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    ACTS of DEFIANCE Arc Feedback

    I'll put this here instead of the chat because I don't want to type on my phone.

    DEFtv 137 FEED ME MORE BACK

    VERIFIED BLUE CHECK MARK
    Let me say DEFIANCE is filled with great characters right now, so I think it's saying something when I say Malak is my favourite. More on this later but I hate that I didn't come up with his gimmick. The idea of instantly dropping the notion social media likes are all that matters and cling onto how shiny those belts are, like fuck off. As if Malak didn't know titles existed before. For a while, I wondered why Seth would drop The WrestleFriends and move to this new team. A minor part of me hated him for it but I am getting into this act more and more. I think it was great to have Sky High win the titles on the "biggest" stage too. Good to see this run is really picking up.

    AND STILL
    So, this is the biggest compliment I can give, although depending on your taste you may not take it as such but I mean it as a GOOD THING lol. To me the Mikey Unlikely character is The Miz handled perfectly, day in and day out. I view guys like Oscar Burns and Scott Douglas as terrific wrestlers and Mikey as the perfect counterbalance to that. He's "formed alliances, purchased companies, etc", like shut up haha, it all fits so well and I could listen to this idiot character speak forever. I echo Ross' comments on really liking how he carries the title in a display case. I do like the idea of a closed challenge but I want more. I understand where this arc is going and it will work well but I want a long-term, well built 4-show story arc where Mikey can really shine from someone else who's also established. I know it will come. Troy was a good build but it was also with a returning character. I will await the time Mikey can battle someone like Douglas, or The D or Ares (pending face/heel turns obviously). Someone who's been waiting for a while and deserves their go.

    "TWISTS AND TURNS" OSCAR BURNS vs. CRISTIANO CABALLERO
    The perfect amount of time given to this and Seth continues to put a lot into his matches no matter how long/short they may be.

    THE PATH BACK TO THE TOP
    This is going to be the highlight feud for me in this arc. I know titles matter but I think it only adds to a card when you can get two elite characters into a match where a title doesn't matter and, clearly, both need a win. This has a chance to steal the PPV, if of course it builds to that but obviously it will. I'd also like to say I think the placement of this was great. It was early, it addressed where Burns will go and then that's it for this week.

    TRASHCAN TIM vs. SOLOMON GRENDEL
    This was a well-written, quick introduction match. I kind of want Tim to have a last name lol but I get it. No complaints from me here. I really like how Trashcan Tim came across upon his entrance. Loved he's missing two teeth and happy to pop his head to his own music.

    WELCOME HOME
    I like the interaction between the two characters. I like that it's established Panda watched LaCroix from Japan. Just because characters are newer to DEFIANCE doesn't mean they need to be written as such. I can't help but think of Roman Reigns whenever I hear the words "big dog" (also said in Michael Cole's upbeat tone "it's the big dog"!). Screw you WWE for ruining that forever.

    OPPORTUNITY KNOCKING
    Wrote.

    CYRUS BATES vs. SGT. SAFETY
    I don't even care about the match. I mean it was good, don't get me wrong but Malak was on commentary. I don't know what Ross channels for this guy but his speech is captivating. I could listen to this shit the entire show. If Malak ever gets injured, I vote for him to replace Lance and he could rival Angus with his heel behaviours. Anyway, in response to Mikey's feedback I also laughed good at how Safety carried himself and I welcome his return to the ring at any time. I am already all hands on deck for this tag title arc. Seth has got himself caught up in the 2 most interesting battles (Burns/Troy, Tag Titles) so far.

    TRUST
    My only issue here is on whoever put the show structure together (I'm aware it was me). Upon reading this, maybe it was too much to do with the tag division so early. You had the verified checkmark segment, Adler-Landell getting ready for their match, Bates match and then this. That's on me.

    THE LUCKY SEVENS vs. TO THE MAXX
    I really liked this. The tag division is really picking up right now. I dig the gimmick and that they're bigger guys. DEFIANCE can rival AEW soon for the best tag division. I also like how this doesn't cut corners and we know right away who their feuding with. To get PCP this early (pun intended) in their second arc is a huge shot in the arm.

    SURF'S UP
    Wrote. If nothing more than to keep them as a reminder they're alive. Please use them at will, just give me a heads up.

    SCROW vs. NICKY SYNZ
    Scrow has become a fantastic character. I wasn't digging him that much at the beginning... I think the 3-way feud with Carny and Dex was a little confusing as to who was going over and what was happening. I think the character has really come into his own right now. As in, he might be my second favourite heel behind Malak (Mikey doesn't count, he's the FIST). My only thing here would be if he's suspended, then we wouldn't see him for a while.

    SINGLE PLAYER ONLY
    N/A

    DEACON vs. CONOR FUSE
    N/A

    YOU COULD BE IN MOVIES
    PCP is entertaining as always. This was a good segment. I like the casting couch. More casting couch!

    WE'RE BACK
    Similar to my idea with GCC, having The Stevens make an appearance ensures they aren't forgotten about. However, in a show that's jam packed with so much, maybe this and the GCC could have been moved to UNCUT. However, these are former TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS. They deserve a segment.

    OPPORTUNITY CALLING
    N/A

    MIKEY UNLIKELY vs. MYSTERY OPPONENT
    This was cool for what it was. I said most of my stuff in the Mikey segment. Unlikely is a great character and what he can do with the FIST may go on to make it one of the most memorable runs in history.

    YOU AND YOUR FRIEND ARE GONNA GET IT!
    I like that this ties into Trashcan's earlier match and also gives him a future direction. I like how he thinks he's made friends already.

    NOT APPLICABLE
    Exactly as the title says, N/A here.

    DEX JOY vs. ALECZANDER THE GREAT
    Dex continues to impress. The sky's the limit on this character. A good victory against a guy that (Seth can correct me if I'm wrong) was always being hinted at as being one of the next big things if I remember from previous arcs from years ago.

    COMMERCIAL: BEST OF OSCAR BURNS
    lol so can this happen? Can you just post a show with 4-5 of the best matches from the man's career? I'm serious. I think it would be kind cool. You could to this BEST OF show once a month and pick a new character each time. It's like it's a DVD compilation, matches chosen by the handler himself. I don't know if this "commercial" has been shown before but it's the first time I noticed it. I guess I don't pay much attention to commercials. Also screw you for picking the guy who was the LOSER at MAXDEF.

    PAUSE
    So, yes I was a part of this but I had NOTHING to do with the written aspect of Stalker. Obviously, I knew where the segment was going but I didn't know anything else. I thought Stalker came across really well. Makes him an instant threat with a history built in and credibility. It was really well written.

    UNIFIED TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: SKY HIGH TITANS (C) vs. GUNTHER ADLER & SHOOTER LANDELL
    A good match to end the show, the titles being on the line and more exposure for Sky High which are now coming into their own. I liked Landell was injured. Perhaps, this is the end of those characters for a while. Also, I really liked The Comment Section "watching" the match backstage but texting instead. To me, this is just a mark-out part of the show because we've all been there, "watching" something but we aren't. God damn perfect. Now Malak needs to go out and say he watched their match and be super critical of everything even though he didn't watch shit.

    OVERALL
    It was a good show. Yes, it was long. Yes, the show could have probably gone without a few things here and there (mostly my stuff) but it was good. I won't continue to bring up the previous DEFCON arc after this but I felt MAXDEF blew it out of the water and ACTS has a chance to, too. I just hope all characters are as active and around a few arcs from now because this is a great group.
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    DEFtv 138 Feedback

    RUNDOWN
    I liked the tongue in cheek reference to Will ruining things lol. I liked how the announcement of Mikey defending the FIST on Uncut was made. First time ever, really cool.

    TIM/ADV VS. BAF
    ADV being too self-enthralled to help his partner was a nice touch. Tim and ADV pick up the win and what a unique team they are. I don't see this tandem existing for long though and it's all because of ADV's over inflated ego. He finally made it to DEFtv but we'll see how quick he is to make waves now that he's there.

    WORLD TOUR PT. 1
    The one-sided banter between Unlikely and Deacon worked here. I really liked how Mikey was like, whoa too close there, Deacon. Even at his 'advanced' age, Deacon is still someone to be weary of and the champion even knows that. I wonder what else is going to happen throughout the show during this world tour lol.

    COWBOY VS. SLAINE
    This match was purely window dressing for a Scrow / Carla moment, which worked well. I just can never put my finger on what I'm going to get with Scrow. Is he up? Is he down? His gamut of moods keeps things unpredictable as I was maybe expecting another violent outburst but yet, he comes out at the start of a match and apologizes. I would like to see this lead to Scrow vs. Cowboy next DEFtv and maybe have Carla referee the bout.

    INDEFINITE HIATUS
    This was great. It flowed and was very easy to read. This Tiger Queen Netflix bit kills me. Maybe I think it is TOO obvious PCPs are pulling the wool over Lucky Sevens eyes, that they actually might not be? They are selling this whole movie bit hard to the point of believable, so it interests me to see when or if PCPs decide to pull the plug.

    DIDN'T LIKE THEIR RATING
    I liked this set up between Stevens Dynasty and GCC. I liked how it cut to the chase and a PPV match was proposed at a show other than the go-home. Placing a type of 'gauntlet' for qualification of that match was also a great idea. It's the test before the test and it'll be interesting to see how these wrestlers stack up in singles matches before a potential tag match.

    LACROIX VS. PANDA
    I actually like the continuity use of the referee here. It makes sense Carla is still the ref in the ring because the previous match didn't really happen. I feel like LaCroix always has an unfair advantage being from New Orleans but having him taken to task by Black Panda worked well for both wrestlers here. LaCroix picks up the win. Solid match.

    THIS IS HOME
    I thought Gage showing up and verbally pushing back at Jay Harvey worked well here. I did not expect to see a brawl break out. I'm going to say it right now, I want this to be a cage match on PPV. I know I might not get my wish, but I just have a feeling these two wrestlers are the types of rivals you used to see on elementary school playgrounds and that's not a put down. Like, that kid better not use my portion of the sandbox or else I'm kicking his ass type deal. They don't need the gimmick match, though. I just want to see someone get thrown into the steel lol.

    BO VS. CCK
    The action was fast and furious here and I did not see the finish coming. This works well because it reinforces the power the referees wield. I know this is just a stepping stone in the greater scheme of building up their rivalry, so I eagerly await more from this.

    THE GAME SPOT
    What did I just read!? Wow. So much happened. From the video game themed 'talk show' style segment to all the nicknames, coy remarks, mispronounced names and the action. This was almost too loaded with stuff. As much as I like Fuse Bros (360) together, I think having Conor play the part of a solo video game wrestler really accentuates all the small details and connections you can make. The interview with Magdalena was very good and the threat of violence upon her, forcing Deacon to come out and save her was even better. But what was even crazier was the appearance of baNES... see what I did there? I liked many of the references, including the one about LLB. All that was missing was Funko Pops on display.

    WORLD TOUR PT. 2
    An awkward meeting between the champ and GCC lol. Maybe GCC can get their own locker room now that they are on the main roster?

    BURNS & BATTS VS. DUNSON CLAN
    Decent match and another good win for Burns and Batts as they continue to get on the right track. I just get a feeling that when Oscar Burns is in the ring, it is hard to out wrestle him, at least technically speaking. His submission moves are on point and that is what ultimately led them to the victory.

    READY
    And there is a great promo to follow up a showcase match for Burns (and Batts). I liked the way Burns just laid out the challenge but also reminded everyone of his previous credentials. Troy is obviously no slouch either and I liken this to two titans of e-wrestling going at it in a match of legendary proportions.

    DOUGLAS VS. TBD
    Scott Douglas handled his opponent nicely. I feel this was more of a set up for the segment that followed, which is similar to the Burns match. Not a bad formula to follow at all.

    ARE YOU SCARED YET?
    I'm sorry, but Scott Douglas is straight fire. On the mic, in his bar-setting promos. He is so well written. Just a pissed off Douglas, coming off a victory, calling out Tyler Fuse for not being a completionist lol. When I read this character, especially in the ring, I get a cagey Jon Moxley, Wolverine feel to him. Don't cross him because eventually he will track you down. The action that ensued was great. It was a chaotic but worked well. My only fear is maybe not having the spotlight on any one of the three wrestlers involved enough. I think each deserves a shining moment and it felt like Douglas was mad with Tyler but then Stalker comes out. It is understandable they have beef too because Stalker attacked Kuroyama. In my mind, I just want to see Scott Douglas PUMMEL Tyler Fuse and Stalker simultaneously.

    JOY VS. TRINIDAD
    Dex got roughed up in this one as he loses to Trinidad in part to a major assist from Aleczander. The attack afterwards really puts Joy in a sympathetic role you can't help but cheer for. I think the idea of having two bruisers go at it worked well here. Now, I just look for Dex to rebound.

    NOW YOU CAN'T BE IN MOVIES
    Another great promo. I just want Elise Ares to finally get her big break and star in a huge film! It was neat to see Lucky Sevens annoyed at first with the movie but then they were kind of floored after getting an email from a producer because they looked good. The set up for a tag match with another team worked just fine here. You have to think PCPs might show up in some capacity then.

    BLACKWOOD VS. HARVEY
    Decent match. The action was good although I just wanted these two to tear into each other. I understand this was just a DEFtv and not a PPV where I envision these guys ripping each others heads off lol. Harvey scored the victory quickly after hitting a signature move. The antics the crowd played up afterwards towards Gage was a nice touch too. If one win wasn't enough, now Harvey has legit bragging rights over Blackwood with two falls to none.

    WORLD TOUR PT. 3
    But what does it mean!? Who is going to face Mikey Unlikely at ACTS? I am only guessing but I think now might be the time a certain ACE gets cashed in...? It'll be interesting to see what things might keep Mikey on the run for the foreseeable future.

    LIMIT BREAKER
    This was great. The already established storyline links between Scrow and Joy from previous arcs might find them to combine forces to take on Team HOSS. Aleczander was not apologetic with his summation of what has happened to Scrow in and out of the ring recently, and I think that really speaks a lot to the depth of Scrow's character. He's been beaten down, but he still seems to overcome adversity... until Team HOSS slams him through a table.

    ACT I
    I liked the effects used at the start of the segment, especially considering the weather in New Orleans is actually stormy right now. I don't know if that was on purpose or coincidence, but I like those sorts of real touches. The Toy Box returns, and they are greeted with cheers as they act oddly. I have heard of the team before, but I am not super familiar. Regardless, this seemed like a funny promo. The tease at the end of Toy Box facing other teams is intriguing. It'll be interesting to see what happens with them.

    MAIN EVENT AND ENDING
    The only thing I want to say about my stuff is that this was really Seth's idea coming to fruition and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. I think it was a great idea both in theory and execution. I am also super humbled and equally stoked that I got to be in the main event! So, thank you guys!

    OVERALL
    I just want to say damn. This was a stacked show. New and returning wrestlers continue to pour into DEFIANCE and it couldn't be a more fun time to handle and write and chat. I am thoroughly enjoying my time with everyone and I hope this is only a sign of great things to come.

    MARK OUT MOMENT
    My M.O.M. (no Lindz, not you lol) is split between Scott Douglas, Conor Fuse and Deacon. I felt The Game Spot segment was the most unique on the show. Deacon will be PISSED about getting beat up by that baNES freak guy. As mentioned previously, Douglas is a straight fire character. I want to read more of his stuff immediately after finishing a match or segment of his. I also dig the ACTS logo. Great job everyone.

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    LUCKY SEVENS
    Really, the crux of their appearance was to show their devotion to DEFIANCE, and I think they managed to pull it off. They also managed to pull off comedy quite well here. I have enjoyed the whole PCPs / Netflix angle and I would like to see Lucky Sevens continue to use comedy in ways beyond this.

    CONOR FUSE
    The Game Boy is unleashed. Game on. I cannot stand how exuberant Fuse is. He tussles the top of TGBs head like a puppy. The duo works well because Conor can just rely on bigger muscle to acquire cheap wins.

    MIKEY UNLIKELY
    I would like to vote, please. The songs in the second segment got heat from me. I could just imagine Mikey waltzing around his Sweet Suite, mingling with the guests, thinking he is so cool. It was neat to see the characters he conversed with and how diverse conversations can be within the same segment. The finish to the third segment was abrupt but I know it was on purpose. I will have to familiarize myself with Perfection.

    TOYBOX AND BURNS N BATTS
    This felt like a Batman 66 episode. I like the comedic value of Toybox. Their need to cling to reality makes the unrealistic stuff believable. The line about old stars coming back and stealing the spotlight from new ones was tongue-in-cheek funny. Even their meeting with Tyler later in the night was funny. I cannot believe they thought Tyler bought a woman lol.

    CASSIDY
    The match was good, but I especially liked how Cassidy carried himself afterwards. Instead of burying his opponent, he actually extends an invitation for them to join him for a drink afterwards and I do not know if it was just me, but I got a feeling of genuine sincerity from Cassidy. I like that. He can kick your ass but once the business portion is over, none of that matters to him anymore and you can join him for a drink.

    TITANS
    I was expecting a hot dog eating contest. Aside from that disappointment, Junior spits straight fire on the mic. I like how the Titans say they have handled everything internally and now also publicly. Everyone is gunning for a piece of the tag champs and the conversing with BADASS sets up the match later in the night nicely.

    BLACKWOOD
    He is so LiT right now. I think Gage is at his best when he is just uncontrollably mad, as was the case here.

    STEVENS DYNASTY
    Outsmarted by Cain, Gulf Coast works their way to a match at ACTS. Not much more needs to be said but I think the Stevens Dynasty has been put into the right amount of pissed off mode for what should be quite the physical display at the PPV.

    PANDA AND LACROIX
    Things have heated up in this rivalry. I liked the lights out part the most. It built anticipation well and provided that frenzy moment pro wrestling is known for. I enjoyed the referencing to the past of LaCroix and how he might be a shell of his former self.

    PCPs AND SEVENS
    This felt like it was something straight out of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. These teams should just settle it in a Netflix contract ladder match at ACTS lol.

    HARVEY
    Jay picks up a quick win and the attack by Gage carries story continuity from him being in a rage earlier in the show. Harvey being laid out and not getting up adds more heat but also got me behind Jay more because it puts him in a sympathetic light. I think it would have been a mistake had Jay gotten up or even glanced back at Gage. It shows he is not invincible but rest assured, there will be retaliation for these actions at another time.

    TYLER FUSE
    He is no fun and no nonsense by going beyond wanting to win matches and replacing it with destroying lives. That got heat from me.

    ADV AND TRASH
    A good exchange between these two wrestlers. I get the feeling ADV works well with just about any character. I would like to see more of Trashcan on the card though!

    TROY AND FRIENDS
    This was short and sweet and to the point. I really enjoy reading Troy because it is always an easy go, and this was no different. Downplaying losses for both Burns and Troy feels the same because in my mind they are two bulletproof characters so I do not see a loser coming out of this one.

    TEAM HOSS
    The real meat of this was with the insertion of Scrow and Joy after the match. Having Scrow in the mix of all these powerhouses gives him grit and credibility in my mind. Not many guys can hang with the likes of them. In a fed with some of the best tag teams going, it will be interesting to see where Joy and Scrow go from here.

    MAIN EVENT
    Not to sound cheesy but this was indeed intensity personified. The match did not wait around to get good and Scott Douglas is so over in my mind that him winning would send the fans into an inaudible frenzy. I wanted Douglas to celebrate his triumph but that was the beauty of storytelling here. The over face gets his head kicked in even on a good night for him.

    M.O.M.
    I am going with Toybox here because Scott has just brought them back and collaborated with quite a few individuals successfully. I like their overt style of comedy and the ideas with them seem endless. They can take the most outrageous thought and make it believable. Isn't that what pro wrestling is all about, after all?

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