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Notes In Observance – WCWC 8/13/16: Too Many Grapplers

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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 8/13/16)

Too Many Grapplers 

– We started it off with a passionate backstage promo from the lewd, tattooed Adam Thornstowe who addressed his opponent Matt Striker that their last match was a classic, but this time he’d take him down. He also hit on the interviewer lady, who seemed to dig it.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 8/6/16: The Ol’ Switcheroo

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 8/6/16)

The Ol’ Switcheroo

– Last time we saw Matt Striker in a West Coast Wrestling Connection ring, he rubbed elbows with the likes of The Wrecking Crew to become a true despicable heel. This time around, Striker was around for pure comedy, as him and Ian Sutton had one of the strangest opens to a WCWC show in a long time. Striker did succeed in his mocking antics of the ring announcer and the dance-off bit with the Referee was chucklesome, but Sutton didn’t really get over from this. The most we remember from this match was a ringside child fan riding Striker like a horse and toy bow and arrows, before Striker pinned Sutton by surprise and Sutton responded by hog-tying Striker. What exactly was the goal here?

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 4/16/16: When Grapplers Collide

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 4/16/16)

When Grapplers Collide

– Matt Striker continues to be a ball with his loudmouth cowardly heel persona with Jeremy Blanchard at his side. This week, we got the continuation of his program with Gangrel, carrying off the stipulation of last week’s loss to Jeff Boom that he’d have to wrestle Gangrel blindfolded. Striker opened things up by aggressively declining the stipulation before being confronted by Gangrel/Boom, the latter whom urged him to “be a man and grow a pair.” Was a good showing for Boom, who possesses the “talk” to back up the “walk.” As far as the match itself, it was more for the comedic spots of Striker eventually eating his words and falling everywhere with the blindfold on before heading backstage. We’re not sure why Greg Romero and Spider Warrior hit the ring to attack Gangrel only to get easily taken out, but it played into the clever heel finish where Blanchard distracted the Referee and Striker hit Gangrel with brass knuckles with the blindfold up, only to put it back on and “feel” his way to Gangrel, pinning the former WCWC Pacific Northwest Champion and earning another bragging right.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 4/9/16: No Sleepers Needed

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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 4/9/16)

No Sleepers Needed

– Ever since becoming Lucha Underground’s flagship play-by-play commentator, we’ve forgotten how good of a heel Matt Striker could be in a wrestling role. He just oozes charisma that could make your mother hate him and she doesn’t even have to like pro wrestling. That takes skill. Anyways, Striker in this “Wrecking Crew associate” role is good as far as pushing younger talent like Marcus Malone and (in this episode) Jeff Boom, as they squared off one-on-one style. Striker bragged in a pre-match promo that if he couldn’t beat a guy not in his league like Boom, he’d willingly fight Gangrel next week in a match where he’d be blindfolded. The match itself was okay while it lasted. Boom looked good in his second WCWC showing, bouncing off Striker’s namesake style rather seamlessly. The heel veteran-face rookie dynamic was what made it work. However, all was overshadowed by the finish, where Gangrel distracted Striker enough for Boom to catch him with his cutter finisher to score an upset and make next week’s proposal a cold reality. Not for naught though, because Striker/Blanchard got their heat back by beating down Boom after the bell.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 3/26/16: Medically Released

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 3/26/16)

Medically Released 

– Caleb Konley continues to light it up as the WCWC Northwest Pacific Champion, resorting to lowly tactics to keep his belt. His show-opening backstage promo put over his concern for “Gentleman Brawler” Eric Right’s sleeper hold as a dangerous move and pushed for it to be illegal in the upcoming Championship match. They got over that this was a heel clearly scared of a legitimate wrestling move that wasn’t actually illegal. The match itself stayed to the tame formula of their past encounter. Liked the little things like Right coming out without his “Mustache Brigade,” showing he was serious this time around. The twist here was even though Konley pushed for the sleeper to be illegal on Right’s end, he did the move himself and almost won, if it wasn’t for Right’s magic tonic, but when that backfired, Konley hit a back leg low-blow out of the Referee’s view to retain his Title. We’d say it ended there, but Right applied the sleeper after the bell and laid Konley out. Guess the feud will continue?

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 3/19/16: Wrecking Tradition

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 3/19/16)

Wrecking Tradition

–  The WCWC Tag Team Championship opener between Champions Greg Romero/”Rock God” Ricky Gibson and Mikey O’Shea/Crash Test Cody provided fun action and furthered their little feud as of late, with the punk juggernauts vying valiantly for the gold, which sat comfortably on the waists of Romero/Gibson. Liked how commentary established early on how Romero uses the t-shirt wrapped 8-ball to do his dirty work and pointed out the shirt’s location throughout the match. Both teams were evenly matched, with some shiny amateur-esque ring work, particularly between Romero and CTC, which was nice to see. The build to the hot tag to O’Shea was well-done and we questioned why O’Shea would tag back out so quickly, but it didn’t take long before CTC had his crossface applied and this was the first time it looked like the heels were in true jeopardy before Mr. Tubbs provided enough distraction on the outside where Romero walloped CTC with the 8-ball to again make the difference, retaining the belts. There’s no stopping G n’ R at this rate.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 3/12/16: The New Generation

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 3/12/16)

The New Generation

– After last week’s stellar introduction to sports agent Kate Carney and her establishment of clientele like The Bonus Boyz (BB) and Ethan HD, they continued to build off that with a backstage promo from Carney/BB where she again reemphasized her point that in this business, it was easier to make money than friends and BB wanted to make a name for themselves. The way Carney carries herself with confidence is impressive and her well-spoken nature definitely has our attention.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 3/5/16: Don’t Make Friends, Make Money

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 3/5/16)

Don’t Make Friends, Make Money 

– 2016 has been friendly to Ethan HD’s singles resurgence, flashing a winning record, but perhaps missing that one factor that could push him to the top of the card. The Bonus Boyz definitely have a tag team presence, almost as “athletic jocks” of sorts. While Sugar Brown and Clutch Kucera each excelled in singles competition, they were glorified jobbers as a team and nobody took them seriously. This episode took care of all that, as we saw the debut of Kate Carney, their new valet with a character of a well-known sports agent. Close to ROH’s Veda Scott character yet rocking a swagger like Zooey Deschanel, Carney makes it work. We were introduced to pieces of the new stable with an opening backstage promo from Ethan/Carney and we couldn’t had been happier.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 2/27/16: Once And For All

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 2/27/16)

Once And For All

– We kicked things off with a decent opener between Marcus Malone and The Bonus Boyz’s Clutch Kucera, seemingly designed on paper to be a way to keep Malone’s winning momentum going by giving him an opponent that outsized him turned out a bit different. Sure, Kucera was put over by commentary for his old linebacker days and it helped Malone in terms of selling all the big moves, but we would’ve booked this a bit differently. The finish of Brown blatantly stopping Malone’s impressive Blockbuster finisher was okay, but that should’ve been a DQ win for Malone. Instead, the Referee throws the match out amidst the “controversy,” but what’s so controversial? Malone’s opponent’s partner stopped the pinfall getting physically involved. Albeit, Malone got the last word by cleaning house of The Bonus Boyz after the bell, but “moral victories” don’t get ’em over. You could’ve had the exact same thing play out and gave Malone another win.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 2/20/16: Living The Dream

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 2/20/16)

Living The Dream

– The opening in-ring segment involving The Grappler, Marcus Malone, WCWC Legacy Champion Grappler III and Jeremy Blanchard was a nice change from the usual episode format, giving the chance for the young afro’d upstart rookie Malone to be put over by The Grappler as one of the academy’s brightest stars getting to “live the dream” with Malone showing that mutual respect back before the heartfelt moment became tarnished by The Wrecking Crew doing well, Wrecking Crew things. Malone/Grappler clearing the ring obviously created a bonding moment that actually things up for later in the show too.

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