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Notes In Observance – WWE CWC 8/10/16: The Epitome Of Strong Style

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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 8/10/16)

The Epitome Of Strong Style

– If you’ve just caught onto the Cruiserweight Classic, good for you. The first round finished up last week and appropriately, the opening video showcased the many highlights it provided. It was reminiscent to the slow-motion video packages on the NXT episodes that are post-TakeOvers. In short, 32 men in this tournament that represented 16 countries was now down to 16. Little did we know the fun would truly start at this point.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 7/6/16: Flips And Fists

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 7/6/16)

Flips And Fists 

– Whenever NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival and American Alpha meet, magic happens. Plain and simple. They bring something new to the tag team wrestling table, with inventive spots to showcase their contrasts in styles. Revival are known to be old-school rule-bending heels with more emphasis on their strikes while AA pride themselves on being premier athletes with a repertoire of suplexes and submissions. Give these two teams 20 minutes and they’ll give you the world. AA eventually got to hold the gold, but quickly lost it at TakeOver: The End, which made Revival the first two-time Tag Champs. We knew a rematch would come for the former Champs and they made it even better as it was announced to be a 2 Out Of 3 Falls match. That was set to happen on this episode, as evidenced by the opening video. Safe to say expectations were mightily high.

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Booking The Territory Podcast – Brittany Wonder Interview

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Check out a recent episode from our friends at Booking The Territory Podcast, which features an interview with Hoodslam’s Brittany Wonder, who discusses her thoughts on intergender wrestling among other topics. 

Afterwards, Hosts Mike Mills and Doc Turner discuss recent wrestling events, including Mills’ vulgar tirade about Stephanie McMahon and Triple H’s “Twitter grandstanding” regarding the death of past WWE star Chyna. 

 

 

 

 

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A True Wonder Of The World

By Anthony Zevoteck 

 

 

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The wrestling world was shaken to its foundation Apr. 21 when Joanie Laurer (aka Chyna) had tragically passed away. Grief was expressed as worldwide news outlets began to break the news.

When I was first asked to write this piece, I woke up to a text about the idea and hadn’t come “back to Earth” yet. I thought maybe the reason would be that WWE had let her back in the company in some capacity and as I glanced social media feeds, that sadly wasn’t the case.

Despite her recent gripes with WWE, there’s no denying her influence.

She was a major unsung heroine of the Attitude Era ever since she debuted as Triple H’s bodyguard in 1997. Vince McMahon wasn’t crazy about the idea that a woman could beat up men convincingly, but he gave her a chance and she went out to become the first WWE female to be known for her strength rather than looks/attire.

Not to mention that she was a founding member of D-Generation X, one of the era’s most influential factions. She was an integral part of their initial success and after Shawn Michaels left, she stood side-by-side with Triple H as a leader.

During this time, she also broke barriers as an entrant in the 1999 Royal Rumble. This was revolutionary and set a high mark for every woman there after.

After DX broke up, Chyna would leave her real mark in WWE.

She was perhaps best known for her reign as WWE Intercontinental Champion, beating Jeff Jarrett in a controversial “Good Housekeeping” match at No Mercy 1999, showing that women could do anything they wanted, even competing and winning a men’s Title. Even though the idea was criticized, the reign gave us some excellent promos and matches between Chyna and Chris Jericho, who’d defeat her for the belt, jumpstarting his WWE career.

She was also a comedic element in some Attitude Era storylines. Who could forget her time as Eddie Guerrero’s “mamacita” or Mark Henry’s date?

She finished out her WWE stint by becoming WWE Women’s Champion, but tensions with her ex-boyfriend Triple H and his on-screen/real-life girlfriend Stephanie McMahon was too much for her and eventually led to her departure. The true reason behind her departure is still up for debate, but it was clear her WWE time was up.

Lauren’s post-WWE life proved tumultuous, colliding with drugs, alcohol and domestic abuse. It had since overshadowed her in-ring career and despite her attempts to clean up, she never maintained that status.

Although many people have, I won’t speak negatively about her numerous adult films. She was fascinated with the industry and proud of her films. I can’t knock someone for doing what they enjoy. In fact, that makes it even more admirable.

Chyna’s legacy is felt and will continue to do so for many years. She showed an entire generation of girls that it was okay to have muscles and taught all of us that anything was possible if your mind was put to it.

Some day, we’ll see Chyna get inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame. Her in-ring contributions are way too important to let her outside career diminish it. Time heals all wounds and we can only hope that Triple H puts his personal feelings aside so we can honor one of WWE’s most recognized females.

I’m sure everyone fears that Laurer’s death is drug-related, but let’s not think about that. Rather, let’s remember her as a woman strong enough to compete in a man’s world and bodyslam all of them.

There’ll never be another “Ninth Wonder Of The World.” There never could be.

Thank you, Chyna.

The RSN Wrestling Podcast – WrestleMania 32 Weekend Reaction “Shoot”

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*An RSN Wrestling Podcast Exclusive*

 

Check out the latest episode of The RSN Wrestling Podcast, where Rich, Sal and Nick each break down the events of Mania weekend, spanning from NXT TakeOver: Dallas to the 2016 WWE Hall Of Fame, WrestleMania 32 and the Raw-After-Mania!

 

 

 

 

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WWE WrestleMania 32 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Branded as a “seven-hour spectacle” that actually went a half hour longer, this WrestleMania definitely provided the entertainment factor coming from AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas with several noteworthy moments – a broken WWE event attendance record, both Shane McMahon and The Rock’s return, Shaquille O’Neal, the rebirth of the WWE Women’s Championship (retirement of the Divas Championship) to name some.

As it goes with most Manias, some stars were created, but other matches gave us unspectacular finishes and questionable booking decisions.

More on that below.

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Manopera! Episode 15: ‘Mania Week Part 2 – WrestleMania 32 SuperShow

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Check out the latest episode of “Manopera!” as PWO’s head honcho Nick guest-stars to discuss the second half of WrestleMania weekend and “Raw After Mania” with Hosts Chris and “Spaceman” Frank. 

 

 

 

 

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 3/28/16: Bombs Away

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 3/28/16)

Bombs Away 

– With a hyped-up Brooklyn crowd, the show got off to the right start with the hot opening segment with Shane McMahon and The Undertaker. Again, while this whole feud/storyline severely lacks strong logic, it does hold a certain entertainment factor to it that can’t be denied. Say what you want. You’re looking forward to this match. That said, their exchange on the mic was entertaining, with Shane proclaiming he was fighting to win to bring change, while Taker was fighting not to lose. Also some nice jabs at Taker’s legacy tarnished two Manias ago. They amped it up by having Shane walk down the ramp and into Taker’s face, to which Taker called Shane his daddy’s bitch, which started the memorable physical exchange. Didn’t think they’d take a chance with Shane’s signature elbow drop through the announce table, but they did it and the crowd went bonkers. This feud actually needed that “aha” moment to get people even more excited and gave us a taste of what could potentially come at Mania.

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The RSN Wrestling Podcast – WrestleMania Weekend Live Edition

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*A RSN Wrestling Podcast Exclusive* 

 

Check out the latest episode of The RSN Wrestling Podcast, as Rich, Sal and Nick discuss live the entire WrestleMania weekend and preview the entire Mania card as well as speculate on what could happen in arguably wrestling’s biggest weekend. 

 

 

 

 

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 3/21/16: “This Is Boring”

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 3/21/16)

“This Is Boring” 

– So far, this year’s WrestleMania has been immensely lackluster. Blame a lack of star power, but whatever storylines we’ve been given feature glaring logic gaps and all-around foolishness. WWE still boasts the biggest pro wrestling roster and nothing to show for it. You can call this year Wrestle-MEH-nia. You know they’re out of ideas for Raw when they take the majority of what happened on the previous week’s SmackDown, like the exact same opening video, that focused on Roman Reigns’ vicious attack on WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H three weeks after Hunter did the same to him.

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