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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 3/13/17: Trim The Fat

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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

 

 

 

 

(Aired 3/13/17)

Trim The Fat 

– The opening video showcased WWE Universal Champion Goldberg’s victory over Kevin Owens at Fastlane. They wasted no time to show Brock Lesnar’s interruption of his promo last week and subsequent face-to-face. All of this was to of course, hype their encounter for the Title at WrestleMania 33. As we remember, Lesnar stood tall at the end with an F5 while Paul Heyman provided the verbal bloodshed. Basically, the momentum shifted from Goldberg to Lesnar. Good time for this to happen with Mania in the wings.

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Notes In Observance – WWE 205 Live 3/7/17: The Greatest Message That Ever Lived

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 3/7/17)

The Greatest Message That Ever Lived 

– The opening video recapped the previous night’s Raw where WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville pushed Commentator Austin Aries to his boiling point and was blindsided in the jaw by a microphone. All of this came after Neville’s two consecutive stellar performances in defenses against Gentleman Jack Gallagher at Fastlane and Rich Swann on Raw. The guy carries the division in the ring, Aries carries it on the mic, why not combine the two in WrestleMania season? They made it clear he was the new challenger, without the official announcement. Props to the video package as it worked in the loud chants for Aries brilliantly.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 3/6/17: Reclaim The Yard

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 3/6/17)

Reclaim The Yard 

– The opening video recapped WWE Universal Champion Goldberg’s defeat over Kevin Owens at Fastlane the night before that lasted just longer than a National Basketball Association shot clock. WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho – once Owens’ best friend that was betrayed mercilessly weeks prior – cost him the belt that he at one point helped him keep countless times. He did that with his simple presence on the ramp, which deterred Owens from his “mind games” strategy of repeatedly stalling for time. We hoped they’d work in actual footage of Jericho helping Owens time in and time out (Dammit, WWE Network, there’s an archive waiting to be used) but they did give us the line from Commentator Michael Cole, so we guess we’ll settle for that. On the other side of the WrestleMania 33 spectrum, this sets up an inevitable Universal Championship match between Goldberg and Brock Lesnar, just what their third match in history needs.

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WWE Fastlane 2017 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Indicative of the lackluster Raw brand compared to the glitz of SmackDown Live’s progressive storylines and vibe, Fastlane is what you get when you bring WrestleMania season into the fold.

Ice cream bars, Jinder Mahal singles matches, potential streaks ending and questionable creative decisions are what this Fastlane will be best remembered for.

Also let the record show that the Cruiserweights stole the show and it wasn’t close.

Deemed “the last stop before WrestleMania,” this one had us downright sleepy at the wheel at times. Drive with caution.

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Notes In Observance – WWE 205 Live 2/28/17: Dress Shoes Dropkicks

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/28/17) 

Dress Shoes Dropkicks 

– The opening video looked at the previous night’s tag match where WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville looked to put Gentleman Jack Gallagher in his place since he was mocked at the contract signing the week before. They also showed “The Premier Athlete” Tony Nese and his concern of only doing what was best for him. Gallagher won the match for his team as he stared through Neville’s eyes and made Nese submit. Run-of-the-mill recap, but still good and where it needs to be with Neville-Gallagher for the belt at Fastlane in five days.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 2/27/17: Post Breaker

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/27/17)

Post Breaker 

– We began with Goldberg, who we know challenges WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens at Fastlane in six days. Cue his classic “walk from the back and snort aggressively” entrance. Goddamn, his pyro gets so bright. Among the fans in Green Bay, Wisconsin looks like an adult woman decked out in WWE Raw Women’s Champion Bayley’s gear. Well, something seems off about that. Not a bad promo from Goldie – “KO talks too much” and “I’m six days away from gold” are things his character should be saying. It’s inevitable, isn’t it? We think people just like to chant Goldberg’s name more than it being an indication that he’s actually over. He sure was throwing a lot of promises out there. Things looked to wrap up there, but we got a KO appearance. Luckily for last week’s sit-down suit promo, we can take the Champ slightly more serious now. Okay, he flubbed “mood” for “mool,” but that can slide. We liked that he sold his credibility and reminded us of how he beat John Cena on his first night on the main roster and scored big wins over AJ Styles and WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose. He even name-dropped WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns. The telling line was that he outright said Chris Jericho didn’t matter. Foreshadowing. We’ll say that Goldberg has gotten better at promos than we can remember. “I don’t speak neanderthal” was a very KO response. Ha. Pick on the hometown, classic heel move. “The Goldberg chant dies” was a pretty morbid way to end the exchange, but that set the table for FL nicely. KO ultimately stands no chance in the long run with Brock Lesnar in the wings and his history with Goldberg.

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Notes In Observance – WWE CWC 8/3/16: Sounds Of Violence

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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 8/3/16)

Sounds Of Violence 

– The Cruiserweight Classic rolled on, as we saw in the opening video footage of how Zack Sabre Jr., Tony Nese, Drew Gulak and The Brian Kendrick all advanced to the Second Round last week. Previewed for this episode were appearances by the likes of Rich Swann and Jack Gallagher, with the “marquee” bout being the match between Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa, well-regarded as partners in NXT in line for a Tag Title shot, but opponents on this night.

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Notes In Observance – WWE CWC 7/27/16: Rope Biter

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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 7/27/16)

Rope Biter

– WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic continues to impress, as the internet-catered 32-man Cruiserweight tournament has brought us some nice bouts behind the credible commentary team of Mauro Ranallo and Daniel Bryan. With a keen mix of established independent stars and relative unknowns, they’ve collaborated into something special. This episode promised action from the likes of Zack Sabre Jr., Tyson Dux, Harv Sihra, Drew Gulak, Tony Nese, Anthony Bennett, Raul Mendoza and The Brian Kendrick. Gonna be fun.

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ROH 14th Anniversary Show Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Despite the adage, what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas, since Ring Of Honor held its 14th Anniversary Show live on Pay-Per-View and stars from New Japan Pro-Wrestling were also here for the party at Sam’s Town.

An underwhelming undercard was made up for by a better second half, fronted by the triple-threat for the ROH World Championship between Champion Jay Lethal, Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole and an insane six-man tag.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 2/25/15: Throwin’ Down

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(Aired 2/25/15)

Throwin’ Down

– The opening montage had some necessary updated additions to it.

– The Hideo Itami-Bull Dempsey match was decent while it lasted, having the “Cruiserweight Vs. Giant” dynamic. Itami stays hot and Dempsey remains the saddest man in a singlet. 0-4 in NXT competition in his last four matches. Tyler Breeze’s attack on Itami, Itami sneaking up on Breeze’s “selfie” and Breeze getting away before real damage could be done was a nice way to progress their feud.

– We have Sasha Banks defending her Divas Title against Charlotte to look forward to next week. Marquee matchup. Seriously.

– Nice to see “The” Brian Kendrick back in WWE and who better for him to face in his first match than Finn Balor? The hype video was necessary as he had a great ring presence as he found his niche, albeit on Smackdown.

– The Lucha Dragons-Tye Dillinger/Jason Jordan match was too short to be anything special, though the story told between Dillinger and Jordan was solid, despite us just getting to know these guys. Solomon Crowe’s “hacked” promo was good in that it showed he was here to become NXT Champion, and the fact the broadcast team never acknowledged it made the “hacking” more legit.

– Balor’s backstage promo was short and sweet, focused on his current opponent and not worried about NXT Champion Kevin Owens.

– Dillinger staying in the ring mad at Jordan was different than the usual. Baron Corbin coming out apparently made it an impromptu match. Corbin made ridiculously quick work and looked okay here, but three matches in 20 minutes kind of rushed the pace.

– Charlotte’s backstage promo was also short and sweet in that it hyped next week’s match by saying Banks never beat her one on one.

– Breeze’s backstage promo had his confidence on point.

– Sami Zayn’s NXT universe address has to be must-watch and showing his footage of him in Abu Dhabi made him look like a star. About as good as you could do here.

– The Bayley-Becky Lynch match was okay too, but it mainly showcased Lynch’s aggressiveness by injuring Bayley’s arm. Bayley looked good in defeat though. She embodies the “comeback spirit” the most out of the NXT Divas.

– Rhyno’s backstage promo solidly put over the other NXT competitors and explained his desire to make a statement and climb to the top. If only Paul Heyman were on commentary.

– Jordan’s promo gave us a glimpse into his cold, rough personality. He seems to have good mic skills. We haven’t seen him perform a single wrestling move in the ring yet, but he’s got potential everywhere else so far.

– Having Owens out on commentary was smart, as he showed good confidence in his blunt demeanor. The growing tension between Alex Riley and Owens was excellent and led to what we saw at the end. The Balor-Kendrick match was good for what it was despite not being the focus with Owens on commentary though he put over Balor, who was kept strong here. The standoff between Owens and Balor was appropriate. Owens grabbing Riley from his seat and throwing him over the table was absolutely badass. Owens continues to brilliantly blur that line between decent family man and remorseless badass heel.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– Hideo Itami def. Bull Dempsey via pinfall

– The Lucha Dragons def. Jason Jordan/Tye Dillinger via pinfall

– Becky Lynch def. Bayley via submission

– Finn Balor def. The Brian Kendrick via pinfall