All house lights are dimmed at the beginning of the theme song.
A graphic wipes across the EWAtron with a VHS tracking visual effect:
At (0:16) on the track, neon green laser beams scatter and strobe across along the entrance ramp, as a singular black light spotlight shines on PhD, arms outstretched welcoming the audience. The most distinct feature of his outfit are his glowing neon pink and baby blue shutter shades. The rest of his ring attire consists of long tights that are deep azure with gold and white piping on the sides (identical to the UCLA color scheme) and a random pair of Nike Air Jordans.
PhD takes a few steps forward out of the dimming spotlight, then stops to survey the crowd. He turns his palms upward making a subtle beckoning gesture before crossing his forearms at his chest and making a two-handed “OC” gesture (an homage to his hometown area) to the cameraman. Walking down the aisle/ramp, he’ll acknowledge the fans with hand slaps and will occasionally grab a phone from a fan for a selfie op (a telltale sign he feels very confident about an upcoming match). He walks up the ring steps and enters the ring hopping over the top rope with a scissor kick. He walks over to a ring corner and ascends to the top turnbuckle to survey the crowd one last time. After doing the Birdman hand rub, he jumps down onto the apron and runs the ropes three times.
Kill the lasers and up go the standard lights.
- The Flashback [Poison Rana]
- The Enchanted Bunny [Bunny choke submission, used as a reversal of a pinfall attempt]
- Photobomb (Blue Thunder powerbomb)
- Cradle of Love (Swinging Fisherman's neckbreaker)
- flying forearm smash → corkscrew back elbow smash → atomic drop (comeback combination)
- ripcord knee strike
- springboard rounding moonsault press
- diving elbow drop (from top turnbuckle)
- trio of short-arm clotheslines
- baseball slide dropkick (ring-out dive attack)
- sitout side slam
- spinning sleeper slam
- wheelbarrow suplex
- facebreaker knee smash
- running leg lariat
As a punk kid growing up in the O.C., Philip Donovan thought he was pretty fly for a white guy. Too much MTV TRL, rap-rock, cheap malt liquor, unsanctioned backyard brawls, and other vices made him insufferable to adults everywhere. He took his jackassery to the EWA to capitalize on its popularity and make a name for himself. A chance encounter with Thorne Richards in the EWA changed everything. Honing his wrestling craft while tapping into a more mature side, Donovan became less of a court jester and more sophisticated hedonist. This turn also correlated with in-ring success and multiple title reigns.
After the EWA folded in 1999, Donovan switched gears and enrolled at UCLA to earn a degree in Business Management. Upon graduation, he founded and collaborated on a popular streetwear line, Philip Donovan Threads (aka PDT), which is still an active company. Later on, he hosted a podcast about wrestling and pop culture called “The White Hot Podcast.” His most recent foray into entertainment is “The Hot Minute”, a brief newscast lampooning the rumors and happenings in the EWA.
He’s a happy-go-lucky smart-ass with little to no filter and generally has no idea when he goes too far with his snarky, sarcastic tone. However, he stands by everything he says regardless of the consequences.
Having little to no allies in the EWA, the fans and himself are his foundation. The most meaningful friendships in the company he’s forged are with Joe Lemon and alum Serpent Man.
His wrestling style is what would be best described as a technical high-flyer. Though he’ll trade strikes with the best of them, he’s hardly a brawler by nature. He fits somewhere in the D&D alignment matrix as a Neutral Good, though he tends to have Chaotic Good tendencies.
* denotes a guest appearance in someone else’s RP
The Hot Minute: Building a Mystery (10.28.15)