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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 9/7/15: Seth Freakin’ Rollins

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 9/7/15)

Seth Freakin’ Rollins 

– WWE World Heavyweight and United States Champion Seth Rollins’ in-ring promo did drag on, but it was cool to see him soak up all the heat as he used the “boring” chants to help his ego boost and talked about how great he was. Sting interrupting to show he had the statue in his possession was funny, but maybe WWE should’ve gone more for a serious approach. Sheamus coming out to confront Rollins was entertaining to see and set up a potential outcome for Night Of Champions. Rollins didn’t hold back either, also resorting to insulting Sheamus’ look, which the crowd seemed to dig.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 9/3/15: The Tableguards

WWE SmackdownBy 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 9/3/15)

The Tableguards

– Having The New Day on this quest to “save the tables” is actually comedic brilliance in all its glory. They know how to make it work with the picket signs and everything, despite Raw’s rough promo. Their in-ring promo on this show went better, not as cutesy this time. The Dudley Boyz’s interruption was good for what it was. The Prime Time Players’ interruption kept their name in the conversation and it was good to see them lay claim to the Tag Titles, although to be fair, Dudleys did beat New Day on Raw, so you’d think that earns them a shot. With the Dudleys back, that probably hurts the PTP in getting babyface reactions, but nevertheless, we needed to see these two teams go at it and we got more than that here, while New Day bragged on commentary and “hijacked” it at one point. Funny. The match was sort of hard to follow with New Day’s commentary which may had been more of a distraction that true heat (think of trying to watch a wrestling show in a room full of loud, chatty people) but Dudleys looked good here in beating PTP, though perhaps Darren Young should’ve took the pin, since Titus O’Neil is clearly the stronger worker of PTP that’s more over. Post-match saw New Day cheap-shot and run away from The Dudleys yet again and the program rolls on.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 8/31/15: More Stink Than Sting

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 8/31/15)

More Stink Than Sting

– The opening video chronicled WWE World Heavyweight Champion/United States Champion Seth Rollins being unofficially crowned as “the man,” and how Sting ruined his unveiling of the bronze statue designed in his honor last week. They really milked up the drama in that, huh?

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 8/24/15: The Unveiling Of An Icon

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 8/24/15)

The Unveiling Of An Icon

– The Triple H-Seth Rollins backstage segment was pretty straight forward, setting the scene for Trips to congratulate Rollins on beating John Cena at SummerSlam the previous night, retaining his WWE World Heavyweight Championship and becoming new United States Champion. God help us, they actually designed a statue. This hyped the “unveiling” for things later on, which was all fine and good. Kind of odd that they neglected to mention the actions of Jon Stewart, but them being delirious heels, that was most likely on purpose.

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WWE SummerSlam 2015 Reaction

Courtesy of Wikipedia.

Courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

WWE deserved a lot of credit for building up this four-hour long, Brooklyn-bred edition of SummerSlam.

You had the pure marquee matches (Seth Rollins-John Cena “Title For Title,” Brock Lesnar-The Undertaker “The Rematch Too Big For WrestleMania,” etc.), a sure-fire Tag Team spotfest, celebrity involvement (Jon Stewart, Stephen Amell) and much more.

It’s not to say the entertainment factor didn’t strike us with the desired reaction, it’s just an example of how shoddy overbooking can override what would otherwise be fun on its own.

Let’s get to all of that stuff below.

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WWE SummerSlam 2015 Preview/Predictions

SUMMERSLAMBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

If you ask any wrestling fan, it’s not summer until SummerSlam.

In a year that has pushed new stars into the limelight, we’ve gotten a SummerSlam card that’s more revved up than years past, even getting an extra hour, all taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

It’s an excellent weekend to be a Brooklyn wrestling fan on many fronts, aside from the NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn show just the day before.

It’s a loaded show, so let’s get right to things.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 8/17/15: The Beast Comes Home

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 8/17/15)

The Beast Comes Home 

– Nothing says “go-home show” like an old fashioned Triple H-Stephanie McMahon opening promo to the show… They plugged WWE SummerSlam on the WWE Network (four hours, mind you) and they ran through the whole card, though someone hit the John Cena-Seth Rollins graphic too soon. Shucks. They hyped Roman Reigns vs Luke Harper, Nikki Bella vs Sasha Banks for later in the show. Seems that announcing matches earlier in the show worked the last time, made sense to do it again here.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 8/13/15: The Champ Goes On And On And On…

WWE SmackdownBy 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 8/13/15)

The Champ Goes On And On And On…

– The show started with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins coming to the ring (how many times have we wrote that this year?) as he bragged being great, “taming the viper, heroically escaping that pathetic excuse of a Money In The Bank cash-in and bringing down to earth the man gravity forgot.” All good stuff, which made sense for him to embellish. He also addressed John Cena accepting his challenge on Tough Enough, making the SummerSlam “Champion vs. Champion” match official. He hyped up a face-to-face segment with Cena on the next week’s Raw. Neville interrupted and confronted Rollins, bringing up the logical loopholes that Rollins selectively omitted from his diatribe. He also noted that Rollins was never able to kick out of The Red Arrow, also saying that Rollins was going “on and on and on.” He fit in the segment because of their Raw encounter. Cesaro came out and was talking the same, when Kevin Owens ambushed him from behind, while Rollins powerbombed Neville into the turnbuckle. Interesting start that likely culminates in a tag match. Shocker.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 8/10/15: Green Arrow Attacks

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 8/10/15)

Green Arrow Attacks 

– WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins came out and did more bragging about injuring United States Champion John Cena, acknowledging he didn’t hear Cena respond to his challenge. The bit with the “live via satellite” was too cutesy, but fit what Rollins was going for. Cesaro’s interruption to challenge Rollins for the Title was a good moment, since he looked like a star with the suit, glasses and crowd support. Owens interrupting allowed him to pick on Cesaro more, brilliantly drawing heat from the method of the “Cesaro Section Signs Fans,” then drawing out Randy Orton, who made jokes on the heels. Rollins had another instance of talking himself into trouble by saying he didn’t care what The Authority thought, when Triple H picked up on it and booked a triple threat match with Owens-Cesaro-Orton with the winner fighting Rollins for the Title later. Good segment.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 8/6/15: Battle Of The Brutes

WWE SmackdownBy 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 8/6/15)

Battle Of The Brutes 

– The ever-classy video tribute to Rowdy Roddy Piper started the show off, finishing off the week of dedication in style.

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