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Notes In Observance – WCWC 7/16/16: #FollowThat

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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 7/16/16)

#FollowThat

– Social media swag was the mission objective of the backstage promo with Ethan HD/Kate Carney, as this hyped the WCWC Legacy Championship match to come where Champion Eric Right would defend against Ethan HD after the two went to a 15-minute draw last time out. Right, who nursed an injured arm, barely escaped with the Title and now had to face Ethan again, who lacked uncertainty as he was eager and confident as far as his chances. Carney as usual was great as she yelled at Pat Kelley for his introduction of her and then Ethan promised a “Plan B.” We’d see that in full fruition later on, but a nice foreshadow here.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 7/9/16: Tag Team Supremacy

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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 7/9/16)

Tag Team Supremacy 

– On paper, the Cole Layton King-Gangrel match sounded too soon, since they’ve tried to establish CLK and Gangrel’s one of the top WCWC talent. On the other hand, Gangrel had the experience to carry CLK to a respectable effort in the ring. Morty Lipschitz also provided commentary as the voice of The Wrecking Crew and probably to “scout” Gangrel as he pursuits Grappler III’s WCWC Pacific Northwest Championship. The match ended up nothing special, but the finish was smart since they had CLK get himself blatantly disqualified with brass knuckles to get him over as a rule-breaker and commentary did good as they talked him up as this big rich guy who also apparently owns his own stadium. There’s a strong JBL vibe from CLK and we’d love to see what more he could bring down the road. At least the DQ loss saved him from a pinfall loss and also set up the post-match angle where he aimed to take Gangrel out permanently with a neck injury with a chair, but was run off by Jeff Boom/Adam Thornstowe, who’d compete in the main event Fatal Four-Way Elimination Tag to decide the new WCWC Tag Team Champions that would also involve The Bonus Boyz, JJ Garrett/”The Rock God” Ricky Gibson and Marcus Malone/Mikey O’Shea. While it was cool to see Boom/Thornstowe here, it also probably hinted that they wouldn’t win the belts since they’d be in a feud with CLK more or less. Boom/Thornstowe were viable contenders in that match, so it made us wonder who might get the nod.

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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

 

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(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

 

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(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

 

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(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 6/4/16: A Brisco Bombshell

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 6/4/16)

A Brisco Bombshell

– Even though he seems to be who West Coast Wrestling Connection lugs out for anybody’s debut matchup, it says a lot about how great Ethan HD continues to look in the process. This episode’s marquee factor was in Wes Brisco’s WCWC debut (who already had a lot of work to do to shake off the “Aces And Eights” TNA stink) and that was handled nicely. These two meshed well in the ring and like you’d expect Kate Carney to, she was a factor early on. Ethan had new, slower theme music, which took us by surprise. Brisco’s covered in tattoos from the torso down, which could be distracting given his ring attire, but it also made him stand out in a good way. We never doubted the result, even if Ethan had one good near-fall. The clear story was Brisco’s big comeback to overcome Carney and beat Ethan on his first night. The Brisco Bomb also came off well as a go-to finisher.

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

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(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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Notes In Observance – WCWC 4/23/16: The Episodic Centennial

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 4/23/16)

The Episodic Centennial

– With this being the West Coast Wrestling Connection’s 100th television episode, we’ve gotten a taste of what the Oregon-based promotion has to offer, giving us notable names like Matt Striker, Gangrel and WCWC Pacific Northwest Champion Caleb Konley, as well as pushing their own up-and-comers like Marcus Malone and Kassius Koonz. Plus, what better time to introduce an influx of new talent, like Jeff Boom, the Midnight Marvels and Khash like recent weeks?

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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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