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With Showdown under your guardianship now, what can we expect to see as the season progresses in terms of storytelling, some personal dream matches you have that you would like to see, and what direction will the brand go in? Obviously, I don't expect you to give away storylines or anything but I think it would be great to have some insight on how you plan to reestablish Showdown as a dominant force.
 

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Imma flip the questions you gave me back;

- As a head writer, what are your goals for Showdown beyond making the show the best you can? For example, what are you looking to do differently from the other brands? Are we going to see new stipulations? Personal goals of course, etc.

- Which of the EAW posters/graphics that you've made do you like the best looking back?
 

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With Showdown under your guardianship now, what can we expect to see as the season progresses in terms of storytelling, some personal dream matches you have that you would like to see, and what direction will the brand go in? Obviously, I don't expect you to give away storylines or anything but I think it would be great to have some insight on how you plan to reestablish Showdown as a dominant force.
That's a really good question that has me kinda stumped. I guess the only clear answer I have at the moment comes down to wanting firstly clear up results for the most part.

A big complaint I had and what motivated me to become the head writer for SD was matters of interference and the intent to always 'protect' those who lose. I don't believe that we always need to be looking out to that degree for others, rather it's better to have a black and white win/lose situation than having results muddied. I feel those who win don't truly win and those who lose don't get the opportunity to learn. And if so many matches end like that then it becomes a dangerously few amount of matches and results that actually matter. It might not always be popular, getting straight up beaten by others, but I firmly believe that those who have the right attitude to understand this perspective will be encouraged to look for improvement, be encouraged to be more competitive. More competition leads to better promos, leads to better E-Fedders. As well as just giving satisfactory victories more often, I think I speak for a lot of people when I say it feels shit to bust your ass for a victory only for it to be marred in some way.

For the first two weeks of Showdown so far this season there's been one case of interference and that wasn't influential to the outcome of the match itself. Ideally the goal is to make it so when these moments do actually happen, when someone costs another a win, the moment matters more. It's a rare thing that happens making it less of a contentious issue and rather valued and understood storytelling.

I definitely have bold ideas in terms of how I want storylines to playout, the feuds, the matches and the moments that I want my team and I to deliver to everyone, but on a fundamental level and with a week to week perspective of things, just making it more rewarding whether you win or lose that's what I hope will go a long way in re-establishing Showdown as the top brand. Minimising what people have disliked over the last six or so months.
 

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Imma flip the questions you gave me back;

- As a head writer, what are your goals for Showdown beyond making the show the best you can? For example, what are you looking to do differently from the other brands? Are we going to see new stipulations? Personal goals of course, etc.

- Which of the EAW posters/graphics that you've made do you like the best looking back?
Showdown is the 'wrestling' brand or was the 'wrestling' brand. Dynasty and Voltage have carved out their unique identities but Showdown has lost it's own, which is something that people can expect from us. There's the technical side to matches, the back and forth of more physical offense that I feel our brand can and should excel at above the other two.

One of the reasons why I wanted Adam Lucas wasn't just because he's brilliant but also the Hardcore title is a good contrast to what I hope the rest of the brand will be. And in that way, when we do stipulations, they'll be unique. They'll be things that haven't been done at all in EAW and there's some that I've loved in the past but for reasons, we have left them there. I think enough time has passed to once again make them part of modern EAW.

And holy fuck that's a big question to ask.
  • Working backwards I guess, doing my own exclusive poster for Pain For Pride 13 was surreal. I originally did just DDD and I because that's what I thought they meant for the poster and didn't think I would ever have my own poster for PFP :mjgrin:
  • I fucking loved the colouring I did for House of Glass 2019; the composition of TLA looking up with the lighting and for what that event was for him, it's a perfect poster IMO.
  • Coming back in 2019, Iconic Cup was great, I still love that logo and the typography on that poster.
  • Grand Rampage 2019 was fun, with the flipped 'Rampage' part of the logo and tagline playing off the 'down under' theme, with the MCG composited into the background when it's not actually there and how all the renders are used.
  • Dia Del Diablo 2017 was a sick poster to do.
  • King of Elite 2017 was one I was super fucking proud of. All done in Cinema 4D and such with the kneeling skeletons. Wanted to actually make that a common theme going forward, three skeletons presented in different ways.
  • Finally, Road To Redemption 2014. Second poster I did for EAW and it played off a heaven and hell theme perfectly. I'd argue it was one of the more unique posters that had been done at the time and I still remember DDD commenting about how cinematic it felt at the time.
 

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Do you see anyone currently in EAW making it to your level? Accomplishments and quality.

How was/is it playing rookie characters like Jalyn and Hikari after doing it all as Jamie?

Who is the worst Australian in the world and why is it @Myles?
Drake absolutely. I mean, he's done more than what I had done in the same timeframe, he's fucking killed it so much in terms of both accomplishments and quality it's amazing. Good thing I can maybe stop him this season :milds:

It's a real challenge, especially with Hikari. I've had to rewrite so much of what I've written just because I've found myself getting too close to promoing as Jamie and even then, I sometimes post a Hikari promo and just bounce because I feel like its not unique or different. I really find myself struggling to switch my brain off when it comes to what I know and what the character should know. I always had the intention of molding Jalyn into Jamie eventually but not as soon as I did and not for many years later. But I'm hoping to treat my next match promoing as Hikari as a bit of a reset, getting everything in order and giving myself a proper guideline to promoing as her to keep her far removed from becoming Jamie 2.0.

You misspelled Xavier Williams tbh.
 

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basic question time;

- Outside of the obvious DDD, what do you believe to be Jamie's biggest victory?

- Before Jamie retires, is there anything you'd like to see him accomplish?

- Can I face Ronan in an Exploding Anus Deathmatch?

- Favorite match of yours to write and/or read?
 

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Drake absolutely. I mean, he's done more than what I had done in the same timeframe, he's fucking killed it so much in terms of both accomplishments and quality it's amazing. Good thing I can maybe stop him this season :milds:

It's a real challenge, especially with Hikari. I've had to rewrite so much of what I've written just because I've found myself getting too close to promoing as Jamie and even then, I sometimes post a Hikari promo and just bounce because I feel like its not unique or different. I really find myself struggling to switch my brain off when it comes to what I know and what the character should know. I always had the intention of molding Jalyn into Jamie eventually but not as soon as I did and not for many years later. But I'm hoping to treat my next match promoing as Hikari as a bit of a reset, getting everything in order and giving myself a proper guideline to promoing as her to keep her far removed from becoming Jamie 2.0.

You misspelled Xavier Williams tbh.

To be fair, your last set of Hikari promos against New Eden seemed to be trending toward to her own personality coming out, they were my favorite ones you have done so far with her.
 
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Hello, Jamie.

1. How are you?
2. How has your day been?
3. How has lockdown been treating you?
4. Why is it that whenever you get a chance to get out of your room, this happens?
5. Have you got the vaccination yet?
6. Did you pick up a hobby or skill when we were dealing with that quarantine stuff last year?
7. How much have you spent on Uber Eats within the past month?
8. Have you ever thought about...GOING to the places instead of having it delivered to you?
9. Powerade or Gatorade?
10. What's your favorite fruit?
11. Do you REALLY watch every single TikTok I send you?
12. Has it made you download the app?
13. Favorite meme/gif as of late?
14. Who is your favorite Ava sister and why is it Camille?
15. You realize with Giulia dressed in baggy clothing as of late, she looks perfect for a dude and perfect for Consuela? 😌
16. How does it feel like Hathaway luh Cameron more than Jamie?
17. If we had to do that time traveling bullshit, who would be Hathaway's pic base?
18. Will Desmond ever get himself out of the friendzone with Candice?
19. On a scale of 10 to 12, how funny am I?
20. So, Jamie/Kassidy at Pain for Pride was beautifully written, it has made me want to retire writing, so are you gonna let me do it?
21. On the scale of simps for Jamie, where do I rank among them?
22. Why do you threaten other men?
23. Who has the bigger ego: Jamie or Cameron?
24. Who's more stubborn: Jamie or Cameron?
25. Would you say that fatherhood has changed Jamie more than it has for Cameron?
26. Can you put over Camille as Jamie? Tanks.
27. Do you ship Thassidy (TheronxKassidy)? I do.
28. I don't like this new power from you. It's berry threatening. Can you not abuse it on me?
29. How do you put up with me for too long?
30. ily; why are you better than Xavier?
 

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Hello, Jamie.

1. How are you?
2. How has your day been?
3. How has lockdown been treating you?
4. Why is it that whenever you get a chance to get out of your room, this happens?
5. Have you got the vaccination yet?
6. Did you pick up a hobby or skill when we were dealing with that quarantine stuff last year?
7. How much have you spent on Uber Eats within the past month?
8. Have you ever thought about...GOING to the places instead of having it delivered to you?
9. Powerade or Gatorade?
10. What's your favorite fruit?
11. Do you REALLY watch every single TikTok I send you?
12. Has it made you download the app?
13. Favorite meme/gif as of late?
14. Who is your favorite Ava sister and why is it Camille?
15. You realize with Giulia dressed in baggy clothing as of late, she looks perfect for a dude and perfect for Consuela? 😌
16. How does it feel like Hathaway luh Cameron more than Jamie?
17. If we had to do that time traveling bullshit, who would be Hathaway's pic base?
18. Will Desmond ever get himself out of the friendzone with Candice?
19. On a scale of 10 to 12, how funny am I?
20. So, Jamie/Kassidy at Pain for Pride was beautifully written, it has made me want to retire writing, so are you gonna let me do it?
21. On the scale of simps for Jamie, where do I rank among them?
22. Why do you threaten other men?
23. Who has the bigger ego: Jamie or Cameron?
24. Who's more stubborn: Jamie or Cameron?
25. Would you say that fatherhood has changed Jamie more than it has for Cameron?
26. Can you put over Camille as Jamie? Tanks.
27. Do you ship Thassidy (TheronxKassidy)? I do.
28. I don't like this new power from you. It's berry threatening. Can you not abuse it on me?
29. How do you put up with me for too long?
30. ily; why are you better than Xavier?
Okay first of all, IHYSM.

1. Good.
2. Eh. Server issues all morning making it hard to do any work.
3. It's been fine outside of the work issues.
4. Dunno. Might take it as a sign to bunker down and just accept my fate being shackled to this computer for my entire life.
5. No because our government is big fucking dumb.
6. I started learning Japanese a bit but never really stuck to it until this year. I mostly just worked on design stuff, always improving in that regard.
7. Hmmmm, probably somewhere around $90 or so
8. Too much effort. And I have to wait and everything like tf. I'd rather pay the extra $10 to have someone deliver it to me.
9. Powerade
10. Oranges
11. Like 99% of them. Sometimes I see the lone message during my day and it's a TikTok and I'm like "I don't have time for that"
12. Absolutely fucking not.
13. I've really been enjoying shit from Eddie Hearn, a boxing promoter in the UK who just has the best clips. Not quite a gif, but reaction MP4, same deal.
14. They're all woat really. Even Cameron.
15. :drakelike:
16. Don't spread lies Cam. It's not very nice to emotionally manipulate the child like that.
17. :lupe: I've never really thought of that and nobody is coming to mind immediately. Maybe Austin Theory, Taz' son Hook would be a good pic base.
18. Just stop stringing the guy along ffs.
19. Literally 0. You can't get any less funnier.
20. Absolutely not. :troll:
21. Turns out you're not just the Goddess of EAW, but the Goddess of all simps too
22. Because they get jealous of me for reasons that I will just never understand.
23. Cameron 100%
24. Cameron 100%
25. So far I think Jamie has shown a bit more change through his story but I'm sure that will become a bit more prominent in Cameron's story as the season progresses.
26. After Camille puts Hikari over I will.
27. 10000000% I think it's the best idea ever. Fuck bumass DDD, Theron is the right man for her :blessed:
28. No promises :troll:
29. I drink a lot of alcohol to numb the pain
30. :mjlol2: I don't have the time to give every answer to that question.
 

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Why is Chris Elite better than you?

Idk if you’ve been asked this before on here already recently but considering how accomplished you are as Jamie what else do you look to do?

How do you make the switch from Jamie and Hikari seem so effortless?

Can you put me over?
 

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Why is Chris Elite better than you?

Idk if you’ve been asked this before on here already recently but considering how accomplished you are as Jamie what else do you look to do?

How do you make the switch from Jamie and Hikari seem so effortless?

Can you put me over?
Aw, coote.

I just keep on keeping on, just taking whatever comes my way and finding that interest in facing people regardless of the story or circumstance. I'm sure more accomplishments will come my way as long as I keep just being me, promoing as I do and just embracing what's given.

Having two characters that have different perspectives on life, on the world around them, different traits, weaknesses and strengths etc goes a long way. I like my characters to be a reflection of what they endured, the wins and the losses, the emotional stresses and highs of the stories they go through and that alone, maybe more than the way I build the characters myself, goes a long way in being able to switch back and forth between the two easily.

Once is enough :mjgrin:
 

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