DEFtv 93 beef
Celebrate Good Times
It's the victory parade - it had to happen. The only thing I don't like about this - literally the only thing - is "It's almost comedic how much he stands out" referring to CL. I feel like the original DX worked so well as goofy assholes because Chyna was always serious without having to call attention. Nothing about CL in this scene should be comedic, even in an ironic way. But that's just me. Good move with JFK kicking Lance Warner out, tho.
Burns vs Hoffman
Good point by Angus - stop fighting each other and fight the mormons. 'German from the German' should be a thing Angus says from now on. But it was a solid win for Burns, which makes sense with everything going on - Hoffman did not make a difference in war games, so he needs to fade back for a bit.
Follow the Lights
We don't see interview stages often enough. Awesome promo from Scott Douglas - with Cayle beaten down and Impulse on the shelf, we need another strong pro-DEF babyface to pick up the slack and he's doing it in spades. The interruption from Paz and the Kabal was a needed reminder that there is still another enemy out there that we can't see. LOVING THIS ANGLE.
Getting to Know You
Literally my only beef with this seg is the back to back use of Lance Warner on the interview stage. Jesus fucking hell, who proofreads this shi wait this is a great segment.
In all seriousness, this segment was a setup for future things, which is what you need coming off a PPV. In this case, it was a direct setup for
Caballeros vs. Butcher
Quick, storyline "match" - like I said before, this is the show to set up the next things.
Another Paz sighting. Interesting flip flop from ACTS - this time the Reapers are being scouted. It makes sense that Kendrix would assume the Reapers are on UTA's side, but it also makes sense that Paz rejects him (but not fully, not yet) because they're on their own.
Who is left?
This is the Crimson Lord we need.
Scott Stevens vs Local Talent
I kind of feel like Quimbey shouldn't be that excited about a WrestleUTA guy. Maybe the Mormons should have their own ring announcer?
Logical followup to both the Kendrix/Reaper seg from earlier - and the Douglas stuff. This arc I think is the arrival of Scott Douglas: he'll be a top tier babyface at the end of it, whether he wins his feud or not. The tension was perfect in my opinion, though - so while I love the way the Reapers attacked both DEF and WrestleUTA pillars with equal ferocity, I'm not sure I liked them doing it in THIS particular segment.
The Murrray boys are best bois.
The Most Dangerous Man in Defiance
I would love to see this arc conclude with literally everyone Chris Ross insulted to line up and kick him in the dick. Words have consequences, sir.
But it's a good reminder that Everybody Hates Chris. And now, Everybody Loves Gage.
Ring the Bell/THE Jay Harvey vs two guys
I mean, it's a squash and the squash setup. Not much to say about it but it establishes more about Harvey and his character beyond "WrestleUTA guy." Well done.
You Will Play
There's a band from NYC called PUi that has an EP called "You will clap" - my brain immediately went there. But I'm excited for the Fuse Bros.
Hide and Seek?
Good start to the Lisil Jackson redemption. He's the one guy on the WrestleUTA side that is clearly not trying to take things over (as opposed to Harmen who... we don't know what he's capable of). I like the establishing moment for him.
A Call for Justice
This might be my favorite story of all from the past year: the slow-burn face turn of the PCP. It takes a bit of a turn with Jack Harmen, who is ostensibly a heel - but who is enough of a legend for the fans to pop no matter what.
Big Murrr vs Danny Diggs
Surprising loss for The King, but this makes it look like he's entering his winter. Respect for the realistic type angle, even if it involved a pull of the tights.
Well written, but felt like filler.
CL vs. Rich Mahogany
Feel bad saying it, but this match is the reason why we've been harping on Angus Skaaland's Very Important Opinions. I have no problem with Rich Mahogany being used as enhancement talent, or with CL being an overpowering monster who destroys his opponents. Rich Mahogany is one of the more... interesting... characters in DEF, and he is an Angus Skaaland favorite, which should have been reflected in the commentary.
Just When You Thought
...that TEAM HOSS would be an Angus favorite again. Glad to see a tag team feud that does not revolve around the titles.
Cayle vs. Felton
Squidboy keeps hope alive. The bounty has the potential to be a great arc-wide angle, I hope it keeps on rolling.