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Worst 10 Of 2015

PWO Worst 2015By Nicholas Jason Lopez

*Graphic by Angel Alcantara*

 

As we all know, not all pro wrestling storylines ideas are gems. There were times this couldn’t be more true in 2015.

Whether it was the overhyped, underwhelming “invasion” of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) by Global Force Wrestling (GFW) or the debacle that was the Slammiversary 2015 Pay-Per-View, there were countless moments that we’ll revisit so you can shake your head yet again.

Pro wrestling fans are plenty of things, but stupid isn’t one of them.

Check out our list of the “Worst” 10 moments of 2015.

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WWE TLC 2015 Preview/Predictions

Photo courtesy of WWE.

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 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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Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 11/26/15: Turkey Edition

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 11/26/15)

Turkey Edition

– The opening segment between Roman Reigns and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus was paint-by-numbers in terms of selling their Tables, Ladders and Chairs match at (where else?) TLC. We liked the idea of Reigns starting out by talking about growing up with his Uso cousins and how they bounced around the house, transitioning into the dastardly events that led to him losing his first Title in less than five minutes at Survivor Series. Sheamus was energetic on the mic, giving us glimpses of his old babyface days, going for the jokes, but something still didn’t click, even with all the canned heat. How many jokes did Sheamus make about Reigns’ short reign? Geez. Reigns tried to gain the advantage by challenging Sheamus to a fight while the heel Champion turned it down and called out Reigns’ failures once again, before Reigns described the weapons conveniently in the ring as a visual aid to what he looked to do at TLC. This didn’t advance the feud in any way, just reminded us of what we already knew. Yawn.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 11/23/15: Hee Haw

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 11/23/15)

Hee Haw

– The opening video highlighted the newsworthy Survivor Series finish, when WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase on Roman Reigns, who’d just beaten Dean Ambrose in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Finals and more specifically, Speared Triple H seemingly for no reason when the guy came out to congratulate him and offer his hand. Either way, Red Rooster’s the new Champion and Reigns was laid out and left in a heap of confetti-stricken grief.

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WWE Survivor Series 2015 Reaction

WWE Survivor Series 2015By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

In a night that chronicled the 25th anniversary of The Undertaker’s 1990 Survivor Series debut, we were left with an underwhelming series of events that failed to match the level expected for a usual Survivor Series show, sans the ending that didn’t do much to protect Vince McMahon’s biggest pet project, Roman Reigns.

Take note that we didn’t refer to him as the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion. More on that below.

It wasn’t even that – a lot of this show didn’t feel “major” or “Big Four”-esque. Past the first two matches, it was barely passable.

Who’s to blame? The dead crowd? Both of the traditional five-on-five elimination tags weren’t even advertised as far as its participants. WWE Creative? Sure, they’ve been backed into a corner with a parade of injuries and guys off TV – Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Rusev, Lana, John Cena, possibly even Cesaro now, but they have a deep roster and there was no reason not to showcase somebody new.

As we’ve said, this show was a mess, a wound begging to be stitched up.

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WWE Survivor Series 2015 Preview/Predictions

WWE Survivor Series 2015By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Anniversaries provide moments of celebration and reflection, as we all know.

Survivor Series holds significance to the careers of The Undertaker, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, generally speaking.

The Deadman made his spooky debut 25 years at the 1990 Survivor Series to an audience whom had no idea how prevalent his name would be in WWE storylines in the weeks, months, years and decades to come.

Reigns, Ambrose and Rollins made their debuts at the 2012 Survivor Series as a faction known as The Shield – out to correct what they perceived as injustice. This group would dominate for the better part of 17 months before Rollins was first to turn on his brothers with a steel chair to join The Authority as the hand-selected “Future.”

Even though last year’s Survivor Series revolved around The Authority losing power, all of that was undone when Rollins single-handedly brought The Authority back to get himself on top of WWE, eventually claiming the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania, again stealing Reigns’ surefire Championship celebration moment.

Come this year’s Survivor Series, Undertaker, Reigns, Ambrose and Rollins all find themselves tied to the event one way or another – for better or worse.

Undertaker teams with his brother Kane to battle two Wyatt Family members for retribution. Rollins suffered a major knee injury that sidelines him for the next six-to-nine months and forces him to give up the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, prompting a 16-man Tournament to decide a new Champion, which Reigns and Ambrose have made it to the Semifinals in, respectively.

What will next year bring for these men? Time will tell, but for the moment, let’s celebrate and reflect on history thus far.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 11/19/15: The Final Four

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 11/19/15)

The Final Four 

– Given that Survivor Series was three days away when it aired, a big focus was on the Semifinals and Finals of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament and its final four competitors – WWE United States Champion Alberto Del Rio, WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. To ensure interaction between all parties involved, it was announced on Raw that they’d be special guests on MizTv. As for the actual segment, it carried on the theme of interrupting Miz and tension was teased between all the heels, only for the faces to band together and allow Ambrose to punch out Miz. Oh yeah, R-Truth even showed up and pleaded his case to become Champion in another “Whoops, this one is on me” moment that was slightly less funnier than when it happened on Raw. All in all, this was a time-killer, but it was interesting and had a good amount of laughs to get by it.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 11/16/15: Gravity Remembers

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 11/16/15)

Gravity Remembers 

– Classy way to begin the show to pay tribute to the Paris victims.

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