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

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

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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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

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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Photo courtesy of Ring Of Honor.

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

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

 

 

 

(Aired 2/25/15)

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