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Notes In Observance – AML Wrestling 12/29/16: Honor And Prestige

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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 12/29/16)

Honor And Prestige 

– This episodes highlights Episodes #73-78 and the majority focused on AML Wrestling’s Prestige Championship Tournament, set up similarly to Lucha Underground’s Battle Of The Bulls. Four separate Fatal Four-Ways where each winner would face off in their own Fatal Four-Way with that winner being the new Prestige Champion. It’s hard to tell right away where the belt falls on the talent spectrum, but it appears to be the upper midcard. Not a bad idea, since we could use more gold around these parts. The AML Wrestling Prestige Championship Tournament Qualifying match between Matt Sigmon, Elliott Russell, Sean Denny and Brandon Scott had a cool angle of seeing The Heatseekers compete against each other while you also had Scott of Team Axcellence and Denny from The Geordie Bulldogs, who were in a feud with The Heatseekers. Backstage promos came from Team Axellence (who pushed being in the Tourney together and how one was better than the other), The Heatseekers (who also spoke about the Tourney, as Sigmon was unaware that Russell was also in it) and GB (as Mark Denny thought he was in the Tournament instead of his partner) in a nice mix. They made plenty use of the “Tag Team Flavor.” Rightfully so. We liked how Sigmon tried to intimidate Mark Denny before the bell as he asked how his neck was, a direct reference to The Heatseekers’ attack. The match’s tag-in format killed a little buzz for us, since you had to know that The Heatseekers would obviously stick together. Formulaic action until we got a standoff between The Heatseekers, as Russell shoved Sigmon, but then hugged him, an obvious “troll” moment. The hug set up Denny’s flawless double missile dropkick. Scott hit the Scottbuster on Russell for a near-fall. In the end, Denny spit mist into Rusell’s eyes and scooped him up in a school boy to pin him. Denny’s advancement brings some tag team legitimacy to the Finals. The magic came with The Heatseekers’ brutal chair attack on Denny’s ankle as they slammed his ankle in between the chair numerous times. Denny sold the injuries brilliantly as he covered his face and even sped his breathing up, while other officials and even Owner Tracy Myers checked on him. Logical way to advance the GB-Heatseekers feud and one has to question Denny’s condition and perhaps the scenario where Mark steps in for him. Mark’s post-match promo was great, as he kept it serious (as opposed to his jokey self) and professed revenge for his brother and wanted the AML Wrestling Tag Team Championships.

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Notes In Observance – AML Wrestling LIVE! 12/23/16: Beyond Regulation

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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 12/23/16)

Beyond Regulation 

– This round of reviews will chronicle AML Wrestling LIVE’s Episodes #68-72 and an “online exclusive” bout. It has been some time since AML had been around, so we were eager to dive into the pool. The Online Exclusive match between The Regulator and JR Reynolds was the result of Regulator’s (a masked, agile Braun Strowman-esque monster) backstage assault on his former opponents in a tag team called LaBron James. Yes, that’s their names. A constant with these episodes was that the mic audio was hard to pick up with the crowd out there. Luckily, Regulator had a great manager in “THE” Tommy Thomas and we didn’t even need to hear him to get what he said. Reynolds came out as “the next victim” and had a fair, though generic build with a beard, tattooed body and muscles. It was noted to be his debut, as he expected a Regulator squash at the least. Commentator Blake Chadwick noted the improved entranceway, though it looked unspectacular. The match’s story was decent as we saw Regulator dominate early on with a body scissors submission before Reynolds battled back. In fact, this was the most vulnerable Regulator has looked, especially when he almost lost after Reynolds hit a modified frog splash. However, as quickly as that came, the momentum switched again and Regulator hit his double underhook sit-down powerbomb finisher to end it. Might we suggest they name it “Pure Regulation”? Anyways, Thomas’ post-match promo christened his protege a “future Champion” as he bullied around Interviewer Tim Blaze.

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Notes In Observance – AML Wrestling LIVE! 8/24/16: For The Third And Final Time

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Photo courtesy of Eventbrite.

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 8/24/16)

For The Third And Final Time 

– For the upstart North Carolina-based promotion known as America’s Most Liked Wrestling, it’s arguable to say the epicenter of it all lied in the form of AML Wrestling Champion King Shane Williams and his rise to glory at the expense of Vordell Walker (who he beat in a Best-Of-Five Series to get his shot at the belt) and former Champion, Greek God Papadon. With countless wars between the charismatic Papadon and the Jerry Lawler-esque Williams, this was deemed the “third and final time” the two would wage war. It was established to take place in a steel cage for the belt and we heard pre-match promos from each man that fit their characters. Williams was out for blood and wanted Papadon to have no excuses of why he’d lose this time, while Papadon revealed a twist where he personally chose the Referee and referred to him as a “stand-up citizen.” Papadon did a swell job of riling up the fans (the ones that didn’t cheer for him anyway) as he slapped Ring Announcer Tim Blaze across the face before he officially revealed the previously suspended Walker to be the personally chosen official. We liked this immediately because it gave the impression the “stack was decked” against Williams, who now had to combat against the two guys he overcame to get the belt to now keep it in a match that didn’t favor him. It was your classic heel move, yet logical. The in-ring action followed this narrative already laid out for us, as we saw Walker refuse to count for Williams several times and laid a fast count for Papadon to no avail. This helped sell Williams as a true underdog, even when it didn’t seem likely he’d be the guy to go on and represent AML at this year’s WrestleCade V weekend. We also applauded the little things, like the “announcement” that Tracy Myers booked this bout to have no time limit and only winnable by pinfall or submission. We felt the turning point was upon Williams’ kick-out of three powerbombs by Papadon. We also fell for the twist where Papadon shoved Walker and appeared to make Walker walk out (no pun intended), only to come back with the belt and purposely avoid seeing Papadon use it. This was an excellent finish, since it gave Williams the opportunity to win and that was with the way he shoved Papadon into Walker to lay him out and hit the Piledriver and get the three-count from the original official to retain his belt and carry AML through the late summer and into the fall as Champ. Can’t lay it out better than that. That was some of the best storytelling in AML history.

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