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Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 12/22/15: Holiday Hijinks

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 12/22/15)

Holiday Hijinks

– The WWE World Tag Team Championships match between the Champions, The New Day and The Lucha Dragons started with another New Day promo that centered around renamed Christmas carols. The match involved Kofi Kingston/Big E with Xavier Woods at ringside. Great effort from everyone here in perhaps their best bout to date. The finish was Woods providing enough distraction to help Big E hit the Big Ending. Sin Cara appeared to take a nasty face bump on a suicide dive which will be sure to grace the latest Botchamania reel. Hope he’s okay. Lucha Dragons were solid in the ring and their comeback was believable, but we figured New Day was going over.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 12/21/15: Slammy Awards 2015

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 12/21/15)

Slammy Awards 2015

– Maybe it’s the purpose of true “filler TV” with a dose of year-end nostalgia that makes WWE go back to the Slammy well. No, not the award show of the 90’s that at least garnered some relevance to storylines. This was an award show parodying an award show. Quit lying to yourselves, Creative. This was insufferable. Just imagine how the live crowd must’ve felt. More on that throughout the post. At the least, we were spared a campy Slammy-themed opening video with a recap of how WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns won his Title.

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And The Slammy Goes To…

Photo courtesy of Pro Wrestling Wikia Page.

Photo courtesy of Pro Wrestling Wikia Page.

By Anthony Zevoteck

 

The end of 2015 is upon us and that means one thing: the Slammy Awards have arrived.

A nearly 20 year tradition, WWE’s show of celebrating “the best of the best” has always been my favorite just out of seeing if who I like get a “golden grappler,” also making Raw more fun simultaneously.

This piece explores my hopes for 2015 Slammy winners.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 12/17/15: Intercontinental Conflicts

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 12/17/15)

Intercontinental Conflicts

– The opening video chronicled the newsworthy Raw that ended with Roman Reigns overcoming Stephanie McMahon, Vince McMahon, Sheamus and The League Of Nations to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion with his job on the line. The question was how Smackdown would follow up a hot Raw.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 12/14/15: A Whole New Reigns

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 12/14/15)

A Whole New Reigns

– Coming off TLC’s well-done closing angle where Roman Reigns snapped Brock Lesnar style and injured his boss Triple H after getting screwed over again by The League Of Nations helping WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus retain in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match, we were eager to see how The Authority would go about likely firing Reigns even though we knew that’d never actually happen. As for the video, it sold Reigns’ snap perfectly with the close-ups and chair shot sound effects.

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WWE TLC 2015 Reaction

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Photo courtesy of WWE.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Ah, TLC… WWE’s hardcore smorgasbord of the calendar year if you don’t already count Extreme Rules in that category.

Affected by a stagnant creative direction and misguided booking decisions that made you wonder whether the company was going for laughs or their logic was “It’s so bad, it’s good,” we went into this show with incredibly low expectations, set forth by the horrendous buildup of the Raws and Smackdowns between Survivor Series and now.

That said, this show will be remembered for its start and finish.

Let’s get to the exciting stuff.

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WWE TLC 2015 Preview/Predictions

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Photo courtesy of WWE.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

A crater-sized gap of missing star power and creative stagnancy for refusing to drive away from a tired formula has handicapped the current WWE product.

If it weren’t for the majority of this card having a multitude of “extreme” stipulations, we’d shudder to think how bad it could really be. There is some hope though for deliverance, but if it’s anything like the last few episodes of Raw, we’re in for a long night.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 12/7/15: Taters Gonna Tate

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 12/7/15)

Taters Gonna Tate

– After the debacle that was last week’s Raw, we tuned in to see if WWE could outdo themselves in lame booking and sure enough, they didn’t let us down. At the head of programming is the lukewarm (at best) WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus-Roman Reigns feud, with a foreign heel supergroup known as The League Of Nations as the latest obstacle for Reigns. The opening video was LON-friendly as they separately introduced viewers to each member and what they brought to the group. Not only that – LON now has their own goofy graphic.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 11/30/15: The League Of Nations Assemble

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 11/30/15)

The League Of Nations Assemble 

– Oh, what a mess of a show. No better place to start than the beginning though, right? Right. Okay, so in the first segment, we had The WWE Tag Team Champions, The New Day come out with confetti and slight promise, until they failed to grab us with their cheap heat material and only served to introduce the suit-clad WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus, who preceded to dance while thanking Roman Reigns for failing. This was just like, huh? Didn’t New Day abandon Sheamus in their Survivor Series tag match? Is all suddenly forgiven? Just terrible. Oh, but then Reigns showed up and Superman Punched Sheamus while pyro was going off. Reigns wasn’t initially warmly received, but that changed towards the end. Why did babyface Reigns just steal the heel’s rightfully owned Championship? What was the purpose of this segment?

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The Bonesaw – Manopera! Episode 6: Everyone Is Gob Bluth at Survivor Series

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Image courtesy of The Bonesaw.

*Courtesy of The Bonesaw*

 

PWO’s own Nicholas Jason Lopez guest stars on Episode 6 of The Bonesaw’s “Manopera! A Wrestling Symposium,” where Hosts Chris Butera, “Spaceman” Frank and Marques “Box” Younger talk Survivor Series 2015 and the post-SS Raw. 

 

 

 

 

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