If you’ve been with me from the start you’ll know I was all about Team Action. I was lucky enough to be invited to Spectacular 2 last year as a fan. Emma spotted me in my self-designed Team Action shirt and decided to interview me to find out why I loved Action. I shyly remember saying “who doesn’t love a bad boy?” and waxed poetic about how they shouldn’t be underestimated and that they actually knew their stuff.
When I was later asked to compete, I always had the thought that if I ever had to go up against Ben or Andrew it would be akin to Selina Kyle and Bruce Wayne, discovering each other’s identities and wondering if they had to let their personas take over and battle it out a la Batman Returns. So when I found out I’d be competing against Ben, I was excited and slightly terrified. They were my inspiration on “how to heel”. Could I match his knowledge? Or his trash talk?
I do consider myself a sassy individual in my everyday life, but to do that, turned up to 11, as a heel, to a camera, made me feel like the “cover your eyes, see no evil” monkey emoji. Pre and post interviews scared me. But Jay was the most amazing mouth piece and had all the attitude to help bring mine to the surface. I loved the entrance aspect and being at the table, but never felt completely confident with any of it until my match against Ben.
What made this match different? A lot. Seeing two leagues conquered by women was so inspiring #AllTheLadiesAllTheBelts. Also, doing it now, enough, and having the support from fans, Jay and other competitors built my confidence. Not to mention the need to prove to myself that I wasnʼt just a fluke, that I belonged here, that I was as just good as Ben, someone I admired. So my entrance, interviews and most importantly, trivia game had to be on point.
Entrances of course are the most fun for me, so this was a blast to put together. I wanted to represent a strong black female character and with Misty’s bionic arm, it was a perfect choice for The Machine. I had study sessions with fans and watched movies I’d never seen before. On the day, I went into the pre interview feeling excited. I, for once, knew what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it.
Once that happened, I was having fun and let myself bounce off Jay’s energy. From there I was in it. No nerves, no conflict on going against the source of my fandom. Just the desire to make it fun and show what I knew. No frustrating brain farts, but one big steal and I had a bit of a climb ahead. After hitting that 5 pointer I was so proud of everything I’d done that day.
Ultimately it was an honor to go up against Ben and hold my own. From interviews, to entrance, to game play I was completely in my element for what felt like the first time. I’ve had fun with every match I’ve played but this time, I let that be the focus. Not what people would think, not worrying about looking silly or feeling intimidated. Just being confident in what I know, having fun, and knowing that’s really all I could do.
I hope I can keep this feeling going into next season. See you there!
– The Machine