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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 7/27/16: Flipping The Switch

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 7/27/16)

Flipping The Switch 

– The Shinsuke Nakamura-Wesley Blake match was an easy way to keep the undefeated Nakamura just that while we also saw a quarrel between Blake and Buddy Murphy, who were convinced that one could upstage the other. Blake challenged Nakamura, while Murphy claimed he could beat “a favorite to win the CWC.” As for Blake, his new theme music was eh and commentary mentioned a “new look,” but he still looked the same to us. Anyways, this was reminiscent of Nakamura’s squash over Murphy and didn’t give us anything new, but Nakamura’s always a treat to watch. The follow-up was also fun since we saw NXT General Manager William Regal come out and formally announce that Nakamura would face NXT Champion Samoa Joe at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II. Oh, snap.

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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 6/22/16: Nakamura Demolition Derby

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 6/22/16)

Nakamura Demolition Derby 

– Out of TakeOver: The End, we know that “The Beginning” has ended and with that comes a focus on the now. Arguably, since they alluded to it the week before, NXT’s spotlight feud’s now the anticipated encounter between Finn Balor and Shinsuke Nakamura. The opening video looked at last week’s epic closer segment where it was first referenced. There’s a great story in there too. Balor looked to see what was next for him while Nakamura felt that he needed to beat an “idol” the caliber of Balor to cement himself as a contender.

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The RSN Wrestling Podcast – International Stars

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*A RSN Wrestling Podcast Exclusive*

 

Check out the latest episode of The RSN Wrestling Podcast, where “Big Guy” Rich, “The Mastermind” Sal and PWO’s Resident Head Honcho Nick give you a little international flavor, as they discuss stars that contributed to the business’ diversity throughout many eras. 

As you know, diversity has always been an American staple and this time of year, it’s all about America, so recover from your July 4th food coma and get comfy!

 

 

 

 

 

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WWE NXT TakeOver: The End Reaction

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

When you call something “The End,” it can mean plenty.

There were rumors that NXT would affect the upcoming brand extension and be a part of Raw as a lead-in, while others outrageously predicted the end of NXT itself.

Instead, it was a nod to “The End Of The Beginning,” as it paid homage to past NXT stars like Seth Rollins, The Wyatt Family, Paige, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Sasha Banks and current NXT stars like NXT Champion Samoa Joe, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, Austin Aries, NXT Tag Team Champions American Alpha, The Revival and others.

With yet another stacked card with NXT’s first-ever cage match for the NXT Championship, a Tag Title rematch between AA-Revival, an “international showdown” between Aries and Nakamura and the debut of Andrade “Cien” Almas, it set the stage to easily deliver again.

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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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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 5/18/16: Not Like Most Girls

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 5/18/16)

Not Like Most Girls 

– The opening video highlighted the Nia Jax-Bayley main event that was somewhat polished up to appear better than it actually is. With Bayley on the road to her rematch with NXT Women’s Champion Asuka, it’d be nice to see how she fared against Jax, who she boasted a winning record against thus far.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 5/11/16: The Day The Music Died

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 5/11/16)

The Day The Music Died 

– This show had purpose from the first second, as the opening video hyped Finn Balor’s first appearance since he lost his NXT Championship to Champion Samoa Joe at a live event in Lowell, Massachusetts. Oh snap.

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