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Notes In Observance – AML Wrestling LIVE! 1/13/17: Going Hardcore

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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 1/13/17)

Going Hardcore 

– This review will chronicle Episodes #79-85, with the first being the AML Prestige Championship Four-Way Elimination between Cedric Alexander, Jordan Kage, Caprice Coleman and Sean Denny to crown the inaugural Champion. We liked the idea of the Prestige Championship as a means of an Intercontinental Championship of sorts to give upper midcarders a nice accolade. There was plenty of buildup here too, given how everyone in the match won four-ways of their own. The twist here was that this was elimination style, as opposed to the one-fall qualifiers. The contenders also made sense too. Alexander had momentum with THE Tommy Thomas as his manager, Kage had his “Picture Perfect” gimmick going for him, Coleman was probably AML’s most over guy and then Denny had an injury to overcome given to him from AML Tag Team Champions The Heatseekers. All the ingredients here for a thriller. There was a brief production blunder since they gave a “Let’s Hear From The Contestants” graphic without any actual promos to follow. Alexander had a big pop upon his entrance with “Best In The World” chants galore. In swiveling heel fashion, he also trolled a little girl at ringside by pretending to give her a high-five only to pull out at the last second. This Alexander’s awesome. Sean Denny smartly sold his injury as he walked to the ring. Coleman had the biggest reaction and hugged a group of kids by the ring. What a gentleman. As things went underway, Alexander lured the injured Denny to take him on as he mocked his walking stance. He targeted the knee and hit the Lumbar Check to quickly eliminate him. Makes sense after all. It did get a little predictable here, since Coleman was being worked over by Kage/Alexander (two heels), that it’d come down to him/Alexander. Coleman battled back with a nice double huracanrana. The Trinity eliminated Kage as we figured, to leave it down to the final two. At this point, it got ultra-competitive and it worked because of their similar styles. Lots of history to play up on too as they were former partners in the C & C Wrestle Factory. Coleman hit an awesome huracanrana from the canvas to the floor. Alexander landed on his feet off a Leap of Faith attempt. Alexander had the Sky Splitter scouted and went for a brainbuster for a two. Some shenanigans from Thomas and a foreign object slipped into the ring in the finish made it clear that Alexander would emerge victorious. Still great though, as was Alexander’s post-match trolling with the fans, as he literally went around the first row and made them individually say he was the “Best In The World.”

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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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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 Smackdown 12/3/15: Certain Officials Stack The Odds

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 12/3/15)

Certain Officials Stack The Odds

– The opening video chronicled the oh-so-fun moments of Raw, which basically involved the The League Of Nations’ formation upon more provoking of Roman Reigns’ minuscule 5:15 WWE World Heavyweight Championship reign by Champion Sheamus. The Authority also used the opportunity to play God with the fates of Reigns’ “family” – his cousins and Dean Ambrose, by threatening their Championship shots at TLC. And New Day were somewhere in there too, adding on to the list of obnoxious heels to overcome.

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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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TNA Bound For Glory 2015 Reaction

TNA Bound For Glory 2015By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

When you have a dud like Slammiversary, there’s nowhere to go but up, right?

While we had moments that brought back memories of that terrible night (ongoing audio technical difficulties, inexcusable announcing blunders, questionable booking decisions), the good news was that an excitable opener and final 90 minutes were enough to salvage the night for any wrestling fan.

However, TNA’s still TNA and it’ll take a while for them to move ahead of this show with any momentum, main event finish aside.

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Notes In Observance – PWS Wrestling 9/23/15: Blackout

Pro Wrestling SyndicateBy 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 9/23/15)

Blackout 

– The Phillip Simon II-“Ruthless” Ray Smith match gave us another interesting personality clash – with the obedient religious amateur against the brash, in-your-face Smith, whom was also making his singles debut returning from injury. Jesse physically got involved in the match at one point, providing an obstacle. Short match, but it did what it had to in allowing Smith to establish himself in victorious fashion. We already know.

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