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Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 11/12/15: Overfed

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 11/12/15)

Overfed

– With no rush, it was dark, creepy in-ring promo time from The Wyatt Family as they looked to follow up on getting laid out by Undertaker/Kane on Raw, which we still didn’t agree with. Liked that each member had the chance to talk, though what they said held no substance. Why are we supposed to believe anything Bray Wyatt says about Undertaker and Kane living inside him when they just annihilated him three days before? With it being Survivor Series, this was the time for a four-on-four match. The idea of Taker/Kane against two Wyatt Family members is dumb. The Wyatt Family is a force together. Why not use that to their advantage?

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 11/9/15: Regurgitated Souls

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 11/9/15)

Regurgitated Souls

– For what it was worth relating to the story of Roman Reigns coming close to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship numerous times this year and coming up short and the timing of former Champion Seth Rollins’ reign-finishing injury, the opening in-ring segment with Reigns and WWE Chief Operating Officer Triple H was strong. It was important to note that we were in London, England aka “land of the smartest wrestling fans” that bring the real fun to WrestleMania and post-WrestleMania Raws. As you could imagine, they weren’t too warm towards Reigns, but headed into this show, we expected Reigns to get some kind of tourney bye to decide a new Champion since he’d already earned the #1 Contender spot. This was essentially Triple H tempting Reigns with everything he worked so hard to get, but would only get it in an underhanded way, which was a problem for Reigns, who turned it down rather rudely. Liked the stuff about Triple H saying he strongly considered Reigns to be “the man,” but lacked one specific attribute that has cost him even to this day – the willingness to do anything. What was confusing about this though was that afterwards, commentary sold it like Triple H was offering Reigns the Championship when during the segment, it seemed like Triple H was tempting Reigns to keep his #1 Contender spot by joining The Authority. The intention was clear in this segment – Reigns wanted to earn things on his own, but it could’ve easily been misinterpreted another way. Oh yeah, WWE – way to follow this up with a dud of a First Round match between Reigns and The Big Show.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 11/5/15: Wyatt Noise

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 11/5/15)

Wyatt Noise

– We started with Zeb Colter/WWE United States Champion Alberto Del Rio cutting a promo onstage, as they addressed the nature of their working border union, or Petoria or something. Colter accused the crowd of being haters. They might as well call it Amexica. Well, that promo was ultimately pointless. The following match between Del Rio and Neville was competitive and lengthy as we saw Del Rio try to ground the high-flyer, while Neville fought back valiantly. The spike-rana spot was tough as it looked like Del Rio landed right on his head. Del Rio’s new finisher takes too long to set up but was boldly put over as a deciding factor. Del Rio heeled it up a little bit more by attacking Neville post-match, setting up Jack Swagger’s save. Boom. Logic.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 11/2/15: The Tribe Has Spoken

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 11/2/15)

The Tribe Has Spoken 

– The opening in-ring segment with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, #1 Contender Roman Reigns, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon was a straight-up, all business approach to pushing the Rollins-Reigns Survivor Series main event (at the time anyways) by allowing Reigns some short mic time that glossed over his big victory to get the #1 Contender honor last week and toss insults about Rollins’ brown-nosing skills. Rollins did that thing he always does where he compliments his enemies (Reigns being good enough to be selected for The Shield, having a big year, standing toe-to-toe with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania) and then uses the same sentence to put his own self over, reminding us how WrestleMania ended. Reigns looked good by not backing down and challenging Rollins for a fight right there, which prompted The Authority’s appearance, who were in this case heels that didn’t want to give away their marquee match in a dinky old town like Denver, Colorado (PWO loves you guys anyways) and used the occasion to converse about the 25th annual Survivor Series and Triple H booked a traditional five-on-five elimination tag where Rollins and Reigns would captain chosen teams. Sure – another show where we have to see Rollins scramble to find allies for a big tag match? We’ll let this one slide given the classy build for the Survivor Series main event to this point. It also offered us something different and made us wonder who Reigns would have on his five-person team, Dean Ambrose being a surefire pick.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 10/29/15: Ring Of Horror

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 10/29/15)

Ring Of Horror 

– The opening video highlighted how The Wyatt Family recently “stole the souls” of The Undertaker and Kane on consecutive nights in a narrated style that actually came off well, felt very 90’s throwback. It’s a welcome change of pace.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 10/26/15: No One But Reigns

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 10/26/15)

No One But Reigns 

– The opening segment with Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns was a good way to shed light on the previous night’s happenings (Rollins defeating Demon Kane to fire Corporate Kane as Director of Operations, Brock Lesnar defeating The Undertaker in a brutal Hell In A Cell encounter) and set up matches throughout the night to give this show an immediate goal – find Rollins a new number-one contender. Of course, given how the night ended up, not having Reigns in this segment would’ve made things less predictable, but he held his own here. Boy, could you feel the crowd’s energy drain when The Authority’s music hit? We were also surprised to see that Michael Cole was quick to talk about the bloody HIAC main event, even as we saw multiple still shots, with blood quite visible on both guys’ faces. On a storyline level, we saw Trips/Steph be proud of their little architect and announce an unofficial tournament using the previous night’s winners, where the winners of those matches would advance to a number-one contender fatal four-way main event to determine Rollins’ next opponent. With Lesnar not in the building, we were awaiting an explanation as to why he couldn’t be involved, but we never got one. Horrible. You guys couldn’t say The Authority sent him home because of the low blow or something of that nature? The Rollins-Reigns interaction was solid, as Reigns laughed off the idea of Rollins making it to the WWE Hall Of Fame and made it clear he was going for the Title.

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WWE Hell In A Cell 2015 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

This show had everything from top-notch bouts (Brock Lesnar-Undertaker Hell In A Cell, anyone?) to surprise returns (Alberto Del Rio/Zeb Colter) and regrettably, unspectacular Title defenses.

The closing angle also gave us a moment of shock, anger and anticipation towards Survivor Series, as the focus shifts to The Undertaker’s 25th anniversary.

So much to break down, let’s get to it, eh?

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