Overall this show was excellent. Writing was really, really well done. Proud to be here. I don't need to get into the writing aspects of things too much because it was all good. From a storyline standpoint, I was a little disappointed... in myself just as much as anything else lol. I use the term disappointed lightly and maybe that's the wrong word to even use. Everyone here in DEFIANCE is bloody amazing and the backstage atmosphere is great. Anyway, I'll get to what I mean later and explain.
Great, quick opening and good use of characters.
THE DIBBINS VS. GUNTHER ADLER & FLEX KRUGER
Wrote this. God bless Mikey for The Dibbins, they are great. I think this fell a little flat. I had written it without knowing it was the opener beforehand. I might have created more tension and action otherwise, as I initially was writing it to kind of bring the crowd down haha. It's clear none of these guys would truly be over. The Dibbins can get there, though.
MUSHIGIHARA VS. LISIL JACKSON
Wow! Shock of the century! Mushi loss coming back from injury! I thought he was going to murder Jackson! Truly stunned. Then Jackson quits! This blew my mind, great stuff. Also perfect length for its placement. Makes you really feel for Mushi, even though I personally feel like I would boo Jackson.
Not much to add here, love the UTA interactions. Love the Mikey character.
CHRIS ROSS VS. GAGE BLACKWOOD
So begins my disappointment or whatever I need to call it, lol. I echo Will's comments. Going near the road I could have tossed. We had other plans but they changed. I wanted Blackwood to lose here. For the most part, I thought this card would be filled with UTA murdering DEFIANCE, looking like the final nail is there. But we went with this ending. While I don't mind the whole Chris Ross giving Blackwood that cocky look before he's "killed", we still could have gone in a different direction. Like I said, plans changed and I think we will eventually revisit something here and THAT, hopefully, will leave me happy.
COMING UP NEXT...
Good lead in, need more of these on PPV shows.
ELISE AREA VS. THE JAY HARVEY
Excellent stuff. Truly, like The God-Beast match, just a perfect outcome for this show. Credit to both "Will's". Jay Harvey, amen, THE Jay Harvey can be built like a god damn star soon. I would put him next in like for the SoHER though. He can be built up so well for the DEF crowd.
Been a big fan of these since the Mikey-Hightower interaction. Love all UTA world building. That being said, Hightower should have had a huge role here! He fought for the FIST last time!! Dammit Mikey!
ACES WILD VS. NICKY SYNZ & THUGZ 4 HIRE
I love how this lives in its own "bubble" if you will. It's great to have that side aspect from hardcore UTA vs. DEFIANCE. I've enjoyed all this stuff. I like how this reads a little different for me too than the rest of the card. Hope it goes longer.
Quick but interesting. I can't help but think plans changed here too. It's good to see Impulse back but I'd like him near the top or to do something big. Pete probably never pulls the trigger on this lol but I want a heel turn.
TEAM HOSS/FUSE BROS VS. NO JUSTICE NO PEACE
Seth and I wrote. Happy with things. However, maybe the match result should have been different here, too. Even though NJNP are true "NPC's", they are aligned with the UTA. I'm more okay with this outcome and much more disappointed in the route I took in the Blackwood match. Fuse Bros. are new. Team HOSS is legit. A loss would hurt them way more. Their losses will come.
(also noted Brian's comments on The Fuse Bros. using the term NPC for characters. It's a tough spot because if this was WWE, they would call everyone NPC's. Hell they would have a "You're an NPC" t-shirt). But since that's an eW term too I'm like wtf! I think I'll only use that term now for characters who are definitely NOT NPC's. And use it sparingly.)
CRIMSON LORD © VS. OSCAR BURNS
Great match, edge of your seat stuff right here. However, I would have not taken the title off Crimson Lord. Not yet. Have Oscar do that on the next arc. I guess it comes down to me having different expectations on how this card would go. I got my hopes up UTA would truly "bury" DEFIANCE on this one, making it look like all hell has frozen over once and for all. They hold all the titles. All the power. We're all fucked. What next? I guess that's my key in all of this. No doubt, though, because I had no clue where the night was going I was right into this one. You guys killed it in terms of drama.
Needed more Impulse so happy here.
MIKEY UNLIKELY © VS. "SUB POP" SCOTT DOUGLAS ©
Again another match that brought it in the writing department. Had me every line. Great stuff. While yes, I would have followed with the Mikey victory, this is maybe the one title match I would have kept the title on a DEF guy. Douglas is a great character. Though I can't help but think he should be moving up the ladder (pun intended) shortly. Thinking further, you could have kept Douglas the solo DEF title winner and then lose it on tv.
CHARACTER UNLOCKED: CLYDE FOX
Wish this was higher up the card, but it had to be after The Fuse Bros. match and I think it was the only slot where it made sense. Yes, we're all fucked and noted on the vignettes for new characters. I agree. But I'm also going to ambush any new character coming in so The Fuse Bros. can unlock them. Like you said, I'm weird.
I think there's a place for some comedy and I am determined to hit a balance between comedy and seriousness with The Fuse Bros. eventually.
REAPER CO. © VS. KENDRIX & SCOTT STEVENS
Beautiful. Love it. Best outcome on the show and something I'm really excited for. However, I do think Stevens should focus a little more on the here and now and not Cayle. He can get there eventually. But he should see these tag titles as THE FIST and forget about Cayle soon, if that makes sense. For now, anyway.
TALE OF THE TAPE
Like I said, this should be done more.
CAYLE MURRAY © VS. JACK HARMEN
Gonna Jericho list this:
1.) You guys melted my screen. Epic stuff in a night of lots of that.
2.) OMG popped like crazy for the NES being used. Holy fuck. JACK HARMEN HAS COMMITTED LARCENY OF THE HIGHEST DEGREE. The Fuse Bros. would be pissed. Also I might have Conor make a comment he can't find his NES anymore.
3.) Murr is a bloody champ for jobbing out his past star character Andy Murray, which is sometimes hard to read on my end knowing that character was a top guy for so long. But everyone goes out on their backs when they're close to retirement. Just a credit Murr is willing to do that with his self-titled guy (whom I'm convinced is much smaller in real life than he is lol).
4.) Murr has gone above and beyond with this but also really building up all the UTA mid card with "almost-wins" last month. As a result, I thought this was the time to pull the trigger on him losing the title, for a month or so. Like I said, coming into this arc I thought the final nails would be put in DEF (until they ultimately come back and banish UTA to the wastelands). In my mind, that's the way you do the WWF vs. WCW and NXT vs. WWE. At least 2-3 arcs of complete misery. And you can't really establish UTA as THE threat without a few titles and definitely the FIST. I thought this was it. Harmen made sense. He's a star in his own right, maybe a bigger star than Cayle just based on longevity. Now I'm left asking... now what? Which is obviously a good thing but dammit I wanted that nail! I'd be asking "now what?" then, too.
And again, I'm as much to blame as anyone. I put zero nails in my coffin on ACTS and really disappointed in myself for going with the change on Blackwood-Ross.
I think everyone deserves credit. I would have gone in a different direction, but ultimately that's because I cared. And a credit to everyone for that. So that, in itself, getting investment from the readers is great.
Even though I would have had UTA come out on top for most of the big matches, looking at that route, the outcomes are more formulaic. Get beaten on MAXIMUM DEF, get murdered on ACTS, finally overcome and kill UTA next PPV. But on the bright side, when it comes out this way... no clue what's happening next. Whoever takes the belt off Cayle will be even MORE of a star than before. So there's 0 hope loss. Just being honest with my thoughts.
Finally, I think I will be happy with this if I see a huge heel turn and I still get my UTA payoff. Although now it might be dragging. I want Impulse to turn to the darkside. Does Andy Murray turn? Maybe that doesn't make sense since he was killed by them.
Anyway, that's all!