Welcome to another edition of Inside the Tights. First off thanks for supporting the show as I looked back, the shows have been improving since I first started this and thanks for all the replies. I know some people get a little sour over some the past answers the guests have given but the whole point of a talk show is to get an honest opinion. With that done, last week Van gave us a great interview but my next guest may have given one of my favorite interviews on here. Let's go Inside the Tights with Torphy!
First off welcome to the show and it's a great pleasure to finally have you on. Let's get formalities out of the way first, introduce some of our new viewers to your characters and tell us a bit about them?
First of all, thanks for having me. I've been waiting for my chance for a while as I just love to talk about myself. This is going to be a long one, so I apologise for that.
The first character that readers may or may not be familiar with is Arthur Lansdale. He was my first creation for EWNCW and is still going strong right now, despite my attempt to have him retired around 6 months back when I told Eddie I was bored of the character, he talked me out of it and so I decided to stick it out. Basically the idea behind Lansdale was to create a heel British character that was effortlessly easy to hate, the kind of guy if you heard him talking like he does in a pub you'd waddle over and punch him in the face, and I believe i've managed that. Add to the Lansdale character his old valet, Rebecca Ravensdell, inspired by Grind Bastard, she was essentially just the female version of him. He hates everyone, except arse kissers. You're fat? He hates you. Dress differently? He hates you. Don't speak 'proper' English? He hates you. Do you fly off the top rope? He hates you the most! He wants to change the world, mold everyone into a mirror image of himself. Although in EWNCW he is going through a little transition right now, with his background being revealed and his working class roots being exposed. Is this a true face turn? You'll have to wait and see, you may be surprised.
Now, my second creation, none of you are going to know or remember. Hell I wish I couldn't remember, they were god awful. It was a tag team for BWA, Alex 'Atom' Bomb and Nick Fusion, Atomic Blast. They were cheesey, they were bland and their names screamed early 90's WWE. I got bored REAL quick of these guys and dropped 'em. These were the only creations of mine that I didn't feel emotionally invested in, and i'll explain my emotional investment in my characters a little later on. Don't expect an Atomic Blast revival any time soon!
Next up, my favourite creation(s) by far, every second of writing for this duo was fantastic, Erebus and Doctor Jarvis Cole. Initially designed for EWNCW, I decided the character of Erebus was better suited to the brutal style of HWA and offered him up to Broc, after a quick chat I decided a mouth piece was needed and in came Jarvis Cole. Briefly, Jarvis Cole is based on Dr Hugo Strange of the Batman comic series, I was playing Batman Arkham City at the time and I was enthralled by the character. Erebus is also inspired by the Batman comics, Strange himself created many monsters like Erebus, but I mostly associate him with a mute Bane. Cole is a Geneticist masquerading as a Psychiatrist, commiting heinous and despicable experiments on Erebus, turning him into what he describes as the ultimate weapon. He has him wrapped around his little finger and controls him with a neural shock chip inside his brain. Erebus brought a new brand of brutality to HWA and I genuinely believe was about to go nuclear before the plug was pulled. Eddie probably still lies awake at nights after my little outburst at him over the way he booked a match including Erebus haha. He was right though, my expectations were a little too high and at the time I hadn't taken into account how others might feel to being squashed. Will Erebus ever return? Truthfully, I don't think so. He was about to return in IWA right about now but I pulled him for reasons i'll keep to myself.
Another short lived character was Noah Philips. Never had a match, appeared one one show I think in EWA. He was a split personality creation, I thought he could have been huge, he was kinda like Charlie Haas when he was gimmick stealing. Destruction has a similar character right now in IWA as Oscar Layman, he's hilarious and you seriously need to read his stuff if you haven't already. I left EWA as I thought they were chatter boxes and I couldn't be arsed reading through 20 new pages when I woke up.
Next up, Malcolm Adonis. Another character close to my heart as he's completely based on myself. Well, alright clearly he's not but he's the confident side to my personality that I don't really possess, and it sort of manifested itself here. Brash, egotistical, arrogant and self loving, perfect heel right? Wrong. In ICW where he debuted everyone thought he was a face due to how funny I wrote him, trust me I was trying really hard to make him really jerky. But ICW closed, IWA opened and I relaunched him as a face and haven't looked back since. A highlight of my efedding career has easily been Shining Lights feud with him, great writing by the both of us, and great booking by Bear. He's also in a tag team with Kyojin on Brutality, if you've never worked with Eddie then you've missed out big time, he lives up to the hype!
Finally, my new favourite in the absence of Erebus, Dean Ambrose. Based on the gimmick the actual Ambrose had when he was Jon Moxley in the indies, IE Heath Ledgers Joker. I thoroughly enjoy writing for him, and my feud with THBK as The Rock and in a way Destruction as Shane McMahon has been awesome, great writing by both and excellent booking by Destruction. Keep an eye on him, as I plan on making 2013 the year of Ambrose.
One of the reasons you are a favorite of mine is like K2J, you both can create a wide variety of stars and produce gold with each promo. What is your thought process when you are writing for each character and why did you create such diverse superstars?
With the exception of Atomic Blast every single one of the characters I have created have something in common. I can identify with them on a personal and emotional level, essentially they are extensions of my own personality. Arthur Lansdale is my hatred for people who look down on others in a bigoted manner because they are different or don't share the same values. He is my two fingers, a mockery to the people who he represents, he comes across like such an arse hole because I actually hate him, as stated earlier I'd definitely smash a glass over his head in a pub given the chance.
Erebus is my love for science fiction, I am a huge fan of horror movies and a guilty pleasure of mine is actually cheering on the bad guy as he butchers his way to hell. As well as Bane from the Batman comics, inspirations come from Jason, Freddie, Hell Raiser and of course The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Cole himself also has a little Hannibal Lecter in him. But in addition to this, Erebus represents a battle with mental illness, a subject which I am all too familiar with having spent a short time in the care of a therapist myself. She was nothing like Cole, in fact she was the polar opposite, never once did she lock me up and put a chip in my brain.. I think.
Adonis is the guy I aspire to, he's the kind of person I wish I could be with women. Confident, self assured, comical and charming. He's like an alter ego to me, where i'm quite meek and withdrawn, Adonis is in your face, and he doesn't care how many people he ticks off, as long as he's having fun and is happy. But he's also my chance to tell jokes, to just make people laugh, and that's one of the characteristics that I do actually possess in the realm of reality.
So like I said, I identify with all of my characters and that's the thought process that goes into them as I write. Would I find them entertaining? Would I feel happy to talk about them at the proverbial water cooler? And if the answer's yes, then I write down what's on my mind. Also, when there are so many top quality writers on EWN such as K2J, THBK, Bear, Eddie, Destruction, TT and so many others then it spurs me on to try and reach the same heights.
Now the reasons for such variety is a simple one, I like acting. I'm not an actor in any sense of the word, but I enjoy creative writing. I like to get into the mind of another character and visualise the world through their eyes, it's the same process that helps me to come up with ideas for them. If I can picture their thought processes clearly, then everything becomes easy. Besides, I would get very bored doing the same thing over and over.