Hey guys, gonna try to do feedback a little differently this arc and see if I can establish doing it in a way I enjoy. The retail life sucks, and I struggle enough just to get around to the shows and get all my own writing done, so hopefully this will be something I can continue. I'm trying to develop an in-character HITS AND MISSES show that'll kinda just recap the action and sometimes point out specific slightly behind-the-scenes things that I've noticed. It's a format that I'm still trying out and playing around with myself, so I'm sure it'll change and evolve as I get refamiliar with an old character of mine. She'll have her own quirks and favorites, and this one is actually slightly longer than what I'd like it to be in the future to try and familiarize both myself and everyone else with the format. Enjoy!
HITS AND MISSES: DEFtv 125
Konichi wa, Faithful!
My name is Ayake Sonoda, and I will be your new host for Hits & Misses here starting with DEFtv 125. As Ascension has come and passed, we've taken our entrance ramp onto DEFIANCE Road and it certainly was... something. As a current talent scout for DEFIANCE and former promoter for DEFIANCE friendly Japanese organization SHOGUN, I've been tasked with bringing you three of the biggest wins and losses for members of DEFIANCE after every show. While I'll do my best to be impartial, just like all of you Faithful out there, I'm prone to want to root for my favorites and sometimes I get just a little invested! Well, here goes nothing, let's start with a HIT!
HIT: KERRY KUROYAMA CLEARED FOR ACTION!
I know, I know... I said I'd do my best to remain impartial, but how can you not just root for Kerry Kuroyama and Scott Douglas? I'll be upfront and say I grew up in a wrestling world dominated by the Kuroyama family, and I've followed his path as a young lion all the way to DEFIANCE. That being said, the presence of Kuroyama brings an injection of hope for future prosperity that you just can't help but root for!
That being said the future is NOW with a HUGE Ace In The Hole announcement that I was very surprised not to see Kerry in-action directly... we'll get to that later, but Scott Douglas was with a giant victory over Scott Stevens! I love this concept of getting a shot at the FIST anytime and anyplace, the winner will have to go through hell to get there. I can't wait to see what else this tournament has in store!
MISS: REINHARDT HOFFMAN CAN'T CLOSE THE DOOR.
I told you I'd get to it later, and that time is now as Reinhardt Hoffman has another PRIME opportunity to get his main-roster DEFIANCE career really started after some stops and starts but again fails to put The D away in a qualifier match. Sure, Kerry Kuroyama came down and ended up getting the big German disqualified, but Hoffman certainly has the tools that shouldn't have even made this close in the first place!
This is starting to become a thing here for Hoffman, and one has to wonder if maybe the DEFIANCE stage is just too big for The Gentleman German? Just... please don't tell him I said that. Not going to lie, he's slightly terrifying.
HIT: A BIG STEP FOR MIKEY UNLIKELY.
Mikey Unlikely has done almost everything in DEFIANCE! He's won big matches. He's almost closed the entire organization through a UTA invasion. He's had both the hearts and the ire of the Faithful, but I almost forgot that he has NEVER won the FIST of DEFIANCE. That was until tonight, when he came out and called upon Oscar Burns to defend his title to mark the very last thing off of his bucket list. Well, as I'll get to in a bit, things can't ever go uninterrupted here in DEFIANCE.
After a big win over Scott Stevens, Mikey Unlikely checks all the boxes in my opinion to be the next big threat to Oscar Burns and has a legitimate shot! I'll be candid and admit I prefer the traditional grappling acumen of Twist And Turns, Mikey has enough swagger to seemingly pull through in any situation. A clash of styles for sure, and one that I hope we get to see a lot of heading into DEFIANCE Road!
MISS: DOMESTIC DRAMA FOR THE FAMILY KEELING?
Not so fast, we didn't forget that things don't go interrupted around here in DEFIANCE! The Family Keeling had a few words to say about their failure to capture just about anything at Ascension, and made it very clear that they didn't think Burns had done enough to be done with them yet... or Elise Ares for that matter! Their brash behavior landed Uriel Cortez and Andy Sharp into a main event match against Unlikely and Burns where they... came up short once again.
Seriously? A month ago we thought for SURE Family Keeling would be walking out of Ascension with every title in DEFIANCE and on DEFtv 125 they go out on their back once again! Angus was quick to point out that there wasn't any family drama going on... but watching the match again I'm not so sure. It looks to me like this family might be going from one of the most dominate units in DEFIANCE to another broken home.
HIT: TAG TEAM SCENE HEATING UP!
It's no secret the tag scene in DEFIANCE has been a revolving door of talent coming and going, and in today's wrestling enviornment that's not a surprise. In DEFIANCE the Faithful has seemingly always gravitated towards singles stars and one on one contests. Tag Team wrestling is a bit of a lost artform. Tonight though, I'll be honest and say I'm starting to see the foundation of what can be a great division. Stevens Family. WrestleFriends. No Justice No Peace. FUSE Brothers. STP. Viking War Cult. All of them showed up tonight and you couldn't help but notice the Faithful getting just as invested as I am!
I'm especially excited for STP. Did you see that tossed into a spear? HOLY SHIT indeed, Faithful! I'm excited to see how all of this shakes out, and you never know when a couple of singles could throw their hat into the ring and join the fray! Maybe even a conspicuously missing Jack Harmen? You never know.
MISS: TWO PARTIES ON THE SAME SHOW?
This isn't always going to be a recap, sometimes I'll just have something I really want to get off my chest... like my happiness to see Kerry is going to back in action, and my frustration with TWO PARTIES ON THE SAME FRIGGIN SHOW?! SERIOUSLY?! HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? DEFIANCE, you have to have more foresight than this. Maybe you should've had Elise and Klein fight the Stevens Family for party rights? SOMETHING. KUYASHII!!!
Although, as we stated earlier, no interaction must go uninterrupted. So honorable mention HIT goes out to Gage Blackwood who along with Shooter Landell and Gunther Addler has just been on fire lately, as much as I can't stand their asses. Interrupting what has to be Elise Ares' 100th DEFIANCE Party in the most dramatic way possible, he's made a HUGE statement in the beatdown he gave to Klein and the Queen of Sports Entertainment Style, who is obviously no stranger to having her parties interrupted. She's been on just as big of a roll as Gage, and might have just as big of a claim for a FIST chance as Mikey if she decides to go the route. Nothing like throwing the two fastest cars in DEFIANCE at each other to see how big of a crash it makes!
MY OPINION: DEFtv 125 was a pretty good show, although I'll admit the Segment -> Interruption -> Beatdown/Match formula got a little predictable at times. But that's wrestling, right? Scott Stevens was all over this show, and maybe a little less from him and a little more from the likes of the FUSE Brothers or Jack Harmen... or maybe even some fresh BRAZEN talent would've made this a little less Stevens heavy? That's just one girl's opinion, maybe you see it another way?
That's it for me today, until next time DEFIANCE... sayonara!