Brandon Cutler was a recent guest on the AEW Unrestricted podcast where he discussed his losing streak in AEW. This was something that got turned into a storyline with Peter Avalon, who also had the same record. However, the BTE cameraman revealed that was his intention.
“I think I was at, I want to say six losses already when we would do just two or three Darks before the show, or one after the show. At that time too, because it was so fresh, the win-loss record,” he said. “Everyone character-wise and just shoot, everyone was nervous about having a bad looking record. I would see guys like, ‘oh man, I’ve got to get a win,’ or stressing about their character getting a win. Where I am like, ‘wait, this has never mattered in wrestling. On the indies, we all just want to get booked, I don’t care who wins and loses. I just want to have the best match possible.’
“I was noticing, as we were pushing a lot of the win-loss records. It was less of, have the best match, and more of, ‘I’ve got to win the match too now, right?’ People were caring a lot more about winning. When I see people go one way, I just go the other way, that’s how I kind of work. I see a lot of people stressing about they’ve got to win or their characters are looking weak. I am like, ‘I’ve got to have the worst record, I’d rather go that way.’ And still, show people you could have a good story with it.”
Brandon Cutler recalls suggesting that they should do the storyline with him and Avalon to The Young Bucks. However, his original plan was to only have a nine-match losing streak, which ended up being much more.
“I remember after one of the shows I was around six losses in a row. I was telling Matt and Nick because Peter was also around that, he was probably five or six too. I was like, ‘Me and Peter should get to 10 losses, or we’re both at nine, and we should have a match to see who gets their first win, it will be kind of a fun thing,’” he revealed. “Nick goes, ‘you’ve got to get way more than that. You’ve got to get to 20 before it matters.’ I was like, ‘oh my god, you want me to lose 20 matches in a row before I win one.’ He goes, ‘yeah, if you want the story to actually matter, you’ve got to have a lot, there’s got to be a big background to it.’
“So I was like, ‘alright, let’s see when I get to 10, maybe I’ll feel different.’ Then it just kept going, I got to 10 then I’d get booked and it was immediately 11. I was like, ‘well okay, we can’t just go with that 11, so I guess we’ve got to try and go for 20.’ Then the pandemic hits and we are all stuck in Jacksonville forever, it’s a curse and a blessing. Because now we kind of have like a free run to do a lot. Especially with the Darks, so that’s where I came up with the extended story. The whole time I’d be pitching this to Peter, and he was down for everything. He’s a very open book.”
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