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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 8/29/16: Welcome To The Kevin Owens Show

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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 of the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 8/29/16)

Welcome To The Kevin Owens Show 

SummerSlam showcased the best of WWE’s future in Finn Balor and Sasha Banks as they each held the top Title in their respective divisions; the WWE Universal Championship and WWE Women’s Championship. Unfortunately, both Balor and Banks suffered injuries that put them on the shelf. For poor Balor, he’d be out until perhaps early Mar. 2017. Where one door closes, another opens. WWE was smart to take this approach into the next Raw episodes, as the opening video highlighted last week’s “series of matches” that determined the participants for a Fatal Four-Way Elimination match for this show. In the end, it was Big Cass, Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.

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Notes In Observance – WWE CWC 8/24/16: Rounding Out The Elite Eight

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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 8/24/16)

Rounding Out The Elite Eight 

– The Cruiserweight Classic could in many ways be described as WWE’s hand-crafted gift to the internet wrestling community. Name recognition has never meant so much these days and the next stars are just waiting to be made here. The opening video followed in the way of NXT TakeOver highlight reels in that we saw the prettiest slow-motion sequences of the series’ biggest strikes, flips and submission holds. Also worked in was the sound bite from Triple H at TakeOver: Brooklyn II where the CWC winner would be crowned on Sep. 14 and receive a trophy designed by the guys at Orange County Choppers. We finished it out as we saw how Akira Tozawa, Noam Dar and Brian Kendrick all made it to the “Elite Eight.” Hyped for this episode were the last of the Second Round matches, which were Zack Sabre Jr.-Drew Gulak, Lince Dorado-Rich Swann and TJ Perkins-Johnny Gargano. That card alone sounds so good on a regular show.

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WWE NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

While that cliche can apply to most things in life, it especially applies to NXT, particularly around SummerSlam weekend.

Again, despite efforts to divert attention to the six-hour spectacle that is SummerSlam itself, it only goes to that of its previous-day predecessor, NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn.

Last year, 15,000 Brooklynites held witness to one of WWE’s matches between WWE Women’s Champion Sasha Banks and Bayley.

While this year’s bouts didn’t capture that match’s emotional whirlwind, just like every previous TakeOver special, we left each contest with a “talking point” of some sort.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 8/10/16: Psychological Warfare

WWE NXTBy 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 8/10/16)

Psychological Warfare 

– We liked how the show opened out of the usual realm, as Bobby Roode walked out of General Manager William Regal’s office with a smile on his face now that he knew of “something great.” He left it at that and walked away. Yummy, some light drama and anticipation.

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Notes In Observance – WWE CWC 8/3/16: Sounds Of Violence

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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 8/3/16)

Sounds Of Violence 

– The Cruiserweight Classic rolled on, as we saw in the opening video footage of how Zack Sabre Jr., Tony Nese, Drew Gulak and The Brian Kendrick all advanced to the Second Round last week. Previewed for this episode were appearances by the likes of Rich Swann and Jack Gallagher, with the “marquee” bout being the match between Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa, well-regarded as partners in NXT in line for a Tag Title shot, but opponents on this night.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 8/3/16: The Wait Is Finally Over

WWE NXTBy 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 8/3/16)

The Wait Is Finally Over

– At the time Hideo Itami got injured, he was arguably in the running for an NXT Championship reign. A year and a half later, he was back from the shoulder injury and possessed a fury of self-justice and redemption. The opener between Itami and Sean Maluta was all about Itami’s return while at the same time let Maluta soak in the NXT spotlight, since he came over from the Cruiserweight Classic. Also liked that the camera panned to Zack Sabre Jr., Tony Nese and Drew Gulak in the crowd to hype the CWC, as they were each First Round victors. Maluta wasn’t a complete afterthought, as she showed off some fierce kicks, but the purpose was obvious from the get-go and Itami didn’t miss a beat. Commentary smartly brought up that his career pre-injury had mirrored Finn Balor’s and was on route to Championship contention before he was sidelined possibly by Kevin Owens. Itami’s signature running knee finisher ended it.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 7/20/16: Fight Night

WWE NXTBy 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 7/20/16)

Fight Night

– This episode was hyped in the opening video as “Fight Night” and rightfully so, because there were three noteworthy matches – NXT Champion Samoa Joe-Rhyno, American Alpha-Authors Of Pain and Bayley-Nia Jax. Should be an easy, fun episode.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 6/29/16: Exclusive Comments

WWE NXTBy 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 6/29/16)

Exclusive Comments 

– Carried off last week’s word-exchanging segment, the ring was a blank page ready to be filled with the art of wrestling from the likes of Alexa Bliss and Carmella. We liked how both ladies went into this match nearly at each other’s heads and left it elevated. Bliss was put over by Corey Graves as the only person not pinned in the triple-threat #1 contender’s match a few weeks back against Nia Jax and Carmella. On the other hand, Carmella had the crowd’s full support. Bliss’ enraged facial expressions were a big plus to this match’s start and helped things get off to a nice start. Basically, the match’s story saw nice in-ring work from both ladies. Carmella had a more submission-based offense, while Bliss bent the rules wherever possible and targeted Carmella’s left arm from the mid-way point of the match on. This actually became really good towards the end with a swift trade of close near-falls and we were actually pleasantly shocked to see Bliss go over with the Twisted Bliss (once known as the Sparkle Splash) for the one-two-three.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 6/1/16: More Than Good Hands

WWE NXTBy 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 6/1/16)

More Than Good Hands

– We can only assume the window of time for The Revival on NXT is closing up, but that said, they’ve solidly convinced us that they’re primed and ready to potentially be the first two-time NXT Tag Team Champions. A lot of this show’s focus was on The Revival and their mission to get back what they felt was theirs, yet also pushed other teams on the rise. The opening in-ring segment between Revival and Johnny Gargano/Tommaso Ciampa was solid mic work from all involved. Gargano/Ciampa looked tough in the way they directly confronted the heels and didn’t back down, while Revival came off as overconfident. Surprisingly, the voices who stood out here were Dash Wilder (almost Kevin Owens-like in his delivery) and Ciampa, who we never hear from often. This obviously set the stage for the two to battle later in the show, but we had assumed this would be a way to give Revival a hard-fought win headed into TakeOver: The End and give Gargano/Ciampa a good performance to put under their name. Revival also had some bold insults towards the NXT Tag Team Champions American Alpha when they called them “little amateurs” and it’d be cool to see if AA would follow them up on that.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 5/25/16: Infinite Path To Victory

WWE NXTBy 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 5/25/16)

Infinite Path To Victory 

– Even though they followed the epic saga that was Shinsuke Nakamura’s NXT debut match against Sami Zayn at TakeOver: Dallas, NXT Women’s Champion Asuka and Bayley kept the drained-out crowd mildly engaged, as Bayley had her toughest Title defense yet at the time, but eventually passed out in the Asuka Lock to lose her belt. Surely a surprise, we couldn’t imagine a Bayley loss to anybody else. We were even more stoked for the idea of a rematch, slated for TakeOver: The End, but the good news would end there, as evidenced from the opening segment where General Manager William Regal announced that Bayley wouldn’t be cleared to compete at TakeOver and thus, had to wait for her contractually obligated rematch (it’d be nice to see them acknowledge that on the main roster) so instead, we’d have a triple-threat #1 contender’s match with Nia Jax, Carmella and Alexa Bliss to determine who’d fight Asuka at TakeOver: The End. This had potential given the right winner. Not Jax, please not Jax. No, no.

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