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The RSN Wrestling Podcast – Factions

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*A RSN Wrestling Podcast Exclusive*

 

Check out the latest episode of The RSN Wrestling Podcast, as PWO’s own Nick, “Big Guy” Rich and “The Mastermind” Sal discuss factions – overall history, small factions, big factions, the best, the worst and much more!

 

 

 

 

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Manopera! Episode 10: Bonesaw’s 1 Year Anniversary Podcast (Featuring Royal Rumble 2016)

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Check out the latest edition of “Manopera: A Wrestling Symposium,” featuring PWO’s own Nicholas Jason Lopez as a guest star, along with Hosts Chris Butera and “Spaceman” Frank Lucci, as they discuss the outcome of the 2016 Royal Rumble and Post-Rumble Raw, along with aspects of other recent WWE storylines – AJ Styles, the ill-fated injury bug, Roman Reigns and more thrills, spills and chills!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Bonesaw – Manopera! Episode 6: Everyone Is Gob Bluth at Survivor Series

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PWO’s own Nicholas Jason Lopez guest stars on Episode 6 of The Bonesaw’s “Manopera! A Wrestling Symposium,” where Hosts Chris Butera, “Spaceman” Frank and Marques “Box” Younger talk Survivor Series 2015 and the post-SS Raw. 

 

 

 

 

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A Tournament To Decide The Future

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By Anthony Zevoteck 

 

With the injury to Seth Rollins, the WWE was forced to think of a way to find a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

In what turned out to be a great last-minute decision, they chose to have a tournament to decide the outcome.

Being able to showcase your top talents in singles competition heavily for two weeks was a great way to break the monotonous six-man tag-filled shows over the past month that were starting to wear out.

I’m not a big Roman Reigns fan but in my opinion, it would’ve been logical for Triple H to declare that the tournament winner would face Reigns at Survivor Series for the Title and that winner would be Dean Ambrose. That’d be an amazing story that the fans could really get into.

This isn’t the first time a WWE Heavyweight Championship Tournament concludes at Survivor Series.

In 1998, at Survivor Series: Deadly Games, we saw The Rock walk away with the gold that night and it kickstarted what became one of the greatest careers we’d ever seen. Maybe someone could take advantage of this same opportunity and launch theirs to the next level?

On the first Monday and Thursday after Rollins was stripped of the belt, we saw the tournament’s first round take off. There was an elite group of men competing for this coveted honor. We saw guys likes Reigns, Ambrose, and Cesaro competing. We even saw underdogs like Titus O’Neil and Kalisto. One thing we knew for sure: we were in for some exciting matches.

The first round went as expected, with WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler, Reigns, Kalisto, Ambrose, Neville, Cesaro and WWE United States Champion Alberto Del Rio picking up victories while Miz, Ryback, Show, Stardust, O’Neil, King Barrett, Tyler Breeze and Sheamus lost.

It was a series of matches that stretched from Raw to Smackdown and had WWE fans abuzz about potential winners and upsets. It makes watching the product even better when there’s an element of not knowing what’s going to happen next and that’s where the tournament is succeeding.

As we rolled into the second round, we were treated to some dream WWE matches such as Reigns Vs. Cesaro, Del Rio Vs. Kalisto, Ambrose Vs. Ziggler, and Owens Vs. Neville. Any one of these matches could headline most Pay-Per-Views for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. After a long night of great matches, we’d see Reigns, Del Rio, Owens, and Ambrose advance to Survivor Series to have their semifinal matches and move on to the end of the night for a chance at the belt.

Things got more intense on Smackdown when MizTV hosted all the competitors and even R­-Truth, who seemed confused as usual. A tag team match between the four main-evented the show and proved exactly what everybody already knew: this situation was combustible.

So that brings us to Survivor Series, where we’ll see the culmination of the beginning of the long road to recovery by WWE since losing Rollins.

In my opinion, it’s obvious that we’ll see Reigns and Ambrose win their respective matches and compete in the finals. Who else better to fight for the belt than the other two Shield members? In what’ll no doubt go down as one of the best Title matches seen in years, Ambrose will walk away Champion.

He’ll probably do so with a little help from The Authority either by choice or not, because let’s face it: The Authority hates Reigns. It’d be ideal for Ambrose to accept Triple H’s offer he first extended to Reigns which would provide a great story to be told once Rollins returns and assumes the babyface role to combat the heel Ambrose. That’d be best for business.

Dont forget about Mr. Money in the Bank Sheamus, as he could also easily claim the night his own.

What we’re seeing is an emergency situation that’ll either be a massive success or a horrific train wreck that we won’t look away from.

Personally, I already see huge success from this tournament, maybe not for the entire product, but most definitely for a single superstar. There could be a new star or we could see a current one fall from the sky. After all, anything happens in WWE.

Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 11/2/15: The Tribe Has Spoken

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 11/2/15)

The Tribe Has Spoken 

– The opening in-ring segment with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, #1 Contender Roman Reigns, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon was a straight-up, all business approach to pushing the Rollins-Reigns Survivor Series main event (at the time anyways) by allowing Reigns some short mic time that glossed over his big victory to get the #1 Contender honor last week and toss insults about Rollins’ brown-nosing skills. Rollins did that thing he always does where he compliments his enemies (Reigns being good enough to be selected for The Shield, having a big year, standing toe-to-toe with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania) and then uses the same sentence to put his own self over, reminding us how WrestleMania ended. Reigns looked good by not backing down and challenging Rollins for a fight right there, which prompted The Authority’s appearance, who were in this case heels that didn’t want to give away their marquee match in a dinky old town like Denver, Colorado (PWO loves you guys anyways) and used the occasion to converse about the 25th annual Survivor Series and Triple H booked a traditional five-on-five elimination tag where Rollins and Reigns would captain chosen teams. Sure – another show where we have to see Rollins scramble to find allies for a big tag match? We’ll let this one slide given the classy build for the Survivor Series main event to this point. It also offered us something different and made us wonder who Reigns would have on his five-person team, Dean Ambrose being a surefire pick.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 6/1/15: Third Match Is The Charm

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 6/1/15)

Third Match Is The Charm 

– The opening video highlighted the “dusty finish” from Elimination Chamber as perfectly as possible with trusty slow-motion capture.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 5/25/15: Nassau’s Last Hurrah

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 5/25/15)

Nassau’s Last Hurrah

– After the classy-as-ever 10-bell salute, the show started off lukewarm at best in terms of the first segment with The Authority, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. The main highlight here was the promo exchange between Ambrose and Rollins that was actually pretty strong enough on its own to make us want to see them go at Elimination Chamber. The tone of this episode though, was making us believe it wouldn’t happen at all. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon using last week’s deal as a “verbal agreement” was an obvious way to gain advantage this week, making it appear so hard to sign a piece of paper. Ambrose’s responses here were at least quirky and whimsical enough to get fans behind him, while Rollins’ comparison of Ambrose to a cockroach was fitting from his point of view. On that note, how could The Authority not see Ambrose calling for Reigns’ help? This at least set the opening tag match on a good note.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 5/18/15: Debut Owens Debut

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 5/18/15)

Debut Owens Debut

– Given Stephanie McMahon’s return and building off the momentum from Payback’s stellar main event that saw Seth Rollins retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, it made sense for The Authority to open up the show with what we assumed would be a gloating promo, but the result was actually a nice change. Obviously, they put Rollins’ victory over and set the tone for the rest of the show in celebrating him, but the focus here was on the Elimination Chamber match for the vacant Intercontinental Championship at Elimination Chamber. Sheamus coming out to compliment The Authority fit his character, as did giving him the unofficial “title” of ending Daniel Bryan’s career with his last television match. You’d think Sheamus would benefit as an Authority henchman, but having him do his own thing also works. Ryback also fit in this segment well by standing up to Sheamus and defending Bryan to the crowd. This also effectively set up the opening contest, which was an obvious giveaway of these two being in the IC Chamber match.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 4/20/15: RKO City

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

 

 

 

(Aired 4/23/15)

RKO City

– The dedication of time spent on Kane’s sudden reemergence as a threat has been a treat to watch unfold – as he seems to switch back and forth between Devil’s Favorite Demon and Corporate Suit. He has suddenly become relevant again. Unfortunately, we can see where this is going as far as Extreme Rules is.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 4/13/15: The Devil’s Favorite Suit

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

 

 

 

(Aired 4/13/15)

The Devil’s Favorite Suit

– The UK crowd must’ve been a big part of WrestleMania, as they carried on familiar chants from then. The heat on John Cena was probably expected considering the belt he has anyway. His promo made the most of the situation and set up the ongoing open challenge, which provided good use of Bad News Barrett in his home country, who cut a face promo. The match that followed had quality action and the crowd made it a more interesting dynamic than what would’ve been just another match on Raw in America. Again though – we knew Barrett couldn’t win this because of the announced Extreme Rules match. The broadcast team also didn’t sell the possibility of implications on that match in the event of a new champion, plus the basis of the open challenge has seen Cena win these matches cleanly. Barrett put in a great performance – even getting to kick out of an AA, but ultimately came up short. Lana’s postmatch promo suckered Cena into Rusev’s attack, revealing the Russian Chain match stipulation at Extreme Rules. What makes it different from a regular chain match? No clue. They need to specify that.

– The #1 Contender’s Divas Battle Royale match with The Bella Twins on commentary featuring Natalya, Paige, Cameron, Summer Rae, Rosa Mendes, Emma, Alicia Fox and Naomi was about what you’d expect. The only noteworthy thing here was the heavy favorable reaction towards Paige, being the England girl. The final two sequence between Paige and Naomi was a good tease of Naomi getting the nod, but the right choice here was Paige, which set up the match at Extreme Rules. Her promo understandably pandered to the crowd and painted her as a tough fighter. The heel turn/attack by Naomi was surprising, yet good. Where it will leave her association with The Usos remains to be seen but for her character alone, this was a welcome change.

– The Bray Wyatt promo had no fog, but still felt like the same random ramblings about being the new face of fear. He’s back without direction once again. Get this man an opponent.

– The Lucha Dragons-The Ascension match was a higher profiled squash for the Dragons, who showed off more of their high-flying maneuvers. If anything, this also showed how out of place The Ascension feels like on the main roster now. Will they ever garner a bigger role?

– Roman Reigns came out to a mild reaction, bordering on negative. Still can’t help but feel like they waited too long to address the WrestleMania main event. Should’ve had this the week after that show. His comments were okay – he said some strong remarks towards Big Show, which prompted a response, which the crowd summed up pretty well, besides the offensive “Please Retire” chant, which wasn’t cool on a personal level. Reigns got in the last words and this probably furthered along what will be a Reigns-Show match at Extreme Rules. Show attacking Reigns on the stage was also good. For a feud nobody really wants to see, they’re trying their best with it.

– The original Orton-Cesaro match was an interesting encounter and was the first of two Extreme Rules stipulation choice matches, which that concept seemed a little backwards, but perhaps done by design to make Kane look bad as Director of Operations. The match didn’t even have time to develop because Kidd interfered, giving Orton the initial DQ win. Kane, giving orders, had the match restart as a two-on-one handicap match, which teased another Authority screwjob. Cole did a good sell of making it a big deal that Orton was in the ring with the current Tag Team Champions, but it still felt as if they were being fed to Orton for no reason. The action that followed was decent but ultimately predictable, despite the pretty RKO finish.

– The backstage interaction between Seth Rollins and Kane had Rollins try to get out of the match and wanted to get Jamie Noble to lay down for him. This allowed more bickering as Rollins berated Kane and wanted him as his opponent. They did a lot of careful yet great storytelling with Kane on this show, almost setting up what would happen later in the show perfectly.

– The Dean Ambrose-Adam Rose match was pure enhancement material for Ambrose, giving him a strong win as he returned from those two vicious Luke Harper powerbombs.

– The interaction between Show and Kane had Show remind him of The Authority and why they needed to do what was best for business. Kane saying it’d be him against Rollins to do what was best for business was an excellent face turn tease to screw Rollins over.

– The Stardust-Fandango match was a quick squash for Stardust to give him a pick-up win. Fandango’s post-match promo had him dump Mendes and go back to his old music, bringing the crowd to life for the sake of Fandangoing. He’ll probably keep that music for now, but what’s next for his character?

– The interaction between Bryan and Kane played on their past history and made Bryan remind Kane of what he used to do and wanted him to be a man. Kane’s explosion was cool, another example of Kane being the focus on the episode, showing how he was being approached from all sides of the issue.

– The Rollins-Kane match set up teases for Kane’s turn perfectly having him kick out at two of the first lay-down pin and there were some more teases, ultimately for him to voluntarily be pinned, making Rollins appear lucky again. Kane was clearly conflicted and he sold it well, getting the crowd back on his side, if only for a little while. Feel like this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Kane almost getting one over on The Authority.

– The Miz-Damien Mizdow match was short and sweet with more fan reaction, giving Mizdow the girl, the moves and the win. Where will this feud progress next? Probably Extreme Rules in some sort of fancy match, but what will happen to Mizdow after? The feud with Miz has made him popular, but will he go back to being Damien Sandow? Everything that makes him popular is impersonating Miz.

– The Prime Time Players promo was more lame making fun of teams, even having to resort to a gay joke. It’s good to see the old PTP humor, but they were better at it as heels.

– The Ryback-Luke Harper match was too short to make anything of with Harper losing by DQ, but Ambrose coming out looking for revenge only for Harper to escape was good.

– The Naomi interview was good stuff. She has better mic skills as a heel. She’s got spunk.

– The Dolph Ziggler promo had him issue an open challenge after ripping Kane, allowing for Neville to answer. This match was going to be great headed in. The 450 Splash off the barricade was impressive. The continued stop-and-start push of Neville is actually sort of working – putting in big performances against big names and coming up short, while owning Curtis Axel. The attacks on both guys by Sheamus afterwards was great. He continues to look like an utter brute one-man force. Ziggler fighting back almost made this a brawl, but this is probably a hint of a feud or Extreme Rules match ready to happen.

– The “Extreme Decision” segment was a good exchange between Rollins and Orton. Rollins looked overly confident laid back on the recliner and his stipulation of the banned RKO made sense, but was one-upped by the steel cage match. Good stuff as well afterwards, with Orton close to hitting the RKO on Rollins, but to no avail.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– United States Championship – Open Challenge – John Cena (Champion) def. Bad News Barrett via pinfall to retain

– Divas #1 Contender’s Battle Royale – Paige eliminates Naomi to win Title Shot

– The Lucha Dragons def. The Ascension via pinfall

– 2-on-1 Handicap Match – Randy Orton def. Tyson Kidd/Cesaro (w/Natalya) via pinfall 

– Dean Ambrose def. Adam Rose via pinfall

– Stardust def. Fandango (w/Rosa Mendes) via pinfall

– Seth Rollins (w/J & J Security) def. Kane via pinfall

– Damien Mizdow (w/Summer Rae) def. The Miz via pinfall 

– Ryback def. Luke Harper via DQ

– Dolph Ziggler def. Neville via pinfall