Welcome to another version of hit talk show, Inside the Tights! Last week we had a great interview from Grind which sparked up some strong debate here. So how I'm I going to top that you wonder? By going Inside the Tights of this weeks guest, everyone's favorite business man Bennytheball!
Welcome to the show man, as always, would you like to tell the world about your characters and any creative positions you have around here?
Just wanted to start off by saying thanks for having me on. This is one of my favourite ‘features’, if you like, on the efedding boards and it rose up during one of the low points that I’ve personally seen and experienced on here. It was like a nice ray of light, so kudos to you for creating the idea and running with it.
Anyway, onto the question: my list of involvement won’t be as extensive as others, so I’ll try and pad it out a bit so it doesn’t look comparatively pathetic!
I’ve got one character, and that’s Mr. Smyth. The back story is that I was a member of this forum, then I went to a different wrestling forum which is where I met Bear and he introduced me to this weird thing called efedding. I didn’t really grasp the concept at first, and probably had it explained to me more times than it really should have been, but I eventually got there.
I came back to these forums and I created Mr. Smyth. I wanted to create a character that could be used as an authority figure because I wasn’t really interested in the wrestling aspect of it, and that was where the businessman gimmick came from. I’ve got real life experience in management and as well and my Monday to Friday job, I do run a small business, so I know about managing people, the use buzz words, the fact that someone in a management position isn’t always a liked individual and, if I’m honest, being a bit of a knob come a bit too natural to me. I guess I wanted to force Bear’s hand and say “Right, I’ve created an authority figure for you,” and he just clearly fucking ignored it!
Mr. Smyth made his debut in ICW back in July (I think) and after winning my first match, I based my first promo around the concept of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. My initial goal was to make everyone sit there and say: “dick!” Managed to do a few promos with a few good guys (Des is one that sticks out to me). Bear gave me the encouragement with the promos and Eddie kicked my arse during the IC’ing. Good memories.
After ICW’s demise, I signed up to TWE and I started a...I wouldn’t call it a feud...sort of an on-again/off-again thing with Kaige Chamberlain (TJB). After a while, from my perspective, things came to a bit of a stumble and I wasn’t used for what seemed like a long time. I got really frustrated and annoyed because I felt (and I still do) that I am a really strong promo writer and I could write a great promo given the chance. But it seems like I’m getting a chance to show what I can do now, so I’m a bit happier with my status there.
After signing up with TWE, I signed up with SRW. Yeah...
Then came IWA, and my first real feud. Eddie floated the idea to me a few weeks beforehand and I was reluctant at first because Kyojin is way up there and Smyth...well, isn’t.
It has been great fun to work with him though, and a huge learning process. The way I do things now is a little different from before and I have had some input on the direction of the feud as well, which has been pretty cool. Under the stewardship of Bear and Eddie, I feel Mr. Smyth is a much better character than he was 4 months ago, and I know that this sounds like a massive arse-kissing session to Bear and Eddie, but I don’t care. If I were to single out two guys who have helped me the most, it’s them two.
Finally, I became a member of the Jabe family. Had another feud with Des (de ja vu) and it will be interesting to see where things go from here.
Away from Mr. Smyth, I have recently become IWA’s apprentice creative guy and I’ll be working with the guys there writing matches and throwing in the occasional idea.
2012 had a lot of really strong characters debut and some new users joining up (you and I included), what do you think sets your character apart from some of the newer guys and some of the older characters that are already established?
To be honest, I don’t know. I don’t know if I do stand out and if I do, I don’t know why that is. There are some moments where I believe that Mr. Smyth is a guy that everybody knows about and everyone has paid attention to, then there are some humbling moments where I realise that Smyth isn’t actually all that. Just that point there kind of solidifies my argument of what I have said on several occasions: beyond the love of wrestling, there are three reasons why we do efedding: ego, insecurity or both. If you’re wondering, I fall under the latter category.
If I were to speculate, I think one of the strong points that I have that I have seen lacking in other characters is pride and planning. I won’t start a promo off and make my way to the end in one motion. I plan what I want to say, how I’m going to say it, when I need to say it and what motions will I be describing. There’s no point building a house without a foundation and while some guys can do a promo in one swoop really well, I have seen just as many do it poorly and you can spot them a mile away when repetitiveness kicks in.
That’s the planning part and when that is done, there is the pride. I proof read my promos and while I still am a culprit of making mistakes and leaving them in, you can again spot a mile away the guys who don’t re-read what they have written and if I am honest, that really pisses me off. If you can’t be arsed to put the effort needed to write your promo, then I see no reason why we should read it and a lot of the times when I see that, I skip the rest and move on.
With the actual character itself, I think Mr. Smyth is more noticeable than others because it’s a character that everyone can relate to and immediately dislike. We’ve all worked for a boss who is a complete and utter bell end, and while that person will always be doing what’s best for business (sorry!), nobody can really see that because the guy doing it is your boss, and he could feed starving orphans every weekend, but he is still that guy who gave you a telling off for being late, even though it wasn’t your fault.
Or maybe I’m completely off the mark. I dunno.
Is there anything you would go back in time and do differently for any of your characters here, or any action you wished you would have taken that you didn't earlier?
That’s a head scratcher...
I think if I was to do something differently, I think would have gotten more involved earlier. For the first few months I just waited for assignments and didn’t contribute anything beyond that but I think that if I let my creative juices flow sooner and start bombarding people with ideas for angles, feuds and other things then maybe I would be more noticed, or already doing creative, or something.
I think that would be the only thing I would change. I am happy with my character, there is room for him to develop so from that side of things, I have no regrets thus far.