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Notes In Observance – AML Wrestling LIVE! 8/24/16: For The Third And Final Time

Photo courtesy of Eventbrite.

Photo courtesy of Eventbrite.

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)

For The Third And Final Time 

– For the upstart North Carolina-based promotion known as America’s Most Liked Wrestling, it’s arguable to say the epicenter of it all lied in the form of AML Wrestling Champion King Shane Williams and his rise to glory at the expense of Vordell Walker (who he beat in a Best-Of-Five Series to get his shot at the belt) and former Champion, Greek God Papadon. With countless wars between the charismatic Papadon and the Jerry Lawler-esque Williams, this was deemed the “third and final time” the two would wage war. It was established to take place in a steel cage for the belt and we heard pre-match promos from each man that fit their characters. Williams was out for blood and wanted Papadon to have no excuses of why he’d lose this time, while Papadon revealed a twist where he personally chose the Referee and referred to him as a “stand-up citizen.” Papadon did a swell job of riling up the fans (the ones that didn’t cheer for him anyway) as he slapped Ring Announcer Tim Blaze across the face before he officially revealed the previously suspended Walker to be the personally chosen official. We liked this immediately because it gave the impression the “stack was decked” against Williams, who now had to combat against the two guys he overcame to get the belt to now keep it in a match that didn’t favor him. It was your classic heel move, yet logical. The in-ring action followed this narrative already laid out for us, as we saw Walker refuse to count for Williams several times and laid a fast count for Papadon to no avail. This helped sell Williams as a true underdog, even when it didn’t seem likely he’d be the guy to go on and represent AML at this year’s WrestleCade V weekend. We also applauded the little things, like the “announcement” that Tracy Myers booked this bout to have no time limit and only winnable by pinfall or submission. We felt the turning point was upon Williams’ kick-out of three powerbombs by Papadon. We also fell for the twist where Papadon shoved Walker and appeared to make Walker walk out (no pun intended), only to come back with the belt and purposely avoid seeing Papadon use it. This was an excellent finish, since it gave Williams the opportunity to win and that was with the way he shoved Papadon into Walker to lay him out and hit the Piledriver and get the three-count from the original official to retain his belt and carry AML through the late summer and into the fall as Champ. Can’t lay it out better than that. That was some of the best storytelling in AML history.

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Notes In Observance – AML Wrestling LIVE! 4/15/16: Walking The Talk

Photo courtesy of Eventbrite.

Photo courtesy of Eventbrite.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 4/15/16)

Walking The Talk

– This recap follows episodes #51-54 since #55/56 are simply “best of.” Episode #51 was spearheaded by the Caprice Coleman-Vordell Walker bout. We had some good hype beforehand with a backstage segment that showed some nice interaction between the two. Coleman has some charisma, even if we’re unsure exactly what his character is supposed to be, though it borders on “Black Priest.” Walker on the other hand, has been pushed as a juggernaut heel, seemingly a better role for him. Think of Lashley’s current TNA character if one needs a comparison. It was a good mesh of personalities and with both guys on “hot runs,” something had to give. A little disappointing as far as the match, since the pace was deadly slow and almost sleep-inducing, but there were moments of clever ring psychology and painful-looking technical maneuvers. Also some cool highlights, like Walker’s top rope belly-to-belly suplex and Coleman’s Frankensteiner, but things ended before they reached second gear. We liked the finish though, which was essentially Walker using brass knuckles to get a pinfall before the decision got reversed when he was caught after the object fell off his hands when the Referee raised his hands. Ever the muscleman, Walker took out a table and set it in the corner, also shoving the Referee down. Walker’s spinebuster on Coleman through the table looked vicious, giving Walker some great heat. Owner Tracy Myers being at ringside also made it feel bigger.

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Notes In Observance – AML Wrestling LIVE! 2/8/16: Red-Chested Physicality And Trophy Justice

Photo courtesy of Eventbrite.

Photo courtesy of Eventbrite.

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 2/8/16)

Red-Chested Physicality And Trophy Justice 

– Like the previous episode, we saw more action from the “AML Wrestling LIVE!” taping at the WrestleCade FanFest in Salem-Winston, North Carolina during Thanksgiving Weekend 2015. Even though turkey and stuffing was all the rage then, it’s still entertaining during the brink of winter’s passing. The opening contest featured “The Ring Wrecker” Vordell Walker (think “angry bald badass”) going against Alex Reigns, who was personable, hearty and tattooed. The action began before the bell dinged, both men trading knuckles in the ringside area getting down to business. This was more about the physical than the technical, as both men practically sold their hearts out. Reigns’ tomato-red chest was an awesome visual, no words necessary to tell us how vicious Walker’s stiff chops were. Reigns put in an impressive showing in his AML debut, but a victory wasn’t in the cards, since Walker delivered a hind leg-esque low-blow out of the Referee’s vision. Given the storyline that Walker was in the midst of an attitude change wanting to get back into the Title picture, him winning this way made sense and wins will say more than anything. His post-match promo exuded confidence and a wee bit of jealousy towards the crowd not recognizing him as real talent compared to others like Caprice Coleman. Good stuff.

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