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Notes In Observance – WCWC 2/4/17: Heavenly, But Not So Gentlemanly

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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 2/4/17)

Heavenly, But Not So Gentlemanly

– Caleb Konley came out, recently returned from whatever he worked on prior. Instead of being an honorary Wrecking Crew member, he remained a friendly associate. That’s fine, though. Konley shines better as a solo heel act in WCWC. His opponent was Damian Drake in an odd take on “Hero Vs. Villain.” That “story” will happen no matter who Drake’s opponent is, frankly. This was a confusing pairing if the plan wasn’t to put Konley over in spades. We actually wish we could get some advancement with the vague superhero characters in the Midnight Marvels. What if they ever became heels in a “Hero Becomes The Villain” type of thing? Some touch-and-go mat-based grappling dominated the pace early on. This was more competitive than it had any business being, which we had no problem with. Drake has strong potential as a midcarder down the road if they want to go that route. He pulled off an impressive spinning basement enziguiri. We got back into familiar territory as Konley took Drake’s momentum and swung into his side with a long-winded chop before he struck with the Cradle Shot to get the three count. In essence, Konley gets the win and Drake got to show some endurance, but it seems we type the same things every week. Will they finally be serious about a Drake push? What’s next for Konley to do here?

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 11/5/16: Respect Goes Out The Window

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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 11/5/16)

Respect Goes Out The Window 

– As the weeks continue, there has been an up in production value. Now, it has spread to the show’s theme song and montage. It was changed to Muse’s “Uprising.” It feels empty, guess we’ll have to get used to it. We liked the old West Coast Wrestling Connection theme as it hit hard and gave you the feel of what it all was about. The only thing about that was that a lot of talent featured in that montage were outdated, so this was probably to fix that problem. We’ll see how we feel about it by next week, if it’s still the theme.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 9/24/16: Vampire In Pain

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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 9/24/16)

Vampire In Pain 

– The JJ Garrett-Owen Travers match was a great opener, all things considered. After Travers lost in his West Coast Wrestling Connection debut, this seemed to be an “all or nothing” scenario. Luckily, he had the right opponent in Garrett who could always bounce back from a loss. Garrett pranced around like the pretty boy he is while he donned a hilarious “King Of Swag Style” shirt. Travers killed it on the mic again with his pre-taped promo. This guy exudes energy and WCWC has a big star on their hands potentially. Commentator Morty Lipschitz made it known he didn’t care about the match, as he was still upset at last week’s events when he was humiliated when he couldn’t handle Eric Right’s magic tonic. There was a cool cliffhanger early on where Garrett practically German Suplexed Travers out of his soul. Understatement to say he sold that well. The “story” only got better from there as Travers fought back hard with some excitable aerial kicks and got the crowd incredibly into it, as they were amped for the Big Splash finish as Travers pinned Garrett. Haven’t seen the crowd amped like that in a while. To be fair, this was a bigger crowd than usual for a taping, but the energy carries to the television viewer too. Also liked the added “replay” feature so we could get a second look at Travers’ journey to the “W” side of things.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 8/20/16: Bounty Hunt

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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 8/20/16)

Bounty Hunt

– The Julian Whyt-Marcus Malone match got things off nicely with a mix of athleticism and witty banter from our commentary team of Morty Lipschitz and Kris Kloss. Ever since he debuted, Malone has been a nice addition to the West Coast Wrestling Connection roster and his alliance/tag team with Mikey O’Shea has only helped propel him further. However, he has had so many matches with big names where he comes up short, that it’s hard for us to shake the notion that he’s simply a guy who just can’t win the big one. That said, this match with Whyt took a step in the right direction of improving his image. It wasn’t the prettiest effort on Earth, but we saw what we needed to. On the other side of things, Whyt has become more of a presence lately as well. His pre-taped promo showed ounces of nice mic skills, as he possessed a Kevin Owens-esque delivery. Still not quite sure what Whyt’s gimmick is (or why he spells “White” differently) but he was a good enough foil for Malone to play off of. Nothing too memorable outside of that one high-pitched girl in the crowd who really seems to like Malone. The finish was basic, but did a good job of setting up Malone to win after he hit Kiss The Sky when Whyt missed an attempted moonsault. The follow-up for Malone will be key. Can he keep the wins going? The guy truly needs them.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 7/30/16: Banned From Ringside

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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 7/30/16)

Banned From Ringside 

– We were off to a good start with the “Rock God” Ricky Gibson-“Adrenaline” Adrian Matthews opener. This was Matthews’ second match with the company and looked to gather more momentum at Gibson’s expense, who commentary had mentioned was on a slump. Interesting that they also speculated Greg Romero’s absence had something to do with the losing streak. Matthews also appeared smart in that he was aware of Tubbs’ tactics even before the bout, as he warned Tubbs not to get involved in his pre-match promo. A big plus of the hour was the great chemistry by Morty Lipschitz/Kris Kloss on commentary, as Lipschitz continuously denied any wrongdoings by the heels (particularly Tubbs), much to Kloss’ dissatisfaction. The action was good in the ring too, as Gibson-Matthews meshed well. Matthews put in a more memorable performance for sure and the win surely helped him out. The finish was fine too, as it showed Tubbs trying to help Gibson out with the cane and how it backfired when Gibson got the cane dropkicked into his face and that led to Matthews’ finisher. Make that two straight losses for Gibson, as we wonder if he’ll separate from Tubbs anytime soon.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 7/2/16: Arm Strong

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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 7/2/16)

Arm Strong 

– The Tag Team Qualifier opener between “The Rock God” Ricky Gibson/JJ Garrett and Azul Angel/Ian Sutton was an obvious move to get Mr. Tubbs’ latest tag scramble of clients into the fatal four-way that will also feature Marcus Malone/Mikey O’Shea and The Bonus Boyz. Did find it interesting there was more talk about Greg Romero’s disappearance, since it makes us think perhaps a return/babyface run in his future? Anyways, the Angel/Sutton team was about as mismatched as you could get (a hillbilly and a luchador? Make your own joke here)and the in-ring action was mediocre to average as the most interesting aspect of it was seeing how Garrett/Gibson interacted and it worked for the most part, as “opposites attract.” Doubt anybody was shocked to see Gibson get the pinfall with the Power Ballad.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 6/25/16: Bunkhouse Brawlin’

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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 6/25/16)

Bunkhouse Brawlin’

– With the West Coast Wrestling Connection Tag Team Championships up for vacancy, it was time for some revamping. It was decided that four teams would battle in a four-way elimination tag team turmoil match to decide the new Champs. Before that, those four teams would be qualified over this show and next week’s. Emphasis on tag team wrestling is never a bad thing. Good lead-in to the opener Qualifying match between Julian Whyte/King Khash and Marcus Malone/Mikey O’Shea. Liked that there were two sides to the bout in that while O’Shea/Malone were the heavy crowd favorites, Whyte had a good debut as Khash’s cousin, who also happened to speak English, as he could bridge that language barrier that has limited Khash. Also kudos to Malone/O’Shea for their selection of Story Of The Year’s “The Antidote” as their theme. Good in-ring story, as the heels displayed smart strategy with the isolation of O’Shea from Malone, but it only built even better to the hot tag. Nice finish as Malone hit his Kiss The Sky finisher (sick btw) to seal the victory deal.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 6/18/16: Defending Daddy’s Legacy

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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 6/18/16)

Defending Daddy’s Legacy 

– Marcus Malone’s an up-and-comer with potential, but he has been so watered down because of his constant losses that whenever he does get a Title shot, we’re never convinced he’ll win. That kind of thought isn’t the best to open with, but that’s what we had this week as Malone had a chance to win the WCWC Pacific Northwest Championship from Champion Grappler III (who has battled an identity crisis to become the “Only Grappler,” which works from an old-school heel standpoint) and the match was pretty easy to think out. The match’s slow pace didn’t help matters as G3 dominated early, but the in-ring story never went anywhere even despite Malone’s late comeback. We did like the “karma” in how G3 originally used a foreign object in his mask to headbutt Malone out cold to win only for WCWC Legacy Champion Eric Right to come out and protest the decision, getting physically involved to loosen the object from G3’s mask to have the decision reversed to Malone. It was seen as “justice,” but Malone did nothing more than get maybe another Title shot. Right looked the best coming out from this.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 6/11/16: By Hook Or By Crook

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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 6/11/16)

By Hook Or By Crook

– The opening match between Nick Fame (who we’re still not sure why he has a manservant – some exposition on that would be nice) and Jeff Boom wrote itself on paper with their opposite personalities. Fame has good charisma, but still needs some work in the ring. Boom has established himself as a good worker, but hasn’t had that breakthrough win yet. It’d also be nice if we could get some backstage promos that don’t have the words, “Oh, we’re no strangers to each other.” It’s like everybody are cross-town rivals. Anyways, a decent match with some added intensity and a good choice to have Boom go over cleanly. Fame also builds his repertoire in the ring. Maybe next week will be his time.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 5/28/16: Time To Get Weird

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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 5/28/16)

Time To Get Weird 

– The opening tag team match between The Shadows and The Midnight Marvels had the feel of a Marvels squash victory, but unraveled into something else entirely. The idea of the match came off like a wildly melodramatic off-Broadway rendition of “Spider-Man: The Musical,” as two masked superheroes battled three figures dressed in all black. We’ve never thought of The Shadow was more than a jobber, so the idea of a group with that pushed gimmick can be risky. We had thought the match had gone on far too long for a face squash victory, as the heels dominated throughout. There was a hot tag to Spyder Warrior, but the momentum didn’t last long and thanks to the outside factor of Miss Shadows, the heels actually won this. As far as their mission to “expand the sun,” well, we’re not so sure about that, but it could keep the Marvels busy for a while. At the same time, it probably hurts their image when they can’t even beat the lowly Shadows squad. That’s a somber show start if there was ever any. It could get cool if say, The Shadows “possess” Lemon Drop or something like that. Time will tell.

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