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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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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 2/20/15: Run The Gauntlet

TNA Impact Wrestling“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

(Aired 2/20/15)

Run The Gauntlet

– The opening video decently hyped the 20-man gauntlet to decide the number one contender for Bobby Lashley’s World Heavyweight Title. If TNA is good at one thing, it’s making the World Title look like a huge prize. Some of the other belts? Not as quite.

– The Kurt Angle promo was focused solely on the gauntlet as the “odds-on favorite” since he was the last man who will enter. For match hype alone, this was fine.

– Lashley’s backstage thoughts on Angle wanted him to have a “little chat” with him. We knew that possibly couldn’t be good things. This kept their ongoing conflicts arise.

– Is it the smartest thing to be able to almost read the run sheet on the announcer’s table word-for-word while the camera is trained still on Josh Matthews and Taz?

– The six-man tag between Matt Hardy/The Wolves and James Storm/Abyss/Manik had solid action, especially towards the end as Hardy and The Wolves worked great together. The Revolution got their heat back with the postmatch attack. The attack on Manik or “tough love” was unexpected. Where will this lead? Probably nowhere.

– The segment with Ethan Carter III, Tyrus, Mr. Anderson, Rockstar Spud and Mandrews was decent in that it allowed Spud/Mandrews/Anderson to gain the upper hand by scalping Tyrus’ trademark hair after a few teases of EC3 getting the treatment. All this focus on hair though? Seems unnecessary. EC3 is billed as undefeated but it’s not like he wrestles every week either.

– The BDC backstage segment had MVP make the BDC set on stopping Angle, which made sense.

– Mickie James was seen entering the arena and she wanted to talk about Magnus’ condition, which set up the segment decently.

– The Grado-Al Snow match was okay for what it was. Grado is obviously over across the Atlantic, but some kind of video hype to show his British Boot Camp history to American viewers would’ve been cool. Snow ended up respecting him at the end, just for them to get beat down by the BDC. Good to get the hometown heat at least. This was also a wise moment to debut Scotsman Drew Galloway – the former Drew McIntyre. A lot to digest in one segment though.

– Backstage, Angelina Love and The Bro-Mans took an “us-ie” about as annoyingly as possible. Nice to see Awesome Kong creeping in the background as they walked away.

– The Knockouts Championship match between Taryn Terrell and Love was okay, but rather anticlimactic with Love being cleanly pinned. Postmatch however, Kong-Terrell interaction was a lot better. The Gail Kim-Kong standoff was even better, as this was the one thing we’ve been waiting to see when Kong returned.

– The hype video for the Gauntlet was okay, if not for most of the guys speaking literally had no chance, besides EC3 and the BDC members.

– The “old school rules” match between Eric Young-Tommy Dreamer was one of the better parts of the show, as it made sense for Dreamer to irately call out Young, who continued to look psychotic as he focused on biting the area around Dreamer’s eye, busting him open. Dreamer sold like crazy here and it all worked out. If only there was a better move for Young than the piledriver, but either way, this kept his momentum up strong.

– The segment with James and Bram was a good way to tie her into his feud with Magnus. Her shots at Bram made sense and his retorts made him come off even more despicable, despite it being a bit hard to pick up what he said on the mic. Security getting between them was okay, but it did its job in making fans want to see Magnus.

– The Angle-Lashley backstage segment had them focus on their eventual showdown.

– The 20-man gauntlet match had its share of good action though it seemed terribly melodramatic to almost have Angle eliminate all BDC members towards the end, though MVP eliminating Angle with help was no surprise. Might as well get the MVP-Lashley match out of the way.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– Matt Hardy/The Wolves def. James Storm/Abyss/Manik (w/Khoya, Masada) via pinfall

– Grado def. Al Snow via pinfall

– Knockouts Championship Match – Taryn Terrell def. Angelina Love (w/The Bro-Mans, DJ Z) via pinfall to retain

– “Old School Rules” Match – Eric Young def. Tommy Dreamer via pinfall

– 20-Man Gauntlet to Decide Number One Contender for TNA World Heavyweight Championship – MVP eliminates Kurt Angle

Notes In Observance – PWS on WLNY 1/3/15: Kudos To The Carwash Man

Pro Wrestling SyndicatePro Wrestling Syndicate has found a new TV home in WLNY/TV 55 and the timing could not be better. In a time where indy world rulers can become WWE and TNA champions within two to four years later, attention should be paid to what’s out there.

Below, you’ll find some random notes and analysis on their television debut episode. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

Kudos To The Carwash Man

– The opening montage seemed awfully generic with the music and “fire” on-screen graphics, but it was hard to ignore all the hardcore action and flips and flops. PWS definitely has potential.

– Right off the bat, David Adams had a Joey Styles-like delivery to him. The production studio behind him looked so fake though, which then obviously shifted to a green screen which showed an image of the ring. That aside… Dude can really sell $5 t-shirts.

– Jushin Liger, AJ Styles, Jeff Jarrett, Bret Hart, Great Muta aren’t names to ignore… PWS does have an established background since it started in 2007. The reunion of Lance Storm and Justin Credible as The Impact Players was definitely smart booking in providing nostalgia and helping younger talent get over.

– Not to mention while PWS boasts an indy darling like Colt Cabana, some other gimmicks make you wonder. One in particular was The Drunken Swashbuckler, which was the worst ring name ever, but perhaps fitting for a pirate gimmick. Who knows. On that note, Starman was such a generic-looking luchador. His high-flying skills may be all he has. See more below.

– The Heavenly Bodies-Reality Check tag team match seemed to be the usual for an indie tag; fast-paced and such. The announcers mentioned that the two teams were in “a blood feud,” but it just didn’t come off that way. For all the big names mentioned, it was good to start the show off with PWS-grown talent. Craven Varro of RC definitely got in some exciting offense and there’s definitely potential in the newest installment of THB. There was also a nice heel swerve from the referee as he was apparently with THB all along, stopping before a three count and counting fast to steal the win away from Reality Check. This was a good immediate followup as the announcers alluded to THB having an “official representation” on social media and we found out who it was.

– Kudos for the “Don’t Forget Your Roots” video graphic with general wrestling facts (and H2O of course)

– The concept of the Suicidal Six Way division screams a copycat of TNA’s X-Division with six men fighting one fall to a finish where the champion needn’t be pinned, but it works as a way of having fast-paced action and getting many guys time to shine on the card. This match – which featured Habib From The Carwash – yes, a real character who sprayed the ropes as he entered them – was shockingly much over with the crowd as defending champion. Also in the mix were Amazing Red, Brian XL, Big Mason (BJ Whitmer if he was more muscular and taller), Matt Macintosh and Joe The Drifter (with the gimmick of a homeless man). There was lots of high-flying action, but may be a bit chaotic for the casual fan to follow. There were some silly spots involving sponges too, but Red shined in this match, even with blood to show for it. One memorable spot included Big Mason doing a flying lariat onto five men below from the top rope. Habib From The Carwash retained with a pinfall over Macintosh.

– There was a weird vignette of scary guys in the woods with bloody face paint and cowboy hats with a child’s voice saying, “It’s only a dream” over and over. Guess the Wyatt family has some illegitimate cousins…

– The highlight package of the “On The Spot Title Shot” 30-man battle royale definitely showcased Tommy Dreamer, Fallah Bahh and Starman. Bahh looked particularly dominant and he even had a mouthpiece in the form of the “fake referee” from the earlier match, revealed to be “Shining” Edward Jackson. Jackson definitely showed off great mic skills and the match was good. No Homicide promo though?

– The PWS Tag Team Championship match between The Team Impact Players and Reynolds Brothers had good action. Lance Storm was still incredibly agile for his age. The Reynolds Brothers were highly regarded by the announcers, but they barely had a presence in the ring. Some good near falls towards the finish, which saw Reynolds Brothers retain.

– The Kevin Matthews promo seemed very Low Ki-esque as he had a hood pulled over his head and he screamed about being betrayed by his former partners Brian Myers and Gavin Tuft. Keyword was screaming. Words you couldn’t really hold on to.

– Hyped for next week was: Dan Maff vs. Eddie Kingston, Matt Macintosh vs. Tony Nese vs. Shynron vs The Amazing Red in a High-Flying Four Corners Match and Fallah w/”Shining” Edward Jackson vs Homicide. Sounds pretty good.

– Could they advertise for a birthday party enough times?

– Dave D-Struction was great on color commentary, providing a few laughs. With some of the gimmicks in this company, it’s not hard to crack jokes on some of them.

– Overall, decent debut for PWS that gave a glimpse into just what this company can offer. Guys like Fallah Bahh, “Shining” Edward Jackson, Habib The Car Wash Man and Amazing Red looked like stars on this episode.

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– The Heavenly Bodies def. Reality Check via pinfall

– Suicidal Six-Way Division Championship Match – Habib From The Carwash def. Matt Macintosh, Joe The Drifter, The Amazing Red, Brian XL and Big Mason to retain

– PWS Tag Team Championship Match – Reynolds Brothers def. Team Impact Players via pinfall to retain