPA and Habib From The Carwash riding a camel. Thoroughly amusing stuff as usual.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– Television Title Tournament First Round Match – Chris Payne (w/Tessa Blanchard) def. Eddie Kingston via pinfall to advance

– The Heavenly Bodies (w/”Shining” Edward Jackson) def. The Rock N’ Roll Express via pinfall

– John Hennigan def. Sabu via pinfall

Notes In Observance – PWS Wrestling 2/15/15: Singapore Swingin’

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(Aired 2/15/15)

Singapore Swingin’ 

– The opening video reminded us of last week’s controversial ending to the PWS World Heavyweight Title match that saw Bonesaw just beat Mario Bokara, with Fallah Bahh coming out to cash in his Title shot. Things continued where that pretty much happened single-handedly. Bahh got his big moment here, though Dan Maff also teased a potential attack, but he was there just to remind everyone he was number one contender. Lost in the shuffle sadly is Bokara, who was built up excellently as Champion. How will he bounce back from this?

– Cool to also see Katarina Leigh join the PWS Broadcast team backstage – or the former Katie Lea Burchill of WWE fame.

– Nice to also see PWS cash in on what is the pro wrestling phenomenon of The Bullet Club, showcasing the IWGP Tag Team Champions Doc Gallows and “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson along with Amber O’Neal and hyping them up as already “conquered the world” with something to prove against Reality Check’s Craven Varro and Devon Moore. Being that The Bullet Club is somewhat of a household name, wouldn’t it have helped to hype this match last week? Good match that showed off Varro’s never-ending supply of aerial skills, but what kind of benefit did Reality Check get in being decisively beat by Bullet Club here?

– The “Big Deal” Craig Steele-Chris Payne backstage segment was similar to last week but hyped the upcoming mixed tag match well. As for the match itself, it was okay. Joe The Drifter being “special guest referee” was a random use of his character, but it was at least given storyline explanation. Payne’s victory was expected, but the way he won with the school boy pin suggested that he simply “got one over” on Steele and that it’s not over between those two. Steele attacking Drifter and Eddie Kingston joining in, eventually cornering Tessa led to what stole the segment: Tully Blanchard making the save, dropkicks and all. Solid moment that will probably lead to a Drifter/Payne-Kingston/Steele tag match in the future.

– The Untouchables backstage segment from two weeks earlier expressed their frustration and how they’d discuss things in the snake pit with Jake Roberts, which set that up well. The segment was best remembered for Monster’s Island making their second appearance, saving Roberts from certain doom. Everyone came out of this looking good – Untouchables got heat, Roberts and Monster’s Island had their moments. Only thing that would’ve helped was having it be treated like a bigger moment what with all the hype behind Monster’s Island.

– The Brian Myers-Kevin Matthews feud hype video was same as last week, but the upcoming Singapore Cane match was also hyped well by Leigh, Sam Roberts and David Adams in the production studio. The match itself had a nice “blood feud” feel to it. Even the little things like Myers wearing an altered version of Matthews’ t-shirt provided a bit of perceived hatred. The match was paced understandably fast from the bell and there were some inventive uses of the ladder in play, though in retrospect, the rules involving it were silly at best. Regardless, brutal match with some sick-looking welts on Matthews’ back. The towel being inadvertently “thrown in” by Devon Moore after Craven Varro teased it was somewhat disappointing, but fit the moment. The added question of Moore accidentally or deliberately throwing the towel in the ring causing the match to finish was also interesting to bring up. Could be followed up with next week.

– The “wrap up” video package that featured Steele, Maff, The Heavenly Bodies and Bahh in celebration, Team Espana randomly playing soccer, Phillip Simon II and Jesse in “shower confession,” Johnny Howl showing some random in-ring maneuvers, Aesthetics Enterprise having Beefcake Charlie do forced exercise and The Untouchables retained the silliness it’s been known for. They should keep these.

– Not sure what to think of short-haired Habib From The Car Wash walking around “Somewhere In Pakistan” washing cars just yet. Are we supposed to laugh? Cry? Laugh and cry? How did Matt Macintosh finish cutting his hair so well? Guess we’ll find out next week.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

PWS World Heavyweight Championship Match – Fallah Bahh def. Bonesaw (Champion) to become new Champion

– Doc Gallows/Karl Anderson (w/Amber O’Neal) def. Kraven Varro/Devon Moore via pinfall

– Mixed Tag Match – Chris Payne/Tessa Blanchard def. “Big Deal” Chris Steele/Vanity via pinfall

– Singapore Cane Match – Brian Myers def. Kevin Matthews via Thrown-In Towel from Devon Moore 

Notes In Observance – PWS Wrestling 2/1/15: Border Patrol

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(Aired 2/1/15)

Border Patrol 

– The opening video that highlighted the intense weeks-long Kevin Matthews-Brian Myers feud was good for what it was. This was one of the “sleeper” feuds that might’ve fell under the radar, so it was good to start off the show with it, because a lot has happened between the two.

– The on-screen chemistry between David Adams and Sam Roberts came across better this week. Roberts’ sarcastic delivery was more crisp and funny here.

– The stuff with Eddie Kingston and Chris Payne was one of the better spots on the show. Their backstage segment did its job in terms of setting up their match as Payne caught Kingston scrolling through photos of Tessa Blanchard, his “manager.” Payne was more of a face here, out to defend Blanchard – maybe over-obsessively but still gentleman-like  – as it was established that Kingston was a pervert who was obsessed with “banging” her, which made him the sleazy heel. Plus, why are so many segments taped in the bathroom?

– The Kingston-Payne match was okay as it already had a storyline with Kingston distracted by Blanchard and Payne as the face, defending his manager. The mystery around Payne and Blanchard’s relationship is also interesting. We’ll see where it leads. She played into the finish as Kingston pushed him into her in the corner and school boy pinned him and pulled the tights. Seemed to be a match to further things more and nothing wrong with that. Payne is on the rise, but you also can’t argue with talent the caliber of Kingston’s.

– The Reynolds Brothers promo aimed at The Untouchables and on their previous successful Tag Team Title defenses was decent mic work. They should let them talk more often, as it seems they do have personalities behind all that in-ring tag team pizazz. Let us get to know them more. That’s how fans can truly invest.

– The Untouchables promo on their “three man tag team” advantage and keeping which of the three would be the team that competes for the Tag Titles a mystery was good for what it was. They’re basically the “angry team,” which works. It would be Bobby Wayward and Anthony Bowens fighting by drawing straws on stage.

– The Tag Team Championship match with Wayward/Bowens and Reynolds Brothers wasn’t anything too special, but the Reynolds Bros have looked good in recent weeks and this was more of the same. It seemed like while The Reynolds were successful, they just took advantage of a backfired attempt by Wayward/Bowens to use the Belts as weapons. They could’ve looked stronger in victory, but this is obviously unfinished business.

– Did they need to hype the show that happened the day before multiple times? Big show? Yes it was, but also an outdated one by that point.

– It was good to at least see some variety in the Monster’s Island vignette, as this was more Western-styled.

– The bathroom promo with Beefcake Charlie and Damian Gibbs on getting revenge on Monster’s Island was decent work from the guys you call The Aesthetic Enterprise.

– The impromptu formation of CPA – the socially awkward business man, a hilarious gimmick – and Vampire Warrior (the former Gangrel) as a tag team called Death and Taxes was pretty good. Highlights of their tag match with Gibbs and Beefcake Charlie with Jay Enterprise was decent from what little they showed. CPA’s bottom-rope splash was pretty hilarious and fits his gimmick perfectly.

– The Monster’s Island ice cream themed promo was strange yet entertaining.

– The PWS World Champion Mario Bokara-Bonesaw feud hype video was good yet dramatic. The match for the Title between them was announced for next week. Good stuff.

– Fallah Bahh vs Drunken Swashbuckler vs Dan Maff vs Colt Cabana was also announced next week as a four corners match.

– The Bokara hype video of him training was brief, but very good in getting “The Croatian Sensation” over. Similar to the vignette aired earlier in the TV series.

– The Macintosh promo towards Habib From The Car Wash was great, as they needed to make it a personal feud now worth a main event.

– The Macintosh-Habib match started off decently, but some of the camerawork was incredibly pathetic. Why would they stick to the hard camera on the ring when the action spilled to the outside? They totally missed a hurricanrana spot. The rest of the match had Macintosh toying with Habib from Habib making a noble comeback to get the win. The following angle with Macintosh claiming Habib violated his green card status and was wrestling illegally, having him maced, handcuffed and deported by a police officer was interesting at best, but kind of questionable from a logical standpoint. We’re asked to suspend our disbelief plenty here. Also, the Suicidal Six Way Title was a big Belt featured prominently and since The Amazing Red won the title, there hasn’t been a match since. What gives?

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– Chris Payne (w/Tessa Blanchard) def. Eddie Kingston via pinfall 

– Tag Team Championships – The Reynolds Brothers def. Anthony Bowens/Bobby Wayward of The Untouchables via pinfall to retain

– Habib From The Car Wash def. Matt Macintosh via pinfall 

 

 

 

 

 

PWS Rankings (1/25/15)

1) Bonesaw, 2) Fallah Bahh, 3)Starman, 4) Brian Myers, 5) Kevin Matthews, 6) Dan Maff, 7) Matt Macintosh, 8) Eddie Kingston, 9) Chris Payne, 10) The Drunken Swashbuckler

Notes In Observance – PWS Wrestling 1/25/15: Touch And Go

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(Aired/1/25/15)

Touch And Go

– Highlights showed Bonesaw being chased out by The Insane Clown posse after he attacked PWS World Champion Mario Bokara and Colt Cabana. It’s finally reached the point where storylines have begun to progress on the show. Sam Roberts’ interruption of David Adams, who did his TV Studio wrap-up segment was random. Roberts comes off like a mix of Stuart from The Big Bang Theory and Carrot Top. Nothing special about him, even as a heel. Monotone and forgettable.

– Bokara’s promo towards Bonesaw was his same rage-driven, heavy-accented tirade like last week. Is he a face now? Either way, he makes Rusev look like a pushover. Good stuff.

– The promo with The Heavenly Bodies, Fallah Bahh and “Shining” Edward Jackson involved cheesy broom punchlines as Jackson berated a janitor. They pushed for a “clean sweep.” Starman also walked past the camera. How do you go from World Title number one contender to that?

– The American Wolves-Reynolds Brothers Tag Team Championship match was solid and well-crafted. Best thing on the show. The Wolves were painted somewhat as heels and it seemed Adams and Dave D-Struction advocated for The Reynolds. The many near-falls in the match were insanely convincing. If you can check this match out, do it. “The Bad Touch” by The Bloodhound Gang is a strange theme song for The Reynolds, but this was an impressive showing. The sportsmanship displayed between The Wolves and Reynolds was classy, but that set up the emotional impact of the attack by The Untouchables, who dressed in animal costumes in the crowd. This was a good way to debut them on the show and provide some hook into next week. No match was announced though. What slightly hurt this was Adams constantly pointing out The Untouchables were ranked number five in the tag division and weren’t anything to worry about just yet.

– Matt Macintosh’s quest for Habib From The Carwash was entertaining as he was outside the actual Car Wash center. His promo was decent, but with the Suicidal Six-Man Title out of the picture, their feud has suffered, seeing as it is about how Habib “stole” a Belt from Macintosh that Habib no longer even has. It needs more of a personal edge. We’ve also never heard any promos from Habib. He’s shown his skills in the ring, but can he talk?

– Did we need to see the same Monster’s Island hype video that highlighted their appearance from a few weeks back? The same exact attack? Can we see something new from them?

– The backstage segment with Phillip Simon the II with Brother Jesse by the showers about a proposed “baptism” was just strange, especially with David Adams who appeared towel-clad out of the shower, followed by Chris Payne, who emerged from a curtain and threatened Simon, who grinned the whole time. Plus, “I Dropped The Soap” jokes? Really?

– The Payne (w/Tessa Blanchard)-Simon II (w/Brother Jesse) match was okay. It was a lot to take in at once and it seemed Payne was the heel backstage, but a face in the ring. Payne has good promo skills, but what’s his exact gimmick? Is he just a straight-out tough guy?

– Brother Jesse talked bad about Blanchard and told Simon to “turn the other cheek.” Their act is different, but what exactly will it bring to PWS in time?

– The in-ring segment between Mick Foley, Brian Myers and The Jackson Family, and the Insane Clown Posse was a way to set up the 4-on-4 Tag Team Elimination match that followed it, with Foley playing a special enforcer – Cactus Sack (It was around Christmas Time we could assume) The ICP is over, but we’re not sure who they are or what they do. What do they even want? Do they truly have “power”? Edward Jackson was also good on the mic here, as he tore into Foley’s legacy, who retorted about Jackson’s lack of “promo etiquette.”

– The Reality Check/Drunken Swashbuckler-Jackson Family (w/Shining Edward Jackson) 4-on-4 elimination tag was a “brawl” kind of tag match with spots outside of the ring and inside. The most memorable thing to come out of this match was Foley giving Jackson the Mandible Claw after he interfered and pulled the Referee out of the ring before he could count to three when Swashbuckler hit his finisher on Bahh. Bahh looked strong again, and he had assistance from Myers and a Singapore cane.

– The Matthews promo showed him pissed off, throwing various things backstage and ambushing innocent wrestlers training. This made him look like a bully, not a sympathetic figure.

– This week’s “wrap up” promo package featured Johnny Howl, Big Deal Craig Steele, Damian Gibbs/Beefcake Charlie, The Untouchables, Team Espana, Chris Payne and Edward Jackson throwing up in a toilet. It’s a good way to put everything in perspective and hey, it worked for ECW in the 90’s, so why not here? No matches were hyped for next week, but we guess we’ll just tune in and see what happens.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– Tag Team Championships – The Reynolds Brothers (Champions) def. The American Wolves via pinfall to retain

– Chris Payne (w/Tessa Blanchard) def. Phillip Simon II (w/Brother Jesse) via pinfall

– 4-On-4 Tag Team Elimination – Brian Myers and The Jackson Family (w/”Shining” Edward Jackson) def. Reality Check/The Drunken Swashbuckler via pinfall