Originally Posted by tommytopographic
The first reveal had the biggest build up because there was such a massive amount of time to speculate. I was happy with Devon for one simple reason - it swerved everyone. People were speculating from Matt Morgan to Abyss' "third face" and everyone in between. Devon stayed loyal to the part, be it on twitter or in any other media outlet. He wasn't that "major" name that people wanted to see, but it was that major swerve everyone wanted. Had it been a "John Morrison" or another major free agent, everyone else would have been a letdown. With Devon, they gave the fans a solid curveball and turned one of the biggest fan favorites in the Impact Zone (regardless of his standing outside of Florida) against them.
As for DOC, he wasn't meant to be a big "shocker" moment, but rather new blood into the group. I think the worst part of the reveal is that Joseph Park pulled the mask off the way he did, making DOC look like a bit of a buffoon, but they squashed that after the attack on Sting. He was redeemed from that by making the attack brutal and the intentions blatant; I am here to hurt you. The intent of these two characters being unmasked wasn't to get you to mark out, but rather to keep the ball rolling and your wheels turning as to who is next. The mark out moment will come at the payoff. At this point though, I am not sure if anyone will be happy with the final product because so many have preached negativity about this angle since its inception, rather than sitting back and enjoying the ride. It doesn't bother me that people are critical of this angle; the problem I have is that they are critical over things shouldn't bother wrestling fans (i.e. the reward of a minor moment isn't "major" enough for them). People complained that they needed to start unmasking these guys to "associate a face" to the group, yet complain when the first 2 of many (3-4 "goons" and 2 majors left) weren't "big enough" names.
Like I said, I have had some frustrations with this angle as well, but I am bothered more by the fact some would call this part of the story "boring" when it has become more interesting now than the original attack on Sting to start the angle.