Welcome back to another edition of Inside the Tights. Last week Krysys put out his long awaited interview and this week we get an interview from the guy on this site that looks like he wanted this the most. Ladies and gentleman, let's get ready to go Inside the Tights with RomanFlare! Before we begin, Rob gave me a lot of the questions since Roman is one of the first users who's work I never really saw since he was a good bit before my time.
First off welcome to the show, for those unfamiliar with your work, tell us about some of your characters and former creative roles?
I am the Roman One! Hero of Justifiably Badass Wrestling, savior of the unwashed masses!
Most people will be familiar with me on two fronts: One is Rome, aka Romanflare—a masked wrestler who preferred a much more ground and technical moveset. Started as a bot before I came to the company, RomanFlare was pretty much an extension of myself, with a bit of snark added in. The crowning achievement was the unification of the Warfare, Mayhem, and Showdown Heavyweight Championships while competiting as two separate individuals use the guise of "Caesar". Good times were had.
You might also know me from the greatest tag team ever, K-Flare. Rome and K-Jammin worked together in the greatest tag team to ever grace JBW and one that would probably dominate any other tag team around. Working with the Jamster was a complete blast. We trusted each other to write for us, regardless of what it was. We’d trade the duty back and forth and it was always a blast. It was honestly my favorite plotline. It’s good to work with him again, but that’s another story for after this is storyline is finished.
I was also part of the JBW creative system for awhile as I started Showdown under the reign of Dubs--who's actual screenname I've forgotten. WWTNA Mark? I think. Anyway, it was Dubs and Straight Edge Society, Warfare and Mayhem respectively. I worked on a glorified superstars show, but I feel like it has since changed the way JBW presents its shows.
Why did you disappear for so long and then decide to come back all of a sudden?
I completely forgot about the forum. After I remembered, I didn't want to come back as I felt like I'd be held as a villian. I stopped appearing as the Champion! Hell, I might've disappeared after writing the three way between Rome, K-Jammin, and Jman. When I did eventually come back, it was due to boredom and feeling like there was enough time between the events that people would've moved on.
And I did come back out of boredom. I'm not back to solidify my "legacy" or anything like that, just here to have fun.
What do you think of the influx of new JBW stars?
I don't read the shows in their entirity. I don't read most of the shows. I don’t read any other show at all. I can't comment on their work that way. It may seem egotistical, but I'm no longer a member of creative. I have no responsibility to read anything. I'm here to play with my thoughts and ideas. I'm happy to see Jose and Alpha getting recognized for their longevity and their hard work. But the new stars, I cannot comment.
Do you think JBW has changed for the better or worse?
JBW was fucked over by too many changes to the staff. I worked with Dubs, SES, PootHair, Kash, Rob, I think there was the Devil's Advocate in there. I think Jose and Jman were part of the staff too while I was there. It was just too much. Too many different points of views at charge.
Do I think JBW has changed for the worse? Yes, but its no one's fault. Just too many changes too quickly. I stopped writing Showdown just as it became a brand. Dubs and SES left, Kash stopped. Shit happens and it all seemed to hit JBW. Rob should be commended for keeping it afloat. HWA, BWA--they all went under at some point. JBW has its doors open. That's a victory in my eyes.
Man, I really hope Rob doesn’t take this personally. I have a very radical (it seems) opinion on how efedding should be handled, but I respect how much time and effort he puts into making JBW stay afloat. I respect that.
When you were on JBW creative, what was the mood and atmosphere like?
When I first joined, I said to SES and Dubs "Hey, if you guys need any help, lemme know. I can lend my time." And then I got handed Showdown because Dubs knew we had too many talents and not enough time.
Showdown was a blast. It was given my marching orders--who, what match, who wins. I had very little in the way of freedom when it came to Showdown. I made it work, however. I do believe I was the first in JBW to introduce announcers, something that's become a staple. I loved the ads--hilarious and quirky. But I'm most proud of the guest commentator. I had different talents come on each week (occasionally Rome) to throw in two cents. It was fun, particularly when I got Ma$$ and K-Jammin on.
When Kash took over, not much changed, honestly. Kash had a lot of fresh ideas, but the overall mood was still very relaxed. It was never really a hectic time while I was in creative. Sure, we were pushed to put stuff on TV, but the back-and-forth between members was solid and the ideas were great. I could throw out ideas--and boy did I ever. Still do, actually. Rob can atest to that--and Dubs, Kash, or Rob would tell me what they thought.
I never really tried to push Rome. I think SES fell in love with how laid back I was about the character and my promo style. When I first started talking to him, I was a glorified jobber. Then I joined the stable on Mayhem, Eyes? I don't even remember, it's so long ago. Then I just kept going up. Hell, the unification was a good story, but that's for later.
So, yeah, the mood was laid back. I have no idea how it is today, but back then it was fun.
I’ll take this section to tell my stories from that time, if you don’t mind. The biggest thing to happen to me and what I think is still the biggest moment in JBW history, maybe second behind Shuriken joining, was the Caesar/Rome unification scenario.
It all started as a joke. You may not believe this, but none of it went how I originally planned. I first started talking shit about unifying the titles to put over Rome as an overarrogant asshole and to talk shit to champions. I have a completely different storyline in mind that would eventually retire Rome and put over a new comer very quickly. But then Kash decided he DID want to unify the titles and the path of Rome and Caesar were forever changed.
But here’s how I wanted Caesar to happen:
Yes, Caesar was always planned to be Rome. But he wasn’t supposed to be on the shows at the same time. When Showdown was going to an actual brand, I wanted Rome to retire. He would become the non-active General Manager of the show. He was going to be a dick, but I wasn’t going to use it to put him over. I wanted Rome to take a back seat so I could put over other people. Then Showdown’s draft was a little shit, but hey, I could’ve made it work.
The idea was for Sly to overthrow Rome as the general manager. Sylvester, who I believe actually does still appear on the shows, was supposed to turn heel and have a new up and comer break Rome. I wanted a big, bad monster character—Lesnar and Heyman to use a modern idea. I wanted this man to come in with Sly as his mouth piece and, after weeks of build up, debut against Rome at a PPV where the winner was the general manager. Obviously, Rome was going to lose and lose badly.
The new guy would then be pushed to heaven under the Sly GM, winning the Showdown title in a PPV or two. After he ascended to the top of the mountain, Caesar would debut to mixed success. After some close calls, Sly would then pick Caesar as the next challenger, thinking this sub .500 wrestler wouldn’t be a challenge. They would sign a contract, the entire thing would be set in stone. Then, the next show, Rome comes walking down, smiling ear to ear. After some shots back and forth, Rome would rip off the mask. “IT WAS ME ALL ALONG, SLY!”
This would then lead to a bloody, vicious war in a Hell in a Cell for the General Manager position. The hope/idea was to put over both men in a fully-written match that would hopefully rival the real brutality of Hell in a Cell matches. Rome would eventually go over, but ultimately retire the next night, vacating the title and taking his seat back as the general manager—while the beast would be shipped off to Mayhem or Warfare to work their main event.
I’m not joking, this was actually what I wanted to happen. I wanted Rome’s last action as an active wrestler to be make another character. Maybe that’ll still happen.