Inside the Tights 16
Welcome back to another edition of Inside the Tights, the first efed talk show that gives you insights behind some of biggest and newest minds here. Last time we had a terrific interview from Torphy and this week we are going to we get to have a word with S.E Zero. Now let's go Inside the Tights!
First off, great to finally have you on the show, even thought it's later than I expected. So first and foremost, would you like to tell everyone about your characters here and your creative roles in the efeds at the moment?
Zero: Pleasure to be here at long last. I would and it's gonna be a long one....
My first character is my pride and joy, he's Jason Alexander. A loud mouth high flyer looking to put himself and Puerto Rico on notice. He went off radar for some time when JBW was going through it's rough patch when Kash was running it but now he's back and better than ever, thanks to this long and intense feud Eddie and I have had as Eddie Juarez and Jason Alexander, respectively culminating at In Justice for Brawl with a Death Row Match or the #1 contender spot for the JBW World Heavyweight Championship. I've had quite the blast feuding with my brother from another mother and look forward to seeing us doing again someday.
Followed by Orion "The Shadow" Slayde. Brought in to replace Alexander as Abel's partner on BWA at the time. When we decided to end The Shadows of Madness after our crazy feud with Jesting Madness, I saw a chance to break Slayde on his own, first aiding Kyojin when he had to pick an opponent to face then ICW World Champion VanHooliganX and then later on when he came to IWA and has been since, first feuding with Victor Elric and now being in the race for the IWA Blackout Championship. He's been an interesting and complex character to write for but certainly one of my favs.
I was Greed of The Seven Deadly Sins. I say was since after the banning of Krysys, TWE has been lacking of the group and thus, it's been pretty much established that the group is no more. He was my dark side. I was able to let all my anger, twisted thoughts, wicked actions play out through his actions as an embodiment of Sin. I'll miss him. He was a package deal so if The Seven Deadly Sins ever return to any fed, he'll be back until then he'll be in the sidelines.
I play The Elite Bloodline, William Hastings and Anthony Bennett. Formerly the group known as Cooper and Hawkins, a lowly jobber team in EWNCW, a long time ago. When sent to TWE, they were transformed into the guys they are now and with great success as they can now say they are 2 time (hopefully more as time goes on) Tag Team Champions. They have been a really good team to write for.
I play Erick Alexander, Jason's cousin. He brought to AWF to be Jason's tag team partner and together they are known as The Alexander Bloodline. As a singles star he is now the JBW Superfly Champion and has been on Zero Gravity on his own since the new JBW has been in place.
I also play Keith Andrews, an ex-Marine turned wrestler, formerly in the tag team known as The Dogs of War and now wrestles under a Devil Dog persona as a singles wrestler.
Now on to my WWE fed characters.....
I play C.M. Punk. He was previously Bear's character but when he became available I was quick to petition him as a character. I play him under a man looking bring honor into the wrestling world. This will lead to something big later down the line, so be on the lookout for that.
I play Tyler Black, he is my hybrid of a little bit of his WWE persona (using his theme and some of the moves he uses in the WWE) and his time in Ring of Honor (this is through his looks and influence of Punk's gimmick where he now values honor in the wrestling world), he was my first character in the WWE fed and as such i a very special character to me.
The Kings of Wrestling are also under my control. I was formerly able to control just Hero as eyehatecena was interested in played Castagnoli and we agreed to be partners, but his departure around I believe around December/January made it so I now control both men. They recently won a shot against the WWE Tag Team Champions, All American Perfection and I got a good feeling they could beat them for the gold. So fingers crossed.
I play Paige, again a vacated character that when I discussed if she would fit into certain plans I had in mind to do within the fed later this year, I was told she'd be perfect for it. She seems to be well liked, some even disputing she should've been in the recent SummerSlam match to crown the brand WWE Womens Champion, I was humbled that so many thought so and look forward to seeing Paige enter the race for the gold sometime in the future.
I play Tyler Reks. He's based off The Wrecking Ball persona, Eddie and I sort of came up for him in the BTB saga, Eddie and I first met up in and formed the infamous bromance, people just don't seem to comprehend will never be broken ;) He was the bearer of the WWE Intercontinental Championship in the WWE fed. It was quite the fun reign.
and finally.......I play THE MIZ!!! He was dropped around SummerSlam and immediately knew he had to be one of my characters and waited till the right moment to bring him back and did so at SummerSlam. He is going to be really fun to write and hope people enjoy my portrayal of him soon.
My creative roles lie in being the head booker for Zero Gravity and the soon to be defunct Brutality. I will be a writer for Inferno, once Brutality is closed and remain in my creative duties for JBW.
The morale has been a low around here, what do think it would take to get the feds back on fire again?
Zero: I wouldn't know what to tell you. Morale is really up to individual in question to determine how low it is and how to raise it. It could range from a much needed break where you can recharge the spark that once made you IC like you did in the old days. To think off creative ways in which to present a promo that you might not have thought of at one point or another. To have more weekly shows and so forth. It really doesn't have a simple solution,it has a plethora of them, we just have to find within ourselves which one suits our needs.
I've been doing this pretty much nonstop for over a year and a half now and I wouldn't object to taking a break but knowing that I got the momentum going for many of my characters at this present time and I got to be in not 1 but 2 creative groups makes me see that I can push myself past my normal boundaries and try, and the keyword is try to do my best as the characters I portray and in the matches/shows I put out there and Sure it's hit or miss on many instances but I gotta keep going because I know I can and those are some of the responsibilities I signed for both as a regular user and a member of creative.
My personal morale varies per situation and I'm sure it happens with many other users and what it would take to raise it, really depends on us (both users and creative) and to making 2013 a good year for the feds.
With all the bannings and cuts going on, do you think there are still to many feds?
Zero: We do and we don't. I'll clarify. I don't believe there are many feds since you got the standard 3 JBW, IWA and EWNCW, this last one having a sister fed (TWE) acting as a developmental fed for future talents to join EWNCW at a later point in time. So really altogether you got 4 and that's not too bad much it also feels like a bit much at the times, especially when at times you share 1 character across them all like Shaz, for example who is all the feds at the moment, though it is his and that of many others choice to do this.
We have special exceptions being the WWE fed, which is the one fed we can a take a break from the standard kind of fed and embark on how we would portray actual wrestlers, be they from the WWE, TNA, ROH, the indies or from all around the world like Mexico and Japan. Making a great fed to just find something to do and maybe see fedding in a new light.
Then we got BITW; a special fed run by Kash and R(ob) and that's as far I'll get into it since I really follow the fed nor care to. They do their thing and that's good for them.
You got The Grand Prix as well, which is kind of a fed but at the same it's not. So I can't really put it within this topic.
So at a sprectrum of 6 (maybe 7) feds in total, yes it may be too much in my opinion and with the bans and cuts (forceful or voluntary) the feds are going to struggle for a bit so maybe at a point these feds will dwindle down as time goes by but until such a time comes....
I don't know if the numbers will go down, much less increase (which can happen, cause anybody may think at one point or another: "Hey, I can run a fed, I'll make one.") and just go for it all without any thought as to ponder: "Hey there may be to many feds already or he could simply satisfy that desire to be in a creative by joining an already fed's creative group."
Certainly at one point or another someone has to see that there will be simply too many feds and too little characters to support them if these bans and cuts (again forceful or voluntary) continue in the near future.
So recently EWNCW has put Warzone on ice and cut Brutality, since you were one of the main guys behind Brutality, what are your feelings on that and how do you thing the addition of tag teams back into Inferno and Rage will affect the shows?
Zero: My feeling are....not really as deep as one might think. Brutality has been struggling for quite a while under my time running it. Simply things are not as they once where where I had the time, willingness and desire to really make Brutality the brand it could be. So really this makes tag team action in EWNCW take a turn for the better.
Getting the exposure they deserve on shows like Rage and Inferno and getting the chance to interact with other stars of EWNCW like Romulus, Thunder, Jman and so forth will really make some interesting things to come both on Rage and Inferno. EWNCW needed a change and right now Rage and Inferno, are to be the main focus of it and hopefully it can grow from there as we in EWNCW hope it will with the addition of tag teams back into the mix.
What are your favorite and least favorite types of promo assignments to get for any show and why?
Zero: Hmm...Let's see. Favorite promo assignments are those where I can interact with those who I feud with and get a good back and forth going. Making it lengthy but overdoing as some users have done and continue to do to date.
Least favorite....hmm.....usually ones I gotta start and pass on to the next user(s), since I often have times finding the time to start in an appropriate time frame given I can sometimes have trouble finding the will to write promos without being rushed.
What are your thoughts on what a show needs to be at a perfect balance between promos and matches?
Zero: Really it depends on how big a roster and the willingness of said roster to put forth promos but really regular shows in my opinion should be in the realm of 5-7 matches and an equal or slightly amounts of promos but again it depend on the roster. If more people want to do promo than there are matches it's fine as long as there is a balance between in ring and backstage promos.
Most people like to take to the ring and impress in that regard, which is good but sometimes a good backstage in my eyes can be just as good if not better than an in ring promo in my eyes. I like to personally do a good mix of Backstage and in - ring promos whenever possible.
Shows should have a good balance of matches to in-ring/backstage promos. A good to look at it would maybe an average of 6 matches and 9 promos; 4 of them backstage, 5 of them in-ring or vice versa. It gives the show length, helps with transitions and gets talent out there.
Do you believe that the tag team and womens division are undervalued by most users here?
Zero: Oh, they are....big time but at the same they're not. Feds are usually associated with singles success. What you can do on your own and how you do it. Has been this for as long as I remember. However there are a great sense of success when you can come up with two characters that are so perfect with one another that they become a team that people in fedding are raving about as a series of examples you have Mixed Emotions, Black Blooded, Damaged Goods and the 2012 Tag Team of the Year, The Jesting Madness, of course.
Then you have 2 users who at times come together and have such an insane of chemistry that you feel they can take on the world as a tag team, great examples of that are teams such as GodMoney, The Shadows of Madness and recently Hot Wasabi. Yet tag teams don't at times get the recognition they at times should get and definitely deserve but when they do get it....wow, it's insane. These teams are viewed as the past, present and future of tag team wrestling and rightfully so. They earned that right and the teams mentioned here and some of those who I have not named definitely earned it. Keep up the good work.
Womens division in fedding are scarce. Shame really but it does give the feds who have them such as IWA, TWE and JBW as well as the WWE fed a certain expectancy to give these divisions a great deal of notice to not have them be lost among the fray of all. So you need to put some effort into them which IWA, has done incredibly well with talents such as Vivica and Juno Mercury leading the way. So there is strong hope that womens wrestling in the feds will be at a level that rivals that of the singles divisions of many feds one day with the right talent and the right exposure.
Is there anything you are looking to accomplish this year or any feuds you like to see?
Zero: I look to have memorable feuds, hopefully. I want titles, who doesn't but those will come in time and if I deserve them. Rivalries are what I'm after this year. Those feuds where your career stands out whether you won or lost against those people who you looked up to when first deciding to take up fedding or know are just one feud from being the future of the fed.
I've always wanted to feud with the likes of Tommy Thunder, TheDevilsAdvocate, Psycho Siaki and so many more legends of fedding but I've also wanted to try different feuds and know for certain there are guys like Chris Divine, Sagittarius Blue, Mr. Smyth and Mike Hawk who I've love to get a chance to work with one day. I just want for my feuds to be remembered. That's my main goal this year, hopefully can happen.
Anything you want our viewers to be on the lookout for in the near future?
Zero: Um let's see...I'm looking forward to helping JBW be great again. No need to live up to a #1 fed ideal (really no fed should, it's insane to work like that rather than enjoying your time in the feds and what you can contribute to it as regular user and as a member of creative and life as it is), but just to know people think it's great again will be a satisfying feeling that I along with those JBW creative can know that we were able to accomplish.
Umm seeing feds like EWNCW, IWA and TWE flourish like I know they can. They are great feds and they will do great things so watch out for what they have have in store.
The WWE fed being amazing as it has been and even more so later this year. There are so many things that I personally want to accomplish there and look forward to doing my best to accomplish those.
Really things to look out for this year is feds improving, helping each other as I hope they will one day will and eliminate the needless feel of being #1 or #2 or #whatever and seeing many feuds and stars rise this year. It's in us to help those things happen and I think we can do it. That's about it, I guess.
It was great getting to be a part of this and I do hope people enjoy it as much as I did. :D
That wraps up another fantastic interview of Inside the Tights folks. Until next time this is your host WF signing off.
A very enjoyable and satisfying read there from See-Zee :) *****
Very good interview, thanks for the shoutout.
I created Black Blooded originally with 2 goals. to win the HWA tag team titles, and to be a part of Brutality.
Now Brutality is ending, and I am just happy that I got the chance to be part of it while it was going, I loved the concept, and am sad to see it go, though given the circumstances, I totally understand.
Were I enough of a masochist, I would totally steal the BWA idea and create my own fed with it.
I Fully expect the Elite Bloodline to be the next JBW Tag champs, and it is well-deserved, and I will say that for the short time I was involved with TWE My plans for EB was to push them to the main roster as fast as I could, because it's a shame that they aren't there already. :)
Couple of errors I just noticed lol Miz was dropped around WrestleMania not SummerSlam and I completely forgot to mention CNK as another perfect examples of teams composed of 2 users. Sorry about that. Glad the interview is being enjoyed thus far.
Wrestlingfan!!! Why did you not color my interview? ;( I thought I was special lol just messing :p
Just to say, I was pushing hard to keep Brutality as it is; as it's own brand and a tag team only brand. But As I've mentioned before, I'll listen to See-Zee's (that's going to stick ;) ) opinion on it more than anyone else since he's the one with the best insight into it and how it's doing. And in his opinion, it wasn't needed any more, and it was time for it to end. So with that in mind i followed his advice on it and announced the closure.
yeah, it was time for it to end.
Originally Posted by Tommy Thunder
My original character was Grind, I created Carlin to put Krysys over, then join him with the Masked beast and go to BWA. I like writing them together, they mix well because they are, so to speak, extensions of myself.
Awesome interview from my Brother-From-Another-Mother! Don't worry man, Sin will rise again one day lol.
Also Asher, as the creator of BWA, if you want to steal the idea I am all for it! We need a place that focus on Tag Teams!
Great interview Luizero.