ROLAND'S FEED (ME MORE) BACK
Great as always. It was brought up in the chat too but kudos to Seth for doing a DEFCON preview on UNCUT as well. It was all extremely well-detailed, which is appreciated.
SCROW vs. DEX JOY vs. CARNY SINCLAIR
I am really enjoying the Dex Joy character since his debut. That's not to say the other two aren't important, either. However, I thought it would be good to get Dex the victory here. I think he's a character that could eventually be in line to take, perhaps, a mid-card title??? Who knows
. His build-up has been really good. I wasn't that high on seeing Scrow being cool with watching Sinclair pick up the victory but I understand there is more to this story than what I was told, so watching it unfold is alright with me. While DEFCON should be used as closing the doors on many feuds there's no problem whatsoever with it opening doors, too.
THE COMMENTS SECTION vs. THUGS 4 HIRE
Yeah, I enjoyed this. I loved the part where Teresa takes out her phone and starts recording for their Instagram page. I really enjoyed the initial incarnation of Tyler Breeze in WWE and thought they could put together this really twisted heel with all the selfies after a match, beating your opponent to a pulp and then posing for pictures after like it's all good. Kinda serial killer like. Mmmmm serial. I'm gonna go have some now-- AAAAnyway, if things like this are adapted in a real twisted way, The Comments Section have a fan in me. That was a DEFCON moment there, as was showing Cyrus Bates how to do a move through YouTube. My only gripe is the match could have gone on a little longer, given the stage but a great way to introduce a tag team I have no doubt will be around for a while, given the strange individual behind them.
JACK VALENTINE vs. JACK HARMEN
Obviously I mean no disrespect in any of my feedback and I certainly understand the circumstances of why this happened but this wasn't on for me. A squash match on the biggest show of the year is always tough. I agree with Ross, while the plans had to change perhaps it could have been worked out a little better. Also having a legend like Harmen vs. a new character is a really awesome move for the future of DEFIANCE but a tough pill to swallow for booking the biggest show to begin with. Jack Harmen deserves better!
FUSE BROS. 360 vs. GULF COAST CONNECTION
Not much to comment on since it's mine. I'm never against feedback so as Seth mentioned in his, noted on the Gulf Coast Connection dialog. Similar to when I began introducing Blackwood's accent, I think I found a happy-medium there so it wasn't over-kill. I'll look to do the same with Gulf Coast in the future. Otherwise, moving on...
SCOTT STEVENS vs. OSCAR BURNS?
First, I think Scott Stevens is a great character and I really enjoy the Make The FIST Great Again stuff and the ads that have been running on DEFtv. It intrigued me and I think it's clever. However, I really don't think this was a great use of Stevens on THE show of DEFIANCE. DEFIANCE Road, sure go crazy. Ascension, who the hell cares, lol. Obviously these are flawed ideas and would have needed other heel or face turns but something like Harmen/Stevens or Blackwood/Harmen or Stevens/Blackwood could have worked for me on this show. Any of those combinations or even something else. Hindsight is clearly 20/20. I just thought Harmen and Stevens deserved more.
PCP vs. SEATTLE'S BEST
Not a hell of a lot to add to this. Great to see PCP back. Ares, The D and Klein are 3 of my top characters in DEFIANCE. Brian has his own good thing with Douglas and Kerry, too. Great tag match, the sky's still the limit for Elise Ares and if PCP and Seattle's Best stick around as tag teams, I'd argue the tag division is the best division in the company by far with some potential dream matches available. For me, anyway.
GAGE BLACKWOOD vs. "THE LOST CAUSE" VICTOR VACIO
I mean, eh, didn't do a hell of a lot for me if I'm being honest. This did not deserve a title of "one of the three main events" but thank you anyway
. I liked the build-up with the BRAZEN stuff I got to do. The beating of Titus Campbell made me very happy. I tried to capture Vacio as best I could but I don't think it was that successful. Fine for what it was. Bigger things to come? Who knows lol.
STEVENS DYNASTY vs. SKY HIGH TITANS
Rumor has it this might have been a 3-way with The Fuse's. This was the right call, though. It doesn't take away from the two teams and it builds another tag team in the Titans in a spotlight of their own. Maybe it's too much too fast but given who's behind the characters I'm sure it'll be just fine. While DEFCON should be about dream matches and this isn't a dream match given Sky High is new, DEFCON should also be about giving that 1-2 teams/wrestlers a huge stage to make a name for themselves and this was the match to do it.
"TWIST AND TURNS" OSCAR BURNS vs. MIKEY UNLIKELY
First, congratulations Mikey. Long overdue for the character and the handler to win The FIST. Very long overdue. I'm not a huge fan of heels winning on THE show but it's fine. I'm also not a huge fan of a rematch from the past PPV, albeit it's a different dynamic but again, it's cool. Zero problems with the match, all very well put together, deserving of THE spotlight. The Lindsay Troy appearance at the ends gives similar vibes to when Kendrix came back but I have no issues leaving on a strong moment like that.
So overall it was a good show, I just don't know if it felt like THE show of shows. However, contemplating what's ahead... it should be an exciting time and lots of good stories to tell, many of them which will have me more excited than I was coming into DEFCON.